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Ideas, things, and words

September 14, 2012
by aridchef

Escapist Expo 2012: Day 1

So, I am at my very first convention ever, the Escapist Expo in Durham North Carolina.  After an eight-hour drive to Durham this morning, I got in just in time to catch one of the last panels of the day.  I have no pictures yet.  Tomorrow, I hope I’ll be able to attend a few more panels and play some games.

August 31, 2012
by aridchef

LP Delays and Steam Greenlight

Just to be clear, the two are not related in any way.  Still, I felt it necessary to write a bit about both, so here we are.
The Let’s Play

I have footage recorded for a few more episodes, but it needs to be edited and commented upon.  I really wanted to avoid these kind of holdups, but it is difficult to find enough time, and quiet conditions, to do these episodes.  Still, I’ll try to do a few at once so I can post those at least before there are more delays.


Steam Greenlight

So the Greenlight program for Steam went live, and I’ve had a chance to check it out.  My initial impressions are that I had a much different idea about what it was before I actually saw it.

I thought this would be for finished or mostly-finished games.  Maybe it’s supposed to be, but there are a lot of games in the list that are just a concept.  Is this a bad thing?  Maybe not, but I’m not sure how much this program can do for a game that doesn’t exist yet.

The list is filled with mods, and clones of popular games.  Again, not necessarily bad, but I had in mind original indie games, like the ones already featured on Steam.  In hindsight, I should have expected that this is what Valve had to deal with all along, and we never saw it before.


I might have more to say about this in time, but for now Greenlight seems more like a curiousity than anything else.  What do you think?

August 16, 2012
by aridchef

Let’s Play Star Trek: Elite Force II: Part 1: Intro Time

So.  Welcome to my new series.  This is my first LP, so I’ll be figuring things out as I go along.  To the game!
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WInt8QuiKQo]

To quote from Wikipedia,

Star Trek: Elite Force II is a first-person shooter computer game developed by Ritual Entertainment and published by Activision. It was released on June 20, 2003 for Microsoft Windows. Elite Force II is a sequel to 2000’s Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force. Whereas the original game was powered by the first version of id Software‘s id Tech 3 engine, Elite Force II is based on a heavily modified version of the Quake III: Team Arena engine with Ritual’s ÜberTools GDK, allowing for expansive outdoor environments and higher quality facial animations.”

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July 29, 2012
by aridchef

Hello world!

Hello, indeed.  As recommended by our friendly robotic WordPress overlords, I will use this post to explain to my (as yet) hypothetical audience What This Blog is For.  Simply put, this blog is going to be devoted to my upcoming Let’s Play of Star Trek Elite Force II.  Hopefully.

At some undetermined point in the future, I might expand the content to my other interests, but that depends entirely on whether I can get anyone outside of my family to read it.