Nathan Alter lives in Albuquerque with his wife and kids. He currently develops in C#/.NET, but is learning all the time and has enjoyed computers since programming in Basic on an Atari 400 as a teenager. He started blogging in 1999.
I’ve been trying a game on my phone called Ingress. It’s a GPS game where you gain points or energy by walking around. It doesn’t work at driving speeds…you have to walk. (It was initially developed by Google to get people to photograph monuments and public things they were looking for images of.) There are 2 teams. At some monuments or public areas there are “portals” that can be captured by either side. To capture a strongly held portal, you’d either need to walk around a lot to get energy or bring a lot of people from your team.
I joined the Enlightenment because it seems to be the losing side and I wanted a challenge. 🙂 Everybody picks the Resistance.
Here’s my review of Eyepets and Friends…a game we recently found on sale for about $5. You might think from the name that this game is about virtual pets or something. Surprisingly, this game is actually all about helping the game find the floor. You start up the game and place your PlayStation Move controller on the floor to help the system figure out where the floor is. We played the game last night and were unsuccessful in getting past this “level”. I’m guessing that the game is best played 3 inches from the sun so that it has enough light to actually get past the calibration phase.
For winter exercise, we got Everybody Dance. It’s a Playstation game where you hold light bulb controllers and mimic dance moves on a camera. It has the embarrassing option to record your dancing and upload it so that others can see it. (From what I hear, Just Dance 3 is a better alternative for kids, without risque videos and songs.) Anyway, it accomplishes the goal of getting some exercise nicely. It teaches you more than Dance Dance Revolution did, since you’re not just stomping in a square pattern…not to say that I actually look like I’m dancing. Here‘s a video of Mia and Sean.
We happened to be near an R/C hobby shop yesterday so we went in. They had a PC with RealFlight R/C flight simulator set up. It was really neat to be able to fly an R/C plane, crash it, reset, and try again. It had a real R/C controller. I assume it can simulate harsh New Mexico desert winds. Unfortunately, the price is $100 for the most basic version. I think you can get a cheap battery-powered plane for that much. As long as you don’t crash it, it’s more cost effective. I wonder if those trick R/C helicopter pilots practice with this software.
Well, I’ve had the Rock Band 3 MIDI keyboard adapter for a while now and have really enjoyed it. I still play on easy in most cases, but I sometimes turn up the sound on the keyboard to hear what I’m actually playing. You’re generally just doing some easy harmonizing on easy mode, but it’s great fun. The only drawback I’ve seen is that I probably have some really bad finger placement and don’t know really know where best to put my fingers. I try to play with the right hand, since you’re only playing the right-hand part of the songs. In other Rock Band peripheral news, they’re discontinuing the really real guitar controller, so buy one at Best Buy if you were planning to. An alternative would be the cheaper, somewhat realistic 100 button guitar. The music game genre is generally dying out, it seems. If you wanted a game of that kind, you probably already have it…so what’s the point in another? It was fun while it lasted and at least I have this stuff to learn from.
At the supermarket the other day, I looked at a Redbox to see what games they were renting. They were only renting 3 games for PS3. Wow. At least they were new. If Netflix started doing that, it’d be sweet.
I just discovered there are apparently no doctors on the west side of Albuquerque…at least none accepting new patients. Most doctors are apparently on the east side. Also, the Blue Cross/Blue Shield site that helps you find a new doctor is either terribly out of date, or full of lies and deceit.
EA is trying to compete with Steam by releasing their own game download manager, Origin. They probably think they’ll suddenly have customers swarming from Steam to their service because of Battlefield 3? Seems like they’ve tried this several times in recent years. Their previous efforts were all horrible:
EA Downloader was launched in late 2005. It was replaced by EA Link in November 2006. In September 2007, it was once again replaced by the combination of EA Store and EA Download Manager, abbreviated EADM.
I don’t look forward to a future where my system tray is filled with EA, Steam, BattleNet, UbiSoft, and other download manager icons running all the time.