2300 Games Added to the Internet Archive

Yes, I know, I haven’t written anything here in forever. *throws confetti*

The Internet Archive (if you didn’t know already) is a non-profit library to catalog and provide public access to digital collections–such as software. In late December, Jason Scott uploaded a mega-dump of software and classic games to the archive. As mentioned in his announcement, not everything is going to be perfect; some things may be buggy and/or unplayable.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t be excited and try anyway, right?

The full collection can be viewed here. I’ve combed through and made a list of titles I recall playing, thanks to my father’s love of computers and games.

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E3 Coverage on ZAM

While I’m at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (aka E3 for you non-gamers) my awesome Deputy Editor is working his butt off at home to cover things on ZAM. Yesterday he spent hours working on liveblogs of all four major press conferences (the final one is Nintendo at 9am PT/Noon ET today), which you can catch up on from the links below if you missed them!

Xbox: http://eq.zam.com/story.html?story=34507
EA: http://eq.zam.com/story.html?story=34508
Ubisoft: http://eq.zam.com/story.html?story=34509
PlayStation: http://eq.zam.com/story.html?story=34510

All of our E3 coverage is available here and will be updated throughout the week!

Farewell, Free Realms!

Yesterday Free Realm’s nearly five-year run came to a sad end. The final hour marked many parties, tears, mass picture sharing on Twitter and more. I had hoped more members of Gone Postal would have made an appearance, but in the end it was only me and one other (though a few were online on alts in other guilds).

It also would have been nice if the shutdown message (seen above) had been more personal, a real goodbye instead of the default maintenance update. Ah well, it was still nice seeing so much fun going on in the game again, it’s just sad that it happened in its final hours.

Prior to yesterday’s shutdown I wrote my thoughts over on ZAM (see it below the video here), along with several pictures spanning the years.

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What’s Keeping Me Busy (March 2014 Edition)

The old monitors.

I’m fantastic at writing for my crafting blog, but for a general one? Not so much. It’s been about a month and a half since I wrote last, and life just keeps on chugging along.

Over the past month I’ve played quite a bit of Banished, worked a lot, did a lot of daily crafts and started a cooking blog with Calthine. I also read Words of Radiance, Luck of the Draw and am currently working on Volume 1 of the Game of Thrones Graphic Novel. I finally got new monitors… that are actually the same size as each other!

The new monitors.



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Online Friendship

This afternoon I had a friend post the following:

Over the past year or so I have seen a number of people post an image that says that in many ways your online friends are more your friends than your real friends and family. Not only do I disagree with this notion, but I find the idea that some people actually believe it severely disturbing. Your real friends and family are the ones who, when you hit rock bottom and your online friends are too distracted by the latest meme or their own lives to bother with you, are still there for you and still willing to offer their support.”

Maybe my perspective is skewed because I spend so much of my social life with online interactions due to my job, but I have to disagree with the above. I partially agree with his original assertion that your family means more than your online friends (and even then that’s subjective based on your familial relationships), but I have to say that I have many online friends who mean a lot to me and that I believe would be (and have been) there for me (and vice versa) even through hard times.

Here was my response:
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