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Hardware Review: Oculus Rift

published on Dec 30, 2013 Software development, Hobbies Review, Hardware 1

After my first 48 hours with the Oculus Rift; Holy crap. It's awesome. Not perfect by any stretch of the meaning, but as developer kits go it's impressive as hell. Once the final consumer version comes out, you should get one. Read More

Game Review: Frozen Synapse

published on Jul 22, 2011 Games Review

I have always been a huge fan of the turn based tactical isometric games such as Jagged Alliance, JA2, Xcom..etc..  So this new one excited me! Read More

Game Review: Red Faction - Armageddon

published on Jul 15, 2011 Games Review

I played Red Faction back in 2001 when it first came out and enjoyed the heck out of it.   It was the very first game to come out with the Geo-Mod game engine which allowed for massive destruction of the game models and levels.   Read More

Game Review: Dragon Age II

published on Mar 15, 2011 Games Bioware, Review

So in my original Dragon Age review I began by asking "Can Bioware do no wrong?"   Apparently the answer is "Yes." Read More

Game Review: Night Sky

published on Mar 06, 2011 Games Review

So in a fit of boredom last night I downloaded an indy game off Steam called "NightSky" for the low price of $9. What a great game! Read More

Game Review: Greed Corp

published on Jan 15, 2011 Games Review

I have always liked turn based strategy games.. They used to be "the" game genre, but over the years as time and technology has marched forward they have largely started to decline in  favor of more real time strategy games and first person shooters. Read More

Movie Review: Tron Legacy

published on Dec 17, 2010 Randomstrings Movie, Review

Easily one of my favorite movies as a kid, Tron was a movie that not only defined a generation but also began the monumental shift in the movie industry towards using computers as a tool.    Without Tron leading the way showing what could be done, many of the movies today would have never been made. Read More

Game Review: Call of Duty Black Ops

published on Nov 13, 2010 Games Call of duty, Review

I really do enjoy the Call of Duty franchise..  It started out as a PC shooter back in 2003 and was pretty much heralded as the game to be or beat..  They continued with expansion after expansion and broadened their horizons to other machines. Read More

Game Review: Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2

published on Nov 05, 2010 Games Review

I never played the first Force Unleashed game and I sorta regretted it as I knew several folks who said it was a pretty good game..  So I was really excited when they announced a Force Unleashed 2 for the PC... Now I'm not sure why -- it's shit. Read More

Book Review: A Game of Thrones

published on Sep 26, 2010 Randomstrings Review

I don't normally do book reviews but this book was so good I had to make an exception..   This book is easily some of the best candy I have had in a long time... Read More

Hardware Review: Nook e-reader

published on Apr 19, 2010 Randomstrings Review

So I have been in the market for an e-reader for a while.  I do a lot of reading and thought it would be darn handy to have a single device that could carry multiple books, and have the ability to order new books at any time, anywhere. Read More

Game Review: Star Trek Online

published on Jan 19, 2010 Games Review

Here's my righteous opinion on the the first 15 levels of fed play and the first 12 or so of Klingon.. I only really have 2 major complaints. Read More

Hardware Review: Nexus One

published on Jan 10, 2010 Randomstrings Review

I was tired of my original iPhone and that would be getting the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 when it came out some time later this year.   That was before I heard/read about Google's offering; the Nexus One. Read More

Hardware Review: Lightscribe CD/DVD Burners

published on Nov 16, 2009 Randomstrings Review

Back in 2004 Hewlett-Packard engineer Daryl Anderson had the notion that if you can burn data on to a disc, why couldn't use use that same technology to burn the label?  And thus the LightScribe burner was born.. Read More

Game Review: Dragon Age - Origins

published on Nov 14, 2009 Games Review

I ask you -- can Bioware do no wrong?  Every game of theirs that I have played, I have loved.  Neverwinter Nights was kinda "Feh" but the concept was excellent even though the editor was horrible. Read More

Hardware Review: Sony DR-BT21G Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset

published on Nov 02, 2009 Randomstrings Review

In 1994 Jaap Haartsen and Sven Mattisson has a stroke of genius when they invented the personal area networking (PAN) protocol known today as Bluetooth for Ericsson phones.   By the year 2000 it was pretty widely known that Bluetooth was something hot! Read More

Hardware Review: Razer Mamba -- What a piece of shit!

published on Oct 09, 2009 Rants!, Randomstrings Review

Let me be clear here -- this mouse is the biggest piece of shit, I have ever.. and I mean.. EVER used.. Read More

Game Review: Aion Online

published on Oct 06, 2009 Games Review

I have played a lot of MMO's in my time.. I feel I have a pretty good handle on the genre and have a very good idea of what makes a game good Read More

Hardware Review: Logitech Illuminated Keyboard

published on Oct 01, 2009 Randomstrings Review

I have to admit I like Logitech.  Their hardware is always good.  I find their software is a little bloated and doesn't always deliver but I can't fault the hardware at all.. Read More

Movie Review: District 9

published on Aug 15, 2009 Randomstrings Review

My initial reaction to District 9, upon the movie ending was to say -- and I quote; "What the fuck was that?!"  I sort of felt like my soul had just been raped, and I was just beginning to feel the crush of information as I processed the movie I had just watched.. Read More

28" HDMI Monitor

published on Aug 14, 2009 Randomstrings Review

So Tigerdirect was having a hell of a deal on something I have sorta wanted for  a while...   I have been playing games, programming, and generally tooling around on a 20" wide screen monitor for years now. Read More

Game Review: Champions Online

published on Aug 12, 2009 Games Review

Okay I know I'm not supposed to talk about this yet, but it's near enough to open beta that I feel I can safely talk about the game without giving anything important away -- or at the very least I think I'm safe from being sued..  (Please don't sue me..) Read More

Wacom Bamboo Graphics Tablet

published on May 11, 2009 Hobbies Review

I have been getting back into 3D modeling lately and ran into my old nemesis -- texturing!  For whatever reason, I had never really been very good at texturing.  I think a lot of that was due to the way Lightwave did textures. Read More

Game Review: Empire: Total War

published on Mar 09, 2009 Games Review

So I have long been a fan of the Total War franchise created by Creative Assembly..  Their games have always been pretty fun -- but most of them have been fairly buggy.. Read More

Software Review: Windows 7 Beta

published on Feb 05, 2009 Randomstrings Review

I'm generally slow to change operating systems..  When it comes to making one of those sweeping changes, traditionally I was the equivalent of an old man on his porch yelling for "you kids to get off my lawn!"   I was a curmudgeon and quite often would refuse to budge. Read More

Game Review: Dawn of War 2

published on Feb 01, 2009 Games Warhammer, Review

I love Warhammer.  I have played Warhammer table top war game both fantasy and 40k pretty much since they came out.  I also have the Warhammer fantasy role playing game, the more recent Warhammer 40k role playing game and gave the Warhammer fantasy MMO a spin. Read More

Game Review: Mirrors Edge

published on Jan 16, 2009 Games Review

Mirrors Edge for the PC is a first person action-adventure puzzle game with an extremely compelling story line and quite possibly the most frustrating game play known to man. Read More

Game Review: Left 4 Dead

published on Jan 14, 2009 Games Review

I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of zombie thrillers, so I was hesitant about picking up the latest game from Valve; Left 4 Dead.  I just don't really get why people like zombies so much.. Read More

Game Review: Farcry 2

published on Oct 28, 2008 Games Review

Open world game play is all the rage. The industry has decided that linear is out and that open ended randomness is in! Read More

Game Review: GRID

published on Sep 02, 2008 Games Review

So, I have always liked racing games. Grand Turismo was always my favorite franchise on the PS2 because the game was absolutely beautiful and fun to play.  However, I hated always being tied to the PS2. Read More

Assassins Creed

published on Jun 14, 2008 Games Review

Another console to PC port that's been out since April, Assassins Creed is a third person sneaker created by Ubisoft in which the player repeatedly delves into his genetic memory in order to assume the role of a 12th century assassin... Read More

Mass Effect

published on Jun 13, 2008 Games Review

This game looked awesome! Everyone that played it said it was awesome and that I should rush out and get a console to play it -- so needless to say I was really annoyed that it wasn't a PC game and even more annoyed at folks telling me to buy a console.. Read More

3G iPhone

published on Jun 12, 2008 Randomstrings Review

There is no two ways about it, Steve Jobs is a pretty smart fellow, and the latest iPhone hotness just proves it. Read More

By Crom, it's Age of Conan!

published on May 18, 2008 Games Review

It's interesting.. I pride myself on beta testing just about every MMO that has ever been.. So I was a little sad when for whatever reason, the gods decided to not let me into the Age of Conan beta.  Read More

I'm a software guy...

published on Apr 16, 2008 Randomstrings Review

I have discovered as I have gotten older, and more experienced in the ways of computing that I just don't care what operating system I use. I'm a software guy... Read More

iPhone, it's not all hype

published on Jan 22, 2008 Randomstrings Review

As some of my close friends know, I have been shopping for a new cellphone for a while now. And those same folks will tell you that not just any phone will do, I very much prefer a "convergence device." Read More