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It’s like chess, but way more addictive!

Posted in games, reviews, The good stuff with tags , , , on April 11, 2008 by neoarcade

Subject: Supreme Commander

Recently I’ve been playing Supreme Commander. So as the rule goes -write about what you know.

What’s the story?

Supreme Commander won’t win prizes for story. Big prizes that is- I’m surprised it hasn’t won small one. There are three races: the United Earth Federation (or ‘UEF’ otherwise know as the Americans); the Cybran Nation (oppressed -robot- minority); and the Aeon Illuminate (religious fanaticists). All of these factions are more or less standard-ish, but in SC there all in space. Which in my books goes up at least 10 fold! I know, I’m a hopeless nerd!

So back to the story- you’ve three races and they’re all knocking several shades of snot out of each other.

Since there’s three races which funnily enough all descend from the same time era where the human race was at it’s hight of Culture, Peace and other things.

It there any fun?

So enough of story. Here comes the addiction. The maps are huge! You’re allowed to have a stupid amount of units! And maneuvering is simple and effective!

I think on the box THQ should have used the description of “It’s like chess, but way more addictive!”. I know it sounds quite sad to be using that image -since chess is definitely not the most popular game- still.

I would consider myself a strategy gamer -although not adverse to some COD4- but SC is delicious! A complete gorge for the strategist!

It’s not all praise. SC lacks unit formation. A simple function within strategy games. I don’t see why this is missing.

Final Word?

I’m going to finish it off!

And here’s some youtube videos in case your bored of reading.

Twitter Versus Pownce, Pownce Versus Twitter

Posted in reviews, tech with tags , on April 8, 2008 by neoarcade

Just to show I’m unbiased here’s my Twitter and my Pownce.

Pownce is so much better!

This seems to have been missed by many. Even when I was looking around to see what other people have written about this, they were all saying that pownce is better but lacking users! How is that possible?!

Pownce is the love-child of Kevin Rose, the founder of digg if you didn’t know. This makes me think- how can a product from a man whom has a legion of tech nerds loyal users?

There could be multiple reasons why, some which may be due to Pownce itself. Things like lacking IM and SMS support (which are fixable problems). The only real feature lacking is the “@” feature. In other words, an innovative reply system.

It’s interesting that the only flaw with pownce is that it lacks users. It’s superior to it “rival” twitter. And has
tons more usability then twitter- see sending links, files, and events- but lacks widespread popularity. And if your product is socially-based this isn’t great to state the obvious!

So what do the Pownce people need to do?

They NEED to get the Kevin-machine going. I don’t want to start pointing the finger or suggesting that Kevin likes Twitter more then Pownce. But he’s very quite about Pownce. I’m almost sure that if he mentions it over and over here and there user number would jump up.

Final Words?

Pownce rocks! But I do like Twitter. I’ve found that since I added more people in my following, Twitter has become a stream of information- most of it good! Hopefully Pownce can rise in popularity, for no other reason then to survive. There’s no reason why the two can’t co-exit. But still Pownce is better.

Scotland, Sweets, and Geni

Posted in Attempted humor, holidays, reviews, Web on March 30, 2008 by neoarcade

Back after a week in Scotland. Glad to be home. Man it was cold out there. I know a lot of people love snow, but it’s still COLD! Here’s Bob…

bob

Still a lovely place. Nice people and places. But in my observations i noticed the whole place loves their candy. Seriously, where ever there was a method of payment there was candy, sweets and chocolate. And here comes the BBC. I heard reports before about the Scots not having the greatest health. I think I see why (especially the worst teeth bit).

Another example, we were in this pub. Some family friendly place with good pub-grub. And there in the menu where the starters were was another selection. “Sweet”. Sweet? That’s right. Instead of your normal starter soup or whatever, you can have some toffee or sherbet. I try not to discriminate against any country(*cough* *cough* *not a country yet*) but still, come on!

Moving on to some tech stuff.

Geni is a private tech start-up. It’s about two years old now. The point of Geni which can’t be rightly guessed from the name is Genealogy. You start with your name and email. From there you can add your mother, father, brother, sisters, sons, and daughters.

First Impressions.

Start off the bat it’s flash-based. Thankfully it has been done tactfully. Having a web designers eye I’ve seen flash been done so badly! So the Geni developers have created a clean, relevantly-intuitive environment.

Any Use?

Sure! Absolutely! I have an extremely extended family. An additional feature of Geni is to invite other family members through email, so they can also add to the family tree.

Is this productive?

Hell no! Since when does family have to be productive… unless your the mafia.

Final Word?

Yes that is a question, cause you don’t know whether or not this is my last word

How about now?

Okay, okay. So to wrap up Geni is of use to those that want to stay in touch and have an interest in family history this is the job.

Update:

Turns out that the Geni team think my post my good enough to add to their del.icio.us. The thing is that I think I didn’t fully give a fully comprehensive review of Geni. I’ve no intention to since it’s been done far better. But I do want to draw more attention to the community aspect of Geni.

Like I said before, Geni allows you to add family members via email invites. Each person also has their profile which they can add information like most social networks. So Geni is a blueprint for the biggest social network. Obviously that’s not the main objective of Geni, but it can’t be a bad second! Actually come to think of it Geni’s slogan is “everyone’s related”… maybe they are planning to expand to be the biggest social network. Well all i know is they’ve my vote! 🙂

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