Salem’s Fire #6: System Wars 2: The Console of Tomorrow

System Wars 2: The Console of Tomorrow

The year, 2007. I come home from work, sling off my coat, and plop down in my nice recliner with a wireless keyboard across my knees. Fifteen minutes later, I have paid my credit card bill and printed off the statements, answered two e-mails, ordered a pizza, watched highlights of the Cubs World Series win the night before, and set up the programming to record tonight’s game. Laying aside the keyboard, I pick up a controller and hop into a nice online game of Quake V while waiting on the pizza boy. While cheerfully dodging rockets on my lovely 27 inch display, I listen to the day’s headlines streamed from NPR to my in-house sound system. When the pizza arrives, I wander about the internet, looking for more information on Diablo 3 while munching on my nice spinach alfredo pie. Sound pretty good? Of course, this whole time, I have only been using one machine.

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Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #5: Down to the Roots - Fantasy

Down to the Roots – Fantasy

If you walked into a bookstore 50 years ago and asked the clerk where you could find the fantasy section you would probably receive one of three responses. A young and unpresumptuous clerk may just give you a blank look and have no idea what you are referring too. A seasoned clerk may assume that you are referring to Greek and Roman mythology and point you in that direction. Lastly, a sarcastic and self-amusing clerk may tell you that the adult bookstore is down the street and around the corner. Today, the fantasy section of your favorite bookseller is full of stories about elves, dwarves, orcs, magical artifacts, dragons, demons, and (insert your favorite hero’s and villain’s here). The fact that these modern fantasy stories even have a dedicated section devoted to them can be directly attributed to the father of contemporary fantasy; J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #5: Down to the Roots - Fantasy

Down to the Roots – Fantasy

If you walked into a bookstore 50 years ago and asked the clerk where you could find the fantasy section you would probably receive one of three responses. A young and unpresumptuous clerk may just give you a blank look and have no idea what you are referring too. A seasoned clerk may assume that you are referring to Greek and Roman mythology and point you in that direction. Lastly, a sarcastic and self-amusing clerk may tell you that the adult bookstore is down the street and around the corner. Today, the fantasy section of your favorite bookseller is full of stories about elves, dwarves, orcs, magical artifacts, dragons, demons, and (insert your favorite hero’s and villain’s here). The fact that these modern fantasy stories even have a dedicated section devoted to them can be directly attributed to the father of contemporary fantasy; J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Salem’s Fire #5: System Wars 1: The Death of the Console?

System Wars 1: The Death of the Console?

This is the first in a series of three articles looking at the two main classes of gaming hardware (personal computers and gaming consoles) and what may happen now that consoles are becoming more and more like personal computers, and vice versa. In this first article, I will argue that the console will soon lose its role to the personal computer go away for good. In the second article, I will argue that the console will soon replace the consumer desktop computer. The third article will contain my ideas on how these two different platforms will continue to coexist in the future. Keep in mind that I do not necessarily agree with the arguments I present in the first two parts of this series. Not until part three will I give my own opinions. Ready? Then let us open the question of gaming?s future with the question of the console.

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Salem’s Fire #5: System Wars 1: The Death of the Console?

System Wars 1: The Death of the Console?

This is the first in a series of three articles looking at the two main classes of gaming hardware (personal computers and gaming consoles) and what may happen now that consoles are becoming more and more like personal computers, and vice versa. In this first article, I will argue that the console will soon lose its role to the personal computer go away for good. In the second article, I will argue that the console will soon replace the consumer desktop computer. The third article will contain my ideas on how these two different platforms will continue to coexist in the future. Keep in mind that I do not necessarily agree with the arguments I present in the first two parts of this series. Not until part three will I give my own opinions. Ready? Then let us open the question of gaming?s future with the question of the console.

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The Ninth Circle #4: Why are we here?

Why Are We Here?

Don’t get worried by the title; this column is not a philosophical musing on the nature of existence. I will be talking about Diablo II the game, and of course this site. Why do we come here and why do we play? While the last three columns did stay on the topic of computer games, the scope ranged from the local to the international. I thought it was time to talk about the central reason that brings us all here.

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The Ninth Circle #4: Why are we here?

Why Are We Here?

Don’t get worried by the title; this column is not a philosophical musing on the nature of existence. I will be talking about Diablo II the game, and of course this site. Why do we come here and why do we play? While the last three columns did stay on the topic of computer games, the scope ranged from the local to the international. I thought it was time to talk about the central reason that brings us all here.

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