The Ninth Circle #5: Brickbats and Bouquets I

Brickbats and Bouquets I

Already I am up to article #5, it seems like only last week I was emailing my columnist application to Flux. Time flies when you?re having fun, and the experience of becoming a columnist for a major Internet site has so far been great.

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Salem’s Fire #7: System Wars 3: A Clearer Picture

System Wars 3: A Clearer Picture

So, if the personal computer will fail to drive the console out of our lives, as I argued in part one, and the console fails to remove the desktop computer as a part of the household, as I suggested in part two, then what is the future of household computing, and by extension of gaming?

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Salem’s Fire #7: System Wars 3: A Clearer Picture

System Wars 3: A Clearer Picture

So, if the personal computer will fail to drive the console out of our lives, as I argued in part one, and the console fails to remove the desktop computer as a part of the household, as I suggested in part two, then what is the future of household computing, and by extension of gaming?

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Flux’s Decahedron #10: The Best/Worst Uniques in Diablo II

Breaking slightly with format, this week we have not a top 10 list (of course half the others weren’t either, what with my overzealous Honorable Mentions) but a Best/Worst Unique items list, by item type.  So each item type is listed, such as Amulets, Boots, Belts, Swords, etc, and for each I’ve selected the best and the worst of that type, with a bit of utterly-unscientific discussion about their various benefits and shortcomings.

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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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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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