IceWarm's Random Thoughts

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

World of Warcraft Can Be A Family Activity

I was playing some World of Warcraft on Saturday night and met a player and his mother in the game. They both play the game and their computers are right next to each other. I think this is pretty cool. It shows how a game can be enjoyed by both parents and their children.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Star Wars Empire At War Demo

The demo of Star Wars Empire At War has been released. You can download it here be warned though the demo is around 759 megabytes. So far I think the demo is pretty cool. You have the option to play a tutorial or jump right into a single player game. The ground combat plays a lot like a traditional RTS. The space combat is quite cool. I also really like the cinematic view that lets you view your battles in a cinematic fashion. So far I am enjoying it and am looking forward to playing the full game in February.

Monday, January 16, 2006

80's Cover Band At The Club

I just got back from seeing a local 80's cover band called Latex Limousine at a club in town. I've seen then once before last Halloween. They rock at covering some great songs from the 80's. On the web site the club encouraged everybody to dress in 80's style and if you did you got a cheaper cover charge. I dressed kind of in a Miami Vice style shirt, brown slacks, loafers, sunglasses, a blue plastic bracelet and even included a cheesy medallion on a chain. The show was great and the band let people from the audience sing on stage with them. They are a three piece band and one of the guitarists said he was losing his voice because he just got over a cold. I decided to be the first one to try to sing with then and sang Jesse's Girl. Finally singing that song many times on Karaoke Revolution Volume 2 actually paid off. Not really but it was a blast though. One guy in the audience then came up to me and said I had some "Huge f---ing balls." A few other people also got on stage after I got the ball rolling. I then sang one more song. I sang You've Got Another Thing Comin'. That was even more fun than Jesse's Girl. I learned how to sing that song from playing a lot of Grand Theft Auto Vice City and Guitar Hero. It all made for an awesome night. Here are some pictures of my 80's suit.


Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Star Wars Purge(Warning...Spoilers)

I just picked up the one-shot of Star Wars Purge from Dark Horse Comics. This comic basically consists of Darth Vader owning the hell out of a bunch of Jedi. The coolest part of this comic is when Vader gets his hand cut off while holding a normal looking sword. He then says he surrenders but some of the Jedi know it is a trick. Still one Jedi does not listen and jumps at Vader to kill him. Vader uses a Force Grab to pick up his severed hand with the sword still in it and then uses a Force Push to slam the hand with sword in its grasp into the attacking Jedi's chest. It looks awesome. Here are some pictures from the comic:

The Cover:
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Vader gets hid hand cut off:
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Vader says he surrenders:
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Vader uses his own severed hand to kill a Jedi:
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Thursday, January 05, 2006

World of Warcraft War Effort Quests

Recently war effort quests have been added to World of Warcraft. These quests are very cool. They are quests that require a player to bring various materials to NPCs. These materials are usually crafted or farmed from the game world. I think this is a cool idea because they have NPCs that will take the most basic form of a crafted material. For example if you just started skinning you can turn in light leather and if you are a medic you can turn in linen bandages. Higher level creations like silk bandages and heavy leather are also taken. When you complete a quest you get points that can be spent on your reputation to various groups. I also think this is a cool idea because nobody is left out. People new to crafting can participate and so can experienced crafters. I also feel it helps the community grow. You can meet a lot of new players if you want to buy materials or crafted goods for the war effort.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

New Year's Resolutions

Here are my resolutions for the new year:

  • Get an Xbox 360
  • Get to level 60 in World of Warcraft