Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day

I had a pleasant morning. Breakfast of pancakes plus eggs & grits made and served by the kids with an assist from the wife. Gifts were bestowed on me which I appreciated especially since the ones from the kids didn't include an assist. Machi Koro should be a fun little game. I hope the daughter will get into it as much as Tokaido. I dig that the boy likes spaceships and aliens and robots enough to get me a Star Wars origami book. Maybe there's some proto maker thinking in there too.

With the announcement that Bradley Cooper wants to see Hyperion on a screen I acquired the four books electronically and have been going back over them. I wonder if another ten or so years of time will change my thoughts on the books?

I did a decent amount of prep work for the week. Primarily getting familiar with a new platform that we're deploying. Now I need to check the calendar and prioritize what's time bound and what's floating. So far I'm not stacked with days of assigned time so hopefully I'll get some traction on bigger things.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Steam Sale and Games

The summer Steam sale is winding down. With over 320 games in my library it's tough to find new stuff that interests me, but here's some recommendations on games that I like quite a bit that you probably don't have yet.

  • Grey Goo - Bad name, great old school RTS. Three async factions. Single player, AI skrimish, and multiplayer are all there. The campaign is really well done with cut-scenes by WETA.
  • War for the Overworld - Kickstarted spiritual successor to Dungeon Keeper that is worthy of  the title. It was a rough "launch" but they've cleaned up the game quite nicely. 
  • Ori and the Blind Forest - Stunning Metroidvania style game. Really beautiful and the controls, exploration, and progression hold up.
  • Red Faction Guerilla - Before Volition lost their minds with Saint's Row 3 and 4 they created this open world game where structures could be destroyed walll by wall and strut by strut and behave the way you would expect. A joyous sandbox of destruction.
  • Wasteland 2 - Olds school post-apocalyptic RPG. Something to tide you over until Fallout 4 is released.