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Minecraft studio Mojang has been bought by Microsoft for $2.5B

Posted by EricBall, 15 September 2014 · 129 views

Additionally, creator Markus "Notch" Persson, partner Jakob Porser and CEO Carl Manneh will also be leaving Mojang.  Even before the sale Markus has tried to move away from Minecraft, but felt that selling out was they only way to continue to be himself.
 
I do wonder how MS plans on recovering it's 2.5 billion dollar investment.  (Esp...


Road Not Taken

Posted by EricBall, 06 August 2014 · 145 views

A couple of years ago my wife and I played an MMO called Glitch.  IMHO Glitch was doomed from the start because it only charged real money for vanity items and it wasn't social enough or fun enough to play indefinitely.  However, the stylized artwork was was very well done and one of the more enjoyable parts of the game.
 
When I first saw...


I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque

Posted by EricBall, 22 May 2014 · 226 views

I've been playing Half Life (1) on the new 27" iMac - bigger is better!  I've gotten most of the way through chapter 11 - Surface Tension, but I've discovered I bypassed getting the Tau gun back in chapter 10 - Questionable Ethics.  Sigh.... I even managed to get through the whole drain hatch / minefield section without killing the hel...


Next project

Posted by EricBall, 06 March 2014 · 328 views

While working at IBM (1993-2008) I acquired several classic Model M keyboards.  Unfortunately, they have PS/2 connectors which isn't supported even by many current desktops.  I have bought one of the "blue cube" adapters so I can use one at work, but I'm thinking I'd rather "roll my own" - open up the keyboard and replace the 6805 based controll...


tired of waiting for Mac Mini

Posted by EricBall, 28 February 2014 · 808 views

Back in late September when Apple announced the Haswell iMacs I thought it wouldn't be long before Apple would announce a Haswell update for the Mac Mini.  But in spite of much forum speculation and rumor no update has occurred.  I'm done waiting, so I will probably buy an iMac in the near future.
 
Which is funny, because when the Haswell...


"free to play"

Posted by EricBall, 31 January 2014 · 344 views

Although I don't program games for a living, I visit gamasutra.com daily.  A common topic in many articles is "free-to-play", from philosophical treatises to in-depth tutorials on how to best convince players to pay-up.  Personally I think "free to play" is killing the industry (Nintendo being the current whipping boy) because it disrupts the mo...


Apple TV 4 games?

Posted by EricBall, 24 January 2014 · 286 views

http://arstechnica.c...t-half-of-2014/
 
Reading the article this morning I had the question - could an Kinect device make it possible to play touchscreen style games on your home TV?
 
The problem is the two aren't equivalent.  A touchscreen gives visual position feedb...



Minecraft PS3

Posted by EricBall, 23 December 2013 · 462 views

Apparently the big game for early teens in Minecraft - at least according to my 13 year old son.  Unfortunately, he hasn't been able to partake in the game himself as we still haven't replaced the home computer (when will the Mac mini be upgraded to Haswell Apple, when?), nor can it be installed (even the "classic" version) on his Chromebook.  B...


Infinity Blade II

Posted by EricBall, 14 November 2013 · 337 views

A few months ago a few iOS games were released for free on the AppStore, Infinity Blade II being one of them.  Unfortunately, I didn't have enough space on my iPhone 4S at the time to complete the download.  But I recently unchecked the 2012 C3 panel recordings (to add the 2013 Pinball Expo panel recordings) and freed up enough space to complete...






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