V.25 No.4 | 1/28/2016


The Daily Word in Pets, Politicians and Pro Football

The Daily Word

Eastside animal shelter is offering free microchips for 100 pets, today 11am-1pm first come, first serve.

The cats in Albuquerque's first cat cafe will be up for adoption.

It’s about time. A law is being proposed to require all school employees to pass a background check.

J.K. Rowling strikes again.

They did the thing with the ball! Hurray sports! Broncos and Panthers heading to the Superbowl.

Hawaii politician reaches out to Tinder to get the vote. Things do not work out as planned.

#Blizzard2016 has brought us snow swimming.

V.24 No.4 | 1/22/2015


The Daily Word in ferrets, babies, shredding guitarists and penile fractures

The Daily Word

If you hear voices in your head you should talk back to them.

A “Death Test” at hospitals would give elderly patients a choice.

Three pet ferrets chewed a baby’s face off.

A baby in Arizona was born without eyeballs.

Eddie Van Halen turns 60 today!

A serious blizzard is hitting the Northeastern part of the U.S.

Blizzard of Ozz is a seriously amazing album that came out in 1980. It marked the debut of Ozzy Osbourne's solo project, and featured the late, great Randy Rhoads on guitar.

Here's how to tie a neck tie 30 different ways.

Prehistoric Shark Alert!

Sarah Palin claims to be interested in running for President in 2016.

Here are 5 of Sarah Palin’s most insane and incoherent moments.

And the most dangerous sex position is:

V.19 No.29 |

Video Games

StarCraft II Released Today

When you hear that a game has been in development for a very long time, it often spells doom, or at the very least mediocrity, for the title. Just look at games like Duke Nukem Forever, which was a disaster for several studios, and after 13 years of perpetual development it's still not out, or Too Human, which was announced during 3 separate console generations before it was finally released on the Xbox 360 to a resounding indifference. Way over at the other end of the spectrum, though, sits StarCraft II, the exception that proves the rule. Unlike most other developers, Blizzard is such a hugely profitable company that it can actually afford to keep a game in an extended development cycle, and today's release is the culmination of at least 7 years' work. I've known this for a while now, but I'm still a bit stunned they did that (mostly) on purpose. Here's to hoping it'll be as awesome as they clearly want it to be, and check below for extra tidbits about the game.

Collector's Edition unboxing!

Some pretty nice StarCraft II toys.

Overview of and the single-player campaign.

Known issues, and a good "what if it won't start" article.

A daisy chain of StarCraft races/building/crafts modeled in Spore's creature creator.

StarCraft II, the airplane.

Here's some advice on keeping your shiny new account from getting hacked.

The game also ships with a very in-depth editor, which is a development environment in its own right. It can be pushed so far as to create games like Tetris, cart racers, or even bullet-hell shooters. Obsoive.

And, of course, you can already torrent the game at your convenience.

V.19 No.27 |

Video Games

This Week In Games 7.9.10

Julian Murdoch is about the best writer ever to build his own MAME cabinet. Part 2 of 3.

Oh crap! Blizzard is going to require your real name in the forums! Oh, wait, no they're not.

Plants Vs Zombies 2?

Solving Brain Age math problems though reverse engineering.

Gaming will rot your brain. Damn.

H.A.W.X gets a sequel. H.A.W.X. 2.

TF2 gets an Engineer update.

Dragon Age 2. This ain't your slightly older brother's Dragon Age.

Vanquish, a new SciFi game from Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil), gets a release date.

You know, I bet you this is why Activision tried so hard to get Brutal Legend back after they kicked it to the curb.

The rumors were wrong - Hulu Plus will not require Playstation Plus once it's in full release.

Nasa's Moonbase Alpha is available on Steam for free.

Phew, the critics have spoken, and now we know what was good at E3.

V.19 No.18 |

Video Games

More Peeps At StarCraft 2

Sometimes it seems like everyone in the world besides myself is in the ongoing StarCraft 2 multiplayer beta. That's OK, though, because I pretty well suck at playing against humans in real-time strategy games, so up until now I've only been paying scant attention to Blizzard's upcoming blockbuster.

However, a few new tidbits have dropped recently and my head has officially been turned. First, the game finally (after 7 years of development, folks) has a release date: July 27. Second, Blizzard has revealed much more of the single-player campaign, and while the multiplayer has seemed very similar to the original, the campaign appears to be a massive upgrade in terms of available units and types of scenario. Finally, they started showing off challenge mode, which is a series of training missions designed to prepare the player for going up against other people. Roll all this up into one game (and hell, why not throw in a little Facebook while you're at it?) and I'm sooooo there.

V.19 No.16 |

Video Games

South Korea Rocked By StarCraft Cheats

Even though it's 12 years old, Blizzard Entertainment's StarCraft is still one of the most popular competitive online games today. A big part of that success is due to its reception in South Korea. StarCraft has sold nearly 10 million copies since release, and 4.5 million+ of those were sold in South Korea. Over the years, South Korea's competitive StarCraft tournaments have evolved into a bonafide electronic sports industry, boasting millions of viewers and extensive corporate sponsorship for teams.

All of that could come to a screeching halt, though, since it was announced last week that widespread game fixing by illegal gambling profiteers has been rampant in e-sports since 2006. There is even some indication that tournament promoters were aware of the issue, but kept quiet, not knowing how to handle the situation. Several players have been implicated, including some of the most revered of all time. This is doubly bad news for Blizzard's upcoming StarCraft 2, which was hit with an adults only rating by South Korea's Games Rating Board just last week. Blizzard has stated they intend to fight the rating.