What I'm playing...

  12:11:02 pm, by Elliot   , 248 words  
Viewed 3953 times since 10/21/09
Categories: Games, Elder Scrolls

In light of my recent birthday, I have attained a PS3. So here is what I am currently playing:

  • Fallout 3: I managed to get my hands on the Game of the Year edition that came out on the thirteenth. Although, I haven't started any of the DLCs yet. I have read in places that the DLC on the PS3 does not work, so here's to hoping! Oh, and this game is just simply amazing, if you haven't bought/played it.
  • Oblivion: Do I really have to explain this one? :D It's nice to finally return to Cyrodiil and talk about mudcrabs!
  • Assassin's Creed: I was a little thrown off when it I found out the game is set on the premise of reliving the ancestors life... it seems really... Matrix-y to me. I have enjoyed what I have played so far, so I hope it keeps going well.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: This is easily one of my all-time favorite games. It is a masterpiece that builds on the shortcomings of the games before it (I don't care what you say, San Andreas sucked). And plus, I can spend hours just driving around... Liberty City (aka New York). This game just makes me smile (although the fighting could be a little bit better).

I plan on getting more games soon. Ones that I have my eye on are the Uncharted Series and Assassin's Creed II. Any good games that are PS3-platform specific that I should look into?

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What I'm Playing....

  10:08:04 am, by Daveh   , 205 words  
Viewed 2708 times since 10/20/09
Categories: Games

To try and keep up with Bethesda's latest What We're Playing here's a short list of what I've been entertaining myself with lately:

  • Wolfenstein -- I picked this up shortly after my last playing list and finished it last week. A fun enough game well worth my money but the reviews of the game I've read pretty much nailed the good and bad of the game. Its a decent FPS with a twist (veil "magic") and some great boss fights but I think it tried to take itself too seriously and force the plot onto you by overly long and complex cut scenes. A simpler and less serious "you're a hero, kill Nazis" plot would have worked just as well, like in the very original.

Ok, a *really* short list but I tend to focus on one game at a time, particularily when it involves having to swap DVDs. I'm not sure how all those folks at Bethesda have time to play all those games. I suppose it helps when you're working in the gaming industry so playing games can be considered "research". If only I could figure a way of convincing people at work that playing Oblivion is somehow relevant to electromagnetic non-destructive testing.

I may need help...

  06:22:27 pm, by Daveh   , 60 words  
Viewed 3814 times since 10/18/09
Categories: Welcome

As you can see from the picture below, I may very well need professional help:

I decided a while ago to go ahead and order the custom plates and finally got around to getting to the driver's bureau and putting them on my car. Feel free to give a friendly honk if you happen to see me driving around Toronto.

In the News -- Backups!

  09:01:10 pm, by Daveh   , 335 words  
Viewed 21933 times since 10/13/09
Categories: Misc, News

A piece of news that caught my eye and interest recently. A snippet from the official customer letter:

... Regrettably, based on Microsoft/Danger’s latest recovery assessment of their systems, we must now inform you that personal information stored on your device – such as contacts, calendar entries, to-do lists or photos – that is no longer on your Sidekick almost certainly has been lost as a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger. That said, our teams continue to work around-the-clock in hopes of discovering some way to recover this information. However, the likelihood of a successful outcome is extremely low. ...

Wow! The short story seems to be that Danger, a MS owned company that makes the Sidekick and stores all their user's data, decided to upgrade their network storage system which somehow failed and they don't have any backups losing all data stored in the process....

Blink, blink....

I had to read it a few times to make sure I heard it right. While I'm sure there are undisclosed details to the failure to basically summarize what went wrong:

  • They were working on a system that was essentially bought for $500 million (!) in February 2009
  • They didn't make a backup before working on the system despite what seems to be a pretty significant procedure
  • They didn't know their existing backups were unusable until it was too late

There have been similar stories in the past few years of large web sites or companies having a critical failure of some sort and not having the backups to restore things resulting in a huge set back or even the company going under. I'll be writing about what I've learned through trial and error (mostly error) about backups from running the UESP in the future. Our backup strategy is far from perfect but apparently it's miles better than companies orders of magnitude larger and stories like this make me feel a little better about losing a whole day of data from the UESP's database hard drive failure in July.

What an Elliot Does

  07:12:29 pm, by Elliot   , 308 words  
Viewed 11598 times since 10/10/09
Categories: Games, Elder Scrolls, Misc, TV/Movies, Sports, Hobbies

Hey there readers! In order to keep up with the minor tradition, here is what I am playing at the moment.

  • Nothing!

I know, it is rather upsetting, but my 360 received the infamous red ring of death way back in March. I haven't been able to get a new one, but I plan to mooch one off of my parents for my upcoming birthday this week.

So to provide more insight into how I play games, here is my Top 10 list:

  1. Mass Effect
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  3. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  4. Kingdom Hearts
  5. The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
  6. Bioshock
  7. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  8. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  10. Halo: Combat Evolved

Yeah... I don't necessarily go outside my comfort zone in video games much. Mass Effect is my top because of the depth of the game, and the fact that I nerd out hard to space fantasy (SG-1/SGU anyone?). Also, the combat game is beyond fluid, so it is comparable to reading a book. Of course, TES games are on there as well, except Arena (because it sucks). I have always been a fan of the Zelda series, even though it does predate me. And last, Halo is a great game, and the story in the first one is exceptionally done.

So more about me. I am a huge sports fan: the Colts, Pacers, Fever, Carl Edwards, and Michael Phelps are my favorites in their respective areas. I can basically watch all of the with the same enthusiasm, so I don't have a favorite except the NFL. So I might make some sports posts if people show interest (but most people who like video games and wikis... don't like sports :p ).

So that is basically my generic Welcome post, hope you enjoy reading in the future!