Monday, December 11, 2006

Must Post More...

I probably make a this post every couple of months... but here it goes anyways :).

I've never written a journal before--or at least if I've tried it's never lasted very long--but it's always something that I've wanted to do. Now this blog isn't really a journal. When I think of a journal I think of a very personal account of someone's day to day life. Here I'm just trying to put down anything and everything interesting that I think of, see, do, or find on the internet--hopefully some of which might even be of interest or use to someone. At the very least, many of the posts have information that I think I might like to remember sometime down the line.

Anyway, I need some system to force myself to make more regular posts. Suggestions welcome :). I'll let you know if I think of something.

Myth II Soulblighter

Ahh a wonderfull game from back in the day. I remember playing the original Myth (circa 1997) over dialup from the upstairs attic of our house (then my Dad's office I believe). Myth II came along a year later and, despite being officially dropped by Bungie in 2002, still has hosted servers and regular updates from a still thriving online community.



The site playmyth.nethosts the games online servers and acts as a repository for the multitude of player created maps which have given the game such a long lifespan.

Other community projects like Project Magma, The Tain, and Flying Flip update the games themselves.



Myth II, for example, was made before OS X, and certainly long before Apple's switch to Intel processors. So the original executable on the CD will not even run on my fancy new 24inch core 2 duo imac. However, the good people at The Tain have an updated Auto Installer which copies the files you need from the Myth II disk and applies the latest updates and bug fixes as well as patches necessary to play on playmyth.net's servers now that the famous Bungie.net is no longer hosting Myth.

But that's not all!!! There's a new update currently in beta which turns Myth II into a Universal Binary application! How freeking cool is that? An almost 10 year old game that I can install, pull some updates off the internet, and run it native on my core 2 duo. So props to the amazing community that the Myth series fostered. Bungie produced a real gem with Myth. Too bad they sold their souls to Microsoft--and while they're still producing amazing stuff (read Halo) the fact that it's first available only on XBox/XBox 360 really stinks. Especially since this is from a company who started out on the mac; producing, among others, the genera defining Marathon Series (which, by the way, also still has an amazing cult following). Of course with Marathon the following in more focused on decyphering the amazingly subtle and detailed storyline and looking for connections to various other Bungie games.



So if you do decide to give this gem a try, look around for Shebanator on the playmyth.netservers. I'd be happy to own you ;).

Board Game Geek Web Widget -- 5 Games from my Collection

On an earlier entry, I posted a link to boardgamegeek.com. It's still a thriving site which I recommend to anyone interested in board gaming.

Anyway, they recently implemented a fun little web widget that allows you to, among other things, link to random games from my collection. I've entered the games that I own into a database and the php/javascript web widget on bgg.com allows me to display them here. So here goes, 5 random games from my collection!

Edit: Well damn, blogger aparently doesn't like scipt tags. That really sucks. But I typed all this so I'll publish the darn entry anyway.