Tag Archives: gaming

The Great Gaming Generation

For the people in my age bracket, video games had become ubiquitous during our youth. Our older brothers and sisters may have been the ones who purchased the consoles and games, but we grew up sitting in front of a television, plastic controller in hand.

Though many of my peers have moved past that piece of adolescent behavior, and onto more important matters, such as jobs and social relationships, there are still a few of us who prefer the interaction of NPCs over our meatspace brethren.

It is not nearly as bad as it sounds, but it can truly be a problem when one of us is attempting to start a business, reconnect with our past friends, or even just function as a decent member of society.

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Apple’s Jan. 27 Media Event Creates More Tablet Rumors Than You Can Shake a Stick At

Apple Event Invitation

Alright, Let's See It.

It is that time again, time for Apple fanboys to go all out and present as many unfounded rumors as they can possibly muster in a week’s time.

The time leading up to a new Apple presentation has historically been filled with massive amounts of wild stories about what new shiny product the Cupertino powerhouse corporation will be coming out with next.

Though I understand everyone’s enthusiasm for the upcoming event and the possibility of an Apple-branded tablet PC, I think that I am once again going to be underwhelmed by the news. Here’s why.

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Top Reasons I Haven’t Blogged Lately (Reasoning vs. Reality)

Procrastination

Later is the New 'Now'

It has been a long time since my last post, and I thought I would offer some excuses reasons I have not updated Worthless Genius in a while.

So, hit the jump if you would like to read my pathetic attempt to justify my absence.

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Raptor, Come on Down!

Worthless Genius recently posted a contest to win a copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum for the PC.  Contest entrants were asked to leave a comment containing their favorite Batman villain for a chance to win this PC game.

The winner was chosen through a randomized MySQL query, pictured here:

Congrats, Raptor!

Congrats, Raptor!

The winner of this much coveted prize is Raptor:

The Winning Comment

The Winning Comment

Congratulations to Raptor, and to all those who entered.

There were very few entries this time around, and this seems to be due to a DNS issue with Worthless Genius.  A few potential entrants noted that they could not reach the blog post, so I will have to be working with GoDaddy to attempt to get this sorted out.

Stay tuned everyone, there will be future contests here on Worthless Genius, so check back for your chance to win!

Win A Free Copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum!

Today, Worthless Genius is giving away a FREE copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum for the PC*!

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Awesome.

In Batman: Arkham Asylum, the player assumes the role of Batman as he delivers The Joker to Arkham Asylum. There, the imprisoned super-villains have set a trap and an immersive combat gaming experience unfolds. With an original script penned by Emmy Award-winning Batman writer Paul Dini, the game brings the universe of DC Comics’ detective to life with stunning graphics. Batman: Arkham Asylum offers players the chance to battle Gotham’s worst villains with Batman’s physical and psychological strength in a graphically distinct and story-driven game.

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this announcement:

  • Provide a valid email address
  • The name of your favorite Batman villain
  • One entry per person, please.
  • Try to keep it on topic.

Get your entries in by September 15th at midnight (EDT) for your chance to win.  Comments on this post will be disabled at that time, and the winner will be contacted and announced on September 16th.

*The prize will be given in the form of a promotional code for one free download via Games for Windows Live.  The winner will be emailed the code, which is valid between September 15, 2009 and December 31, 2009.

How To: Speed Up Your PowerPC Mac (Running Leopard)

Here is a roundup of those tweaks that I’ve used to gain significant performance on my obsolete iBook G4. Follow these to speed up your PowerPC Mac.

I have been a Mac user from the time that I was toddling around our home office.  I’ve dabbled in the other major platforms, but have always seemed to come back to the Mac for its ease-of-use and rich application environment.

iBook G4

iBook G4

In 2005, I purchased an iBook G4 for my wife’s use.  She had never used a Mac, and she was cautious; but she has since seen the light and save for her work environment and gaming, she uses her Mac exclusively.

In 2007, after running rock-solid for two years, we developed a fried DC in board, and we finally decided to upgrade to an Intel-based Macbook.  It was no easy feat, but I replaced the DC in board on the iBook, and suddenly I had myself a laptop to use on a regular basis.

To say that the iBook is underpowered would be a gross understatement.  Even though all applications that live on OS X today are universal binaries, even the newest applications begin to bog the system down.

I maxed out the RAM (at only 1.5Gb) and replaced the hard drive with a 5400 RPM drive, but this still didn’t solve the speed issues I was experiencing.

So, I did what any self-respecting (and financially broke) geek would do and scoured the web for any small tweak that I could make to cause the system to run a little smoother.

Here is a roundup of those tweaks that I’ve used to gain significant performance on my near-obsolete iBook G4.
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