Tag Archives: Games

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.

Video Game Ratings Are Worthless

Note: This is not meant to be a post about how the ESRB ratings system itself is worthless, rather that there is a giant portion missing from the concept: parental involvement.

I recently purchased The Sims 3 for my wife, and we had a short discussion about the opinions some parents had over the “sexual content” in the previous Sims games.

Though I’ve been involved in all kinds of gaming communities for M-rated games, I failed to understand how a parent could be outraged by such a small thing in a video game that they themselves bought for their children.  It was only then that I realized that these parents were completely clueless about the games they were purchasing for their children, then had the gall (or stupidity) to be angry at the game companies for the content that the parents allowed their children to experience.

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Audio in Modern Computing

With all the focus today on creating modern and more interactive interfaces with the computing platforms we use on a daily basis, it seems to me that we are focusing mostly on the senses of touch and sight, and neglecting the roll that sound could play in the way we use our computing devices.

I realize that most devices are targeted to work with a large variety of consumers, thus allowing someone to use a PC without needing to be able to experience audio-specific cues, but I have to wonder what sort of new ideas could come out of modern interface design if developers were allowed to use audio in a more functional manner.

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Workflow Experiment – Part 1: Getting Ready

When taking on a colossal effort such as this Workflow Experiment, it pays off immensely to do some preparation in order to save some time for you in the future.

Because I will end up doing 4 different Windows installations, there are a few things that I can do in order to save myself some time.

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Podcast Episode #4 – Linux, Linux, Linux!

In today’s episode, I discuss Linux.  I also touch on the polarization of the Linux community on the topic of embracing closed-source, proprietary software, and why it would be a good thing for the community as a whole.

Here are some links to what I talked about today:

This episode marks the first episode recorded in GarageBand, so you should see a drastic improvement in the audio quality.  As always, send me some feedback, and let me know what you think, ways that I can improve, or if you think I should start putting music back into the episodes.

Thank you for listening, and feel free to discuss this episode here in the comments. You can also email me suggestions or comments at worthlessgenius [at] gmail.com, or hit me up on Twitter, @stroz. Also, check out my FriendFeed, with username strozykowski.

Or you can download it here: mp3 format