Initial reviews of Final Fantasy XII look really good. This is the one that uses a FFXI Online-like world map. If they could let me make my own characters and use them, instead of pre-generated ones, this would be anything I could ever want in a console RPG. And it still may be.
Devices based upon Microsoft’s Origami project come out tomorrow. We’re already seeing a lot of Origami machines coming out of CEBit, the German consumer electronics trade show. It looks to be a small, handheld, wireless, tablet PC running Windows XP. The geek in me (get out of me, you GEEK) wants one just to have… but I am not sure what I would really do with it. This Origami video, made a year ago, has it doing just about everything. EVERYTHING. The buzz is that it will be sort of a super video iPod, with an online store likely called Alexandria.
Not sure I really need that. My media repository runs under Linux. Now, a Linux version of Origami might be nice…
In Kingdom of Loathing, the web-based game I began yesterday, I’m up to level 3, and working my way through the “Hobo’s Map” puzzle. Currently looking for “something that combines the properties of a knife and a stalk of asparagus…” I managed earlier to work my through the Haiku Dungeon, and can now do Haiku in the Haiku chat.
Funny bit about World of Warcraft as a text adventure in Wired News today:
Welcome to World of Warcraft: The Text Adventure.
You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. Around you is a forest. A small stream flows out of the building and down a gully. There is an elf with an exclamation point above her head here.
> Talk elf
“Alas,” she says. “There is a great darkness upon the land. Fifty years ago the Dwarf Lord Al’ham’bra came upon the Dragon Locket in the Miremuck Caverns. He immediately recognized the …”
> Click Accept
“Hey,” the elf protests. “This is important expository. Azeroth is a rich and storied land, with a tapestry of interwoven …”
> Click Accept
“OK, fine. Bring me six kobold tails.”