Various News

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.”

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  1. Instead of running home and immediately getting on the computer, I run home and… took the cat for a walk to get the mail… talk with a neighbor… make a nice dinner of pork and bismatti… do the dishes… play a little Guitar Hero and then get online and play games. By the time I sat down to play, it was too late for all the raiding guilds so I just played EQ2. Since I am not to raid level there, I can still do things at my own pace. There is always something I can do alone in EQ2 that is fun. I can do alone things in WoW, but they're all boring. In WoW, even the group things are boring. The game just totally bores me aside from raids, and I am not home in time to raid.

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