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Everything Else / Re: New Steve City
« on: April 11, 2008, 06:19:54 pm »
Rank 207, pop 2202, rev 574800, unemp 1%, transp 99%, crim 1%, poll 0%.

"12 April: An inhabitant has left New Steve City to look for a job."

Everything Else / Re: Youtube Video Bonanza
« on: April 07, 2008, 11:49:29 am »
The gamer episode of "How Clean Is Your House?"

Part 1: (8:22)

Part 2: (7:02)

Part 3: (8:16)

PC Games / Re: Old Old PC games you still play.
« on: March 25, 2008, 02:44:55 pm »
Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow (Pikachu edition) for the Nintendo Game Boy Color. Grind heaven. I'm never bored while riding a bus.

[Edit: then again, those are handheld games, not PC games. In the PC category, I'd have to say Diablo II, just like many others here. I also get pwned regularly playing NetHack, and I still enjoy a session of Escape Velocity: Nova from time to time. I also sometimes fire up an Apple IIe emulator I downloaded, on which I still play Ultima IV.]

Everything Else / Re: New Steve City
« on: March 25, 2008, 02:32:16 pm »
rank 192, population 2059, unemployment 0, transportation 100, criminality 1%, pollution 0.

Finally, some crime! It just doesn't feel like New Steve City without at least a little bit of extralegal shenanigans...  8)

Everything Else / Re: New Steve City
« on: March 14, 2008, 02:24:23 pm »
rank 169, population 1970, unemployment 1%, transport 99%, criminals 1%, pollution 2%.

"14 March: A fire has devastated 7 hectares of forest. Police search for the arsonist." It looks like you might have to plant another tree, LadyM.

Everything Else / Re: New Steve City
« on: March 13, 2008, 03:55:11 pm »
Check out the *other* my mini city game, by the same developer:

Everything Else / Re: New Steve City
« on: March 02, 2008, 06:21:54 pm »
It's been interesting and sad to follow GoonTown, which is currently ranked #2 in the United States at MyMiniCity. Early last week, it was very close to reaching 200K population. However, a sabotage effort, reminiscent of an old fashioned denial-of-service attack, is currently under way. Several times per minute, another click to "increase industry" is registered at Goon Town. The effect is that GoonTown's pollution is now 57%, and the blog at the bottom of the screen contains numerous red messages that read "Several inhabitants leave GoonTown; they are searching for some unpolluted clean air!." GoonTown's population has dropped 14K in a week.

The saboteurs are even leaving taunting comments in GoonTown's news bulletin. I just read two: "DEATH: just stopping by, took 11 citizens. See you tomorrow" and "Motion Twin ADMIN: This city cheat, we have to destroy it. Make /ind only or your city will be destroyed too."

I hope nobody tries to sabotage New Steve City in this way. (Unless, of course, Steve *wants* his city to be like the one in his beloved "The Warriors" movie.)  :o

Forum Games / Re: how would you describe the poster above you?
« on: February 27, 2008, 04:28:48 pm »
Sings "No Woman, No Cry" to the girl, knowing it will make her swoon.

Forum Games / Re: Corrupt a wish
« on: February 26, 2008, 04:14:54 am »
A tornado whisks you to Oz, where twelve flying monkeys clean your clock. "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."

I wish I could get over my cold more quickly.

Everything Else / Windows Live Search: "Did you mean: Stephen clicker?"
« on: February 06, 2008, 09:36:51 am »
I thought I'd look for info about the "Games for Windows MVP" awarded to our friendly host. But when I went to Microsoft's website, but I couldn't find it:

All three links on that search page end up redirecting me to a "no such product" page.

Steve, was your MVP award rescinded or something?

Also, I thought it was funny that their search wanted me to correct the typo in our friendly host's name. [edit: grammar]

Books / Re: The worst book you've ever read
« on: February 02, 2008, 07:20:53 am »
Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein.

Awesome premise: human boy, raised by aliens, returns to Earth; the boy and his fellow Earthlings struggle to 'grok' each others' bizarre cultures.

But by the time I finished the book I was completely disillusioned. I no longer cared about nor identified with any of the characters. I felt as though I were the butt of a cruel haze or practical joke played by the author on his readers; I imagined Mr. Heinlein lounging in his easy chair, pointing his finger at me and laughing "sucker!" while his publisher snickered approvingly behind him.

Fortunately, I also read one of his earlier works, Starship Troopers, which was sufficiently superb that I can forgive him for his awful Stranger.

Books / Re: Quotes from books - your favorites
« on: February 02, 2008, 06:49:59 am »
"The enemy's gate is down." - Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

PC Games / Re: List of Free PC Games
« on: January 19, 2008, 08:57:35 am »
I just finished playing Jason Rohrer's "Passage" game a few times. (Hooray for Mac OS X native game ports!) Link:

It has been touted as an "artsy" game. I think that's a valid assessment, in the sense that what you take from the game in terms of enjoyability and emotion is proportional to the time and emotion you invest in the game. I suppose you can think of it as a "deep" game, but only as deep as you imagine it to be. I found it shallow, so I guess I'm not sufficiently cultured.

Music / Re: "What are you listening to" thread
« on: October 28, 2007, 07:44:50 am »
Episode 9, 'The Zombie Special,' of the Meeples and Miniatures podcast.

Music / Re: "What are you listening to" thread
« on: July 05, 2007, 09:25:20 pm »
Just Another Day, by Oingo Boingo.

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