Sunday, November 28, 2010

Part I: What I've been working on in #Minecraft

I am still helplessly addicted to Minecraft. I've given up on survival singleplayer now that survival multiplayer is alive and kicking with damage. I play on a small server with a few friends (but its down currently :( ) The game is definitely still alpha in many regards, but the quality of the core components makes it very playable.

Here is a few screenshots showing the evolution of my little spot on our server.  This covers my basic building.  I have a lot of progress past this which will come in another post.

This one is before I realized how to use F1 and F2 to take clean screenshots.

Putting the interior balconies up and finishing the ground floor walls.

Framing out the second floor and testing different roofing styles.

Dirt scaffolding to put on the roof.

Roof is finished.

Roof is complete and scaffolding is removed.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Gaming Deals

Its that time of year again: Black Friday.
Onto the gaming deals o' the day:

Steam's daily deals:

The Steam sale has been fairly underwhelming up to this point, but that may be due to the fact I own so many games from last years sale that I have yet to get around to playing that I'm afraid to buy anymore this year!  Dawn of War II Gold Edition is on sale now as of 1 PM EST for $13.60 (thats DoW II and DoWII Chaos Rising packaged together) deals: Black Friday Video Game Deals

Amazon has been good if you are a console gamer.  A lot of Xbox360 titles.  Not much in the name of PC games or PC gaming gear.

A few choice picks:

Fable III (Xbox 360) - $29
Fallout: New Vegas (Xbox 360) - $29
Wii Bundle - $169
World of Warcraft Cataclysm (PC) - $39

Microsoft SideWinder Gaming Mouse - $34 (save $45)
Sennheiser HD555 Professional Headphones - Check back shortly for deal
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard - $98 (save $3)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Catch Up: September, October What I'm Playing/What I'm Paying

It sure has been quiet around here lately.  I missed out on EA Louse and the copy cats.  Work has been crazy and in my free time I've been settling down to watch the Green Bay Packers play, watching my son, or listening to the soothing sound of blocks being mined in Minecraft.

First, lets get the business out of the way.  I have embedded the new What I'm Playing/What I'm Paying spreadsheets for September and October below. The overall spreadsheet (includes previous months) can be found here.

Game of the Month and /Played

To be honest, September and October were all about one game: Minecraft. Minecraft is a simple, yet brilliant game. Mine blocks, build stuff. The entire randomly generated world is made up of blocks that can be harvested either through tools or through the use of raw fist power. The blocks can then be used to build anything imaginable. Throw in flowing water (or lava), monsters, weapons and armor, and online play and you start to see why I am putting so much time into the game.

To best describe the game let me refer you to one of the video series that convinced me to buy the game:

Minecraft is addictive fun and nearly everything I've ever wanted in a game. Oh and its still in ALPHA. ALPHA! Now with the beta on the horizon and promises of better functioning multiplayer, I may have found the addiction... err game... I've been waiting for since giving up my addiction to World of Warcraft.

Best of all, I can run Minecraft on my work PC.  Good bye productivity (just kidding boss, I only play on break or on lunch).

Btw, you can get some sweet, sweet Minecraft music over on Amazon.


Total spent this Month: $13.47
My Value Rating: Excellent

Minecraft costs anywhere from $12 to $15 depending on the conversion rate at the time.  This purchase price includes all future updates for the game.  This is the best game purchase I've made in a very long time.