Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ubisoft Hates Pro-Lifers




Ubisoft seems to be one of those game companies with a passion for self-destruction.  I mean, when one looks back at their record, how could anyone feel differently?  Not only did they come up with one of the most hated, most draconian, and ultimately, most failed DRM schemes imaginable, but they also have a way of rubbing people the wrong way with inappropriate political comments.  For example, recall the forthcoming title Rainbow Six: Patriots, a game that turns a Tea Party-like political movement (the "True Patriots") into domestic terrorists, including giving players the chance to play a hostage with an attached suicide vest.  Yeah.  Can you say tasteless?  Sigh.  I guess I could say something here like 'what do you expect from a French company?', but do I really need to at this point?

Well, today Ubisoft decided to dig itself a little deeper into its favorite politically inappropriate hole with two bizarre items.  First up: did you know that George Washington was a tyrant?  Well, according to the first bit of DLC for Ubisoft Montreal's popular Assassin's Creed 3 title, he might well have been....

Friday, February 8, 2013

It's not a Snowstorm, it's a Gamestorm!




As you probably heard, a rather big snowstorm - blizzard even! - is going to hit a large portion of the Tri-State area and New England.  Details:

Blizzard Warning
NJZ006-104-106-108-NYZ071>075-176-178-081200-
/O.CON.KOKX.BZ.W.0001.130208T1100Z-130209T1800Z/
HUDSON-EASTERN BERGEN-EASTERN ESSEX-EASTERN UNION-
SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER-NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-BRONX-
RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)-KINGS (BROOKLYN)-NORTHERN QUEENS-
SOUTHERN QUEENS-
1054 PM EST THU FEB 7 2013

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM FRIDAY TO 1 PM
EST SATURDAY...

* LOCATIONS...NEW YORK CITY...SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER COUNTY...AND
COASTAL PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 10 TO 14 INCHES...WITH
LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS WITHIN DEVELOPING SNOW BANDS.

* WINDS...NORTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...FALLING INTO THE 20S BY FRIDAY EVENING.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* TIMING...THE STRONGEST WINDS AND HEAVIEST SNOW WILL OCCUR
FRIDAY EVENING INTO SATURDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW AND WINDS WILL MAKE FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING
CONDITIONS WITH VISIBILITIES NEAR ZERO IN WHITE-OUT
CONDITIONS. IN ADDITION...SOME TREE LIMBS WILL BE DOWNED...
CAUSING SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS
AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF
YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVA
L KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET
STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

Now, I am one of those oddballs who actually enjoys storms.  Yeah, they are dangerous, and very inconvenient, but I confess to finding a bit of excitement in them.  I particularly like blizzards.  Why?  Because...

They make for great gaming weather!