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Feel Inadequate About Your Computing Skills Today!

In Web Video on July 27, 2009 at 4:15 am

You’ve created stuff in a video editor and you feel pretty proud of yourself. Well, if you feel too confident about your ability to create a decent video production, I have the perfect remedy for you: It’s The Escapist’s Doomsday Arcade. It’s a hilarious web series where two gamers must flee from video game characters who have crossed over into their world. While worth it just for the jokes and references, the real reason I’m recommending that you watch this series is to see the crazy and amazingly well pulled off production and special effects. The series is able to create a great atmosphere and convincingly real unrealistic situations. It is, at times, to the detriment of the story but you will realize after watching this that you aren’t any good at making video.

For animation fans out there, check out The Escapist’s Unforgotten Realms about two friends playing a Dungeons-and-Dragons-esque game. I don’t care for Dungeons and Dragons at all but the series is funny enough otherwise for me to view every new video. It might not be, pardon the pun, the flashiest of animated series but it is decently impressive when you factor in that it is pretty much the work of one person, Robert Moran. Just another reason to go find a few tutorials online to get better at what you thought you were good at.

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What I’ve Been Playing

In iPhone, iTunes/iPod, Like a Drug, Windows, Windows on a Mac on July 11, 2009 at 9:45 pm

One game that I’ve been getting into recently is Beat Rider for iPhone/iPod touch. Here’s the iTunes link. While it’s somewhat a competitor to Tapulous’ Tap Tap Revenge 2, since both make you tap to music, it has an advantage and/or disadvantage: You can use what ever song you want. Because of this freedom, the gameplay resulting from songs isn’t always very good. On the other hand, there are some songs that shine. Try out Coldplay’s Viva La Vida. It works surprisingly well.

Another game that might be worth checking out is Chris Sawyer’s Locomotion for Windows. It’s not new but it’s pretty fun, if a bit demanding at times. You connect with trains, boats, road vehicles, planes and trams, cities, factories and resources to make money. It’s not bad for $10. Plus it’s from the guy who brought you RollerCoaster Tycoon.