Some Short Thoughts on Ready Player One

I love audiobooks. I mean, I really like ’em. My audible library tells me I’ve read close to sixty of them in the past year or two, which actually kind of terrifies me. Where did the time go? That’s hour after hour of spoken word. Dang. And the thing is, I’ve finished almost every single one of those books. I mean, I’m still working through the 62+ hour compendium of Sherlock Holmes stories, but I’ve almost finished everything.

Except for one book in particular, one book that pissed me off so much I had to put it down after only a few hours because I could barely contain myself… Ready Player One.

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Tales of the Otherworld

Greetings, listeners! Gather to your radio near, as tales of horror you soon shall hear! Yes, it is once again time for Tales of the Otherworld! Some of you may have thought that, since our sponsor, Gary’s Footwear, left us last week, that the show would be caput, as so many characters in our stories seem to end up. Not so, dear listener! We have found a new sponsor, and we relish the thought of continuing for ages more, ever spewing dark auras from your living room radio. Now come, sit! We have an incredible tale for you tonight…

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Defending the Steam Controller and Steam Link

Back in November of 2015, Valve released their much-hyped new accessory, the Steam Controller, which was created to allow mouse-like controls so that video games that were originally created to be used with a mouse and keyboard could be used with a controller instead. Along with the Steam Controller came the Steam Link, which was more or less a wireless HDMI cord so you could play PC games on a TV. It could also be linked up with the Steam Controller so that you didn’t need to be right next to your PC in order for it to work.

It’s been nearly two years since these pieces of hardware were released. Now, the real question is: did they hold up?

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Hair 2.0 and You (A Message from GeneSystems Health and Wellness Labs)

Hello, valued consumer! This is Vic Vanderbuck wishing all the best to you and yours in this exciting new stage of your life.

You recently decided to undergo GeneSystems’ Hair 2.0 service. Congratulations! We’re excited to be able to provide you with this new and exciting treatment to cure baldness, and we are pleased as punch that you decided to try out a subscription to Hair 2.0.

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Thoughts on the Streets of Rogue Alpha

Streets of Rogue, developed by Matt Dabrowski, came to my attention when I watched one of Super Bunnyhop’s latest videos. Before you go on, check that video out. It’s pretty spot-on in most places, but it doesn’t quite give the game the in-depth look that it deserves.

Now, given that roguelikes are not only my jam but also quite possibly my peanut butter and bread, I had to give the game a shot. What I expected was a top-down dungeon crawler themed around exploring the slums and shooting guns.

What I got was closer to Deus Ex, if it was made by lunatics.

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Let’s Talk: The Mario Canon (Guest Article by Trogdorbad)

UWBW’s Note: So, a couple of weeks ago, my buddy Trogdorbad (@Trogdorbad) asked to write a guest article for this blog. I said it sounded like a fine idea. What follows is… well, it’s wonderful. Without further ado, let me present: The Trogdorbad interpretation of The Mario Canon.

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