Playing With My Weiner

Gaming at the mercy of miniature daschunds.

“Blizzard Day” continues – Diablo before Starcraft? September 15, 2008

Filed under: Blizzard,Diablo,Games,Industry,Rumors,Starcraft — Gwyddia @ 2:11 pm
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It's a cold day in . . .

A cold day...

Joystiq is reporting that Diablo 3 may hit shelves before Starcraft 2.  The rumor comes from an inside-Blizz source who claims that only a very few people are left working on Starcraft.


I have to say that this seems unlikely.   I played Starcraft 2 at PAX, and it felt like a finished product. As Araan points out, the reason the game may have fewer staff is because it is almost done. On the other hand, Blizzard says that Diablo 3 has been in development for over four years already, so it could be ready to go.


The weiner will follow.


Strong Bad Episode 2 out this week

Filed under: Games,Kotaku,Previews,Wii — Gwyddia @ 1:49 pm
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No.  Not yours.

No. Not yours.

Viva la Wii! As per Kotaku, Episode 2 of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People: Strong Badia the Free can be yours this week for a mere 1,000 Wii points. Play Strong Bad as he protects the King of Town’s tax on e-mail. Check out new Videlectrix titles like “Math Kickers Featuring the Algebros” and create more of your own Teen Girl Squad!


Also on the VC this week is a game called Potpourri.  I don’t know much about it other than its a puzzle game and it features GNOMES!  (It says leprechauns but look at them – those are SO gnomes.)  I am so there.


Oh, yeah, and some little game called Mega Man 2 is also coming to the Virtual Console this week. As if.


November 13 date confirmed

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Gwyddia @ 12:19 pm
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Blactivision has spoken. Pre-order your Lich King now.


Possible November 13 WotLK release date

Filed under: Other Folks,Rumors,World of Warcraft — Gwyddia @ 8:27 am
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You mean 7-Eleven may not be the arbiter of Blizzard release dates? (Maybe Dairy Queen?) Perhaps not, if Wowhead and Thottbot are correct. Both sites are showing official-looking icy splash pages bearing the legend “In Stores 11-13-08”. It is important to note, however, that Wowhead and Thottbot are both owned by the same company, and that Blizz itself has made no such announcement as of yet. The Weiner is watching.


New Gears of War 2 Trailer not for the faint of stomach

Filed under: Games,Industry,Other Folks,Previews — Gwyddia @ 7:57 am
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From, the 4:20 trailer that Cliff B showed at the GameStop manager’s Conference last week.


This is new gameplay footage.  It’s looking really good, though the motion and the gore factor may make this not-for-breakfast viewing.


Review: Cradlepoint CTR-500 portable broadband router

From our tech in the field, funjon, comes this review of the Cradlepoint CTR-500 portable broadband router. Tired of paying $10/hour at a Starbucks, funjon decides to blaze his own trail.  Gaming on the go or no go at all?  Read on.

A funjon.

A funjon.




In early July I bought a Cradlepoint CTR-500 portable broadband router. Its quite the useful little device – can set up and share mobile broadband anywhere, including the car. Great toy, if you’ve got a USB data card or ExpressCard/34 data card. Which I do – the Novatel Wireless Merlin XU870. Which as served me wonderfully over the past year.


Except it’s not supported by the CTR-500.


It worked from the start, sort of. The router saw it. With the appropriate AT commands, it would connect. But it crashed and rebooted, a lot. I think the longest runtime was 2 minutes before it went boom.


All is not lost! It appears that with the new (August 08) release of firmware, 1.3.1, the CTR-500 likes my Novatel Wireless Merlin XU870 ExpressCard. Obviously, it continues to not be officially supported, but it will connect. It connected before, too, but this time it doesn’t crash. Or at least, hasn’t yet. In fact, I’m posting this through the CTR-500/XU870 combo right now.


Of course, I went and bought an Option GT Max card used on eBay for $120, so I’d have -something- that worked with it right now. Which, I’ll probably keep for the time being, it never hurts to have a backup (or an officially supported device). With the Merlin, I don’t get the nifty signal-strength feature, but it does seem to be working.


Now I just need to find something to put the router in while it’s in my backpack so it doesn’t get scratched to hell. Oh, and I really need to fix the cigarette lighters in my car, so the router will work on them.


Official support would be even cooler, but making it not crash on this unsupported modem is MUCH APPRECIATED. I’m glad I didn’t spend $350 on a data card (and $200 on a router) in vain.


Now to get a couple of mag-mount antennae put on the car for super mega signal.  The router -and- the Merlin card both have external antenna connectors. Hooray for a 80mph WiFi hotspot!


All in all, I’d probably give it 4 weiners out of 5. There have been some teething problems (occasionally config options dont get saved to flash), but it has additional features I’m not using. You can also plug in a USB broadband card, or you can use a phone as a modem, and there’s a wired ethernet port that can be either a WAN or LAN port, configurable in software.


The Cradlepoint CTR-500 retails for around USD $179.99.