Playing With My Weiner

Gaming at the mercy of miniature daschunds.

Goodbye, EGM January 7, 2009

Filed under: Industry,Other Folks — Gwyddia @ 2:00 am
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It is official: Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine is no more.  The company’s web presence, 1UP.com has been purchased by UGO, a Hearst company after EGM’s original parent, Ziff Davis, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The magazine has been shuttered permanently.  I was hoping that most of the staff would be kept on, but Kotaku is reporting that Skip Pfister, Ryan O’Donnell, Philip Kollar, Jay Fresh, Cesar Quintero, Nick Suttner, Anthony Gallegos, Matt Chandronait, Shane Bettenhausen and former EIC James Mielke have been let go and that the 1Up Show is no more. What exactly do they have left, and who do they think will produce it?  

 

On a personal level I am very sorry to hear about this.  Over the last year EGM and 1Up have become significant staples in my gaming life.  The 1Up Yours Show is a significant inspiration for the WeinerCast, and the 1Up Show theme is never more than an earworm away.  EGM has always been the finest of the gaming magazines, and really gave meaning to the term “game journalism”.  It was always my dream to write for them – now I guess I never will.  Best of wishes to all of you over there or wherever you end up.

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Just One More Thing. . . January 6, 2009

Filed under: Mac,Other Folks — Gwyddia @ 4:15 pm
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(Not) introducing the MacBook Wheel:

 

 

Pitch-perfect send-up, guys.

 

Notes From The Last MacWorld

Filed under: Mac,Other Folks — Gwyddia @ 3:59 pm
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Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, did a yeoman’s job today in delivering the final MacWorld keynote, even if the announcements themselves weren’t so exciting. Here’s the the highlights via The Weiner’s twitstream for your edification:

 

– iLife refresh. I’m liking the new GarageBand/iTunes option to buy “artist lessons” from established musicians for $4.99.
– iLife still free on new machines. Upgrade is $79, family pack is $99 to upgrade. Shipping late Jan.
– Keynote remote – 99 cent app that lets you use your iPhone as a Keynote presentation remote. Neat.
– 17″ MBP unibody enclosure at last. 6.6 lbs?! That’s huge.
– $50 anti-glare option – thanks for the kick in the pants for all of us early MBP adopters.
– New battery type – longest lasting ever – I am hoping they sell them for the 15″ model so I can get one. Up to 8 hours of work time, 1000 recharges! That’s double today’s model.
– Non-removable – so much for getting one for my 15 inch.
– One more thing is iTunes – 0.69, 99 and 1.29 pricing and more DRM free stuff. Allegedly by end of Q1 ALL 10 M songs on iTunes will be DRM free.
– New Cheezburger iPhone app allows you to view AND make LOLs on the go.
– 3G downloading from iTunes and App Store working as intended.

 

Theremin Hero FTW January 5, 2009

Filed under: Games,Other Folks,Rock Band — Gwyddia @ 5:56 pm
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Have you lost your voice singing in Rock Band? Can’t conceive of giving up the game until your throat feels better? Grab a theremin and go to town. Check out how this guy does.

 

I’m Blind December 29, 2008

Filed under: DS,Industry,Nintendo,Other Folks,Wii — Gwyddia @ 3:42 pm
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The folks at Joystiq used this image today in their daily commentary about Nintendo printing money. The story isn’t news, but the picture made me want to cry. So I decided to share. “Enjoy”.

My EYES...

My EYES...

 

Weinercast Wednesday! December 24, 2008

Filed under: Games,GTA,Halo,Other Folks,WeinerCast,World of Warcraft — Gwyddia @ 10:07 am
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The Weinercast is go! This week: Walkin’ In A Weiner Wonderland.

As always, the Weinercast is available on Gwyddia - Weinercast

Please leave us a review or a comment/question, and we’ll address it on air next week!

A non-iTunes link if you need it.

 

Get Your Log On December 22, 2008

Filed under: Other Folks,XBox 360 — Gwyddia @ 12:19 pm

Are you sad because you can’t get the Yule Log Channel this year? Fret not – the wacky users of XNA have programmed an ever-burning piece of dead tree for your holiday enjoyment. For only 400 Microsoft Points you can have a bit of Christmas cheer forever, without the ash!

Snap, crackle, pop.

Snap, crackle, pop.