Playing With My Weiner

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Weinercast Wednesday October 22, 2008

The Weinercast is go! This week I discuss the Little Big Planet fiasco, WoW 3.02 and women gamers.

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!

And a non-iTunes link if you need it.

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Weinercast Wednesday – A Lesson in Civility October 1, 2008

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Sawyer believes that all civilized creatures nap.

Sawyer believes that all civilized creatures nap.

This week Araan and I discuss civility online. Why are some people jerks, and what should companies and other gamers do about it?

As always, the Weinercast is available on iTunes.

And a non-iTunes link if you need it.

 

Weinercast 4 – Indy Gaming Edition September 24, 2008

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I'm Indy, and I approve this message.

I'm Indy, and I approve this message.

As always, the Weinercast is available on iTunes.

And a non-iTunes link if you need it.

And here are the Indy gaming links I promised:

 

The PAX 10:

The Amazing Brain Train from Grubby Games.

Audiosurf by Dylan Fitterer.

Chronotron from Scarybug Games.

The Maw from Twisted Pixel.

Impulse by Rochester Institute of Technology students Dominic Holt, Joseph Plourde, Andrew Ray, Ben Solt, Paul Solt, Mike Thomas and Andrew Williams.

Polarity by Carnegie Mellon University students Howard Braham, Daniel Bryner, Przemyslaw Iwanowski, Stanley Rosenbaum, Gaurav Shrivastava, Samuel Spiro and Allison Theus.

Project Aftermath from Games Faction.

Strange Attractor 2 from Ominous Development.

Samurai Bar Sushi from Molly Rocket.

 

More Indy-approved independent game sites:

I has an itch for games.

I has an itch for games.

The Independent Gaming Source. If indy gaming runs in your blood, you have to be here. Since 2005, an incredible source for what’s out there, what’s coming, and what you need to do to get it done.

IndieGames.com. From the people who bring us such sites as GameSetWatch and Gamasutra, IndieGames bills itself as “a guide to the independent game movement and the very best indie video games.”

GameTunnel’s Top 100 Indie Games. If you can’t find something to play here, you’re not trying.

 

Support Tiny (and not so tiny) Dogs (and cats) September 23, 2008

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Sawyer and Indy want YOU!

Sawyer and Indy want YOU!

 

There are so many animals who need homes and care.  PAWS, the Pennsylvania Animal Welfare Society, helps take care of these animals.  Now it is time to help them ourselves. Please click that link and support Playing With My Weiner as we walk for animals without homes.

 

Weiner of the internets September 8, 2008

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That’s Indy today. He is the featured pup at StuffOnMyWeiner.com!

 

Hardware Review: PAX ’08 DeathAdder and Logitech VX Revolution September 6, 2008

Filed under: 3 weiners,5 weiners,Hardware,Indy,Penny Arcade,Reviews — Gwyddia @ 9:41 pm
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I know this is like comparing apples to oranges. The Razer DeathAdder is a gaming mouse, pure and simple. The VX Revolution is a wireless notebook mouse. So why bother? Because if you’re like me, using more than one computer in the course of your day, you find yourself needing more than one mouse. Hopefully this review will help suggest the right mouse for the right job.

 

I first bought the Revolution because I wanted a mouse to play WoW on my MacBookPro. I chose a cordless mouse to maximize my mobility. The Revolution connects to the computer with a small dongle that sticks out about an inch. Most of the time this wasn’t a problem, but one one occasion Indy ran by and knocked over my laptop. The computer was fine (thank you MagSafe adapter!), but the USB dongle snapped clean off and I had to replace the mouse.

Note the dongle.

Note the dongle.

 

A medium-sized mouse that fits well in my hand.

The Logitech VX Revolution

The Revolution has a nice form factor. I have small hands, and the Revolution is a smaller mouse. It is ergonomically designed and I never have any wrist pain when using it, even after hours and hours of scrolling and clicking. It is reasonably accurate without noticeable lag. the “Hyper-scroll” feature is great for heavy surfing and certain games. The battery life is reasonable – I have to change the two AAs about once every 3-4 months.

 

The DeathAdder is like butter. Within seconds of plugging it in I was experiencing the silkiest, smoothest mousing experience of my life. It had better be, with a 1800dpi Razer Precision™ 3G infrared sensor and a 1ms response (compared with 8ms for standard mice). This thing has pinpoint accuracy, and its almost a waste to be clicking on lootable bodies rather than fragging the heck out of some sucker in TF2.

It slides, it glides, it juliennes fries!

It slides, it glides, it juliennes fries!

 

Again, the form factor is nice. The DeathAdder is a little larger than the Revolution, but not overwhelmingly so. The cord is 210cm long, so I never feel that I’m pulling at it. If anything, it may be a little too long, because I had to find a place to tuck it out of the way. The exclusive PAX ’08 paintjob isn’t really that great looking, but there were only 400 made and I got one, so the smug feeling of dork accomplishment compensates for the bowling shoes design. This is my desktop mouse of choice.

Strike!  Oh, wait.  This is my megamouse.

Strike! Oh, wait. This is my megamouse.

 

In the end, it really does come down to the right mouse for the right job. For high-tension gaming, particularly in a desktop setting where mobility isn’t a factor, it’s going to be the DeathAdder every time. When a gnome’s gotta go, though, the VX Revolution goes with her, and does a serviceable and comfortable job.

 

Logitech VX Revolution Wireless USB Mouse (USD$69.99):

Weiner-worthy: Portable, accurate and comfortable
Be Curful: One good thwack at the right angle and you’ll need a new mouse.

3 Mousing Weiners out of 5

 

 Razer DeathAdder PAX ’08 Limited Edition (USD$59.99):

Weiner-worthy: Smooth, ultra-responsive, and comfortable.
Be Curful: Razer’s long cords can be a problem if you don’t have the room.
5 Mousing Weiners out of 5

 

Weiners at Play

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As promised, here are the weens and one of their cat siblings, Rofl, the Earl of Roflcopter, as they take over my games and computers.

Sawyer plays Soulcalibur IV from the comfort of his Sumo beanbag.

Sawyer plays Soulcalibur IV from the comfort of his Sumo beanbag.

Indiana Bones poses before entering the Temple of Cute in Uncharted.  He uses the PS3 DualShock controller to protect his tiny modesty.

Indiana Bones poses before entering the Temple of Cute in Uncharted. He uses the PS3 DualShock controller to protect his tiny modesty.

Rofl looks around, trying to decide what to play next.

Rofl looks around, trying to decide what to play next.

Indy fighting his way through the Tower of Babil in Final Fantasy IV.

Indy fighting his way through the Tower of Babil in Final Fantasy IV.

Sawyer takes a break from playing Mass Effect via Boot Camp on Mommy's MacBookPro.

Sawyer takes a break from playing Mass Effect via Boot Camp on Mommy's MacBookPro.

Rofl considers logging into the Lich King Beta to find out if Northrend is up.

Rofl considers logging into the Lich King Beta to find out if Northrend is up.

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Who would want pictures of US, anyway?  Right?  Right?

Who would want pictures of US, anyway? Right? Right?