Playing With My Weiner

Gaming at the mercy of miniature daschunds.

New Fallout 3 XBox Title Update – Do Not Want January 13, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Gwyddia @ 1:10 pm
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Why do title updates so regularly break the games they purport to update?  I grabbed the Fallout 3 title update today (not that I had a choice) and now my screen turns purple randomly and I keep getting ported to completely different parts of the map with no notice.  Folks on GameSpot and other forums claim the purple haze is a drug effect particular to Vault 106, but that doesn’t explain the porting.


Here’s hoping a fix is on the way, soon.


Pain Unimaginable January 12, 2009

Filed under: Mac,Microsoft,Other Folks,PC — Gwyddia @ 8:25 pm

It began a few days ago.  Microsoft, apparently non-ironically, introduced their “Garage Band killer”, Songsmith.  

(Note the kid is using a MacBook.)  

But moving on, today this appeared on the intarwebs (thanks Gizmodo). It appears to be the developmentally disabled love child of Van Halen and a Casio keyboard demo button.

Why? WHY?


/gquit Is Like A Breakup January 11, 2009

Filed under: Games,Other Folks — Gwyddia @ 8:59 pm
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I left my World of Warcraft guild of over a year today, and I am miserable.  I left as a result in the latest altercation with another longstanding guildie with whom I have had multiple clashes.  For some reason, today’s perceived aggression when I was just being exuberant about my beloved Eagles was the last straw.  That being said, I am very, very sad.


These folks have been better friends to me than I ever realized.  They have played with me, joked with me, and some of them have eaten and slept in my home.  When I log on now I am in a friend’s tiny bank-alt guild so that people don’t see an unguilded 80 rogue and think I’m a tiny ninja, but I am alone.  


I never realized how much I took my guild for granted.  I am at a loss for how to scrape up a good group. Guildcraft and Gatherer are out, and there’s no guild calendar.  I hit the guild website in my usual websurfing rotation, only to remember that I didn’t have access anymore.  I had a question about a skill in another class, and I had no one to ask.  And yes, for better or for worse, there is no guildchat to keep me company.


So yes, I regret leaving.  I made the choice because I didn’t know what else to do with a repeating situation.  I’d like to return if things are better, but the guild is so good that leaving carries with it a penalty – a real chance of no return.  We – they – prize civility over all else, and drama isn’t civil.  The officers would have to decide it is worthing having their stabby [Prime Gnome] back.  And I would have to feel like I wasn’t going to get attacked anymore without recourse.  It’s a lot to ask.  I’m hope to ask soon.  


I need to get a tissue, I think.


Vote For [Prime Gnome]! January 8, 2009

Filed under: Meta-Grinder,Other Folks — Gwyddia @ 10:22 pm
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I have been nominated for a Shorty Award! Thanks, Leo!

When the time is right, go forth, Weiner fans, and vote!  

Follow @shortynews to find out when voting begins.


The 1Up Crew: It’s Not Over

Filed under: Games,Industry,Other Folks — Gwyddia @ 3:06 pm
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It looks like most, if not all, of our EGM podcasting favorites have landed on RebelFM.  Their new project, EatSleepGame, can be found for your listening pleasure here.

312csi9An official press quote from RebelFM states:

Won’t you please welcome Anthony Gallegos, Nick Suttner, Philip Kollar, Matt Chandronait, Ryan O’Donnell, Jade Kraus, and me, as we bring you the opening salvo of It’s on, bitches.

On indeed.


Spore Expansion Pack Coming This Spring

Filed under: Games,PC,Spore — Gwyddia @ 12:28 pm
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Not so excited about the Spore: Creepy and Cute parts pack?  Want more – ahem – gameplay?  

Your wish is Maxis’ command.  Spore Galactic Adventures will be released in March.  While details are still scarce, this new title promises to be just the first in of a Sims-like prolific progeny of small gameplay and large item expansions.  We’ll know more during Maxis’ special even later this month, where they announce their full “Spore line-up for 2009″.  No word on the presence or absence of DRM for these new goodies.


Ghostbusters Game Accidentally Dated

Filed under: Games,Industry,Sony — Gwyddia @ 12:22 pm


This little nugget can be found in the press release for the new Ghostbusters movie Blu-Ray:

America’s favorite paranormal psychologists are back to save the world, this time with unsurpassed picture and audio quality and advanced new bonus features in the Ghostbusters Blu-ray Disc, releasing worldwide the week of June 16, 2009. The simultaneous launch of Ghostbusters: The Video Game, the highly anticipated videogame from Atari, celebrates the film’s 25th anniversary, with an all-new adventure from by the film’s original writers

June 16, 2009 is a Tuesday, kids – mark it on  your calendar.


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, 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.


Weinercast Wednesday!

Filed under: WeinerCast — Gwyddia @ 12:47 am


The Weinercast is go! This week: Gwyddia and Petrov’s Top Ten Games of 2009 and a Fond Farewell to EGM.

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.


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.