Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Duke Nukem Forever: Development History !

If you are a video game fan, specifically a fan of the shooter genera you have in all likelihood heard of Duke Nukem. His roots started simply enough as a 2D platforming shooter in Duke 1 and Duke 2 but it was not until the 1996 release of Duke Nukem 3D that the character received both critical and commercial success. The studio behind the game, 3D Realms and series creator George Broussard where quick to announce the games successor Duke Nukem Forever. Twelve long years later and after one of the weirdest development cycles in the history of video games, Duke is finally back. Today we are going to take a special look back at one of the longest, strangest development cycles of any video game ever created.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Post July 4th Shopping Extravaganza !

I hope everyone had a Happy July 4th weekend. Overall I did not have much planned, as a matter of fact I actually worked most the day on Monday. I did get a chance to go out and watch some fireworks but that was mostly an excuse to test the video functions on my new digital camera. I operate under the theory that if you have seen one three thousand year old Chinese based firework, you have pretty much seen them all. Personally I am glad that the holiday is over as this means we have crossed the last big hurtle before moving onto the end half of the years bigger and better holidays. If you do not believe me just take a look at the countdown clocks over on the right hand side of the page. We are creeping ever closer to the illusive 99 day mark for Halloween. Once we hit that point, it will be here before you can blink.

As for the rest of my Independence Day plans I did have a small shopping trip planned for July 5th. Nothing spectacular or crazy... Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, and a Dollar Tree are the would be destinations. But it did bring about some pretty cool pretty interesting items that I wanted to share with everyone. Today we are going to take a look at everything from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe to generic GI Joe army men. Bizarre leftover Halloween "Decorations" and discounted Nintendo Wii games.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy 4th of July! + Legal Iowa Fireworks!

Happy July 4th! I hope everyone is out there celebrating Independence Day to it's fullest. Wither it is with a good old fashion grill out with the family or simply staying at home and enjoying a pitcher of ice cold Cherry Kool-Aid in the hot summer weather. The 4th of July brings about many different traditions for many different people. Personally, I have never been all that fond of the Holiday. While the idea of lighting things with short fuses that explode into a dazzling array of colors might seem like something that would be right up my ally, it's really not. In part because July 4th is a holiday aimed towards children and it really starts to loose its appeal the older you get. This is a fate that technically every holiday suffers from but in the end Christmas is Christmas and Halloween is Halloween and your never really too old to stop enjoying either one of those. The 4th of July on the other hand, I have been there and I have done that. It's basically just another hot July day to me. I find the holiday to be to loud, to hot, to in your face, and to patriotic of a day for me to really enjoy it.

While I do not feel like it shapes up in any way to its bigger brothers at the end of the year, July 4th does have one tradition that will always stand the test of time. I am of course talking about fireworks. I really do not know why we light fireworks to celebrate our independence here in America, but who am I to question such things? I like the concept of fireworks and find it fascinating to say the least. They are dangerous little things that probably shouldn't be used by children and around 80% of all adults, sold for dirt cheap from makeshift tents for a couple weeks a year. That is pretty cool. However I do not live in a state that gets exploding fireworks sold by shady characters via oversized tent, I live in Iowa. We get the leftover crap that real states with real fireworks laugh at and call silly names. Today we are going to take a look at some Legal Iowa Fireworks!