wherefore art thou Windows 7?

Lets just say I’ve never added the cost of an OS into the equation when purchasing a pc. In the past, this hasn’t been a problem. But I’m growing more and more complacent with frequent updates and security patches, and it’s a nice feeling to not worry about that shit. In other words, I’m not paying for Windows – that can be found online – I’m paying for the piece of mind. Does this resolve the issue? Well no, in fact it creates more issues for me to contend with. Windows 7 will come sometime soon and I want it. The rumor mill suggests we’ll see her debut in October, but Microsoft have stated the release date will be determined by “product quality”; I guess they’ve learnt from Vista. Of course I could install the W7 beta that’s floating around, but I don’t want to run a beta OS on my brand new machine, so where does that leave me for the interim?

From my vantage point, my only recourse is to ‘borrow’ a copy of XP for use until W7 is released. Fuck it’s going to be strange asking for an operating system for Christmas. But that’s cool, and might actually get me into a routine of formatting annually or so, keeping my pc in tiptop, and by using external storage I avoid a majority of the data loss issues that make formatting such a kick in the nuts.


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Playing on Playstation 3

Red Dead Revolver - I paid about $1000 for my launch model PS3, so I guess it's time I get some use out of that emotion chip crammed inside. I remember Red Dead Revolver looking rather good when it was released, and despite the low resolution and odd blurring (that I attribute to playing on a HD set) the game holds up well. It looks good despite these graphical limitations because the art direction is so precise and awesome. And it isn't just the art direction, the music, dialogue and set design (for some reason, set seems a more fitting word than level) all work in tandem to recreate an iconic Wild West atmosphere. Red Dead Revolver doesn’t aim to recreate life in the Wild West, it allows our imagination to take over and populates the locale with legendary men and their legendary stories.

Playing on iPhone

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Playing on PC

Sins of a Solar Empire, Demigod, Generals - Zero Hour - It may be a temporary effect as I slowly reintroduce the PC into my gaming diet, but it seems every title I’m excited to play on the platform is either a strategy game, or a cheap indie game. PC gaming isn’t dead, it’s just restricted to titles that require complex input or a pointing device, and games that couldn't be developed or distributed on other platforms. I guess that’s part of the reason the AppStore is so far a success, there were a lot of indie devs stuck on PC for lack of a better alternative.


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