Sunday, January 28, 2007

EVE Online as a novel

While we're all waiting for our very first EVE Online novel from Tony Gonzales (Theodicy and Ruthless), I was thinking current science fiction novels that remind us of the EVE universe. Which novels have you read which reminded you of EVE's setting, its feel, it vastness and decadence?

If there's one series that does this for me it would be "The Gap Cycle" from Stephen R. Donaldson. It does so not necessarily because of the story or setting, but much more so because of the mood, the smell of things I would even say. It's a cold, ruthless and violent universe and that reminds me a lot of EVE. I strongly recommend the series if you have not read it.

But what about you! Have you read any novels that seem to capture a part of EVE? If so, then please let me know. I'd be very interested in having a look and then letting you know.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Am loving it still, after all this time

So I'm back in EVE, playing on a more regular basis since the birth of my daughter, Florence. And I have to say, I don't know why exactly, can't really pinpoint it, but this game is still addictive, still fun and still challenging.

Flying a Bestower in an ice mining expedition
The guys from PPL are a great bunch and I consider myself privileged to by flying with them. We're currently ice mining in QXQ, a system within the Firmus Ixion sovereignty.

Friday, January 26, 2007

What kind of gamer are you: PC or Console?

I have an XBOX and a PC, and have a good number of games for both. I used to play games on my XBOX a lot more in the past, but as time goes on, I find myself more and more doing so on the PC.

In the end I have to admit that I'm a PC Gamer. Consoles are great, and the XBOX 360 is a sweet piece of gaming machine, one that I might, make that will, get eventually - Gears of War and Mass Effect anyone.

I was looking at my Gamespot profile earlier today, and realized that I not only owned more PC games than XBOX games, but that most of my tracked ones and the ones on my wish list were also PC games.

And that's largely the results of the types of game I like to play: one MMORPG in particular (EVE not to name any), as well as RTSs and RPGs. Most of the FPS games that I play, I do so on the XBOX. Don't ask, it just feels more natural to me.

There are three gaming magazines that I read, "EON" (subscription), "PC Gamer" and "Games for Windows - The Official Magazine". For someone so into EVE as I am, E:ON is a godsend! Such a fine piece of journalism, short stories and informative articles on game play. PC Gamer is a magazine that I'll pick once in a while, only if it has an article on an up and coming game I'm interested in - or when they have those "Build your Dream PC" special issues. As for GFW magazine, I've bought all first three issues, and so far I must say I like what I see. I think Microsoft is finally stepping up to the plate and acknowledging how important PC as a platform is. And GFW is a huge step forward.

So how about you? PC or console? And whatever the platform, what gaming magazine to you read? Please feel free to use the comments to voice your opinion.

Monday, January 15, 2007

EON #006 - Table of Content

Table of Content - EON 006
  • Page 6 --- E-ON Upfront (News)
  • 14 ---- Feature: EVE Fanfest 2006
  • 20 ---- Post Cards from the edge (Screen shots)
  • 22 ---- In Crowd: Nathan Richardsson (CCP Employee Interview)
  • 24 ---- Chronicle: Cold Noodles by Fran Macjus
  • 27 ---- In Character: Ellisa Annasan (Player Character Interview)
  • 28 ---- Cover Story: EVE's next step
  • 34 ---- Alliance Profile: Firmus Ixion
  • 36 ---- Chronicle: Addiction by John Kastronis
  • 41 ---- In Character: Darth Solo (Player Character Interview)
  • 42 ---- Chronicle: Garbage Man by Tom Czerniawski
  • 44 ---- Allaince Profile: Star Faction
  • 47 ---- In Character: Meinir Muireann (Player Character Interview)
  • 48 ---- Testflight: Tier-3 Battleship (Abbadon, Maelstrom, Rokh & Hyperion)
  • 56 ---- In Crowd: Hrafnkell Oskarsson (CCP Employee Interview)
  • 58 ---- Insider's Guide: Missions - Part 2 (Player Guide)
  • 64 ---- Insider's Guide: Ship Probing (Player Guide)
  • 70 ---- Insider's Guide: CCG - Part 2: Ships (Player Guide)
  • 77 ---- Classified Ads
  • 78 ---- Teh Funnies (EVE Humour)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

What you never knew about...

Me! In response to Ethic's recent post over at Kill Ten Rats, here's a list of five items you probably never knew about me.
  1. I'm French Canadian, and English is a second language to me. Even though you'd never guess with such a family name, English was something I learned at school, not at home. And yes, that means I speak French at home. I live in Quebec, Canada where French is the official language.
  2. I learned English while living in Jamaica as a 10 year old. Yeah man! We only stayed for a year, then dad got transferred back to Montreal. And since then, I've been reading, speaking and writing in Shakespeare's tongue.
  3. My first computer was an Apple IIe. Man did I love that machine, and almost had a heart attack when I learned that folks had thrown in the garbage a few years ago. I still dream about it.
  4. I became a "real" gamer only 6 years ago. I used to have Macs before, and even though I used to work for Big Blue, I did not have a PC. Then, after buying my first PC, I installed Diablo II. The rest is history. Though I'm writing this on a PowerBook G4, my home PC runs XP (and soon Vista).
  5. My wife and I are expecting our first child within the next few days! Hello fatherhood. They say Gamer Dads are the best!
Well there you have it. Now you know a bit more about moi! What about you? Let me know with a quick comment.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

So what do you think?

A new look for the new year! I was getting tired of the old look and wanted an easier way of making changes. Doing everything through HTML was getting to tedious. SO with the new Blogger, I decided to update the whole site.

I like the results, do you? Let me know.

P.S.: I also added the Snap Preview Anywhere widget that lets you preview the sites by hovering over the link. I think it's useful, especially to quickly see if a link is broken. Let me know if you find it too much in the way.

Thanx for the feedback!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

EVE Online wins top MMORPG Awards

For a second year in a row EVE Online has won top honours at the 2006 Reader's Choice Award Winners. And it's easy to understand why: EVE Online itself first and for most, the community and last but not least, CCP.

I mean taking into account the size of the player base, many other MMORPGs "could" have won any if not all of the categories; World of Warcraft comes quickly to mind of course, but there are many others. But that's a bit besides the point. Of the players that took the time to complete the ballots, most chose EVE as the clear winner. It's all a question of opinion!

Having said that, EVE Online IS a great MMORPG and deserved to win most of these categories, if not all, as it did. Graphically, EVE kicks every other MMORPG out there, period. PVE, a tough one, since I haven't had enough time to dedicate to other MMORPGs to judge them properly. PVP wise, 100%, no questions asked. Ever heard of EVE TV and the alliance championships. Story wise, again EVE stands out with an original storyline, some great chronicles and some great community written short stories.

Overall, I can't but agree with the awards EVE got. CCP deserved no less for its amazing achievement. Here here for our Icelandic devs!

I'm looking forward to 2007, the rest of Kali's deployment and another Reader's Choice Award!

Monday, January 01, 2007

The mission grinder

Well I'm at it again, working for a Royal Khanid Navy agent, who goes by the name of Toyosha Garana. A nice fella, who seems willing to give me interesting missions - and he's seems to have a lot on his hands these days anyways. All my missions were in Badivefi tonight, so I didn't have to leave the system; a good thing since our alliance, FIX, is at war again, this time against the Privateer Alliance.

So I was at it all evening, clearing drone infestation, retrieving stolen goods and information and executing known criminals. It feels good to be back home. Hopefully I have a few more days in Badi, before PPL's execs send me out again. Though fighting the good fight for FIX is always an honour!

Happy New Year!

I wish you all of a very happy new year, lots of gaming fun, be it on the PC, or your respective console, be it in an FPS, RTS, MMORPG or other genre.

May this new year bring us better games, new genres or genre defining games, new and forward thinking initiatives from all publishers, big AND small.

Good luck to the new MMORPGs that will see the day this year, and here's to the current ones. Cheers cheers!! These last ones, may you see your subscriptions and revenues grow, may we see new players join the fun and fury - not just migrate from another game - and lets have more fun today than yesterday, and less than tomorrow!!

As for myself, I hope to find the time to play as much as I want to, knowing that this year will be full of surprises!! Indeed folks, this is the year that I shall become a father! And if I believe the press, I shouldn't worry at all about my parenting skills, au contraire!

In preparation for the grand arrival, I've started playing old and new games which I can stop at any given moment (blessed be the PAUSE): Halo 2, 1701 A.D. and Dungeon Siege II. Though I still plan to spend a good amount of time in EVE, sometimes PVP missions simply won't be possible for this big daddy.

I'll let you know how things go when the time comes. In the mean time, I would appreciate any advice. So if you're a gamer dad, or gamer mom, and can still balance your gaming need with your responsibility of parenthood, then please feel free to dispense your advice.

I'll be more than happy to listen!