October 31, 2007
October 30, 2007
October 16, 2007
Toyota rules. If you don't know about “World of Warcraft”, it is an online game people play like an addiction. They pretty much live as though they are actually in the World of Warcraft. I know, my old roommate was and probably is still there. Several people have made fun of this addiction; including South Park.
October 14, 2007
BAD MOVE APPLE. Think Steve, THINK!
October 8, 2007
The 2008 Ford Taurus isn't the running bull it once was or was intended to be -- at least, not yet. Combined sales of the 2007 Five Hundred and new 2008 Taurus -- with its new name, new engine and refreshed design -- were down 3.2-percent in August and a brow-raising 30.1-percent in September versus those same months in 2006.
Ford gave several reasons for the decline: last year's models came with 0-percent financing for 72 months, this year's car's come with 5.9-percent for 60 months. The company also ceased advertising during the end-of-summer clearance sales ads, thinking the car might not get proper attention amid the shouting. And, the full-sized sedan market has been soft this year as car buyers move to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars.
As of this month, an additional $500 has been added to the $1,000 in incentives for the car. Admittedly, though, the new Taurus is still being launched, since it only went on sale in July. With an eye on selling 60,000 Tauruses in the car's first year, Ford sales analyst George Pipas said "the retail sales trend is in a positive direction, and that's good."
Look for our In the Autoblog Garage review of the 2008 Ford Taurus soon.
[Source: Auto News, sub req'd]
October 4, 2007
The 2008 Honda Accord has been redesigned, and for the first time ever, I like it. I know that Hondas have always had a great name and been reliable, fuel efficient vehicles. But, I’ve never been interested in Hondas because I’ve never thought about driving around in a family vehicle that is a “smart” buy.
So, here’s my review (keep in mind I haven’t driven it yet). This is the first Honda to catch my eye. It is much roomier than its predecessors, with room for a 6’2” guy like me in both the front and back seats at the same time. It has an engine with more power than it’s ever had before, with Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to give 19 city to 29 highway miles per gallon.
One website joked about it being so large that the writer said, “It’s freaking huge! I thought it was a Buick.” Well, I’ve never wanted to switch to a family car known as the fuel efficient king of the world, but Honda has done it with this model.
Next is a test drive (and some cash) and I’ll be driving one.
October 1, 2007
It’s been quite a few years now since I participated in a LAN party, gaming it up with good friends and Mountain Dew. Games like “Soldier of Fortune 2” are just not made these days. And when a good LAN game does come out, the hackers end up ruining the game play with their cheats.
The most recent game I’ve played is called Far Cry. It was a great single player first person shooter, which would be sooo awesome as a multiplayer game. It would be so cool to set up the islands, which ARE the area of play in the single player version, as maps for “capture the flag” games. The old (3104) clan could take on many people in this online battle for dominance.
Originally, back five years ago, I played the CTF multiplayer version of SOF2 with the 3104 Clan and by myself all the time. I took a couple screen shots of SOF2 and my scores. This first one is of a guy who was on our side (the red team) but was shooting our own team members. This seemed to happen a lot because the 3104 Clan was sooo good that people would join the team we were on and kill us, trying to help the other team. Here is a picture of me finding one of these traitors and killing him. I was even able to send a text message, "hello!" before I shot him. His name is blocked by the pink bar, due to its language.
Notice in the screen shot below of my score, I have more kills in a much shorter time frame than the next closest person on the server. I have over 10 kills per minute. The next highest kills was by a guy with a 1.7 kills per minute rate. The 3104 Clan dominated SOF2 before the hackers destroyed the game.
Now, in comparison, here are some screen shots from Far Cry. This first series is a set of screen shots of me “sniping” (snipering?) a guy out of a guard tower.
You’ll notice in one of the shots it shows I’m 427 meters from the target. That’s roughly 1400 feet or ¼ of a mile. That’s a great shot and you can see how great the graphics are.
Here’s a screen shot of me hiding in the grass as I approach a base. Notice how the grass seems so real, and as it gets closer to the face, it blurs to show field of focus.
I want a multiplayer game with the graphics quality of Far Cry. And note this, I played this game a couple years ago. There are probably better quality games out now. Far Cry 2 has some screen shots. You'll have to enter your birthday because they think the pictures of death need to be guarded.
I still believe that this 2 year old game has better graphics and game play than any console game out today. It just goes to show that computer games are still going to look and play a lot better than console games.