Still Alive (and Kickin’)

Whew! Long time no see! I realize I let this place die down, but it never really had a goal to begin with. It started with an attempt to get a fresh start for a group that had already parted ways and it took only two days to figure that aim wouldn’t work, so afterwards it just sort of stayed here, with no purpose whatsoever. Still, its small size meant that there were no bad moments and it actually brought some good ones, such as getting to know Althir better and collaborating with Lt_Commander, so I’m happy knowing EFM, however insignificant, existed.
Still, there’s always that time when you realize you have to move on, which I had for this place a while ago, but I’m coming back to bring it some closure, anyway – and to make an announcement of sorts. See, I began this place to continue doing GMod comics, and while that didn’t really work, I managed to gather enough motivation in the last few months to work on something that was meant for this place back in early 2011.

Yes siree, despite the fact that there’s a handy machinima tool for the Source engine and the genre of comics is pretty much a dead fad, I’m still going on with those in my snail-like pace. Although you won’t have to wait too long to get this new one, as you can probably tell from the image.

In case you are interested in knowing who Hercule Cubbage is, or just want to follow me in another attempt at a blog, I’ll be opening a new place on time for the new comic. It’ll be found in this here URL thingy either as soon as tomorrow or as late as Saturday. I’m just going to clean it up a bit and get it ready for the opening, but it’s mostly good to go. So hey, if you can bother with it, keep your eyes peeled for that! It’s going to have an actual focus this time, so hopefully it’ll go better than EFM.

However, if you actually read this far but aren’t interested in keeping up with little ol’ me, then I suppose this is where I say farewell. Thanks for checking this place and all the best for your future endeavors, online or off!

The EFM logo that Lt_Commander kindly made, much better than my sappy first attempt. I never got around to using it, unfortunately, but here it is for our final goodbye.


Not Quite Stranded

I usually play Minecraft in order to build stuff. You know, put up a castle, build a drawbridge using a crapload of pistons, fail to get the wiring right, moving on to a different project.

The “different project” this time was surviving with the fewest resources in a place where I could not just go anywhere and get more. Time is in in-game days. Note that I used TooManyItems to give myself a few starting resources (most of which ended up fairly useless) and to change from Creative to Survival.

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First post of the year!

Just a heads-up, really: Althir is working on a project that I think you should take a look at.

Click here!

No, we’re not dead!

Just on a long hiatus. Sort of like a hibernating bear, but less cute and slightly less ferociously deadly.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year! We’ll see you in 2012.

Linux isn’t perfect.

But then again, I never claimed it was. It’s imperfection is most apparent when trying to play Windows games, for obvious reasons: They are WINDOWS games. Duh. However, there’s been efforts to allow people to use Windows programs (and games) on Linux. These efforts are called Wine.

Why am I telling you this? Because in early August, my beloved friend Mythos gifted me a game on Steam. It was called Poker Night at the Inventory. And even though the long loading times were anticipated (It’s sort of normal for Wine programs), the lack of sound was a real punch in the crotch. And I don’t just mean there’s no background music: There was a complete and utter lack of any sound whatsoever. I tried a few things, but ultimately uninstalled it, leaving both me and Mythos unsatisfied.

However, after finally getting Team Fortress 2 to run on Wine (And I have to admit, it’s actually more fun than it was. My sincerest apologies, Valve), I bought the Tales of Monkey Island pack off Steam for about eight bucks (it was a 75% discount for Wednesday only). It runs perfectly, and since Tales of MI was made by Telltale… well, I installed Poker Night at the Inventory again. And even though I usually don’t review PC games, here’s one just for Mythos. I love you.

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Yahtzee made that joke already.

It was a boner joke. And a bad one. Poor angloaustralian bastard.

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My Boring Reviews

A thing I do is writing reviews. Never had a real reason to do it, I just did. Occasionally wrote one whenever I felt like it, but when I got here, to EFM, I took the time to write short reviews on each and every Xbox game I got. Started with a very long post and a lot of short reviews in that one long post. Anyhow, I found these short reviews to have little content, they don’t address many aspects and for someone who considers purchasing a game, such a micro-review is practically useless. So I went ahead and made up a rating system that consists of more than two different ratings: A regular five star system where each of the major aspects is of equal value.

Another Blue Ribbon?

Then I made a new WordPress blog, because installing and setting up a full-on CMS is a lot of effort. Heck, I even chose a theme from the first page. The star image is however custom made. In Blender. I’m such a 3D guy. After a few setbacks when trying to figure out a couple of things, it’s finally going relatively well. I recently figured out how to force a line break, something not even Google could answer conclusively. Not important for posts, but for the category pages.

Speaking of categories, there’s distinct pages listing reviewed Xbox 360/Xbox LIVE Arcade/Indie/Xbox games as well as DLC. Now, aside from the 360 and XBLA section there’s only one entry for each category, but that’ll be fixed soon, since at the moment I’m aiming for a pace of one review per day – until I’m out of games, that is.

The blog, aptly named Althir’s Boring Reviews (In memory of my old blog, Althir’s Boring Blog) can be found here:

Erm, click me. If you want.

This does however not mean I’m leaving EFM – I don’t even intend to stop the short reviews. But I’ll probably post links to the full reviews along with them from now on. Anyway, ABR is pretty much just for Xbox related stuff, so anything that is not Xbox, such as the eventual third issue of PSD, will still come here. I’m mainly putting these somewhere else because I want them to be sorted properly, alphabetical and by platform, and Mythos denied me a “Reviews” section altogether a while ago. With a good reason though, so no hard feelings.