MJ To Call It Quits?

Looks like MJ might be hanging up the ol’ Nikes at the end of the season. His right knee has been bothering him for most of the season and surgery may down him for all of next season.

The article doesn’t mention if Jordan will return the following season, but the title of it does lean in that direction (MJ: This season likely is my last).

I wish that he would have stayed retired the last time around, but it was good to see him on the court again. He proved he was still MJ, but a different kind of MJ. Some people were expectin the MJ of old, flying through the air like he did back in the day, but instead they were met with a more mental, less physical Jordan.

Thanks for the ride MJ.

The Story Behind All Your Base

Things have kinda settled down on the AYB front, but Gamitopia has posted an interesting interview with Carl-Henrik Sk?rstedt, creator of Toaplan, an homage site of sorts for the company of the same name that created Zero Wing, the game in which the legendary line originates.

An interesting read, even if you are fed up with all the AYB stuff. It’s interesting to see how something from relative obscurity can become a nationwide thing.

Earth And Beyond First Impressions…

Well! As some of you may know, the phase 6 stress test for E&B just started today. They wanted to see how the servers would handle an extra 3500 people…
They didn’t. We succeded in trashing the official forums, as well as lagging the game so bad, most people couldn’t even tell where they were. It was kinda funny actually 🙂 For the first hour, my ping wasnt too bad.. I actually completed the training mission, as well as taking out two drones. But by the time I got around to hunting some baby larva thingies, my ping had shot up to about 1000ms+ in space (when your docked its a LOT better). But overall the servers have handled the load like a drunken, one-eye’d clown trying to juggle flaming sticks on a unicycle ## amusing for a while, but it definitly needs some work.

In the meantime though, I got a good first look at the game; and I must say im very impressed. It was fun just figuring out how to fly around… and the cool sound you make when you went to warp for the first time… it was great! “VVVVVVVVVWWWOOOSHHHHHH!!” Hehehe.
Oh, and the game looks REALLY GOOD too. Even on my low end P3 500 system (it just scrapes by the minimums for the beta ;)) the system lag never got really bad unless I started looking at 30 people all flying through an asteriod field or something. Its a lot of fun starting out too. The controls are a bit awkward at first… flying around really could be more intuitive, but once you get the hang of it, its pretty easy. Unless of course your lagging really badly and bouncing all over the place… then it feels like your trying to drive in an invisible pinball machine 😛 But the interface is fun and clean. Lots of data at your fingertips, and its pretty easy to figure out what buttons to push after you learn what all the little symbols mean.

Oh, and for those of you wondering, the game is NOT a flight sim. Its actually a slick MMORPG, except you fly around and shoot stuff instead of walking around bashing stuff. Combat isn’t really based on twitch skills, its more of a character level + brainpower thing, and its actually very fun. I spent a good hour running around a training zone with other n00bies. Alone, the drones would stomp your ass down, so pretty much everyone figured out that you need to gang up on them. Then we went on mini-crusades, three or four of us at a time, jumping drones and smashing them to bits. It was great! 😀

Anyways, this post is long enough already (!) so ill just end by saying Earth and Beyond looks fantastic. If your a MMORPG fan – hell, even if your NOT – you will want to check this game out. Barring any major screw-ups from Westwood (which I doubt), E&B could very likely be “the next big thing” in the Massively Multiplayer Online arena.

Stay tuned – ill probably have more to say after Westwood clears up this little ‘excessive lag’ problem. But in the meantime, I think all go polish my ship, calibrate my lasers, and maybe try picking up a cute terran chick in the lounge ;). See ya round!

Blade 2

Went and saw this blood sucking sequel tonite and was blown out of my chair. If you even remotely liked the first one, go watch this one. If you haven’t seen the first one, this one kinda brings you up to speed. Great special effects and more hand-to-hand action. Very, very cool.

KITT To The Big Screen?

Even more wacky moving new over at Dark Horizons:

Knight Rider: The Movie: Variety reports that Revolution Studios is planning to revive the 80’s NBC series “Knight Rider” into a new feature film. Original series star David Hasselhoff and creator Glen Larson will both executive produce, though whether Hasselhoff will appear onscreen is unsure. Larson is currently working on the script, and the KITT car will be heavily revamped (with gadgets galore) as the producers want to create a “big action” film in “Fast & Furious” vein.

This one has some potential, but then again, they are going to have to avoid the ‘cheesiness’ factor that goes along with Hasselhoff. Not early Hasselhoff, but ‘post-Baywatch, European singer’ Hasselhoff. I’ll prolly be in line for this one as well, for old times sake more than anything.

Getting “Jinky” With It

Well, I was a little worried when I heard Scooby was coming to the big screen. This has me a little anxious now.

The new trailer opens up a bit more of the other characters, even pointing out that Shaggy may not suck as much as I was expecting earlier. If he can pull that voice off for the whole movie, then he could make a good replacement for Mr. Kasem.

The movie is supposed to poke a little fun at the original series, much like the Brady Movie did a few years ago. If they hit on some of the series rumors, as well as touch on the overall “cheesy” factor that comes with it, then it should be entertaining. Hopefully it won’t be another Bullwinkle…

Wolf Tactics: News

Well, I haven’t been by in a while, but it seems like things are coming to life over at Wolf Tactics.

WT is a class based mod for Castle Wolfenstein. Think Team Fortress for Wolfey. Now, before you groan, the cool thing about WT is the fact that they are keeping it in the Wolfenstein universe. Nothing too sci-fi here. Everything is going to fit into the look and feel of Wolfenstein. No lasers, (maybe a tesla or two), but plenty of action. If you are looking for something interesting to watch for, this could be it.

GTA3 For PC

Found this while over at Voodoo Extreme:

“Rockstar quietly let the world slip a few weeks ago that GTA III was coming to the PC. A key feature will be support for 16-person multiplay, and the PC version will also sport better textures at a much nicer resolution. The mouse/keyboard setup will be instantly familiar to third-person-action fans, too. We’re definitely looking forward to this one.”

16 player multiplayer? GTA3 with 15 buddies? Talk about deathmatch…

So long GreyMatter! Hello b2!

Well, I have everything converted over to b2. I was going to mess around with it a bit, but when I ran the import, it blew away my old archives. It was kinda fix it or live with it until I could. I decided to get it back up and running as is for now, and when I get some time, I’ll work on a redesign. Let me know if you have any problems…

GreyMatter is a great script and one that I will continue to recommend. PHP has been on my to-do list for a while, so when my boo boo killed GM, I decided it was time to move on 🙂

Whatcha Gonna Do – Part 2!!!

Via Dark Horizons:

Bad Boys 2: Sony confirmed at ShoWest that Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Director Michael Bay are all signed for the BB sequel to be released Summer 2003.

Sweet. One of my fave movies in the “cop/buddy” genre is getting ready to kick off. It’ll be interesting to see how much bigger this one is than the original. I was chatting with my wife about how things have changed for the main actors. When the original came out, Martin Lawrence was the big man, with Will Smith as the new comer. Now, Will Smith is the big man in Hollywood and Martin has only had a few decent comedies. Hopefull this one will get a bit more support from the fans. And hopefully, it’ll get a bigger budget 🙂

Someone Has A Touch Of Sense Out There

It’s about time!

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that claimed Time Warner Inc. and other entertainment companies produced works that drove two teenagers to gun down and kill a teacher and 12 fellow students in the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. The family of Dave Sanders, a teacher who was fatally shot during the massacre in Littleton, Colorado, brought the suit against Time Warner, now known as AOL Time Warner, and the company’s New Line Cinema as makers and distributors of “The Basketball Diaries.”

Another one of those stupid lawsuits bites the dust. I wish people would stop trying to pass the blame just so they can make a little cash. These are getting real old.

The judge said the two gunmen were the ones responsible for the teacher’s death.

2+ years and who knows how much taxpayer money down the drain because someone didn’t see the obvious…