April 17th, 2010

Games: PC: StarCon2

More sales, damn it (plus Master of Orion/Master of Magic news)

In less controversial news, it seems like spring is the time for sales. I guess they're trying to catch kids on spring break or something?

1UP tipped me off that there are some more such sales going on this week.

The most interesting of which, in my mind at least, is Impulse's sale of Civilization 3 Complete + Civilization 4 Complete for $30. On Steam they're individually $5 and $40 respectively. I actually picked up Civ3 from Steam when they were doing a sale around New Years (for $3.34) but it wouldn't hurt to get another copy that's (slightly) less DRMed.

In vaguely related news, GOG added "Call to Power 2" to their store a little while ago for $6. So why pick this up for $6 when you could get Civ3 for a little less? Well Call to Power 2 definitely isn't as technically proficient as Civ 3 (although there's a patch/mod from Apolyton that supposedly fixes a lot of the issues) but it did introduce a lot of new ideas that greatly improve the experience. Some of those improvements the main Civ series has picked up, and some have been unfortunately ignored.

The best features of CtP2 are: Collapse )

In fact, now that i'm looking for details, someone made a post on Apolyton that gets pretty specific on the differences between Civ3 and CtP2.

But in news that might also interest a lot of people (relatively speaking at least) the front page banner for GOG indicates that they'll be making Master of Orion available... tuesday morning it looks like. And digging through old news posts it looks like Master of Magic should be showing up at some point too! MoO has probably been one of the most requested games on the site, hence the giant banner advertising it. Hopefully they'll add MoO2 at some point as well (though hopefully _without_ automatically including the patch that "fixes" the game balance =)

In other spring sale news, i did end up ordering a large pile of anime from Amazon.... which currently isn't supposed to ship for another two weeks.


One of the following must be true:

1. My phone's weather app was not correct about it being 70 degrees outside.

2. Being overcast makes it seem much cooler than when it's sunny, even if the air temperature is the same.

3. 70 degrees just isn't warm enough for proper rollerblading for me.

4. I'm just not feeling very energetic today.

But anyways:

9.44 miles in 1:19:15. Averaged 7.4 mph, max 13.1 mph, min 1.6 mph. Total climb: 161 yards. Calories: 450.

There seems to be some slight inconsistencies in the results. They're a little off from other days where i went pretty much exactly the same route. Perhaps part of it is the fact that it didn't seem to be auto-pausing properly during the times when i stopped.