Why Diablo 3 Shut Down The Auction House

A huge announcement was made yesterday for Diablo 3 fans. Blizzard has (finally?) decided to shut down BOTH the Gold Auction House (GAH) and Real Money Auction House (RMAH). The official announcement is available here: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/10974978/ While the sudden announcement has the community chattering about the relevancy of the AH system, most people (including myself) see this as a boon to this game and simply wonder why this wasn’t done sooner ? Having a medium for players to trade and making there lives easier is great. However, Blizzard made a few huge mistakes while creating Diablo 3 and it seems that they Read More →

Start of the week by pondering about – Craig(slist), Grammar & Indian Puns!

Why I Stopped Being a Grammar Snob Personally, I am a big Grammar Snob. It annoys me to no end when folks pronounce something incorrectly or say something which is grammatically incorrect. It is even more infuriating when they insist their version is correct. One such example, “The past tense on know is knew. Hence, thats why I say ‘I didnt Knew’ ” This article is interesting because it speaks about theoretical vs. practical usage of words. Why do we say what we say? To communicate. And in the social context, we completely understand what the other person is saying. Read More →

Marvel Secrets, Thor’s Hammer and Fast & Furious !

 There have been many Marvel superhero movies in the last couple of years. What most folks dont know is the number of secret scenes and clips created on the side.   Marvel S.H.I.E.L.D. Clips: These are small movies  (3-5 minutes length) made about S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_One-Shots   Marvel Secret Scenes / Easter Eggs: Most Marvel movies (and all  new action movies) have secret scenes. Avengers was the first movie to have had two secret scenes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNLTfOqzCMQ   Stan Lee Cameos: Stan Lee has a cameo in every Marvel movie. Most of them are blink and miss, but its interesting to Read More →

Geeky Chuckles

  As many of you may know (and guess), I’m a sucker for Geeky one liners and jokes. One of my favorites is “Have you heard of the band 1023MB? They haven’t got a Gig yet”   I found this great collection of acronyms and one liners. I’ve listed a few of my favorites below, you can see the full list on the site. As a disclaimer, I’m a Windows user and I love it, but some MS jokes are too good to pass up.   One Liners: Computers make very fast, very accurate mistakes. CAPS LOCK – Preventing Login Read More →

The Right way to play Monopoly

One of the most popular games ever is Hasbro’s Monopoly. My personal experience with the games has spanned many evenings fighting over the Orange properties (My favorite) or playing solo on the iPhone. I found this interesting article about what are the wrong house rules to play Monopoly with. And the main one that most folks get wrong : Auctions. The default rule states that if a property is not purchased by the player landing on it, the property is auctioned off to the highest bidder at any price. And this is very important since it creates property liquidity. Without Read More →

IllumiRoom – Projecting Game Effects

A quick note on something super interesting that I came across a few days ago. IllumiRoom uses Kinect and their projector to translate any game into an immersive environment with projected effects. See the full 720p video here (5 minutes 29 seconds): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2w-XqW7bF4 Its pretty awesome to see all the effects one can input as a developer and make this a truly immersive experience. This may be an excellent intermediate next step for console gaming before devices like the Oculus Rift for 3D gaming become more popular. A few screenshots are given below:

Humble Bundle

I think Humble Bundle is a really neat initiative. They provide interesting Digital Games (Origin, Steam) and eBooks (Mobi, PDF, ePUB) for a really cheap price and the providers donate proceeds to charity. Lets look at the current bundle. You get the following games for any price that you want. I believe the minimum is one dollar. And if you pay more than the current average price ($4.80), which will be $4.81, you get Battlefield 3 and Sims 3 too. There are a few reasons why this is interesting: 1. Price: Even though the games are old, its a really Read More →

Amazon, Google, Apple vs. Vita, Ouya, Shield

This is a long post, hence I’ve structured it out. I highly advise reading it in its entirety, but the TL;DR is at the end in the “The Future” section. EDIT: It seems that post caused a bit of confusion. I am NOT comparing the PC, XBox One, PS4 or Wii. I am looking and comparing other handhelds and consoles being introduced this year. I am also comparing the possibility of Amazon, Google & Apple introducing consoles and how they would fare against these new additional consoles. Background:The first digital game I ever played was on a handheld. It had only Read More →

Game of Thrones: Comic Con 2013

I finally got around to seeing the 1.5 hour Comic Con Game of Thrones (GoT) panel discussion. As I expected, it did not disappoint though I was hoping to see a sneak preview of Season 4. If any media person is reading this, I am really curious to know why only 10 episodes are created per season, especially since this is pretty much the #1 show on Network TV right now. It is a must watch for any hardcore GoT fan. If I could stand in line for 3 hours to see the Iron Throne in NYC, you can definitely Read More →

Oculus Rift

Over the last year, I’ve been hearing a lot about the Oculus Rift. I still remember the first time I played a VR (Virtual Reality) Football (Soccer) game where the balls bounced of my body when I was acting like a Goalkeeper. It was like magic and I couldn’t believe that I could play a game without touching any kind of hardware. Fast Forwarding 12 years, Oculus Rift (OR) seems to be the defacto gadget discussed whenever speaking about gaming and VR. I have been waiting for a while for some reviews and I finally found a good review of Read More →