CTRL-ALT-DEL Tells Us Where Those Who Type In ALL CAPS Will Wind Up

capslock_abusersTim Buckley, the creator and artist behind the webcomic CTRL-ALT-DEL, tells us where he wants to send those who abuse their CAPS LOCK key and type in all capital letters.  This is part of a recent webcomic and upcoming poster entitled The Nine Layers of MMO Hell.

So what’s your beef about playing MMO’s?

How do you celebrate Christmas?

star-wars-kotor-cover.jpgYes, I’m this far behind on my posts.  Oh well. 

I was looking over Sue’s blog over at EduBlogs for something and came across this post about Christmas traditions. 

Usually folks remember that folks are in need on the holidays so the
churches and organizations that I normally help are flooded with
volunteers so I have to find myself something to do.  I usually dig out an old Star Wars computer game to waste the day.  This year, it was the original Knights of the Old Republic.  I finished it once playing the Light Side a long time ago when it first came out.  One of these days, I’ll play the Dark Side just to see how it plays.

Haven’t finished it yet.  Need to someday.

So what did you do on the holiday this year?

Runescape Disallows Weak Passwords


I haven’t played Runescape in ages but I still poke over there ever so often.  I noticed today that the admins are disallowing the use of 500 simple passwords.

I have to admit that’s gotten me thinking about other platforms that I use.  Almost all of the platforms use some form of security for saving their passwords. (I throw that in there since Runescape doesn’t actually say that they’re doing that.  I do hope the passwords aren’t stored in plain text like some programs I’ve used in the past are.)

I would think that it would be fairly easy to create a script to runs through all of your users and sees if what’s saved in the database for their encrypted password matches a list of predetermined passwords already encrypted.

Getting those folks who do make a match to redo their password would then have to be programmed.


Play Devana


I’ve just installed a new game that folks can play online, Devana.  It’s a MMO browser strategy game in which users can handle economical, diplomatic and military tasks to further increase their empire.  You start out with a small town that you have to build up. (Here’s a hint: You actually have to create the town after you create an account.  Dashboard -> Towns -> Create a New Town.)

It’s quite similar to Travian if you’ve ever played it.  It’s kind of buggie to be honest and there’s no instructions yet.  If you get stuck, drop a comment here and I’ll try to help.

Are you a pirate?

drm-burn-in-hell-729666.jpgI was going to promote Shamus Young‘s webcomic Chainmail Bikini but it appears he’s no longer going to continue it.  Pity.

I will mention though that he has a pair of interesting articles posted about his take on Video Game Piracy and Digital Rights Management that may be of interest.  He even takes a shot at Penny Arcade’s new game,
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness

I don’t run into the problem of re-registering my games that much.  The computer I have at home is fairly old and most of the games I play came out when DRM hadn’t been created as a anti-piracy program.  I think the newest game I play is Morrowind and that came out in 2002. (I do have Oblivion but I know my system can’t handle the graphics. Maybe in a few years.) I’m still going through the old Dungeon and Dragon’s Gold Box games from way back when and those sit on my flash drive.  I have to type in a CD key when I install something but I don’t mind doing that.

One comment that bothers me is how some folks who have purchased the game have to obtain a crack just to get around the security program.  I had that issue way back when when CD games first came out. (Trying to remember what game it was.  Maybe Pizza Tycoon?) I had a CD burner in that computer at the time and the game saw it and refused to play.

edit: Oh, forgot to mention that Mr. Young also did a Lord of the Rings Photoshop’ed webcomic called DM of the Rings.  It’s finished now but it’s a good read.  I wonder if he’ll start a new one of the Hobbit.

Image from here.

Got called a spammer this morning

*chuckle* Gotta love this:
I’ve been playing RuneScape for the past few days and spending time over at Sal’s Runescape forum. I had a question about carrying gold and asked it. During the discussion, I thanked the responders for their responses trying to be polite.
Imagine my surprise when I get a note from a moderator over there stating that I had spammed. His reasoning was that if a post does not add to the content of the discussion, it would automattically be considered spam.
While I agree with that rule, can understand it and fully support it, please note that my thanking folks for their time is considered spam. That means politeness is spammy. Whoa!
I also disagree with that I didn’t add to the content of the discussion. My thanking folks acknowledged that I read the discussion and thanked them for their time. I had been told by another moderator that we should always stated that we had our questions answered and that’s what I did.
So I’m an evil spammer. I guess I should go hang my head in shame. Mind you that the forums are filled with worse issues that are being ignored.
Bloodly hell.

Alien Assault Traders is up and running

Alien Assault Traders
is now once again up and running. Still running the 2.1 code as the .3
beta is still not available for download. I’ll go back later this week
and work on adding in some mods and themes for it.

It’s basically a space trading game. You start off with a very basic
ship, look for ports to make runs between, colonize planets, etc. There
is a fairly detailed instruction set within the game if you get stuck
or you can ask for help in the forums.

The To Do list stands at 90 items.