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Sinan and Joe over at Big Red Potion were kind enough to invite me to come on the most recent episode of their excellent podcast, and did a truly admirable job of tolerating me once they hit the record button. GamerNode‘s Eddie Inzauto also joined in for a fun and free-wheeling discussion about the thorny issues around deriving a functional definition for videogames.
Here’s a direct link to the show MP3. My apologies in advance to anyone who thinks anything at all positive about Roger Ebert.
Continuing First Wall Rebate‘s focus on iPhone/iPod Touch games, Episode 019 is centered around the recent remake of Wolfenstein 3D for that platform. Shane, Shawn and I talk about the history of Wolf 3D, the impact that John Carmack and id Software have had on videogames, computer networks, and Shawn’s patience. In a future episode, we’ll discuss how to install Doom on your toaster. Stay tuned.
The “something stupid” part, of course, is that you can actually own [win] this.
Margaret Chmiel, Director of Digital Media at National Geographic, joined Shane, Shawn and I for Episode 014 of First Wall Rebate and a conversation about educational games. Marjee has been involved with the JASON Project, and we center our conversation on their excellent (and free!) game, Operation: Resilient Planet. We talk about the dynamics of working with non-profit as compared to for-profit organizations, possibilities for educational games as commercial releases, and Marjee’s prediction that everyone receives free giant robots within the next 3 years. Thanks for listening.
I have a 1st gen MacBook, purchased in June of 2006. With my educator’s discount, the AppleCare extended warranty cost me an extra $183 on top of the [also-discounted] purchase price. I have punished this machine over the past two years, and it has held up pretty well all things considered; it is not only the primary machine I’ve used, it is quite truly the only machine I’ve used, traveling everywhere I went, constantly being docked and undocked from my campus facilities, and running oftentimes for weeks at a time without being power-cycled. It has been dropped, kicked, thrown, cussed, and made witness to some very unsavory things that would emotionally scar a human being pretty much for life.
I’ve been hobbling along with no onboard wireless for a few months now, but last week the ethernet port conked out on it and that was pretty much all she wrote; I could no longer connect to access my online courses and none of the campus printers accept a USB connection. After purchasing one of the new aluminum unibody machines on Wednesday, I transferred my vital files over from the old machine and took it in to see what the Geniuses could do with it.
Here’s what they fixed and replaced:
That’s right: spending an extra $183 two years ago saved me over $1200 in repairs this afternoon when I picked up the machine from the Washington Square Apple store. I friggin love you, AppleCare.