New Web Hosting

Over the weekend I decided (mainly out of frustration with the previous web host) to move the website off of the free hosting that I was using previously. I used namecheap a while back for the domain registration, and decided to use them for the web hosting as well. At $3.95 a month, it’s not breaking the bank and will (hopefully) be more reliable than xoomsite was.

I’ve gotten everything migrated over, and it was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. All of the posts transferred over, as well as the theme, and the only thing I really had to do was to re-install plugins. I also took the time to migrate over my Adventure Time Title Card Gallery from my other old site. The WordPress gallery feature is pretty cool, and made it a lot easier than I thought it would be, so that was nice!

I’m really happyy with the way the site is looking now. For the most part my CSS rampage is over, though there are a few smaller (and probably more difficult) things that I would like to do. The problem with these little things is that they could take me a few hours to get working and I doubt anyone would even notice, so these things aren’t really a high priority at the moment.

All in all I’m happy with how the migration went, and I’m looking forward to posting lots more stuff here real soon.

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SteamOS – Coming Soon™

Valve’s mysterious countdown has finally reached 0, and something amazing has been unveiled to the world… kinda. Today, Valve announced a new Linux-based operating system, which is likely to be the platform for any hardware that Valve may be planning to release in the future.

More interesting than the OS itself, it seems that the plan is to make SteamOS available completely free for users, as well as freely licensable for manufacturers. SteamOS has an interesting feature list as well. The official website mentions streaming games over a home network, as well as ‘many media services’ to enable music, TV, and movie streaming. SteamOS also mentions the recently announced Family Sharing feature, which seems to be a big part of SteamOS.

The site says SteamOS will be available soon, but Valve Time can be a tricky thing, so I’ll hold off on guessing exactly when we’ll be seeing it.

You can check out the full description of SteamOS here. And keep in mind, that this is only the first of three announcements. The countdown to the second annoucement has already begun, and come Wednesday at Noon CST we’ll see what new wonders Valve has in store for us.

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Valve’s Living Room Teaser Site

The Steam Universe is Expanding in 2014

Valve has unveiled a mysterious new website which is counting down the seconds until Monday, September 23rd at 10am PST (1pm EST/Noon CST). The only information on the site at the moment eludes to the news being living-room related. Many people have been quick to speculate that this will become Valve’s announcement of the Steam Box, a machine designed to compete with consoles and dedicated to running games via Steam while being used in a living-room with a TV and controllers.

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Spellslingers – Magic: The Gathering on Geek & Sundry

Geek & Sundry’s newest show airs today! Spellslingers is hosted by StarCraft Pro Commentator and game enthusiast Sean ‘Day[9]‘ Plott hosts a show where he sits down and plays some Magic: The Gathering with his friends.

The first episode does a great job explaining the game to anyone who may not be familiar with it, and I imagine it would be easy to follow along with without any prior MtG knowledge.

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CSS Shenanigans

I’m working on the CSS for the blog and will be doing so over the next few days. I really like ‘Mog’ theme that I’m using but I’d like to tweak it a bit. I’ve fixed a few things that were bothering me and I’m liking how it is right now. I’ve changed the background color to something less harsh, and edited the CSS to let me give the background on posts a different background color than the page.

The main thing I’m wanting to fix now is the width of the page. It’s incredibly narrow and for the time being I think I’d like to keep with a one column layout (with the meta stuff at the bottom) so there’s no need for it to be so narrow.

BUT I’m thinking the width is a slightly larger issue than fixing background colors or adding margins or anything, so I’ll tackle that when I have a chance tomorrow.


Coming Soon: The Stanley Parable

Thought it may have been a while since the last time you heard about The Stanley Parable, it’s likely that you’ve at least heard of it before, if not played it yourself. Originally released as a Source Engine mod on July 27, 2011, the game was well received by the gaming community overall as being an extremely interesting look into narrative and storytelling.

For those of you who have not yet played The Stanley Parable, it’s difficult to describe exactly what makes it such a wonderful experience and I would urge you to try the game out for yourself. This is one of those games where you really have to experience it for yourself to appreciate it fully, although, if you wish, there are undoubtedly an outrageous number of videos on YouTube with various playthroughs.

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Gaming News – July 8th – Omni, MolyJam, Star Wars & Kingdom Hearts 3

Not sure what was up with the lighting on the first few minutes, but it seems to fix itself. (I’m thinking an open window had something to do with it) I’ll try to be more aware of things like this in the future!

Also, I have no idea what’s going on in the background at around the 2:12 mark, sounds like a motorcycle or something drove by but I don’t remember hearing anything.

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My Summer Sale Purchases

I thought I’d keep a running total of all of the games I picked up, so I’ll be listing them here (along with where I got them from)

Green Man Gaming

  • Guns of Icarus Online – $3.60
  • Borderlands 2 + Season Pass – $13.50
  • Rise of the Triad – $11.25 (Pre-Order, includes Apogee Throwback Pack)
  • Dollar Dash – $2.25
  • DLC Quest – $1.35
  • Stealth Bastard Deluxe – $2.00

Total: $33.95

I’ve only ever had a passing interest in Guns of Icarus Online, and though I’ve heard good things about it, and it seems like a lot of fun, I’ve never been willing to fork over 20 bucks for it, but at $3.60, I couldn’t say no… and so my Steam library grows ever larger…

I’m really glad I held off getting BL2 as long as I did. I was hoping for a GOTY edition but the season pass is just as good.

I don’t normally pre-order games, but given the 25% discount and the Apogee bundle that was included with it, even if the new Rise of the Triad game is a letdown (which would make me a very sad panda indeed) the classic is still an amazing game and I’ll get my money’s worth form it one way or the other.

Dollar Dash is an odd game, but playing the demo I found myself enjoying it nonetheless. At $2.25 I’m willing to pick it up and see if the game has much more than an hour or two to offer.

As a little side experiment, I’ll also be keeping track of the disk space each game takes up.

  • Guns of Icarus Online – 1.1 GB
  • Borderlands 2 + Season Pass – 8.6 GB (including DLC?)
  • Apogee Throwback Pack – 97 MB (for 4 games! <3 retro fps)
  • Dollar Dash – 549 MB
  • DLC Quest – 67 MB
  • Stealth Bastard Deluxe – 148 MB