Garrett is as Garrett does

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'Garrett is as Garrett does'

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World of Tanks = Waste of Time

March 28th, 2014
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Sadly, the devs did not meet the challenge. They left serious flaws in the experience and left the non-paid players as farmable targets to bolster frustration, thus revenues.

WoT is pay-to-win, and really there is nothing that can be said about the current game that’ll make me change my mind. I would not recommend this game to anyone.

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It’s because they do things like this…

May 8th, 2013
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I was relaxing after a hard day’s work with a little Colbert on Hulu Plus. Suddenly, the screen goes grey, I see the Xbox UI Cancel button, and then I see the most recent picture of Baxter and Pebbles taken by the wife. After a moment of puzzled bewilderment from me and a squeal from […]

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DramaDeckBuilder v5 – Not Quite Yet

October 3rd, 2011
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So I’ve been working on v5 of my DramaDeckBuilder Application for a little bit.  I’ve got the core functionality done, but I still need work on a sensible UI (as in one that doesn’t require at least a hour of training to handle) and nail down the output formats.  My ultimate goal is to be […]

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Writing Fiction to Exercise the Creative Within…

May 16th, 2011
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Here’s a few pieces of fiction I’ve cobbled together over the past few months. The inspiration for these pieces is a series of Kingmaker adventures for a fantasy role-playing game called Pathfinder. Yeah, they’re no Hemingway but I had fun writing them  Hope y’all enjoy the PDFs. Perchance, A Wandering Star The Long Ride Home […]

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Game Aid: Tales of Vesperia – Waitstaff

August 25th, 2010
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While playing the game ‘Tales of Vesperia‘ I ran across a silly little mingame for each of the characters – basically you memorize the ‘orders’ from the ‘Tavern Sagittarius’ patrons, enter them at the kitchen correctly, then return to the table with the order.  Of course, the citizenry of Dahngrest are a fickle bunch and change […]

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And So It Goes, Again – for the Fourth Time

May 30th, 2010
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Naturally, the day I finally get the game I’ve been waiting for, my Xbox 360 decides it’s going to take a dirt nap.  Two of my previous 360’s have died by the dreaded and greatly feared Red Ring of Death (RROD), another’s DVD was bricked by a mandatory Dashboard Update.  This time it’s the less […]

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“What is best in life?”

January 2nd, 2009
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Leaving a friends house this evening with a guitar in one hand and a bottle of Jack in the other – one fake, the other half-empty. Sometimes it’s the simple things…

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The new Xbox Experience – Can’t I keep the old one?

July 16th, 2008
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Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of WIN in the MS dog and pony show, but the Xbox Experience already has major issues. None of these ‘improvements’ benefit me. Basic Interface Old: Boxes-in-boxes portal with slow response times, an ill-defined selection frame, and a labyrinth maze of scrolling lists. New: Hidden, non-contextual menu […]

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Garrett in Crisis! The Xbox Disaster: Day 20 – It Is Done!

July 11th, 2008
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Strike up the band and hand out the cigars!  My Xbox is back from McAllen, TX with a much quieter DVD drive and fans.  Technically, it’s a whole new machine that was built on April 11, 2008. But I am just going to ignore that fact and jump around saying “It’s back! It’s back! Wheee!” […]

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Garrett in Crisis! The Xbox Disaster: Day 14 – Warcrack Adendum

July 5th, 2008
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First time in a long time, I’ve stayed up through the night playing a computer game. The first time was back in college.  I found Civilization, the original, on a really low end PC in the college newspaper I was volunteering at.  That was also the first time I played a computer game for 24 […]

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