July 2009

Mechwarrior Reboot

Jordan Weisman – designer of the classic Battletech board game is looking for a publisher for the new version of Mechwarrior, the computer version of the classic Battletech boardgame. Jordan Wiseman’s new company, Smith and Tinker, purchased the rights to the name from Microsoft and is shopping around for a new publisher. From RobotViking:

To summarize what we know at this point: the game is a reboot, not a sequal. It takes place at the beginning of the Fourth Succession War. Multi-player is a major priority, and they really want to have a four-player co-op mode so you can team up with your friends and form a full lance. Better video game technology will make the game more tactically rich, and improve the feel of “piloting a giant war machine” rather than “being a giant robot.” Players will have to use different types of mechs to accomplish various battlefield goals – tactical information will be crucial, so scout mechs will have a vital role even at higher levels of gameplay. No more “lock on, fire and forget.” You’ll have to actively acquire and maintain targets, and the dense urban environments (which appear to blow up nicely) make for great hit and run tactics.

multiplayer giant robot battling action – where do i sign up?

via io9.

The life sized Gundam in Odaiba is officially ready for action. ( Via Danny Choo)

The Odaiba Gundam

The Odaiba Gundam



First published in 1984 – this was the scifi novel that spawned the whole cyberpunk movement in scifi literature. Neuromancer is the novel that popularized “cyberspace” and “jacking in”. The internet did not exsist in 1984 outside of universities and a few corporations. I never read Neuromancer, despite becoming enamored of the cyberpunk trend and reading many of the followup novels (All Tomorrow’s Parties remains solidly among my favorites)

Gibson sets the opening parts of the novel in Chiba, in Tokyo and the visuals of the novel are continuously in spired by the manufactured feel of Tokyo. Shibuya and Shinjuku are the models upon which Gibson seems to be basing the feel for his futuristic Chiba. The movie Blade Runner also very adept at recreating the dark and urban feel that Gibson was going for.

The novel tells the story of a washed-up computer hacker hired by a mysterious employer to work on the ultimate hack. Gibson explores artificial intelligencevirtual realitygenetic engineering, and multinational corporations overpowering the traditional nation-state long before these ideas entered popular culture.

The much quoted opening line – “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel” is even more layered with the advent of digital television today.

It is interesting to note that Neuromancer is very often the subject of film  rumors. Hayden Christensen and Liv Tyler have recently turned up in the rumor mill for casting. (Doubt if Hayden could pull off a believable Case  but Liv Tyler as 3Jane would be perfect!)

If by some wild chance you are like me and have not read this yet, then immediately order up a copy. Its worth the read.


This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me.
As I went walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me.
I roamed and I rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
While all around me a voice was sounding
Saying this land was made for you and me.
When the sun came shining, and I was strolling
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
A voice was chanting, As the fog was lifting,
This land was made for you and me.
This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me.

From This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie

Happy Fourth of July

(by the way, thanks to Goblin Girl from Circus Max for starting the meme)

originsgame_01Turns out that one of the bloggers for io9 was at Origins. They have a nice although short writeup of the con:

The Origins Game Fair, devoted to tabletop gaming, was held in Columbus, OH this past weekend. Along with all the dragons and elves, there were a lot of sci-fi themed games. I’ve got the lowdown for you.

With so much attention being given to GenCon, its nice to see Origins getting some attention.

e-p1_hands_60010The folks at Engadget posted an extensive review of the new Olympus EP-1 camera. Finally get a new micro four-thirds camera to go with the Panasonic GH-1. The blend of retro styling with micro four-thirds format combine for a truly gadget lust inspiring platform.

They say the LCD screen on the back was a bit hard to use in daylight, which is not a good thing, IMHO.

Problems with the color saturation, not so good out of the box although that can be fixed.

The video results are impressive. I really like the 720p out put.

Their verdict is a thumbs up. But I personally wish the Olympus would adopt the SDHC memory card standard that almost every one else uses.

Update: I stand corrected, it turns out that the EP-1 uses SDcards, good news there.

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