Saturday, January 28, 2006

No bacon robots

I had intently planned to go to Crossroads, a nearby mall, and stand in line for many hours today to get a signed copy of Attack of the Bacon Robots, the new Penny Arcade book, and also hopefully a free copy of the PAX DVD or the Penny Arcade card game. But, this morning, I came to my senses. Why do I care if my book is signed? I would find that amusing for like an hour. It would be a huge waste of time.

So, I didn't go. I went back to sleep and got my eight hours. I think that was a much better use of my time.

Of course, my eight hours took me until noon. I watched The Mothman Prophecies with Louise... I'm convinced now that the movie is only interesting when you don't already know the story, and it probably helps to be in a large group. I liked it quite a bit the first time. This time we were both quite uninterested; she was already familiar with the legends the movie is based on, and could tell me what each next scene was going to be despite having never seen it.

Then, from midnight until a little before four, I got a chance to really play around with the Heroes V beta. Here I thought I was going to set it aside and wait until it's released, and not think of it until then, but then I found out that someone had hacked it to allow single-player and hotseat play. It turns out that there's a veritable ton of gaming joy in that beta, and it's just hidden by the horrible, laggy Ubi.com multiplayer. But, after this match, I fully intend to put it aside and wait until it's got a little more polish. I may have to uninstall it to be able to resist its charms. It's great fun, but it's definitely not ready for release in two months. The performance is awful. With the video settings turned way down, a scrolled-out view of the map runs at about 11 FPS for me...

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