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A new (to me) game.

One neat thing about having a gaming PC, I can play pretty much any game my heart desires and my pocketbook can afford. So I picked up Quake for $1. Well, I picked up nearly the entire Quake collection for far less than the original game cost.

I’d never played this one.

Or Doom. Or Tomb Raider.

I’d never really had a decent gaming PC to play games over the years. I played Half-Life, Sim City, Return to Castle Wolfenstein. That’s about it.

One of the things I wanted to do when I built this new PC, aside from recording audio, video, and doing lots of writing related work, was to play games. Even if they were older games I’d missed out on back in the day.

So, tonight, I played a few levels of Quake. The version I’m playing has the updated graphics so it looks far better. It’s still blocky and clunky, just better looking textures overall. It’s also better lit. I know this because I can switch between the original version of the game and the new version. It’s fun to see the differences.

Much like with Crysis, I want to play though the series to see how it’s changed over the years. Unlike Crysis, I don’t think I’ll go there every level of ever game. Quake isn’t really a linear game with a story the way Crysis is. Unless I miss my guess, Quake is much like Doom, levels to blow up demons, get to the end, get some trophy, done, do the next. I’m NOT saying this type of game is bad. Not at all. All I want to do is get the flavor of the game and move on to the next in the series.

If a game has a story, for example, like Far Cry, I want to experience the story. Though I’m having issues with Far Cry 2 in that I play it and I feel ill. I’m trying to figure out how to correct that. It’s not a smooth game. I’ve searched the web and I’m not the only one to have this issue.

But I digress.

I’m having fun getting into some older games. Sometimes it’s nice to cruise through a level and blow things up. I may do it again tomorrow.

I’m excited for Halloween this weekend. I can’t wait to show you what we did with the house this year and what we’ll all be wearing. It’ll be a hoot. Our neighbors think we’re nuts, but that’s not anything new.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Daily Update: I feel like I’m running out of things to say.

Today I sit here looking at a blank page. Words escape me. Some would call this writer’s block. I just feel like my brain is empty. It’s not that I don’t want to write, it’s that I’m not able to think of what to type. I figured I’d type up a daily update and see if words begin to flow. Some times that’s all it takes is a little kick to get things moving. Ignore email for a moment. Ignore the twitter feed for a moment. Look away from the comments on those blog posts.

It’s not that I haven’t been writing words. I’ve done a great deal of work today. I took a break intending to write this blog post and perhaps get a little written in Golden West and all I could do was stare at the screen and wait for something to fall out of my brain.

I’m pushing 200,000 words on the year. When I hit 225,000 I’m going to get myself a techy gift. I like to do this for myself and I feel the halfway point is a good time to do that. You may ask yourself what I’m thinking about getting. I’ve been asking myself the same thing.

I’m a mouse fan. I’m not a big fan of ‘hotkeys’ of key combinations. Yes, I know them. Yes, I use them. But I want a mouse with a lot of buttons. One that’ll allow me to do multiple things with my right hand instead of typing. Yes, I currently have a mouse with two regular buttons, a scroll wheel (that clicks and tilts), the back and forward buttons and even a button above the scroll wheel. There is a DPI button but I cannot modify that one. The mouse I have is the iHome (I forget the model) and it was $40. It’s a very nice mouse. Lightweight, cordless. It’s a good mouse.

I want something better. So I’ve been on the hunt for a mouse with multiple buttons. Yes, more buttons. I want a mouse I can program so rather than do all the hotkey combinations I need to do, I can just click and go. I know having a mouse with more buttons will take some getting used to, but I’m prepared for the challenge. I have a few I’m looking at, but rather than cloud your thinking with that I’m looking at, I’m curious what others who have multi-button mouses are using and why. I’m a programmer, not a gamer, but I’d like a mouse that would work for both (eventually)

If you aren’t using a standard mouse and you have one with more than your normal share of buttons, what is it and why did you chose the one you have? How do you like it? Would you suggest that mouse? Does it have multiple profiles available? It is easily programmable? Are the keys easy to get to? Is there a steep learning curve or can you just plug, program, and go? Can I easily program a macro ‘on the fly’?

Like I said, I’m at 192,000 words and when I get to 225,000 I’m going to be getting a new mouse. I’ll take pictures, leave a review, post my thoughts and opinions on it. It’ll be just like a book review. What I like and why, what I don’t like and why. This is a present to myself. I’m not shy about price if the product is a good fit for what I’m looking for.

Are you a mouse manufacturer? I’d be happy to do a review (I can also do a video review) if you send me a mouse. Again, I’m not an avid gamer, but I’d find a lot of other uses for a mouse being that I’m a programmer and speed is the key. How quickly and efficiently can it assist me with tasks I do over and over in a given day.

See, I’m now primed and ready to do more. I knew once I got started I’d be able to pound out some words. I think I’ll go pound out some more.

I didn’t post about ducks yet, did I?

Until Tomorrow!