Wednesday, November 24, 2004

What's in a Name?

With the player population of City of Heroes exceeding 200,000, one would be hard pressed to find a unique name for their heroes. It's a good thing that the names players have to choose only have to be unique in one server out of eleven. But still, with eight slots allotted for heroes per player in each server, somebody has to have a handy thesaurus or look to foreign languages for help.

Enter the Super-Hero name generator. Of course, you can use it if you're just doodling a cartoon character or writing fiction (psst Joey).

I tried it and it's a nice tool, you can even choose names for villains and groups. Names like Emerald Jack, Ghost Fire, Copper Guardsman and Onyx Wolf are worthy enough to be included in James Bond fiction or even the new Playstation 2 game 'Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater'


I just downloaded the game 'Half-Life 2' using Steam. It took about 4 hours to get but it was well worth the wait. And best of all, it's free.

Well, considering I bought a video card a few months back with the game supposedly included in the package. But with the controversial theft of the game code, the game's release was pushed back. So all I had was a card with a code which would allow me to have the game sent to my house once it's released or download it from their website. I chose the later since I'd have to pay for the shipping and taxes, plus I'm cheap.

The game sure lives up to the hype, and it's well worth the wait.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Too Bad...

It's the ultimate gift set for a hardcore Godzilla fan. But sadly, they did not include any English subtitles. It's a 30-disc boxed set of all the movies released about the big bad beast and other giant monsters. More details can be found here. I hope they change their minds about releasing a boxed set with English dubbing, or at least English subtitles.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Better Late Than Never...

Well, it's official. EBay has finally opened up shop for local users. The site is up and running. Now word yet if Paypal will be made available as well.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Dirty Business...

Several months ago, a competitor opened up shop quite far from my business. There's nothing wrong with that, I guess. But then a couple of weeks ago, my waiters caught a guest distributing tickets/coupons to my guests. These were for a Halloween event being held in my competitor's place.

Suffice it to say that on the day of the event, my business was quite slow. What's a guy to do? I produced several promotional packages that I knew my competition wouldn't be able to keep up with. And the results were quite pleasing; just tonight, news was they closed up early for lack of customers. I'll monitor the results for the next couple of weeks.

It's quite fun having a competitor again. It's not only about the money, it's about trying to beat them into submission without having to resort to dirty business practices. A friend of mine once told me, beating them fair and square is a whole lot better than kicking them in the balls.

And in other news...

What has become of Marvel? They're suing NCSoft and Cryptic over City of Heroes. That game has been live for several months now and they choose this time to file a suit. An interesting point is...
"Marvel also claims the companies have disrupted its 'existing and future' business prospects for licensing its characters in video games similar to "City of Heroes."
Bad form.