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Dorin

Assassin’s Creed Embers

Assassin’s Creed Embers is a short animated film (20 minutes) closing the chapter of Ezio Auditore. In this one, an old, apparently senile Ezio is visited by Shao Jun, a Chinese assassin. A nice closure for anyone who has played the full AC2 series.
Dorin

Game Review – Assassin’s Creed I & II

My first game review in the series which will follow is dedicated to Assassin’s Creed I & II. In all honesty this review should have been dedicated to Assassin’s Creed II – Revelations, since that is the last episode of the franchise I played, and indeed, most notes will refer to it; however, I want to comment a bit on the fine progression of the franchise from the first title to the best so far (Brotherhood) and then to Revelations.
Dorin

Warcraft: Orcs and Humans

Zoomin Games have this wonderful ‘Retrogame of the week’ series that today paid a nice tribute to Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, the first game from the series that created the Real-Time Strategy genre. While the first successful RTS is Dune II (another amazing game), Warcraft has the ‘magic’ of being more fun to play, and a bit more diverse. A lovely review and a lovely reminder, and while I still love Warcraft II a lot (the best of the series, in my humble opinion), the first Warcraft is still a lovely and melancholy inducing sight.
Dorin

Cel mai bun critic de jocuri din lume

Nu cred că v-am vorbit despre cel mai fain reviewer de jocuri din lume. Săptămînă de săptămînă, Ben „Yahtzee” Croshaw postează pe site-ul „Escapist Magazine” cîte un review de jocuri în seria Zero Punctuation. Mai jos aveți ultimul review postat, despre remake-ul lui Rise of the Triads, dar pe site-ul Escapist mai găsiți o mulțime de review-uri începînd cu 2007. Îmi place umorul lui chiar dacă uneori e suficient de dur încît să-i facă mironosițele să roșească (sau să fugă înspăimîntate).
Dorin

Tomb Raider 2013

Zilele astea se prezintă la E3 noul Tomb Raider care va ajunge pe hard-disk-urile noastre undeva în 2013, la început. Dar tot ce văd, aud și citesc despre el arată incredibil de spectaculos, de-abia aștept să apară. Game of the year 2013? Pentru mine, cel puțin la capitolul așteptări, da. Cei de la Ars Technica au scris despre asta în: „Lara Croft shows her vulnerability in new Tomb Raider”.
Dorin

The story of the Pacman Doodle

Raul just forwarded me this link, and for 75 minutes I was glued to the screen. In a fascinating presentation, two engineers from Google explain how the Pacman Doodle was created. For me it was fascinating for many reasons. I admire the presentation – I was really impressed by the way they prepared their presentation, how they ‘executed’ it, and how well it worked – even the glitches in the presentation seemed well integrated I admire how those guys were able to do that with the tools at hand.
Dorin

Ce am învățat de la Duke Nukem Forever

Ieri s-a lansat (pe Steam, cel puțin) Duke Nukem Forever. După 14 ani de așteptare, termenul de livrare pentru DNF a devenit sinonim cu niciodată, sau un viitor mitologic pe care nu vei ajunge niciodată să-l trăieștil nici nu e de mirare că pentru unii, e semn că apocalipsa e aproape (2012 anyone?) Duke Nukem Forever e jocul cel mai anunțat și mai pregătit din istorie. Vreme de 14 ani, a evoluat de la cel mai așteptat joc la exemplul cel mai bun de vaporware – eșec total al unei echipe de dezvoltare prea elitiste, prea perfecționiste.
Dorin

(k)ubuntu StarCraft

I haven’t played the game in quite a long while, and I said I should give it a shot, now that there’s the new year and some time to waste. The only way to do it cleanly on Linux is, of course, to use WINE, the other option being a virtual instance of Windows (which is not as fun as people might think. So I mounted the Starcraft CDs (Broodwar as well) installed them and played them.
Dorin

Link of the day #3

Cîteodată îţi vine să joci cîte-o chestie care să te prindă pînă la obsesie. Dar eşti într-o consolă… Ce faci? Soluţia e foarte aproape. Scrie ‘nethack’ şi loveşte tasta ENTER. Then… enter (src: The GuideBook.). Recently, you have begun to find yourself unfulfilled and distant in your daily occupation. Strange dreams of prospecting, stealing, crusading, and combat have haunted you in your sleep for many months, but you aren’t sure of the reason.