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Sony Says No Android 4.0 for Xperia Play

According to a post made on the Sony Mobile Blog site, the Xperia Play will be the only 2011 Xperia model to not get Android 4.0 – code named Ice Cream Sandwich.

This is in spite of the fact that they explicitly stated that all 2011 Xperia phones would get the update back in November.

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Project Fedora – Over Half Way in 1 Week

I am happy to report that in 1 week, the Project Fedora Kickstarter has been able to raise over 50% of their target.

There is still a long, long way to go, but this is a good sign.

It’s no where near what Shadowrun Returns and Wasteland 2 were able to achieve, but we need to first hit our target before we worry about exceeding it.

Actually, now that I think about it, I’m not sure why these previous Kickstarters were so successful.  Are there that many more RPG fans out there than Adventure Game fans?

Under a Killing Moon, The Pandora Directive and Overseer were some of the best adventure games produced in the past 30 years.  Project Fedora aims to continue the series and it’s being done by the original creators.

In contrast, the Leisure Suit Larry Kickstarter was for a remake of a much simpler, shorter game and it raised over $650K.  Maybe I’m missing something?

 

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100 Days Until Pax Prime 2012

According to the countdown clock on the PAX Prime homepage, there are just over 100 days until PAX Prime 2012 begins.

If you haven’t already booked a hotel, you may want to get on it.  There is not much left available in the area of the Convention Center.  Unless you want to spend more than $250/night.

On a side note, my son mentioned that we should attend in costume.  I don’t know if there is much chance of that happening, but you never know, stranger things have happened.

 

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Project Fedora Passes $100K in Under 12 hrs

Technically, it took less than 11 1/2 hours, but either way $100000 is a huge number for this type of Kickstarter to achieve in such a short time.

I hope this bodes well for the final number.

As long as they are able to maintain this momentum it should be possible to go well above the $450000 goal; which is a very good thing.

The Pandora Directive cost over $4000000 to produce back in 1996.  I realize the technology has gotten better and you can do a lot more for a lot less money, but $450000 doesn’t seem near enough money to make Tex Murphy 6 as good as I would like it to be.

 

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Decided to pledge to Jane Jensen after all

Even though her Kickstarter met their $300 000 target a short while ago, I decided to make a pledge anyway.

Sadly, the Pinkerton Road Studio Kickstarter has served as an example of how not to run a Kickstarter.

The initial pitch was overly complex and unspecific.  Although, through dozens of updates they have been able to hammer the idea down to a single game pitch “Moebius” and better explain the idea of a Community Supporter Game system.

I’m a fan of the Gabriel Knight games, so I’m willing to make a small pledge to see what they can do with a new IP.

 

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Tex Murphy Kickstarter NOW LIVE!!!

Well it seemed like forever, but the Kickstarter of all Kickstarters has finally launched.

As of 9 AM, Mountain Standard Time, Project Fedora – the Kickstarter for a new Tex Murphy adventure game, is now up and running.

It’s off to a strong start, but that doesn’t mean anything if the money stops flowing in once the “Die Hard” fans have made their pledges.

I’ve already made my pledge and I will be watching very closely as the days progress.

 

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I decided not to support Leisure Suit Larry

I’m actually pretty excited for the Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards re-make that will now be made as a result of their successful Kickstarter.

The only LSL game I ever played was Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude.  It’s nothing like the original and it was made without Al Lowe’s involvement, so it doesn’t really count.

I enjoyed Magna Cum Laude to a certain extent.  There was some fun to be had, but nothing groundbreaking.  It ended up continually crashing at a certain point and I was never able to finish it.  No big loss. Read more »

PAX Prime 2012 Sold Out in under 48 hours!!!

To the surprise of everyone, including I would assume the expo organizers,  PAX Prime has sold every single pass in under 48 hrs.

I personally was completely taken off guard.  I was on the road for work, but I made an effort to check the PAX Prime website at least once a day for the past week on my smartphone.

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I Cancelled My Wasteland 2 Kickstarter Pledge

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with Wasteland 2 and I think it’s awesome that they have been able to get as much money as they have.

I cancelled my pledge because I’m not a fan of RPGs, especially turn based RPGs, I can’t stand them.  I pledged $15 back in March before it had hit the $900 000 goal.  It seemed like the right thing to do after all of the excitement with Double Fine.

Clearly there is no longer a concern that they will hit their target (currently just shy of 2.5 million with 3 days to go).  So, I figured I could cancel my pledge and not feel bad about it.

I wasn’t really sure that I could and I’m glad that they have the option.  With the most important Kickstarter ever launching May 15th, I really need to save my money until then.

 

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Arkham City – A Little “Riddle”culous

Last night I finally finished Batman Arkham City.  Not the main story mind you, I finished that some time ago.  No, I finally finished the damn Riddler side mission.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a good value and I definitely got that here.  I picked up Arkham City (PS3) for only $30 during a Best Buy sale only a week or two after release.  Sadly, I only got around to playing it a couple of weeks ago.

As it was, I had found around 300 of the 440 total riddles by the time I finished the main story line.  I could have left it at that, but decided for completeness sake I would finish all of the side missions, including the Riddler, which requires finding 400 riddles.

The other side missions didn’t take long to finish, but damn what a pain in the ass it was to find all of those damn Riddler trophies.  I actually had to use a walkthrough and cheat for the last 8, I had just had enough by that time.  Unfortunately, the reward for all of my hard work (grinding) was a short, easy to complete, not very Riddler “like” final mission.  Disappointing to say the least.

Note that the game was great otherwise.

 

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