Tuesday, July 25, 2006


It was really really hot this past weekend so I ended up sitting in front of the air conditioner all weekend. With nothing else better to do, I re-read three novels by Michael Stackpole based on the BattleTech universe. It took me about 12 hours to read all three books.

In addition to the novels, I also bought a lot of MechWarrior PC games during the past 10 years. I used to play them on my old PCs with a Microsoft Sidewinder joystick but now everything connects via USB ports. After reading the stories, I felt like blowing things up with lasers and missiles so I went to Fry's on Sunday and picked up a Logitech Extreme 3D joystick for $30.

Even though the game was six years old, I managed to install MechWarrior 4: Vengeance on my work computer running XP Professional. So far, it seems to run okay except the missions are more difficult than I remembered; I keep getting killed even on the easiest level. I thought I finished the game when I first bought it. Hmm, I'm going to blame it on the faster computer or new joystick... but it's probably old age.


closetmusician said...

man, i've quit trying to play video games now that they're gotten so hard and i suck so bad. i could barely finish v1 of rise of nations on the easy setting! i don't even want to try age of empires now.

hogsman said...

Uhh, "nothing better to do"? You got a phone?! Call me, fool!

Darryl said...

We interrupt this blog for a message from your Corporate IT group:
"No video games on work computers!!!"

Just kidding. I think I sacrificed 48 hours to Age of Empires - thank god I only had the trial version that stopped after Level 3, or who knows what would've happened after that.