Saturday, October 28, 2006

Okay, last night's end to the World Series was a surprise.

That said, I know at least half of the people in my department are going to be very very happy tomorrow.

The World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. I quite like the sound of that. Sorry, Cubs fans. Maybe next year.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

DEAR ST. LOUIS CARDINALS ORGANIZATION:

As one of two Cardinals fans in an office of Cubs and White Sox fans during your 2004 self-destruction at the World Series, I would humbly ask that you not screw up anywhere near as bad as you did then. In fact, I'd like you guys at the very least to force a Game 7 if you're going to be tougher on yourself than the Tigers. In return I will retract some of the statements I've made to others about the wisdom of placing Yadier Molina on the starting lineup. Good catchers are able to keep their pitchers from getting too erratic and Molina seemed not to be able to do that on a regular basis. I will be willing to chalk it up to rookie-itis or something similar if the team can win the World Series.

So, St. Louis Cardinals organization, I close my letter wishing you the best of luck and hoping that the cries of "Next year for sure!" stay firmly planted at 1040 West Addison in Chicago.

Sincerely,

Jason

Friday, October 06, 2006

Good vs. Evil Upgrade pack is up!

For all of you City of Heroes fans out there, the online upgrade has been available since yesterday. It's got some nice additions to the game based on what I saw. The new costume pieces look very nice, especially for heroes.

The Tiki Lounge room is very nice, and I think the game developers will have something cooked up for the Lounge, otherwise we have just another room. I'm hoping some kind of specially-generated content will be given over to the Tiki Lounge, even if it's something as silly as running a mission to help the torches burning.

I haven't tried out the Jump Pack yet, but so far all the reviews I've heard of it make it sound useful to low-level and high level characters alike. I'll give it a shot eventually.

So far, though, it's worth the extra money. I would recommend that new players start with this edition, and that veterans stick with the download.

The only problem so far has been that you cannot purchase the upgrade codes with Mastercard. Apparently NCSoft (the company who hosts and runs the game) got slapped with hundreds of fraudulent charges through Mastercard. Other cards have not yet had this problem. If you have a Visa (including gift card and debit card), Discover, or Amex card you should be fine. There is supposedly a Mastercard workaround, but I don't want to list it in case it's a workaround that can be easily exploited.

The upgrade, though, makes me look forward to Issue 8.l It's just that nice.