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World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal (Worlds of Warcraft) World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal by Aaron Rosenberg

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Does a good job of going over the Warcraft II expansion plot, though it was noticeable they changes a few details here and there to go with the retcon of World of Warcraft in regards to the Dreanor of Warcraft II.

I think its a shame we still do not conclusively know what happens to Turalyon and Allaria, but I suppose this gives Blizzard free lease to reuse these characters with a future expansion. It would have been nice to have seen Khadgar run into the Naaru before the end, but oh well, might be fore a later book.

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Echoes of War, the Music of Blizzard Entertainment

A little early christmas present to myself.

(updated post with video from Eminence web-site, and my unboxing video!

The Unboxing (Haul) Video!

From the Eminence website:

Simply put, Echoes of War could be summed up as an album of orchestrated music from the games of
Blizzard Entertainment – StarCraft, Warcraft, Diablo and World of Warcraft. But in reality, it’s much more than that – Echoes of War marks the first large-scale game-music project in the western world, and one of the biggest and most ambitious musical projects (of any type) worldwide.

We at Eminence are huge fans of the game-music genre, which is exactly why we formed. Game-music, like that of Blizzard Entertainment’s awe-inspiring games, is some of the best and most varied in the world, but it is also some of the most under-recognised and under-appreciated. From the adrenaline-filled highs, to the tear-jerking lows, it’s the music in our favourite games that truly guides our emotions. It is the goal of Echoes of War to, next time you’re playing a game, make you take a moment to simply enjoy the music.

So beyond being a simple musical album, Echoes of War aims to put music of Blizzard Entertainment’s games in the spotlight, to be appreciated on their own merits, with a full symphony orchestra, and backing choir, to perform and pay homage to them. It is a project of love, made by fans of Blizzard Entertainment’s games, and as such, the musical pieces are recognisable from the games, but ultimately different interpretations. Our arrangers and musicians have put a little piece of themselves into each track, and we think that the end result is nothing short of outstanding.

Left 4 Dead and other zombie stuff

I am playing the demo of the awesome, yet to be released Left 4 Dead, the new game by Valve and Turtle Rock Studios.

Official opening cinematic: 

Gameplay recording of me and 3 other random survivors battling the legions of the walking dead for the 2 maps of the Left 4 Dead demo:

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I am prepared for the coming zombie apocalypse.. are you ?

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Recommended books:


The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living DeadWorld War Z


I just purchased the Audio version of World War Z at!
Incredible guest narators in this!

Link to (you can listen to a bit of preview)

  • Arthur Sinclair: Alan Alda
  • Jurgen Warbrunn: Carl Reiner
  • Philip Adler: Jurgen Prochnow
  • Saladin Kader: Waleed Zuiater
  • Joe Muhammad: Dean Edwards
  • Jesika Hendricks: Michelle Kholos
  • Ahmed Farahnakian: Maz Jobrani
  • Todd Wainio: Mark Hamill
  • T. Sean Collins: Henry Rollins
  • David Allen Forbes and Paul Redeker: Eamonn Walker
  • Ajay Shah: Ajay Naidu
  • Serosha Garcia Alvarez: John Turturro
  • “The Whacko”: Rob Reiner
  • Bob Archer: Jay O. Sanders (credited as “Jay O’Sanders”)
  • General Travis D’Ambrosia: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Christina Eliopolis: Becky Ann Baker
  • Kwang Jingshu: Steve Park
  • Nury Televadi and Tomonaga Jiro: Frank Kamai

    Throwing out Games

    I identify as a gamer. I have played a lot of games in my time. and ones “collection” that has been built up over the years, can be a matter of pride.
    The thing is, I never actually show of my collection in any sense, nor is my collection even worth showing off really.

    Now that I am making some tough decisions on what to keep and what to throw away, I find that making these choices about my games it not as hard as I thought it might be.

    Obviously, there are some practical matters to consider. For example, the older games will simply not work on todays hardware, without some serious fidling at least, and even then nothing is certain. I remember a few years ago trying to get Jane’s Longbow 2 to work on WindowsXP, and it was simply not possible to make it run stable.

    The other, most obvious factor is hanging on to games for Nostalgia’s sake. I too am not immune to this, and this “feeling” has actually been a pretty good guide to filter out what I am throwing away. It also confronts me with my own opinions that I was not aware of: what where my favorite games.

    To summorise, my decision making process boils down to 3 questions I ask myself in each case, or order of importance:

    1. What is the nostalgic value to me personally. (overrides all other considderations) ?
    2. What is the change that I will ever install and play this game again in the future?
    3. What is the change the game will run properly on today and tomorrows hardware and OS, and would it be worth the effort?

    The following three foto’s are the games I have decided already to throw away.
    As with the game-manaul pic, you can get a good sense of where my gaming preferences have laid the last 10 years.

    IMG_1296 by you.

    IMG_1297 by you.

    IMG_1298 by you.

    The Final Picture is the collection of games, all more resent, that I am considering throwing away. Also, these games may be valued by my friends, so I am holding on to them for now, while I circulate this picture to see if anyone is interested in receiving some of them.

    IMG_1302 by you.

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    BBC NEWS | UK | Real lessons from virtual battle

    BBC NEWS | UK | Real lessons from virtual battle.

    This is pretty cool. The Military Simulator they are playing here, is of couse none other than Bohemia Interactive’s Virtual Battlefield 2

    Any Tachitical Battle sim fanatic, of course instantly recognises the engine, as that used in the original Operation Flashpoint (which was amazing, as where its even more amazing addons), and its successor, Armed Assault (which was less so, due to its poorly developed single player campaign)

    Pure Pwnage Episode 9 Dutch Screening

    So last night was the advanced screening of Pure Pwnage Episode 9, organised by my m8 Skrie, who is quite well known on the Pure Pwnage forums.

    About 50 people turned up, and some of the well known forum peeps stayed overnight. Several hundred people apparently turned up at the Toronto screening!
    Overall it was a great success, and a testiment to how popular Pure Pwnage is becoming in the gaming community worldwide.