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Been pretty busy lately as you can tell by my non-updates. I’m pretty excited by the recent release of Steven Kent’s awesome video game history book, The First Quarter. You can get it on Amazon by clicking on the little pic — you really owe it to yourself to read this amazing recounting of the old days by the insiders themselves.

I wrote the stuff on the back cover of the book, so maybe I’m a little biased…. but not really. This book is definitely right up there with Hackers, seriously. And if you haven’t read Hackers, wow — you need to.

Sample cool piece of info from the book: The original name of the game Pac Man was actually Puck Man, but the executive at Namco in charge of getting the game over to the USA decided to change the name because he thought American teens would graffitti over the ‘P’ and change it to an ‘F’.

Shawn Green just got me hooked bigtime on the awesome group Solitude Aeturnus. Holy shit, these guys blow me away — very epic in feel and lots of Sabbathy guitar. Some of my favorite songs are Spiral Descent, These Are The Nameless, Chapel Of Burning, Personal God, Concern, The 8th Day – Mourning… Geez, it’s tough picking my favorites since every song is just amazing. I really wish I had this stuff back when I was working on DOOM and Quake — they definitely would have been perfect map-designing tracks. As it was, early Queensryche and Alice In Chains did pretty well for me. Every time I hear anything off Warning, DOOM/Quake mapping immediately jumps to mind.

Well, since Stevie ruined my last camera, I got myself a new CANON PowerShot S20 with a 1gig MicroDrive in it. I really like this camera better than the last one, so I’m kinda glad it got blasted down the stairs.

Oh, something cool I just got that I didn’t even know was available: an AC Power Inverter. This little box plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter and provides 115v AC power, just like the outlet in your house. That means you can plug whatever you like (within reason) in your car…… so, I’m bringing my PSOne on our trip to Lawrence, KS this Thanksgiving!

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