Sunday, September 22, 2013

Descent 2nd Edition

Some buddies and myself recently finished original Hero Quest boxed set and the 14 (....14?) quests.  Even though we have access to two expansion packs, it was suggested that we try a new game.

My friend Jon visited and came across a relatively new game, called "Descent: Journeys In the Dark" which is in it's 2nd edition.

Click to read my impressions.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Xbox One Feature I'm Most Envious Of

Xbone Controller
The Xbox One has some cool features (and had some cooler ones prior to their now infamous 180 on DRM and connectivity requirements).  However, I'm firmly seated in Sony's loyal fan base and am feverishly awaiting my pre-ordered PS4 to arrive in November.

That's not to say however, that there aren't some features or functionality that I wish were on my black box of choice.  The localized rumble triggers in the XBox One controller seem very cool (though I've heard that the rumble tech in the PS4 controller, while not trigger focused, has been improved to the point of being able to simulate weight transfer...we'll see if that's true or marketing dream weaving).  I also like the precise engineered look of the thumb sticks.

But really, what stands out to me isn't a feature, but a design choice.  It's the buttons.  I can't look away from those beautiful jewels of X, Y, B, and A.  3D letters forever suspended in space...colors that make them appear to actually be glowing against the deep black space void them.  They're gorgeous.

Yeah, I know the 360 had similar translucent buttons.  But whereas those looked "toyish" these babies just scream class.

Well done, MS.  Well done indeed.