Game Season Approaches

After what seems like a drought of epic proportions, the holiday releases are gradually going to thump their way out. Yay!

What I’m looking forward to:

Fallout 3 – once again, the Australian OFLC needs an R rating for interactive entertainment. I watched the ABC’s "Q&A" when the subject was brought up, and ended up furious that people could be so heavily, forcefully opinionated and ignorant at the same time. Makes me wonder whether it’s worth watching on *any* subject, if everyone’s just going to make stuff up, and then argue that (what they made up) is bad.

Saints Row 2 – I don’t know about you, but while GTA IV was "good", I *seriously* fought the urge to skip the cutscenes. Every previous GTA game was entertaining in the cutscenes, and I actually looked forward to them. GTA IV – not at all. I’m hoping Saints Row is more of the over-the-top fun of Vice City or San Andreas; I really liked the original, despite its flaws (Invisible Car!).

Far Cry 2 – I read a developer interview on GamaSutra with the developer (Ubisoft Montreal,  Crytek are doing Crysis these days) about how they were really shooting for "open world, open story" and might have a completely massive failure: I really hope they pull it off. I’ll be playing it to find out.

Stalker: Clear Skies – I didn’t actually finish Stalker, so I might go spend the next few weeks doing that. Loved it, early bugs and all.

Geometry Wars 2 – cheating, because I’m actually playing this already and it’s great!

Battlefield: Bad Company – I thought that the earlier Battlefield version for the 360 was superior to the PC Battlefield 2 in many ways. (Controversially, I had the same impression of Xbox Operation Flashpoint vs PC Flashpoint – sometimes a game just *works* on a console). I just saw this is already out, so I’m there!

Too Human – Wasn’t really interested, and I played the demo with some reluctance, but it was surprisingly engaging (I didn’t think it’d grab me at all, but it did). The reviews haven’t been stellar, but I enjoyed the 1GB’s worth.

Force Unleashed – Possibly not for the reason you think- I want so see if there’s an easter egg where I can get shot by Baltar (geddit!?)

Mesh Gush

Hi Everybody! I’ve been laying low for a while, in read-only mode, sorting, filtering, evaluating and generally catching up on stuff!

So, why break radio silence now? Well, I’m popping up to offer a quick endorsement for the Mesh platform, which was recently opened up to Australian testers.

I’m excited. I love it, and it’s not even finished.

Right now, you could liken it to Foldershare plus Skydrive plus Remote Desktop, just with the out-of-the-box stuff in the preview.

But there’s more to come, and the glimpse you get is absolutely compelling.

I love that I’m a mouse-over and click away from Remote Desktop to any of my machines.

I love that I can synchronize folders between any number of my devices, and have a copy kept online in my Live Desktop.

I love that it’s a platform, and having seen some demos of what’s possible from a programming perspective, I can’t wait to get my SDK on!

At present, there are some To Be Implemented features, the odd glitch and so on (as you’d expect from a CTP), so feel free to ignore me for a while, I’ll just say “told you so” later! 🙂

One tip I’ll pass on: Quite a few people requested a versioning feature for files and folders in the Mesh forums (and note that right now, folders you share with other people are writable by them) – Windows Vista has this built in already, in the form of the Previous Versions feature that you can use to recover a document in a given folder – just get the Properties, and then check the Previous Versions tab for the folder (or document).

Go get a Mesh!