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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Games

Xbox Wins Converts with Game Play, Live Component

by Ken Newquist / June 15, 2004

My friends and I have a problem. We're scattered geographically and temporally, with jobs, families and commitments that keep us from gaming as much as we'd like. We've tried online gaming via Windows but have been disappointed every time. Poor net connections, aging hardware, and incongruent patches foiled us time and again. But the Xbox is changing all that.

The Quick and Easy Gaming Path

by Ken Newquist / May 31, 2004

A few months back, I bought an Xbox, fired it up, and promptly began blasting my way through the excellent first person shooter Halo. I beat the game on its "average" level, and began working my way through the next most difficult one. It's certainly living up to its rating, and after having been stymied a few times, I decided it was time to branch out to another title that I've been eyeing: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Vie for Colonial Domination with Settlers of Catan

by Ken Newquist / May 17, 2004

Settlers of Catan is one of those games you hear people talk about for years, but somehow never get around to playing. Then when you finally do play it, you wonder why you wasted all that time on sleeping when you could have been playing Settlers.

The premise of the game is simple. Two to four colonists are attempting to settle the virgin land of Catan. They use the natural resources of the island -- wood, grain, wool, bricks and iron -- to forge roads, towns and cities. Each town is worth 1 point, each city is worth 2. The first person to 10 points wins the game.

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