Shocking news everyone: Dads like to play video games with their kids!
This AP story quotes a survey from last year showing that 35% of parents play video games, and that 80% of those game with their kids. Even more shockingly, both dads and moms are gaming. Moms? Gaming? Are you crazy?
I know, I shouldn't be so hard on them -- the mainstream takes a while to catch on to these simple facts. I expect that the percentage of parents (and grandparents) playing games with their kids will only rise with the release of family-friendly gaming systems like the Wii.
This is very cool. Google has awarded a million dollars in grants, and is offering $10 million more, to those supporting and developing plug-in hybrid cars that are not only more fuel efficient, but can plug into the grid and sell power back to it during peak hours. Granted, it's only a few million dollars, but it seems like Google's just getting its feet wet here -- hopefully we'll see more initiatives, and more private funds, from them in the future.
Crafty Games, the folks who publish Spycraft and its kin, have unveiled a brand new web site, and wouldn't you know it's powered by Drupal? For those of you who are keeping score at home, Drupal is also the CMS that drives this ol'thermonuclear burg.
The new Crafty Games site includes a wiki, three blogs, a discussion forum, and extensive downloads for both the 1st and 2nd editions of Spycraft.
Baby Luke's trying hard to become Toddler Luke as he learns to walk and starts baby talking. In more geeky news, I've got a review of the Shadowrun first-person shooter for Xbox 360/Vista, an announcement about my Libris Mortis review on The Tome podcast and geek out over Apple's new edition of Mac OS X.
I also take a look at Google's new themes for its personalized iGoogle home page service, and do an in-depth review of the Star Wars: Saga Edition RPG from Wizards of the Coast.
Maybe it's having just listened to hours upon hours of the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, but I truly enjoyed the 300 soundtrack's martial mix of choral singing, Mediterrean/Middle Eastern-inspired music and a touch of hard rock explosiveness.
This week's game day sees us returning to the Khelez-Mar dwarven campaign to launch an investigation/raid into the UnderOerth of the Pomarj.
It's not just Dungeons & Dragons though; I've also received my review copy of the new Star Wars PocketModelconstructible ship game by WizKids Games and I've been working on superhero histories for my upcoming Mutants & Masterminds campaign
Wizards of the Coast has launched a new online community for strategy gamers. According to Wizards' press release: "Gleemax will be built on three pillars – community, games, and editorial content – each representing the essence of what WotC has been providing strategy gamers for more than 15 years."
And it's called Gleemax. Gleemax.
This post at Lifehack about stand-up desks caught my eye. I've found myself working this way at home recently -- we have a jelly cupboard in our library that's about the perfect height for me, and since it's in the middle of our first-floor is the perfect place to check e-mail or work on a project and still keep an eye on the kids.
Looking back over my Top of the Pile columns, and considering what this week's might bring, I found that I was in something of a rut -- I've got my standard comics that I get every month -- X-Men, Conan, Ex Machinia, Batman -- but I haven't been venturing very far from that core. That's partly a monetary issue -- I just can't afford to pick up too many more comics then I already do -- but there's also my comic comfort level: I'm just used to my routine.
I decided to shake things up this week by trying out some new titles, adding Omega Flight and the Incredible Hulk to my pile, and picking up a fun new one-shot for my daughter Jordan.