First off, welcome to all of our newest Facebook members. I wish I would have had the time to do something when the page surpassed 1,000 likes (you can find out why I didn’t in the next paragraph), but I hope to be able to celebrate the next milestones with a little more pomp and circumstance.
Progress is slowly being made on the book. I had to spend almost 3 weeks away from writing as there was an issue with this website that could have resulted in the entire website being deleted due to mysql database problems. For some reason the databases suddenly were experiencing exponential growth in file size and I was exceeding the Terms of Service limits. I tracked the problem down to the forum (What forum? The one you are carrying inside your rusty innards!) that I had locked away. Some malicious bots had gotten hold of it, I think, so it was easier to destroy than fix. I decided a few years ago that I would never make the forum operational so there is no real loss. Anyways, I am still pressing to be done by Celebration in the ebook format at the least.
Besides all the website updates provided, I have also procured some more website addresses, namely beajedi.com and also .org. Along with my first and local website, milehighjedi.com, these automatically redirect to this site for now. I wanted an address that was shorter, catchier, easier to remember, and that could be put on a t-shirt (pomp and circumstance, perhaps?). I am thinking of a new logo as well, I just need screen time to try it out. I will put it out for reader response when I have the opportunity.
Lastly, I just had the opportunity yesterday afternoon to play the new Star Wars Battle Pod arcade game. Having never played it before, I was quite surprised to find I was at the top of the leaderboard when I stepped out. I am pretty sure I heard Darth Vader say, “The Force is strong with this one.” Then again, maybe it resets every day if they turn the power off.
My thoughts on the Star Wars Battle Pod game, in no particular order, are this:
- Having the fan blow in your face while on the speeder bike is immersive. Having the fan blow in your face while flying in a space ship is strange. Even more so when flying as Darth Vader in his Tie Advanced x1. That face hadn’t felt a fresh breeze in many years. After a while it was getting warm in the pod so I wish it would just run continuously. To really up the wow factor, maybe it should blow out scented air. Forest and swamp from Yavin, Pine trees on Endor, a little ionized air on Hoth, whatever a Sullustan smells like while flying into the second Death Star. You get the point.
- I was initially a little surprised by the graphics. They reminded me more of a Nintendo GameCube as far as graphics power than something newer and more powerful. But you only notice it during the intro and selection screens. Once the action begins things are moving so fast that the graphics look great. Or maybe it has something do do with the curved screen or just the immense size of the screen. The pictures included allow you to really notice the curve of the screen and the graphics quality. I wish I could have gotten better pictures but that was the vantage point from where I sat.
- I would like to see a game like this developed with a little more open architecture. In the game you basically are fine tuning the nose position of your craft as you fly around. I would like to have the opportunity to take an arcade setup like this and make it an open world environment. Something along the lines of the X-Wing series developed for the PC, perhaps. Imagine a couple pods paired together, allowing head-to-head combat between Rebels and Imperials or allowing combat against AI if no one else was around.
- I think the game is expensive. It really never said what I was paying every time I swiped my Power Card but I estimate I spent $10 to play the game. Could I feed the machine a roll of quarters like I used to feed many of the arcade games of my youth? No. But it is definitely a treat worth playing at least once.
If you have the opportunity to play the game, I highly recommend giving it a whirl. If we feed projects like this there is a good chance we will see other good things follow in its footsteps. Have you played this game? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments. As for me, I will now put down the game controllers and get back to the keyboard. Until next time, may the Force be with you!