Warp Drive

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Life is Strange

Life is strange. One moment, we are in the age of innocence, caught up in high school drama. The next, we are on our own, bearing witness to the harsh realities of life. Death is an ever more frequent occurrence. Most of us would give anything to just go back to a simpler time. Would we make the same choices or risk changing everything? What tragedies could have been prevented, what friendships saved. Not every choice is black and white, however. Many of them are morally debatable. Life is Strange is filled with such choices. Choices that will test your sense of judgement. It seems easy enough in Episode 1 when everything is just high school drama, but just wait until the later episodes. Life is Strange will grab you by the "lady balls" and not let go. In the end, you will be faced with one of the toughest choices in video game history. Neither choice results in a perfect outcome. One look at the community page reveals a very divided fan base. Everyone is quick to defend their choices. As I was saying before, not every choice is black and white. If life's choices were so easily spelled out, we might never learn anything. Everything is, ultimately, open to perspective. Speaking for myself, I always learned more from personal experience than I did from instruction. Will any of these lessons matter when we are dead? Who can say. That is for each and every one of us to decide for ourselves. Death is strange, but this review is about Life is Strange. Choices aside, the characters are legitimately interesting. If your heart is in the right place, you will begin to feel for most of them. Something that I found lacking in many cinematic adventures from Telltale Games. The animation, music and voice acting are also top notch. Life is Strange is a sweet, if not bitter symphony. And that is about all that I have to say, really. Lest I fill this review with spoilers, or worse, turn this into a philosophical conundrum. I trust that you will make the right choices, whatever they may be.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Computer Love

A short history of my former and current PC hardware. Most of the information below was retrieved from an entry I made on March 8th, 2009. I have revised its contents and attached a few photographs. Yes, the new title is a reference to a Kraftwerk song.

#1. IBM (486/66MHz)
August, 1994

My first PC was a beast. 66MHz of raw computing power, 8 megabytes of memory enhancing RAM, 16-bits of surreal audio processing (Sound Blaster 16) and 2 megabytes of mind blowing onboard video memory. It could run Doom II: Hell on Earth at maximum settings. This PC was originally packaged with MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1. Later, I upgraded to Windows 95. "Where do you want to go today?"

IBM in 1995