NBI: Creating a Podcast on the Cheap with WordPress

This post was originally written for the first NBI in 2012. While my podcasting system has gained some finesse over the years, the principles are still the same. If you want the cheapest, easiest method of creating a podcast then this is the post for you. Last week I wrote about finding your voice and creating great content, and today I’m going to talk about something technical: creating a podcast to accompany your blog. There...

Five Steam Workshop Mods for Cities:Skylines

In the wake of the recent bad news from Maxis I think many people gave a little sigh for the death of the city builder genre and just loaded up their copy of SimCity 4, a game that was first released in 2003. But wait.. not so fast, city fans! Six days ago Paradox Interactive released a little game by Colossal Order called Cities: Skylines, and lo, the city builder was saved. The response has been outstanding — C:S is now the...

WoW Mods for Quitters: a tour of current addons

So okay, let’s just get this out of the way: I seem to be playing WoW again as my primary MMO. I think it’s partially a retreat into an old familiar friend during a time of much external turmoil, and partially the fact that showing up for the end of an expansion means a bounty of content for us slackers. For whatever reason, it’s happening and I don’t wanna hear no guff about it (although I probably deserve...

Steam’s Big Picture: encouraging social PC gaming

In early December Steam launched their new Big Picture mode. Designed to be controller-friendly, Big Picture can ostensibly be used on any monitor but its true purpose is to bring PC gaming into the living room and onto your television. Valve has announced their intention to eventually release a “Steam Box” hardware companion to Big Picture, which could be amazing, but in the meantime the new mode’s users are...

General Healy UI Concepts (and RIFT Addons)

Now that I’m finally getting a handle on how to cleric and which healing specs I enjoy the most (senticars represent!) I can start fussing with the minutia of slightly-less-casual MMO gaming. On the list for this weekend is cleaning out my bank and bags and auctioning anything that I no longer want, but more immediately I indulged in that most ultimate of gamer navel-gazing and customized my UI. RIFT patched in add-ons at the...

The Case Against Damage Meters

The more time that elapses between me and my hardcore raiding days, the more of an MMO luddite I become. I mean, I am an internet nerd who loves working with information streams and optimizing processes, and one of the things I liked about WoW in the first place was the openness of data. How much threat do I have? How much dps was I doing in this particular five seconds of the fight? How much damage does my bubble mitigate on average?...

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