the Andrew Bailey

a former Buckeye trying to figure things out

Screenshot of Star Wars Republic Commando, shooting Trandoshans on Kashyyyk

Star Wars Republic Commando

This is the first Star Wars game I've ever played. I remember borrowing it from a friend about 10 years ago. Between him and his family, they probably had all Star Wars games ever released.

Screenshot of Darwinia, showing friendly and enemy Darwinians, squads, and upward floating souls

Darwinia

Darwinia is a game that I've been playing off and on for the past 10 years. It feels like a blast from the past, but it tries to be even more old school.

Screenshot of SimCity 2000

State of the Videogame Industry, March 2015

Recently, Electronic Arts closed Maxis. Maxis made such games as SimCity and it's hugely successful spinoff, The Sims. People are going around being all sad about it. Yes, people are losing their jobs, and that is bad. But from the perspective of the gaming industry's health, I think it's a good thing. With the recent reveal of Electronic Access by Original Systems, I started thinking about this cycle. Survival of the fittest applies to the game industry too.

Onkyo S9400THX

The Onkyo S9400THX is a 7.1 surround system. Properly set up, it means that there are 7 regular speakers and a subwoofer. The three front speakers are about 50% bigger than the other four, and sound nice on their own. The subwoofer has a twelve inch driver, and is bigger than the microwave at work. This system is rated for 1000 watts.

A colorful screenshot of Enslaved, showing a robot factory

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

I remember when Enslaved: Odyssey to the West first came out. Somehow it looked interesting to me. Then I saw that it was only on Xbox. That was the first time I threatened to get a game if it came out on PC. Three years later, it did, so I ponied up some money a few months later. I only now got around to it, and I'm glad I did.