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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team

Instant Review: You’ll Never Believe…

I just started playing this game an hour ago (sleepless nights FTL), not knowing in advance what kind of game it is. Much to my astonishment and delight… …it’s a roguelike!

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Recommended Equipment

Gamers, and especially Pikas: you should know about Xfire. It is:

  • A presence management tool, with indicators for when you’re gaming, including which game you are in, and which server you’re on,
  • A chat client capable of working while a game is running, without requiring the player to leave the game,
  • A chat room program, to facilitate game planning,
  • An automatic patching tool for your games, and
  • Most importantly, it gives the functionality of the Tribes 2 “Buddy List” that we all miss so much to all of our other games (as well as TeamSpeak, although our server, “[pf!]’s Secret Volcano Base”, kind of wrecks this, as it requires a password).
  • It also seems to have a few other features that we’d find less useful, like its own voice chat capabilities, and a rather anaemic server browser utility. It also keeps stats and profiles, etc., blah blah blah…

Pedant and I tested some of this functionality out last night, and I was able to find him in a BF2 game immediately, and join right from the Xfire client. This, in itself, makes it worth the price of software (free) and registration (free). By all means, give it a shot!

Firefox Extensions Refactored

Warning: Potentially Boring Topic!

I have to admit to having been something of an extension collector from the time I started using Firefox. I came to Firefox from Opera and Avant[0], and extensions are what sealed the deal. Step 1 was extending Firefox until it had mouse gestures and session saving. Step 2 was adding everything I thought was a cool value-add. Step 3 was using it like this for over a year, collecting cool extensions as I discovered uses for them, and generally just browsing extremely slowly. Step 4 was discovering the source of the biggest Firefox memory leaks, which is important to a guy who opens hundreds of links a day. Originally, I “worked around” this problem by restarting Firefox every once ina while — mostly painless when you have session saving capability — but this is a sub-optimal solution which had to stop. So, Step 5, which happened this weekend, was a paring-down of extensions to fewer than two-dozen (!) that either add value to the browsing experience, or at least stay out of the way and (mostly) out of my memory when they’re not in use. In the hope that this list will prove to be useful to others, I present it here, along with my rationale for each piece. I will also do my best to admit the guilty pleasures and not hide my shame in rationalization. ;)  Continue reading ‘Firefox Extensions Refactored’