Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Craziest Pizza I Ever Ate

There is no Ukranian pizza in NYC. But if you goto Joe's on Carmine and 6th Ave, one of the best slice spots in the city, he will make anything for you. My friend wanted a special pie from her homeland, so we brought a couple special ingredients and he made us a unique Ukranian style pizza. Chicken, pineapple, mushrooms, corn, extra cheese, and most importantly, the cheese must be placed ON TOP of the toppings, not under it. The taste is hard to describe, but it was amazing.

The owner, Joe, was so taken with our request that he accepted our offer of tasting a slice. In NYC, anything is possible, even the craziest pizza they invented on the other side of the world. We ate it on the grass in Washington Square Park with a bottle of Chardonnay, watching the sunset on a warm summer night.

99% of the time I get pizza plain or with 1 topping but hey, You Only Live Once.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Ouya Gets Mixed Reviews - A Work In Progress

Im not sure how much you guys know about the Ouya, but its a tiny little $99 console gaming device that runs on the Android operating system. It was crowd funded via Kickstarted and finally launched this summer. Unfortunately, the early reviews have been mixed at best, however a lot of the reviewers are overlooking the very best aspect of the console - emulation of classic consoles like the NES, Genesis, NEOGEO, N64 and PS1 in a sweet little form factor.

Basically the main issue a lot of reviewers are having is the lack of quality titles at launch, and the long and short of it is, the Ouya doesnt have a"killer app:" no Halo or Infinity Blade equivalent that just makes you say wow. But it does support emulators, and apparently they work beautifully from anything like the C64/Atari2600 era all the way up to the N64/PS1. A certain gamer named  md galaxy will also be pleased to learn that it also supports MAME (which emulates arcade games) and SCUMM (which emulates classic PC games).

Now, while the Ouya is in its infancy, and will undoubtably see a huge surge in indie development and support from bigger companies like SquareEnix and Namco Bandai, the level of competition is going to go through the roof in 2014. It has been leaked that Google themselves are developing an Android based console, and as we all know, when Google sinks its teeth into something, its like a pitbull eating a Baconator.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

How to Uninstall McAfee Antivirus

One of the very best videos I have ever seen or posted. Yes, thats John McAfee.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Microsoft Removes Xbox One DRM

Today Microsoft pulled a complete 180 on their DRM policy for Xbox One. Here's an excerpt taken from Don Mattrick's statement:
"An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.
In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions."
It is a little shocking to see them play follow the leader, but at least they listened to all of the feedback. Note that last line. Xbox One just became region-free. Now if only it was $399 without the kinect...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Payday 2 Gameplay Trailer

This coop game looks amazing, imagine a cross between L4D and Reservoir Dogs.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sony Wins, And It Aint Even Close

I'm going to keep this short and sweet. I wont be buying an Xbox One. Period.

UPDATE from Umo:
On the E3 late night livestream last night Adam Boyes, the Sony
Exec on the right who devised that video explains the background behind it and
also how the #PS4NoDRM campaign that sprung up after the Xbox announcement
was noticed by the top brass and helped cement their policies. He also brought a
surprise gift for them to examine.

Sunday, June 9, 2013


So today Rafa won his 8th French Open title - his 12th Grand Slam overall. I dont think anyone can say they are surprised that he beat fellow countryman David Ferrer in the final; the match was all but a coronation. But Id like to toss out something that I havent heard anyone mention yet.

Rafael Nadal is the 2nd greatest tennis player of all time.

With all due respect to Pete Sampras, Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe - none of those guys would even be in the top 3 of todays ATP tour. The level of play is so much higher now than it was even 10 years ago.

Nadal is only 27. Is it possible he could take a shot at Federer's record and become the greatest of all time? My head says no way, never gonna happen with Djokovic lurking, and those cranky knees which are always an issue.

But my heart says that anything is possible.

All I know is, its a great time to be a tennis fan.