Warhammer Online doesn’t waste time with petty introductions. Just seconds after starting the game, you make the most important decisions of all: Selecting your character’s faction (two choices), race (three per faction), and career (another three options). The factions basically boil down to good and evil, but the other choices are more complex because they dictate how you’ll play the game. Certain characters are more difficult to play than others, but each offers unique gameplay elements. Once you choose your faction on a game server, you can create 10 characters, but they all must belong to the faction you chose. So yeah, choose wisely… because Warhammer Online isn’t messing around with warm-ups or second chances.
We all know that iTunes can be a bit of a resource hog when you're
playing music through it while Photoshopping cats' faces onto your
friends' heads and browsing for pictures. But apparently for some users,
it can be even more of a problem.
There’s nothing like a bold statement to get our attention, and Chris
Graves, president of Mac-centric Internet host MacHighway, makes this
one: His company is “presenting [its] services as an alternative to
MobileMe, as opposed to a replacement.” We take his nuanced wording to
mean that MacHighway Easy lacks the full features of Apple’s option,
but could still serve the same purpose for some customers by providing
email accounts, website hosting, and file-server storage. The service
even includes a domain name and other features beyond MobileMe’s scope.
But since MacHighway is inviting the comparison, we’ll have to ding it
for the areas where it can’t match MobileMe: ease of use, and iCal and
Address Book syncing.
What combination of love-to-hate-’em videogame villains could outmatch
the absurdity of a Nazi zombie? That shtick was the backbone for the
incredibly popular (and aptly named) Nazi Zombie bonus mode in
Treyarch’s console and PC shooter, Call of Duty: World at War. After
making millions of dollars on downloadable maps, we can see how a
portable port seems only natural. The enjoyment of the original game,
however, is almost completely buried beneath a heap of flaws.
Maybe it's spurned on by the latest news about Opera's speed
enhancements in Java or maybe it's just part of the general browser
wars, but Mozilla's come out with Firefox 3.6 today and word on the
street is this baby is fast.
Remember when point-and-click adventure games were actually popular?
These days, they’re often associated with children’s educational
software and Web-based Flash games, which hardly push the boundaries of
gaming brilliance. But the beautifully animated Machinarium shakes up
the genre with an intensely engaging storyline and plenty of plot
twists to keep you engrossed all the way through.
Queen’s ubiquitous “We Will Rock You” is a tune that will always rock
the sixth-inning rally, but when it’s on repeat for 25 minutes because
of duplicate copies in your iTunes library, it’s time to do some spring
cleaning. iTunes Dupes Barrier helps you quickly seek out and destroy
duplicate tracks, and it’s a bit more flexible than iTunes’ built-in
Buying music has always involved tough decisions. Rolling Stones or
Beatles? CD or LP? The mall or the indie record store with the cute
cashier? These questions have plagued music fans for decades, but the
iTunes Store changed everything. Thanks to its convenience, huge
catalog, and iPod-friendliness, iTunes now sells more music in the
United States than any other retailer, either online or
brick-and-mortar. But choices remain. iTunes competitors have sprung up
all over the Internet, clamoring for your dollars.
Well, the year has certainly settled down into the same old routines that were popular in December of 2009. Whodathunkit? We'd hoped you'd have kept your New Year's resolutions at least a little longer than two lousy weeks, but, then, we're still spending (wasting) just as much time on Lolcats now as last year.
At least we have a little something for you that isn't a waste of your time. That's right, it's our weekly round up of stuff you might have missed while singing along to "The Internet is Made of Cats."