It is of no surprise to frequent readers of my blog that I am a proud gamer. You can still find me playing a game from time to time to relax. Be it Starcraft2, stupid games on Facebook, an old school copy of Bard's Tale on my ipad, or Gears of War 3 on my XBox 360 with my brother. Games are something I love. Why, because I am part of the generation that remembers and experienced the golden age of gaming first hand. I remember playing Bard's Tale on my Apple 2e. Opening Wasteland to find the manual of passages and swapping 5 1/4 floppies on my Apple 2GS. The days of Ultima, Wing Commander, Doom, and XCom. Buying a serial port joystick so I could play XWing and Tie Fighter. Enjoying the Sierra games of King's Quest and other great story driven games like Grim Fandago. Those days of where story and content mattered over graphics and speed are long gone.
Of course, thanks to GOG (Good Old Games), you can play many of these games on your PC today. As mentioned before, you can play Bard's Tale 1 on your iPad. If you missed these amazing games, you can still try them for the first time (or the 20th time as some for me). But I thought the days of playing new stories like these were gone. The World of Warcrafts, Madden, and Call of Duty franchises are fun, but not the same. Boy, was I wrong.
So about a month ago Double Fine, the game studio created by Tim Schaffer, started a project on Kickstarter.com to raise money for a new adventure game. They wanted to raise $400,000 in 30 days to fund the game and a documentary of the making of the game. How did they do?
$100 of that is from me. Not only will I get some great goodies from this, but I get to play a game that I have waited years to play. Let's remember, this is only the third one million plus kickstarter project. WOW.
Yesterday, my #1 game of all time, Wasteland, got it's own Kickstarter. Wasteland 2 needs $900,000 to make the game. Here is where it is as of the writing of this blog post:
Far more than $100 of my own money is part of this. I can not wait!!!!! At 1.2 million, they will do a OSX edition. at 1.5 million, they will do a linux version.
For those of you that do not know, Wasteland is what inspired the Fallout Series. Wasteland was the first sandbox game. I.CANNOT.&$^%ING.WAIT! If you love games, you can donate just $15 and get a copy of the game.
IBM Digital Experience 2014 Conference - General Session Thoughts
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 10:50a John D Head I am at the IBM Digital Experience conference for the first time. Of course, that leads me to doing the compare and contrast with the other major IBM event I have attended, IBM Connect/Lotusphere. About 700 people here, and 85% of the sessions are technical. And from what I have seen, there is a great community of partners and customers here. I have spent most of my time in the business / customer story sessions. All of them have been pretty good. One item I wanted to really highlight was the [read] Keywords: ibm
PSC is proud to introduce our new partnership with Intuit QuickBase
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 1:10p John D Head PSC and Intuit Quickbase are proud to introduce our new partnership. Come celebrate with us and enjoy the amazing views of Downtown Chicago from the penthouse floor of the Swissotel. Network with local QuickBase users and learn about our new partnership with PSC, a Chicago based services firm. PSC is an expert in integrating dynamic reporting and collaboration. Admission includes: Networking with other QuickBase users Cocktails & Appetizers Chance to win Blackhawks memorabilia [read] Keywords: collaboration
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 11:30p John D Head As you probably guessed, I turn 40 today. Not sure if I should look at this as an accomplishment or milestone or a warning - but it's a good day. No longer 'a kid' - but still 'the kid' to many. With June being such a rough month for me, and this June being even harder, this July is special. That number '40' I was never sure I would make. But at 40, I find contentment with who I am. I have a great family, especially those closest. Wonderful friends. Awesome coworkers. I am part of man [read] Keywords: ibm
Mon, Jun 30th 2014 7:20a John D Head In my world, June has been renamed Suckuary. With the anniversary of my father's death, Father's Day, his birthday - it's a hard month. My Uncle (father's brother) had the same heart attack as my father this month. Luckily, he survived and is on the mend. Add in end of quarter/end of year for a lot of companies, licensing deals that barely closed, and a bunch of other personal stuff. Damn. I am glad June is done. July is a brighter month. Mom's birthday. My Birthday. Holiday. Vacation. and [read] Keywords:
Memorial Day - Remembering Jack Head
Mon, May 26th 2014 8:11a John D Head Today is Memorial Day in the states, the day we remember and honor all of those that have fought and served this country in our military. I thought I would share a few stories of my grandfather. John "Jack" William Head was a veteran of World War 2. A marine who fought in the battle for the Pacific. He was on Guam. He was part of the 3rd marine Division assault. Unfortunately the Marines were dropped on a beach at surrounded by a high ridge. Japanese soldiers opened fire immediately and th [read] Keywords: office
Mon, May 12th 2014 1:00p John D Head Today the news tells us that one of the Lotus/XPages community has let us, much to early. Tim Tripcony was one of the good guys. No,Tim was one of the best guys. Besides being smart and talented, Tim was a gentle soul who loved to share knowledge. I remember many chats with Tim talking about XPages, something new he was working on, or music. I will always remember seeing Tim at the first MWLUG in Chicago - just after he cut his long hair. I didn't recognize him at first. We laughed at my confus [read] Keywords: lotus
Why STEM education matters - The Lumity Story
Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 9:50a John D Head I have talked about Lumity before on my blog, but I wanted to share why I think it's mission matters. Here is a great video that we created for our Annual Dinner earlier this month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfRFqTxOIjY I am proud to be involved with Lumity as a board member, and helping with the services arm, but the STEM initiative is something I really believe in. My career path was not a straight arrow, and my STEM schooling as a kid really had an impact. I am looking forward to [read] Keywords: