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.
PSC 2014 IBM Champions!
Thu, Dec 5th 2013 8:40a John D Head One of the amazing aspects of my job is that I get to work with amazing people. Today shines the spotlight on that. Besides being named a 2014 IBM Champion, I am beyond honored to be working with 4 others who were named IBM Champions today. Kathy Brown is a returning IBM Champion, and Andrew Barickman, Mark Roden, and Brad Balassaitis are new for 2014. Congratulations to the entire team!!!! [read] Keywords: ibm
Honored to be a 2014 IBM Champion!
Thu, Dec 5th 2013 8:00a John D Head Getting the email this morning that I was accepted as an 2014 IBM Champion. It is both an honor and a challenge. Being an IBM Champion is about representing the IBM Collaboration Services in the wild as best as you can. Thanks for those that nominated me. Here is the entire list. [read] Keywords: collaboration
Social Selling in the Real World
Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 4:10p John D Head I was honored to be asked to speak at The Sales Association Midwest 2013 conference in November. The event was focused on sales best practices, tools, and techniques for sales organizations and individuals. It was a great experience for me - especially since it was a brand new audience and community. Looking forward to giving this presentation more in 2014! [read] Keywords: community
Speaking at Connect 2014 on brand new content!
Tue, Nov 19th 2013 3:10p John D Head I am once again honored to have the privilege to speak at IBM Connect 2014. I am speaking with John Beck, Business Unit Executive, IBM, but this year we decided to start fresh. Our topic is "he Mobile Disruption - Why XPages Development is Targeting Mobile First." This is an executive / strategy focused session on how mobile is becoming the primary development platform choice. We will look at this topic from the perspective of an XPages platform, but expect IBM MobileFirst, IBM Worklight, and [read] Keywords: ibm
Rethinking The Seductiveness Of Mobile-First
Mon, Oct 21st 2013 1:20p John D Head There was a very interesting posting on TechCrunch by Semil Shah this morning entitled Rethinking the Seductiveness of Mobile-First. The artcile talks about some reasons why an application should be targeted at the web first, not mobile. Here are the high level points he makes: Some markets make mobile-first simply unnecessary or unviable. Relatively speaking, easier to recruit web developers versus mobile developers. Faster cycles for iterations, testing, and moving toward product-market fit [read] Keywords: notes
The mobile disruption while make mobile your target platform
Thu, Oct 10th 2013 8:21a John D Head The disruption in the application space is having an impact on every technology. That major impact is in the preferred client type for any enterprise application, bought or built. The prediction is that by 2017, 90% of the enterprise apps will be both desktop and mobile, up from 20% in 2013. (Gartner Predicts, 2012). Think about that ... within the next four years, no matter the platform, the majority of development you do will be consumed by users on a mobile device. Are you prepared for that? [read] Keywords: application
The impact of current tech trends on XPages and SharePoint
Tue, Oct 8th 2013 12:10p John D Head I found this great presentation on slideshare that talks about the "50 Mega Trends Affecting Every Business - Power statistics about tech" and thought I would share it. 50 Powerful Statistics About Tech Mega Trends Affecting Every Business from ValaAfshar The trends are grouped into five areas: 1. Mobile 2. Social 3. Cloud 4. Big Data 5. Apps I think all of these are impacting anyone doing custom development today. XPages, SharePoint, Salesforce, Python, etc. And interest [read] Keywords: xpages development
The day a ’server’ showed up on my desk ... #thanksbruce
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 8:10a John D Head It was many years ago (sometime in 2002) to be exact, when a big box arrived via UPS. What was in it? This is the original OpenNTF.org 'server' that the website lived on for many years until more hardware was added. Today, the OpenNTF.org website is many servers at host Prominic. I will always remember being one of the second tier of supporters, including Vince and many others. Bruce is retiring his position as OpenNTF.org director today. I think his election by the community as direc [read] Keywords: lotus