June 10, 2004

Justice Eight Assemble!

If you don't normally follow PvP Online, there's a really good series going on now about the characters playing in a massively multiplayer online role-playing game called "City of Heroes". In this game, you play superheroes instead of wizards, fighters, healers, etc. Start with this one and follow it through up to the current strip, and if you have much experience with on-line games, you will definitely be amused.

Posted by Observer at June 10, 2004 01:31 PM

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I wish they had a Mac client for that game. I read PvP every day.

Posted by: Humbaba on June 10, 2004 04:23 PM

Fun game. Very simple. The user community is as annoying as ever. The forums are not worth reading for all the trolls.

They've done very well with client and server stability. Performance is good for the degree of detail present.

Content is head and shoulders above most of the MMO's that have come out lately and was better tested than most as well. Balance seems to be pretty good as well although that is harder to tell with my limited playtime (I'm only 18th level of the 40 possible right now).

Must confess that I don't get you guys that stick to your Macs. Don't get me wrong. For desktop publishing I'll take a Mac any day, but that's not what I do, especially not at home. Right tool for the job and all that... For most applications (those I use anyway) it's a wash between the two... E-mail, web browsing, etc. I hate programming for either platform (that's what Unix is for) but because of the good support for things I can program and test java and perl using emacs on my PC (never tried doing those things on a Mac). And there are just so many more games in genres that interest me available for the PC.

I suppose that there's the whole "evil empire" thing but since I don't buy into that I can't say I get that either.

Posted by: Seattle Astronomer on June 10, 2004 05:06 PM

Short answer on why I have a mac at home even though I never desktop publish: No trouble with worms, viruses, or spyware.

And my OSX *IS* Unix. Fink gives me all my favorite UNIX things.

Oh, and I don't have to fight corrupt registrys.

If your Mac experience is only OS9 and earlier, you might check out OSX. OS9 gives me the heebie jeebies now.

Posted by: Humbaba on June 11, 2004 12:35 AM

No trouble with worms, viruses or spyware here either but then again I am not a typical user either. I maintain a LAN at home and have enough network admin skills to close down most of the stupidity about PCs. It's still only operating on the "I'm harder to crack than most" principle but so far nobody has been interested enough to fight through my security.

My wife is less technically skilled but I can at least count on her to maintain the virus scanners and anti-spyware software on her own machine and to be careful about opening mail and attachments. (I know too many friends who can't trust the other users of their machines so that is something I am routinely thankful for.)

Posted by: Seattle Astronomer on June 11, 2004 12:47 PM

After a rude surprise with spyware a couple of years ago, I keep my eyes open for it. And yes, I had to do a burn-and-rebuild on my home box a while back as well.

The best security is air gap: two of my three machines are never linked to the outside world, even indirectly.

Posted by: Feff on June 11, 2004 01:55 PM