Miscellaneous

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A catch-all for anything not covered elsewhere...
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Orbital Game Beta Page

Instead of putting these on the blog pages, where they slow everything down, I'll just put them here on this page and update it as I go.

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Gaming Nexus Editor's Choice for My Xbox

More reviews are rolling in for our new book, My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE. The latest is from Gaming Nexus, where they gave it an Editor's Choice. As more reviews come in, we'll of course keep you posted.

My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE is available from booksellers everywhere in both full color paperback and ebook formats. If you have a copy and posted a review, let us know, or just sound off in the comments below. All feedback is much appreciated. Enjoy!

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Kinect Rush House Party Unboxing Video

Bill does a quick unboxing of the Kinect Rush Xbox 360 House Party kit from www.houseparty.com. He also quickly mentions his latest book, My Xbox. Filmed by Christina Loguidice on an iPad 2, where it was also edited and uploaded via the iMovie app.

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Hello, and thank you first of all for letting me join the community.

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Bill wins hundreds of millions in lotto!

Bill is a winner!Bill is a winner!Well, you guys probably heard the news--I, like so many other millions of eager people, got caught up in the huge excitement of the $640 million New Jersey state lotto. Since Bill lives in the state, he casually bought a half-dozen tickets, and--quite unbelievably--the Loguidices are one of the three winners! Unfortunately, they're naturally too excited to post about it here, so they left it to me to summarize what you're gonna see changing around here.

Perhaps the most exciting thing is Bill's Armchair Arcade Museum. Both of us feel it's only right to build it in New Jersey since that's where the winnings came from--and it's where Bill lives, who will of course be contributing the bulk of the exhibits. They will be paying each of the AA staff a great wage just to work there full time, educating the public and, of course, playing as many retrogames as we can stomach. Admission to the museum is free, but you'll have to pay twenty five cents per game. And there will be NO, repeat NO, redemption machines anywhere. Well, except the little crane one where you can win plush Bill and Matt dolls (hey, we have to give something to the ladies!). The museum will also feature a full-service gym equipped with all the latest exergaming equipment (where you'll find Bill most of the time) as well as a full-service microbrewery called Pour of Radiance (where you'll find me most of the time). Somewhere down in the basement will be a TRS-80 programming area (Shawn's hangout). Mark Vergeer will be most likely found in the SHMUPS Emporium, which, as you can guess, will feature all the best SHMUPS in Dutch, of course. You just haven't played Gradius until you've played it in the original Dutch.

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New Reviews for My Xbox Book

The reviews are starting to roll in for our new book, My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE. You can see a few of the reader reviews from the Amazon link, listen to the Lautering Bytes Podcast segment discussing it (starting at ~18:12 mark; great comment: "...the manual you wish came with your Xbox..."), and a Game Vortex review. Of course, we can't forget Matt Barton's mention of the book at the end of Matt Chat 137, which covered Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. As more reviews come in, we'll of course keep you posted.

My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE is available from booksellers everywhere in both paperback and ebook formats. If you have a copy and posted a review, let us know, or just sound off in the comments below. All feedback is much appreciated. Enjoy!

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Match 3 Invaders

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Drupal Help Needed

Hi, folks. We need your help. Drupal has been giving us issues for a few weeks now, and I can't figure out how to solve it. I know there are some good folks here with this kind of stuff, so I thought I'd just bring this up in my blog and see if anyone is willing to help.

In a nutshell, we can't run cron. When we try, we get "cron job failed." Persisting sometimes leads to an internal server error. Drupal's log reports "Cron has been running for more than an hour and is most likely stuck" or that it's already running.

I've done a lot of research on this and tried the stuff I found on various forums and websites, such as clearing the caches, deleting semaphore variables, and empty out cache tables manually in the database. Nothing has worked.

If anybody has thoughts or expertise with stuff like this, please speak up. None of us are professionals at this and we need help to keep it running.

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Bill's Collection Photos - 02 - Cartels & Cutthroats (1981, SSI), Micro Illustrator (1984, Commodore), and Deathkeep (1996, SSI)

For this second entry in the ongoing series, I've taken photos of Cartels & Cutthroat$ for the Apple II, Micro Illustrator for the Commodore Plus/4 and C-64, and Deathkeep (AD&D) for the 3DO. Enjoy:

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Bill's Collection Photos - 01 - Tomy Mini Arcade (Daring Driver), Ultima 2012 Collector's Guide, Gorf (C-64)

BillBillWhile casual photos and videos are fine for posting something quickly, sometimes readers want a bit more quality. While I'm not going to put a lot of effort into these per se, i.e., you won't mistake these for studio quality, I will take a bit more care in taking and posting anything in this particular series. For this first entry, I focused on three of the most recent additions to my collection, Tomy's electro-mechanical tabletop, Daring Driver, Commodore's Gorf for the C-64, and the 2012 Ultima Collector's Guide. Enjoy:

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