RyanHamilton.me Relaunched!

Hello! This is just a quick note to tell you that I have moved all “professional” stuff over to RyanHamilton.me and will be re-purposing this site to serve as my personal blog.

This has been something I’ve been passively working on for a long time and it’s great to finally have it ready to show off. Technically this is version 2, but I went though about 5 design comps before I was happy. I wanted to keep it clean and professional basically. The back-end is my own, and while it’s not the next WordPress, it should be much easier for me to do things like update projects.

It’s quite heavy in HTML5 and CSS3 stuff, so I may need to still hammer out some kinks in inferior browsers. You know the ones.

Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think!

Edit: Turns out the site works fabulously in IE7, 8, and 9! I love it when that happens!

Steam > Origin

I was just invited into the Battlefield 3 Alpha, and was absolutely thrilled until I read that I would need to download BF3 via Origin. “Dammit,” I thought, “I’ve been avoiding Origin at all costs since it’s condemned by practically every gamer out there.” Oh well, so I bit the proverbial bullet and played around with Origin – comparing it to Steam of course – and will now document my experience for the posterity. Try not to spot my bias.

Orgin by EA
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Ten POWER Songs for WINNERS

Awesome is a Synonym for YouYOU’VE GOT THIS. GIVE IT YOUR ALL. IT’S YOUR TIME TO SHINE AND SHOW EVERYONE ELSE WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF. NOTHING STANDS IN YOUR WAY. IT’S JUST YOU AND YOU ONLY. IT’S TIME TO GET PUMPED – SCREW THE OTHER GUYS. THEY AREN’T AS FLY AS YOU ARE. WHAT? IS THAT THE SOUND OF BOOING? HELL NO. THAT’S EVERYONE ELSE CHEERING YOU ON. THEY KNOW YOU’RE A WINNER AND WISH THEY WERE AS KILLER AS YOU.

Here are ten songs that WINNERS listen to. Enjoy!

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Stuff I Bought from the 2011 Steam Summer Sale

It's sale time!I’ll try and update this every day until the 10th.

Just a fun list. I’ll try and rationalize each purchase just so I don’t buy every game I see in the lust that always seems to ensue from a Steam sale.

Purchased (descending by most recent):

  • Frozen Synapse: Soundtrack Edition [2 pack] ($15 – saved $15): I watched this video, and it pretty much sold me. My kind of game!
  • Mount and Blade: Warband ($7.50 – saved $22.50): Everyone says this is a must-buy because of the improved graphics and gameplay over the previous installation.
  • Dragon Age: Origins – Ultimate Edition ($10 – saved $20): I loved Mass Effect and these Bioware guys pretty much have morality based RPG pegged.
  • Arma II: Combined Operations ($22.50 – saved $22.50): A simulator approach to the FPS genre. I think it’ll be interesting.
  • The Polynomial ($3.40 – saved $6.60): Interesting concept for a music game, a genre that I love. Plus it’s SteamPlay so I can throw it on the Mac! Yay!
  • Assassin’s Creed II – Deluxe Edition ($6.80 – saved $13.20): I’ll be playing this after I finish the first Assassin’s Creed.
  • Bioshock 2 ($5 – saved $15): Again, I’ll be playing this after I finish the first installment.
  • Team Fortress Classic ($1.20 – saved $3.80): This completes my collection of Valve-made games! Yay!
  • All of the Magicka DLC ($6 – saved about $19): I’ve only played the game with friends once or twice, but they were fun times regardless. Sure I’ll throw the indie devs a few bucks. Why not!
  • The Final Hours of Portal 2 ($1.30 – saved $0.70): An amazingly in-depth look into Valve. I highly recommend it if you liked Portal 2 and enjoy good journalism.
  • Medal of Honor ($10.20 – saved $19.80): I was mostly interested in the Battlefield 3 beta key, but the singleplayer campaign looks like it would be fun as well!
  • Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West ($1.50 – saved $8.50): Not a huge fan on wild west games/movies. I suppose I purchased this one just because it was so damn cheap. Steam wins again.
  • BIT.TRIP.RUNNER ($2.50 – saved $7.50): Already have BIT.TRIP.BEAT, so I thought I’d get the sister game.
  • Test Drive Unlimited 2 ($10 – saved $10): Looks like everything I’ve always wanted from a GTA/Gran Turismo crossover game. I haven’t really been satisfied by any racing games thus far so this should be a treat.

Bonus free DLC (descending by most recent):

  • Portal 2 goggles
  • Team Fortress 2 shades