Should the next Worms game be 2D?

My favorite game of all time is Worms Armageddon. Released in 1999, it fit on a CD, didn’t need more than a 100MHz processor and 32MB of RAM, and was pure fun. It was a different level of fun from today’s games.

You didn’t need to be good at reflexes, good at aiming, or have a good computer. It was a simple turn based 2D strategy game with about 50 crazy weapons and a team of worms. You fought against the computer, against a friend, or online against others. It was simple, and that made it so much more fun.

If you haven’t played Worms, I suggest you try out one of the demos. You will see that the latest Worms titles for PC are 3D. The first 3D Worms game was, well, Worms 3D. It was a huge change from the classic, simple 2D gameplay of previous Worms games. I however enjoyed the 2D Worms games more. The 3D ones are fun and look much better, but the classic simplicity of Worms games such as Worms Armageddon is lacking.

Previous Worms games have been released within one or two years of each other. However, there hasn’t been a new Worms game for the PC in three years. I spoke with the Design Manager at Team 17, the developer of the Worms series. He said that Team 17 is working on “some exciting things” for PC. I also asked if Team 17 would consider making another 2D Worms game for PC, to which the answer was “yes”. I am glad to hear this, as I personally would love to see a new Worms game on the PC with updated graphics and more weapons, yet still in the classic and simple two dimensions.

Did you like the 2D or 3D Worms games more? Do you think the next version of Worms for PC should be 2D? Comment below.

Firefox 3 Release Candidate 2 Out Now

Mozilla has just released Firefox 3 RC 2 today. This will supposedly be the last version of Release Candidates for Firefox 3 that will be released before the final version.

Release Candidate 2 has fixed the major bugs that were seen in RC1. If no major bugs are found in Firefox 3 RC2, it will become Firefox 3.0 (final).

It is good to see that Mozilla won’t be rushing the release of Firefox 3, and will take the time it needs to iron out the bugs in the release candidates. This should make the final version of Firefox 3 as bug-free as possible.

Now all that’s left for me to make the switch to Firefox 3 is plugin compatibility. That’s the plugin creators’ problem. So a word to any plugin creators – update your plugins to work with Firefox 3 so everyone can download Firefox when it’s released.

Is your iPod or cell phone scratched?

If you’re like most people, your cell phone and mp3 player is probably scratched and banged up. If this is true, I wouldn’t recommend spending $20 on a scratch filler or screen cleaner. Instead, why not spice your gadget up at the same time and get a skin for it?

What might surprise you is that you can get a skin for your phone or iPod for less than half the price you would pay for a scratch cleaner. And the scratch cleaner wouldn’t make it look smooth and it will still have small scratches.

A skin on the other hand will protect your gadget as well as give it a new bad ass look. Some sites you might want to check out that sell these skins are DecalGirl and GelaSkins. These skins can be had for as little as $5.99, and they are top quality and durable. Skins will protect your phone or iPod from scratches as well, giving it a new look and new protection.

Check it out and give your gadgets some fresh new looks.

image from decalgirl

Police arresting former OiNK members

British police are raiding the homes of former OiNK members. OiNK was a private file-sharing website targeted at sharing music. The police are only arresting people who uploaded pre-released albums, at least for now.

These OiNK members are being charged with “Conspiracy to Defraud the Music Industry” which sounds absurd if you ask me. The music industry is trying to label OiNK as a criminal organization full of terrorists, which I’m sure it wasn’t.

File sharing is just that – file sharing. It is not stealing, it is not defrauding. Most people who share these files wouldn’t have purchased them anyways. Of course I do not condone file sharing of any form – I’m just saying it’s not the same as walking into a store and stealing some CD’s.

So if you were a frequent uploader of pre-released albums on OiNK, you might be next.