I was pretty excited when Dru asked me to write a guest post for G3 Radio. For one thing I’ll do anything I can to help them out, for two… I love blogging, for three I love music. Match made in heaven! Then comes the dilemma, what to write about?! Music obviously, but what part of it? I love all kinds of music, from Indie to Metal and Classical and everything in between!

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I don’t really consider myself a gamer. Don’t get me wrong; I love games. I just don’t play them very often. I’ll pull out Risk or Settlers of Catan once in a while, but as much as I enjoy them, they usually sit on the shelf. It’s the same with computer and console games. They’re a lot of fun, but they don’t usually hold my attention for more than a few days. I’ve tried lots of PC games, and I have a Playstation 2 as well, but it’s always the same story. There are other things that need to be done, and other interests I want to pursue. Also, I have a short attention span.

Network-based games just scare me. I’ve tried World of Warcraft, and it’s certainly cool, but I have no desire to pay a subscription fee for something in which I’ll likely lose interest. Fees notwithstanding, I’m just a little unnerved by the prospect of interacting with random strangers on the internet. It just gives me a weird feeling. I’d rather explore virtual worlds on my own, thanks very much.

Then there are tabletop role-playing games. I must confess, I like these a lot. Particularly Dungeons and Dragons. I have a whole box of books from the 3.0 and 3.5 era, and they’re beautifully designed and packaged. They’re definitely keepers. I also have a whack of the miniature figures that started coming out a few years back, but I gave up hope of ever collecting them all, so I stopped buying them.

As much as I love it, however, I don’t play D&D often. It’s actually been several years since I’ve played any tabletop RPG at all. And that’s too bad. There was a group of us who used to meet weekly or bi-weekly for a year or so there, but it became spotty. And I’ve studiously avoided joining any gaming clubs because of my major lament in the whole gaming/fandom arena:

It’s damnably hard to find people with social skills.

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Update: Its up and running again! enjoy!

Well our server went *ka-booom!* last night and exploded into a million tiny parts. Then a platoon of little monkeys came out and tried to put out the fire using their tiny little fire extinguishers. For the record, Yes – they were also wearing tiny little fire fighters helmets.

This is what I personally emagine is what happened, But multiplay are working on it and it should hopefully be up and running by tonight.

If not, you can always read a book or something.

Lorcian.

In a rather shocking few days Activison has closed down production of not only development of Guitar Hero stating “We simply cannot make these games profitable given the current market” but also a statement was given on the DJ Hero website stating it’s own discontinuation.

“Due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishing’s DJ Hero business unit and discontinue development on its DJ Hero game for 2011. These decisions are based on the desire to focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world’s best interactive entertainment experiences.”

Activision will instead focus on Blizzard’s titles, Call of Duty and Bungie’s new IP.

Running between 3:00pm GMT on 15th February until 3:00pm GMT on 21st February Trion are opening the doors of their forthcoming MMO Rift: Planes of Telara.

The open beta will grant you access to the first 42 levels of play including three PVP warfronts and several dungeons after which from 1st March a subscription will set you back  £8.99/€12.99/$14.99 a month, or £5.99/€9.99/$9.99 if you pay for 6 months altogether instead.

To sign up or for more information go to the offical Rift website.