Legacy code bases and lack of innovation…

A previous job I worked at was “stuck in a rut” of not being able/willing to move to newer more modern development platforms.  Instead they decided to continue to grow their code base using tools that by today’s standards are obsolete.  This is a little rant I’ve had in my draft folder for a while now and decided to post it this evening as a random thought. More...

codejockey.net going dark

Not that my web sites get enough traffic to warrant doing this, but it’s still the principal.  The primary codejockey.net web site as well as this blog site will go dark later this morning starting at 8am to protest SOPA/PIPA.

An annoying trend for Gamers

An annoying trend that I believe is making it more difficult for gamers is that everyone is now trying to build their own “Steam” system.  For EA Games, I now have to create an account and use their launcher.  This evening I got an email from UbiSoft whom is also introducing their own system.  The problem: Of course these vendors aren’t going to cannibalize their own products and use Steam which makes me, the consumer quite unhappy.  Rather than go to one place to play all my cloud hosted games, I have to go to many.  Not to mention adding even more user names and passwords to my already ridiculously long list.  Why can’t these guys also publish though Steam.  Steam is a proven platform that has been around for many many years and it serves as a great, single place, to house, play and store all my games.

Please can you game publishers stop trying to get into social networking and stick to your core competency: Creating good games?  Can we please stop the mass amounts of user names, passwords, and all the other extremely annoying authentication tactics?  Can’t everyone just interface with a platform that already has a huge subscription base?  Why try to re-create something that has this many gamers on-line nearly all the time:


It’s taken Steam a good number of years to get that number, good luck matching it!  Just use Steam to make my life easier, PLEASE!

The abuse of “Perception is Reality”

I’ve heard the saying “Perception is reality” being misused so often that I felt the need to post a rant about it.More...

About the author

Eric Brown has been developing software and tinkering with computers for over twenty years.  Currently he spends most of his time with family and also learning the ins and outs of the various Microsoft technologies.  Currently he's learning what's new in the 4.5 framework as well the new features in Visual Studio 2013.

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