Skyrim: Hearthfire Review

Building your own home out in the boonies has been something that I’ve wanted since TES: Oblivion. That’s why I was pretty stoked to see just that in Bethesda’s Games Jam video. Annoying music notwithstanding, the video showed off some cool additions. Several of them have already been implemented in updates (mounted combat, Kinect support) and DLC (vampire lord, lycanthropy perks). Hearthfire’s home building adds yet another.

The New Legacy Control

Well, it's been a long time coming, but the new site design for Legacy Control is live! This fresh coat of paint (along with numerous other tweaks and features along the way) are brought to you by me, the web designer, developer, and 'web ninja' at LC. Like it or not, I'd say it's vast improvement both visually and functionally. But don't take my word for it... check it out! And read the comic while you're there. Seriously. That's what it's there for.

Along with the new eye-candy, comes some potential word-candy in the form of LC's new Control Freaks blog. This editorial/blog resides at You can learn all about it from its inaugural post.

For those who aren't familiar, Legacy Control is a relatively new (well, more like 2 years old) webcomic about video games and other geek culture. No sense in a long-winded intro -- just visit the site:

Christmas Comes Early for Battlefield 3

It looks like I'm getting a late birthday present, and everyone is getting an early Christmas present. The folks at EA and DICE have finally dated the release of their Back to Karkand DLC for mid-December. Battlefield 3's back to Karkand  add-on, which will be free to those who pre-order BF3 (myself included), is set to be released on December 13th. Otherwise, it's $15 (1200 MSP). Playstation version owners will get it a week earlier on the 6th.

Karkand will feature new maps, guns, vehicles and achievement/trophies. It seems that the weapons will be unlocked by "Assignments" which require you to meet specific requirements within a match. But the cool thing is that they unlock for not only the BtK maps, but also the originals. Let's just hope that they're guns worth running on the treadmill for. I do enough running in the game as it is.

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