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November 25, 2021 by Tatiora
The weather in Michigan has started to turn colder, though for the time being we've dodged any real abundance of snow (I know, I know - I just cursed us). As we enter into the holiday season, I find it impossible not to reflect a bit on how fortunate I am to have become friends and share so many experiences with my inredible colleagues at Stardock. The last two-ish years have been a bit strange, to say the very least. The pandemic forced us all into remote work and kept us from seeing each ot...
November 24, 2021 by Tatiora
Today, in cool things I found out about but definitely can't justify the cost of: Disney's Star Wars experience will offer lightsaber training. When Disney first announced their fully immersive Star Wars experience, I expected it would be expensive...but the cost was revealed to be around $6,000 for a family of four for just two nights, so it exceeded my expectations but quite a bit there. Still, it's fun to dream about, because as more details emerge it just keeps sounding cooler and ...
November 18, 2021 by Tatiora
The Internet can sometimes be a cesspit of vitriol and negativity, but no matter how gross it can get there's always something that manages to shine through the murk. This story from Kotaku a couple of weeks ago about a couple who put out an ad on Craigslist asking for someone to help them beat The Last of Us 2 is definitely one of those things. Karen and Bruce Klein retired and took an interest in video games in 2021 after looking into things that they could do to keep themselves active. The...
November 17, 2021 by Tatiora
Ages ago, I recall Valve having announced their Steam Deck console. They released some more details about the hand-held device last week during a Steamworks Virtual Conference, and it appears that the hype may well be worth something. Global supply chain issues have seen the device delayed until at least February of 2022, but fortunately that's only just a little bit longer to wait past the original promised release date, which was December 2021. The specs for the Steam Deck have been out for...
November 11, 2021 by Tatiora
I have long known that I work with plenty of people who love games - that's not news to me, and if you've been reading these blogs at all, it isn't to you either! What did surprise me, however, was just how many of my colleagues actually love Dungeons & Dragons and other table-top RPGs. About two months ago, we were coming off the high of having a fantastic in-person game night. Raeann - a member of our amazing operations team - said in one of our chats "Stardock D&D night, when?", tw...
November 10, 2021 by Tatiora
There are a lot of things that I love in this world, but here are two of them that are relevant to today's topic of conversation: Theater, and creative solutions. With a large portion of theaters around the world are still closed or under lots of restrictions due to the pandemic, some actors have turned to the internet and Fallout 76 for an answer to the problem. The Theater Company, a Fallout 76 acting troupe, has been holding performances in order to keep their acting skills sharp over the ...
November 4, 2021 by Tatiora
We absolutely love Halloween here at Stardock! Frankly, there are a whole bunch of us who will jump at any excuse to dress up in a costume and have fun - Halloween just happens to be the time when everyone else is doing it, too.   Our operations team here is amazing and they always make sure that we have everything we need to have a good time! They played Monster House on our big TV downstairs and had lunch catered from a local company - everything was absolutely delicious. We ...
November 3, 2021 by Tatiora
England is getting a new high-speed rail system installed - which, for certain parts of the world, perhaps hardly constitutes news, but it's what some archaeologists found while digging that caught my attention.  Three Roman busts and other rare artifacts were unearthed at the site of a former Norman-era church in Stoke Mandeville, a village located about 46 miles northwest of London. The excavations at the site had already been underway for about 7 months when the statues made their sur...
October 28, 2021 by Tatiora
I am in a unique and wonderful position here at Stardock in that I genuinely enjoy spending time with my colleagues. Many of us spend time outside of work hours playing board games, slaying monsters in Dungeons & Dragons, or critiquing new and popular films out at the theater together.  Once in awhile, our amazing operations team plans an outing for us so we can all get out of the office and enjoy some teambuilding activities. Autumn is widely celebrated in Michigan as cider season, ...
October 27, 2021 by Tatiora
Back in 2018, James Wan's Aquaman made a big splash (pun intended) at the box office. In early 2019, we learned about Warner Brothers' plan to develop a smaller-scale horror spinoff based on the creatures that appeared during the underwater trench sequence of that movie. Which seemed weird, sure, but also made sense as a next step in superhero films for the director of movies like Saw, Insidious, and Malignant.  The Trench movie was canceled earlier this year - b...
October 21, 2021 by Tatiora
I am a lover of soups, stews, and chilis. The very second the weather dipped below 60 here in Michigan, I popped my head out the door and bellowed "SOUP SEASON!" ...you think I'm exaggerating or being dramatic, but I'm not. My friends (and my poor neighbors) will attest. Anyway, I'm not the only one who loves this time of year around here! Fall sees all sorts of fun activities popping up at Stardock, from visits to Cider Mills, to Halloween costume contests, and of course also...
October 20, 2021 by Tatiora
On Monday, Disney announced that a slew of upcoming releases (most of which are Marvel superhero films) have been pushed back by a matter of months. Some eagle-eyed viewers noticed that some previously announced movies have been taken off the schedule all together - so what's going on? There are a couple of possible reasons. Disney could potentially be hoping that, by waiting a few extra months, people will start returning to the movie theaters with more frequency, thus upping box office gain...
October 14, 2021 by Tatiora
If you know me, then you know that the idea of me writing about any form of organization is a ploy of comedy in and of itself. Still, as all over the place as I am with just about every aspect of my life, that doesn't stop me from trying to be more organized. I spend quite a lot of time at my computer, both for work and for leisure. Beyond a few very important things, I don't really have much of a system for where I put documents or shortcuts - they just sort of get lobbed...
October 13, 2021 by Tatiora
While the games that maintain the top "popular" slots may not always be games that we agree with, we have to admit that they hold those slots for a reason. I will even confess to having played a little bit of Epic's Fortnite game, only to find myself pleasantly surprised with how enjoyable it was.  That doesn't mean I have any interest in watching a movie about it, but here we are. According to The Information, Epic Games is considering the idea of expanding into the entertainm...
October 7, 2021 by Tatiora
If you're a Windows user, then you've definitely had this happen before. You're playing or working, deeply engrossed in whatever it is you're doing, and then suddenly your computer alerts you to a Windows update! Or, in some cases, just shuts down and decides to update right then and there. It's obnoxious, it's frustrating, and now it's hopefully a thing of the past. Windows 11 launched just a couple of days ago and Microsoft had been telling us quite a lot about their new OS leading up th...