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IS THIS IT?   *   23.08.2012
I have to say, I will be really disappointed if this is not the official GTA V theme.
That composition has blown my mind, it does have a true Michael Hunter feel to it.



Plus, we are finally getting some screenshots. I was stunned by what I saw in the picture below.
If that is not epic, then what is?



We should be getting three more screenshots soon.


PERVERSITY OF INANIMATE OBJECTS   *   13.08.2012
I have been using Paint Shop Pro 9 as my primary graphics editor for many many years.

I was really used to it, and it offered pretty much everything I wanted.

One thing I really liked was creating text as a vector. I could then easily replace the text, and all the attributes (font, size, kerning, etc.) would be automatically applied. For example, I used it to quickly create the headers for my website, as I am using a font that is not available in Windows by default.

All good things tend to come to an end, and that is the case with PSP9. It has simply stopped working.
I start it up, I can see the process in the Task Manager, but nothing else happens. This strangely coincided with the upgrade of my graphics card. I tried to google the problem, but I have not found anything that could help me.
I had not reinstalled Windows in over a year, so I decided to give it a shot. Unfortunately for the first time ever it did not help. This method has always solved any problems I might have had, but not this time, which leads me to believe that it might actually be a compatibility issue with my graphics card (HD 7770).
A pity, as I was forced to look for an alternative application.

Seizing the opportunity, I wanted to find a freeware alternative. Unfortunately there are not many, at least not good ones. The closest I came to finding some decent text editing capabilities was with GIMP. I do not really like its UI, but at least it allows me to edit the text without having to set the font, size, position and other properties every single time. The font I had been using did not really look good with this app, so I had to switch to another font, albeit a relatively similar one.

I am satisfied with the result, for the moment, but I would still like to find a better application, freeware preferred, with capabilities similar to Paint Shop Pro. I would appreciate some help with that.


FAMILY BARN   *   12.08.2012
Family Barn is a simple social browser game about farming and stuff.

My family has been playing it for a few months, and I actually liked it when I first saw it, so I decided to start playing it two months ago.

It is actually a very nice game. All you have to do is click on stuff - planting and harvesting, processing your crops into other products, etc.

This is my current farm as of today:

Family Barn

I have always been a fan of the countryside. When I was a kid I used to go on vacation to my aunt every year for 2-3 weeks, and I loved it. Some people love the beach, some people love the mountains, but give me a rural environment and I am all set.

I was never really interested in games like the Farming Simulator, I do not really know why. But this game really appeals to me. It is simple, straightforward, and you do not really have to spend that much time with it. You just plant whatever seeds you want, and it all just grows without the game even being loaded. You go back after some time, harvest your crops and click on your machines while you are browsing the net or something. You can also enable automatic operations and leave your game on in the background, but first you have to accumulate enough op credits.

I like the variety in this game. There are tons of seeds and tress, as well as animals and machines. You can also decorate your farm with loads of nice items. What your farm will look like is totally up to you.

The social aspect of the game is also very nice. You can gift items to your neighbours, you can also create a wishlist of your own. And you can help your friends by fertilizing their farms.

I also like the special missions we are getting every week or two. It gives you something else to do, so you do not get bored, plus you can get some really nice unique stuff for them, which you cannot buy for neither coins nor ranch cash.

This is pretty much a casual game, and some people laugh when I tell them about it, but I think a game like this is a really good break from typical core shooters or racers you play every day. For me it is just like any other indie game many people love to play, but it actually is about something I find very interesting.
Give it a try if you want to relax one day.

The game is available in many languages at their respective websites. For example, the English version can be found here.
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