Archive for March, 2009

Fallout 3 tip #2

March 30, 2009

Here are some of the items you need to try to hang onto because others will pay you more for them or they are useful in optional quests:

Sheet music book. You need one to trade to Agnes the violin player in an optional quest. The first one you will likely find is in Springvale School. Save it until you do Agnes’ quest.

Scrap metal: You can get 10 caps each for it from Walter in Megaton, trade it for items like grenades from the leader of Brotherhood Outcasts, or get Stimpacks from one of the ghouls in Underworld.

Sensor Modules: Trade them with the Brotherhood Outcast leader for things like grenades. The Brotherhood Outcast leader will also take scrap metal, power armor, and energy weapons. NOTE: He often gets killed by monsters or raiders in this area. When he dies, you can get all of your stuff back. Anything damaged you sold him is now in perfect repair.

Blood Packs: The ‘vampires’ in the Arafu mission will buy them at a premium.

Sugar Bombs: Can be traded for caps with a ghoul making ultra-jet.

Strange meat: Take it to the Lamplight caverns. One of the kids will trade for it.

Nuka Cola Quantums: You need to collect 30 of these for a quest. Save any others you find to make Nuka Bombs once you have the schematic.

Many items are used to make improvised weapons, once you have the schematics and enough parts: These include Abraxo Cleanser, Turpentine, Rad Scorpion venom glands, Toy Cars, Paint Guns, Vacuum Cleaners, Lawn mower blades, etc. Lists of all of the improvised weapons and the parts are here:

I kicked myself for drinking Nuka Cola Quantums earlier in the game before I know they had value in a quest and custom weapon-making.


Fallout 3 tip #1

March 30, 2009

When you first leave the vault, carefully make your way over to Rivet City. Try to avoid any fights and take care not to get enough experience points to level up. Once at Rivet City, go to the Science Lab. Grab the Intelligence Bobble-head. Now you will gain another skill point for each future level-up. This adds up by the time you reach level 20.

Video Games Live rocked!

March 30, 2009

If you haven’t ever seen it, just go the next time they are in town. The music is sublime! You haven’t ever really heard this music until you hear it with an orchestra and choir. Toss in the light show, costumes, game footage, bubbles machines (yes, they even had that) and it is a fun evening. Best of all, it is an all ages show. I saw a lot of families with kids there.

One of the new additions was the haunting music from Bioshock. They also had a guitar duet with Jack Wall and Tommy Tallarico featuring music from Chrono Trigger. The encore was music from all three Halo games.

I especially enjoyed the opening theme (Coronation) and Baba Yetu from Civilization IV. Baba Yetu is not easy to sing for a female, but their soloist, Cindy Shapiro, could handle those low notes with skill.

Jack Wall’s 12 year-old daughter Gracie also took some solo vocal parts during the show and displayed a voice with far more maturity than her youth should allow. This kid can really sing. It will be interesting to see if she makes a career out of music.

One touching moment was Code of Honor using actual footage from WW II from The History Channel. It was really pretty powerful stuff. We play games with war as a background all the time. Seeing the reality of what that war actually meant was sobering.

Big crowd Pleasers were the World of Warcraft and Legend of Zelda segments. They also had a piano soloist, Lee Ann Leung, who brought down the house with her playing of Final Fantasy and Mario themes.

Another high point was the Guitar Hero contest, which involved the finalist from the pre-show competition having to score at least 200,000 point while playing Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” live onstage. Doing so was good for a high-end Dell Laptop. The finalist hit something like 216,000+ points and hit 93 percent of the notes accurately.

Again, if you appreciate video games, go see the show. If you just like great music, go see the show. Another plus: there is always a meet-and-greet after the show where you can visit with the cast. They will stay for hours afterward until the last fan’s poster is autographed.

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My favorite health IT blog

March 27, 2009

The chairman of the Health Information Technology Standards Panel, Dr. John Halamka has a must-read blog on life as a health care CIO. It is informative, eclectic, and covers topics from electronic medical records to vegan footwear choices. It is a great blog from one of the best minds in the field.

Read it at:

Going to Video Games Live in Austin on Saturday

March 27, 2009

They sold out two Austin shows last fall and a return date was booked here in Austin on March 28. If you have never seen it, it is well worth it. Info on it at:

Games I play a lot.

March 16, 2009

I am spending way too much time wandering around the nuclear wastes of DC in Fallout 3. It is a game where one may play 200 hours as one character and still have lots left to do. I put hundreds of hours into Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion too. It is a game where one can get lost in the world. Bethesda Softworks has no peer when it comes to creating detailed worlds that just feel real. Mass Effect saw a number of plays. It has the best dialog tree setup I have seen yet. It also has some of the most memorable characters I have come across.

Hello its me, I ‘ve thought about it for a long time now. Maybe I think too much, but something’s wrong…

March 3, 2009

The contest: Name the singer, name the song. To do so is to discover Utopia. (Hint)

Though now he seems to want to bang on the drum all day,

Hello world!

March 2, 2009

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