Friday, October 1, 2010

On the lighter side…

If you look to the right under my photo you will see a couple of pieces of information, one of those being my Xbox Live gamer tag. Given that, you might guess I’m a bit of a gamer. The truth is, it’s more than just a bit.

Rarely will I mix in any kind of gaming with my work-related presence, but I figure that if I can have my gamer tag on my blog, then what’s wrong with blogging about a game here and there? So here it comes.

I am floored by the complete awesomeness that is Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. This is (IMHO) by far the best RTS to grace us with it’s presence *ever*. The level of detail and quality of production that are presented by this game are nothing short of amazing, and brilliant.

I haven’t been so immersed in a single player campaign for any game since Demon’s Souls on the PS3, and this is a strategy title! It draws you into the Starcraft universe in ways that I never imagined it would prior to release.

I’m not doing a full review here, I think it speaks for itself, but suffice to say that it will hold a spot on my PC for a long time to come. The *ever so long* wait was indeed worth it.

That said (here comes the work tie-in), I know lots of folks have been waiting on some of the great new features in SQL Sentry 6.0. Those that got a sneak peek back at Spring SQL Connections may have been waiting the longest, but I want to assure that the wait is indeed worth it.

You have to ask yourself, “Do I want something now, that may be ok, but might not be everything I envisioned, or do I want to wait for features and quality that will blow my socks off?”. I’m here to tell you that yes, you want to wait.

I’m not comparing SQL Server tools to video games, but I am pointing out that true quality is always and certainly, worth waiting for. If you don’t believe that, go out and pick up a copy of Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. Let me know when you find your socks.

Thanks,
-JRH

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