Sid Meier’s Pirates! for iPad… what a day!

While I was traveling to the wilds of Germany yesterday, 2K Games released one of my childhood’s favorite games for iPad: Sid Meier’s Pirates!. First I hoped it might actually be an adaption of the first version of the game, which was released in 1987 and I liked best. Sadly it isn’t, but anyway…

Sid Meier’s Pirates is an adaptation of a PC game that came out in 2004, an homage to a much earlier game originally developed for Commodore 64 in 1987. The game puts you in the role of an enterprising young pirate captain as you collect treasure maps, go on missions and rescues, and fight other pirates on the high seas.

Source: “Sid Meier’s Pirates! comes to iPad” The Loop

The game includes Game Center functionality and promises some iPad specific features, such as improved graphics, additional visual effects and piratizing one’s picture with the iPad 2 camera. The gameplay seems to be as usual, beginning with the game’s setup. All experience levels and more importantly al statt dates seem to be included. With just a few clicks the adventure can begin. On first glance the controls seem to be fitting to the iPad. So nothing stands between me and some exciting naval battles. I certainly know, what I will do this weekend… For those of you who want to join me, take at look at the Sid Meier’s Pirates! microsite.

BIFROST fully upgradeable DAC – Schiit Audio

In search for an affordable DAC I stumbled upon this nice looking piece of technology: BIFROST – a fully upgradeable DAC made by Schiit Audio in the USA. It will be available in September 2011.