About DrSlice.com

This site is my effort to make the information from various games available in a useful format. Since I've played Final Fantasy games the most, they are the ones that I started with. More may be added in the years to come.

About the name

To make a long story short, the name Dr. Slice was taken from a soft drink that Pepsi was distributing at the time in the area where I went to college.

To make the short story long, it all started when a couple friends and I finally managed to network a series of computers together on our hall in the dorm with a homebrew system (the dorm wasn't planning on fully networking the rooms for another few years). As we started our descent into the time-sucking maw of multiplayer LAN games, my roommate and I, along with the others in our dorm that were interested, needed names with which to to instill fear and cause our opponents to tremble upon hearing it.

My roommate, being a very avid drinker of Mtn. Dew, claimed it as his name. I did not find it to be a very fear instilling name until he had kicked the stuffing out of me at Warcraft II a few times.

One of my friends next door, took the name of Dr. Smack. This name lent itself to a plethera of trash talk slogans that were used to great effect over chat links.

I decided to situate myself in the middle, taking the name Dr. Slice in homage of my favorite carbonated beverage while still being able to claim that it referred to my skill at cutting my opponents in half with e.g. the Chain Gun in Duke Nukem 3D.

Dr. Slice, the soft drink

As far as I know, Pepsi discontinued the brand because it disappeared years ago and I've not seen it since. It was not, as some rumors had it, simply Slice and Dr. Pepper mixed (Slice was a Pepsi brand, while Dr. Pepper was a separate company at the time). Pepsi meant it to compete against Dr. Pepper while capitalizing on the Slice brand name but it never really made a dent in the marketplace. I have since moved on to other drinks, but still remember it fondly.

Behind the scenes

This site is generated through a combination of methods. The raw data for the games section is in XML format which I have found is the easiest format to update by hand. A collection of translation scripts convert the XML files into SQL statements that update the relevant tables in the database. The website then pulls the data out to generate the cross-linked references that make this site so useful.

The future

I hope to continue adding games to the reference section. Other sections may come and go, but the games section is here to stay. This site is the product of an unbelievable amount of time spent writing, re-writing, entering data and learning for me and I'll be keeping it up ad-free for as long as I can.