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As Per the request of the Mum

August 7th, 2010 (09:35 am)
cheerful

current mood: cheerful

Guys, as it has been requested that I post a list of things I want for the coming gift giving season by certain members of the family, take note.

....or at least link Mom & Dad. :P

Saving screen space for the good of all.Collapse )

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Mass Effectiveness

January 18th, 2010 (06:08 pm)
annoyed

current mood: annoyed

It's been a while since I posted and what gets me to finally post? A game review.

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In other news I spent the past week playing Lucas Arts the Dig. I admit this one got by me in the hay day of adventure games but god was it fun to play. The puzzles were extremely mind bending requiring me to think more lucidly about being on an alien planet messing with alien devices without an instruction manual. I spent 2 hours each day devoted to playing it and I'll gladly do it again in a heart beat(once I've forgotten the solutions). As cliched as the characters were, they were cliched to the point of being slightly comical. The lead being played by Robert Patrick drove me crazy thinking "where the hell do I know that voice?" till he said "have you seen this boy?" I would break the Dig down to a PnC adventure game with a very Myst like world, 3 Monkey Island characters, delightfully enigmatic puzzles and nifty alien lifeforms that made you think "cooooooool" a lot. For $4 on steam to get that and the Indiana Jones adventures and Loom, I'd say I got away with robbery.

Fun times for adventure games and PS: I hate video game RPGs.

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Workplace Douchebaggery

December 14th, 2009 (10:10 pm)
angry

current mood: angry

Ok, apparently early on tonight I didn't run a check the build I worked on in every way but one completed...the one way it didn't complete is probably the most important. Well I'm working on several other issues when my coworker says "Dude, you made a mistake with this site." Now I was on the phone and working on other shit so I told him "wait until I'm done." an hour and a half later he explains to me what mistake I made was in the most condescending way which riled me up to begin with. Then he says "so did you fix it?" to which my response was "baking soda? you took the call didn't you fix it?" So he says "it was your site you fix it!" Meanwhile, the site's been waiting for resolution now for well over 2 hours.

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Stolen from Julies

December 10th, 2009 (05:10 pm)
bouncy

current mood: bouncy

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Write a basic network system for XBoxLive.


2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Didn't have a resolution. That made things a lot easier!


3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope


4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not this year


5. What countries did you visit?
United States of Pennsylvania


6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Independent wealth.


7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I forget. XD


8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
RECON DERP DERP!!


9. What was your biggest failure?
RECON DERP DERP!!


10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yeah, employment.


11. What was the best thing you bought?
Big screen LCD HDTV


12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Mine.


13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Mine.


14. Where did most of your money go?
Gas & Food(with a bonus to XBox Live)


15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Pizza flavored Doritos!


16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Blood Gulch Blues - the Trocaderos


17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder? happier
II. thinner or fatter? fatter
III. richer or poorer? richer


18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Everything except work!


19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Go to work!


20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With the fam at home.


21. How will you be spending New Year's?
With Friends and Fam at home.


22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Was there chemistry had? Yes. True love? Not yet.


23. Do you like anyone now that you didn't like this time last year?
Not really.


24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Also: Not really.


25. What was your favourite TV program?
Farscape & X-Files, with honorable mention going to Babylon 5. Thank god for DVDs and Netflix.


26. What was the best book you read?
I did not read an entire book this year.


27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
the Trocaderos


28. What did you want and get?
2 Xboxes with 2 Live accounts and 2 developer accounts

or did you mean presents?


29. What did you want and not get?
Adventure? Excitement? True Love? A Doom's Day Device?


30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Up!


31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I worked, and it sucked.


32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being paid more.


33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Tired


34. What kept you sane?
Halo 3 ODST


35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Jewel Staite


36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The proposed ban on cancer. XD


37. Who did you miss?
Our Paul


38. Who was the best new person you met?
It's a tie between Byron and Russ.
Byron - MOO2 Player
Russ - DM Player


39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
No matter how desperate you get, never..NEVER! Take a job in Tech Support.


40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Where is the one
Who will mourn me when I'm gone
Who will pour water on my bed of dirt
Who will breathe fire on my neck at night

I heard someone say
There's a chance that I would meet her
I could be perse-
phone and she demeter
To pull me from the underground that I call home

Her name is no one no one...
She blinds me with her eyes 'cause she's
The one, the one
She lives somewhere not here...

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Christmas MEME

December 4th, 2009 (04:45 pm)

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper, it's fun to tear it apart.

2. Real tree or artificial? Ideally real, but clean-up tends to be more than I have time to take care of.

3. When do you put up the tree? Thanksgiving

4. When do you take the tree down? Sometime mid January

5. Do you like eggnog? Yes

6. Favorite gift received as a child? LEGO Technic race car set

7. Hardest person to buy for? My bro Chaz, can't even pronounce half the stuff he wants.

8. Easiest person to buy for? My bro Daniel and Chris, those two like just as much crap as quality!

9. Do you have a nativity scene? No, but my parents do.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Neither. I give my greetings in person or on the phone.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Don't think I've ever had a bad gift. Even if I didn't initially appreciate it, they've all been good.

12. Favorite Christmas movie? National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Later, dudes!

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually 1 or 2 weeks prior.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No. I consider disposing of a present to be the height of bad manners.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Pigs in Blankets

16. Lights on the tree? And the walls and the furniture and the...

17. Favorite Christmas song? Carol of the Bells, specifically the track on my Christmas Brass CD

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? which ever is furthest North.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Plausibly.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? I usually don't top the trees but my family usually has at least two trees so often BOTH classes of top.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Morning after the family has gathered.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The Political Correctness

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Crystal patterned lights, Blue

24. Favorite memory of Christmas? My brothers and I throwing our stockings at my parents while they were still sleeping in bed. We were impatient then.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Nothing specific.

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What's luke warm

October 13th, 2009 (06:27 pm)
amused

current mood: amused
current song: Bolt theme

Well about a month ago or so I picked up the Bolt game for 360. Well after finally getting tired of hour after hour of Firefight, I decided to give ODST a rest and pull out ANYTHING that didn't involve those rat bastard buggers. To be honest I had forgotten I HAD Bolt, and it gave me a few hours of relaxation yesterday morning.

Basically the game works out as you play the tv series(as watched on DVD by Rhino). The fact they use the concept that Rhino is watching you control Bolt through the DVD set he's watching makes anytime you pull up a menu both annoying and humorous. Rhino spews out almost constant remarks about whatever menu you've just pulled up or what menu item you're about to select. On the whole, the effect adds entertainment value to the game as a whole(as you get Rhino's comments even when you just pause the game). As for the gameplay itself, there's essentially 3 different games played in tandem.

1) Play as Bolt beating the stuffing out of Calico's cat oriented troops and dodging traps and such. Really it's just move into room and bash B, X, and Y for the various combos using Superbark and Laservision to trigger key events.

2) Play as Penny trying to break through various regions of the environment in a quasi Solid Snake / Splinter Cell fashion. She relies on sneak attacks which are hideously repetitive but as combat is NOT what her playtime revolves around I consider that short coming negligable. What is focused on is instead a light version of almost Prince of Persia acrobatics.

3) Play as Penny hacking Calico's various computer systems. This is a mini game that plays like a basic version of Geometry Wars. Probably the only part of the game that actually has a limited number of lives. This game mode also has a separate mini game set in the main menu.

Throughout the game there are power ups to help level both Bolt and Penny and the storyline is short but fun. The game does contain the highly dreaded Quicktime Events, but as Penny it's basically the punishment for getting caught by the guards and Bolt has it on occasion for things your controls just don't give you the options for(like grabbing a missile in his mouth and spinning it back on the Copter that shot it). As it is the game is worth a $20 price tag and I can see it working a $30 price tag, but no more than that. Definitely worth a rental if you liked the movie and you like games like Spyro.


Also on my books is Sam & Max Season 2 being released for XBLA tomorrow. I WILL be buying that, so fun times shall be had by all....or at least me.

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BEHOLD THE BIG SCREEN!

October 1st, 2009 (01:28 pm)
excited

current mood: excited
current song: Still Alive: GlaDOS



I feel somewhat accomplished that I was finally able to pull together the finances to procure this item. It's been a long time preparing but now I too, am the proud owner of a 47" LCD TV. And yes, it is 1080p.

MOVIEPARTY!!!! ^.^

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Awesomeness!

September 4th, 2009 (10:12 pm)

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Wiiness

September 1st, 2009 (07:34 pm)
amused

current mood: amused

Lately I've been missing all those GameCube games I used to have. I've decided once I have the big screen tv I'm going to pick up a Wii. Definitely putting this stuff at the top of my '09 wish list for my b-day and Christmas.

GC - Eternal Darkness
GC - Mario Kart Double Dash
GC - Metroid Prime
GC - Metroid Prime Echos
(possibly Metroid Prime Trigoly)
Wii - Metroid Prime 3
GC - Star Fox Adventures
GC - Star Fox Assault

Also, for those interested, the new Wolfenstein for XBox360 plays more like Deus Ex than a traditional FPS. There are hub levels and you walk around talking to a lot of NPCs. Lots of exploration intended in the levels and a shit ton of story line. The weapon upgrades that you can buy make it feel almost nostalgic to play it. Chaz I think you might enjoy this game. ^.^

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XNAness

August 28th, 2009 (07:52 pm)
bouncy

current mood: bouncy

Well the current game project is coming along. I've got the netcode working. Trying to work out the best method I can employ to handle different events. The effects work perfectly. The only bug I've left in so far intentionally is that the sky is random for each box that connects to a game. Apart from that, every box sees the same terrainmap. For some odd reason objects that were present in the environment BEFORE a client joins in have stopped appearing on the client's screen. But anything that happens after the client has joined show up fine.

Still trying to work out when the best time to check for projectiles and other created objects. Thinking I might just assign the world to each object so they can run system calls from their update functions.

On the upshot I have basic physics working fine. Though playing with the gravity factor is FUN! Right now I have grenades implimented, but I didn't render a grenade model until just before leaving for work. This means that you have to hit the debug flag to see the bounding spheres for objects to see the grenades. I'm still happy with it.^.^

Debating on activating a 3rd dev account and enabling both my dev accounts with Live GOLD just so I can test Live. I'm terrified that latency is going to break the game. Right now I'm limiting the game to 1 player per box but I think I may shortly add in split screen. We'll see.

Anywho, screenshots will be coming shortly....once I get a capture card.

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