|So I visited Phobos IRL||November 11, 2013, 7:08 pm|
So I visited Yangshuo, China. This is where the E1 mountains come from.
Yangshuo_Panorama2 by rangi1218, on Flickr
|11/22/63||December 4, 2011, 7:40 am|
Anyone read this? While a thickass book (like a lot of Stephen King) it is definitely a page turner. I really enjoyed it, he did a good job of threading all the different ideas in the story together.
The time travel aspect itself he pulled off very well. The only thing that stuck in my mind was that if everything resets itself, why not save-scum cash instead of pissing the mob off thru illegal gambling? [spoiler]The payoff his betting sets up is more than worth it, though.[/spoiler]
Probably the funniest line in the book was a joke with the "grandfather paradox" as it's punchline. The main character asked something like, "what if you went back in time and killed your grandfather?" to which the reply was, "Why on earth would you do that?". Lol.
[spoiler]The ending I wasn't so hot on. I would have preferred it if Jack had just died in crap-future Maine. The ending as it is was appropriately happy and tied things up nicely in-universe, but didn't leave me feeling satisfied.[/spoiler]
|Thoughts on Black Ops||January 6, 2011, 2:04 am|
OK the last FPS I actively played when it was "new" was HL2. I finally ponyed up and got an OK system (2x2core Xeon, Radeon HD5770) so decided to play Black Ops to test it out.
-The graphics! WOW
-Regenerating health actually makes sense in a game like this. It beats getting down to 1hp then save scumming your way to the next medkit. Online it is fucking retarded, being down to 1hp and winning is actually more exciting :-)
-Waaaay too linear. Your actions caused your team mates to die? You're not supposed to go that way? WTF! At least let me have an awesome fight to the death against infinite guards or something. This kind of thing kills the immersion.
An example of this kind of thing done the right way is Goldeneye. You can't finish the mission / progress to the next objective if you "fail" but are free to f### around in parts of the map you have "unlocked" to your heart's content.
-Weapons are lame. I honestly can't tell the difference between any of the main weapons, they are all spam cannons. Boring.
The RPG-perks etc are really stupid in an online FPS. I guess they are just there so that noobs / people with no skill and too much time can pwn someone and feel good about themselves (and buy the next COD game whenever it comes out)
|2011||December 31, 2010, 5:16 am|
Only a few hours left of 2010!
Things that happened in the last ten years:
War on terrorism
|Computer Thread||December 29, 2010, 12:03 am|
Hi, I have a 2006 Mac Pro (lol.) are the specs on this OK to play games if I dual boot to Wind0ze and erm... acquire them?
2x double-core Xeon woodcrest @ 2.66ghz
7gb FBRAM @ 667mhz (2gb x 2, 512mb x 6)
|lol||July 19, 2010, 9:20 pm|
Drunken email from a former customer (a bar owner)
|My wifes water just broke||June 28, 2010, 7:22 am|
|Wish her luck! Im gonna be a daddy hehe|
|Poo||April 15, 2010, 8:57 am|
One of my flatmates didn't flush after taking a dump. Even worse, there was no toilet paper in the bowl... which means one my flatmates now has an unwiped ass.
|merry christmas||December 24, 2004, 5:02 am|
|one of the cool things about living in NZ :)|
|AMBIENT MUZAK SUX!||December 17, 2003, 7:11 am|
I popped the cartridge of DOOM 64 that I spent $30 on a couple of years ago into the black box today. Not your mothers box, but my aging Nintendo 64. I loaded it up on UV and shot some stuff (mainly guys with green hair and skinhead racists.) "Something's missing" I thought.
Deciding that this game didn't hold enough sentimental value, I packed the N64 and booted up E1M1 on the computer. Listening to the rocking guitar riffs, I realized what was wrong with DOOM 64. IT DIDN'T HAVE COOL MUSIC!
I'll admit that the ambient stuff is quite scary, especially if you are eight and scared of the dark (or like ambient music, duh) but the "inspired" (cough) metal tracks from the PC games get me in the mood for killing stuff so much more than the buzzes and hums of the console ports of the games.
I guess it really boils down to whether or not you want to be scared, or be the guy who puts Arnold Schwarzenegger to shame for a few hours.