Ghost StoriesFor all you lovely people who have never seen/heard of Ghost Stories ***Warning! Don't watch if you don't like bad language and get offended easily!****This may seem abridged, but the funny thing is that's it's not. It's completely legit XD The Japanese version is not this funny haha. 'Murica changed the script completely when it came over
The legends were true?!Geek culture has many myths and legends, ranging from fabled disks and cassettes containing unreleased sequels of beloved games to Easter Eggs found only within the code of early versions of certain titles.The most well known of these legends, the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant, The Excalibur of Geek mythology, is that of the lost E.T. Cartridges – arguably the worst video game in history - buried somewhere in the New Mexico desert.Now, they’ve been hiding unwanted stuff out in the deserts of America as far back as 1923. When filming finished on Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments, they worked out it’d be cheaper to just bury the set than dismantle it. This lent the E.T. Cart legend a little credibility, but even I was skeptical of anything ever being found….….my word, Indy! My word!http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/04/26/the-dig-uncovering-the-atari-et-games-buried-in-new-
Patience is a virtue, because stupid dies out.After the abysmal reception (due to abysmal performance of) Windows 8, M$ are abandoning that entry.Windows 9 is expected to be announced on September 30th.This is why I’ve kept my crappy old PC. I was waiting before I got a replacement because I knew something like that was gonna happen. I could read the signs. Like tea-leaves….….or, in this case: sh*t-stains.
Expiration DateI love the Team Fortress 2 short movies. They're like little Pixar films......just with violence, blood, dismemberment and a general disregard for health, safety and human life.Usually they're quite brief, but the latest to surface is a whole 15 minutes. Positively feature-length!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLlLQ3LmZWU.It's making me want to revisit those TF2 "auxiliary units" I designed a couple of years back.
Oh, is that function useful? We'll just remove it.One of my key research tools when developing a story is Google Maps.....or rather, it was.Google Maps had a Wikipedia layer that brought up links to Wikipedia articles connected to the region you were surveying. It was a brilliant way to learn about locations you have not yet visited, or to delve into an area's history.A week or so ago, and apparently with no warning, Google removed this function and have now been flooded with complaints.Is it just me or are big name companies growing increasingly incapable of doing ANYTHING right?
Star Wars fan-animationHoly f**k!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tBM2ZfncoU
Chaaaaange?“Why don’t you launch a Kickstarter campaign?”“Have you heard of Patreon?”“Why doesn’t your site have a Donate button?”Put simply, I have this (evidently archaic) opinion that; if you want to make money, you have to do the work first. I don’t like the idea of taking money off people unless they get something for it immediately, not [insert timeframe here] down the line. It feels like a scam. That’s why I produce all those cheap digital comics: to finance my larger projects (and which is why I get pissed off when I find them being distributed freely online, because it slows everything down).Even for large projects, like video-games that only have a niche audience and which big publishers won’t ever assist: I don’t see crowd funding as a particularly good way to go about getting production capital. I prefer the early release approach, such as that Mojang took with Minecraft.No complete product? Giv
It's 5 seconds to midnight. Thanks for listening.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-echochambers-30859967It was revealed earlier this month that CNN had in place an “ultimate closing message” in the event of the apocalypse actually arriving (and there being enough time to change the tape). It was footage of a military band playing “Nearer My God to Thee”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v1H-Q7bJ-N8This.... would have been a really crap thing to permanently sign out on.The BBC obviously thought so, too, as in light of that story they asked their readers/listeners what they would like to hear played across the service, should doomsday occur.Most responses were musical numbers, such as REM’s “It’s the End of the World as we know it (and I feel fine)” and Queen’s “Don’t stop me now”, but other’s were a little more deranged, such as the final clip of a Warner Bros cartoon, with Porky Pig saying “That’s all folks!”.One chap just wanted to hear
Inspiring GamesI’ve been asked to list which video/computer games I like. I actually compiled a list a while back, with the intention of writing something slightly lengthier than a journal update.The list is not so much what I think are good games – games age and some of them now play like a dog – but they are titles that most inspired me. They either introduced me to new concepts or changed how I saw things.I won’t go into detail on why each was important to me (that’ll take too long to write!) but if you’re familiar with both my work and these titles, you’ll probably spot where I picked up certain things from.(Listed in the order of which I first played them)Cops and Robbers (C64)The Last Ninja (C64)Spy vs Spy 2 (C64)Lemmings (Amiga)Sonic the Hedgehog (Megadrive)Sim City (Mac)Prince of Persia (Mac)Diggers (Amiga CD32)Monkey Island 2 (Mac)TIE Fighter (PC)Alone in the Dark (PC)Darkstalkers (Arcade)Myst (Mac)Ultima Underworld (PC)Tomb Raider