Archive for April, 2010


Delays

Thank you Jes and Matt for handling the comic this week. As you can probably imagine, I’m continued to be a little more than occupied with my job tightening the graphics on level 3. So, Matt sat Jes down in front of dorforte‘s latest update and documented the results for your enjoyment. (I like the new site, Mr Adams. Easy on the eyes, no. But it’s more true to the source than any other game site I’ve seen.)

Also, Deadly Premonition has become the office lunch hour at my job. I guess I should explain… We have a activity at Three Rings called ‘Club Awesome’. It’s where we get together, eat our lunches, and then consume terrible (RE: Awesome) media. Usually, it’s bad movies. But lately, it’s been bad games. Last month, we played a good chunk of Two Worlds. We may have laughed our asses off at the expense of this terrible terrible game, but I would not recommend purchasing it. Unlike Deadly Premonition, however. Purchase this game. Purchase it as soon as you can find a copy. The things wrong with this title are just… delicious.

Trololo Cat



Restless Machine

Does this comic look as sloppy as I think it does? Well if so, I blame CS4. I installed the monster last night and then proceeded to wrestle with it through out the eve. Random zoom-in-zoom-outs while trying to brush and even strokes that are read as 100% pressure every fifth or so swipe of the stylus. A frustrating experience to say the least…

As for some one that actually can make photoshop do what they want, I give the floor to Mary. Do you like looking at cool things? Well then, I recommend her works. I’m quite envious of her environment work as she seems to actually understand how to build a scene, unlike myself. (Horizons? What are those?) Of course, if your the sort that likes to hire bad ass artists to draw you bad ass things, then I think you should also check out her work and perhaps see what she brings to the party.

UNRELATED! My frustrations with computers have also been in the hardware front. Recently I upgraded my wife’s GPU. My intent was to find her a modern card that could support all of her 3 glorious monitors, as compared to slaving another card in the PCI slot like I’ve always done. After seeing Matt’s card in action and how it advertises 3 monitor support, I all too eagerly bought a Radeon 5770.

The first card was DOA… After three weeks of waiting for a replacement, I hooked up the new arrival. I had a HDMI converter ready as the there’s only two DVI ports.

Frustration 1: The HDMI port does not work if you use the parallel DVI port. Fine. Whatever. I’ll use the built in Displayport slot instead.

Frustration 2: The Displayport does not work with ‘passive’ adapters. Meaning I need a $100 adapter that supplies it’s own juice. Seriously?

Frustration 3: The software to run the three monitors is not XP compatable. Well… Fuck.

Was it too much to want my one card to support the three monitors it claimed to? Defeated I type this with the left most monitor sitting, dark and dormant. *grumble*

Update: It never ceases to surprise me how polite and helpful our readers are. Thank you.

And for those curious about the CS4 issues, it’s just a case of old drivers for the tablet… Such a simple answer, yet I failed to even consider it.



There’s a new version of Dwarf Fortress out

It’s got tons of new stuff, but it’s not really playable yet. Tarn Adams said it would be buggy, and it is indeed buggy. Not cute bugs, like “creatures aren’t being burned properly in magma and are drowning while their fat runs out of them like a rotisserie chicken.”* More bugs like “it crashes and you lose an hour of play” or “macedwarves can barely kill things anymore”. It’s disappointing.

Is there a way to say you’re disappointed by a buggy alpha release of a free game and NOT sound like an asshole? I don’t think there is.

I just don’t know another way to describe almost getting something you’ve been looking forward to for a long time, only to find out it doesn’t work yet. Dwarf Fortress is always charmingly unpolished, but I’ve never hit any bugs that stopped me from having fun before this release. I’m impatiently waiting for another release.

*this is a real bug