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In the 1980s, American NES players got everything three years after Japanese Famicom players. When the Soviet Union fell, Russians finally got their NES equivalent, the Dendy, from a company named Steepler. And they had no idea just how many of their beloved games were Chinese pirate cartridges.

The story can finally be told to the world by Dendy Chronicles. It starts with the Mario "franchise", over the course of three half-hour episodes. If your time is valuable, just watch #3 because your time is valuable and this one dives right into surreal Twilight Zone territory. #1 covers the original Mario trilogy, and how it was presented in Russia. Remember to click the CC button to turn on English subtitles.
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In other possible programming project news, visiting http://www.sissyfight.com/ reveals that Sissyfight 2000 is no longer online.

I see a powerpoint design for sissyfight 3000 here: http://www.slideserve.com/allegra/sissyfight-3000

maybe I'll finally program it on the MOO one day.

I'm not very good at budgeting my time.
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I played through VVVVVV again today. I installed it fresh on the laptop, so I had to get all the trinkets again.
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If you're in hermit mode, watch this Zelda marathon for charity. They're on Ocarina of Time now and have doubled their original goal of $2000.
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Recently I invited someone over to play New SMB Wii. He asked me whether we'd be playing to win. I answered simply that you don't play the game to fall down pits.

I should perhaps have been more specific, that you play the game to bounce off someone's head, accidentally claim a power-up they were going for, and then fall down a pit.
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It's one of those retro-future games, Think if that one guy finished Zelda Cubed, it would probably look like this.

koopa

Jul. 24th, 2009 12:01 am
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Where can I get four tiny elephants? When I'm done getting unlimited 1UPs, I want to make 3.5-inch Floppy Discworld.
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I watched some YouTube footage of Super Punch-Out for the SNES.

It's no wonder it never reached the popularity of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out for NES. All the 8-bit charm was replaced with 16-bit mediocrity.

The music consists of that weird synthesized music that can't decide whether it's trying to sound like an electric guitar, or a cymbal crash. It's like it's trying to evoke Mortal Kombat. And they instructed the voice actor to really ham it up when counting to 10, but hurry through the names of the fighters. On the NES, the characters looked like well-drawn cartoon characters, but on the SNES they look like kitsch oil paintings. The text is rendered with that pretentious raster bar effect, because apparently displaying a wall of fight stats in solid-colored text isn't funky-fresh enough. Overall, it looks like something a third-party developed barfed up.

It's a good thing they put some effort into the Wii version.
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There's an unstoppable nostalgia trend.

And I continued it by renting Punch-Out for the Wii this weekend.

Holy crap, they found a way to make Glass Joe and Von Kaiser act kind of like their NES selves but still move mostly like human beings. For example, when you knocked down Glass Joe on the NES, he'd kind of float face-down in two different directions, but you didn't question it because it was on the 8-bit and you were just happy he was more than 16 pixels tall. On the Wii, that's translated into what it was probably supposed to look like: a stagger preceding a fall.
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If you have a Nintendo Wii, and you haven't hacked it yet, you have no excuse.

All you need is an SD card, on which you download three things:
  1. Bannerbomb, the exploit that will allow you to sneak out of the Wii system menu through a trap door,
  2. HackMii Installer, which will permanently install a Homebrew Channel right on the Wii's menu, so you can get to it anytime, and two other useful things
  3. Homebrew Browser, which will download all kinds of neat homebrew software for you, like media players, games, and emulators.


From that point on, it's all magic.
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Daniel Floyd has taken the Zero Punctuation animation format and remixed it into an interesting lecture series about video games and storytelling, sex, learning, and the Uncanny Valley.

Enjoy it now, before everyone starts ripping off Zero Punctuation and you get sick of the format.
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[livejournal.com profile] ziabatsu came over to teach me and [livejournal.com profile] jecook Settlers of Catan and I won the second game.

Also it's the first time my kitchen table has been clear for months.

Also, I couldn't resist buying one of the giant jars of cheese balls they have for sale at CVS for $4.99. I ate a lot of them, probablby because eating them provides no satisfaction beyond the sensation of chewing.

As for making the game accessible, the best thing to do would be to paint the game pieces in ridiculous fluorescent colors, and make the number chips in a high-contrast font. That's the easily doable part, anyway. It would take too many resources to print new cards and ocean hexes.
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Who here actually plays World of Warcraft, and on what realm?

I'm on Draenor with a fudgeton of Alliance alts, top one's at level 28. That's where all the [livejournal.com profile] kibology people are.

I'm also on Perenolde with one Horde character, because that's where [livejournal.com profile] jecook is. But we haven't been able to sync up our playing, and I don't know anyone else there. I joined some random guild that was giving away gold for joining.

I don't know all the acronyms yet, and I'm fascinated with all the stuff you guys are probably long since bored with. Like, I finally got a character with professions that complement each other, so I'm all mining and engineering all over the place.
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So now I'm bitten by the PC gaming bug.

My copy of Warcraft 3 had a Mac installer, so I put it in.

I also downloaded the trial version of Crossover Games Mac, and downloaded the Steam installer. I haven't bought any games for it yet, because it had a microphone tester that didn't work with my headset, and I consider it essential for the multiplayer games. And the Steam browser complains that I don't have Flash installed. But, other than that, it looks pretty slick. And the headset probably works within Team Fortress 2.

Incidentally, back in my Quake 2 days, my weapon of choice was the super shotgun, because my eyesight isn't quite optimal for the long-range weapons. But I usually had to settle for the chaingun, where wild circle-strafing took the place of aiming. What character class do you think best matches that style of play?

I'm mostly doing it for Portal. I've been putting off Portal for far too long.
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Note to those of you who are helping me get started on World of Warcraft, and anyone else who's assisting a noob.

Apparently, when I group with people with much higher levels than me, it cuts down the experience points I receive big-time.  Apparently, if I'm level 6, and I kill a 60 XP monster, I'll get 5 XP if you're level 71, and 9 XP if you're level 22.  This contradicts all I've heard about groups providing bonuses.

My characters have an average level of 8 or 9 right now.  I've got one level 10.  I don't know how far ahead other group members are allowed to be.
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so, got on WoW, did stuff, and...

need to try this, and try using windowed UI. But I've got a decent feel for the UI now, and the chat is at least big enough to read now.

I'm a bit tired, though.
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[livejournal.com profile] kerri9494 talked me into trying World of Warcraft yesterday. After a lot of downloading and system tweaking, I had the trial version running, and a character in Draenor, which I might have spelled right.

I didn't do much more than walking around, though, because the text is too small for me to read. The only thing I could find to increase it was the "Scale UI" checkbox and slider in the Video options, and that didn't really do enough.

So, what else can I do to make WoW more accessible? I know that other players are likely to be impatient enough with a complete first-time player, and I'd at least like to be able to follow their instructions in the same amount of time as a fully-sighted person might.

Wii rentals

Nov. 2nd, 2008 09:58 pm
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Wii Music has a "games" section that seems to have all the good stuff in it, but there's not enough of it. There's a handbells game that resembles a typical rhythm game more closely, but you only get to play five songs on it. And there's this pitch perception quiz where you do simple things, like pick matching notes or rank notes lowest to highest, but also complicated things, like when it plays a chord, and you have to figure out which three notes are part of it. Or, in later levels, four notes.

By contrast, My Sims Kingdom is proving a little interesting. Axles have been added to the mechanical category, so gears don't have to be all stuck to the same wall. I'll be surprised if it gets all that complicated, and I remember The Incredible Machine so I know that contraption games aren't anything new, but still, I'm excited. And the similarities to Animal Crossing continue. Unfortunately, I've moved to Cowboy Island, and some of the dialogue is typed in Southwestern dialect. It's not so bad, but if we end up someplace more exotic, I'll be treated to dialogue written in a foreign accent. Maybe by then, it'll be Thursday and time to take it back to Blockbuster.

Then, next week, I'm off to.... well, I still haven't decided.
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When you first start Wii Music, one of the songs that is already unlocked is "Daydream Believer" by the Monkees, who started their career also pretending to play their instruments.

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Nov. 1st, 2008 04:21 pm
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I'm not offline as planned, but I did a few things, and have a busy weekend.

Last night, a quick dinner with [livejournal.com profile] stacebass was followed by a quick bus ride to Arcadia and its HUGE houses, to a Halloween party, in which I donned the Pac-Mario costume that wasn't ready for Halloween 2007. There was some light mingling, but it was a little crowded as time progressed, so I left at about 11:00pm. The woman dressed as the cow was sorry to see me go.

This morning, I had dinner with the parents, and two grandparents, and we all ignored the election like the elephant in the room. Mom got a Kindle, joining the throng that saw it on Oprah, so I got to test drive it for a little while. I'm impressed with how legible the display is, and it looks like a very useful device, although I imagine the interface could be improved a little. In particular, the largest font size may be big enough for me, but there's no reason I shouldn't be able to increase it to a ridiculously huge size, so I could read in ridiculous comfort. The news reader on the Wii lets me do that, after all.

Afterwards, the parents and I drove to the Guadalupe Cemetery and looked at a few lavishly-decorated graves, including one that had a tree behind it with a stuffed panda sitting in it.

Then we went to Blockbuster and rented My Sims Kingdom, and Wii Music, to try out two games that piqued my curiosity. First impressions follow:

My Sims Kingdom looks like a bit of a cross between Animal Crossing and Second Life. It's probably not the only game that lets you build stuff these days, and now that Little Big Planet is out, even its most advanced features are likely to seem childish. But it should be good for a week of dicking around, and the finite Blockbuster rental period is my assurance that I won't waste more than a week on this.

Wii Music also seems pretty childish, and in fact, as someone who actually plays an instrument or two, it's kind of frustrating. First of all, I'm normally against software patents of any kind. But I find myself wishing Will Wright had patented Simlish, so that I could have been spared having to A-button my way through that muppet and his screeching in fake Italian. But I suffered through the tutorial anyway, and by the looks of things, it's very demanding, in two ways. First, any attempt to deviate from the beat seems to result in random notes at random intervals flying around. Second, there seem to be a lot of extraneous features that you'd expect from a Japanese picture booth or karaoke machine. No, I don't want to make videos or CD jackets. I'm already not playing an instrument. Why would I want to watch a video of my Mii mimicking that one time I recorded myself not playing an instrument? I may try again, just to see if I can unlock the drums, which look like they might be cool. But I'm probably going to take it back tomorrow, regardless.

I also got episode three of the Strong Bad game, Baddest of the Bands, which I like so far. Like the rest of the series, the gameplay is simple, but the plot is ridiculously convoluted. And I suppose that's necessary, for the puzzles to present any kind of challenge. I find the game makes me envy Strong Bad's house, which is so big, it makes the Friends apartment look like an actual New York apartment. Three upstairs bedrooms, one downstairs bedroom, and a basement with the couch, TV, and arcade machine in it. I'd be overjoyed to live in a two-bedroom patio home that only shares one wall with a neighbor.

So, I've played my allotment of crap for the day. The rest of the weekend will contain one or more of the following activities:

1. Buying a bike. I would have done that this morning, but I was too sleepy after breakfast.
2. Making all my plans and reservations my birthday vacation. Seattle is still my default, but if the hotels aren't as desperate to fill their recession-emptied rooms as I hope, then I might just hop on a bus to Flagstaff for a day or two, or maybe get my wisdom teeth out.
3. Reading. I found one I've been putting off for too long: "How to Read a Person Like a Book."
4. Bread. Just another boule. I like those. And I haven't memorized the dough recipe in all its halves-and-multiples glory. If I make it to a store this weekend, I'll buy a loaf pan so that I can make a bread that's more sandwich-optimized. That's likely to lead me to make more lunches at home; what a savings!
5. Nap. I've been kind of nodding off all weekend so far. I think it's just a sugar crash because of Friday, except that I was tired Friday night too. I was thinking of trying to scare up a ride to Rocky Horror, so I could give Pac-Mario an encore performance, but I don't have the energy today, and I don't think people "get" the costume anyway.
6. Camelback. If my energy comes back Sunday, then I've got a friend who will take me to Camelback Mountain where I will see if I still have what it takes to reach the summit.

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