GameDev Checklist

29 Nov

Good heavens! Is this what you call a AAA game?

We all understand making a game, that is designated AAA, is difficult. And they cost a lot of money. So I am just going to skip over a lot of thing I don’t like such as poor graphics, poor optimization, frame rate lock. Because either they are too complicated for me to fully understand and talk about, or the discussion would be too long for me to stay interested at this late hour.

What irks me are some little things. After all these years in the history of video game, it should be fairly easy to gather how these things should be.

  • Let me skip the intro videos! Maybe not just by hitting a button just one time, you don’t us to miss the videos by accident, I understand that. But do something like long press a button. But please let us skip it.
  • Let the game run at any resolution or aspect ratio. Seriously! Why are you so intent on punishing people for having something extra? 21:9 is a runway success among gamers, but even at 2015 we have games having trouble with it. You may want to do this much for your paying customers.
  • Save games. What is it with save game files and game developer/publishers! Why do they feel the desperate need to hide save files in the most godforsaken corner of my hard drive? I first played NFS Most Wanted in 2006, and even now I can install it and just pick my profile and career, same for Elder Scroll Skyrim. But that amazing comfort is found in less and less games as the save files are moved from the relative security of My Documents to locations that even an moderately advanced users have trouble finding, much less an average one.

As I said before, I believe these issues are extremely annoying and similarly believe them to be extremely easy to fix. I myself fail to see much real benefit from doing these. They don’t accomplish much except for making the life of the gamer harder. So please have some heart and stop doing them!

 

Windows Calculator Keyboard Shortcuts

16 Apr

Q: x2

E: Exp

R: 1/x

T: tan

Shift+T: tan-1

Ctrl+T: tanh

Ctrl+Shift+T: tanh-1

Y: x^y

O: cos

Shift+O: cos-1

Ctrl+O: cosh

Ctrl+Shift+O: cosh-1

P: pie

S: sin

Shift+S: sin-1

Ctrl+S: sinh

Ctrl+Shift+S: sinh-1

L: log

X: Exp

V: Toggle engineering mode

N: ln

M: dms

Enter: =

Del: CE

Firefox Search-box Results in New Tab

24 Dec

Firefox debuted and rocketed off to become a favorite browser among power users because of how customizable it is, and to this day it stays true to that reputation. Different users use their favorite differently, and I would assume there might be someone who would want a search result gotten from the search box to show in a new tab instead of current tab as it still might have page user is interested in. Thankfully there is a way in Firefox to achieve that.

  • You would have to go to the page “about:config”
  • Agree to the scary warning.
  • Search for “search”
  • Find the entry for “browser.search.openintab”
  • Double click on it to change the entry to,

 

Happy searching!

More Windows Phone May Have Received Denim Than Thought

21 Dec

Tonight I reset my Lumia 920 for the power button was not locking/unlocking the phone, apparently a common problem. After finishing the process, there was a notification saying welcome to denim and see more. That’s a little bit surprising seeing that the Lumia Denim update is not supposed to out for most Lumia devices, let alone for Lumia 920, and for my carrier specific version would be a moonshot. So I went into “extras+info” to check, it was indeed showing Lumia Denim. (Two screenshots merged here.)

Extras and Infos with Denim on 920

I remember that in a previous version of extras+info there was a bug that the app incorrectly reported Denim, but seeing that I had just checked for all updates, it had to be the latest version, and therefore the bug should not be there. I checked the OS version in the about section,

about from Lumia 920

I found that the OS version does not match the supposed OS version from the “Availability in Latin America” (my 920’s original carrier is Mexico’s Movistar) page, where Lumia 920 shows as Cyan,

OS Version of Cyan Update

But it matches the OS version number associated with Denim.

OS version of Lumia Denim

That makes me pretty confident that it is indeed now in Denim. I don’t exactly know how or when my phone could have updated to Denim. I did not see any prompt to download update, but there was the “gear” screen during reset.

So if you are desperate for Denim, you might try resetting your if it yields any result. For clarity’s sake, my Lumia 920 was receiving developer preview updates, and was on Cyan before reset.

Imgur Folder

Outlook.com –> Google –> Inbox

24 Oct

However Google wants to package it, to any Outlook.com user it should be fairly obvious Google’s Inbox is an answer to Microsoft’s oft lauded, newly rebuilt webmail. Both share some very good quality, namely some level of automation, control over said automation, and a far cleaner interface than what they respectively replaces.

But I could not help but notice something in Google’s behavior concerning Inbox. Google could be called “The Internet Company”, so I find it pretty weird that they rolled out Inbox in an invitation only method. While Google has more than once used invitation in past, I would have imagined they have moved past it, specially that invitation is often associated with limited backend capability, such for Ello, or in case of hardware, OnePlus One. Add to the fact that, when Microsoft launched Outlook.com, all  I had to do was go to Outlook.com.

Second thing I find weird is that even when I got my invitation, I had to activate by logging into Inbox app, specially when the app is not available on Windows Phone. Hmm. Google might try its hardest, but Windows Phone or soon just Windows, is here to stay. So making it hard for Windows Phone users such as myself is pretty pathetic.

Last but not least, Inbox’s web interface is only available on Chrome. Come on! That’s just sad. The open standard loving Google is nowhere to be found nowadays.

I like Inbox, I really do. I am unlikely to switch as it does not seem to offer anything Outlook.com does not, but Gmail users should be happy. I just wish Google would stop taking potshots like I mentioned.

Small Takes – Apple 9.9 Event

9 Sep

Bigger phone size is very welcome. Still a pity that the small size no longer here. There’s a real market for small flagship device.

iPhone 6 Plus’s real purpose is probably to give a better option to 9.7” iPad users.

Brilliant on Apple’s part to have extra button’s on the bigger iPhone’s keyboard.

Apple Watch’s hardware looks gorgeous. I am only liking the steel band though.

The default watch face on Apple Watch is also very pretty, but the rest of the UI looks very non-pretty in a original iOS look way.

Loved bringing back the “One more thing…" in a appropriate manner.

Bigger is Better

29 Jul

True that there are aspects of life where that is not true, but for most matter that is quantifiable, bigger is indeed better. It may help clear up if I paraphrase different is not better. Neither is different worse.

On to more quantifiable examples.

Let’s consider the number 7 and the letters f, g, and h. The letters are the 6th, 7th, and 8th letter of the Roman alphabet. Now, are any of those bigger than the number 7? Decidedly not! Are they smaller? Or equal? None of that. That’s because they belong in a different category, which makes it impossible for them to be compared with 7. Now the number 8? That is bigger than 7. It has all of 7 in it and 1 more!

Xbox Music, for all new stuff it does, is not better that Zune, or Windows Media Player. It’s just different. The only way it can ever be better is if and when it encompasses all the features of its predecessors and have more. It’s as simple as that. Until then, it’s just a different media player, one that I’ll keep being hostile towards. Unless of course it can do what others does.

And this goes for every software out there, and maybe not just software. Do new stuff, make new stuff. Just not for the sake of it. The necessity should drive the change, the necessity cannot come from a change.

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