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|Tuesday, July 10th, 2007|
|Game Design - First Person Shooters
One of my pet thoeries about game design is about first person shooters.
The first person shooter is all about immediacy. The things that are happening in the game, are happening to YOU, as depected by the point of view. You hold the guns, and more importantly, you are the one being shot at. This is why first person fighters tend not to do so well. With gunfire, you aren't generally ably to see the rounds going by, but with a first person fighting game, there is no peripheral view of the sword going by your head. This same issue comes about when such games try to go things like damaging flames on the floor, or falling masonry. As these effects do not appear to impact the POV, they seem detatched from the immediacy, and are thus aggrivating, not impressive or exciting. The red flash on the screen just does not hold the same specter of danger as the sound of gunfire and a flashing muzzle.
So in order for something to FEEL dangerous, in a first person shooter, there has to be some sort of common experience there. The "plasma fire" from games like Halo work, because it heavily resembles gunfire, and most gamers have been indoctrinated to the idea that directed energy weapons are friggin DANGEROUS. The falling debris effect has gotten better since the proliferation of vibrating controllers.
|Sunday, July 8th, 2007|
|but it's so me...
It has been determined.
I'm a hobbit suffering from giantism. And SARCASM.
|Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007|
|Thursday, June 28th, 2007|
|just a meme
Your Score: Orpheus
33% Extroversion, 66% Intuition, 72% Emotiveness, 71% Perceptiveness
You are an artist, an aesthete, a sensitive, and someone who has never really let go of that childlike innocence. To you, all of life has a sense of wonder in it, and the story of Orpheus was written about someone just like you.
When the Argo passed the island of the Sirens, Orpheus played a song more beautiful than the Sirens to prevent the crew from becoming enticed. When his wife died, he ventured into the underworld to charm Hades but, in his naivete, he looked back becoming trapped there.
You can capture your unique world view and relate it to others with the skill of a master storyteller. Your sensitivity and creativity make you a treasure to the human race, but your thin-skinned nature and innocence can cause you a lot of disenchantment and pain. What's doubly unfortunate is that, if you try to lose those traits, you never will, and everyone will be able to tell that you're putting up an artificial shell to prevent yourself from being hurt.
Famous people like you: Hemingway, Shakespeare, Mr. Rogers, Melville, Nick Tosches
Stay clear of: Icarus, Hermes, Atlas
|Monday, June 25th, 2007|
Things going on in my life right now...
1. I'm thinking of getting a new computer. I'ver decided on a "screw windows" approach and plan on using linux with Wine to run my games with. You would all be so proud.
2. I'm learning how to cut and shape glass. It's fairly dangerous, and I've already sliced my hand open twice practicing, but I hope to make myself a nice glass knife by the end of the summer.
3. I'm playing WoW. This probably surprises no one.
4. Kathy is still doing well in school, and we may well end up making it back up to Atlanta on time. To pass away the spare time, I've started work on a book of my very own, so I'll actually own some IP if it ever gets published.
5. The book has ran into some problems. The publishers decided they want to make a prologue type of thing (to help introduce the setting). Another author is working on that, so the book is being pushed back until that project is finished. They said either way not to worry about it, that I could keep the advance, as it was only a matter of time before it got published. To keep me busy, they've asked me to consider another project, which I'm now working on.
Thats all for now.
|Thursday, March 1st, 2007|
|Monday, February 5th, 2007|
"Aqua Teen Hunger Force: 9 out of 10 cities get the joke!"
I love adult swim...
|Friday, January 12th, 2007|
An interesting blog about the entertainment industry and where it may be going. The gentleman suggests that hollywood profit margins will tend to get slimmer (a trend that is currently taking place, I note), and people with rabid fan-bases will likely have a greater ability to produce work. He noted Warren Ellis and Joss Whedon as two examples of this. I find myself giddy with the prospect that he may be correct.
|Thursday, January 11th, 2007|
I'm at work at 8:30 fuckin PM. Why? Because it's end of the year filing time, I'll be damn if I stay late on friday night, and the person in charge of my filing section before me apparently did not know how to alphabatize. If I ever catch her, I will beat her to death with a dictionary.
|Monday, December 18th, 2006|
I'm not sure precisely why, but a young redhead named Barbara Gordon bought a piece of glass form me today. One can only assume she needed it to battle the Riddler, or some-such.
|Wednesday, December 13th, 2006|
All in all, this fall has left much to be desired. I miss my friends, my mother-in-law has developed breast cancer, my grandfather has died, and earlier tonight my uncle Bob has died as well. Granpa Richardson wasn't much of a surprise, he had been pretty old and weak for quite a while. Bob on the other hand suffered a fatal heart attack. He wasn't exactly in the peak of health for a Hodgson, any of you who know about my genetic lineage would know that is saying a lot. But he wasn't exactly dying at the moment, which still puts it the "surprise" category. Uncle Bob always was one for doing the unexpected I suppose. I credit my sense of humor mostly to him. In honor of that, I'm going to make sure that my next post is chipper and funny. It will possibly involve squirrels, or orangutans. Potentially Orangutans juggling squirrels, I don't know. Current Mood: tired
|Wednesday, December 6th, 2006|
I was at work today, looking through some really old files that date back to the beginnings of the company that have since been transferred to computer. One of the earlier orders was for a huge amount tinted glass of various sizes and colors. Customer name: Seelie, Courtney
|Sunday, December 3rd, 2006|
New trailer came out on Apple.com for Frank Millar's "300". Since Leonidas is one of my favorite historical figures ever, you can see why I'm enthused. Also of note are Eragon, Renaissance, and Pan's Labyrinth.
|Saturday, December 2nd, 2006|
It's been a long past couple of days. Kathy's mom has had to have surgery for breast cancer, a double masectomy. It also went lymphatic, so she'll be getting a good bit of chemo as well. Fortunately, the doctors are pleased with the results of the surgery, so there is that. Kathy went up to Atlanta to be with her mom for the surgery, and she's coming back down tonight.
Things are fairly ok down here. No real big news, though I did find a game shop that I like. They tear open all those packages of DnD minis that other places sell, and toss them all into a big box. Each mini costs between 1 and 3 dollars. I much prefer this method, as it lets me only buy minis that I WANT.
Also, I've begun preparing a game for my eventual return to Atlanta. It's a bastardized conglomeration of Hunter and Call of Cthulhu.
|Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006|
I Live, despite all evidence and conjecture to the contrary. It should be noted that I miss all of you, and Atlanta in general, tremendously. Never really been one for homesickness, but frankly Tampa sucks pretty damn hard.
In brighter news, I have not one, but two book deals. First one is for the start of a series of young adult books. The second is for some tie-in novels for the Mutants and Masterminds setting that should be released this spring. It's really exciting, even though it sorta means that I'll be staring into a computer screen for 15+ hours a day until April. What price glory?
Regardless, I'm making a very pre-new years resolution to get into LJ more often so I can keep better track of my chums for the next year and a half till I can come home. Talk to you all soon.
|Friday, September 8th, 2006|
Another member of the Horizons School family has passed away this week. Ian Smith died of an enlarged heart. There are no words to express the sorrow of our class to his family. I would only encourage them to remember that Ian was a man of laughter, not a man of tears. I know that isn't enough to make things better, nothing is. But perhaps it will help us better remember him, and in doing so lighten our heavy hearts, if only a little.
|Thursday, August 31st, 2006|
my house is FINALLY selling. It only took six months, and 4 mortgage brokers, but the deal is going through today, and the money should hit our bank account tomorrow.
This has been one of the great stresses this year, so I'm glad to have this monkey off my back.
But no time for that now! I've gotta prepare for meeting a guy this weekend who wants me to write him some childrens books. He's got a deal through scholastic to distribute for him, so if I can get signed on to that, that would be thrilling.
Kathy is doing well these days. She's in class finally, and has already made a friend. One of the girls in her class went to oglethorp from fall of 02 to spring of 06. I don't recognize the name, but I bet a bottom dollar I'd know the face. Apparently both she and her boyfriend are into gaming, and she's even going to dragon-con this weekend. Wish I was too, I'm gonna miss the chance to see old friends and that hurts a lot, but I can't really speak to bad about the place I'm in right now. Anywho, talk to you all soon.
|Tuesday, August 29th, 2006|
INTERNET HAS BEEN REGAINED!!! Current Mood: excited