Monday, May 28, 2012

Junk Jack Creations

For the castle in the sky, the clouds are made of snow blocks, but when they are stacked together, some of them take on a grey shade due to shadowing. Gonna change the wooden ladder in the structure to one made of bones probably.
First few houses in a new 'world'

Wheat grown underground.

Castle in the sky

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Inactivate your unused email accounts

I just accessed an old yahoo account and found that someone has used it to make a facebook account for himself. It's some guy posing like a model or something, shirt off, with lots of girls friending him and sending him their pics. Disturbing somewhat, but at least it's not pornographic (not clearly that I could see, I didn't go into albums and look). But it's definitely something sinister, probably running some kind of scam.

I reported the account to facebook as "this is my old account" -- my email account option is not available, so I don't know what they will make of it. And you know what, none of the report options seem valid. I tried to have it inactivated but I'm not sure if that's effective enough. He's using my yahoo account, so I was able to get the password to that made-up facebook profile and inactivate it from within. But whoever that guy is, he could easily activated it again. I inactivated the old yahoo account. So to hell with that.

It's not the first time that yahoo account got hacked in some way. Perhaps once it's been compromised, it should never to be used again. I feel disturbed by it but at the same time, I guess it's kinda like a wake-up call -- the internet is full of rogues.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Windows vs Mac OS; PSP Vita vs 3DS...

People get so worked up arguing over which is better. My opinion: I have no loyalty to gadgets or brands, I just get the one that works the way I want it to and that has apps or games that I want to use. Does it make sense to buy a Vita and find that all the games you want to play are on 3DS but you didn't want to buy that because some poll on some website says the Vita is far more popular?

There is a guy at work who likes to go into talking about technical details of a gadget's screen quality, the quality of chips in the inside and heck knows what else. I really couldn't give a rat's ass. And judging from the "huh?" looks, no one know what he's sprouting about or why either. I buy something and it works, I'm happy. What do I care how many teeth a chip has attached to mothergodknowswhat and what refraction index a screen has? I can play a game and enjoy it very much, what do I care how it works compare to some other singsong-dingdong oversized-phone-palmpc-thing? It's not like I have to build one.

If you are happy with your windows phone, all the power to you. If you are happy with your apple iphone, much joy to you. Android is wonderful for you? That's awesome. Be happy with your choice and that you have one.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Gender/Race preferences in gaming

I believe that deep down, we choose the gender and ethnicity we're familiar with because it's exactly that--familiar. It's comfortable to us. Video games are a unique artform because they allow us to personally walk a mile in someone else's shoes. You love walking in a pro athlete's cleats and a space marine's boots. Now try walking in heels.

- Shapiro. "Player gender and race in video games" at Gamasutra.

Interesting. It's just an opinion article and I don't totally agree with his hypothesis. When I play an rpg, my character's gender is usually male and the race doesn't matter as long as it's a good looking big size man. In subsequent playthroughs I would try different races and builds but I do tend to stay away from characters that require stealth skills to play well. I guess it's my playing style. And I guess I rather look at a nice looking man for a hundred hours than some pouty female with oversize boobs. Ok, not all games portray them that way, but a sexy skinny size woman carrying a great sword or axe is just plain ridiculous looking imho.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Book: Virtually You by Elias Aboujaoude

An interesting book by a psychiatrist who works with people with problems stemming from internet use.

This has nothing to do with games, but games has led me to lead a sort of life online, interacting with people in forums and blogs.

I've always tried to be as honest as much safety sense allows. I don't divulge personal info readily but I never lie about the details just to have an answer. I've always tried to be myself but even I have to admit that online, I definitely come across as more confident and outspoken and perhaps even more sociable than how I am in real life. The book seeks to explore how the development of an "e-personality" affects our real selves and our real lives.

I have not finished the book, but just begun reading it, and the first chapter is already very interesting as the author talks about the cases he's seen in his work.

In my observation and experience, and on the level that the people I interact with are generally honest (I think) it's interesting to me how sometimes some "characters" can break down after a while. I'm sure a lot of us who have spend a lot of time interacting in community based forums have seen personality changes, and other shocking and sometimes disturbing transformations.

I hate to say it, but I have had instances where I had conflicts with best kind of people because my online ego had grown to such a size that it became overbearing and thinks it knows more than it does. It becomes a thing that must be defended, a "reputation" can suddenly be on the line in an argument. A bad day. A misunderstanding. Blowing things out of proportion.  And in the storm that sometimes follows, we all get shocked at how we could say the things we say to each other, and wonder what the other person is doing or thinking.

I've come to realize recently that the person we think is not the person who is. The person online is not the whole story. I guess if I had thought about things this way, I would not have been so quick to judge and condemn, and perhaps I would have been kinder online.