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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 20, 2015, 11:20:17 PM
Job be like

"okay here's some screenshots of the old system you're rewriting. Use these to come up with the specs for the new system. Also these aren't in order or properly annotated. HAVE FUN."

Meanwhile I just want to shadow someone for like half an hour so I can see how they're actually using the thing :(

Anyway I should learn how to reverse engineer image compression. idk why but I feel like that'd be a useful life skill.

I wonder if you could use like NLP techniques to compare the source image file to an unencrypted version taken from VRAM and do some markov models and bayesian analysis on that bitch and get like, the algorithm. Morphophonology's kind of like lossy compression!
62  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 20, 2015, 10:37:48 PM
GTAV - Trevor makes me not want to play this anymore. idk I guess I could go for the one bad ending, but...

Afterburn II - Not necessarily 100% ready to give up on this but uh, initial thoughts is that this is unplayable. The collision detection is suspect and losing momentum on death is like chewing tinfoil.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: January 19, 2015, 11:13:44 PM
They have erotic puzzle quest on Steam now.

I think it's time for gaming to stop.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 19, 2015, 11:09:54 PM
@people that use public laundry/dryers:

Do you ever wonder about how much /bodily fluid/ ends up in those things :T
65  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 18, 2015, 06:28:05 PM
Every single thing you said.

I played Fallout 2 right after finishing Fallout 1, which I liked a lot, and it was a massive letdown.

Dark comedy's innate to the Fallout games but FO2 was less funny and more silly/too based on references/too steeped in self-parody.

Except my biggest issue with it was the dungeons. FO1 was a very short game with not a whole lot on the way of dungeony areas, and the ones it did have were either short and straightforward, or large and open. The final dungeon's maybe the big exception to this.

From what I played of FO2, it throws a bunch of lengthy, mazey dungeons at you which don't work with the gameplay mechanics AT ALL.

So yeah, I complete agree with the sentiment that FO2's boring and the story doesn't gel.

I'm not even sure where a lot of the hype came from -- from what I remember, when it as new, it was well-received but generally regarded as a being bloated, glitchy, and not as good as the first.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 17, 2015, 05:42:30 PM

Got these to sit on my desk because they're amazing.

Anyway I need to go write something to extract the script from Lunatic Dawn.

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Writing a program to identify valid runs of text in a binary file with a bunch of non-text stuff in it is sort of tricky!

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Think I got that working. It's pulling out ~28866 lines of text, about... maybe 2000? of which aren't actually text but just stuff that looks like text to the parser. Not sure if it's pulling out all of the valid text yet.

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5:10 AM. Listening to weird midi music and suddenly remembering that Leo Apotheker was a thing that happened.

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Did some legwork, found old .BMH->.BMP conversion tools in the internet wayback machine, convinced LD to load BMPs instead of BMHs. Mycket huzz.
67  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 17, 2015, 01:26:43 AM
GTAV - If Jimmy is Little Pete does that mean Trevor is Artie?

Cause I think it do.
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Citizens of Earth on: January 17, 2015, 01:14:45 AM
I was gonna say no but then I realized it's for a system I have, so sure!
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 16, 2015, 06:23:10 PM
To be fair, 90% of everything on steam is a bunch of early access detritus at this point, and most of the really must-have PC exclusives I can think of don't have beefy requirements.

Anyway, left work at like 4:40 which is the latest I can leave if I want to catch a bus. Some people were still talking with the client -- hopefully that was just a conversation and not a meeting I wasn't aware of.

Anyway imma go write a text-editor for Lunatic Dawn.

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Just spent the last four? hours writing a thing that like did the thing.
70  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 15, 2015, 11:44:33 PM
Grand Theft Audio/Visual - Did some Trevor and Franklin Strangers 'n' freakz things. Then I freeroamed and hit up some random events. Again, like with RF:G, I like how the random events occur on their own and aren't something I strictly need to trigger like in SR3.

I need to get back to Nanatsu Kaze this weekend. Job is draining.
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 13, 2015, 06:08:23 PM
- Slipped on ice getting into the bus today. Slowly slid into the, uh, entry floorboard, gouged the /heeeeeeeell/ out of my shin and knee, and this is feeling like one of those things where it hurts more the next day.

- Otherwise my job currently involves me getting paid about 217.00 a day to stare at powerpoints I don't care about and will completely forget by the time I'm supposed to actually start doing stuff in.. March? April?
72  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 13, 2015, 12:39:10 AM
Lunatic Dawn: Passage of the Book - Should be feasible to translate this.

Saints Row 3 - Found some collectibles, did a uh insurance fraud, got my boss a fursuit head. Open-world games /really/ got good last gen, my nonfondness for Bethesda aside.

Also the part in GTAV where you save as Franklin... if it's in the afternoon, watching him get into bed fully clothed with sun streaming through the blinds brings back uncomfortable memories of college for me :(
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 12, 2015, 11:26:46 PM
Since you mentioned it, I probably DO need to keep more up-on IT industry news and figure out which companies are having huge layoffs in case I want another job. HP split recently (though IDK if that's translating to layoffs), I've heard Amazon might be peaking, there's, uh... I guess IBM is stable but bleuh, IBM.

kylde have you tried running other scandisc/discrepair type things on the HDD first? Also maybe take the ram out and put it back in.
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 12, 2015, 06:53:46 PM
@Dice: fwiw, if you're getting bluescreens you can try unhooking everything inside the computer, blasting it with canned duster, and re-plugging it in. My laptop had this stupid thing where one of the RAMs got loose somehow, which computers don't like and things get kind of /mysterious/ when this happens.

Also unless it was /specifically/ a harddrive failure your data's probably fine unless the shop reformats the harddrive for no reason.

Anyway new project started today.

Currently liking it less than the old project. Working in downtown Columbus is on paper preferable to working in Dublin, which is why I agreed to move projects in the first place, except the office isn't really close to any restaurants, and the office itself kind of sucks.

Also the more I'm finding out about what I'm actually supposed to be doing, from a testing standpoint, the less interested I am in doing it.

Oh welpers.

So, while in a meeting today, someone slipped and revealed that my group will lose half of its clients to an external vendor and they slipped some more to say that the other half will also be lost to a business partnership.

Wait, do you work for Hewlett-Packard or something?
75  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 11, 2015, 09:09:50 PM
GTAV - Trevor's depressing and creepy. Anyway, back in control of all three mah dudes.

Lunatic Dawn: PotB - this doesn't seem very interesting. idk I'll revisit it when I can Japanese better Screw it, fan translating the GUI.

I wanna say that Tail of the Sun kind of follows in a similar but more creative/engaging style, though.

NKnSM - Encountered the Wind Lion. Also this, uh... yellow thing.
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