3 January 2010

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

Naughty Dog have quite a history on the PlayStation family of consoles. They started out as developers of the first three Crash Bandicoot 3D platform games on the original PlayStation, as well as a Crash-themed cart racer. With the introduction of the PS2, Naughty Dog showed that their developers could implement the best game engines in the business. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy was built using a variant of Lisp, and featured dynamic multithreaded loading of game data and textures. ... Read more

30 December 2009

Borewell diaries

I was enthusiastic when the Orwell Diaries project started. It was a great idea–repost George Orwell’s diaries as if he was posting them live to the web through a 70 year time warp. Today, I finally unsubscribed. The main thing I’ve learned is that George Orwell was an incredibly boring diarist, mostly concerned with detailing what the weather was like that day, and how many eggs his chickens had laid.

15 December 2009

Google Wishes You Merry Christmas, Launches Google Santa Initiative

Lack of Information at North Pole Leads Google to Draft New Privacy Policies MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – December 15, 2009 UTC – As the holiday season continued, Google Inc. today announced that it is modifying its privacy policies in a new two-part Google Santa initiative. The inspiration for the Google Santa project came from the realization that Santa has very little information to go on when judging whether people are naughty or nice. ... Read more

12 December 2009

Sony BRAVIA problems with PAL playback

A couple of nights ago, I noticed my TV/DVD combination was acting up. PAL DVDs would play with a horrible irregular juddering motion. I checked broadcast TV and the PS3, and they were both fine; I checked the DVI/HDMI cable, that was fine also. I started to suspect the DVD player. Friday, I bought a new DVD player. $44 at Fry’s Electronics. It had the same problem. Further investigation and experimentation eventually revealed that the issue was a setting on the TV. ... Read more

6 December 2009

Penn Jillette on video games

From gameinformer.com: The thing that old people don’t understand is – you know if you’ve never heard Bob Dylan, and someone listened to him for 15 minutes, you’re not going to get it. You are just not going to understand. You have to put in hours and hours to start to understand the form, and the same thing is true for gaming. You’re not going to just look at a first-person shooter where you are killing zombies and understand the nuances. ... Read more

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