TechnicalSolitude

Tech, and everything else I get bored about. Including stuff.

Feburary sucks February 28, 2009

Filed under: Rambling — reijin64 @ 11:17 pm
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At least I get uncapped today. 😀
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In other news, because I ate very similarly to the above picture, I still haven’t lost any weight. QQ

Reijin out. With a headache, too.

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Spah’s sappin’ mah sentry! February 26, 2009

Filed under: Tech — reijin64 @ 9:51 pm
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Sweet lord this thing would hurt.

The appeal of the Paintball Turret can pretty much be summed up in its inventor’s own words: “It shoots things.” What grabbed our attention, though, is just how sophisticated the contraption appears to be. Two years in development, Jared Bouck’s turret fires 34 balls per second (per second!) and is designed to be carried as a backpack for rapid deployment. Invent Geek also claims that it can be controlled via heads-up display from up to half a mile away. Full plans and a material list are promised as is a video demonstration. Until then, you’ll have to make due with the detailed assembly history just beyond the read link. This could change paint warfare and the tactics used by curmudgeonly neighbors to protect their lawns, forever.

Buildin' a sentry.

Buildin' a sentry.

This thing looks amazing… and with 34 paintballs per seccond it’s not something to be trifled with either. Anyhow, thanks Endgadget!

I can only imagine how much painful “testing” the original makers would have gone through… That’s alotta bruises.

Anyhow, Reijin out.

 

Gran Turismo 5 February 25, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — reijin64 @ 9:45 pm
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Well, this game looks nothing short of amazing. Screenshots Courtesy of IGN before I continue.

Anyhow. I’ve pretty much played the Gran Turismo series since ye olde Playstation… 10 years ago now. It was an amazingly fun game, even if I had no idea what port polishing was. (Come to think of it, I don’t really know what it is still..)

Gran Turismo 4 on the PS2 I appreciated abit more. Amazing graphics and car handling for a simulation game. Hell, physics etc was something awe-inspiring as well. Pure bliss on wheels, even.

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So it seems now Sony have done something more. They’ve announced a full list of cars. Some 350 of them will be available at launch, many more will come as DLC (Downloadable content for those playing at home), all with the full suite of customisation that the game always has allowed. I love GT just because well. It allows you to customise a car to the level that it does. However, I don’t think it’ll let me do stupid things anymore. 😦

gran-turismo-5-prologue-20070920005815816RIP, 800KG muscle car. RIP. Nonetheless, as you can see from the screenshots – it looks amazing. Lets hope the physics etc will live up to the gigantic fanbase the last few games have left. Apparently there’s going to be proper physics, too. Like crumple zones and stuff. That would be quite cool…

Broom Broom...

Broom Broom...

Nonetheless, this one has definitely made it on to my preordered list. Now to wait for the collectors edition. I’ve got a good feeling this winter is going to be a good one . Or next winter. Or whenever this damn game comes out. 🙂 Anyway, the full list of cars can be found here. I would treat it with a pinch of salt for now, however, still being this early before the release. EDIT: Ok, so it’s a wishlist. It’ll be more like 900 on release.

Anyhow, Reijin out.

 

What the hell guys. What the hell. February 23, 2009

Filed under: Rambling,Uncategorized — reijin64 @ 5:06 pm
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A small part of me grinned at how awesome the internet is, and another part of me said “Well, at least you’re not the only one without a life.

wtfThanks WordPress stats. Thanks.

On that note though, how many weird search hits do you guys get?

Reijin out.

 

An opinion on games. February 22, 2009

Filed under: Games — reijin64 @ 1:44 am
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So, a little rant from me tonight:

Why are so many games these days so bad?

Did I get too good for them? Or am I just too picky?

Looking at my game collection, it might just be my taste. Or not. Games these days really lack the punch to be truly addictive, to be something you look forwards to playing after a long day at school or work, or just something you’d remember randomly in the middle of something and be like “oh man, that game was awesome”.

It’s an interesting one, because it’s also dependent on the person you ask. If you ask me, I’ll say “Transport Tycoon, Total Annihilation, Company of Heroes and other strategy games are ones I know inside out, and love to bits.

You ask some of my friends and they’ll probably scream “Zelda” Or something to similar degrees. Nonetheless, most of these games have a pretty good commonality – You’ll get your console groups, your PC game groups, so on, so fourth.

These days, games are no longer based around quality. Most people know that from the 2 week wonders EA seem to churn out by the dozen every week or so. In fact, there aren’t too many game developers that aren’t pushed to the brink by publishers wanting to release games sooner. Anyone remember the Battlefield series? All of them have had some pretty atrocious netcode on launch. Battlefield 2 was good fun… but in terms of playability, it wasn’t exactly robust. It only took one little thing to go wrong with you or the server, and bang. Your jet fighter is now a first-person view of what you flick out of rubber bands.

Whilst there are some very fun games out there still… They also lack the replayable factor. Half of my games that I’ve brought recently I’ve only really played for a few weeks, then I pick it up once every week or so. Mirrors Edge was one. It was fun, interesting, new, but holy god it was short. Overstaying a welcome is one thing, what Mirrors edge did was walk in my door, drop her pants, and walk out.

I suppose I should Lighten up. I am getting older, I’m probably expecting more than I did back when I was 12. After all, games are targeted at younger audiences in general, no? Even if we ignore the fact that Australia’s average gamer age is somewhere in the mid 20’s.

Having said all the above, there are still some god titles out there. Even if they are a tad short. The Half-Life series still continues to be fun, if not a little linear. Call of duty the series still seems to draw my attention as well, for a decently structured single player campaign. Even if the multiplayer seems to only be good every 4 titles. World in Conflict was a fantastic game, if not abit unpopular because of the play style. Diablo 3 is something I look forwards to as well.

All in all, PC Gaming is probably something not meant to go on forever. Consoles are just too easy. You pick it up and go, as opposed to having to get a PC to work. (Even if the PC game looks 10x better, go figure..) There are some great console titles out there too. But the above still applies.

Too many games are just too damn short, or poorly made and structured. Yes, EA. I’m looking very squarely at you.

Whilst I can appreciate the hard work developers put into games, it’s really the publishers that have to pull a damn finger out and give devs more time to basically give us what we want – a better game. Something with less bugs on release, with more content, with more interesting little bits that will keep us playing the game, and coming back to it every here and there to replay it.

Anyhow, that’s just my opinion. I’ve probably only decided to rant it out because I finally had this weekend off to get stuck into some serious gaming. 🙂

Reijin out.

 

FOR THE EMPEROR! February 19, 2009

Filed under: Games — reijin64 @ 8:03 pm
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Hurrah, Now I can run around with Pink machines of firey death and squish! ONWARDS, BROTHERS!

Anyhow, I’ll probably have something slightly more meaningful to post in the next few days. For now, however, I’ll just run around with my royally annoying dreadnaught tactics. The only annoying thing is the games for windows tag.. but it’s on steam. So, all good!

dsc_0351Reijin out.

 

Today’s Track February 18, 2009

Filed under: Music — reijin64 @ 12:33 am
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So, After playing audiosurf I’ll now post the music video of the song I’m trying to get reccords to.

Anyhow, see for yourself! I personally like it – I’m not one for hard trance, or hard rock. However, I do like it when it’s abit of a mix. Really nice to listen to, a little old, a little new. Ladyhawke does some fantastic vocal work too. The only thing I don’t like as much is the rolling bassline. They’ve never been my thing when they’re that monotonous. Ah well.

Anyhow, it’s not exactly a gentle track, but it does have an air of fast movement. Infact, It’s really good for playing fps to, suprisingly enough. That said, have a listen and see what you think!

My music tastes? Honestly, girly stuff. Jpop, rock, alternative. I find the background music and melodics more important than the vocals, but the vocals still make the song for me. I guess that’s why I like Red Hot Chili Peppers so much…

Pff. Reijin out.