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Author Topic: YET MORE things that made you happy today!  (Read 111712 times)
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« on: January 24, 2013, 01:15:45 am »

Teaching the gentle art of using a bunsen burner to beginners.

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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2013, 01:16:50 am »

Oh no?! This doesn't make me happy, you beat me to it by three seconds!
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2013, 01:18:37 am »

Oh no?! This doesn't make me happy, you beat me to it by three seconds!

You snooze, you lose!
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2013, 02:01:44 am »

Oh no?! This doesn't make me happy, you beat me to it by three seconds!

You snooze, you lose!

ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!, What was that?
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2013, 02:26:10 am »

and bringing this back on topic....  Wink

The Red Green Show. I'm about halfway through the third series on Youtube, and I think I'm addicted.  Cheesy  Mind you, some of Red's creations are just a tad unnervingly close to things I've made in the past. And probably a good few in the future.

Yes, I have several rolls of duck tape to hand... Grin

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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2013, 02:40:46 am »

Started research on game programming (again, but I have more underlying knowledge than I did before) because no-one seems to make the kind of game I want to play any more. If I make a game that I find fun to play, I'll be really happy. Might even release it to the public, who knows?
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2013, 03:19:13 am »

Good for you  Grin

What style of gaming do you prefer though (I know the list could be endless though)?
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2013, 03:31:59 am »

At the moment I'm looking for a rail shooter style of thing, I played Halo 4 and there's a trench run in the style of Star Wars, it was the most beautiful piece of gameplay I've experienced in a long time, but no-one makes that kind of game any more.
The closest I've found is the X series, which are an open sim kind of thing. It's nice, but I'm not really interested in trading, escorting and acting as a courier to make money, I'm interested in fast-paced action, twitch-response flying and more fast-paced action.

I'm all FPS'd out until the next Halo comes out I think, I've been playing Crysis, which is nice, and Borderlands, but they're a bit samey after a while, and every game I play gets compared to Halo (I've played it for 11 years now, it's not going anywhere in my eyes). Borderlands is very nice, but the action's not quite as tense, it's a bit of a grind, though it's refreshing to have an action-RPG with more action than role-playing.

The best thing about this project though is that 1) it's for ME, so I have more incentive to actually go through with it, and 2) it's not a massively COMPLEX project, it should run to a formula, so there won't be a massive amount of effort on the level design front, just play through it, tweak it, play through it some more...
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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2013, 05:05:11 am »

Rail shooter & X series?...never heard of them before. (But hey, Im in my early 40s...& I can't still operate my digital watch  Wink )

So you would like a 3rd person (isometric?) style game then? (there's nothing worse that playing a FPS and being attacked by an enemy behind you that you cant see, unless you turn around & by the time you do so...you're dead!)

I think the best compromise is to have the game in delevopment, where you can get feedback by both FPS/3PS players &/or RTS/RPS...

So if you can come up with a game which allows the players to switch between different styles of playing etc. Go for it.
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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2013, 05:27:13 am »

Oh hell no! Third person is the worst!

Rail shooters are games like Star Fox, where you follow a path and have to shoot things that come from the front. Space Harrier could also be considered part of this genre. The X games are space simulator games, you're placed in the cockpit of a ship and have to journey around the universe looking for things to trade, fighting off pirates etc. It's a bit of a slog, and not massively fun unless you're really into simulation.

Basically what I want is a game where you have a spaceship, and are going forwards, and have to respond to oncoming traffic in the form of asteroids, pieces of scenery, static turrets, enemy ships and so on.

As an aside, the Unreal engine allows for switching between first and third person views, many's the hour I've lost to Unreal Tournament, one of my favourite competitive games.

As for the problem with FPS, I use high sensitivity controls so I can turn really quickly, though I'm a fairly careful player, I tend to run sniper more often than not, in single player/co-op campaigns I try to clear a battlefield from afar before entering, leaving close combat to a minimum and reducing the chances of anyone sneaking up from behind. The AI in FPS games tends to be fairly predictable, so once you get used to dealing with a particular type of enemy you can happily avoid frustrating incidents and controller-throwing annoyances. I'm quite proud to say I've never thrown a controller in my life, and was quite surprised the first time I saw someone else do so!

Judging by what you've said you seem to like third person games and real time strategy, if I might be so bold as to make a gaming suggestion, Super Monday Night Combat might appeal to you, it's a free game on steam, and combines tower defence with class-based third person shooter gameplay, it's quite hectic, and a lot of fun.
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« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2013, 06:34:52 am »

 
Oh hell no! Third person is the worst!

Rail shooters are games like Star Fox, where you follow a path and have to shoot things that come from the front. Space Harrier could also be considered part of this genre. The X games are space simulator games, you're placed in the cockpit of a ship and have to journey around the universe looking for things to trade, fighting off pirates etc. It's a bit of a slog, and not massively fun unless you're really into simulation.

Starfox et cetera...never played them, sorry.


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Basically what I want is a game where you have a spaceship, and are going forwards, and have to respond to oncoming traffic in the form of asteroids, pieces of scenery, static turrets, enemy ships and so on.

Ah... you mean like "R-type"/"1942" scrollers?

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As an aside, the Unreal engine allows for switching between first and third person views, many's the hour I've lost to Unreal Tournament, one of my favourite competitive games.

As for the problem with FPS, I use high sensitivity controls so I can turn really quickly, though I'm a fairly careful player, I tend to run sniper more often than not, in single player/co-op campaigns I try to clear a battlefield from afar before entering, leaving close combat to a minimum and reducing the chances of anyone sneaking up from behind. The AI in FPS games tends to be fairly predictable, so once you get used to dealing with a particular type of enemy you can happily avoid frustrating incidents and controller-throwing annoyances. I'm quite proud to say I've never thrown a controller in my life, and was quite surprised the first time I saw someone else do so!

Nope...sorry you've lost me there

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Judging by what you've said you seem to like third person games and real time strategy, if I might be so bold as to make a gaming suggestion, Super Monday Night Combat might appeal to you, it's a free game on steam, and combines tower defence with class-based third person shooter gameplay, it's quite hectic, and a lot of fun.

By Jove!...I really...absolutley...detestly and abhor FPS & RTS. I was thinking more of D&D Games  & WoW..

I'm sorry if my previous post, did somewhat mislead you regarding my preference of gaming styles.

But I'm willing to withdraw from this discussion in a honourable fashion so we both can keep face & claim victory.
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« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2013, 07:34:50 am »

and bringing this back on topic....  Wink

The Red Green Show. I'm about halfway through the third series on Youtube, and I think I'm addicted.  Cheesy  Mind you, some of Red's creations are just a tad unnervingly close to things I've made in the past. And probably a good few in the future.

Yes, I have several rolls of duck tape to hand... Grin

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I am finding myself on cloud nine this week.
I have finally dredged out my turntable and spruced it up (it was never broken, just not used for a decade or so).  Tomorrow, I receive a phono preamp and I'll add the old TT to the 'system'.  Then, Miss Bird and I are going to find an old table of some sorts to set under the blessed record player  (ohhh yeah ... organization ... pretty wires all coiled up neatly ... no DUST).
By Friday, I'll start marching through over 300 old albums (all in near perfect shape)

Now, the 'system' is complete  Grin   (... for now ...)

Yes ... Friday, the heavens and the windows will shake from the dulcet sounds of some-kinda-vinyl (haven't decided which will be the first record played). 

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« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2013, 05:18:13 pm »

 I was talking with a work colleague about a forthcoming exhibition here at the Library that will include images from comics and comic books of an 'adult' nature. I told him I had some old 'underground comics' at home I'd bought back in the 70s. They weren't kept in plastic bags or anything but were still in good condition, no rips or tears, stains or loose covers although the pages are no longer pristine white..and I said I'd bring in a few if they could be of use. One of them is a copy of ZAP COMIX. He's just said to me "Do you realise what you have there?" Turns out the ZAP COMIX is a 1st run printing of Issue #3. Now This one is sealed in a 'slab' in mint condition but is unreadable due to it's sealed packaging but is on sale for £212 ($337). Now my one is in very good condition if not sealed in a bag. The pages have yellowed a bit over the years, though.
I've done a bit of digging and discovered it's worth between £50 and £100 in the condition it's in.

I shall be going through the rest of my underground comics (mainly Rip Off Press' Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Wonder Wart-Hog) tonight. They'll all in pretty good condition (I wouldn't say 'pristine') and are nearly all 1st or 2nd run prints.
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« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2013, 07:27:02 pm »

Unsolveable maze:

http://dvice.com/archives/2013/01/an-intricate-ma.php

This makes me very happy, in an odd sort of way.  Just look at the detail, the penmanship.  It took seven years to draw apparently, and now I'm thinking how grand it would be if somebody took a copy and turned it into a city map or somesuch. 
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« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2013, 08:50:58 pm »

Today, a very special young gentleman made me very happy. Been all kinds of miserable lately, and a few days spent with someone I adore has made me a lot more smiles.
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« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2013, 08:54:12 pm »

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I'm thinking how grand it would be if somebody took a copy and turned it into a city map or somesuch.
 

But if it's an 'unsolvable' maze turning it into a city plan means no one, once in, would be able to find their way out again....

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« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2013, 10:28:53 pm »

Finally increased the length of my precision jump to about 7ft, and I've just about got a kong vault down without slamming my face into the concrete. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2013, 10:32:58 pm »

Things haven't gone to well the past couple of days - Terrible interviews and some pretty spectacular "It's all gone horribly wrong" moments. Still, chin up and all that.

What's made me happy today is I've made some advancement on a secret ceramics project, something i hope will be of interest to folks here abouts when it's finally done!

I'm also smiling because I've managed to grab a couple of hours in Zbrush today and with the help of DeskCrab(tm) I've managed to sort out the rough shapes for a statue bust I've had in mind for a while. With the shapes in place it'll be onto detailing, hair and texture next, then the poor diver that'll be facing off against him!



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« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2013, 12:26:25 am »

What makes me happy is how I`m actually still working on my nanowrimo novel. I honestly expected me to just drop it at december 1, to never look back again, but here I am, january 25, working out character descriptions, settings, background story, adding and removing scenes. I like how my own story is leading me to all this newfound knowledge about subjects.

I mean, the amount of stories going around in my head nowadays is sometimes really overwhelming, but I like to be working on several of them anyway. (nevermind that it`s 00:30 am and I`m getting up in 5 hours. Inspiration! Woooh!)
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« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2013, 05:48:45 pm »

Ferris got the first place medal for the Pinewood Derby in his Cub Scout den!
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« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2013, 08:07:11 pm »

I'm not at work tomorrow, for the first Sunday since September.
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« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2013, 02:30:32 pm »

just going through some of my things.... and i have just found my back up emergency box of Tea!!! who fancies a mug of tea or two?
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« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2013, 02:47:55 pm »

I actually woke up feeling properly rested, and in a good mood.
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« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2013, 03:19:43 pm »

just going through some of my things.... and i have just found my back up emergency box of Tea!!! who fancies a mug of tea or two?

Oooh! Me!

I'm running dangerously low on essential tea supplies. May have to organize a raid on blighty soon to grab some more (or pay €7 for a box of 40).

What's making me happy today is that I've just discovered Adventure Time. So much fun.
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« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2013, 06:07:55 pm »

I got to sleep in for the first time since early December, and I have NO PLANS FOR TODAY.  Also for the first time since early December!

A day for vegging and possibly sewing is finally upon me.  This makes me happier than I had thought possible recently.  Smiley
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