hastypixels

About Me:

Writer, artist and musician. Also retired from the demoscene. Concerned primarily with technology and education. Oh yeah, and good games.


How many cores float your boat?
August 11, 2017

The above image has nothing to do with the topic, but give me thirty seconds with Google and Paint.net and well, I'll make some graphical silliness happen. In a nutshell, though I'm out of work right now, my time is very much in demand, so I'm basically dealing with that one step at a time.

I've submitted my manuscript to one of the dozens of writing agencies we have in Canada. There just aren't that many. Only three in British Columbia, so I'm having to look out of province, which isn't exactly inconvenient thanks to email.

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Adventures in Windows XP
August 01, 2017

I've seen some impassioned PC builds oriented around DOS, and even Windows 95/2000, but XP is where things started to get nasty. Microsoft's marketing techniques were becoming more savvy, and the Operating System increasingly complex. As a result I haven't seen XP as a go-to for many. Why bother with the mess when you can install Windows 2000 and get the best of both old school worlds?

...what did XP stand for, anyway? Take it as a smiley and it pretty much sums up how people felt about it. Anyway...

A snappy interface and DirectX support. What else do you need, anyway? Since Windows XP was officially relegated to End of Life in 2014, that's opened the floodgates to cheap as dirt hardware and serviceable software. Mostly.

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Have you ever just taken a break?
June 29, 2017

I decided that cutting myself off from Facebook wasn't enough, because I frankly am not a fan of the viral media dependent social network. That should tell you I'm not a fan of social networks in general. But, that isn't true; at times I rather like Twitter, and Patreon doesn't count, it's a business network.

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Is it weird that YouTuber Life...
June 19, 2017

The crux of YouTuber Life's strengths lie in the mini-game puzzler that has you piecing together symbols within numerical constraints. Not that the emotional indicators make any sense. How is a critical review always negative, and a constructive one always thoughtful?

Clearly the game is based on the ideals construct, in which completing any task automatically results in more subscribers and views, until you have to amass a million subscribers and join a network. Then videos can sometimes cost you subscribers.

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Wonder Woman was good!
June 17, 2017

"Standard fare" was my parting thought after watching DC, and Zack Snyder's latest cinematic outing in the shapely form of armor clad, whip wielding Wonder Woman. Certainly it was good, but Wonder Woman has never held my interest. Why? She's boring.

I get the whole routine of her being beautiful, though in order to fight like that with her body tone she would require supernatural strength. She wasn't exactly showing the muscle tone, if you get me. As I understand it this is quite the feminist parade, but I didn't see it. That is to say, that's not what they were aiming to achieve.

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I don't know about the rest of the CT imitators...
May 01, 2017

Cosmic Star Heroine is good. Really good. It's also fast. The pace is more action film than traditional RPG. Where I got the idea it's a Chrono Trigger imitator, I'm not sure, though it does do that. There are no combat scene transitions: Everything happens on the same screen.

So far, Zeboyd is combating player boredom more than anything else. There hasn't been much time to let the frenetic pace of events sink in, and that's not a good thing. To be expected from the creator of Cthulu Saves the World, the script is bright and witty, self depreciating but deliberate.

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Ghost in the Profit
April 15, 2017

There were eight people in the theater when my Dad and I went to see Ghost in the Shell’s live action adaptation. For some reason nearly every showing is in 3D, which doesn’t actually hurt this slow burning production. I know – slow burning action movie, right? GITS has a ponderous, ruminating pace that allows for instances of intense cyborg combat and deep introspection. The Major, aka Makoto Kusanagi isn’t a deep feeling sort; but is troubled by a past she is at odds with.

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