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Everything Else / Too Many Ninjas!
« on: August 07, 2007, 06:50:10 am »

Stumbleupon threw up this neat little game yesterday, I thought I'd share it with you guys:

Too Many Ninjas!

Controls are simply the arrow keys, deflect shuriken and stab ninjas for points.

I've been following the developer on his forums and he seems quite surprised about the massive influx of popularity he's getting.

My best score before the reset was 50-something, now he's changed it to be time-based instead of frame-based I can only manage around 30 scratch that, 57!

Which brings me to an interesting question: is less, more, in game terms? You're only moving your sword around in this game, yet it's pretty fun for all its simplicity. The game Flow is also pretty simple. It makes me wonder how elegance in simple design is valued in comparison to functionality.

Everything Else / Political Compass
« on: July 28, 2007, 07:03:45 pm »
So, it turns out we don't have this thread already, apparently.

Take some time to read the site and take the test, it's quite enlightening for those who don't know much about politics, and interesting for everyone else. Post your results, if you like. It may throw some light on some of the political/economic discussions on the forums.

Economic Left/Right: 6.00
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.46

For comparison with the above chart, the scales run from -10 to 10 on each axis.

I think the only beef I have with this test is that there aren't any middle options or "don't know" options. Still, it's better than most other tests of its kind. I've taken the test a few times and seem to come up with results around the same area, so answers changing on mood don't seem to have too much of an effect.

Further reading depending on region:

Spore: General / Reflections on Spore and the new content
« on: July 11, 2007, 07:51:45 am »
I think this deserves a separate thread because it's something that's been bugging me but has come to the fore with the new stuff that's been released.

Spore is drifting away from what originally drew me to the game. It appears to be becoming less realistic, and more like a cartoon. Now, I know the decision to make the game more cartoony was probably taken a while back in design but it's really hit home just how cutesy and generally unrealistic it's looking now. We were chatting about this in Gabbly and there were a number of things that irked people especially:

Anthropomorphism, especially with the eyes. For example: what are creatures in the cell stage doing with fully formed complex human eyes? Seriously?

And related to this, why do creatures have eyebrows and eyelids? Even though this is most likely unrealistic (especially when the creature in question has no other hair on its body), it smacks far too much of focusing on expression over realism.

Remember Battlefish and the circular saws for hands thing? I hope this all isn't an indication that Spore is drifting away from satisfying those fans who are reasonably serious about their biology.

And something else that bothers me, though this doesn't seem to be a fault with the game itself:
See a trend?

Just throwing some things out for discussion. I know there are people who feel the same way, perhaps someone might be able to allay our fears.

PC Games / Steamfront
« on: June 21, 2007, 07:47:02 am »
Now I know we have some Steampunk fans here, and some Nexus War players. Did you know that Jorm is making a new game?

Steamfront is a web-based massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that is currently in development by Brandon Harris (developer of NexusWar). It will utilize a "grid map".
Steamfront will take place in a large archipelago that shares many characteristics (both geographically and culturally) with Europe in the Renaissance and early Age of Enlightenment. It will provide a mix of sorcery and "steampunk" science.
    *  Primarily Player versus Environment. While a player-versus-player system is planned, the primary focus of the game will allow players to interact with the world and its monsters in a single-player mode.
    * No "Action Points". However, non-paying accounts will have only a limited amount of time to play per day.
    * No "Character Classes". SteamFront is an entirely skill-based system.
    * A powerful and flexible crafting system that impacts almost every aspect of the game, from alchemy to steam-powered devices to food - even spells.
    * Player-ownable and operated shops
    * Integrated forums
    * Minigames for farming, hunting, fishing, and mining

Basically it's going to be a PvE browser-based game which is starting to look plain awesome. You can read some more stuff and get some answers to questions here:

Everything Else / TED Talks: The Third World and Development
« on: June 11, 2007, 05:14:45 pm »

This is the most interesting video I've seen all year. Yes, it's long, but it's worth it.


Everything Else / Euro 2008
« on: June 06, 2007, 01:24:42 pm »
On the road again, qualifying's being going on for a while but we don't have a topic for some reason.

Here are the current tables, for those who are interested:

Anyway, England just beat Estonia 3 - 0, which means our qualification hopes are looking up. We just have to beat Israel, and we should be fine.
EDIT: Croatia and Russia was a scoreless draw, which is even better for us.

Everything Else / Script Frenzy!
« on: June 06, 2007, 06:17:52 am »

Like NaNoWriMo, but for a 20,000 word long script. Anyone want to join me? You've got the rest of the month.


Basic summary for those too lazy to read the news articles: the US is building anti-ballistic missile systems in Poland and Czechoslovakia, supposedly to counter the threat of Iranian and North Korean missiles. Russia is accusing the US of placing them there to undermine Russian strategic capability, saying that the threat from Iran and North Korea simply does not exist. Yet more American imperialism and bullying? Or outdated Russian paranoia?

Everything Else / Emos "exposed"!
« on: May 30, 2007, 04:51:56 pm »
Oh lord. This is funny.

That's almost as bad as the Daily Mail article I read a while back which claimed that the Emo subculture was a cult.

Everything Else / Robot Wars
« on: May 23, 2007, 11:01:53 pm »
Who remembers this series? I believe there were spin-off shows in other countries as well.

Robot wars, for those who don't know, was a show about robot combat. Build a robot under 100kg, abiding by a bunch of rules, and stick it in the arena with other robots. The robots fight and awesomeness ensues.

Post your favourite robots, why you liked them and some links to their battles.

I think my favourite robot of all time was Gemini (the clusterbot). A brilliant concept, but probably not quite so practical. (vs The Creature) (vs Tornado) (vs Razor - another of my favourite robots)

Also of special mention are Hypnodisk
and Mortis (remember them?). (only vid I could find)

EDIT: Could go in the TV section, but we can talk about robots' applications in the military here too.

Movies / Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
« on: May 23, 2007, 08:34:24 am »
I don't think we have a topic for this.

I'm going to see this tomorrow. We're dressing as pirates. I will report on it afterwards.

Everything Else / Listen to my radio show!
« on: May 07, 2007, 10:37:18 am »

If you're online now (for the next hour or so at least), tune into Oxide and hear my show.

Our show starts at 7.00 GMT and runs for an hour.

Feel free to contact the studio as well, MSN in on

Everything Else / HD-DVD DRM row sparks user rebellion at Digg
« on: May 02, 2007, 09:31:04 am »

The hex code which breaks the DRM on HD-DVDs on Linux was discovered some months ago. The AACS claims (rather weakly) that publishing this code breaks the terms of the American DMCA, and issued a cease and desist to Digg, to remove stories about it. Digg obliged, and there was an uproar from the community.

Issues here:
  • the ability to effectively censor user-generated content
  • the veracity of the AACS's claim
  • litigation-happy licensing authorities
  • US law and its effectiveness on the Internet

Everything Else / Time Distribution of Posts
« on: May 01, 2007, 01:43:57 pm »
So, if you didn't know, there's an interesting bar graph on your personal stats page which tracks your posts by the hour of the day in which they were posted. I think it makes for interesting viewing - you can tell when a person tends to sleep, how long for, and their habits during the day (when they tend to take means, etc.).

So, take a screenshot of yours and post some interpretations about those people above you. It might be interesting. You can find your stats page by clicking "Show general statistics for this member." at the bottom of your profile page. For example, mine is here:;u=351;sa=statPanel

And here's my post distribution:

Times are in GMT.

Basically, if you buy all the GH1 tracks on thw 360, you're looking to pay nearly $100 at the going rate.

You could buy a used PS2 and copy of GH1 for that amount of money.

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