Warning: this post contains graphic imagery of pricks, cunts and assholes.
I have a new favorite douchebag profile pic: Enthralling My Fucking Audience. This one is phenomenal; you’ve probably seen it somewhere amongst your fucking friends. It’s where a Very Important Dbag (VIDb) is captivating above-mentioned audience solely through the power of his personal presence.
Jesus Christ, the fucking hubris. The fucking insane, idiotic hubris.
Traditionally a producer of hardcore tactical shooters on the PC, Ubisoft had to make several changes to their game design philosophy in order to cater to the audience on current gen consoles. The original Ghost Recon and the Rainbow Six games tasked players with firstly thinking through their plan of attack and selecting their personnel according to mission objectives, before then playing through the next step of actually implementing that plan by switching control of their units as each level progressed. Playing as the sniper would mean finding a vantage spot to identify enemies and provide cover as you moved your assault team in for a close range attack. Cycling through each member of the team made you both the central commander and the footsoldier, opening up all aspects of the battlefield via the eyes of everyone, and giving players a true sense of control.
I miss Rainbow Six, the way it used to play…
“He very much wanted to do for television sets what he had done for computers, music players, and phones: make them simple and elegant,” Isaacson wrote.
Isaacson continued: “‘I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,’ he told me. ‘It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.’ No longer would users have to fiddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels. ‘It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.’”
Compilation of rumors plus own guessing.
Here is an example of a company name lookup (with just name and email in the results, formatted for easy pasting into Gmail etc):
Download the application for Mac OS X here: http://bit.ly/EmailLookup_v1-3
Let me know what you think!
Here are some larger trends in technology that I think are happening. They could be useful when thinking of new products or companies to invent.
Many you have probably seen before, others could be new. I will revisit this page many times over.
Learning a new programming language is great for two reasons:
1. It expands your mind. Your brain gets exercise when it’s forced to think in new ways.
2. If you’re building something big, take the time to learn the best tool for the problem at hand.
I learned this the hard way when building Zyked.com. At the time, ASP (the old one, not .NET) was all I knew. I spent almost a year slowly building a large site, before hitting a wall when I came to AJAX stuff and Facebook integration. I then learned Ruby on Rails and rebuilt the site in 1/10th of the original time.
Learning to be productive in a new language, framework, or tool rarely takes more than two weeks. It’s worth it.
Functional languages are hyped right now because they scale better across multiple processors.
The Next Facebook Upgrade
In case you missed this (and based on the YouTube view count, too many people did), here are some excellently satirical video game videos from Swedish Video Game Awards (“Dataspelsgalan”) 2009, created by Ola Persson/Kongotec.
Game of the Year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p2mJxsUyjE
Sports Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NqFot9dnzo
Platform Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XOe_ldnzIU
Online Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmPXW9HKUDI
Action Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8daCMC1r-Nw
Role-Playing Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULrx6U6hF1s
Strategy Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOSWIvVmX4I
Children’s Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPI2uFhRZe8
Social Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WUer80oPe0
Racing Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyfbarCV4YQ
Handheld Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiYmXudXZH8
Puzzle Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InMPze5c30o
Best Swedish Indie Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sXhT5sM0kU
Best Swedish Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDS54tSIgGU