Category Archives: gaming

may linkage

Ok, here are some links I’ve come across recently that I found worth sharing. I’m not into posting lots of “link only” posts, since I find those to be a bit blog polluting, but I’ll make an exception now and then. It’s also an easy way to get a post out. I know, hehe.

  • Rebekka, who you could call a VIP on Flickr, has recently been the target of copyright infringement. She posted about it on Flickr, but they made a bad call and deleted her posts, and with that all comments made by other users.

    Not a very nice thing to do, but they sort of fixed that now.
    Lots of related posts for this, but it all starts here.

  • Feeling swamped in emails and not getting anything done? Well, before you stop surfing and actually get some work done you might also want to read these helpful tips in downloadable PDF format: The Low-Information Diet: How to Eliminate E-Mail Overload & Triple Productivity in 24 Hours.
  • What is breakcore? Find out all about it in this video documentary featuring the most popular breakcore artists currently breaking their beats. Bigup the wood crew btw. Damn right they had to be in there.
  • Don’t follow this link if you want to get some work done. It’s too damn addictive. They should outlaw flash games like this. Desktop Tower Defender is dangerous for your productivity. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

winamp gaming tip

you wouldn't believe how much time I spent making this silly pictureGlobal hotkeys is something I discovered in Winamp a while ago, and have been using ever since. After activating it in the preferences you can perform all winamp controls using a bunch of keyboard shortcuts.

“Too lazy to use the mouse ey”, I hear you think, but no, that’s not it, I swear. Have you ever been stuck inside a full screen online first person shooter and suddenly some lameass mp3 that snuck it’s way into your playlist starts blasting through your speakers and you have to sit out 3 minutes (if you’re lucky the song is that short) of some pop diva’s latest hit because you felt like doing a breakcore remix of it but never got around to it?

Maybe not the breakcore thing, but still, something simular must have happened at one time, and those nifty hotkeys are there to save your game when it does. Instead of having to CTRL-ESC your way back to the desktop (slowly, you’re machine is swapping it’s ass off right now), activate Winamp, click the next button and switch back to your game (slowly, cause it’s swapping it’s ass of again now) and see your corpse appear as you’ve been fragged about 3 minutes ago already… you can simply press CTRL-ALT-PAGEDOWN to switch to the next song in your playlist while remaining ingame.
How cool is that?

I’ll tell ya, it’s supahcool… and rather geeky, but the heck with it.

bring out your dead

Online gaming is something that’s here to stay, and the fact that people spend a lot of time in a complex virtual world that basically has it’s own laws of virtuale nature can have some pretty fun and interesting results.

Take World of Warcraft for instance. A game played by millions of gamers around the globe recently got hit by the plague, virtually. Corpses all over the place, and the infection spread like a real world disease across the servers.
Funny stuff (if you are not infected I guess).

This BBC article gives a pretty good rundown of the events. But basically the plague was intended to stay inside a single dungeon until high level players found a way to transfer it onto a virtual pet, and unleash it into the wild. You gotta love dem haxx0rz!

You can read more about it all over the net but this video gives you an idea of how the plague manifests itself in game. People running and dying apparently, pretty much what would happen in real life I guess.
There are some more detailed screenshots over at flickr as well.

Too bad there isn’t a Monty Pythoneske character rinning it’s deathbell walking around rounding up corpses on his cart innit.

plague after math in WoW

get your gunz online

Now and then I like to game a bit and enter an alternate digital world and forget about the real one for a short moment in time. I’ve played many games in the past but currently I get bored with them pretty fast, and I also don’t want to start playing games anymore that require a large investment in time (read: MMORPG’s such as WOW).

Currently I prefer the first person action shooter that allows me to get in there for a half hour an rip the place up without having to spend time doing administration or preparation in the game itself.
No training, no building, no trading, just plain good old killing and ripping heads off… aaah, sweetness!

gunz online screenshot
Oh, and I like my games free too, not for being a cheapskate (well, maybe just a little), but simply because of the fact I don’t feel like paying a fee a month for an online game which I can’t guarantee I’ll be actually playing that month… oh, and it has to be online, did I mention that?
Playing offline games is so weird these days, and no AI is as good as a humans… euhm, not so artificial intelligence…

So thanks to my bro I came across this new FP action shooter called Gunz online, an originally Korean game, which now has an international version running in beta.
It’s basically a plain deathmatch/teammatch shooter type game combined with a slight hint of an RPG. You create a character to play with, and by playing the game you gain experience and bounty (= money) which allows you to buy bigger guns and harder outfits. Pretty simple, and fun.
It’s set in a Japanese manga style world so besides having a range of guns to handle, you get to chop people up with daikatana’s as well, which is neat.

gunz online screenshot
Gameplay is excellent. You get a number of impressive looking moves to dodge bullets, jumping off and run on walls, all as if you are Neo from The Matrix movies. Those moves, and fast action make the game fast paced and action packed, which is just the kind of thing I need to blow of some steam.

Since this is a beta version you’ll run into some glitches now and then. They are implementing extra code to discourage and disable hacking, and some instability issues, but after the latest upgrade of a few days ago, things seem to be running a lot smoother than before. You might end up not being able to connect to a server at peak moments though, and I’m hoping they will add some new servers to take the load soon.
But basically that’s a good thing when you do get connected though. Allowing too much players on one server would just screw up the gaming experience for everyone on that server, and that is not the case in this game at all, so big up for that.

gunz online screenshot