February 01, 2014

Great power without great challenge is just crass spectacle

What will CFC do when they've wiped out all their competition? They already took down the TEST Alliance, and just now they badly wounded N3PL. With damage this bad it's not impossible that morale will fail and N3PL will collapse.

Once CFC has no one to fight except coalitions much smaller than they are, what happens to all the people in it? What will they do?

When one coalition effectively "wins" the game, will interest in it flag, and will the number of players decline?

I suppose they could try to take on CONCORD... (How many titans does CONCORD have?)

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January 26, 2014

The Ultimate Idol Game

Anyone up for hunting members of AKB48 with a hand gun?

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January 08, 2014


This doesn't exist. Yet. And it's unlikely that it ever will.

But the renders are amazing; they really do look like photographs. Someone put a lot of work into that model.

What I want is for someone to take this sucker and create a map for a FPS out of it. Wouldn't you like to shoot up that master bedroom? Or have a running gun battle on the go-kart track? Chuck a satchel charge into the swimming pool? Or set yourself up as a sniper on top of the bridge? It seems like a natural for a PvP scenario!

UPDATE: Actually, it would make a pretty darned good single-player scenario, too. Hostage rescue mission!

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December 18, 2013

Master of Magic -- strange error message

I've been playing Master of Magic for years, and two weeks ago it surprised me with this:


Since then it's happened twice more, and I got a frame grab from the third time. Looks to me like a debug hook left in the game.

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September 08, 2013

Senran Kagura video game

I was curious to see just what the game experience is like for Senran Kagura, so I checked out a youtube search and found an extended sample. It ran on something called a "PS Vita" and it's surprisingly good. The main characters gainax nicely during play. (Actual game play begins about 2:00.)

As one of the main girls gets progressively more damaged she loses her clothing. It's obvious why they did that -- but the incentive structure is wrong. If you're playing Asuka (for instance; that's who was being played in that video) then you get rewarded for losing. The right incentive structure would be for her to lose clothing as you gained points -- but of course that wouldn't make any sense.

Not that the game makes a lot of sense anyway.

I don't play games like that; I never have. But I enjoy watching other people play them, on occasion, and this one isn't the worst game I've ever seen.

I wonder if you can play all five of the main characters from Hanzou Academy? Hibari would be the problem, because she's not as good as any of the others. Her big thing is special attacks, and I wonder if she accumulates mana faster than anyone else?

In that video, Asuka used two special moves. One was an enhanced attack. The other was a heal that restored all her clothes (boo). She didn't call her frog, and in fact I don't recall her ever summoning her frog in the anime. But Hibari calls her rabbit a lot of times. I wonder if she can do that in the game? (Yagyuu summons her squid a lot of times, too, but Ikaruga and Katsuragi never summon their totems.)

I would think that Ikaruga and Yagyuu would be the best two player characters, and then Asuka, then Katsuragi, and finally Hibari. But I imagine they've done things to balance them all, so that they're approximately equal.

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April 29, 2013

Game Dev Tycoon

Yesterday a new game called Game Dev Tycoon became available. The developers (a two-man garage shop) also released a pirated version of the game onto the torrents, which had a change: if you play the pirated version, you can't make any profit because of all the people who steal your game.

And now the irony of ironies: gamers are flooding discussion sites, asking how they can implement DRM for their pseudo-games to prevent the piracy that's stealing all their revenue inside the real game.

The real game they themselves stole, depriving the real authors of revenue...

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April 21, 2013

What in the hell is Jita and why do so many people want to burn it?


From here.

As a wild-assed guess, Jita is a star system in EVE Online, and it's in a strategic location on the star map, and the current owners of the place have done something to make everyone mad.

Or maybe, "Just because".

By the way, I'll join her fleet.

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April 08, 2013


Is Spore any good?

I've been playing endless games of MoM, and Spider Solitaire, and it's beginning to wear. I tried some other games, and they just didn't feel like anything I'd want to do. The Heroes of Might and Magic games all seemed like things I'd want to play, but they crashed. And that's not acceptable.

I have odd tastes in games and this post is not a request for suggestions. (Suggestions for games are at least as useless as suggestions for anime series "you might want to consider".) In terms of the kind of things I do enjoy, Spore sounds like it would fit. But some of the reader comments at Newegg indicate that the game has unreasonable DRM. Is there a reason why I'd end up hating Spore on that kind of level?

Anyone here ever play it? What exactly is the deal with its DRM?

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November 04, 2012

A weird MOM bug

Yes, I'm still spending a lot of time playing Master of Magic. I don't seem to get tired of it.

I've recently noted a strange bug. If you have Suppress Magic going, and if you banish an enemy wizard, and if his "Spell of Return" fizzles, it leaves him in a strange kind of limbo.

There isn't any summoning circle or tower. He doesn't cast the Spell of Return again. He no longer has the ability to cast any spells on the overland map, in fact. But he can cast spells in combat, which really shouldn't be possible. Even so, it leaves him seriously crippled, permanently.

If you get all your remaining opponents into this state, you can cancel your Suppress Magic spell. It isn't necessary thereafter.

UPDATE: I forgot the strangest thing about this strange limbo: if they cast Recall Hero, the hero leaves the combat. But where does he go? Well, if you razed his capital city, then they appear in the empty space where that city used to be. If you captured it, then they never show up again. I'm not sure where they are, or if they've been destroyed or not, but they're out of the game.

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October 07, 2012

Wow plague, again

Remember the "corrupted blood" plague a few years ago? Something like that has happened again.

Someone just found a hack that permitted them to kill off entire cities in WOW, players and NPCs alike. The programmers at Blizzard say they've found and fixed the vulnerability, but we'll see.

I wonder what it was? Another Blizzard own-goal, like last time?

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