Tim Schafer’s GDC Lecture

July 29, 2006 at 12:06 pm (Games)

GuyBrushTim Schafer and Ron Gilbert names will be embedded in any ones mind who used to play games in old 2D world of Lucas Arts Adventure games. Those guys were genius game developers with perfect characters that never had to be macho men to be called heroes. And perfect stories that translated into fun rather than just saving the world from the next nuclear holocaust. Tim Schafer explained his inspirations and key points on which developers should focus to bring that same charm in their games at GDC (Game Developers Conference) 2004. Some key points were:

  • Characters should be wish fulfillment. This doesn’t mean they can’t be goofy, or nerdy, or losers.
  • Create supporting NPCs as you would the ideal road trip buddies. Making them annoying, offputting, needlessly stupid or generally hateful and then sticking the player with them through the whole game is just sadistic.
  • Write the PC as you would a character in a movie, a character that a good actor would jump at playing.
  • Backstory: Making up pasts for every single one of your characters, big ones or not, makes it insanely easy to imbue them with neat little traits by pulling from the past you’ve created.
  • Steal stuff, but steal it right. Steal stuff from life, especially. From your own life, from your friends’, from crazy things hobos tell you on the street. Steal what makes good things good. So if you’re stealing from GTA, stealing the hookers and mobsters and violence is missing the point. Steal the fun, the open-ended gameplay, the facetious attitudes.

Now those are the words of a real Gamer and Developer, he who unlike Electronic Arts doesn’t just want to earn but want to give the player the pleasure he deserved after paying for that game.

Hear the complete audio lecture @ GamaSutra

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California heat wave consumes 141 lives

July 29, 2006 at 11:41 am (News)

California’s heat wave seem to be getting over now. The blackouts and power outage had become a constant threat due to high electricity utilization this past month. Although for countries like Pakistan and India people are adept to 100 degree Fahrenheit, but for California this was a death heat wave. A death toll of 141 occurred due to intense heat in US.

More @ Google News

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Best Solar Powered Gadgets

July 29, 2006 at 11:13 am (Hardware, Science)

solar sunflowerSo, there is a lot of fuss about solar power; But what gadgets are available for use that use solar power other than a common watch or calculator? There are many things like solar powered mp3 players, backup lights, solar powered tents, solar powered toys and even hats and purses.

Just take a look @ TechEBlog

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Pakistan’s 50 Nuke Reactor

July 29, 2006 at 11:03 am (News)

Pakistan is building a new bigger Nuclear Reactor in Khushab, which would be capable of producing enough Plutonium for 40~50 Nukes. Work on this started in 2000 and foundations etc. could be seen on satellite images taken in 2004. Now you can see the reactor’s location in Google Earth yourself.

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Get the Google Earth KMZ file @ OgleEarth
News: “Bush fueling nuclear war in south Asia” @ Guardian

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New Mercedes Benz designed by a gamer

July 29, 2006 at 10:46 am (Science)

new benz7This site features many photos of the new Mercedes Benz and from the looks of it, it seems the designer was a hardcore gamer. Just check out the Joystick instead of steering wheel; and the control panel as shown in picture attached here too. Woo! I just hope they didn’t forget a VR Turbo/Nitro mode button which add blurry effects to your windshield even when going in traffic jam at 20 km/h.

See all the photos @ EzPrezzo

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IE7.com website

July 29, 2006 at 10:39 am (Uncategorized)

Already read the IE7 vs Mozilla Firefox war. Now lets go to the official websites to see what they have to say.. type: www.ie7.com and ops! whats this… its giant FireFox logo on the site with the title… Get Firefox. hehe! This is an unofficial domain name booked by a Mozilla lover (like me) and he has put up Firefox promotion on IE7.com

See the site yourself @ IE7.com

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Lego Creations

July 29, 2006 at 9:54 am (Weird)

TechEBlog has compiled a list of Top 10 Cool things created from Lego. Its amazing what stuff can be built with these cool little kids blocks.

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Take a look @ TechEBlog

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Israel-Lebanon Conflict Illustrated in Google Earth

July 29, 2006 at 9:18 am (News)

GEIsraelLebonanWarIn an excellent use of Google Earth, someone living near the scene of action has begun documenting where military actions have occurred on both sides of the Israel-Lebanon conflict. Each placemark contains details on the action which occurred at the location and the casualties or damage resulting, and allows you to view the aerial photos and see what it looked like before the conflict.

The author claims that this is a “very incomplete” picture of the action so far. And yet, it still gives a much clearer picture of the quantity, scope and scale than any typical news report. You will need Google Earth for the “Network Link” to work an overlay the information on your end of software.

Get the Network link @ AlMashriq

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Christians preparing for Apocalypse

July 29, 2006 at 8:36 am (News, Religious)

armageddonThis is a video news story done by CNN. The recent political events and other correlated facts all seem to pin point that the Prophecies of end of times are being completed. I don’t think they are the only ones, many Muslims believe too that this war in Iraq and Middle East will expand to become the final war of the world. And then the second coming of Jesus and Apocalypse will occur.

Watch the video @ YouTube

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Windows in 2012

July 29, 2006 at 8:15 am (Uncategorized)

This is very hilarious site offering an insight of what is to come of Windows in 2012. The triple layer security validations before you can log in. Thumb print, DNA sample, retinal scanning, vocal chords everything is checked. How step by step processing fees are deducted and added to Microsoft’s cash account, its just hilarious (or may be freaking true).

Read on @ Network World

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