Here’s what I learned from CheckPoint S3E17.

  • Sadly, the dancing will not be happening. Rumor is that the HL3 trademark listing is bogus.
  • SMT4, it’s a game.
  • Oh, this Red Cross bit. Yeah, including war crimes in games just sounds like another bit of red tape for hyper-unrealistic worlds to conform to. By the logic of the Geneva Convention, faction warfare (where one ethnicity of humanoids battles another over control of a bit of space) in the game EVE Online is practically genocide and should have repercussions for the players involved. Yeah, this is going somewhere.
  • SimCity is going to add modding? I thought Maxis was already happy that their title has already been shat on by the collective gaming community and gaming media for the sake of progress.
  • I don’t get how many people get motion sickness from the slightest discontinuity from your body and a display sitting three inches from your eye. I haven’t had the chance to use VR goggles like the Oculus Rift before, but I don’t see what the problem is. Also considering that iOS 7’s minuscule parallaxing feature is causing motion sickness, I wonder if it’s not just a genetic thing.
  • Eidos is relevant… how?
  • Obvious point about trademark registration is obvious.
  • Mighty No 9 = MegaMan. DUH.

Here’s what I learned from CheckPoint S3E4.

I’m a little late with this post, as I’ve been busy trying to relearn everything I forgot about Linux server administration.

  • Graham and Kathleen are rightfully smug for the US-in-general forgetting Canada Day. Now, moving on…
  • Square Enix continues its string of out-of-touch decisions by deciding that, instead of developing a Final Fantasy VII remake with modern 3D technologies, its time would be better spent by making Cloud’s SOLDIER uniform a pre-order bonus for Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. But Graham has a point, nostalgia can make up for a lot of sales.
  • MSFT announced an algorithm for match-making that takes into account the ratings and reviews that other players leave about you using the Xbox Live match-making system. The more negative ratings you receive, the more likely you are to be paired up with players with negative ratings like yours. It sounds like a decent way to split up griefing and trolling users from those wanting to just play the game and do so without feeling the need to use racial slurs and so on. Graham’s remarks are right on; if the system works as intended, perhaps there’ll be a bit more self-reflection among the Xbox Live players.
  • Dwarf Fortress hitting version 1.0 in 2033? Half-Life 3 confirmed.
  • Ars Technica comes up with some great information about the prices of console systems at release versus prices adjusted for inflation. While the Xbox One’s launch price is roughly half a gas tank more expensive than the Xbox 360’s launch price adjusted for inflation, it’s important to note that it’s still a difference of half a gas tank. I don’t really consider myself a social being that drives errywhere all the time, but that’s still something to think about.
  • Douche AsstrickDon Mattrick left MSFT and joined Zynga. Going from being the boss of the division that believed that the Xbox 360 was the offline version of the Xbox One to being the boss of a company that preys on consumers’ wallets with pay-to-win games that are borderline addictive. But oh wait, that was Xbox news. And Kathleen got a Dwarf Fortress joke in that needles the Xbox brand again! HEYOOOOO
  • The way to get a game that glorifies drugs classified in Australia: find/replace drugs to vitamins.