Innovation in video games

For those who are my friends, they no there isn’t much that I like more then video games, except maybe my friends, and girls, and my friends, who are mostly girls…

Anyway, I would like to discuss with the three of you who read this blog, what I think are the most important innovations in video games. WHOO! Lets start.

NUMBER ONE: Invisible walls!
Not only are invisible walls an amazing idea (I wish I had in invisible wall on my window, so my dog would stop jumping out it, and running away), but Invisible walls are amazingly useful. They keep people from wondering outside the map, and seeing the outside sections where the lazy developers just couldn’t cut it. Of course why settle for invisible walls when you can instead use invisible death grids. Instead of preventing the player from moving though them, you simply annihilate anything that passes through. That way the player doesn’t feel limited by your invisible wall technology. Want to have some real fun, just dangle a powerup on the other side of the invisible death grid.

NUMBER TWO: Undodgable Enemy Attacks!
You know the one. You’re playing your favorite action RPG game, you trudge miles down all those dark spooky ass caverns, killing all kinds of monsters, and finally you reach that big nasty spider boss, and then… He hits you repeatedly with a move you are too close to dodge from until you are dead. Undodeable attacks add a whole new level of depth to you RPG/Shooter/Platformer/Actions Game/Skateboarding Game. They require you to get inside the enemies head, think about what they’re going to do next, and then feel totally worthless when you guess incorrectly. They add new meaning to the phrase “hard but fair.” More appropriately they change it to “hard and unfair.” Just wait until the developers figure out how to give you undodgable attacks. That would be the best.

NUMBER THREE: Instant death attacks!
Now I know what you’re thinking about. Oh I assure you I do. You don’t beleive me, well here it is: How many times did you watch that cutscene playing resident evil 4. It must have been like 20 for me. You know, sometimes I would intentionally freak out and unplug my controller, and then watch helplessly as Leon got his head cut clean off, just so that I could feel that humiliation of, well getting my head cut clean off. What’s that, you only died twice. Well I don’t care how much better you are at Resident evil then me, because I’m still better at Smash Bros (unless you are better at smash bros). For some real fun, try combining this with the previous entry, and then have some real fun.

NUMBER FOUR: Grinding!
Sweet, I only need to kill 500 more spiders before I can beat the next boss. Enough said.

NUMBER FIVE: Cutscenes!
Now, not any old cutscene will cut it for this one, I’m talking specifically about ones you can’t skip, because nothing is more fun then when you’re stuck on something, and the game assists you by showing you the same cutscene again and again each and every time you fail. Just imagine if Hideo Kojima started implementing this. I’m getting nauseous feeling just thinking about it. Nausea is a good felling right. It’s like the equivalent of winning the game of the year award.

NUMBER FIVE: Escort Missions!
“LEON HELP!” I love hearing that. It just makes me feel like needed, you know. Like someone cares about me. Someone other then my pillow. I wish my pillow was filled less with tears. I’m going to go make some warm milk, and pretend someone else made it for me. Be right back.

NUMBER SIX: Walking Really Slowly!
This trope is common in lots of games. Like in slender man, where you aren’t even allowed to walk fast, or like in the abstergo sections in assassins creed black flag. You get lots of time to look around the amazingly crafted office building, while you walk around to see if the new computer room is open, again, and again. This trope also appears in Metroid Other M: Where Samus is often tasked with trading in her fun actions sequences for walking really slowly in empty rooms. Some other games that this trope appears in:
Halo 3 (when cortana talks to you)
Grand Theft Auto (On the phone)
Uncharted (When talking to sully)
Every RPG game ever made!

You know what the best part of spending $60 on a game is. Finding out it has a cliffhanger ending, and waiting two the three months to pay more money for DLC. But that’s not the only thing DLC is good for, you can also use it to add cool new weapons that weren’t included in the game, or even better useless new weapons that weren’t included in the game. What about a stoner themes decal for the side of my car, or the ability to put underbelly lights on it. Oh, I know, instead of adding an RGB color mixer to our game, we’ll include it as DLC. The only thing better then DLC, is expensive DLC. It’s like all the pain of Christmas shopping, except you get to be underwhelmed by your gift right now, instead of on Christmas. No where did I put my horse armor.

NUMBER EIGHT: Quick time events!
Why should we require players to use their skill to dodge out of the way, when we can link it to a button press instead. Even better, we’ll link it to a bunch of button presses over the course of a long unskipable cutscene, and if they fail even one they have to start all over. I know, how about we try one right now. Here’s how this works, I’m going to write a button prompt about 20 lines below this sentence, and I want you to scroll down as fast as you can and press it. GO!


There you have it, the definitive list of video game innovation. Now go armature game makers, go and innovate. Like do it. NOW!

Lathe, only machine to make itself?

In my Materials class last week we watched a video that bothered me with a statement that the Lathe was the only machine that can reproduce itself. Its not as if there aren’t other machines that can do that, right? Actually wrong, after a small investigation the Lathe and the Mill are the only 2 machines that have a chance of making themselves in the manner that I now think of it as. Many people on forums mentioned Dave Gingery who actually produced parts of a lathe using a casting then proceeded to use that lathe to make the parts more accurately and make the lathe more efficient. I have never seen this process before but I can tell you with almost absolute certainty that a 3D printer cannot do that. Of course a 3D printer can produce most of its support structure but many of the moving parts need to move along a straight metal rod, or multiple rods depending on the design, and many 3D printers cannot print metal so it is going to be a while before they can fully reproduce and they can’t make themselves from nothing unless I missed something. The only part of a lathe that cannot be made by a lathe is a power source which means that somehow you will have to hook it up to an engine or some type of turning machine (waterwheel maybe?). Assuming that the 3D printer would not be able to make the computer which is like the power module for the 3D printer but neither can it create the wires which power all of the processes while the gears would be easy to make in a lathe with some modifications.

So I say that the video about lathes when they say the lathe is the only machine to make itself is most likely right other than the fact that it can’t do that without an operator which is an argument in its own right.

Reviewing my Moto G from Republic Wireless

Hello one and all, I haven’t posted anything of significance lately but I have recently bought a Moto G 1st generation from a new and awesome carrier. So, first off, if you haven’t heard of Republic Wireless I don’t really blame you but I saw the beta going on a few years back and had more recently ordered a Defy XT off of ebay and activated it. The main thing about this service is that it can use almost any wifi network to make calls even if you don’t have signal in the house. My grampa has one of the slowest networks that I know of (hughsnet in the middle of nowhere) though me and my mother were both able to talk on our phones through that network easily.

Now Republic is not without it’s problems, such as the first phone I had, The Defy XT, could not do picture messaging and could not turn over calls to the cellular network if you started the call on wifi. The new Moto G still has some problems but it is a large step up from the Defy.

Specs: A bunch of data that makes no sense to the average person who wants to know only “does this thing actually work?”

So, The speed is decently fast, there are hiccups here and there but that only started to appear when I started to use custom launchers, my daily launcher is Yahoo Aviate. The phone has clear audio compared with any phone I had before including my nexus S 4G which was a very good phone.

I think that the wifi calling is a great thing but I have had to transition a few times onto the cellular to hear the person on the other side, though this mostly happens at times when there is high internet traffic in the area I do get a bit annoyed. The battery will last all day with location and bluetooth off but I usually have to charge it twice in one day which is near impossible to some people so buyer be warned when it comes to battery life.

I would like to add other things to this review so if anyone has a question about the phone leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to respond as fast as possible.

Vampire High


That’s right, I’m reviewing a book, deal with it! This book is called vampire high! GO:

So I hope you like corn and lots of it because this book is corny. It’s about a boy named Cody Elliot who is attending his first year at a high school about vampires! But not the bloodcurdling vampires of Draclua fame,  nor the sparkly vampires we’ve become accustomed to in recent years. These vampires are somewhere in between, and in truth are more like regular old children, hence the corniness. But corniness aside, they’re actually likable, and relatable high school students who are dealing with relatable high school social problems.

The problems start when Cody attends school, and everything is super weird. Then he picks a fight with school bully protecting a kid named Justin. Then the bully is all like “Are you stupid bro (not an actual quote) I’m gonna kill you and your face,” but this girl named Ileana marks him, and then everyone leaves him alone. Then Justin is all like “Dude, are you stupid (still not an actual quote) you’re like human and we’re all like Vampires bro.” In the real book Justin isn’t so obnoxious sounding, I swear, but that’s the gist. So Cody finds out the school is all Romanian and vampiresque, and that the only reason he attends is to be on the water polo team because Vampire’s can’t swim. He befriends Justin, falls in love with Ileana, and shit hits the fan. The story picks up from there.

So there is the corniness, but despite this I ended up really liking the book. The Jenti students (their word for vampire) are relatable, Cody is relatable, and so are his problems, and additionally everything is charming. At first it seemed like it didn’t need vampires, but they end up winning you over by the end, and the book world is well fleshed out, and feels like it is very real in it’s own vampiresque (yes I made up that word) way, and it comes to a pretty satisfying conclusion, that attaches you to Cody and the story overall.

It’s certainly not a deep book that is going to radically redefine your perception, but it’s a charming story that’s fun to read.



Citations and plagiarism

How are we not supposed to plagiarize in school when everything they have us do gets different rules each year? I know I might be a little bit nit picky but MLA has changed at least 4 times if not more just in my 4 years of high school and going into my fourth year of college! Writing a web citation in MLA went from including any information that could possibly exist on the page down to the original website and the article (from reading my notes you people looking for a citation now!) I agree that Citing sources is important and these sources might change over time but if there is a standard set in one class and the next class is supposed to use this standard they have to reteach it completely. I took all of my high school english classes and my teacher in College also taught us how to do correct citations for the web because they change every school year!

I’m not saying that plagiarism is not bad, it is absolutely no good for anyone to plagiarize peoples work; but does it really need to be so hard to give credit to another piece? All I am asking for is some basic rules that will not change yearly and allow us to work without worrying if we are using the latest citation type.

Quality of teachers vs. Quality of classes

This semester has been an interesting one, it marks my first online class at IvyTech and also my second highest GPA since high school. As I prepare for final exams I have to remember some of the teachers who helped me get where I am today looking through my Chemistry book in the nice quiet Panera Bread. But why do we remember teachers and not the classes themselves? the class was not necessarily developed by the person teaching it and a majority of my college classes so far have been put together by a committee of teachers who, if I can be so bold, cannot agree on any changes to save their students GPA. Though the teacher, also especially in college, gets freedom to determine the test questions and what type of lecture they provide. While some teachers are very limited by the course itself it is not always fair to blame either for your mistakes.

I have had teachers ruin subjects for me and some that have made it more entertaining but if you have the first type of teacher it might be good for you to put in a bit more effort. I was failing Calculus 2(ended up dropping it after getting near the end and realizing I could not bring my grade up even if I got an A on my final exam) I realized that it was not my teachers fault and made corrections, though I made them too late. The instructor barely used class time and mostly told stories but many people were still passing, and even excelling, in the class. I asked them what they were doing and it turned out that many of my classmates came to lecture only to review and have already watched several lecture videos online. It was way too late to start that so I decided to drop before my time was up but when I take Calculus and Calculus 2 again I will most certainly be looking for those tutorials online in order to find some help.

There are also many alternative tests out now which really help, CK12 offers flexbooks and lessons that are more understandable than most classrooms! I do not really like the way all of them are laid out but has been a great resource since I learned about the project. And if neither of those work go to a tutor of form a study group! This year in Chemistry has been the first time I’ve actually had a study group (4 people works better than 2 I think) and I have been excelling by helping them get the questions and also by asking them questions. I’m at 90% right now and that is mostly because of the slight mistakes here and there. Thats all for today, I’ll hopefully be posting much more often this summer so stay tuned!

Simplifying: applied to life

To simplify a math equation all you need to do is to plug in variables or reduce it down, it’s simple, clean, and unique to each problem. Life is no different, or so I’m told, there are plenty of books out on how and why you should simplify your life and it mostly boils down to one reason (in my circumstance) I have too much crap! I have been accumulating for 21 years! My entire life I have been sentimental about keeping stuff that I don’t need like a way of saying: “I still remember that person who gave me that” but it is time to stop gathering crap and start gathering stuff I actually need. I’m not going to make a 30 or 90 day commitment because I would not follow it anyway and it would be a waste of time to do so, what I am doing is saying that I really need to get rid of stuff before our next move (which might be next week for all I know).

I think my collecting of stuff started when I was young. I would never want to get rid of anything and my room was piled with broken toys that I would get around to throwing away but never did. This is fine for a kid but now I have shoes that are torn apart that I do not need, clothes torn that I will never wear again, and cords that belong to electronics I no longer use or sometimes even own! Those aren’t the larger problems though, in reality I think I have one pair of shoes that really are in bad condition and my clothes are thrown out regularly as they tear but paperwork and physical media seem to be big issues with me. I used to think I needed to own every movie on DVD and all my music on compact discs even after Itunes, Rhapsody, and many other software has made DVDs and CDs pretty much unnecessary since your purchases can even be backed up online. The final push to get rid of my excessive CD and DVD collection (what seems excessive to me may not be too much to you) I will have to repurchase about 30 movies online or make the choice that I do not need these which will be a hard decision though most of my music is already in my digital library and I no longer need the CDs in that form to use the music.

The paper from notes and other school assignments I think will be the hardest  to get rid of since there is still not a simple way to transfer all of it to digital (since it mostly consists of spiral bound awesomeness and drawings in the pages that I will never make again) I just have to make the decision of what I really need, the textbooks are useful but I may never use them again. additionally they take up a lot of room in my bedroom and I never really pick it up and use it so my next task is to take them all and get rid of them but maybe take the name and isbn to put in a database and make sure I can find them if I need something from them.

If anyone has more suggestions I would love to hear them there is a comment section below, thanks for reading.


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