I like presents :-)

This week has been good. First I got myself a DS Lite, although typically had to find a charger for it as the supplied one was 110v *sigh*. All is good there but need to learn how to play that style of game as I have always been a PC gamer.

Typing this on my second toy, a brand spanking new MacBook Pro 15″. This will take a while to get used to but am really loving the OS, except when it does something stupid. It seems you need to create ppoe connections for each adapter, WHY??? The other strange thing is the keyboard does not work properly when you come out of “deep” sleep. grrr. Oh well, off to install Boot Camp an Vista 🙂

My thoughts on Crysis

This is not a review… sorta 😀

I finished the game after 23 or so hours playing on Delta, although I did change to easy twice due to frustration in the alien levels.

As far as prettiness goes BEAUTIFUL even on my lowly PC. I got fairly consistent frame-rates on medium (PC-SPEC) and avg of 23 using the benchmark tool @ 1440×900). I did have to turn some things like post process to low due to nausea :mrgreen:

Level Design

The design of the levels really suited the way I enjoy playing FPS games as you can take an unlimited number of routes to an objective most of the time. I did get irritated when forced down a path, e.g. the tunnels in the mountain when you first meet the aliens. As a huge fan of Far-Cry it was really great to find that they kept to the same style as they used there.

Sound

The sound effect and music really made the game all the more immersive. The sound track is really good at creating a feeling of tension that is even felt when playing the sound track by itself.

Something that many have appreciated that played on Delta, or used the CVAR, was the fact that you do not know when they are talking about you. Has any game used this as a difficulty setting before?

Graphics

I’ll just say WOW, it’s been discussed enuf Razzberry

MPAA’s University Toolkit hit with DMCA takedown notice after GPL violation (ars technica)

MPAA’s University Toolkit hit with DMCA takedown notice after GPL violation – Via Techmeme & ars technica
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) recently released a software toolkit designed to help universities detect instances of potentially illegal file-sharing on school networks. The toolkit is based on the increasingly popular Ubuntu Linux distribution and includes the Apache web server as well as custom traffic monitoring software created by the MPAA. Although the toolkit was previously available from a web site set up by the MPAA, the software was removed last night after the organization’s ISP received a DMCA takedown notice from Ubuntu technical board member Matthew Garret.

Good think I downloaded it when I did. Nice tool, just do not see it being of much use in a University (or corporate) environment. Also do not like the “dial home” thing it appears to do (according to pauldotcom)

Comment SPAM

I am going to try the CryptograPHP so that I can open up comments again, lets hope it works at least a bit more than nothing.

Activision and Blizzard to Merge

Taken from the Press release found at Vivendi’s Site

December 2, 2007 (Santa Monica, Calif. and Paris, France) – Activision, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) and Vivendi (Euronext Paris: VIV) today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to combine Vivendi Games, Vivendi’s interactive entertainment business — which includes Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft®, the world’s #1 multi-player online role-playing game franchise — with Activision, creating the world’s largest pure-play online and console game publisher. The new company, Activision Blizzard, is expected to have approximately $3.8 billion in pro forma combined calendar 2007 revenues and the highest operating margins of any major third-party video game publisher. On closing of the transaction, Activision will be renamed Activision Blizzard and will continue to operate as a public company traded on NASDAQ under the ticker ATVI.

This will make them the largest gaming company in existence, assuming all the regulatory necessities go through fine. The expected date for the merger to be complete is reported to be mid 2008, but I doubt we will see anything significant for a time to come.

EDIT: At least Blizzard have stated they have no plans to port WoW to the Console Cool

Adobe to put Yahoo ads alongside PDF’s

Ok people, WHAT THE FUCKING HELL.  Just read this story at BBC.co.uk and makes me feel glad to not use the bloat called Acrobat Reader, I have been using the FoxIt reader since v6 of Acrobat Reader came out because there was no way I could believe that they needed to make a reader of over 10MB do the same as one of around 2MB. Please anyone who reads this use FoxIt, it’s cheap on bandwidth and does a damn fine job.