Sunday, November 23, 2008

Video of the Week: WTF? Edition

Let's get stupid in here for a bit.


Actual Technology: Cat on a Rooba.

Consider this my vacation post. I'm on break for Thanksgiving Week, which should give me a good buffer for posting. Happy Turkey Day, enjoy yourselves. :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What I See: "LBP Levels Gettind 'Moderated' Out of Existence" - Part 3

Spotted on Kotaku.

PROGRESS! Looks like there is an un-due button for level deletion after all. Azure Palace, the level I wrote about being taken down a couple of days ago, has been put back up, although there is no stated reason yet. Still no notice of changed guidelines or moderation, but this is a step in the right direction.

Hopefully I'll only have to post one last time about this subject. For now, moving on...

Monday, November 17, 2008

What I See: SNOW!

Not much of a post, but we just saw the first snowfall of the year here at Virginia Tech. It's not sticking, but it looks beautiful when you see it with the street lighting at dusk. I want to grab a picture of it the next time it snows, I'll be sure to show it off to everyone.

It does bring this to mind, though...What kind of game would people play the most during a snowfall? I think I'd imagine a good Wii game in my hands, maybe Animal Crossing...OK, considering I only have a PS3, LittleBigPlanet. Although with the fiasco still going unchecked, I'm not so sure...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

What I See: "LBP Levels Getting 'Moderated' Out of Existence" - Part 2

Spotted on Kotaku.

I am furious at MediaMolecule for their actions in LittleBigPlanet right now. Personally, I enjoy the game, but as of today, I am seriously regretting the purchase and am considering returning the game for a refund. Once again, another level has been removed from the game, moderated and deleted out of existance for both the LBP community and its creator.

Do not take this as precedent, that Kotaku is going to get involved in every level taken down on LittleBigPlanet. But the demise of Azure Palace seems newsworthy for a few reasons — one, it's well made (a little too fly-and-grab for me, but still a good level); two, there seems to be no apparent reason for it; and three, it's the big stink in any forum now discussing Media Molecule's heavy-handed moderation.

I've played this level several times. I hearted (favorited) the level, rated it, and even commented on the end when I couldn't finish the level the proper way (really just a slight glitch easily fixable), though I could still definitely finish the level. If a level such as this is being deleted so easily and without any reason, what's to say a level that I create won't fall under the same fate? Here's my statement on the issue to MediaMolecule:

This level was great and original. I've yet to make a level in LBP, and at this rate, I don't think I will. However moderations are being taken care of, it needs to change immediately. Another mention of a moderated level for no given reason, especially one of this caliber and originality, and you will have lost a present and potentially future consumer. There is no way I'm going to keep a game where creation is half of the product and said portion is threatened to be null and voided on a whim. I do expect notification of if and when this change will take place as well.

If there isn't a response soon, I'm going to return the game if I can.

New Tech: Oblong's g-speak

Spotted on Engadget.

WOW. I'm kinda speechless right now. The interface recognizes hand-gestures with the user wearing specialized gloves. You really just need to watch the evidence below, it really speaks for itself here.

It's like the Wii, but less waggle. *ba dum tish*

g-speak overview 1828121108 from john underkoffler on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Video of the Week: "Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin: Left 4 Dead"

Spotted on Destructoid.

If you're a member of the Destructoid community, you may know about this series. Every episode is based on a game, and are hilarious if you get the reference...Hell, even if you don't get the reference, it's still funny.

This episode's based on Vault's zombie-killing-CoOp, Left 4 Dead. I also think it's the best episode so far. Check it.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What I See: Wow, My First Contest Win

Looks like I just won Neverland Card Battles for the PSP from Destructoid. Honestly, I've never won a contest before, not counting my elementary school giveaway (I got a drawing set). I'll give it a full, honest review when I get it.

Monday, November 10, 2008

New Tech: SMule - Ocarina for iPhone

Spotted at Kotaku.

HOLY HELL. Haven't talked about the iPhone yet, but I want an iPhone now, just so I can do this. Sure, I'd like a new phone period, but that's second-fiddle right now (no pun intended).

The Ocarina synthesizes sound in real-time, just like a regular instrument, based on actual gestures including wind input, tilt, and finger placement over the four holes overlaid on the multi-touch pad. Unlike other iPhone audio apps, the sound is not pre-compiled but is generated by the notes, gestures and nuance of the individual performer. As a result, it allows an iPhone user to explore and master the musical sounds of an entirely iPhone-native version of an ancient flute-like instrument.

I wonder if the company will create other wind-instrument apps for the iPhone? Imagine a mini-orchestra of iPhones randomly walking by you on the street.

Brings to mind the question...Could the DS pull this off? I mean, there's Wii Music coming out, and the DS microphone can detect when air is being blown into it. Now that I think about it, is the DS touchscreen multi-touch?

Sunday, November 09, 2008

What I See: "LBP Levels Getting 'Moderated' Out of Existence"

Spotted at Kotaku.

Oh boy...This is not good at all.

There's a growing clamor on the LittleBigPlanet forums about level 'moderation' — if by 'moderation' one means 'summary deletion.' Without warning. It doesn't have to involve penis innuendo creations or anything blatantly offensive, either. Just create a level that references anyone else's IP, and you're at risk of losing all your work on the spot. Considering some people are spending standard workdays on these things, keep that in mind before you plunge into your Metal Gear Solid tribute.

If this is truly the case, some of my favorite levels, levels I've hearted instantly after playing, have been deleted. It's making me question actually keeping the game. I personally love the game, but if moderation like this is occurring, to the point where names of levels are getting them removed, I think I'd rather get a different game w/o such problems. I would hate for my level to be deleted, considering all the work I would have put into it, but by the time I finish a level, I think my return will be invalid.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Video of the Week: QVC Fails Hard

Spotted on Destructoid.

WARNING: NSFW words here.

I don't think the timing of the video could be any perfect. The timing was spot-on. Apparently the clip being played on the television is "Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe," and the actual show clip video is found here.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Video of the Week: Stop-Motion Mega Man

Spotted at Destructoid.

I absolutely love this video. The title says it all. I'd love to see something like this for other games, too.