Extreme Makeover gone bad – Sega style.

It seems companies trying to revive old games do so in the wrong way. In the case of Sega recently releasing it’s Sega’s Classics Collection for the PlayStation 2.

Rather than making the older games compatible with the PS2 and allowing for the nostalgia to flow from gamers, Sega altered the games in other aspects, such as attempting to ad 3D look to some of the old 2D games.

This may have sounded like a good idea on the drawing board, but it turns out this nostalgic trip turned into a complete disaster. Goes to show, not all games need a facelift to fit in our modern time. Maybe some companies will learn from this, who knows.

Original Story: BBC News

Then you will be a man…

Listening to the voice over quoting some poem during a new advert on Mnet – The advert informing me of the new Will Smith movies that they will be playing this month – I liked the poem so much that I went in search of it.

What do you know, it’s quite well known:

[IF]

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

–Rudyard Kipling

Your iPod could cause hearing loss! {RANT}

I have just finished reading an article on CNET’s website about a person who is suing Apple for making a “defective product”, the person says the Apple iPod is defective because it can cause hearing loss if you play songs too loudly with the headphones in your ears…

I think many things when I read news articles, but when I read articles that revolve around suing a company for some strange reason, I think three things:
Firstly I think, “Only in America”; this is a generalization, but I think it anyway.
Secondly I think, “This is damn stupid”; I think I should sue JVC for allowing me to install a sound system in my car that can literally blow eardrums, because they didn’t warn me properly before hand.
Finally I kick myself and wonder why I never thought of doing it first.

Well the last thought is just me being greedy, but the rest makes some sense. Why do the American courts allow these cases? Is the general public so lacking in common sense that a supplier needs to label each and every single thing that you could possibly do with the product (including, “Do not place up backside, it may cause injury”) just so that some average Joe does not sue them for not warning them in advance.

This is something I will never understand, but I guess more and more people are finding it easier to blame someone else, especially big companies, for their [people, not companies] own errors in judgement. – No that is a little to lenient, blaming some else for their own STUPIDITY!

I wonder if how far this iPod case will go, and I especially wonder if Apple is going to pay this off out of court to save them some hassles.

Future iPod warning: “May cause hearing loss…” – what I would like to add – “…if used by idiots!”

{END RANT}

A Piece of Gaming Pie

[This post was originally written as an entry into the NAG Magazine freelance writers competition]

I want to have a piece of pie, a large piece of the gaming development industry pie to be a bit more to the point.

I am one of those people that wish to make it big in life; big as in huge house, fast car, loads of fame (well a little doesn’t hurt) and a hefty fortune. But like everything in life wishing will not get me from small time system development to large scale game production and distribution, now will it.

Placing my great big wishes aside for the moment, there is one obvious reason that I want to make it big and it may be deciphered by reading the second paragraph again. No idea yet?
I want to make it big because I really, really like money, this is not really a surprise, many people want to make loads of cash, but why particularly in the gaming development industry? There are a few reasons:

One of the reasons that I have selected the gaming development industry is the fact that it is growing, and growing very fast.
Some of you may remember the June 2005 episode of M-Net’s Carte Blanche reporting that the gaming industry is making (at the time) 30 billion dollars a year and that the figure (and industry as a whole) is growing. Looking at an industry as big as this, and what it has to offer, I think to myself, this industry may just have enough space to accommodate me and my dreams in its large pie.

Another reason I want to make it big in the gaming development industry is the closeness the industry shares with my current qualifications.
This is more a reason of convenience over a serious necessity, but looking at the business world, and especially the cut-throat and competitive gaming industry, you can use all the training and all the extra help you can get.

The final reason, and maybe the most important reason I have chosen the gaming development industry over other similar high revenue making industries, is my passion for it.
Just short of being maniacal, I live, play and even occasionally sleep gaming. The passion that I have, the joy that I feel for what I do in life, that steady feed of happiness is defiantly a requirement to push me through the hardships and the tough times that this industry (and many others for that matter) can dish out.

Having written the above three important reasons down on hard cardboard, and tacking them to my bedroom ceiling and the back of my bathroom door, I grab my ever handy keyboard and start to type my business plan for the future, I steadily start to document requirements and further my research into the industry that I want to make a difference in.

My first blog post (revisited)

After much searching and trawling through Google results, I finally decided that none of the blog utilities, tools and full blog applications meets my requirements for my personal website.

This means I need to actually develop my own blog system. This is good news, it just means I am going to take much longer getting this website (or the blog section of the site) complete.

I have an optimistic outlook, I think I will have this blog completed the the middle of February 2018.

Now if you would excuse me, I have a blog to create

[UPDATE 19/12/2008: This post was made when I didn’t trust tools like WordPress yet – and I still had enough free time on my hands to develop my own PHP based blogging solution. It kept me going for a few months before I went web quiet – when I finally returned to blogging WordPress was the only reasonable choice.]