Wednesday, February 9, 2011

PC gamers, the stupid race!

[Now before you start reading this article, I am in no way bashing PC gaming, or PC gamers.
I myself play quite a few PC games. But my PC is not a godlike computer like most of the other gamers out there]

We've all heard the saying before "PC Gamer Master Race reporting in!" yes?
Well I'd like to talk about the PC gamer for a bit.

Now for those that don't know, when a person says "PC Gamer Master Race" it pretty much
means that they person is apart of an elite force that is in denial who play nothing but PC games,
and perceive the PC to be the greatest gaming platform of all time.
Now I know what some of you are thinking, "How could that giant slab of metal be the greatest
gaming platform ever?", well allow me to tel you what PC gamers think.

PC gamers say that unlike the dozens of consoles to come out over the years, the PC will live forever and
will never be outclassed. Well that maybe true, because all our gaming consoles are also a form
of computer, just not as powerful as say an Alienware, but they are getting pretty close.
When it comes to PC gaming PC gamers always have three main arguments.

1. the PC is a multi platform machine that can play every single game ever made with ease.

Well yes, I do agree with this, the PC is a power machine that can play every game ever made.
What with all the emulators and ROMs out on the net. But PC gamers also tend to forget that those
games/ROMs they are downloading, is a form of theft, in other words ILLEGAL. Another thing I'd
like to touch up on is that most modern gaming PCs can only play PC games post 2005.
Any PC game prior to that is almost unplayable because it requires specific specs that only old PCs have.
Just the other day I tried to play Jazz Jackrabbit  2, guess what it wouldn't work,
why because the game was too old and my PC did not have what was needed to run it properly.
Same thing for the old Theif games as well.

2. Instead of wasting money on consoles, you can just upgrade your PC.

Now here is where the stupidity really sets in.
PC gamers claim that console gamers waste money by buying consoles and handhelds.
Now yes, a computer can be frequently upgraded so they can play games on their max settings,
but here is where reality hits. Upgrading your PC is VERY expensive.
For example, Crysis2, one of the most visually astonishing games every created, MANY people
are looking forward to this game. I actually know this one guy who literally spent four years building himself
a super gaming PC just so he could run the first Crysis game on max settings.
Games like this need an extremely powerful graphics card so they can run smoothly on max settings.
Lets take a look at the most powerful graphics card on the market so far.

See that little $530.00 price tag? Yeah? Expensive isn't it?
You know what else you could get for $530.00?
You can get not one, but two of these little beauties.

And you'd still have money left to spend.

3. PC games are better than console games.

I agree with this, and I disagree with this.
When it comes to games made for both consoles and PC, one version of the game is clearly going
to be superior to the other, depending all one what platform the game was originally made for.
Lets use Thief:TDS for example. When that game came out it was originally made for the PC like the
prior Thief games which were PC only, but an xbox version of the game was made as well. I borrowed
the xbox version from a friend of mine, and it was really difficult to play. I'm not saying the game was hard in general (which it was) but I just didn't feel very comfortable playing it. Recently I bought the PC version of the game, and I must say it feels much more stable and comfortable to play on the PC. Same things can be said 
about the Legacy of Kain series of games. A game like PSO (Phantasy Star Online) on the other hand
feels very weird and awkward to play on the PC. Why? Because even though it being an MMORPG,
the game was originally made to be a DreamCast game, and the PC version of the game just didn't really work out too well. The same thing can be said about games like Sonic the Hedgehog as well.

Basically even though the PC can be a powerful gaming platform, the PC gamers that worship it
like it's a god don't ever tend to think of reality when it comes to the faults of their favorite platform.

But that's just my rant on the subject.

Monday, February 7, 2011

A new blog!

Well readers, followers, commoners, etc.
I have decided to make a new blog!
No no, that doe snot mean I am going to stop posting in this one.
I will be providing content to both blogs from now one.

My new blog:
Is a blog that informs people of all the free soft ware that is scattered around the net.
This blog right now is just me posting my thoughts and opinions on things.
My new blog however is more informative and is there to help you all out.
So please, go take a look, and if you like it, then follow it like you do this one.

So tell your friends, employees, coworkers, etc. to come check me out.
And I'll see you all later.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

How NISA can bring their profits up.

NIS has been in sort of a slump as of late.
Mainly losing profits each year due to a lack of sales. And it seems that the only time they are able to make
any sort of profit is when they release a new game that is part of their main tier series Disgaea.

[NIS (Nippon Ichi Software) is a Japan base video game developer known for their 2.5D
SRPG's (Simulation/Strategy Role-Playing-Game).
Their most popular series is 魔界戦記ディスガイア also known outside of Japan as Disgaea. See trailer below]
When it comes to making Disgaea games NIS puts about three or so years  into making each game (not including ports). Each Disgaea game (ports included) are stacked to the brim with content. So much content that it could send your number of play hours into the quadruple digits. Not to mention everything in each new Disgaea game is always very high quality. From the  character sprites, to the menus and interface, everything is very eye pleasing, and on top with that the games are extremely fun to play.

But NIS being unsatisfied with just only one series has tried to branch out and create new series
with new gameplay elements. These games have ranged between different type of games 
from OSPRGs (Open Simulation/Strategy Role-Playing-Game) to platformers, to classic turn based RPGs,
to Rouge-Likes, and even to Visual novels. Their most popular Non-Disgaea game is Phantom Brave,
which had already had two ports. One for the Wii, and one for the PSP.

As you can see, the game is similar to Disgaea, but has many different gameplay elements.
Most noticeably its open movement system. But other than that the game is lacking in many 
area's where Disgaea accel's, and vise versa.
Another extremely noticeable difference is the quality of sprite work, this is the same for all games by
NIS that are not Disgaea.
For example, lets take Ash The second protagonist from Phantom Brave. And compare him graphically
to his Disgaea counterpart. Ash's Phantom Brave sprite is on the left, where his Disgaea sprite is to the right.
As you can see the Disaea sprite for Ash as a significant amount of more detail compared to that of his 
Phantom brave sprite. Also things  that are extremely different that are not shot in the above picture is 
his movement and the way his interacts with his enemies and holds his weapons.
In Disgaea Ash holds his sword in a readying position and stands still waiting to strike down his enemies.
In Phantom Brave Ash holds his sword up with no sort of style, as for his standing animation, all he does is just march/walk in place (this goes for everyone else in any NIS game that is not Disgaea as well).

There are MANY more noticeable difference between Disgaea and other NIS games,  but I'm not going to go into that because that is a lengthy list.
But with all these games getting getting such high scores, why does NIS continue to lose money?
Well it's simple really. They never take time when making non-Disgaea games.
How can they fix this? Simple. Make every game with as much nurture and time as Disgaea.
Make better looking sprites and maps, and a nice eye catching interface. Games such as Phantom Brave
have the ability to be just a good, popular, and fun as Disgaea, but end up failing do to the developers not
caring enough about the game.

Now what can NIS do to improve Disgaea. Well there is not much, other than some small things.
But I think the game would be much more fun to play than it already is, instead of using a grid-based movement and attack system not not use an open movement and attack system like Phantom brave does.
Also getting rid of the portrait cut scenes and replacing them with animated one's would be nice as well.

In short is NIS made and nurtured all their games to Disgaea quality and stopped releasing ports
of their older games (Disgaea included). Then their prfites would not drop every year.

These are just my thoughts.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

How to make your profile picture look professional

Recently it's come to my notice that whenever I see a picture of somebody
that is self taken, they always seem to take in their bathrooms in front of the mirror.
I honestly find this to be a very poor choice upon the person taking the picture.

Besides, I find the bathroom to be more of a personal place.
It's where you shower, poop, and get ready for your day.
So when a person takes a self picture of them in their bathroom to me it seems almost as if they
are shouting "Hey world! come read my diary full of personal things!"

I think it would be much better (and cooler) if people just edited out the background.
I mean really, it's not all that hard to do. Not to mention it just looks so much better.
For example look at my Facebook picture.
Editing out the background took only about ten minutes of my time to do.
It's not very difficult at all to accomplish.
So not only do you get a cooler looking picture, people also won't have to look your your
place of ultimate privacy as well. And keeps you at the center of the pictures attention which is the most important aspect.

When editing your BG (background) DO NOT USE MS PAINT! I mean you can, but 
it will not look as good. If you do not have Photoshop, or any other image editor and do not wish
to pay money for it, I would highly suggest GIMP [] It has all the features
of Photoshop, but is completely 100% free, and is opensource. Meaning that it's users create even more
features for the program.  

When editing your BG create a new transparent layer and place it below your picture.
Then select the original layer (the layer with your picture on it.)
Now take the outline or select tool which your editor uses and outline outline everything that IS NOT your physical body, then hit the delete button on your keyboard. If done correctly your entire background will
be gone, and your body will be the only thing in view.
Now select your bottom layer and fill it in with something else, I would suggest a nice pattern or gradient.
For a nice touch (and this is just what I would do personally) put a drop shadow or some nice lighting 
effects on the layer with your body. Once done just merge your layers into single image then save it.

Congratulations you now have a cooler profile picture of yourself than you had ten minutes ago!

Friday, February 4, 2011


This isn't good!
I've completely run out of rice!! Σ(゚Д゚|||)

I don't know how this could have happened! 



An ode to Noodles

Oh Yakisoba noodles why must you be so expensive.
Though you may be worth the money, I hardly ever have enough to ever buy you.
Your sweet smell.
You heavenly taste.
The way you slide right into my mouth with each slurp.
You are truly the greatest of all noodles.
You can not be matched.
You cannot be defeated.
You are truly number one.
But I have only one question for you of King of Noodles.

Why must you be so expensive?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Supposed art?

So I was in class today and we had gotten off topic and some how ended up talking about art and what not.
In today's world we usually take anything creative and/or color and slap a label n it calling it "art".
I really don't find this to make sense, last time I checked art was all about taking your current emotion and turning in into a physical entity which can be viewed and shared with people in which in turn makes the viewer
feel the same emotion that you felt.

But in today's society that does not seem to be the case.
Art has now seemed to have turned into a medium of entertainment to distract people from their boring daily lives. You could pretty much do anything and call it art.

So with that, I leave you this picture of some "art" I made in GIMP out of pure boredom.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mine first posty

Well seeing as the popularity that the internet has rapidly increased as a mass media for over the past
few years, I have decided to try out this thing called "blogging".
The past couple of days before actually starting this up, I felt that I wanted to make this thing more than just
a log of daily happenings that I ramble about.
At first I decided on a webcomic type but then switched to the possibility of an internet novel.
I still might do these in the future, so who knows where that takes me.
But for now I shall just talk about stuff.