Good Old Games

Good Old Games, gog.com, is a site that sells exactly what the name implies: games that are good and old. What the name doesn’t imply is that they also sells them dirt cheap, without any form of DRM and often also with neat little extras like Soundtracks. You buy, you download and you own.

Forever.

I like this policy.

My experience with the beta-site have been really great. The interface is nice and works really well. It’s easy to navigate around and the option to download and re-download what you have bought is fast end convenient. I just pressed the button and the download began.

My advice: Check it out when it launches. I you missed Fallout the first time aound, here is your chance.

Hell No, Boy.

I went to see Hellboy 2 last night and I didn’t love it. I really wanted to love it and not just because that meant getting a better deal for my money. I wanted to love it because I really love Mignola’s original Hellboy comic and after a mediocre first movie I could do with some good Hellboy movie action.

But alas, it was no to be.

The main problem, as I see it, was that the movie was just not engaging. There were a lot of potentially interesting points; Hellboy and Liz’s relationship, the Prince trying to save his dying people or Hellboy’s struggle with finding a place in the world, but none of it ever got really real. You could see it there in the story but it never connected emotionally.

Another point that bothered me a bit was the fact that the movie felt like it had 2 very strong design directions that didn’t fit together very well.  I love Mignola’s designs and I love the Pan’s-Labyrinth-style but I don’t love them in the same movie at the same time.

Also, I don’t know it is a Guillermo del Toro thing or if it Doug Jones, but the excessive hand-gesticulation that they have going both here and in Pan’s Labyrinth is getting a bit annoying (if you don’t know what I am talking about, good for you. If you want to know take a look at the Faun in Pan’s)

All in all it wasn’t completely hopeless. I just wasn’t nearly as good as i had hoped.

Installing The Game

I find it strange that, while the instructions for installing the game (in this case Warhammer Online) include helpful tips like “Put the CD into your DVD-ROM drive” and “Click the INSTALL button”, they have excluded the very first step which is how the hell do you remove the DVD from the DVD case without breaking it!?

My favorite install instructions are still from Simon the Sorcerer. They had two methods and reproduces here for your amusement is method one, which is the one for clever people and I thought that would be the one most relevant to my readers:

METHOD 1
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THIS METHOD IS REALLY CLEVER AND FOR PEOPLE WHO KNOW A LOT ABOUT COMPUTERS. WE SUGGEST YOU TRY THIS WAY FIRST

1. REMOVE THE DISKS FROM THE BOX AND FLUSH THEM DOWN THE TOILET

2. GO AND BUY ANOTHER SET OF DISKS AND REPEAT THE PROCESS

Maya Scripts?

Isn’t this the reason to have a blog? To post stuff that might help people? Yes Mom, I am going to give it a try! I am going to do my best!!!

Ok, my best wasn’t good enough. No code for you my friend. Blame WordPress’s insistence to removing spaces in text.

LATER: Hah, eat this, WordPress!

After the break, a small python script to quickly create a renderlayer with a name: Continue reading

The Worst Part

… of my recent server wipe is not actually the work I put into making it work again. It is that the theme I used, not my own but it had grown on me quite at bit, is gone. And I can’t find it again!

Ok, scratch that. I just found it.

Piss Off, Australia.

I am getting a bit tired of all the Australians complaining about the insane prices they have on games because it seems like they think they are the only ones. They are not. We Danish pay just as much as they do, sometimes more, and we don’t even have sunshine and nice beaches! We only have rain. Lots and lots and lots of rain.

So, I guess it’s not all bad.