The updated graphics are both modest and stellar. The mood and emotional depth of the game hasn’t been sullied in the slightest.
I’ve been dying for this game to be remade. It’s weird. I never made it very far in this game as a kid. In fact, I’m almost positive that in the 45 minutes I played the game over lunch, I got farther than I ever had as a kid.
And even in that short time, this game made a lasting impact on me. I’ve been dying for this game to be remade for years. Part of it was the mood. I remember the gut feeling I had when I first turned this game on as a kid. A gut feeling that at the time there was definitely not a single other game out there like it. There was another thing that burned this game in to my memory forever though.
As I had said before, this game was hard. It’s why playing it for hours as a kid didn’t get me much farther than I could make it as an adult with experience in platform gaming. The remapped touch controls lend themselves quite well to the nature of the game. Everything is pretty intuitive.
This guy right here. You start the game off as a particle physicist. Your experiment goes bad, you end up on another world. The most striking thing about this game is the sense of urgency and dread. Without trying to spoil too much, from the second you gain the ability to control the professor, you are at risk of dying. Yet at no point does the game ever feel unfair or frustrating. You quickly befriend this fellow upon de-caging, and spend a good portion of the game trying to escape from a group of captors. All the while making sure his ass doesn’t get fried. Or yours.
I still remember the exact sound your alien friend makes the moment you smash open the cage. Hearing it again sent shivers up my spine. This game was eons ahead of its time in terms of crafting an unnerving and engrossing gaming experience. The stunning (for the time) scenery and complete lack of dialogue (aliens don’t speak English, ass) certainly lends to the mood. A true masterpiece.
Buy this game. It’ll make for a good weekend.
Lock up the spam bots that intentionally target articles about new technology and consumer gadgets. Seriously. I’d rather live in a world where all of my posts had 0 notes on them than put up with this crap.
I’m a nerd. Don’t make me self-host on Jekyll. I have that kind of power. I’m only here out of the kindness of my heart and for the social features. But since the social features are frighteningly crippled, I’m just left with kindness. And I’m not really all that kind.
You know, I would REALLY like to see webOS find a good home. I kind of dig it. But then again, I only used it while standing at the tablet display at the local MicroCenter… :)
I really like webOS. I’ve played with webOS phones and I thought about snagging one from eBay or something as a tinker toy a few times. I want to see it stay alive more than anything, to introduce some truly healthy competition in to the market. But for that to succeed, the sluggishness needs to be polished away while also bringing in third party developers. I don’t know if HTC is the company I want to see snap it up. I think one of webOS’s strongest points is its UI, and HTC likes to customize the jeepers out of everything.
My beef:: The app with hassle you incessantly to upgrade and then you are handed a bill for 40$ shortly after. Happened once, and I thought, “I must have missed something.” I paid. The second time, I promptly zapped it and I have NEVER looked back.
I’ve never tried the free trial version, so I’m not sure how annoying their upgrade pitch is. I also have very little experience with the Windows version of the software. In the Mac community, 1Password is a highly regarded program with rave reviews coming from the far reaches of the Apple community so I took the plunge right off the bad. I’ve used the Windows interface (I have a dual license and I use it on my Windows partition at work), and I do have to say that it’s really terrible looking on Windows. That being said, I spend little time in the application itself, relying more on the browser plugins, which look the same on all OS’s.
I never judge an application on how its trial version behaves. While it might be annoying for a trial version to constantly pester/remind the user about upgrades, I will never consider it a strike against the full version of the product as long as the trial version isn’t so feature-hobbled that it still manages to present what the software does on a day-to-day basis. I’m a firm believer that the price of software is not about its explicit value, but about whether or not the user gains enough value from the software to justify its cost. 1Password has proved to be worth every penny I spent on it. If you’re more in to the free-as-in-beer types of programs, then no, 1Password probably isn’t your bag since they will eventually expect you to fork over money for a license. I’m the kind of person who has zero issues with paying for software that I find valuable. Show me two similar pieces of software, one free and one paid… if the paid one is better, even if it’s just by a small fraction, then I’ll give you my money in a heartbeat.
Another reason I enjoy 1Password is that AgileBits doesn’t touch your data, at all. LastPass is a popular alternative solution (and they have a free offering), but they maintain a copy of your data on a server somewhere. 1Password only exists where you tell it to exist (in my case, Dropbox for device syncing purposes). Dropbox’s security issues aside, all of your data exists inside of an encrypted file that never goes where you don’t tell it to and can’t be opened without your master password.
It was about one year ago that we switched to Git. Previously, we used Subversion, through the Mac app Versions, which (rightly) holds an Apple Design Award.
I made the executive decision to leave our comfy world of Versions because it seemed clear that Git was winning the Internet. There was much grumbling from my teammates, who were busy enough doing actual work thank you very much.
But I pressed forward. We signed up for accounts on Github. We learned how to type
'git pull'. We became more confident. Git is just like any other source control system! But it wasn’t long before one of our devs called me over to look at a…situation.
Tech tips, In Plain English. I’ve never understood the need for programmers to write “introductions” to at topic in Highborne Tongues.
Nick Farina writes really, truly great articles about development. If you aren’t listening, you should be.
Apple effectively created a new category of computer with the new version of the MacBook Air. At least, that seems to be what has happened.
Really, they created a laptop with great portability that nobody else could compete with, so the rest of the computer industry created a market around it and gave it a name to try and segregate competition in to niches. Investors like that sort of asshattery. It lets them mitigate damage from comparing poor growth in markets by isolating areas of poor performance. Apple, of course, didn’t have anything to do with the creation of the “ultrabook” category.
As far as they (and I) are concerned, the MacBook Air is just a laptop. An amazing laptop. Which will continue to decimate the competition.
Ultrabook sounds fucking stupid anyway.