The Don blogged
Dec 7, 08 5:09am

Artificer blogged
Dec 7, 08 3:52am

I spent some time today making a video tutorial on Firebug, an add-on for Mozilla Firefox that is amazingly helpful for web development. It can help you to cut a significant amount of time from whatever you make, whether it's a blog theme, NeoHome, or your own web site. Check it out!

Thanks to Aya Chan for letting me use her blog as an example. And yes, I know my jokes are not funny. :(

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Tainted blogged
Dec 7, 08 1:26am

The DS' innovative dual-screen design and touch screen interface has brought about a lot of ambitious efforts from companies. Games like Trauma Center: Under the Knife and Elite Beat Agents show how well the unique setup of the DS can be utilized to create a new and fun gaming experience.

But if there's one company who's taken the touch screen design to a new level, it's 5th Cell. The company developed Drawn to Life and Lock's Quest, two games whose gameplay mechanics are almost entirely dependent on the DS touch screen. And the latest offering from that company looks to push the innovation to a new level. The game's title: Scribblenauts.

Scribblenauts is so ambitious because basically, the game is only limited by your own imagination. The game is a platforming collector game, where you collect things called "Starites." But these Starites are not in a place that is normally accessible to you, so you must use some sort of help.

That's where the fun comes in. You get to choose what tool you use. So if the Starite is in a tree, you can spell out "ladder" on the touch screen, and then you could climb it and get the Starite. Or, maybe you would rather have a bird that would fly up into the tree and retrieve the Starite. The possibilities are endless, and that's why I am so amazed at this innovative design.

IGN got the chance to interview the creator of this game, which you can read here. He talks about the limitations of the design process as well as the idea behind it.

IGN: Okay, so in the trailer – that people need to check out, by the way – you can see that you write down a ladder and can then climb up it, right? Now could you also turn that ladder on its side and instead light it on fire and the tree would then burn, since it's all made of would.

Miah: You could, yup. You can flip objects, you can take an axe and cut the ladder in half if you wanted – not sure why you'd do it, but you could if you wanted – and even if it wouldn't help anything in that situation you can do it. That's half the fun of the game really. You can just do anything. It's all about messing around with these objects and properties and seeing what you come up with and how you can solve problems. That's what's really fun about showing off this game to people so far. They look at it and say "Wow. So wait, can I do this and this and this" and then of course, yes, you can.
After reading that interview, I am incredibly excited for the game. The interview hinted at possible online play, which makes me even more excited. I think it kind of sounds like a DS Little Big Planet, but maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. For now, enjoy the interview as well as the attached gameplay trailer.

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chautemoc blogged
Dec 7, 08 5:01am

Here's a better question: why do 955,646 people care? I'm hesitant about drawing more attention to them, but it's hard to resist posing the idea. Sigh. Here, to compensate:

MUSIC. Remember that old thing?

Aya Chan blogged
Dec 6, 08 3:39pm

Well, Tainted (and a few others) figured I should put up a picture of how my face currently looks. To be honest, I think having swollen cheekies makes me look quite a bit younger. Heck, maybe I could even pass for a 12 year old! 8) Unfortunately I had to go out in public earlier to get some cold things for my mouth that weren't dairy related (who needs ice cream when you can have sorbet!), and I felt very awkward walking around like that! Nobody really paid any attention, for all they know I could look like this normally. I'll be very happy once my face goes back down to a normal size, and I can actually open my mouth without causing something to bleed.

Clicky for the picture.

I promise that this will be the last entry based just on me whining about the surgery and what it's doing and blahblah. :P Feel free to laugh at my new and interesting appearance!
RabidChinaGirl blogged
Dec 6, 08 9:57am

You know what, the Xbox 360 looks pretty nice. The Wii really got me to think about white as a cool color, as opposed to your usual black and steel, and while I never got a Wii, it helped me appreciate the 360's design. Nevermind the fact that I have a thing for green. Or have you already figured that out?

I like Metal Gear Solid enough, though it's not my cup of tea as far as games go. I'd much rather see it compiled into a graphic novel (or just a novel), which I would tear into each night. That Snake, man, he is sexy shit. I think Otacon is pretty cute too, but SHH! Don't tell anyone!

So what does every one think about the latest Metal Gear news? Kojima's being pretty tight-lipped, and that doesn't surprise me at all... I mean, c'mon. It's Kojima, if that's any indication.

Honestly, the 360 could use some Metal Gear love. People keep making fun of 360 fans for wanting Kojima's attention, but why? They'll laugh, say that the Wii is a more plausible platform because of a previous relationship with Nintendo, but they also forget that the original Xbox got a bit of affection with MGS 2: Substance. Either way, people need to quit calling other people on their shit if they're going to turn around and act like bitches in the same way. Eloquent, I know.

I'm not going to cry my eyes out if the 360 never sees another Metal Gear game, Solid or otherwise. Those symbols could really mean anything. I'm gonna go ahead and put my money on "crop circles."

On a final note, after the menstrual blood fiasco, I am somewhat tempted to post details of my monthly cycle on here.

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Tainted blogged
Dec 6, 08 4:25am

Well, I've made my fair share of blog posts now, so I figure it's time that I take a break from all my video game related rants. If you were one of the few who enjoyed my little outbursts of rambling, I will be back to them soon. But, for now I just wanted to rant about something that isn't really about video games, per say, but more about the culture surrounding them.

Hi, I'm Eric. I joined Neoseeker in May 2005 under the name dsluva4life2, and then changed my name to Tainted in early 2006. I am the moderator of the Wii Sports section and I used to moderate Mario Kart DS and The World Ends With You. In my spare time I play video games and hang out with friends.

What if I were to have told you this in real life, while we were standing in line at Wendy's? Would you have dismissed me as weird even though you also visit the website that I mentioned? Would you refuse to acknowledge the existence of said site and insist that I am nothing but a nerd? Or would you respond back with your own Neo name and then continue the conversation about Neoseeker?

I'd venture to say that the majority of people reading this blog would choose one of the first two options. I say this because on the one hand, introducing myself as Tainted is a very odd thing to do, and would be very off-putting to anyone, but also because even though we live in a gaming world, society still casts out the nerds and geeks that spend their time browsing the various internet forums at their disposal.

I'm not saying that every Neoseeker member is a loser; in fact, I'm sure that none of you are. (<3) But that is because we don't live our lives as the persona that we take on once we enter the online realm. Sure, online I know a lot about Mario Kart DS and the Nintendo DS in general. But offline I do not approach people with this knowledge like I would online. There is a line in the sand that society still refuses to let us cross.

Gosh, this is making absolutely no sense. If you do not understand what I'm trying to do with this post, you are not alone. I am still trying to figure out where to take this blog, and what kind of revelation I should have. I keep staring blankly at the screen, trying to rationalize the words that I type and hope that I will suddenly get an epiphany and this post will make a lot more sense.

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that even though the world's view of video games has changed dramatically as the culture has made gaming mainstream, the people who entertain themselves with Neoseeker and other gaming forums are not outwardly accepted by society.

Let me give you an example. My group of friends are nerds; there's nothing wrong with that, but that's what we are. One of my friends is an avid Runescape player, and another listens to a Nintendo blog religiously. But as soon as they found out that I visited Neoseeker regularly, I became the nerdiest of all of us.

Why? I really, really don't understand their thought process with that. At least I interact with other people when I visit Neoseeker, and I have even met a lot of really close friends as a result. But all they have is +74 farming and useless Nintendo knowledge.

I think that forums should be much more readily accepted by today's society, which is already much more accepting of nerds and geeks than it once was. I think most people have the idea that all forums are inhabited by Pokemon-obsessed preteens, which could very well be the case, but because of the anonymity of the Internet people get to be whoever they want to be. It's just natural that most choose to be themselves, or so I am led to believe.

Did this blog make any sense? I really don't think it did. If you manage to decipher what I wrote here, kudos. I'm off to go flame some n00b who is talking trash about Pikachu.

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Mike Olsen blogged
Dec 6, 08 6:27am

My name is Mike Olsen, I am one of the creative directors on The Godfather II (GF2). In this post I am going to go into the details of the crew / family's significant role in GF2.

If you remember in The Godfather I, the crew played a small, but important role of assisting you in combat. They were trusted, but expendable Associates that were used to lend a hand on key jobs be it helping you take down a large venue or perhaps rob a bank, but when complete they would take their payout (or sadly, die) and you would part ways. In The Godfather II (GF2) the crew plays a much bigger role as they not only offer that much needed additional firepower, but they are also your means for gaining access to locked areas, and (through my play experiences have more often than not managed to) most importantly keep you out of the hospital and jail.

GF2 not only takes the crew mechanic to the next level, but it also introduces the new feature of building up your own family. This time around you will recruit, promote, customize and in time perhaps even "remove" members of your family as you progress through the game in an effort to take over all the crime rings. Your family in many ways is a measure of your success in GF2 as they are detrimental to your victory.

You see, in GF2 you start off as a Don and therefore are in control of your own family. Early on you are appointed only one Soldier slot, but in time you will have a full organization working for you. The GF2 world is sprinkled with recruits eager to join your family, but when recruiting YOU decide who best compliments your family's needs and fits your play style. When choosing who to hire your men you?ll need to know that each recruit comes equipped with three important assets: his Specialty (or in rare cases, multiple specialties ? more on that later); his Background; and his initial Weapon License.

Specialties: There are six specialties that recruits can train, each with their own advantages. A typical recruit is adept in one of the six, but as you explore the GF2 cities, keep an eye out for those more powerful Associates with two (or more) specialties. These guys are a rare, but extremely valuable commodity to your family.

Arsonist: An arsonist is a master of fire. By setting flame to propane tanks, bars, hedges, and other flammable objects, he can create a diversion, take out a large number of rivals or get you into inaccessible areas.

Bruiser: A bruiser is your muscle. His strong arms can help you break down doors, intimidate witnesses, and even one-hit shank enemies from behind. And during a bare-knuckled fight, nobody else compares.

Demolitions Expert: A demolitions expert brings the heat. If a strong door, garage or concrete wall is blocking your path, he can bring it down. More importantly, he can set charges to a building's gas main. When they go off, the building will completely shut down.

Engineer: An engineer has every tool for the job. His blowtorch can cut through fences, letting your crew slip inside unnoticed. He can also cut a building's power, shutting down the lights for a stealthy attack while also preventing anyone from calling reinforcements.

Medic: A medic should be part of every crew. When he's around, falling in battle isn't the end of the world. Given enough time, he can revive you and your other family members.

Safecracker: A safecracker is your key to big money. Every building has a safe stuffed with valuable loot; only a safecracker can get you in. He can also pick some buildings' locks, and help you break into bank vaults.

Backgrounds: There are over a dozen backgrounds that give your crew personality. Ranging from the ladies man (who ogles the passer by's and isn?t afraid to stop and have a drink at the bar) to the big talker (who in time might get on your nerves so much you?ll want to stick a gun in his mouth ;) ).

Weapon Licenses: Each recruit comes equipped with an initial firearm and a max weapon license. Their weapon license determines what level gun they can equip which makes a huge difference in their effectiveness in battle. There are few recruits with level 3 gun licenses, but it's also important to know that you can play as your recruits online earning "honors" which is another way to increase their gun license level.

Now that you?ve got your first recruit, it's time for war. When in battle, you can bring up to three men with you at a time. While in your command they will follow your lead (stealthy, melee only, guns blazing) or you can direct them with a simple command to "go to" a specific location (i.e. to enter a room, guard a door, go around one side of the building while you flank from the other, etc?) or perform their specialty (i.e. crack a safe, kick down a door, bomb a building, etc?). Your crew will protect you at all costs, they will take cover on their own and attack when you are damaged or provoked, but will always follow your orders when you give them direction. However, your control doesn?t end there. Your crew is versatile as not only can they accompany you live on your own jobs, but you can also send them "off screen" (via the new Don's View controls) to attack, defend or even bomb rivals venues. You can send some of your family members to attack in one city while you and your other crew members conduct business in another.

As you progress through the game, you will unlock new family tree slots allowing you to promote your existing recruits and fill in your empty slots with new made men. Recruits initially join your family as Soldiers, but promoting them to Capo and then ultimately Underboss brings with it its own advantages. When you promote one of your trusted lieutenants he not only gains additional hit points he is also able to train another much needed specialty. But the customization doesn?t end there. Just as you are able to upgrade your player's stats and weapons, you are also able to upgrade each individual recruit as well. Investing your money will prove valuable as you can increase their effectiveness in health, shooting accuracy, H2H damage, even how long they stay injured in the hospital or in jail to name just some of the attributes / perks.

Now a little pro tip for all of you thinking about pre-ordering GF2 (which I highly recommend for the following reason). Tommy Cipolla (shown here) is a dual specialty (Arsonist, Medic) recruit that will show up at the Corleone compound (only if you pre-order) and can be hired as your FIRST recruit. However it doesn?t stop there. Not only does he have two specialties and a few more hit points, but he also comes equipped with a level 2 shotgun, a level 3 gun license AND just to the right of the Compound exit is a burnable hedge which Tommy can burn down granting you access to the level 2 Sawed Off Shotgun right out of the gate! This in conjunction with Tommy's medic ability to revive you if you should fall in battle will make taking over NYC a breeze. Oh and BTW, after recruiting your demolitions expert I?d also recommend getting a safecracker early on and robbing as many safes as you can get your hands on. This early cash can be used to upgrade your guys before you get into the next city.

Remember to always keep an eye out for those highly valued "multiple specialty" recruits (we just finished placing these guys last week) and to invest your hard earned cash to promote and develop them. Be careful though. Don?t invest too much too fast as later on down the road you may find a recruit who proves to be a better fit for your family and you might be forced to remove a guy that you?ve put a lot of money into. There's only one way out of the family?death. You might find that at some point marking one of your men for death and putting a bullet into the back of his head is best for you and yours, but remember, "it's only business!"

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Chiggins blogged
Dec 6, 08 2:40am

As some of you know I'm very into theatre. I'm not really an actor. I do more crew type stuff. Earlier this past November my school performed Sarah Plain & Tall for the annual fall play. I was the Technical Director for this show. I was also drafted to play a minister for the last two minutes of the show... Marrying my girlfriend ( Sarah ) off actually. I have stage fright, so this was kinda big for me, although I had no lines. :)

Well, our show was judged like it is every year by the Illinois Theatre people (can't think of the official title). Last week the director got a call saying we were invited to perform Sarah Plain & tall at Illinois State High School Theatre Fest at University of Illinois. This is a big thing for my school. This is the first time we have been able to bring a full length show down.

So, January 10th I'm gonna be performing the show at the Foellinger auditorium at U of I. Holy freakin' balls. The auditorium holds 1750 people. My schools holds 550. Its going to be a big change. This Sunday I'm going to the campus to check out the stage and its technology and setup.

So, just thought I would spread the good word. I'm freakin' excited about it, and January NEEDS to get here faster.

Btw, in the picture, I'm the minister and the young woman playing Sarah is my girlfriend.

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Dec 5, 08 10:57pm

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Aya Chan blogged
Dec 5, 08 11:00am

Well, this whole thing definitely hasn't been as bad as I thought it might be!

I ended up getting to my appointment a bit early, which didn't matter because they ended up getting me into my actual surgery earlier because of it. I had to sign some release forms (just so I couldn't sue them if they killed me by accident!). After the lady left with the forms, a nurse came in to give me my IV. The needle tube thingy that they stick into your arm for the IV is huge! Needles don't bother me, but I actually had to look away because of the size! At first she just gave me something to relax, but she didn't tell me when she was putting the actual stuff into the IV to knock me out. I remember the surgeon coming in and I talked to him a bit, but I can't really remember what I was saying because the medicine was coming into affect. I think I was trying to tell him that I've had two surgeries with him like five years ago, but I couldn't really talk and the last thing I remember was mumbling 'sorry' because I couldn't concentrate on what I was saying. The next thing I knew I was waking up. I had been under for a while, an hour I think... so by the time I was aware of what was going on, I had actually been 'awake' for 20 minutes. I suppose they have to monitor you as you wake up to make sure everything is alright. The person who was coming to get me wasn't there yet, so they brought me to another room to lay down for a bit. While I was there the surgeon came in to tell me that everything went great and that if my pain didn't start going away in the next couple of days, then I'd have to go see him.

Once my ride arrived, the nurse went over what I should/shouldn't do, and gave me a syringe and extra gauze, as well as my prescription. Oh, and she also gave me two of my teeth in an envelope. Those things are huge, I was actually sorta surprised. Then I left, with some help of course... you are sort of woozy it for a while after being put out haha. We went to get my prescription which unfortunately took an hour, so by that time the aesthetic was beginning to wear off! Once I got home, taking the medication was a real pain... I couldn't feel my face at all or my tongue, so I kind of had to sip water through a straw, look in the mirror to make sure I actually had enough in there, then tip my head back and put the pills in. It definitely took a few tries! Then I went to sleep and have been sleeping until not that long ago.

My mouth seems to be doing quite well right now. At first it was hurting a lot, even with the narcotics, and I had to keep an ice pack on the side of my face to help with the swelling. I went through tons of the gauze, but right now I don't even need it anymore! It hurts a lot of I try to talk but other than that it's good. I can't wait until tomorrow when I can warm foods such as soups and scrambled eggs, because right now I'm stuck drinking protein drinks and cold stuff.

Thanks for all your comments yesterday guys, I appreciate it. Looks like you were right about the whole thing Art. :D I heard that your mouth heals faster if you were put out for the procedure, so I guess that's true. My wallet is sobbing because of how empty it is now, but I should be getting some of my money back because I have benefits, so that's a relief. I'm just glad to have everything over with, and not having to worry about wisdom teeth ever again.

chautemoc blogged
Dec 4, 08 10:09pm

Re: So what does Japan think of Faith from Mirror's Edge?

Lydia says:
oh my God I wanna go over there
and seriously find those people
and kill them
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ctrl blogged
Dec 5, 08 1:10am

Okay, so I'm still going with basic html text until I get into the swing of things. Learning CSS and other stuff is now on my to-do list.

So I was sick for the past 2 days and decided to just call in for a third day. Just a day of rest and relaxation that follows cleaning my apt and possibly getting to do laundry. Sniff testing isn't my most fond thing to do before deciding to throw on an outfit.

So I'm an overthinker. Whether it's good or bad, I don't just take one aspect of something, but I run it through my mind again and again to try and get a better understanding of it all. Well the one thing that's been bothering me is that I have this will to just get up and move where ever yet I have this feeling of being tied down to where I am currently living. Almost like an excuse that isn't really there is keeping me from leaving. Blah, enough about that though.

So holiday season. I don't even really feel like hanging out with family. I have the income, but I just don't think the barrage of questions and probing from distant relatives is really going to be a good thing. My dads side of the family has a way of making you feel worthless unless you were a part of something huge or great or monumental. I guess after I did disaster relief for 3 solid months, became homeless after and got back on my feet isn't enough for them. It's like, "Okay, now what do you got?" So unless I join the military and become Rambo or thwart a hijacking of an airplane, I don't really feel the need to sit in a room with people I am constantly justifying myself to. So the holidays? They can be someone elses thrill. Just as Thanksgiving. I already know my family has no real means of holding itself together except for greed and spite. And the same people that wouldn't even lend a hand or offer support when I was living on the streets for the worst half of a year are not ones I feel like I pretend to miss.

So what are some of your holiday wishes? Mine are to just get the rest of 2008 over with as easily as possible.

Blackfalcon blogged
Dec 4, 08 9:46pm

And it's hit everyone in the face simultaneously, or something like that. I dunno, I confuse myself. =/

Anyway, we know now the teams we're up against-

Ultraviolet Catastrophe


Random Dudes orez and Nightwing got over MSN, except for LOD-squa who we PMd, also we are awesome and kale sucks (and is our cheerleader) / The Flying Squirrels / The Pantsless Marauders/ The Punching Bikinis AND STRAWBERRY FOOTROT OH GOD
(Yes, that is their name. =| )

The Benjamin Steamboat

The 1831 Team

Team Oceania

Team Cool Lightning Igniting Tigers Clan

And of course us. There are plenty of formidable opponents on each team- djminkus777, Rust, Silver Mirror and Wyvern Knight Zero are all NeoDuelists, (Neoduel is my Event), but luckily they're all on one team so I won't have to face them all! I'm completely new to Neoduelling, so we'll see what happens.

I also see quite a few Graphic Artists out there. Still, they're no match for our two. :)

Favourites to win are the Tigers. Let's give them some competition! >=D

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