Solve Unamusement: 8/9/09 - 8/16/09

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The Dudel Journal

eRepublic (Honorable Mention)

Not a lot of games tell you up front what you are actually getting into but eRepublic is one of them. Its a nice, simple game, that replicates the world we live in. Each nation, town, city, state, province... it is all there.

Upon signing up for the game you are greeted by Plato and he will be your Microsoft Helper Paper Clip through the entire time you play the game. Each time something new is opened up to you he decides to chime in and tell you what it is and how it works. This is great if you are lost or confused but if you intentionally choose not to follow his instructions for your characters first two weeks of life, he'll not stop annoying you.

Plato, while playing the game, has very basic but good ideas. He wants you to remember to keep your character fed while having them train and work each day, then he reminds you to check the in game forums for updates on events and other goings on. The latter is slightly the problem I had with the game. The game, in itself, was not gripping enough to fully take me into it. It rests on you becoming an eCitizen of the eUSA or one of the other countries. I, however, could not "get into" that thought.

The newspaper idea sounded to be something I would have enjoyed fully with the game but with a blog, a few active PBP games going and FTO with Cantr, my writing is "tapped out". I saw no need to run a virtual newspaper through a game when I had my own blog. There is also the fact that the game is in constant war. Each country is always striving to take each others land, while at the same time their terms of "peace" seem to be the looser paying the winner to still stay in their country and control all the business etc.

While the game did not fully take me, I do see what is there for the rest. It has a nice feel and movement to the game while not over powering you with "do it this way" as there are several ways to accomplish "success" in their eWorld Remaster. There is the typical "combat" line of thought, being the best commander or simply the strongest soldier, are very good ways to play eRepublic. There is the "politician" which is the same in both eUSA as it is in the real world, a horrible popularity contest with vague, if any, points for election/re-election. Like I said though, the fact that one could own their own newsstand which many others would read and form opinions on is a great add-on to the typical nation type of PBBG.

Personally, I am letting my character starve due to having so many other things I am involved in. I did not see a true point to investing so much time in early character development to almost utterly abandon it just to randomly write in game articles. However that would require being up to date, constantly, on in game current events if you were not doing anything "silly". Thoughts of creating an eOnoin Newsletter popped into my head a few times but such effort was minimal with no reward.

eRepublic is a good solid game with a great idea behind it. If you are willing to invest a moderate amount of time to become "one" with your other eCitizens then you will enjoy the game. If you are like me and did not want to or could not be bothered to, then eRepublic will be lost on you.


Narwals Narwals!

Electro Gypsy and... Narwals!

These might be old videos and some of you may have seen them already as I am always the last person to the picnic but even so they have made me chuckle over the past couple of days a few times each. Honestly, only the one made me kinda chuckle but both are fully amusing and, possibly annoying, in their catchy-ness. (Narwals has been moved)

Electro Gypsy

More Weebl's Stuff there.

Portal Flash (Last Portal thing, maybe)

Diagram showing retention of speed but change ...Image via Wikipedia

When something is on your brain like Portal has been on mine, you can not help but keep finding things that link to it. One of those things, I found recently after discovering it awhile ago is Flash Portal, or Portal Flash.. it don't matter either way. The physics of the flash game are similar, but not identical, to the 3d version. Also the flash game is a a 2d sidescroller with even a more simple mechanic.

Originally the Portal mechanic in both games comes across as something rather silly but once you work with it, you can do some really cool stuff. Its all a matter of thinking outside of the outside of a polygon. I guess if you never had the chance to play the orignal game or need a "Portal Fix" while at work or something then Portal Flash is really the best thing for you.

I think there shall be my first blog poll as well, unsure of how well that will go with only a few readers but who knows, yes? As with my behavior and life, the question will be "Yes" or "No", check the side bar.

More Portal!

Well actually its a "day in the life" of one of its turrets but still its more Portal. I have been a little bit infatuated with the game sense I "acquired" it recently. Its a bit buggy and sometimes crashes while trying to load but I think that is due to just barely meeting the system requirements to play.

Day in the Life of a Turret

Just a quick bit of something to make you chuckle. I had seen this even before playing the game but after means a bit more appreciation for it. However, you can still get the jokes as the references are officially now "main stream"... or you could also call it a poor meme.

Co-co-co... NEWS! (Wait what?)

Time for Blog News!

Today we talk about some simple little things ala Dudel. These things aren't really any big of a deal but would not hurt to share. As there is no real location for me to vent other then, here, this will have to do. Blog update situations will also be explained.

Dudel News

  • Recently I have been downloading a lot of ROMs for the ZSNES, VBA and there was a ROM set downloaded the first time the NEStopia was spoken about. Added to these is the K-Fusion, now simply called Fusion, and ROM sets for 3 Sega systems and I have about 4000 games on my PC.

  • Recently I have been at a loss for these as I was never "into" Sega but I know good games are there. With the fusion allowing me to play multiple Sega system's and the ROM sets I officially have enough games to last me until I am dead and buried. Even if my estimation is off but a couple thousand.

  • This, however, has not stopped me from getting more ZSNES and VBA compatible games as I do not have full system ROM sets for these. I could obtain ROM sets for those systems but I actually know them so that is a little bit pointless unless hoping to find something obscure.

  • Recently I have been playing a lot of Pokemon Fire Red, emulated on my VBA, for the GBA. As with my last post, we know I had some troubles. (Got my Pokemon to level 40 before I realized I should fix the problem)

Blog News

  • Some may, or may have not, noticed that things get slightly changed on a regular basis here. I just want to state that is because I am always looking for easy to use widgets that do not envolve me actually editing my page templates HTML.

  • Altering the HTML can, and has, lead to problems with current set up. At one point in the future I may do a "wipe" and completely revamp things but that will not be any time soon.

  • If any of you know of a widget, or simple html/java script that can be used as a widget which would allow me to have random "Yes or No" questions, I would appreciate it.

  • I feel random "Yes or No" questions, without actually thinking them myself and making polls would add a bit of interaction to Solve Unamusement while not being distracting from the main goal of the page that day.

  • These questions would be helpful if randomly changed by somewhere else and on a daily basis.

  • I could, and will eventually, end up creating my own random "Yes or No" questions using the poll options that has if nothing comes up.

That is all for this days post, and like my other news posts is being nonscheduled and written the day before. I do hope those that read this enjoy it, even when I get a bit "agro" and start attacking sites. I'd like to state a special thank you and welcome to Lur, as he is a very appreciated commenter! Also his suggestion will be covered some time next week. A week for myself spans about ten or fifteen days when taken into retrospect to my sleep cycle and understanding of time.

And to keep you amused, here is a song inspired by Portal using various sounds from GLaDOS by Victims of Science.

Vid has been moved, here.

The Device Has Been Modified

The Device Has Been Modified - Victims of Science



People, please, if you downloaded the VBA and have not formatted the setting to allow for all game compatibility do that now. Due to my own special behavior I had forgotten to actually format my GB(C)/GBA emulator the VBA and it cause a failure in its memory. This turned out to not be such an uncommon problem was was very user error.

See the issue was that the emulator could not figure out what file size it was to save as. This isn't a problem with the cartridge and handhold directly as they quickly and easily respond to each other and recognize file save formats. However, when emulating a system there is not always a direct recognition so one must first force the format.

The solution was rather simple, if not irritating on my own part. One only had to switch the memory settings to "Automatic" and "128K" and turn on the real time clock, which I did. The problem is that these things had been done after the game save was created so a new one needed to be made.

That last part, I did not know. Figuring it was simply a small problem with the emulator and easily fixed with save sates, which it was for the most part, I trucked on. However, soon I realized that the game I was playing, Pokemon Fire Red, needed to be able to actually hard save to the ROM. This was because of actual events within the game that require a real save to exist. Such as completing the game and allowing for trade and/or link battle.

Here is a link to my special behavior.
Some might get a kick out of, I know I find it amusing.

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