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About Jayel

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    Thumbable Zombable


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    Land of the beavers
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    Flipping coins and shallowing pigeons
  1. Half-Life 3

    I don't even want HL3 to be a video game anymore. I'd settle for a good 2 hr movie.
  2. Missions that made you quit

    Been playing Mafia III recently and the Grecco mission made me damn nearly quit out of rage. It's maybe about 6 hours into the game, and it's supposed to be the "tutorial" mission for learning to drive and shoot - I didn't even know you could fire a gun while driving in this game until this mission, and I'd bet majority of players didn't either. It's a car chase mission, where you're chasing the bad guy, but you have to use right bumper to fire, while holding the right trigger to accelerate. As an added twist, there are bad guys chasing you at the same time, so you have to aim backward using the right analog stick while driving at full speed, but it's humanly impossible to do both at the same time, so you have to hit the Y button at just the right moment to slow down time. This is supposed to be the first mission where you're doing an entirely new form of action, but it asks you to juggle many things at once, all the while holding the controller like a weirdo!
  3. Oh wow. I was watching Giant Bomb's archived stream, and the bizarre faces everyone makes... I can stand bad/no animations, but it's downright distracting whenever faces try to emote in Andromeda because they make weird expressions that are either impossible to read or have nothing to do with what's happening.
  4. Best games to play on a Windows tablet?

    That neogaf thread touched on it a bit, but I made an altered version of SDL that lets you play dosbox and scummvm games on windows tablets (with scummvm you don't have to use trackpad mode - it has direct cursor mapping support). I made this few years ago though, and it's not the most user-friendliest. I haven't tried the latest dosbox or scummvm, so I don't know where they are at in terms of windows touch interface. If they switched to SDL 2.0, then it's possible that they come with native touch support now.
  5. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    ew. the fact that portable experience may be compromised when undocked is not encouraging. Unless it's only to render to TV at higher resolution.
  6. Full Throttle Remastered

    Whaaaat! This is the first time I heard about Full Throttle remastered! I'm clearly following the wrong news outlets!
  7. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    I'm pretty stoked. They didn't show in the video, but hopefully there's a way to charge the thing without using the dock.
  8. I guess it was too much to expect for widescreen conversion, seeing as how they probably don't have the original assets anymore... But 4:3 does have that noir-ish feel (or films of that era) so I don't think I mind it too much. I'm pretty psyched. This, and DOTT, and Thimbleweed Park, it's like christmas.
  9. I dig the style. It plucks my nostalgia strings just right.
  10. These two are easily my favourite concepts. What's more interesting is his rationale for coming up with these. Being able to move code around easily is very suited to his/my/a lot of other programmers' coding style where things are often designed bottom-up (lots of copy & paste and refactoring). Getting rid of function prototypes (functions declared in any order!) and headers is very helpful in this too. Although he hasn't discussed yet how the lack of headers and prototypes would affect creation of external libraries or interfaces. Using strict captures so that you don't forget an argument when you refactor is also a neat idea, although I'd probably never use it because I'm lazy. And the ability to run code at compile time is effectively eliminating the need for macro preprocessors or build scripts - and it's all in the SAME language! It's crazy that we have to put up with preprocessors and build systems where each has its own completely unique syntax.
  11. Return of the Steam Box!

    At first I was surprised that Valve was able to procure so many hardware partners, but then realized that they are PC makers anyway. What are they gonna do, NOT make a Steam Machine? Linux ports are nice, but I want to see Linux exclusives. That would make me switch.
  12. Plug your shit

    I recently got a Windows 8 tablet and noticed that none of the DOS games I got on GOG worked (missing mouse->failure to launch. windib mode->mouse still erratic). I decided the solve the problem myself and added touch support to SDL. Might be helpful to all 2 of you who actually have a Windows 8 tablet! Edit: Now with much more robust ScummVM support! (Notice the 1-to-1 cursor mapping) The zip file binaries & instructions here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7hdpqzi9qhs15aa/3E7wqVRJ5i
  13. The Nintendo Wii U is Great Thread

    I never gave Wind Waker a fair shake back in the day, so I decided to dust off the ol' GameCube and pick up where I left off. Unfortunately my only controller had been sitting in the cabinet next to a window, and now all the buttons have melted or something and turned into sticky goo. The Sun! Enemy of gamers in more ways than one.