Archive for January, 2008

Is this the end of games as we know ’em?

Posted in Gaming, General Blah! on January 25, 2008 by Shaun

Valve have, in my book at least, redefined the landscape as far as game distribution is concerned.  Whatever your gripe may be with Steam as a platform, you still have to admit the catalogue of games available and the fact they are constantly updated, without the need to go sign up on some download site to get a patch, well in my book this is pretty good and the pricing of the games on there is freaking awesome (to us brits thanks to the exchange rate anyhow).  Many of the top labels still sell for around the same price as you could buy on the net and get a DVD/CD but the convenience factor of never having to insert a disc to play and always knowing the game is up to date when I do play is awesome and increases the value.

Well maybe EA are about to change things again.  Battlefield heroes is the next chapter in the Battlefield series and this one has a twist – it’s free!  i shit you not, they are actually giving the damn thing away.  All is not quite as rosey as the old tinted glasses may fool you into thinking though, this ain’t ‘free as in beer’ or ‘free as in speach’ my friend, this is ‘free as in ad supported’. (I claim that phrase as mine unless someone got there first  ;0P  ).

Ads have been popping up in a lot of games recently so this isn’t exactly new, but giving the game away and making it entirely ad supported, well i guess we may be about to sell our souls to the devil or something huh?

I wonder though, have you actually paid any attention to ads in games?  I suppose someone might but you’d be pretty bloody stupid stopping to read a billboard while hot lead is pouring around you right?

i suppose you should never turn your nose up at anything free and the game sounds interesting, especially because it’s looking a lot like TF2 :0)

The press release starts with:

Unique Cartoon Shooter Introduces a New Way to Play Battlefield

Well unique in that it looks like TF2, but I suppose the whole ‘its free’ thing counts.  Aparently you can customise your character and build them up, and there will be new content added all the time to keep the game fresh, i guess there is still room there to have us purchase content and I wonder if we’ll be seeing the old CounterStrike buy your weapons gig coming along so vets can blat the noobs all over again from a mile away with their super duper mega sniper?

Ah I bitch too much but I’m still looking forward to sucking up all my bandwidth downloading ads.

TF2 still rocks though!

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Now that’s what I call a revolution

Posted in Ajax Links, Web Development on January 24, 2008 by Shaun

I never really liked the term Web 2.0 mainly because the revolutionary web 2.0 has been all repackaging of old technologies, never ending JavaScript Libraries all diong a slightly different thing to the last big thing and shiny glass graphics with reflections… Until Now!

As you know, I’m a fan of Aptana for Javascript development, I’ve moved to netbeans for Ruby and Java development but Aptana is still leagues ahead of everything else for Javascript based web development. Well the guy’s at Aptana have just released what could be considered the killer application of 2008 and I think the revolution is about to begin.

I introduce you to Jaxer Jaxer is the worlds first true Ajax server and quite simply it is amazing.  As a good friend said to me yesterday, ‘this, my friend, is the future’.

I want to give you loads of detail here but to be honest it would only be a case of re-inventing the wheel, so go on over to the Jaxer web site and check it out.

What!  you’re still reading this… get lost already! ;0)

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SQL style JSON parser

Posted in General Blah! on January 18, 2008 by Shaun

This is an interesting concept a JavaScript library that allows you to work with JSON as if it is a datastore.

I like JSON and we’ve done some sweat stuff with it at work so I find this interesting.  It doesn’t look complete but it’s a start and may help more people get interested in JSON.

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Wanna be my friend :)

Posted in Ajax Links, General Blah! on January 8, 2008 by Shaun

Aparently according to this survey there’s a 56% chance I’d eat my friends if forced to 🙂