MakPhee

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    • Eating

      10 years ago

      MakPhee

      I woke up at 2:00. I decided not to go back to sleep. I didn't have an appetite for ten hours. I didn't eat until 12:30. Now my stomach hurts because I ate. Fuck.

      I didn't die. Weird. I always talk in short blocks of sentences when I'm overtired.

    • The Future of Gaming

      10 years ago

      MakPhee

      I saw this on SparkLife. Thought I'd share it with you.

      It’s been rumored that the forthcoming action shooter game Dead Rising 2 will be capable of showing up to six thousand characters on the screen at one time. If true, this will be a towering achievement of programming and graphics. But on the other hand, who cares?

      Not that 6,000 zombies isn’t a lot to face off against at one time. But let’s be honest: Three or four hundred zombies at once is plenty. And that’s just the old-school, slow-moving zombies. If you want to get into the high-speed, 28 Days Later-style brain-eaters, you’re going to have your hands full with only a couple dozen. All those extra zombies starting to sound like overkill? Especially since the programmers are also going out of their way to make sure they’re not all wearing the same outfitâ€"after all, when you take out Zombie #4,328, they don’t want you thinking back to Zombie #387 and saying, “Hey, didn’t I already shoot that one?â€Â


      It just seems like game programming is moving to the level where new features are way beyond our ability to fully appreciate them. Has gaming advanced as far as it reasonably can? Or should we be looking forward to new game features like the following?

      Carbon footprint. New auto-racing games will constantly calculate the amount of greenhouse gases your virtual vehicle is putting out. At the end of each heat, you can check your time, average speed, and damage to the ozone layer. An optional add-on will allow you to purchase real-world carbon credits online.

      Real-time wound healing. Actual soldiers who’ve been hurt in battle don’t get to run over a medikit and heal instantly, so why should you? In the next generation of war simulator games, getting shot or blown up non-fatally will send your character to an army hospital, where you’ll spend up to three months repeatedly playing minigames like “Morning Meds,†“Physical Therapy,†and “Bedpan.â€Â

      Lifelike blade-dulling. One of the realities of swordplay is that the more weapons clash, the duller they get. In future versions of sword-and-sorcery games, each time you strike sparks off your blade, it’ll become a bit less keen. Until you must either repair to a blacksmith for sharpening or resign yourself to wielding a broadsword that cuts like a two-by-four.

      Instrument tuning. Real musicians are constantly retuning during a set. While waiting for the next song to load, why not make use of the time using tuning pegs on your bleeding-edge guitar controller or tighten the heads on your virtual drum kit? Bonus feature: If your virtual guitar is in tune while the pegs are parallel, it’s good for an extra million points.

    • I'm So Ronery

      10 years ago

      MakPhee
      You watch 23 users, while 4 watch you.


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    • More Neurotica

      10 years ago

      MakPhee

      Strangers perform these little, annoying actions in everyday interaction to us that they wouldn't do to people they know because a) we don't know anyone they know b) they know they are probably never going to see us again, and c) they trust that we will never speak up and make a scene over a pinch of douchebaggery; these assumptions are pretty much all true. In any case, what about people annoys you the most?

      To me, it's when I'm walking down a narrow sidewalk, wide enough for 1.5 people, and a guy comes up going in the other direction looks at me, looks me in the eyes, then plants his eyes on the ground. Once his eyes lock on the ground, I know what he's up to: he knows that I've seen him coming at me, and plans on not budging an inch to the left or the right so I have to walk onto the street to get around him. That's just one of life's miseries that I'll have to deal with because what can you do? Shove him and say, "Hey, I know that you know that I'm walking here. You have to move halfway so we can both get on with our day, douche." What if the guy's just really depressed and never looks up? A confrontation like that could lead to suicide! But if they look straight ahead and gaze into the distance, I don't budge either because they're just plain ignoring me and making me walk around them like they're the fucking king of the sidewalk. I just rock them in the shoulder as hard as I can without being obvious, say oops, and carry on. Fuck 'em.

      So what do people do to you that annoys you? Do they cut ahead of you in line when a new check opens at the grocery store?o they pretend not to know where the "open doors" button on the elevator is so you don't slow them down five seconds? What?

    • Religion in Schools

      in Forums > Religion in Schools | Follow this topic

      MakPhee

      Sorry if this thread breaks the rules somehow. My understanding is as long as I'm not trying to push my beliefs on others, religious debate is okay on this forum. Anyway, onto the topic at hand.

      Why don’t they teach religion in schools?

      Not even high schools, but primary school, or at least elementary. Don't you think it's weird that we learned how to have sex, but nothing about religion? I don’t mean teachers telling students to believe in any particular religion because that would just be wrong and biased to each teacher's individual beliefs, but it’s a crucial part of a person’s identity.

      Whether you are an atheist or devout Catholic, being unknowledgeable of other religions is such a disadvantage to a believer of any religion, but especially to Christians because Christianity is the most popular religion in the world with numerous subcategories. Therefore every other religion in the world is more educated on Christianity than on any other religion in existence. Any Muslim, Islamist, Jew, atheist, or evolutionist can list point after point on why Christianity is stupid and wrong, but Christians have to defend Christianity against every other religion out there as opposed to every other religion having the luxury of solely focusing on Christianity's weak points, and no one else. Who’s going to confront the minorities when those evil Christians are afoot?! Most kids don’t have the drive or ambition to research religion in their free time so when people say, “If it’s important enough, they’ll research it themselves.†that’s complete bullshit. What child is going to research any of the important stuff they learn in school by their own choice? What ten year old is going to Google "how to divide" when he can download every season of the Simpsons online?

      Not only do kids have the right to learn how to defend their religion (no matter what that may be), they also need to learn about other religions just so they are educated about the rest of the world, so they learn how to think critically about important issues AT A YOUNG AGE, before they learn to not care about anyone but themselves, letting CNN and Fox News form their opinions for them. They need to learn about Taoism, Buddhism, and Shintoism in Asian countries just so they know and they don’t grow up to be ignorant, dumb, hicks who are intolerant of others simply because they never heard of their beliefs before and that scares them. That type of person curls up into a little shell so they can keep looking at the picture perfect angle of the world that Americans and Canadians were fucking lucky enough to be born into. Or worse, they'll turn into an arian who is so intolerant of anything not white, Christian, and straight, that they start arbitrarily killing minorities. I don’t want my kid to turn out like that, do you?

      By learning about other countries and their religions, kids will see throughout history that most of the biggest wars that ever occurred happened because of people fighting over religion. The younger kids realize that politics and religion have to be separated from each other to keep the peace, the better. They can't be sheep to hypocritical militant fundamentalists who believe any religion but theirs is correct and if someone has a differing opinion, they don't even think they deserve a say because it's "all lies"; a definitive example of intolerance.

      Anyway, it was just bothering me, but I think it's completely hypocritical of school systems to teach a faith-based idea like evolution which was a theory in the first place but refuse to teach faith-based religions even though it would be educationally valuable. It's not about turning everyone into a Christian, an atheist, or an agnostic, it's about breeding a more tolerant, aware, and smart generation.

      Post edited 4/08/09 7:50PM

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    • Religion in Schools

      10 years ago

      MakPhee

      I double-spaced for you tl;dr'ers out there.

      Why don’t they teach religion in schools? I don’t mean teachers telling students to believe in any particular

      religion but it’s a crucial part of a person’s identity, whether they are atheist or a devout Catholic. Being

      unknowledgeable of other religions is such a disadvantage to a believer of any religion, but especially to

      Christians because Christianity is the most widely practiced religion in the world with numerous subcategories, and

      therefore every other religion in the world is more educated about Christianity than any other religion. Any

      Muslim, Islamist, Jew, atheist, or evolutionist can list point after point on why

      Christianity is stupid and wrong, but we have to defend Christianity against every other religion out there as

      opposed to them having the luxury of solely focusing on us and no one else. Who’s going to confront the poor

      Muslims when those evil Christians are afoot. Most kids don’t have the drive to research religion in their free

      time so when people say, “if it’s important enough, they’ll research it themselvesâ€Â, that’s complete bullshit.

      Would any child research anything they learn in school independently? What eight year old is going to Google

      long division when he can download every season of the Simpsons online? Not only do kids have the right to

      learn how to defend their religion no matter what that may be, they also need to learn about other religions just

      so they are educated in the rest of the world. They need to learn about Taoism, Buddhism, and Shintoism in

      Asian countries just so they know and they don’t grow up to be ignorant, dumb, hicks who are intolerant of

      others simply because they never heard of their beliefs before and that scares them. People curl up into a little

      shell so they can keep looking at the picture perfect angle of the world America and Canada are fucking

      fortunate enough to have. I don’t want my kid to turn out like that. Do you?

    • Poverty Can't Buy Happiness

      10 years ago

      MakPhee

      When I finish a carton of milk or a box of delivered pizza, sometimes I leave the empty boxes in my fridge to make it look like I'm not so poor. smiley3.gif

    • NHL 09

      10 years ago

      MakPhee

      This is a thread I posted but I thought I'd share it with you, too.

      I love and hate NHL 09 at the same time. It looks awesome. The ice is shiny, the players look exactly like the do in real life, there are a ton of different game types, shootouts, practices, tournaments, etc. but what the fuck is with the gameplay sometimes?

      1. Your player will freeze and you can't move him for five seconds (and a lot happens in five seconds in hockey).

      2. CPU players will get in the way and stop you from entering the offensive zone or stop you from checking another player

      3. CPU players will move out of the slot (right in front of the net) where 90% of goals are made and move five feet next to you with the puck so you can either try to get by three defenders single handedly OR pass to him five feet to your right and he'll have to do the exact same thing.

      4. CPU players will literally run away in the opposite direction from the opposing team's puck carrier for no reason whatsoever. He doesn't go to cover an open player or anything, which he's not supposed to do even if there was an open player because the puck carrier with no defender on him is obviously the bigger threat.

      4. Half the time when you go to check a player (even head-on), either nothing happens or the player loses his balance like an epileptic but miraculously hangs on to the puck, while your player will get nudged from behind on a breakaway and loses the puck LITERALLY AT LEAST 9/10 times.

      5. When the opposing team has the puck and you switch from one player who's far away from the puck to another player who's close, that new player will either automatically skate away from the puck and then you have to play catchup to get back into position, or he takes about a second to realize that he's not a CPU anymore and start doing what you tell him to.

      6. It's 99% impossible to beat the hardest difficulty, Superstar, while in NHL 07, I had a perfect 82-0-0 record during an entire season on Superstar difficulty.

      7. Other than taking random pot shots, there are three types of shots that are almost guaranteed to go in called "cheese goals":
      a) cross from left to right and slapshot top left corner or vice versa because the goalie moves out of position while following you and doesn't have that corner covered.
      b) get a breakaway (nigh impossible because of #4) and deke backhand (pressing A to extend your reach helps) and at the last second deke forehand and shoot it in that big beautiful gap next to the goalie. This is my favorite move because at least it takes some skill to get by the three defensemen who always find a way to fuck up your LB-Rightstick deke.

      8. I have never seen more double and even TRIPLE-teams on single players in any video game or real life hockey game. It's completely unrealistic

      EA better step it the fuck up next year or I'm getting the 2K release.

    • NHL 09

      in Forums > NHL 09 | Follow this topic

      MakPhee

      I love and hate NHL 09 at the same time. It looks awesome. The ice is shiny, the players look exactly like the do in real life, there are a ton of different game types, shootouts, practices, tournaments, etc. but what the fuck is with the gameplay sometimes?

      1. Your player will freeze and you can't move him for five seconds (and a lot happens in five seconds in hockey).

      2. CPU players will get in the way and stop you from entering the offensive zone or stop you from checking another player

      3. CPU players will move out of the slot (right in front of the net) where 90% of goals are made and move five feet next to you with the puck so you can either try to get by three defenders single handedly OR pass to him five feet to your right and he'll have to do the exact same thing.

      4. CPU players will literally run away in the opposite direction from the opposing team's puck carrier for no reason whatsoever. He doesn't go to cover an open player or anything, which he's not supposed to do even if there was an open player because the puck carrier with no defender on him is obviously the bigger threat.

      4. Half the time when you go to check a player (even head-on), either nothing happens or the player loses his balance like an epileptic but miraculously hangs on to the puck, while your player will get nudged from behind on a breakaway and loses the puck LITERALLY AT LEAST 9/10 times.

      5. When the opposing team has the puck and you switch from one player who's far away from the puck to another player who's close, that new player will either automatically skate away from the puck and then you have to play catchup to get back into position, or he takes about a second to realize that he's not a CPU anymore and start doing what you tell him to.

      6. It's 99% impossible to beat the hardest difficulty, Superstar, while in NHL 07, I had a perfect 82-0-0 record during an entire season on Superstar difficulty.

      7. Other than taking random pot shots, there are three types of shots that are almost guaranteed to go in called "cheese goals":
      a) cross from left to right and slapshot top left corner or vice versa because the goalie moves out of position while following you and doesn't have that corner covered.
      b) get a breakaway (nigh impossible because of #4) and deke backhand (pressing A to extend your reach helps) and at the last second deke forehand and shoot it in that big beautiful gap next to the goalie. This is my favorite move because at least it takes some skill to get by the three defensemen who always find a way to fuck up your LB-Rightstick deke.

      8. I have never seen more double and even TRIPLE-teams on single players in any video game or real life hockey game. It's completely unrealistic to real-life hockey, because it would be so easy to pass to open players who are in position and get an open shot at the goalie. But in THIS game, they get away with it because of #3.

      EA better step it the fuck up next year or I'm getting the 2K release.

      Post edited 3/29/09 12:35PM

      7 replies

    • What's Up?

      10 years ago

      MakPhee

      I haven't written a journal in a while, so I'll just use this to update what I've been doing lately.

      I'm still going to UPEI. I'm taking four classes, just finished midterms about a month ago and I'm doing pretty well in all them.

      I've been practicing my guitar a lot lately, getting ready for the UPEI music program auditions in August 2010, so I can switch majors from business to music. I've written a few songs for my band, Doc Blanchard, two of which I'm especially proud. I've also started practicing my piano again after about a month hiatus, which isn't really connected with UPEI; I just wanted to learn for myself.

      I still haven't found a job even though I've been searching (lightly) since June, so I still can't afford to drive my car. I've been using my grandmother's SUV every couple days, so hopefully I'll have a job (and my car back) by the time this semester ends.

      I rented GTAIV after selling it a few months ago when I stopped playing it and I'm readdicted to it. It's not good for my schoolwork and practicing my music. I just kind of fucked around for the first few days, running people over, killing cops, terrorizing the innocent. You know, same ol', same ol'. But eventually, I started doing missions from the start again, but I didn't have enough time to finish it the first week, so I went back to Blockbuster and rented for a second week.

      So, as you can see, nothing's really changed. I'm really busy, and a job will only make me busier, but the summer break is so close that I'm going to get 20-25 hours a week back from not having to go to school, so it'll be that much easier to hold up a job, pay for my car, learn and write music, and hang out with my friends.

      What's up with you?

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