August 29th, 2005


and it was good

Behold! Spacewar, the world's very first video available on the web! We've come such a long way since then.

Anyone who feels the need to comment, "Shows how little you know about games. Pong was the first video game," deserves to be thumped on the head repeatedly with a history book.

In related news, I have found a dusty, foul-smelling, unopened copy of Anachronox in my room. I've been playing it a lot lately, and while I have serious issues with the bugs and the game design and the inflated-ego bullshit Ion Storm was infamous for, it is actually a very enjoyable and very underrated game. The graphics are fantastic even by modern standards (my beloved Quake 2 engine has never looked so good), the characters are extremely likable, and the dialogue, including the one-line conversations with unimportant NPCs, is some of the best I have ever seen in an RPG. Also, damned, damned funny--not even the intentionally mistranslated Megatech RPGs have made me laugh so hard.

I mean, I don't want to spoil anything, but one of your playable characters is a planet. Not a humanoid representation of a planet, or part of a planet, but a giant spinning ball of gas and rock populated by several million ridiculous people.

Would be a classic if the programming and map design weren't so incredibly half-assed. (Unpatched, the game does not even run.) Boatloads of fun, and I'm sorry I didn't try it sooner.

reason #1481 why i will be glad to be out of here

This just in: Students at public high schools in Taipei are no longer forbidden from dying their hair, and male students are now allowed to let it grow as long as they wish. (To the best of my knowledge, Hsinchu City has never had any such law--if it does, it is frequently violated.) According to the somewhat unreliable Dong Sen news channel, this decision has sparked great controversy among schoolteachers and school administrators.

*shakes head*

Four more days...

(Edit: This is my 1337th journal entry. L33T WOO)