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September 23, 2014 by Frogboy
Steam is doing some pretty amazing things this week.  One of the new features I really like is the Steam User reviews that has some real promise if it can avoid the fate of user reviews elsewhere (where a passionate minority can totally mess with the score).

So far, it’s very interesting:

September 21, 2014 by Frogboy
Lately, when thinking about #Gamergate I am reminded of the intro to Total Annihilation:

  

Warning: this is long… 

Part 1: The participantsWhat started as a relatively minor dispute regarding whether the gaming media was choosing who and what to cover based on pull rather than merit has become a massive, cross industry conflict that shows no sign of decreasing.  Two sides: #GamerGate and its opponents (anti-#GamerGate?).

Each sides has their points (I&rsqu...
September 20, 2014 by Frogboy
http://www.politicalcompass.org/printablegraph?ec=1.12&soc=-3.33 

 

 
September 20, 2014 by Frogboy
 
September 19, 2014 by Frogboy
One of the less glamorous but absolutely crucial parts of game development involves building tools to support content creation.

For GalCiv II, we used MFC.  In Elemental, we used WinForms.  Now, we’re making our editors using Windows Presentation Foundation (Avalon aka WPF).  It’s amazing how far things have come.

Internally, there’s a lot of debate on whether we should be using WPF vs. WinRT for this purpose.  I’m curious what others think on this in terms of...
September 18, 2014 by Frogboy
Typical conversation regarding a certain lawsuit goes something like this:

What about <Allegation 1>? They made it up. What about <Allegation 2>? They made it up. What about <Allegation 3>? They made it up. What about <Allegation 4>? They made it up. Oh come on, you’re saying they made it all up? Yes. Can you prove they made it up? Yes. How? Because their own witnesses claimed she did or she directly admitted to doing so during her deposition. ...
September 17, 2014 by Frogboy
September 16, 2014 by Frogboy
Ironically, from the Cracked.com comments sections:

A woman is suspected of sabotaging a charity event with feminism as her justification, even though the event supposedly aimed to support female developers. A more or less reasonable group of people get upset about this, and make the issue somewhat known. An ex decides to share information about this woman's sex life, which picks up popularity because of the aforementioned scandal. A crazy guy builds a conspiracy from...
September 14, 2014 by Frogboy
I’ll hand the SJW anti-#Gamergate people one thing: They have chutzpah.  Seeing individuals who have a history of abusing, ridiculing, lying and misrepresenting people complaining about gamers is…just breathtaking.

The best thing that will come out of this #gamergate thing, and this is the one thing that I think its supporters should really take some pride in is this: The free ride is over. 

So many lurkers and neutral observers have been able to see how these guys o...
September 14, 2014 by Frogboy
Greetings!

Today I would like to ask you guys some questions about strategy games.

1. What specific features of diplomacy do you traditionally like the most? I want you to be as specific as you can be. Which parts of diplomacy from any game do you like the most? What parts do you remember long after playing the most?

2. Looking back, how many turns do your favorite games last? This is important to know the specific number of turns the game in Question lasted. 

3. Consi...
September 12, 2014 by Frogboy
Forever now, I’ve been naming my PC’s “Frog-<Year purchased>”, Toad for my home machine and Turtle for my laptop and then benchmarking them.  My

Here’s a brief history of their Passmark scores:

Frog-2003 (Dell Pentium IV):132Turtle-2006 (ThinkPad T60)150Turtle-2007 (ThinkPad T61)286Frog-2007 (Dell XPS, Intel Core 2 Extreme) “Total monster”798Frog-2008 (Intel Core2 Duo E8200 Alienware Area 51)2280Frog-2009 (Intel Core2 Quad Q8300)3040Frog...
September 10, 2014 by Frogboy
This week the team up of Stardock and Dallas based BonusXP was announced! We’re all very excited to work together on a new game that we think gamers are going to really like.

Little by little the pieces of our long-term strategy get announced.  Here’s a recap of what’s been going on:

2011

Stardock sells its Impulse digital distribution platform to Gamestop 2012

Stardock spins off its enterprise software unit into EdgeRunner Stardock builds a second game ...
September 10, 2014 by Frogboy
My desktop has 3 monitors with lots and lots of windows.  On Windows 8, it gets really fatiguing picking out the active window.  That’s because Windows 8, unlike Windows 7, doesn’t have shadows.  It’s one of my biggest pet peeves with Windows 8 visually.

This wasn’t a problem with Windows 7 because each window had its own drop shadow which changed based on what was the active window. As a result, at a glance, you could pick out the active window.

To a...
September 8, 2014 by Frogboy
Today Rock Paper Shotgun put up this article with regards to the recent turmoil in the gaming community: Videogames are for everybody.

Disclaimer:

RPS is one of my favorite game sites. RPS is not just “another game site”, they are very important to both game developers/publishers as well as gamers. I say this because they have assembled an exceptionally high quality team of writers and reviewers. Anyone who thinks getting people with good writing skills and good judgment is eas...
August 30, 2014 by Frogboy
First Summer with the chickens. They seem to be having a good time.  I’m late on harvesting honey though, too much time spent in the debugger.