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Bring people together, not blow them apart

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004
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Something about being at home inspires me not to make LJ posts. That something is me not accomplishing anything in the world of programming. Though last night I was thinking of using 3 or 4 rendering passes to accomplish high dynamic range in OpenGL (3 or 4 times 8 bit resolution of material properties, textures, and lights). I'm not sure about a good way to automatically make the viewer's "eyes" adjust to whatever 8 bit "band" you could see, though, since you have to find the min and max pixel in a couple of those passes. I'm reluctant to play with any of this because I haven't got OGRE linked to python yet. I haven't ever written a moderately complex graphics engine, but I'm already sick of rewriting the same functions just for simple ones. Anyway.

This Christmas had the most games given that I've ever seen. I usually get my brothers PC games. But they got each other and me games as well. Only this year, I have a PC and a Gamecube. Since Ben got an XBOX, there were those games, and Playstation games for Jon's PS2. It was a beautiful sight :)

If I were making LJ entries every day since Christmas, they would all say "spent most of today playing Windwaker." I can be fairly obsessive about two things in game: exploration and perfection. In Max Payne, I would have to find the coolest, most dramatic way of taking out every single room of bad guys. This is the perfection thing. Same with Ikaruga, obviously. Windwaker is killing me in terms of exploration. I need to see *everything* the designers put in. And every island seems to have parts which can't be accessed without an item you get later. Good thing I have a really long winter break :P

I also have Metroid Prime 2 and Time Splitters 2, which I've barely scratched, and Pirates! and Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War, which I haven't started. I'm kinda waiting on the PC games until I get a wireless keyboard and mouse. My windows machine is still plugged into the big screen TV, and I have to cannibalize the input of 2 other computers to make the cables reach from that PC back to the couch.

Last, there is the Ultrasone HFI-650 which are just way cool. If you ever get a chance, try these headphones :D Now, if you'll excuse me, that Gamecube is calling again...

Current Music bacter - popularity (Nectarine Demoscene Radio)
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[User Picture]From: kartos
2004-12-29 04:30 pm (UTC)
Shit, if there's a PS2 in your house, can you play it? Cause obviously I didn't get mine, but I still got Katamari Damacy. I could pop over or something? :D?
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-12-29 09:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I'll be gone all day tomorrow, and the next day is new years.. IIRC from previous years, by the time the holidays are over, you're back in Savannah?
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[User Picture]From: kartos
2004-12-29 09:28 pm (UTC)
IIRC?

Well if you wanted to hang out for a little bit on New Years Eve day, Ashton will be arriving tomorrow night :P Classes do start Monday, yes, and we have to leave New Years Day eve. lol
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