I approach playing Black Ops a bit different to how I play other multiplayer. In all other games, I’m out to have a fun time and I would prefer if everyone has a fun time rather than just the winning team. Losing a closely fought match can be as fun as winning one at times. In Call of Duty, I assume everyone else in the game is deserving of as much mercy as your average genocidal dictator.
This of course means using grenade launchers, rockets and as many arsehole combos of things I can cook up and using them with as much skill as I can apply (turns out quite a bit in Black Ops). As a result, while committing these atrocities with my friend Simmy, we get a lot of messages. Some are your basic “Fuck you” thing but occasionally we get some hilarious ones (“noob tubing gimp” was a recent one).
Personally, I take them as compliments. I have done well enough that they have taken some time to write a message and insult me. I’ve made them rage hard enough to take personal offence and they want me to know about it.
I’ve also sent replies to some (often provoking them and making them angrier) and the replies back can be just as funny. Today was such an occasion and the reply back prompted me to write this.
I was playing on Grid and scored five kills in two grenade launcher rounds (God bless domination for that) and scored a bunch more throughout the match. What follows is the messages from a guy and my reply.
Him:”noob tube much?”
Me: “Yes. Lots”
Him: “haha. ace reply. all is forgiven”
I don’t regret using the old pro pipe to deliver 40mm packages of joy to him but I do feel a bit of a dick now. Shame he had to be on the other team really.
I hate naming new projects. I usually get distracted for hours finding one so I can refer to my project with a name rather than for example “the game framework I built to replace the crap one I was forced to use while at university” (That got named TMFW which stands for Totally Metal FrameWork). Because of this I just spent about an hour of my time creating a giant list of names that I can use at a later date.
It involved some random generators, a little bit of my own thought and occasionally me throwing things at a chart of names. It has however saved me a bunch of time at a later date. Now all I have to do when it comes to a name is look at the list and go “That one”.
Also, I can’t wait to start work on some of these even given that I only have names and my project names rarely, if ever, relate to the final product. Seriously, Bleeding Fist had better be one of the greatest things I have ever created or I’ll be super sad.
I’ve been reading through articles about various stuff today while learning how to do certain things I had no knowledge of. While looking at the code examples given, I saw a lot of Hungarian notation. Wondering why the people would do that, I looked into Hungarian a little more.
Now, I know that anyone using systems Hungarian notation in a language that type checks is not doing it right. Seriously, with a compiler that will type check and things like intellisense, what is the point in labelling your variables with their type?
If you are using dynamic types, I can understand using systems Hungarian to avoid errors but to use it in something like C, C++ or C# is just dumb. It leads to things like seeing a class that uses almost nothing but objects as types. All the variables then have o_ at the start. Really useful that, knowing that all the variables are of the object type.
Today I decided to program. While doing this I normally listen to some form of metal and today it is Evile day until further notice. Thought it might also be a good way to point out my fancy new last.fm button I put in
Also, I got this album from a wonderful person from Harmonix, HMXThrasher, just for playing Thrasher on stage during PAXEast. I did it on expert drums while wearing a suit. It was totally badass and I only lost a stick twice
I hate saying that a new album is a band’s return to form but in this case it really is. After two albums which, while not bad, were not really as well done as previous ones, this is fantastic. I’ve only listened to it a few times through but it’s one of those albums where I instantly know I’m going to love it.
If you like Figure Number Five or Natural Born Chaos, give this album a listen.
It’s basically the A-Team + MacGyver + Bruce Campbell and it’s set in Miami. Also, the main character drives a black Dodge Charger. I’m catching up and six episodes into the third season and loving every episode. This, Eureka and Futurama should serve as fantastic watching until my other favourite shows kick in in Autumn