I was sent a link to an interesting article. It was on one of those sites that don’t offer a “back to the main page” link. I wanted to see what other stuff the website might have to offer, so I just started URL bashing. I never did find the front page of the site, but while browsing around the directory (note to webmasters: you really should turn off directory browsing or use default documents) I stumbled on a couple of gems.
This is probably the best game review I’ve read in ages. It tells you everything you need to know about Crysis. It’s pretty much what I expected. It’s Far Cry with More Better graphics, which is odd because I don’t think the graphics in Far Cry needed any work. The gameplay did. “Try to sneak up on a group of heavily armed, poorly voiced soldiers with telescopic eyesight and advanced paranoia, who all have nothing better to do than to peer into the jungle ceaslessly and shoot anything that moves.” Whee. The game has its fans, but I am not among them. I cheated my way through Far Cry and found that the game felt more like work than anything else.
Looks like Crysis is Far Cry, only more so. Still, the review was fun to read. I like the comic-book style approach. I’d be tempted to do the same thing, but the bandwidth costs would muder me.
On that same site I also found this gigantic, wonderfully drawn montage of videogames characters from the last 20 years. (Mildly NSFW.)
Joker's Last Laugh
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C++ is a wonderful language for making horrible code.
Who Broke the In-Game Economy?
Why are RPG economies so bad? Why are shopkeepers so mercenary, why are the prices so crazy, and why do you always end up a gazillionaire by the end of the game? Can't we just have a sensible balanced economy?
A video discussing Megatexture technology. Why we needed it, what it was supposed to do, and why it maybe didn't totally work.
The Truth About Piracy
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