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Friday, January 31, 2014

Quick $0.02

Today's Quick $0.02 is regarding a game I saw called The Floor is Jelly.  An ironically named game where the floor is jelly. I've never played this nor do I really plan to because the design looks awfully basic.  Just watching the video I thought of several interesting ways the game could have been improved.

For instance the game allows you to spin the world however in doing so the trees and items on the ground don't react to the rotations.  It's like the floor is stone rather than jelly.  I would have expected them to bend towards gravity which would make things more interesting if not more challenging.



This thought lead me to further see that the wind in the screenshot blows leaves around but not the trees and in blowing the trees it would make the jelly ground ripple and create waves making height timing jumps more difficult.  I think it would have made an interesting dynamic.


Like I said I've not played this game but I really hope that there are things like falling rocks or other events that create ripples and challenges that push the basic design idea a little further.

And that's my $0.02.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cast Off

No, not cast off like set sail.  I got my cast off yesterday.  Of course they replaced it with a splint but at least it's lighter and removable.  I now have daily exercises I'm supposed to do so I can recover my range of motion (which hurt like hell) but I thought they sewed me up with stitches however I can now see they used staples.  Ugh!  Something about seeing metal in your skin is so unnerving

 I worked on Quake 4 and I thought in honor of that I'd got for the basic Strogg look. LOL





Thursday, January 16, 2014

So I've Been Broken

During my holiday break I stepped off my brother's deck and broke my arm.  It wasn't anything cool like I was drunk or something.  I just couldn't see in the dark and thought I knew where the steps were.  The trouble was it happened in the States  and my health care was Canadian.

So I went to the hospital and they did a cheap temp patch with a sling that got me through the week.  Once I returned to Canada I went to the doctor which referred me to the hospital, which referred me to the specialist.  By the time I saw the specialist two weeks had passed.

The specialist saw my arm and was like, "What the hell? This is healing all wrong. We need to do surgery today." So that afternoon (on a Thursday) they re broke my arm,  added three titanium screws, and performed the surgery.  This time I woke with a big, heavy, cast with a piece of metal running through it.

The Friday after I wanted to cut my own arm off and basically just slept and took pain pills.  Monday I felt I could work so I went in.  Ubisoft was much less enthusiastic.  Since I couldn't hold a game controller or use my left hand for anything they wanted to know why I was coming to work at all?  So I got sent home on short term medical leave

Medical leave was not something I wanted to do.  For one thing I think I could work just fine, hell I'm typing this with my right hand.  The other reason is you only get 66% of your wages while your away.  So I thought heck with it I'll just relax, play some games, and maybe learn a new editor like Unity.   ...but I can't hold a controller or use the WASD key to play games, and my PC is an old Pentium 4 so it won't run Unity. 

AWWWW CRAP!