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I am Andreas. Day time programmer and technical consultant. Night time musician and game developer.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Less emo, more mario

Ok so i'm looking at these videos of New Super Mario Bros for the DS, and i'm passably excited. Mario platformers are cool and all but i always had a softer spot for Ninja Gaiden and Contra.

However..

With all the media this game has gotten, how come nobody makes a stronger point out of the game's wifi two-player co-op? This marks, in my experience, the first time ever i will play a twoplayer coop platformer where the camera is a non-issue! Do you realize just how rad this is? You can have platformer levels where one player literally takes a completely different path, and both players have to solve problems on their end to assist the player on the other. You could have a super mario world type map where two players make independent progress, until they both go for the same level, and they both work together for the duration of it.

Jesus, let's not stop there. Let's think 4-player co-op platforming! I realise how non-cool it sounds to separate, but i like the sense that okay, we're facing a big circle of levels on the map, both paths ending at the same castle, but we'll need to unlock the castle gates by pressing buttons in levels diametrically opposite. So we split up, and rejoin at the castle to reap our rewards. It's co-op on a more epic and dynamic scale, and i have the hots for it.

New Super Mario Bros just made it to my must buy list. Jeez.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Day one

Effects:
  1. Stomach aches and indigestion
  2. Heart flutter
  3. An intense urge to clean/redecorate
  4. A complete lack of interest in eating, in spite of hunger pangs, probably connected to #1
  5. Constant sense of cold
  6. Tightness of the throat, making for somewhat strangled speech
  7. Missing of deadlines at work
I'll keep logging as it runs its course. I think this is the zenith, though i'm scared it might be a slow burn to the nadir

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Jeez..

The past few posts have been about the most inane uninteresting shit imaginable. Sometimes my inner geek just takes over. Oh who am i kidding. I'm a complete nerd.

Anywho, now is where i randomly brief you on the somewhat strange things i hereby COMMAND YOU to start doing.

  1. When at the grocery store, randomly pick up an item from one segment of the store and place it in the least logical place for it. Examples being kitty litter in the meat counter, a cheap plastic toy in the fruit counter.. You get the idea. It's more satisfying than you'd think. Thank you forced entropy.
  2. Pay extra attention to the small things you do. Your mannerisms. Exaggerate them. Notice in particular how you handle your cell phone, or your credit card. Devise ways to exaggerate these meaningless motions. Add flair. Then perfect it. Create a needless skill for yourself to use in daily life, and often.
  3. Take the subway, tram, bus, whatever to the last stop. Just get on, don't get off until you must. Then take it back. As you travel, pay attention to the passing of time and the landscape around you. Pay attention to where you are, and how you are continuously transposed with no effort on your part.
I've got more on my mind but i can't properly construct the words in my sleepy head right now. There's something about the imagination and brute force i'd like to describe but my brain is mush. 'Tah.