Contemplating a ‘Pure’ Story Mode in Games

Last week a friend and I spent some hours bouncing between playing Uncharted 3 and The Last of Us. Coincidentally, both games by Naughty Dog; you can feel the similarities in gun fights in my opinion. But more importantly, we talked about how much we were interested in the story for both and wanted it…

My Favorite Emacs Packages Out of One-Hundred

My Emacs configuration file is getting close to loading one-hundred packages. I download most of them from MELPA, which in my opinion is the best source for libraries or packages you want to mold Emacs for your needs. Once per week I read through MELPA’s Twitter feed and download anything that seems remotely useful—I have…

Play-Testing a Board Game for Friends

The past couple Thursdays I’ve had the pleasure to play-test a board game created by two great friends. I do not want to preempt their schedule for releasing the game, as they have invested six months into its creation and design. But I want to talk about my approach to play-testing such a game and…

Screenwrite Mode for GNU Emacs

Wow—I cannot believe it has been nearly one month since I have written a post. My time has been divided between being quite busy and feeling quite ill. But my apologies for the delay. Over the time away I’ve had plenty of ideas for posts, one of them is today’s offering: a short blurb—an advertisement…

Lua: Possibly Removing Some Math Functions

Last week, Roberto Ierusalimschy posted the following to the official Lua mailing list: We are considering removing some functions from the standard math lib, either because we think few people use them or because they are trivially implemented without the library. The current list is this: sinh, cosh, tanh: (They are quite specialized, on par…

Hexen: A Trip Through Nostalgia

Today I want to talk about Hexen, a first-person shooter that Raven Software released in 1995. It is the sequel to their 1994 title Heretic. But Hexen has a number of gameplay and technical improvements that continue to influence modern DOOM engines like ZDoom. Rethinking the World The plot of Hexen is simplistic, on par…