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sanity check: idea for a video game

Paperclip-01 (xndr)
Paperclip-01 (xndr) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We got this letter from the Internet Browsing Club:

[tell me if this is sane and interesting]

game based on the “paperclip maximizer” thought experiment, as featured in My Little Pony: Friendship is Optimal. I have no idea what it looks like. It could easily be a roguelike, for all I care. Or it could have cutesy bright graphics. Whatever.

At the start, you play as a paperclip maximizer. You’re in a world with resources of various types floating around, and other maximizer robots that try to eat you and turn you into some other resource, something other than a paperclip.  We can add whatever fun little floating things we think of. maybe super-special resources you can use for upgrades to your maximizer, I dunno.. Everything, though, can eventually be turned into a paperclip. Provided you can get your mitts on it and provided it doesn’t eat you or blow you up while you’re working.  Continue reading

Review: Have A Bad Day

Cover of "Have a Bad Day"
Cover of Have a Bad Day

So, we’re stealin’ the idea from the Sparks Project and doing one with probably even more records out there — The Residents!  And this time we’re changing it up a little bit — we’ve got two hardcore Residents fans in me and Rich, but Aila is, at best, a casual fan, who will be hearing about 99% of these records for the first time.  DANGEROUS!  So, enjoy, THE RESIDENTS PROJECT!

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On Not Having Depth Perception

Depth perception

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It’s really weird. Not having depth perception, I mean. Well, it IS weird, but I’m used to it, since I’ve pretty much had it for 30 years. So, yeah. But what I’m talking about is how I was talking with my dad a little while ago, and he mentioned wondering what that was like. Since he mentioned how if he looks through one eye, then the other, it’s sort of disorienting and weird, but for me it isn’t (Since his brain/eyes/whatever has the thing to go “HEY! I should put these two images together and be able to judge distance!”). I mean, sure, my picture shifts a little bit, what with my right and left eyes not being directly on top of one another, but when both eyes are open, it doesn’t really change much.
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Game Review: Professor Layton & The Diabolical Box

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

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[Purchase DS Gamealt]

Perhaps my favorite thing about the DS is that in addition to some really great standard video game titles, there’re a lot of equally great casual and puzzle games as well. It seems that the touchscreen combined with Nintendo’s perceived sense of whimsy when it comes to games is a good combination. In fact, I’m very surprised there hasn’t been a port of Katamari Damacyalt for any Nintendo console yet — it seems like a perfect fit for the Nintendo world. While Katamari hasn’t made the jump yet, Professor Layton is a series that fits really well with the Nintendo feel — whimsical, yet high quality.

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