Loosing Screen Caps from Games Is Like Loosing a Memory

So I’m just sitting here watching Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones and my mind started wondering a few moments ago. I wish I still had my screen captures of my early days in Guild Wars.

My computer has had issues during the last five years and and formating my hard drive let’s me get a fresh new area to destroy. I remember having screen caps picturing the old UI to my first time in the Hall of Heros, as well as my first time in The Vault — “gold water!”

Screen caps carry a lot of memories, from my early days in Cult of the Frog, to Neo Dreamers and finally to the guild I stayed with the last few years, Inyurface Gaming. Sigh.

So I did a bit of snooping around and I came across my very first post on GuildWarsGuru.com, which is perfect because it tells the story behind my very first Guild Wars character.

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Is your living room ready for the Kinect?

How Much Space You Need

Thanks to James Alvarez (@ObscureGents) for posting this to  my fan page on Facebook:

“Single player is 6 ft. While 2 player is 8 ft. Mounting your sensor above your TV helps as well but the mount comes separate for $14.99 [USD]”

I’ll update this post as more requirement information rolls out about the Kinect. If you believe people should know about something before the purchase the Kinect, leave a comment below!

Top 3 Reasons Why You SHOULD Play Video Games

So the 2010 mid-term elections are done in the United States and the proposed bill to make it illegal to sell “violent” video games didn’t pass. It’s surprising how many people think video games are the scum of the Earth. A debate speech I have to present in school would be a good post to correct this weird mind set.

How many of you played a game on Facebook? Your iPhone? or your computer? We are all gamers in one way or another. If you haven’t done any of those, I encourage you to keep reading why you SHOULD play video games.

You play these games to entertain yourself for half an hour or so. You end up loosing yourself in a world where the impossible exist – in Farmville on Facebook you own a farm; birds are really pissed at pigs in Angry Birds; and you have a deck of cards that can shuffle and deal itself in solitaire. It’s for fun.

Here are the top 3 reasons you SHOULD play video games:

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Social Search brought to you by Bing

So the news rolled out today that Facebook and Bing have joined forced to socialize search results. Some of the features sound really cool.

The Features

Basically Bing is taking advantage of the 2 million plus web sites using the “Like” button.

If a friend has “liked” a link that is relevant to your search terms it will appear at the top of the results. Makes sense to me, since I would trust that web site my buddy “liked” to contain the information I wanted. Or at least close to it, can never trust them to much.

The next feature brings everyone on Facebook on to Bing. Scary? Maybe, but it’s nothing more than like searching for friends on Facebook, but now on Bing with an enhancement. Now if you search for someone, Bing will place someone who has that name (or someone similar) with mutual friends higher on the results list. Sounds creepy but what about social media isn’t?

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Annoying DMs

Lately I have been following a lot of “content” people on Twitter. By that I mean they want to be a source of information; a “go-to” person for a certain subject. In my case it would be games. These accounts usually have numerous followers already — we’re talking over 500 here — so the direct message may not be bothering anybody.

It bothers me. Why is an automated direct message viable when the account receives a new follower? It’s not like it’s personal, I can very well tell it’s automated. I wish I kept a few of these DMs to give an example, but I deleted them all out of spite.

The DMs I’m talking about usually thank the new friend for following the account and then spam their web site. Nine times out of 10 you are following these accounts from the web site itself, so why do they feel the need to annoy users with it some more?

What do you think? Are you one of these Twitter accounts that auto-DM new followers? Why do you do it?

Checking-in to games

“Checking-In” has become a very popular social media term. You can use FourSquare to check-in at your favourite restuarant, bar or club; Gomiso to check-in when you’re watching a cool movie or T.V. show; and (just recently) you can use Chirrps to check-in at web sites that you frequently visit. There are probably many more that use the “check-in” term that I don’t know.

Each of these web sites offer awards — or badges — for enough check-ins at one place, show or web site. You can even become the “mayor” of a place on Foursquare, or become a “master of a domain” on Chirrps, if you checked-in at one place more than anyone else.  It starts to become a bit of an addiction when you watch your check-in counter go up and as you unlock new badges. You can also allow these applications to tweet where you have checked-in and add a comment to give your Twitter followers a bit more info on the place you are at (“try the steak, it’s great!”). Of course you can follow people on the web sites, but I haven’t found it very useful . I can just watch Twitter and see if anyone has used the applications.

In the gaming world, the mobile application is next step for developers. ArenaNet recently announced that Guild Wars 2 will have an iPhone, iPad and iPod application to keep in contact with your friends in the game (and do many other interesting things). World of Warcraft already has a mobile app and many other online games do too. Now a days we want to be in the game, even when we can’t. These mobile apps help to fill that niche.

I wonder if “check-ins” can be used for MMORPGs? Or just “check-in” what game you are currently playing?

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WARNING: New Twitter Bug *FIXED*

Stay away from Twitter.com if you have the New Twitter.

A bug has been found that can make you run JavaScript if you move your mouse over a tweet. The “OnMouseOver”  HTML event has been enabled in the New Twitter, which means someone can make your tweets a different colour or post giant letters across your screen. Even worse it can make you retweet or tweet without your knowledge.

The old Twitter and third-party applications are not affected.

EDIT: Twitter is now looking into the flaw. Should be good to go soon.

EDIT 2: It should now be safe to use Twitter.com again.

EDIT 3: Here is a blog post from Twitter addressing the OnMouseOver exploit.