Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My ban from Hamumu and history

These two sentences are a blogspot exclusive message you have received from me although the message is a copy from something on the Hamumu forums. Aren't you special!

Hello. I am posting this to clear up some of the concerns, questions, and misconceptions that arisen over the few years I have been on the forums. I’ll start by saying what happened. As you know, my first account was Chris Da Lunatic. I made the account back when I played Supreme With Cheese for unhealthy amounts of time and was an avid poster of the forums. Eventually, my spamming was much and after many warnings I made a post in General Blabber or Dr. Lunatic that I don’t remember. I’m pretty sure I didn’t consider it spam, but Jamul did and I was banned. Bricks were dropped. After many different accounts such as swc_102, Cel-Shaded Link, and Goruad_Mario, I made the account 31337 that I used to hang out on the chat and eventually join the forums.
I posted a lot until eventually it was found out that I was Chris Da Lunatic and I was given a second chance. All was going smoothly until one fateful day on chat, I thought it would be totally 1337 to tell Ducklegion via PM about an obscure Japanese potty training video on youtube featuring anthropomorphic waste. This, of course, did not sit well with him and Hammered quickly knew. I was banned from the chat and was just using the forum. After many topics in Total Mayhem that were spammy, Jamul decided that it would be best to screen every single post of mine before it would be submitted. So, he did, and my habits of spamming and civil disobedience were no more. I quickly grew tired of this and jumped into the chat with names such as “Yahoo Slurp Spider” and something to the effect of “Rickroll”.
I got banned again and my last chance to be on the forums was gone. Bricks were dropped. So, after, I’m sure, making a few more accounts, I made the short lived KS1 which served only to annoy. This was banned. I’m pretty sure between December 2007 and May 2008, I had no intentions of rejoining until I made Ion Sumo. As you know, I posted suspiciously like 31337. I had made one other terrible mistake. I had Pmed Mr. Onion in the chat saying that I am CDL. At one point faked Schizophrenia for the lulz and developed another personality which as an evil, fursecuting, criminal mastermind who spoke in red text. I got bored of this really quickly. Soon after, I was mysteriously banned. While some people in the topic
openly rebelled and the veterans unquestionably followed Jamul, Mr. Onion remained unnervingly silent taking neither side.


Anyways, I’d like to point out a few things.

1. I was not Suicidal Lunatic. Kamikaze actually gets stuff done such as taking out a few people with you, starting wars, or making watermelons significantly more interesting, but Suicide just kills you. What’s the fun in that?
2. Vote: Mr. Onion
3. I blame everything on Ducklegion and take no responsibility for my actions. Wheeee!
4. Unlike Jamul said, I don’t have zero respect for the rules, I just have an alarmingly little amount of respect of certain rules.
5. I may or may not come back. If I don’t come back, I’ll probably make a last will and testament topic.
6. Vote: Mr. Onion
7. I reserve the annoyance of reposting this if it is deleted right away.
8. My doctor says I have problems with losing and will not accept defeat. I told him that he is a stupid quack and that no illness will get the best of him. I sucker punched him in the face, took his wallet, and ran out of the building.
9. My email and Live Messenger address is swc102@hotmail.com. In case you need to contact me. I will also be restarting my blog at http://chrisdalunatic.blogspot.com. This message is posted in my blog.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wow. The entire world is after him...


Credit goes to Matt_E_Phillips of the Current Events board of Gamefaqs for discovering this message on the above image. To make this brief, there was a guy on Gamefaqs named Butters_1188 who has been around for a while and made a decent account, and then he made a topic stating that if everyone on the Current Events board were to spell out his username one letter at a time, he would close his account. They had managed to accomplish this feat, however, Butters started making up horrible lies such as "sigs don't count" and did not close his account. He did not in fact deliver. Amazing.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Gamefaqs Achievements

Achievement Unlocked: XD Mod (20)



Wow, I made a fairly inappropriate yet still in the bounds of TOS post at Gamefaqs CE board and... believe it or not a Mod XD'd it. Wow. I think I should list Gamefaqs achievements to accomplish and make a Gamefaqer Score!

So far, I got 20.

Here are some.

XD Mod: Get XD'd by a mod (20)
Epic Win: Make an Epic win topic (10)
Epic Fail: Make an Epic fail or phail topic (1)
Full House: Reach 500 posts in a topic! (20)
3KLess: Last a week without a 3KL (5)
Completely Owned: Own a board (50)
Brink of Death: Successfully revive a long-lost topic (15)
Butters: Survive a promise to close your account (30)
Gamespotter: Make a post without a sig (5)
Homestar: Make a post so utterly stupid that it is actually funny WITHOUT phailing(20)
Co-Op Forum: Get at least 100 people to cooperate with you to accomplish something (40)
Roy is top tier: Successfully make a point that defies all logic yet is valid (30)
Ethereal: Disappear for at least a few months then return (40)
Inspirational: Start a fad or meme (20)
Notable: Be quoted (10)
Sig'd: Have a quote of yours appear in somebody's sig (10)
Godly: Be CJayc (1000)
Zelda Noob: Be Gannon Banned (5)
Powerful: Have a rank at Legend or higher (60)
Goooo Planet!: Finish a Captain Planet summoning (10)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Flash

I've made a weird flash animation. It's of a UFO turning into a sombrero (because it is similarly shaped) and then crashing. Because the clip loops it looks as if on the next clip the UFO comes out of the explosion. I just left that in because. Eh, for now you can't see it because the school fiter is a piece of garbage and my computer mouse at home isn't working, but I'll get it up soon.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Voice recognition

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The above text is the wonder of voice recognition on Vista. By the way, the song was “The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny” It would probably sound better with the music and chorus of "Word Disassociation"

Monday, March 31, 2008

Blender 3d Tutorials

I think I'll start writing some Blender 3d tutorials, maybe even form a guide. I have Fraps, so maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea. I'll get to writing and screenshotting!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Radiant AI is very radiant

I think I just experienced my first "Radiant AI Moment" in Oblivion. I was at the Imperial City Waterfront about to go to another city. When I got there this lady started screaming "By the Nine Divines! Assault! Assault!" and started screaming into the night while another lady turned invisible and started attacking me. Many guards joined in. Bethesda is an endless source of lulz.

Monday, March 3, 2008

More Oblivion Praise

Another reason why Oblivion is awesome is because they have a neater and less intrusive interface. They did away with the minimap and instead added a compass that showed some nearby locations and marks. They didn't change the health bars much but the enemy health bar is on the cursor instead of above your character's health bar. Various interface elements such as the menus, oxygen bar, and NPC interactions look neater and more detailed. Also, you don't fail at stuff provided you have your skill. For instance, picking locks requires reflexes to stop the tumblers at just the right moment. Persuasion requires logic and alchemy always makes a potion (though no skill is involved). You also always succeed at casting spells however magicka drains very quickly.
The dungeons are really nice and always full of things to do and you have to be careful about traps that may be littered about the dungeon. Traps are a neat addition to the game and they include things such as spike pits, swinging logs, trip line triggered spiked balls, darts, and gas. Though they do not appear in all dungeons, they are still a good reason to keep your eyes peeled while dungeoning. The loot you receive and the monsters in the dungeon all depend on your level so you will never be underwhelmed or overwhelmed provided you level up wisely using a decent character build. Fortunately for the more faint of heart, zombies are not nearly as scary as in survival horror games- though they have been known to freak certain viewers out.
There are many pieces of weaponry and armor that you may find/steal/buy in many ways. Some of the armor and weapons, like in Morrowind, are unique and can be obtained via quests or certain areas. All of the weapons and armor look great and none are eyesores. Sometimes enchanted weapons do not appear to glow, but that's okay. More prominent enchantments have been known to cause glowing though. The way you use your weapons is different from Morrowind. You click the mouse to do a swipe/slash and you hold the mouse to do a power attack. This is different in the sense that there are 2 different power levels instead of the attack power depending on how long you hold down the mouse. It takes some getting used to, but eventually it will be second nature. Another difference in controls is the ability to block on your own accord. In fact, you can only block by holding the block button (the right mouse button by default). The is handy for when you know an attack is coming and you wouldn't have normally been able to easily block it in Morrowind. As far as I can tell from what I played, shields cannot block spells. They can block arrows though.
One of the best things about this game is that the quests are improved in quality as opposed to the generic quests in Morrowind. Instead of just the go here; kill that; bring me this quests, you get longer and more intriguing quests. Bethesda took the liberty of using many scripted events in their quests to make them very fun to do. There are actually some pretty decent rewards for some quests. They can range from enchanted armor, to money, to advancement in your guild, to new freedom in who you talk to and what you do. There also some twists on old favorites such as the infamous rat quest from the Morrowind Fighter's Guild. There are less factions in Morrowind but they seem to be alot more involving and neat. You can even advance in an arena. Though the compass points you towards the next objective, there is still a sense of exploration involved in finding your way to the next place.
Unless you fast travel, you will come across many ruins and many towns that are uncharted. These are usually relatively small, but they can still be very fun to explore. The main terrain you will traverse in this game is lush forest. However, there are still some grasslands, snowy mountains, and swamps to break the repetition. Every so often if you follow the roads you may come across a small inn or a farm, and there may be some questgivers there. It's fun to find new locations to add markers for on your map and the game allows you to travel instantly (in real time; game time passes the estimated number of hours it would take to reach your destination had you have traveled by conventional means) to any major locations on your map and any minor locations you have already visited on your map. The size of the game world is much bigger than Morrowind and will not disappoint those looking to get lost in a vast world filled with many things to do. Oblivion pwns!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Oblivion!

W007! I got Oblivion working at about 10 fps with distant land, trees, and buildings on. I didn't put AA on for Obvious reasons, but bloom works well. I love Oblivion. I don't care what all the Morrowind fanboys say, it's just better in every way. First and foremost the graphics are vastly improved. No longer do you have segmented bodies and nasty fog (without mods, that is). You have highly detailed and randomly generated trees. Every character is unique save for the hair and items. There is amazing quality textures and normal mapping. When you look at bricks and stuff from a distance they appear to be high poly. I also love the fact that the spell effects are looking better. Invisibility and cameleon distort the area behind the target and restoration makes the target glow white-green. All the cities are very detailed and you can even see reflections on the windows (though they look sort of reflection mapped). I don't play with grass on, but I downloaded a low low poly grass mod... it made the grass look ugly as sin. I am just gonna use low poly next time. Not low low poly. I turned the eyesore grass off.
It works great with Windows Vista however you have to turn the sidebar off or else it will flicker through the game occasionally. Oblivion is a ram hog but other than that the only thing that really is of concern is the graphic card. True, a Geforce 6100 is still outdated but I have become so used to playing games at 10 fps that it hardly bugs me. Using OBSE (Oblivion Script Extender) I am able to get faster loading times to the point that it is much faster loading than even Morrowind on my current hardware! I believe that they vastly improved the way they load files. I'll provide screenshots with the FPS counter enabled sometime, but for now I cannot as I am at school and I also need to do homework on the computer. It's just typing though. About 8 pages of typing. I guess if I can waste my time on this blog typing incessantly I can do well typing schoolwork. But I digress, the topic I am discussing is games.
The gameplay in Oblivion is much improved. I find it much easier and more intuitive than Morrowind. They also vastly improved sneaking. You just tap one button and you sneak until you tap the button again. This makes it easier and you will find that you will be wanting to sneak more. What is the motive for sneaking? On Oblivion, depending on your sneak level, you can inflict 2-6 times damage by attacking while sneaking. This comes in handy when you can attack your enemy with a bow and arrow from a distance then run backwards shooting at them until they reach you when you can finish them off rather easily with the sword. The only problem I have with this is that it is easy to accidentally forget you are in sneak mode and pickpocket someone rather than talk to them; moreso than in Morrowind. Other than that it is a welcome addition to the already phenomenal gameplay.
Another great addition is the schedules of the NPCs and the Radiant AI. Radiant AI as some of you may know is a new feature that makes the NPCs follow a schedule such as eating, sleeping, and working making them on the move unlike Morrowind where they just stood there looking stupid. They also do little things such as conversing with other NPCs, reading, taking an afternoon stroll, shopping, and hunting. The NPCs all are fully voice acted and a pleasure to interact with. I find that Radiant AI (although having many glitches that you can find on youtube) is an excellent addition to the game and can add new gameplay possiblities. The guards too are also affected by this though they still maintain their posts when working. Sometimes it can be fun to follow someone around town just to see what they are doing while admiring the AI. Some quests even rely on this to make you understand their schedule.
I'll go into further detail later, but overall this is an awesome game filled with replayability, excellent gameplay, great quests, fun dungeons, and lots and lots of mudcrabs. I find that every session spent playing Oblivion is one that I do not regret. I find myself playing multiple characters just so I can experience the game from every possible character, from the hero, to the theif, to the guy who follows people around like a creepy stalker, I love playing this game. Like I said, more on this next post.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Oblivion

I just got Oblivion! I can't have grass or distant land on or it will be very choppy, but other than that it seems to run really well! I am happy to finally play Oblivion because I hear it is awesome! Everyone was right! Imma go download a low poly grass mod after school when I get home.

Monday, February 18, 2008

New computer! ZOMG!

Here is my older much more inferior computer:

448mhz Pentium III Processor
4XXMb of RAM
80 GB HD Space
Windows XP
Nvidia Geforce 2 MX


New computer:

AMD Anthlon 3000+ Processor Clocked at 1.8 Ghz (May Change)
895 MB Ram
80 GB HD Space
Windows Vista Ultimate
Nvidia Geforce 6100


Only thing that is the same is the HD and Floppy Disk. No kidding. I got a new zip drive, CD-RW, Dvd ROM, Case, Processor, Video Card, RAM, and OS. I can run Aero without a hitch! I LOVE THIS COMPUTER!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Janitor's Closet




I was bored so I decided to attempt to make a 3d model of a janitor's closet. For now it just consists of a sink and a broken mirror. I like the mirror, though. It was fun to make and it actually looks better than I thought it would at first. I don't think anyone would notice, but sometimes the cracks don't go all the way through and it seems like it broke unrealistically. It took about an hour to make this scene but it was worth it. It's looking really cool when you look down the drain. I've made a few renders and some video clips just to give you an idea of what it looks like. Above you can see what the sink looks like in wireframe from afar. It's unnecessary to have it in wireframe, but it looks cool.




Here is a closeup of the broken mirror yet again in wireframe. The mirror wasn't hard to make; it was just tedious. I do enjoy the result though as I think the way it is broken is somewhat believable. I originally wanted the mirror to appear to be hit on the middle left as evident by the direction of the spaces in the bottom left, but I don't like doing all those small pieces of shattered glass. This brings up some questions though as to what may have caused the mirror to break. It seems the mirror was hit by something that was somewhere between the size of a marble and an apple.



This is a solid shot of the sink and the broken mirror. You can see that I colored the sink brown but that's because I had to to get the effect I wanted. I wanted a layer of filthy muck lower down on the sink but I couldn't have a gradient texture that could allow me to put brown on the bottom. So, I decided to make the sink brown and use a white texture. It turned out adequately however you cannot see the texture from here nor can you see the normal map I applied.






Here is a view into the sink. I actually used a picture of a sink in Alcatraz as a reference. Same kinda sink they use in a janitor's closet anyways. This turned out better than I would have thought. It's hard to get things exactly how you want using subsurf (a tool that increases the number of polygons to add detail and smooth things out). There is actually a little hole under the drain where the water is supposed to go. The drain was added because I felt that it would be easy to tell if there is a hole or not.


Here is a render of the sink. It's really dark for some reason. You can actually make out the reflection of whats in the room (namely, sink) if you look at the right angle. It's kinda cool how all the shard of glass if at the right angle can have bits and pieces of the same picture just with gaps between them. I seldom use ambient occlusion or caustics in my renders as my computer is a Pentium 3, but I make sure I use at least 4x anti aliasing.



This is a different angle. I really need to add more light! You still can't see anything out of the mirror but this is still a good shot anyways. At first, I was experimenting with the depth of field effect to get the mirror slightly blurred, but it caused artifacts in the rendering so I decided it wasn't worth it. Anyways, it's video time!


video

This video was rendered a bit before I finished so the sink looks drastically different, but you can still get the gist of what it's like. As you can see, the room (assuming 2 walls and a floor constitutes a room) looks better in 3d.

video

The sink is finished and the room is brighter in this animation. I like it better because you can see into the sink sorta. Not much showing off of the reflections, but I just intended to do a 6 second fly around. So, anyways, I am planning on continuing the project until I get a nicely cluttered janitor's closet.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Morrowind Addiction

I just got rehooked on Morrowind. Until I get a graphics card with Pixel Shaders, (I know, Geforce 2 MX.) I won't be able to run Oblivion. Oh well, I'll just have to let Morrowind murder my social life until I get a decent gaming computer. In the mean time, I am installing texture packs that replace Morrowind textures so that they look awesome. The files are on this site. I really think Morrowind is an awesome game. I found a way to prevent it by crashing... somewhat. I downloaded a few mods that are supposed to fix up some CTD glitches. (Hurray for White-Hats!) I like to say I!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Bucky Covington

Earlier today Bucky Covington came over to my High School and played about 5 songs. I don't remember the names of all of them, but one of them was "It's Good to Be Us" and "My Home Town". It's pretty neat to meet a guy on TV known by at least a million people. It was a local contest, so it wasn't anything special aside from the fact that a celebrity was playing. Kinda cool though.
Also, I just finished watching the rest of the Matrix trilogy. They just keep getting better and better. I lol'd at Deus Ex Machina.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

New Games to Distract Me

I got 50$ to spend at Gamespot. So I bought 6 games for my Gamecube. I like them except for one. I think I made fairly good choices. Here they are.

Enter The Matrix: Wheee! Bullet time! I bought this because I am a Matrix fan. The game seems to be fun although I am a bit sad that I cannot play as Neo. Oh well, I"ll get over it. Really neat Kung Fu/Gunslinging

Turok Evolution: This game sucks. First of all, the game looks ugly. Second of all, there is a really unstable framerate. It seems the game runs faster when you are facing a bunch of enemies. I have no idea what the guys who made the game were thinking, but they should have spent much more time making sure this game was actually fun. The gameplay is really dumb and boring.

Soul Caliber 2: An excellent game. Since I got the Gamecube version, I have been playing as Link non-stop. I enjoy the game and think it is a really good and fun game to beat my sister at. So far I am decent at the game but I have a hobby of hitting K.O.'d opponents so that they scream their death cries over... and over... and over. It's actually not as morose as it sounds as it is really funny how they repeat the exact same sound over and over when you hit them. I dunno, it was funny to me.

Metroid Prime: Awesome graphics. Awesome gameplay. Awesome game. I love this game because it is fun, it looks great, and there is always something to work towards (i.e. a new upgrade that will allow you to do so and so). I really like the vast level variety and abilities you can collect. It's pretty neat how you can watch Samus slowly gain power so that she can smite the unclean. SMITE THEM, I SAY! MUAHAHAHA! *cough*

Ultimate Spiderman: Better than Spiderman-2. This game gives you the freedom of web swinging while having great looking cutscenes to back up the story. The combat is a little to wild, but the game is still really fun. Definitely worth getting especially if you like the Spiderman 2 game.

Viewtiful Joe: I've had the sequel for a long time, but I really like the first one too. It looks good and plays good. Nothing new if you have played the second one, but it is still fun. I like this game.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Game Developing

I think I might start to learn how to make games. I'll try to learn C++. I am sorry for the time absent from the blog, there is a lot to do. I am trying to learn 3ds max. 3ds max is not even close to Blender 3d in user friendliness though. Blender 3d has easy to learn, intuitive keyboard shortcuts that allow me to model quickly and efficiently while 3ds has tons of weird commands and out of the way tools that make it very powerful but extremely hard to use in polygonal editing. This is going to be hard.