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Posted 2002-10-16 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
I played a few rounds of the new Robotech:Battlecry game last night with Jos. The game is fairly good-- much better in single-player (story) than 2-player (vs.)-- but has a lot of minor design flaws that point to a rush job. The original voice actors from the animated series make a repeat performace for the game, which isn't necessarily a good thing...
Next on the transforming robot lineup, and from the same decade, the Transformers appear to be coming to a modern console near you.
 
     
 
   
 
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Posted 2002-09-24 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 

New Orneryboy! Television, the drug of a nation.


Robot soccer players to beat human World Cup contestants by 2050! Hey, they wouldn't print it if it wasn't true...


Girl Power!! A Jordanian woman pushed too far goes Xena on three punks. [story@story.news.yahoo.com]


Trustworthy Computing.


Al Gore is not playing ball over this whole Iraq thing. "If what America represents to the world is leadership in a commonwealth of equals, then our friends are legion," Gore reportedly said. "If what we represent to the world is an empire, then it is our enemies who will be legion."

Meanwhile, in the former British Empire, Tony Blair presented a document detailing Iraq's military capabilites. A dossier summary claims that "Iraq has retained up to 20 al-Hussein missiles, with a range of 400 miles, which are capable of carrying chemical or biological warheads." More here.


Ancient Japanese pyramid, huh? [reference, for you youngsters]

OK, Titus pointed out that it's a Japanese *team* who discovered the structure in *Egypt*. Kind of ruins my whole idea, but whatever. The reference is still worth checking out :)

 
     
 
   
 
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Posted 2002-05-08 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 

Robotech (Macross) will never die. A cell-shaded game is due out for all three major console platforms in Octoboer.  Apparently, video footage of the game is available as a link from this article.


In the future, soldiers will shoot people with laser guns. Good thing MIT has developed prototype laser-proof material. I guess nobody told them that a whole bunch of smoke grenades are just as good.


Why I think OS X sucks. And it's not because I no longer use a Mac.


What could be cooler than a live-action roleplaying game featuring frog-men and robots? Don't ask me, I just did the web site.


Shoot terrorists with an automatic weapon while some Dutch guy constantly yells at you. It's a Web game. [link>grego]

 
     
 
   
 
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Posted 2002-04-11 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 

Sure, the U.S. is working on robot assistants for battlefield use, but an EMP bomb is a fraction of the cost, and can turn any multimillion dollar `bot into a Poo-Chi.


shebang! crew presents break and enter: Breakdance battles and urban culture, featuring DJs, True on the mic, bombin' by EGR, the Urban Monkey, and more.

Saturday, April 20, 7pm - 1am @ the JCC, 750 Spadina Ave.

More deets at shebang's site.


IRC- haven for Anti-American activities, hackers, and devil-worshippers. [story@cnn.com] Shutting down IRC would be like preventing people from running into an auditorium and screaming out "the Emperor wears no clothes!!"


What could be cooler than a Godzilla fighting game? If there was ever a reason to trade in my PS2 for a Gamecube, this would be it.


My so-called life: Flew out to Edmonton.  Met some great folks. Will I be working out West? Only time will tell. I should know in about a week.

 
     
 
   
 
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Posted 2000-11-22 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
  • At twenty inches tall, and weighing in at ten pounds, Sony's latest robot is no Terminator. Yet. The LA Times reports on Sony's soccer-playing bipedal bot. Supplemental- I found an interesting blurb on Sony Japan's site about the bot's creator, Toshi Doi .
  • Check out this crazy netgamer from Oakville. He has a whole warehouse for LAN parties, and hosts them every 6 weeks. The downside is you have to bring your own rig. I am seriously considering buying a PC next year for many reasons, and gaming is only one of them :)
  • Yoinked off Camworld from yesterday, yet another Micro$oft Borg move- "MS-HTML". This form letter to webmasters explains it all.
  • Game-Skins . Tee shirts for serious geeks. I like the " Roots " tee. [link>russ]
  • The new Pentium IV sucks ass. So sayeth PC World . Thanks, McQuade :)
  • Snagglepuss was the first openly gay cartoon character. Scooby Doo's Fred was the second.
  • Google is my new favorite search engine.
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    Posted 2000-11-14 by Tony Walsh
     
     
         
     
  • Played Armored Core 2 until 2am this morning. Man, that is one cool PS2 game. As the pilot of a giant robot, you have a gigantic arsenal of insane sci-fi weapons and gadets to outfit your mech with. Since the first Armored Core, there have been a number of improvements to play that make the whole experience even more anime-stylie. Now you have a ton of "Extensions", "Inside" parts, and "Optional" parts, like energy shields, anti-missile missiles, and other crazy counter-measures stuff. I am currently driving a huge tank, with twin shoulder-mounted gattling guns, twin machine-gun arms, decoy deployer, and slap-and-blow bomb packs. You see there's this radar installation I have to destroy...
  • Somewhat related to giant robots, this article from Slashdot today mentions that armed, unmanned aircraft are due to be tested soon. Aren't these called "drones" in all the sci-fi shows? I predict a Hollywood movie about one of these aircraft "gone bad". Oh wait, they already made The Terminator.
  • Is Apple using OS9 to spy on you? Seems as though some users are experiencing regular calls to "littlebuddy.apple.com". This discussion at MacAddict has some bizarre details, as does this Hackintosh thread .
  • It's appropriate that after Myth's 3rd birthday, sketchy details of Myth III should surface.
  • Some of you may remember Bat Boy from the Weekly World News. Memepool has word of Bat Boy: The Musical .
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    Posted 2000-09-21 by Tony Walsh
     
     
         
     
  • I am sick to death of patents. For fuck's sake, every two-bit "idea" is now being wrapped up into a patent, and the worst part is that these patents are actually being granted. It's going to become a challenge to designers of the future just to design something that does not infringe on someone else's "property". Amazon's one-click shopping was bad enough, then Apple had to go legitimize it by licensing this "invention". There is the insanity of British Telecom claiming to own the idea of hyperlinking. I have recently heard of the "idea" of left-side "nav-bars" being patented. Sooner than you think, every concept involved in basic web design is going to be owned by someone else. What will happen then? Soon web publishing will be akin to pirate radio, with the "authorities" hunting for intellectual property trespassers. I think I'm going to patent the idea of putting a brush to canvas.

  • An update to my internet filter tirade of yesterday: Today's WiredNews reports "Fed up with such filtering programs and other so-called Internet 'censorware,' the Digital Freedom Network has launched its Foil the Filters contest."

  • A new version of the venerable and mighty NetHack was recently created. NetHack is an ASCII-based (i.e. text-character graphics) adventure game that is probably almost as old as you are. [more] There is no end to the game... you just keep going and going and going...

  • Lego robot competition! Block stacking! Sumo challenge! Pretty cool, and on the UofT campus for you Torontoites. [link>russ]
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    Posted 2000-08-31 by Tony Walsh
     
     
         
     
  • Self-replicating robots are one step closer to reality. "The little white robots were made of bars, actuators, ball joints, motors and circuits. People intervened only to insert the motors into the plastic parts spit out by the prototyping machine." [story@canoe] "Laurent Keller and his colleagues at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland described how they taught robots community spirit by programming them to behave like ants in foraging for food." [story@yahoo] Nothing scarier/cooler than robots that can make themselves. Thanks for the heads-up, citizen greg-from-germany.

  • Can't find the links to back this up, but word on the street is that 40% of Canada's plants and animals are at risk due to global warming. In story ran last night on CityTV, ecologists were saying that this will likely occur within 100 years, but could happen within 20. Better start bottling up those polar bears for future cloning. [greg-from-germany found me a link here]

  • Rogers AT&T cellular "Pay as you go" vulnerability described in detail. How to get the most out of one $25 phone card. Pretty good exploitation of this security hole.

  • My favorite Mac Gaming site, Mac Gamer's Ledge, just got bought by the company that owns Macgamer.com. The two sites will merge under the Macgamer banner, hopefully for the betterment of the Mac gaming community.
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    Dinozoiks wrote:
    Wow! Thanks for that Tony. Just posted a bunch of other tips here... http://www.dino.co.uk/labs/2008/45-tips-when-designing-online-content-for-kids/ Hope it helps someone... Dino...
    in Dino Burbidge's '10 Things To Remember When Designing For Kids Online'


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    Hey Tony! A client of mine is looking to hire an internal Flash game dev team to build at a really cool Flash CCG…
    in Dipping Into Toronto's Flash Pool


    Yeah, there's a lot of weird common sense things I've noticed they've just omitted from the design. No idea why though....
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    It also bears noting there's no mechanism right now for a developer to offer a free trial for the iPhone; the App Store isn't…
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    @GeorgeR: It's on my shopping list :) I've heard good things about it as well. And Cro Mag Rally. @andrhia: meh, I don't know…
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    ...you get what you pay for, you know? I actually bought Trism based on early buzz, and it's truly a novel mechanic. I've been…
    in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


    The only one I've heard good things about is Super Monkey Ball. Have you given that a whirl yet?...
    in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


    Advance warning: this frivolent comment is NOT RELATED or even worth your time ... But whenever i hear "Collada", i think of that SCTV…
    in Electric Sheep Builds Its Own Flock


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