Monthly Archives: January 2016

Heroes Reborn: Final Episode Recap and Series Review

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen!

The final episode of Heroes Reborn has aired, and with that comes my final post discussing the show. For this post, I just want to discuss the big plot points that moved the story forward and brought the season series to a close. Luckily, there wasn’t much wasted time in this episode. A lot of the focus was on the twins, Nathan and Malina, and their mission to save the world. I will also do a review of the series as a whole, but I have a lot more to say on the topic than I wish to write in a single blog post. So, I will condense my thoughts as much as I can. Let’s see how the season series closed, and how I felt about it.

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The Fault in Our PlayStation All-Stars

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen!

I can recall my excitement following the announcement of PlayStation All-Stars. I had been a huge fan of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series (I still am), and played a metric crap load of each title that had been released. For several years before the game’s announcement, I believed Sony would be capable of creating a game similar to Super Smash Bros. due to the PlayStation’s collection of memorable characters. Learning that this idea I had in my head was actually happening made me really hopeful for the possibilities. The resulting title PlayStation gave to its fans was great — until you started to see the faults in its design.

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YouTube: A Plea For Better Playback Options

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen!

On this blog, I have typically discussed the design of videos games and game features. Today, I am going to be discussing something a little different. This particular discussion is still going to be focused on design, but it shan’t be related to video games. Instead, I will be discussing the design of a free service that millions of people use on a regular basis. The service in question is Google’s video sharing service known as YouTube.

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Heroes Reborn: “Company Woman” Recap and Commentary

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen!

As the first solar flare makes it way to the Earth, the heroes need to make some hard decisions before the world ends. The message that Micah Sanders broadcast across the world in the previous episode had little effect on the events of this episode. However, we do learn a dark secret from the show’s primary antagonist that likely sparked the chain of events that led to her becoming the head of Renautus. We also see two other antagonists be taken off the board by their own hand. With the season series finale airing tomorrow, let’s review a few moments in last week’s episode.

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RM Project: Iteration of Itemization

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Over the holiday break, I did some quick number crunching for my RM Project. I wanted to know precisely how many armor items I would need to create to fully realize the itemization system I had intended to use. Keep in mind, since I am using RPG Maker VX Ace, I need to stay within the 999 item limit. This wouldn’t be so bad if the database information for the Armors tab didn’t consist of items from four different equipment slots. It doesn’t leave a lot of room for more modern item systems.

I will let you know that the results were not encouraging. Due to the aforementioned item limit, my initial design would not have worked. In order to complete the full list of items, I would require at least double the space that RPG Maker VX Ace affords, if not more. While I didn’t expect to be able to use my initial design, I was still surprised by how much I would have to do. I was not surprised by RMVX Ace’s inability to support it.

I was forced to rethink the system as a whole. I took what I already had and chopped it into pieces. I created a new assortment of equipment slots, a new system of organizing the bonuses from equipment, and removed shields as a standalone item (more on the last bit later). Today, I will do a quick overview of how I organized the original equipment slots and itemization features I had planned to use. Then, I will discuss the new system that was created from the ashes of the previous one. This may get a bit technical at points, but I will attempt to speak plainly, for both our sakes (lawls).

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Heroes Reborn: “Send in the Clones” Recap and Commentary

Merry Year of Newness, ladies and gentlemen!

After a brief hiatus, the first of the remaining three episodes of Heroes Reborn has aired. I only have three more opportunities to discuss this series, because the end if fast approaching. When we last left our heroes (tee hee), shit was about to hit the fan at Sunstone Manor, Nathan and Miko appear to ditch the future and leave Erica behind, HRG vanishes before being smashed by a flying car, and Malina escapes the clutches of stupid and dangerous humans, likely Trump supporters, with the help of Luke. There isn’t much time left before the twins, Nathan and Malina, have to work together to save the world from impending doom. Let’s review a couple moments from the episode in this recap and commentary.

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