A Dalek simultaneously guards my Pumpkin Eggnog and my Wacom stylus.
Our office is only a few blocks away from the stadium. There is a Football game tonight and at 12:30 in the afternoon there are already signs of a energetic crowd starting to make it’s way to the event… just now I heard a trumpet blare and a group yelling “Charge!” in response. This was coming from the street and we are on the 5th floor.
This is my son. He dressed as Link this past Halloween. That hair is his. Pretty much perfect, yes?
Thinking of all you Zelda fans out there picking up the new game today!
Achievements are awesome. I absolutely love them. I’ve been thinking more and more about them and how they are now such an integral part of making the gaming experience so much more complete.
Why do I love them?
1. They get you to play the game differently. Yep, if you are tired of the main storyline, go find some Riddler trophies to get a few achievements.
2. They CAN be interesting. They aren’t always interesting, but when they are, they’re good. Well done Borderlands 2!
3. They reward you for what you’re doing anyway. Hell, if I’m going to play a game, reward me for playing it well.
4. They add to your gamerscore. I know that’s kind of a dorky thing but I like gamerscore.
5. You can see what others are doing. Yeah, I want to know if my friend Dan got that Gears of War 3 achievement. If he did, I want it too.
Think about it. Aren’t you a little disappointed when you play a game and there aren’t any achievements? Designers, consider giving out a simple one right away. It helps players feel accomplished and tells them that your game is going to be juuust a little more aweosme than someone else’s.
If you want to read a REALLY long paper about achievements, here you go:
It’s long, but it’s got a lot of good information in there.
While waiting for the crosswalk light to turn green, a jaywalker resentfully remarked to me that it is “Boring to obey laws”. That may be true but, setting aside the fact that I’ve actually witnessed cops give tickets for jaywalking in Seattle, if everyone disobeyed the law then where would the excitement be in disregarding it? That guy should have been THANKING me for helping make his day MORE exciting.
Holiday lights have appeared across the street.
Check out this amazing cake that my wife and kids made for me for my birthday! Pretty spectacular, eh?
We are we having a fire drill at some point this afternoon. I am the ‘Floor Warden’ for our office. I make sure that everyone gets off of the floor when the bell rings. I get a special vest with the title. I added the fez.
As many of you know, WildTangent Studios is located in Seattle. Seattle is stereotyped as being dark, gloomy, and rainy all of the time.
That stereotype is pretty true. It’s not dark, gloomy, and rainy ALL of the time…just most of it.
Being in an office building can sometimes be tough and having overhead fluorescent lights can really be draining. So, lots of the guys like to work with the lights off which is understandable.
However, when you mix Seattle’s gloomy weather with no light, that makes for a very dark office. We tried to combat this with some cool desk lamps, but that didn’t work so well. It just wasn’t enough light.
So, what do we do?
Well, my man Dan Banay came to the rescue. He bought full spectrum lightbulbs and we installed them today.
It feels like we installed skylights now. It’s absolutely glorious. I honestly feel like I’m typing this outside but without all of the rain, wind and bugs. So, in a lot of ways, it’s even better!
Dan, god bless you. Not only am I happier, but now nobody is going to get the mole eyes.
If you get a chance, get yourself some full spectrum bulbs!