Escape From City 17 – Part One

For those who love Half-Life 2 you just have to watch this short film by the Purchase Brothers

They also did the fantastic “iPhone Everything” concept ad

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QWOP

QWOP

If at first you don’t succeed try try again…

QWOP finish screenshot

It has come a long way from my doing the Funky Chicken Leg as seen below, to beat the game literally on 1 knee
QWOP Funky Chicken Leg cheat way of winning

P.S. For those wondering how far back you can go, there is a block at the -3m position. Yes I did try hahaha
QWOP block at -3m screenshot

Fun, frustrating, fulfilling game and pretty inspirational all from a simple running game!

For some videos check out Youtube QWOP search. Perhaps I’ll make a few videos of how to beat the game: the Funky Chicken Leg way (or other non-running methods) and also the proper way to run (or at least the way I do, because I don’t think my method is optimal)

Happy playing people!

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Atari 2600 Controller

So what happens when you decide to take out your old Atari 2600 console with the intention of playing it only to find that the controllers don’t work? Make your own controllers of course! So I spent like 30 minutes looking for parts in Brunei. What I needed was 5 buttons (4 for direction and 1 for the fire button). We really need a good place to buy electronic parts like these in Brunei. Recommendations anybody? Anyway I found them and Batu Bersurat at the toy shop opposite Ayamku, I think it’s called Little ‘M’ Children but I could be wrong. I did my research on the controllers on Chinese New Year’s Eve (BTW Happy New Year everybody) and found it all documented online here. But I got my documentation the hard way.. With a multimeter and my own serial port connectors. That was one of the reasons I got 2 hours of sleep that night/morning. Anyway photos to come later. I need to sleep I have work in a few hours and some Android lurking to get back to too

Updates:
The original Atari 2600 controller opened up: nice simplistic circuit with the common ground and I tried to keep the same wire colour convention but I didn’t have a white so I used gray instead.

Colour | Pin # | Function
-------+-------+----------------
White  |   1   | Joystick Up
Blue   |   2   | Joystick Down
Green  |   3   | Joystick Left
Brown  |   4   | Joystick Right
       |   5   | Left Paddle
Orange |   6   | Fire
       |   7   | +5v
Black  |   8   | Ground
       |   9   | Right Paddle


Male connector on the Atari itself, controller uses female connector soldered as show below
Top view:

Bottom view:

Top view of controller:

Bottom view of controller (wire wrapped and soldered):

Now all I need is a box to put it in….

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Portal: The Flash Version

Based on Valve’s Portal, Portal: The Flash Version brings it all up in 2d!
Portal: The Flash Version includes over 40 challenging, portals thinking levels, and everything’s included, in 2d – energy balls, cubes, turrets and even the famous crusher from the trailer. The game also includes a console to mess around with after finishing the game, or just being frustrated by thinking with portals!

This game is pretty fun. It shall go in my flash games stash along with Desktop Tower Defense.

N.B. Save the game to your computer (right click > “Save Target As…” or “Save Link As…”)

P.S. Thanks to Nick for the game =D

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Still Alive

While listening to The Linux Action Show! Episode 67 (MP3 page | OGG page) I was wondering what the heck Bryan was doing at the end… until “Still Alive” (lyrics and chords!) started playing. Loved the song and first heard about it from Windows Weekly (I think it was episode 40): it’s played at the end credits of the game Portal sung by Ellen McLain (in-game voice of GLaDOS and the turrets). This song comes from the same genius who brought us “Code Monkey”Jonathan Coulton. Check out his songs here. Loved the Half-Life reference: “Maybe you’ll find someone else to help you. Maybe Black Mesa. That was a joke, ha ha, fat chance”. And when the song mentions about doing science the only thing I could think of was this from XKCD:
I'm going to try Science

Windows
+ Netcast/Podcast (Windows Weekly/Linux Action Show)
+ Linux
+ Games (Portal/Half-Life)
+ Music (Jonathan Coulton / Code Monkey / Still Alive)
+ Comics (XKCD)
= One great combination blog post

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