Friday, December 30, 2005

Now this is funny.

Taking a break from coding on Neverwinter Nights 2, I decided to catch up on several of the blogs that I have been missing.

From my friend's blog came this little gem of site:
http://kidsmakemelaugh.blogspot.com/

Now admittedly, I know the family personally, but that doesn't change the fact that this is laugh-out-loud funny.

Oh well, back to work.

Been busy.

I have not updated in awhile because almost everyone at work uses MySpace, which personally I cannot stand because 99% of it is a disgusting meat market.

Still cranking away on Neverwinter Nights 2. Actually been working on it over the Christmas break. That is okay, I love what I do, and it is my fault that I am behind. I actually feel pretty good about actually catching up.

The new GUI art (courtesy of Ian Wall) is pretty damn spiffy I think. I think the final results will be really nice.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a safe and fun New Year's Eve.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Words.

She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah

The above is from written by Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah performed by John Cale on his album Fragments of a Rainy Season.

I have no real talent for words, hell, some would say I actually have NO talent for words. However, that doesn't mean that I can't be moved by words.

All the more reason I respect those who actually can write and craft visions from nothing than simple words.

ps.

Batman Begins rocked my socks!

Late night at work...

I hate text input and output. It is something that when it works correctly, no one (not even myself) thinks about it. If most people actually KNEW how hard text input was, they would...I don't know, buy me a drink at least I would hope.

I forgot to mention that I got a new Replay TV (Tivo device) that is essentially just like the one I had before. However, I can't seem to remember all the shows I used to watch. The only thing I know is that I am adding Columbo to my list, hehehehe, Peter Falk.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

oooh! Fun Tommorrow!

Tommorrow is Obisidan Movie Day! We are going to see Batman Begins at the Spectrum. After that a few of us (me included) are heading over to UCI for the UC Irvine Computer Game Development Course Open House. Should be fun and pretty coolio!

Monday, June 13, 2005

Dishes are done dude.

GFX Debug options GUI is finally done. Time to move on and finish the spellbook GUI.

Montag.

Well, my new apartment is all settled in! Cats are still freaked out, but they will adjust (hopefully).

I think I need to get a digital camera, but I wouldn't know a good one from a bad one. Oh, it needs to be reasonably cheap too. If you have any recommendations, please feel free to drop me a comment!

Currently on NWN2, I am working on the GFX Debug screen GUI for Brian 'The Lawman' Lawson.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Har Har Har

My co-workers at Obsidian had a little too much fun today with some photos of me from back in the day when I was in the Army.

Stripes

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

All moved in.

Thanks to the heroic efforts of Rich and John we were able to get all my stuff moved into my new apartment. My ankles are killing me from all the stair work. See, I being a courteous fellow, spent my weekend moving everything from my upstairs apartment to my garage on the ground floor. I did this so that when my friends arrived Monday to help me move, they would not have to deal with the torture of going up and down the stairs all with a ton of stuff. I, however, am in ever-loving agony.

Anyway, back at work fixing up the GUI some more for NWN2. Can't say much about that.

I saw Crimson Force over the weekend (a SciFi special) and it wasn't TOO bad. As in "I've definitely seen worse". I will say this about the movie. After watching the flick, my TiVO gave up the ghost. I guess I just put too much strain on the poor thing. I need to get another one soon because I don't dare miss this gem!

This is my favorite part:
"When he began fusing human and shark DNA, his colleagues laughed at him."

You know you want to watch that! DON'T LIE!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

One more thing...

Watched the season finales of 24 and Lost. Both were great and proof that there excitingand innovating TV *CAN* be done and *CAN* be successful when marketed correctly.

I like 24 a lot, even though I can see and acknowledge the faults of the show. yes I know it pushes the realms of reality with all this exciting stuff revolving around one man. If you can get past some of the issues with the 'formula' of the TV show, I think you will find that is an exciting and well-written thriller/drama.

Lost is a bit more difficult to explain. The shows real strength is the extremely well developed characters. Even characters that are introduced briefly (and in the case of the season finale, removed quickly, har har) are given a surprising amount of depth.

Also, I know that all 2 of my readers are DESPERATE to know the status of my abusive Netflix relationship (I highly doubt this is true). Have no fear, my Netflix queue shows that this weekend will be fun and joyous with these lovely cinematice masterpieces:

  1. Village of the Damned
  2. Toolbox Murders
  3. Hellcab
And if that wasn't enough, the Sci-Fi channel is featuring it's Memorial Day Monster Movie Marathon. Folks, while I will endure this grueling marathon, be warned that I train myself to endure these terrible movies regularly. Please do not attempt to watch this many bad movies in a row without special trainging and a doctor's supervision. I cannot be held responsible for any psychological or brain trauma that might result from watching these films.

Been really, really busy!

E3 was a blast, though there were several things about it that I found lacking.

One, the weak air conditioning for the first 2 days. What the heck was that all about?! HEY! I got an idea, let's cram 70,000 nerds into the convention center and THEN provide inadequate or non-existant air conditioning! Many people have called this the smelliest E3 ever, and they were right. That place will need to be completely fumigated to get the smell of man-nerd out. Bwarrrgh!

Two, the huge letdown by the big 3 console makers (Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo).

Microsoft was really the only company to actually unveil anything, but the game titles simply weren't that impressive.

Sony released some 'footage' of what their new chipset will be capable of, but now it turns out that maybe there isn't even an actual chipset set to silicon yet! Sniff, sniff, smells like deception.

Nintendo...I don't even have a clue what their game plan is, but I think it involves praying for divine or alien intervention into the pummelling they are taking. Though I admit that the new Zelda game looks pretty frickin' sweet even if it IS for the Gamecube.

Three, many of the PC games seemed unfinished and very rough. There were a *FEW* exceptions, Rise of Legends, Rise of Nations (that title just ROLLS off the tongue) looked and played very nicely. City of Villans seemed pretty clever and clean, which is not surprising considering that City of Heroes was clean and clever as well.

Anyway, on to more personal stuff. I am moving soon to a bigger and cheaper place. Very excited about that. I'll save about $270 in rent alone, though the commute is about 10 minutes longer than what I currently have. Still a very swanky and nice area too.

On a little side note, if you had told me 8 years ago that in 2005 I would be paying $1030 in rent and be happy AND thankful that it's not $1300, I would have called you crazy. 8 years ago, I was paying $475 a month in rent for a 900+ sq. ft. apartment WITH all expenses paid (except phone). Granted it was in Houston, Tx, but it was a super nice place to live and the rent was pretty damn reasonable.

Laters everyone, I got a lot of work to do on NWN2.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

One Great Thiing about California...

California sure has nice weather. Whatever problems it may or may not have, it definitely has the sweetest weather ever. I love driving arounf with the sunroof open and windows down, it is sooooo nice. As my friend Alan likes to say, "It's like God just said 'Hey California, Air Conditioning is on me.'" He is right I think.

So, got some extra work to do today so I am in the office. I need to get chests closing correctly and fix some issues with the target bar.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Busy little bees.

Work:
Our demo with Atari got moved up 5 days so I guess I don't need to say how busy we have been at Obsidian.

It seems like there is something new landing in the game about everyday. It is really something to watch (and participate in) the whole game development process. I feel really lucky and blessed to be a part of the team here, and it is a pretty awesome team to boot. Everyone here is pretty frickin smart and it inspires me to be better at what I do.

Personal:
Netflix, what an abusive relationship I have with you. You tempt me with love, then you suggest the likes of Alien Lockdown. Twisting my arm, you forced me to add it to my queue. Now the dreaded day when I open my mailbox and find this little gem waiting for me is nearly here. Fear crawls like a spider down my spine.

My name is Anthony Davis and I am addicted to bad movies.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Big Day Today!

We got Atari Producer John Height out today checking out the latest on NWN2. He is a pretty funny and cool guy who seems to be a real gamer at heart. I like how he takes the time to observe us and ask intelligent questions about the development process. Last time he was here I showed him how easy the GUI is to modify via xml. I will show him the newest GUI this time when he stops by.

Dan Spitzley (lead programmer of what many would consider to be the finest RPG ever made, Planescape: Torment, and all-around cool guy) and I are going to the special preview screening of The Legend of Zorro this Thursday. Should be pretty cool, and the price is definitely right. This will be the second preview movie Dan and I have gone to see. Previously we went to see Red-Eye which I really enjoyed and would even see again in just to see what changes they made.

Anyway, back to work on NWN2, got a lot of GUI work to do.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

"Just a Little Bit More Than The Law Will Allow..."

Ok, haters be damned, this looks awesome!
http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/thedukesofhazzard.html

As for work, things are going really well. Our very own Adam Brennecke has landed our font solution and it looks good! I am adding the xml support right now for loading the fonts from the xml files that define the GUI.

Very happy with how it is working out.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Woot!

Just finished a major GUI update to NWN2, including replacing my suck-a-riffic programmer 'art' with Justin's new GUI Art and it looks FANTASTIC!

Time to go home and sleep!

Toooooosday

Monday was rough. I had a headache pretty much from last Friday on. I woke up today feelingo great, which was a vast relief.

I've been tackling problems with Inventory and Equipment slots with Neverwinter Nights 2 all morning and it is starting to come together...finally. I got to see some of the new GUI art being created by our very own Justin Cherry and I must say it is looking awesome.

I love working here.

In other news I watched SciFi Channel's Man-Thing this weekend (when i wasn't working) and let me tell you, that movie was a steaming pile. The 4.0 it is currently receiving at IMDB is very generous. Hey, this is coming from a man who liked Frankenfish, which currently has a respectable 4.5 at IMDB.

Netflix abused the hell out of me too:

  1. Prince of Darkness: Normally I am a big John Carpenter fan. I really liked The Thing, and I absolutely LOVE Big Trouble In Little China. This one however...man. Jesus was an alien and green goo is Satan. Yeah... don't waste your time with this one, go rent BTinLC instead.
  2. Dark Star: Another John Carpenter masterpiece. Actually, this movie is pretty funny and endearing. You have to look past the shoestring budget and enjoy the movie for what it brings to the table. This one is definitely more fun to watch with friends and a couple of beers.
  3. Stander: This was actually a very good movie, and I suspected it was when I queued it. The movie takes place in the 70's (and the time era is represented almost perfectly) and is the true story of Andre' Stander (portrayed by Thomas Jane) a cop in South Africa who attempts to fight the system by robbing banks during his lunch break, and even returning to investigate his own robbery later. There is more to it than that, but I don't want to spoil it.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Obsidian Movie Day

Today was Obsidian Movie Day and the movie was The Hitchhiker's Guid to the Galaxy.

First of all, let me say that while I appreciate the written works of Douglas Adams, I am not one of his more zealous fans. I find his work repetitive and tiring sometimes. I think his Dirk Gently books to be superior in many ways.

That said, the movie was still very entertaining and despite the clamoring of some obsessed fans, it was true to the original 'spirit' of the work. I make that claim based on this little fact:

Writing credits (WGA)
Douglas Adams (book)
Douglas Adams (screenplay)

If the man wrote the screenplay AND the original book, my assumption has to be that for better or worse, this was his intended result.

Anyway, it was fun and the price was right (free).

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Serenity 09/30/2005

Yessssssss.

I can't even begin to put into words how excited I am about this.