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Quakecon 2013 Blog – Day Four (Sat. Aug. 3, 2013) – The Final Day

We got up around 11-12 Dallas time and the plan was to finally do some sight seeing. More specifically, we wanted to see the JFK memorial and the site of his assassination. That’s the only interesting thing to do in Dallas as far as we could tell.

The stretch of road where JFK was assassinated. Yes, that yellow banner actually does say "grassy knoll".

The stretch of road where JFK was assassinated. Yes, that yellow banner actually does say “grassy knoll”.

Colby did some research and we headed to a train station that was supposed to bring us to downtown Dallas. After a 20-30 minute walk in the complete opposite direction from the place we wanted to go, we ended up at an empty station. There was only a couple people there. Remember that the Denny’s waitress told us that trains usually came every 20-30 minutes at the stations, we bought day passes ($5 each, pretty cheap) and then looked at the departure times. We were in for a shock. The wait was an hour for the next train. So we argued and walked around for a bit (bearing in mind the temperature was in the low 40 degrees Celsius). Eventually the train arrived and we got in. It was crowded! What the hell?! Where did all these people come from?! We stood next to the door because there was literally no where else to go and only rode it to the next station, called Victory. We got off that train (from the TRE line) and got onto one from the green line, which luckily wasn’t much of a wait at all (less than a minute). It seems that the more downtown area trains arrive and depart much more reguarly than where we were. Curiously, almost no one else got off the train. Where that huge group of people was headed we’ll never know. (more…)

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John inadvertently drew a Pokeball.

Quakecon 2013 Blog – Day Three (Fri. Aug. 2, 2013) – I TALKED TO FATAL1TY!!

Breakfast/Lunch. Quakecon hot dog and burger!

Breakfast/Lunch. Quakecon hot dog and burger!

Today started a bit differently than yesterday. I guess due to the sleep deprivation of the previous two nights we both … well… we slept into 1:00 pm Dallas time. Look, we were really tired okay? Unfortunately, waking up this late meant we had no time to head downtown. We left our room close to 2 and, wanting to make it to the Wolfenstein presentation at 2:30, were forced to find something to eat. And quick. Thankfully, we found a little counter selling hot dogs and hamburgers for the convention and we bought something there. They didn’t have any ketchup though, and that was annoying. We sat outside in the sun and ate (wow it’s hot here) and then headed off to check out the new Wolfenstein.

It was a short presentation by the guys making the game, and one of them played using a 360 gamepad. I have no idea why, considering the crowd was cheering to “PC gaming rules” the day before during the first Quakecon presentation. He was… not great. A few times I thought he was going to die, but I think they made it so it was impossible. We saw the first bit of the game (when you first start out) and a bit I assume was near the middle. It looks okay I guess. Pretty standard nowadays, nothing terribly special. Colby wants to talk about it a bit though, so I shall let him. (more…)

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Quakecon main stage.

Quakecon 2013 Blog – Day Two (Thurs. Aug. 1, 2013) – Quakecon Begins

Today began pretty shitty. The phone rang at about 7:20 am (or 5:20 am according to our body clocks) and we both woke up and looked at each other confused. I thought it was just a really weird alarm Colby had set (since he didn’t want to sleep in past 9 am Dallas time). Anyways, we ignored it. A few minutes later, some one knocked on the door. Maintenance. Wonderful. So I got up and groggily opened the door (after several failed attempts). 3 men walked in and one said “you got a water leak!” and I was like “we do?” and he’s like “yeah!” then looked at a wall, turned to his buddies and said “I don’t see anything.” Anyways, they apologized and left. I went back to bed.

Our wristbands so we can actually go around Quakecon!

Our wristbands so we can actually go around Quakecon!

At about 8:00 (again, 6:00 to us due to the time difference) the phone rang again. It some bloke – named David I think – and he said that we had to move to another room so they could rip apart the wall. I said that we’d need an hour or so to prepare. He said that’d be fine, he’d call back at 9am. He never did. We waited until 9:20-ish then gave up and took all our stuff downstairs to the main lobby and got keys to our new room. It’s 14 floors down, but it’s exactly the same. It’s like we never moved. I sort of expected to get an upgrade or free internet or something, but all we got was an empty promise and further sleep deprivation. I wasn’t particularly impressed. Edit: I just realized this new room IS slightly different! We don’t have that weird statue thing in front of our window! Good, that thing scared the shit out of me. Just sitting there, starring at me with that cold smug face… (more…)

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Bottom floor of our hotel. Reminds me of a mall.

Quakecon 2013 Blog – Day One (Wed. July 31, 2013) – Travelling There

7akilah and the pilot truck!

7akilah and the pilot truck!

Holy crap I’m tired. I’m really tired. I think I’ve sleep about an hour within the last… what? 36 or so? Hard to get to sleep when you set your alarm for 1am and then go to bed just before midnight.

Anyways, here was the travel bit in a nutshell. Colby and I left my place at about 2am. Then we left my place again at about quarter after 2 after returning when I realized I forgot my wallet. We went across the border without a problem and weaved our way through all the bloody construction zones in the US on our way to the Bellingham airport. During one of these construction zones we were behind a car with the license plate “7akilah” (Tequila) and had a “pilot truck” leading us through the mess of pylons. It was interesting. We parked, a nice older lady driving the shuttle bus picked us up and took us to the terminal where we checked in and were the first two people through security that morning. We actually had to wait for security to open! (more…)

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Last Updated: June 4, 2013 (v. 1.05) – added a “coin flip” to determine which player goes first.

So I made a dice game. It’s inspired by Quake Live and requires nothing but dice to play, although a pen and paper may come in handy as well. Bored on a road trip or something? No worries, we have the answer!

Basically, you have 2 attack dice and 1 stack die. This gives you the ability to potentially damage your opponent twice per turn and rebuild your stack once per turn. Although, your attacks may miss and you can deal damage to yourself (and potentially suicide) by rocket jumping. When you deplete your opponent’s stack, you earn one frag. Your opponent then respawns with 100 stack and you continue playing until one player reaches 5 frags and wins the game. More detailed rules are below in this post, as well as a downloadable .pdf of the rules.

In addition, I made a little console program that simulates this game. It can be downloaded here:

QUAKE Dice v 1.05 Download (Windows) (includes .pdf of the rules and an .exe of the game)

QUAKE Dice Rules (.pdf) View/Download (Also written below)

QUAKE Dice Scoresheet (.pdf) View/Download (For playing in real life!)

You can also click here to reach the forum topic for this game if you have any questions/comments/suggestions/bug reports/want to download old versions.


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Seeing the Peoria Rivermen in Real Life!

This is going to be the most bloggy blog post in history.

So on October 13th I got a chance to see my hockey team in action. By my team I mean the Peoria Rivermen, the real-life affiliate of the fictional Kamloops Pylons!

With Jake Allen (the real one!) in net and a few recognizable names (Grachev, Shields, Ponich, and Peluso) on the ice, I got to watch the real-life counterparts of my hockey team play a real game versus the Abbotsford Heat. (more…)

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What Happened, Nintendo?

Warning: the following is rather long and very opinionated.

I was born in the early 90s. Throughout that decade – and indeed until 2006, I was a huge Nintendo fan. Although, since my grandfather and parents had purchased my brother and I Nintendo consoles right from the beginning (never owned a Sega system until the early 2000s when we received one for free) we didn’t exactly have much say in the matter. I remember playing Donkey Kong and Kirby Superstar especially on the Super Nintendo with Colby for hours. We’d be woken up for school in the morning and rush downstairs to eat cereal and play some SNES. When the N64 came out my grandfather bought us one a few months after. I remember that my friends at school all had one, and I was so jealous. My father – it must have been – found an emulator and I was halfway through the fire temple on Ocarina of Time before an N64 finally arrived in our household.

Then, shortly afterwards, we moved. A few months later I met Alex. In fact, Nintendo was the reason why we met. After the christmas break our teacher changed the seating plan around and Alex, whom I hadn’t spoken to beforehand, was now sitting beside me. He noticed that I had drawn a triforce on my nameplate thing on my desk and I guess we sort of hit it off. I mean, that was 12 years ago! I remember playing a lot of N64 with him. Especially Mario Tennis (with Colby as well!), but he also introduced me to Ogre Battle 64, which, I believe, we both hail as the greatest game ever to this day. Playstation? Neither of us owned one and neither of us cared to own one (as far as I know). I didn’t know anyone with a playstation back then. Unfortunately, my parents decided that just 10 months of living in Burnaby was enough, and so we moved again… to Abbotsford. And then the Gamecube came out.

I remember playing Super Smash Bros. Melee on the Gamecube – which was the first console Colby and I actually bought with our own money after saving up for literally months, albeit with some help from my grandfather again – and being blown away with how amazing it looked. We loved that thing. Alex would come over from time to time and play with us. Xbox? Playstation 2? What the hell are those? I didn’t know anyone with a PS2 until Socks and I became friends about 3-4 years later. To this day I only know a few people who only had the original Xbox during this period of time. In our little social circle, with the exception of Socks, the Gamecube was king. But the years passed and another generation of consoles was due out. The Xbox 360 was released first of all, and Colby and I dismissed it as a piece of shit. Because we had acquired both a PS2 and original Xbox beforehand, we sort of knew what to expect from Sony’s and Microsoft’s offerings, and to be honest it wasn’t for us. But then I remember being at high school during lunch time, and my friend Kass telling me the next Nintendo console would be called the “Wii”. I thought he was joking.

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The Complete n00b’s Guide to: Studying Successfully for College/University

With school in full swing again it seems appropriate that I write another complete n00b’s guide to something. But what? Are you blind? Didn’t you read the title? It’s about studying successfully. Sheesh, pay more attention… that’s my first suggestion.

Just so you know, this n00b’s guide is directed towards those of you about to begin – or are already a year or so into – university or college and are hoping to actually do something with your education. Let’s be honest here, degrees are getting increasingly common. How do you set yourself apart from all of the others you graduated with? Your marks and GPA. And your personality, of course, but I can’t help you with that.

I want to start with a little story first: the other day, my calculus professor went on a tangent (see what I did there?) after marking our quizzes. He said that there were 3 types of students – ones that are just “whatever” students and are there (usually) at their parent’s expense and have no real drive to do anything other than show up; those that give 110% everyday regardless of the marks they earn; and those in between. He argued that the in between group was the real danger zone – going through school doing the bare minimum. Just barely passing, working out exactly what percentages you need to proceed… those sorts of people. And I have to agree with him. If you’re the kind of person that’s just there to have a good time, then go for it. If you’re the hardworker, then good for you! But if you’re in between, make up your mind. And fast.

The way I see it, bearing in mind I’m a Biology major, there are a few different ways to go about studying successfully: (more…)

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Company of Zeros (Company of Heroes Parody)

A short video we made in Company of Heroes. The premise is basically that a commander is being blatantly lied to regarding the status of his troops and the war. Inspired by the short videos used in the old episodes of Pure Pwnage!

Video Recording: Tetchro, Cheese
Video Editing: Cheese
Audio Editing: Tetchro
Script: Tetchro, Cheese
Voices: Tetchro, Cheese, Tehsocks
Concept: Tetchro

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Introducing: Balance of the Planet

I’m willing to bet most of you here don’t know who Chris Crawford is, but I wanted to share this new Kick Starter project, for a new version of a game called Balance of the Planet. It’s a remake of a game that came out in 1990, a year before I was born, created solely to get the player to appreciate the many different things that influence the environment, and learn a little about it. I don’t believe I can adequately explain why you should care about backing this project, but here’s why I already have. (more…)

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