Five Years!
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 May 2011, 11:23 am
WorldIV turned five years old last month! Wow, that must officially make blogs old hat, because this was not an early-adopter site! Life has wedged itself between blogging and ourselves. Tuebit is proceeding through school, and deserves a round of applause! *golf claps ensue* I’m working, trying (and most flopping at) some side projects, and [...]


Boycott the Foolishness
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 April 2011, 12:51 pm
I usually enjoy the general goofiness of the Internet. I’m on the verge of proud about the fact that there is a definitive Internet Culture. But damn, April Fool’s Day annoys me. Blizzard and Google can usually be relied upon for a good chuckle. Everything else feels hit-or-miss. So, here’s my non-April-Fool’s, April 1 update! [...]


Speaking of Grinding
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 March 2011, 12:20 pm
I’ve hit a milestone with my primary EVE toon… There are no more skills that I feel strongly driven to acquire! He can have hundreds of market sales, pilot the largest freighters and jump freighters, and exploit planets — and I have little interest in the crafting game with its razor-thin margins. So, I’ve generated [...]


With Much Grinding and Changing of Gears
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 February 2011, 7:00 am
Unusual warning: This is a pretty long entry! Shamefully, I simply don’t spend a whole lot of time playing in the MMORPG, or even “serious gaming” spaces these days. I also feel pretty circumspect about discussing casual and social gaming too closely — I’m just paranoid like that when it could possibly cross goals with [...]


Work, WoW, and Projects, oh my!
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 February 2011, 2:33 pm
Wolfie Tachevert at 65When I get to game, which is unfortunately pretty rare lately, I’ve been putting most of my time into WoW. The new levelling curve is incredibly fast, so even with my “maybe a few hours on a weekend day” play schedule, I’ve made it to 65. I clearly remember, when Burning Crusade [...]


You’re Still A Loser
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 January 2011, 11:05 am
If you’re reading this, it’s proof that inflamatory and grossly oversimplified titles attract attention. But that aside for now. I’ve noticed a couple of articles on New Scientist recently that relate to games. First, a new study finds that, contrary to previous research, playing video games isn’t predictive of body mass increase in teens (i.e. [...]


Twenty to the Eleven
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 January 2011, 12:03 pm
It’s been another year, and it’s a good time for one of those reflective “summary/lookahead” kind of posts! 2010 2010 started rough, with the end of my employer’s original product plan. And, we were moving into Facebook games — I mean, who pays attention to THOSE? (Answer: Enough people to get the company acquired and [...]


Have a Festive Holiday Season (or extended weekend)
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 December 2010, 2:26 pm
I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season. And, I can never resist dragging out this old SWG footage at this time of year.


Humble Indie Bundle 2!
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 December 2010, 2:42 pm
The Humble Indie Bundle 2 is available. Support your indie game devs — there are some real gems in here, and you can name your own price, AND you decide how to split what you do pay between the game devs, EFF and Child’s Play charities, and the Humble Bundle project itself. Plus, they’ve sweetened [...]


If you Love Something, set it Free…
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 December 2010, 11:25 am
I’d been blogging about a side project that I’d been tinkering with. Basically, I was inspired by a CG movie (“Pipe Dreams” by Animusic) to try out a physics-based 1-click mechanic. After a few weeks of tinkering and some good advice from a few friends, I got the core functionality complete. I didn’t want to [...]


Graffiti in the Can
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 November 2010, 8:57 pm
Graffiti in university washrooms amuses me. In and amongst the “your mom” jokes and anthropomorphized gonads was this.


Back in the WoW Again
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 November 2010, 1:57 pm
After a few persistent questions from some coworkers, I’ve decided to hop back into WoW with the new expansion, Cataclysm. In case you don’t actually read anything about WoW, Cataclysm’s main selling point is that they’re revamping the entire early-game of level 1-60 gameplay. This means that I’m actually going to be excited about rerolling [...]


Critical Questions
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 October 2010, 6:22 pm
A demon appears before you. Or perhaps she’s an alien from a far-flung world, or an evolved human from the distant future. The creature explains that it has the power to alter time, space and the fabric of reality. He explains that time and the progression of events is not fixed, but malleable. It offers [...]


Too Much Robot Unicorn!
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 October 2010, 11:48 am
Robot Unicorn Attack HD is one of the most addictive iPad purchases I’ve made. If, somehow, you haven’t already been infected by the… … then you can sample it on Adult Swim. Then go buy it. BUY IT NOW! Unfortunately, this means I will now be unable to clear the background music from my [...]


Why Don’t I Want to Blog?
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 October 2010, 12:47 pm
As a friend of mine observed, Twitter and Facebook have largely decapitated the blogging world. If my thought doesn’t fit into 140 characters, my friend claims, nobody wants to read it. I think my friend wasn’t cynical enough. If my thought doesn’t fit into 140 characters, I’m not always sure I have the attention [...]


Angry Birds
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 September 2010, 8:20 am
I am a complete addict of Angry Birds on my iPad. It’s a terrific physics puzzler. One of my coworkers mailed me a parody link, and I just couldn’t resist creating Annoyed Avians. It may not look like much, but hey, it’s got a simple room-interaction-parser kind of Interactive Fiction thing going. Even [...]


The MMO Niche
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 September 2010, 10:20 am
Let’s not mince words. World of Warcraft, the biggest Western MMO ever, boasted thirteen million players. Unimaginable! Diablo 2, one of the top PC RPGs of all time, sold around 4 million. And 52.5 million people watched the finale of Friends. I think my posting history here makes my position clear… I play [...]


I Write Like …
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 July 2010, 7:55 pm
Yet another instant analyzer with a pastable badge. I write likeDavid Foster Wallace I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!


I was so Totally Wrong About the iPad
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 July 2010, 1:13 pm
What is the iPad, in 5 words or less? It’s a really big iPhone. It would have taken me 6 words to describe it based on what I’d seen before acquiring and using one daily. I’d have said it’s just a really big iPhone. And while that’s true, it isn’t accurate if you’re [...]


I Blame the Game Developers
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 July 2010, 8:27 pm
/.reports that creativity in America is declining. From the article: One likely culprit is the number of hours kids now spend in front of the TV and playing videogames rather than engaging in creative activities. By extension, I blame game developers. But seriously. When I was growing up, we played D&D. On paper! When the uptight [...]


My Thoughts on Blizzard RealID
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 July 2010, 1:39 pm
By and large, I concur with the RealID discussion at Habitat Chronicles. I don’t have a lot of value to add, really. Here are my thoughts! It’s scary. I’ve let my real name out, and it’s nearly impossible to fight your way back. I bet Blizzard has decided that the quality of discussion on [...]


Keeping it Simple: The Game Plays!
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 June 2010, 1:49 am
Still wrestling with my little puzzle game. I did some plumbing work today — a bitmap manager, a sound manager, and a basic level data structure. The result? The core game is, while still horrifically lacking in feedback, at least playable! Tack in a reasonable amount of polish and some not-crap levels and [...]


Work-Life Balance
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 June 2010, 4:30 pm
While I’m on my self-improvement professional-development kick, I wanted to talk about the work-life balance question. I’ll begin, of course, with the answer. The balance between work and life is completely up to you. Start by deciding on your goals. Are you in a growth phase of your career? This tips the balance. [...]


Grinding AA Points
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 June 2010, 11:57 am
Sometimes, my brain is about as full of techie stuff as it can digest for a while. At times like this, I like to shake things up by studying… <voice=”spooky”>stuff that isn’t programming!</voice> This time around, I’m interested in general business stuff. I’m reading a couple of “recent classics” that have been on [...]


A Modern Phone
Posted by WorldIV.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 June 2010, 11:16 pm
I have finally given up on ever having an iPhone. With that newfound freedom, I’ve picked up a myTouch 3g Slide. Yes, after months of railing that it’s “for nerds,” I have an Android phone. One with a keyboard, no less! I’m liking it quite a lot… I even managed [...]


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