LA noire

I felt I needed to do a post about LA Noire. LA Noire and its broken dialogue.

I was intrigued by the game, considering Rockstar’s influence, but I wanted to wait for it to get a little cheaper, or get it second hand.
I’m a singleplayer gamer, so I don’t need to be first among my friends, and most of them aren’t big gamers.

LA Noire features a a very advanced animation engine, MotionScan. Think of it as a very fancy facial capture tech.
The voice actors have done more than deliver their lines, they have had to act their parts out, as the face animation from this is captured and reproduced on screen. Once you see it, it can be quite impressive. You sometimes see quiet anger, interest, and even characters flirting with the player. Continue reading

My Electronics are on Strike

Computer says NO

I have had a horrible technological weekend.

My laptop has been dead in the water for 7 months, a laptop that I used every single day, every day. It was my entertainment centre, and web portal. I loved it dearly, and it’s charger went fuut.

My other PC is 6 years out of date, shouldn’t be considered, but I was forced to shlep around with it instead. I hate it very much, and it refuses to do anything more complicated than to moan at me.

My cellphone is also a little out of date, but really, it’s been working fine, until my Opera Mini app keeps seizing, crashing and generally doing things that it was doing fine 2 months ago. I guess I shouldn’t have dropped it, but I mean, really, it’s not a smartphone, far from ‘sensitive equipment’.

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A Smashing Phone Experience

Dropped my phone last night. I drop it more often than I’d like, but it never seemed to mind, kept working fine, and usually didn’t even switch off.
‘Till now.

I dropped it trying to get it out of my jeans pocket, while trying to exit the kitchen. Slight slip and my phone now has a crystalline pattern all over the screen, with some lovely looking bruises that seem to be spreading. Lovely.

Well, this obviously pissed me off to no end, but I think repairs will be cheap enough, it’s easy to dismantle this phone. But it got me thinking, my contract upgrades in April next year. It’s a bit far when you consider all the phone coming out in South Africa now, namely the HTC Desire HD.

 

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Apple Only Likes You For The Money

I should explain. Apple, the fruit, not the company, is a crunchy, juicy and flavoury treat that is grows widely and helps keep the doctor away.
Apple, the Company, is a giant bully that makes great products, sells them for exorbitant prices, and would feed you your foot at a 50% mark-up if they could just put a brand on it. It does not help keep the doctor away. Oh, and they label every thing with a prefix of i-.

The iMac, iPod, iPhone, iTouch (naughty naughty). All lovely products, I have owned two of those products. I know people who only use Apple products. It really is a great company, and they have always been there. They used to the tool of nerds and trendy people, and … it still is, but in a cooler way.
If you don’t have an Apple product, it can be said that you aren’t really living in the tech world. For some this is true, others not, but we all can see a great big flag of INFLUENCE flying over the headquarters of Apple. Underneath is a smaller flag saying BOW DOWN, but that gets less press.
Well, I feel I should take on a giant. Imma regular David.

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DRM – Damn Right it’s Mine!

DRM – Digital Rights Management. The latest in war against Piracy. Well, not the latest, but the current trend. DRM, put loosely, is a way for a company, or publisher, to make sure that a piece of their digital product gets used by a purchaser, and only that purchaser. To stop copying and and thus, stop the loss of revenue. I think. It could be used to piss us off.

There have been many different ways of implementing DRM, from the very subtle, to the very intrusive, in your face methods, some of which can hurt your PC’s performance. (Please note, for Gaming, a console never gets these issues. Eat it PC fanboys)
DRM is different to other anti-piracy methods, as Wikipedia explains. “The term (DRM) is used to describe any technology which inhibits uses (legitimate or otherwise) of digital content that was not desired or foreseen by the content provider”. So in layman, DRM restricts the way something is used by the user, whether legal or not. It’s a double-edged sword. The company protects itself, but it hurts legitimate users. So they look elsewhere, or simply pirate. And the pirate version does not feature these restrictions, so the DRM only ever affects the legal user. WTF?? That’s arresting someone for being capable of murder. You know, they do have hands! It’s targeting the wrong people.

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Have a Heart for the Death Of Valentines Day

    The various media always surprise me at Valentines day (Not really). Everyone is thinking love, everyone is speaking love, faking love and most of all, spending money on cheap and tacky things that, in some magic way, prove undieing love.
   
    It happens with the press as well. Mass-sensationalism about love. This one killed for love, this one died because of love, that one was murdered for the cheap tacky things and the contents of his wallet. Isn’t it lovely that this couple has been married for 67 years? Should they die the next day, no news article will mention it. Once reported, no need for a follow-up.
    It happens with music, to a degree. While love songs are always being produced, and we are all partial to the occasional ballad, there is a sudden influx of love songs across the radio waves. I like music, but I also like variety. 25 love songs, back-to-back, do not appeal. But then, if they keep dong it, it must mean someone still listens.
   
    It happens with movies. Mostly them. Of any media, movies are the most exploitative. I understand why, they are expensive, take a long time to make and most of all, only ever have attractive people in them. I think that is the only reason why people (read = woman) go to see these movies. Oh! It has McDreamy in it? Or that other guy, Steroid-Beast, And that other one, you know, Sleazy-but-still-cute-in-a-skater/surfer-way.
    These people dominate the February film line up. I am fine with chick-flicks(but not a fan), but movies made to exploit the Valentines hype, now those I really don’t like. I’d love to see a Rom-Com with ugly people. Think of it. Ugly people that truly love each other, and have to deal some heavy issues, whatever they may be, but they LOVE EACH OTHER!
    Or maybe two ugly people meet, that’s where the movie starts, and as the movie progresses, the relationship develops and the people become more ‘pretty’. Not a huge makeover, but enough to convoy a message of Love is Beautiful. Not R50 a ticket, R25 a kilogramme, R30 an hour.
   
    I don’t know. Should I be angry at the world’s media, that is just another type of business, trying to make a profit off whatever sells, or should I be angry at the people you buy into it. If those people didn’t buy, there would be not comparing of Valentine’s Gifts, because that’s what they are. Commodities to be compared and valued, and they are called Valentine’s gifts. Because that’s all they’ll ever be.
    Show your love during the year, not on a special day that has had all the special meaning behind it stripped, replaced with special prices
  

Proudly South African? Not us!

   That title is not aimed at me. It's the Media of South Africa. They are very picky when it comes to what they will report on, and if it's supporting our country, no, we can't have that. BLAME ZUMA!! YEAH!! OR APARTHEID!! Sorry, gotta stop blaming that.

    With news of Mr. Niell Blomkamp's film, District 9, being nominated in 4 catagories for the Oscars, I got quite pissed off. Not because I don't like the movie, but because I loved it.
    I am South African, and the movie is directed, edited, written, just about everything, by South Africans. If Peter Jackson didn't produce it, it would be a South African production. The reason why I am so pissed off, is that good ol' South Africa refused to even touch this movie until it made $37 million in 2 days. After that, the media couldn't get enough of it.
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