October 31, 2004

New guitar amp ()

by fluffy at 4:51 PM
I finally got myself a guitar amp, specifically the Roland Microcube. $125 at Guitar Center. Has a buttload of built-in effects and amp models, runs for 20 hours off of 6 AA batteries (or indefinitely off the supplied AC adaptor), and is both louder and better-sounding than the huge stupid Kustom bass amp I had back in New Mexico while also being only a couple pounds and fitting in my backpack. Neat.

I got it with the intent of doing performances and donating whatever proceeds I get to various homeless support charities. (I just wanna perform. I already have a perfectly good paying job.) Though it looks like doing it in a subway is more trouble than it's worth, so instead I'll probably just do it in/around Union Square. (Central Park has a blanket ban on amplified devices, unfortunately.)

October 30, 2004

Friday night ()

by fluffy at 2:49 PM
A new comic. (It was a bit too wide to fit into the page layout cleanly this time.)

October 27, 2004

Days off ()

by fluffy at 7:26 PM
In celebration of finally shipping, we all get five (5) days off, without it affecting our vacation time.


We're approved ()

by fluffy at 3:43 PM

October 25, 2004

Another day, another critical show-stopper bug ()

by fluffy at 7:20 PM

There's no way we're going to get out by the holiday shopping season if this keeps up. We're already cutting it WAY close as it is.


7:46 PM Dear Programmers: Please make sure that you don't delete the same object twice in a row. I mean, I know it's so hard to look forward three lines, but still.

Note to self ()

by fluffy at 10:56 AM
When using refcount-based resource management, make sure that your unlock count matches your lock count.

Yep, we're gonna have to submit again. Meh. (At least, we're pretty sure we will. Nintendo hasn't officially rejected the last build yet. But there's no way they'll be able to play through the game without it crashing.)

12:22 PM Lucky me, it turns out there was another crash bug in code which wasn't mine. Whee.

October 22, 2004

Going gold ()

by fluffy at 5:00 PM
About an hour ago we submitted what we think is our final build. Woo.

Mini-review: Katamary Damacy ()

by fluffy at 11:50 AM
Namco's on crack. Buy it.

October 21, 2004

We're done, sorta ()

by fluffy at 1:05 PM
We've finally submitted a build to Nintendo. Of course, one of the last-minute fixes James put in ended up horribly breaking something else, so we're going to have to resubmit in a little bit. But in the meantime a few other little gameplay bugs have emerged, so we'll be able to fix those too.

So all we can do for now is just idle and play video games while waiting for Nintendo to tell us why we suck.

October 19, 2004

Final hour ()

by fluffy at 1:54 PM
As soon as James can finish unlocking all of the items in his monster savegame and verifying that everything in the game is unlockable, we build and submit to Nintendo. Woo.

3:30 so much for that. stupid unlockables saving bug.

October 17, 2004

Finally have a keyboard again ()

by fluffy at 1:02 AM
I finally got fed up with not having a piano keyboard of some sort, and I went and bought a Casio PX-300, after falling in love with the 400 at Guitar Center, and previously falling in love with the PS-20 (which first opened my eyes to Casio's "serious" digital pianos) when I visited Spud in Seattle a while ago. (The 300 is essentially the same as the 400, just without most of the useless features and no LCD showing the current GMIDI patch name.)

October 13, 2004

Just got home ()

by fluffy at 10:16 PM
Longest Tuesday ever.

Things I learned from the ESRB ()

by fluffy at 2:13 PM
"Finger shooting" is a reference to doing a line of cocaine, even when it's clearly meant in the innocuous "pointing your finger and going 'bang' at someone" way.

"Pablo Escobar" is foul language.

Pixies, fairies, harpies, and other mythical beings are okay, as long as they're not on crack.

October 12, 2004

Just got home ()

by fluffy at 1:31 AM
The L train was out of service. I don't know what's worse, the roundabout route I had to take or the fact I still got home at about the same time, even with the J and M both going realllllly slow.

October 10, 2004

My DS Shopping List ()

by fluffy at 5:14 PM
When the DS comes out, I will have to buy one, and a number of games for it. Here are the ones I'm considering the most strongly.

October 7, 2004

read ()

by fluffy at 9:33 AM
holy fuck

2:57 Also, check out the Gamespot DS page header image. I wonder how many people will go "Hey I recognize most of those characters but who the fuck are those two people next to Mario?"

October 6, 2004

October 1, 2004

Much better ()

by fluffy at 5:05 PM
The demo ROM shipped out an hour ago, after which we had a long leisurely lunch where we didn't kill each other. And what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, right?

If I weren't feeling so drained I'd be feeling anxious about this being the first time that the press is going to see our game. Incidentally, for the purpose of the demo it's entitled "Crushed" or something, but that's probably going to change. We hope.

Too hard too long ()

by fluffy at 3:48 PM
Guh. I really need a vacation. NOW.