Tales From the Bitface (Posts about gaming)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:58:01 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssReamde By Neal Stephenson (Books 2016, 13)https://devilgate.org/blog/2016/09/14/reamde-by-neal-stephenson-books-2016-13/Martin McCallion<p>It’s a page-turner, an engrossing thriller. I got through the 1040 pages in about a week of being on holiday in Greece (it would have taken me a lot longer at home, especially if I had been working).</p> <p>Its biggest flaw is exactly how much of a well-oiled machine it is, how beautifully, unreasonably jigsaw-like the pieces all fit together, so that all the players end up together at he right place at the right time for the denouement (which event itself takes up probably close to 200 pages). It’s a bit — no, <em>extremely</em> unlikely that all of the disparate characters could have come together just as they do.</p> <p>But by the time it’s clear they’re going to, we’re so engaged with them all that we want it to happen just like it does. It’s only when standing back afterwards (or to be fair, during breaks when in the course of reading) that you we think, “This is actually kind of preposterous.”</p> <p>But still, preposterous fun.</p> book notesBooksbooks 2016gamesgamingNeal Stephensonthrillershttps://devilgate.org/blog/2016/09/14/reamde-by-neal-stephenson-books-2016-13/Tue, 13 Sep 2016 23:15:09 GMTPokémon Gonehttps://devilgate.org/blog/2016/07/15/pokemon-gone/Martin McCallion<div><p></p><p>I am <em>so</em> not a gamer.</p> <p>Oh, I loved <a href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteroids_(video_game)”>Asteroids</a> back in the day. I solved <a href=”http://www.monumentvalleygame.com”>Monument Valley</a>, and I got on fine with <a href=”http://altosadventure.com”>Alto’s Adventure</a>. But I’ve never got more sophisticated modern games. There’s a whole big post about that that I’ll maybe write one day.</p> <p>But Pokémon Go has lit up the internet for the last week or so, and it sounded kind of fun. So I thought I’d give it a try. Probably more healthy than arguing about the Labour leadership crisis on Facebook, anyway.</p> <p>I was just out at the shops, and I remembered I had it, and sure enough, there was a wild Golbat outside the local supermarket. You’ve got to throw the pokéball to catch them, right? I’ve seen enough of the TV series with my kids to get that.</p> <p><img src=”http://devilgate.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/IMG_4686.jpg” alt=”A hovering Golbat superimposed on a shop called ‘Local Supermarket’.” title=”Golbat Outside the Local Supermarket” border=”0” width=”337” height=”600” style=”float:right;”></p> <p>But could I catch it? Could I buggery. No matter how many times I flicked up on the screen to send the ball towards it, it just would not connect. I must have tried like fifty times, standing outside the shop like an idiot.</p> <p>This is why I never get into games. I soon hit upon something frustrating and get bored with them. No doubt I was doing something wrong. I’ll try again, I suppose, but it’s very discouraging.</p> <p>Oh, <em>and</em> I couldn’t get the name I wanted. “Devilgate” was taken, but so was it along with just about every suffix I could think of, including just random strings of numbers.</p> <p>Kind of cool to see the pokéball rolling off under the vegetable racks, though.</p></div>gamesgamingPokémontechhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2016/07/15/pokemon-gone/Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:57:05 GMT