Sunday, December 28, 2003

Thursday, December 11, 2003

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Today's random links:

Insert Credit - a nice website about gaming. I think the contributors all live in Japan, as they always seem to talk about prices in Yen. They've got some neat stuff, I wish I'd found their website before. Also, they keep talking about something called the GP32, and some of the things they say make me curious about it. It's some sort of gaming platform, apparently, but I'm too lazy to go through google and find out more details.

Lost Levels - covers games that were never made available to the general (well, American at least) public. They have this neat feature about the games that would have been Final Fantasy IV and Seiken Densetsu, but got cancelled; another nice feature is that they've uncovered a preliminary script for what would have been the NES release of the Japanese Final Fantasy 2...neat!


I have just three things to teach:
Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
You return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
You accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
You reconcile all beings in the world.

- Lao Tzu

Saturday, December 06, 2003

Manna a very nicely written, and highly plausible story.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Knights of the Old Republic

I got it same time as FFX-2. However, I can't get it to run...when I choose "Game" from the launcher, I just get the little spinning disc cursor for a while, then nothing. I've tried most of the stuff found in the accompanying troubleshooting doc, and I've sent Lucasarts a plea for help, but no response so far. Any help?

Actually I had the same problem with Neverwinter Nights when I first got it, and I was able to work that out by downloading the most recent patch. I'm guessing I'll need to wait for a KOTOR patch before I can play it. Oh well, it's not like I'm running out of things to play...

Final Fantasy X-2: First Impressions

I''m about two or three hours into it. I like it. But then again, I like anything with a job system and learnable abilities. I find myself excited at the prospect of learning abilities with weird names such as "Cheap Shot", "Initiative", "Flametongue" and "Silent Samba"!

The game itself has a very "happy" feel...the battles are fast-paced and the general mood is upbeat. If you came in looking for a Final Fantasy game, you're gonna be disappointed. The Final Fantasy victory music isn't even there; Yuna jumps across chasms and climbs up ledges at the touch of a button.

The battles can be somewhat confusing, given how fast the ATB goes. And between the third and fourth missions (Besaid and Zanarkand), the difficulty seemed to jump up quite a bit. (I actually ran out of MP in Zanarkand and had to skip back to the save point for a refill.). Hopefully it means the rest of the game won't be a walk in the park like some other Final Fantasy games **coughcoughFF8coughcough**

It was nice seeing Wakka and Lulu, but I was really glad to see the Besaid Aurochs again.! :P I remember people complaining about the skimpy clothing and how Rikku is portrayed as a sex object. I don't get that feeling, in fact I don't particularly like the Rikku look, but Yuna looks pretty good.

About the jumping and climbing's kinda weird seeing it in a Final Fantasy game, but I hope they find some clever gameplay uses for it (none so far) The garment grid/dresssphere thing seemed kind of lame, and I'm not particularly fond of the Sailormoon-type costume changing thing, but it's okay, I suppose. I'd turn off the long animations in the options, but I suppose I have to see each change once...

And for those who were worried about Yuna being a pop star...she's not. ^_^

Windows XP: Luna

Since I got Windows XP a little less than a year ago, I've tried looking around for cheap (read: free) ways to customize the interface. I did eventually find some solutions, but after trying a nice chrome theme for a while, I eventually went back to the default XP look. Why? I realize now, I like the Luna interface. It's neat. It's one of the best things to come out of Microsoft in eight years.

Monday, November 17, 2003


I'm alive, I think.

Last Saturday, I helped an old man cross a very dangerous street! This may seem a weird thing to report, but it felt unusual enough to be helping a complete stranger. I'm not saying I don't normally help complete strangers, but I rarely see people helping old people cross the street!

I'm thinking of getting a domain name and paid webhosting...there's this host that's cheap and local.... The main reason is I want to learn a web-based scripting language, maybe PHP. This is actually a no-brainer, as it's the cheapest of the things I'm thinking of getting...(new TV, new PC, DSL, new cellphone...), but not yet, maybe by January...

Internet Timeline. 2001 - "Cats becomes sole proprietor of all your base. Every Zig moved."

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic PC version out on Wednesday! FFX-2 out tomorrow!

All that is gold does not glitter
Not all those who wander are lost
The old that is strong does not wither
Deep roots are not touched by the frost
From the shadows a light shall be woken
From the ashes a fire shall spring
Renewed shall be blade that was broken
The crownless again shall be king
-- Strider, Lord of the Rings

Sunday, November 09, 2003


So I saw Matrix: Revolutions last Friday. Nice movie, entertaining to watch, but it's not as deep as you'd expect, and the Matrix trilogy really ends not with a bang but with a whisper. I like this review, it analyzes things very well.

I feel like quitting Warcraft III for a while -- maybe a couple of weeks. I'm not really getting any better at it, and I'm a bit bored with it now. Maybe the patch will help things. Or maybe I'm just being moddy again. I really want to play more games, but there's never enought ime.

Square has a flash-based FXX-2 site up. I like the voice samples they have available. I think I'll like this game.

I don't know why I bothered, but I signed up for nanowrimo again. I have like half a novel's worth of plot running around in my head. Whether I find the time to commit it to something printable is another matter entirely.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Random Link of the Day

W3chart - seems to be a Warcraft 3 utility of sorts. I hear it can measure your APM, if you like that sort of thing. I'm still downloading it, so haven't tried it yet.

Sunday, November 02, 2003

Things are flaky. Have setup this blogger thing to publish to the fateback account (, seems to be working fine now. Ressurrected one of the older page layouts and added the pandaren brewmaster! Anyway, I'll also probably most of the website stuff from topcities to fateback, seeing as how topcities has gotten crappy lately with the FTP problem. That is all, back to work...

Saturday, November 01, 2003 For those not from the Philippines, All Saints Day and All Souls Day are non-working holidays for us, and the roads are generally jammed anywhere near cemeteries as Filipinos flock to the graveyards to remember their deceased loved ones. Sadly, since my folks are out of town, and I have no idea how to get to the resting place of my grandparents without them, all I can do is say a prayer for them right here. *says a silent prayer*

Anyway, I bought Temple of Elemental Evil today. I hear it's quite buggy though -- I'll wait for a patch before actually playing it. But installing the game allowed me to make a discovery...I'm low on hard disk space! I'm not sure how it happened, since I believe that a week ago I still had some 15 or more gigs of space available, but earlier I was down to 2 Gb. A quick scan told me that there was no disk error involved -- so I decided to chuck some stuff from the PC. Out went Baldur's Gate (I like the game, but I really can't seem to get myself to play it very often) and Neverwinter Nights (yes, it's infinitely replayable given the available modules, but why play mods when there are new full-length games like ToEE available?) After uninstalling these games and getting rid of some old Naruto eps, I was back up to a still-tight-but-healthy 6 gigs.

Well, checking out the disk space led to other stuff, so now I'm resigned to spending the rest of the night cleaning up the stuff on the computer, installing new programs, getting rid of old ones, and lots of other general maintenance work.

Chances are I'll be goofing again in a while though. Just like now...

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Yesterday, at around 6 PM, as I was winding up the day's work, we received a request from the user that they wanted some maintenance work done on one of the more obscure programs. And they needed it the next day! And we still had to have a meeting (we had originally scheduled the meeting for 3:00PM but had to keep pushing it due to stuff coming up) I wanted to reach out across the internet and slap whoever made the maintenance request on the head. End result: Most of us went home a bit before 12, the meeting never pushed through, and I called in for half-day sick leave today because of a freakin' headache.

Monday, October 27, 2003

"If history is to change, let it change!
If the world is to be destroyed, so be it!
If my fate is to die, I must simply laugh."
- Magus, Chrono Trigger

For as long as I have known about it, I have always liked this quote. It speaks of a certain ferocity, a certain stubbornness, a firm, unbending belief that whatever life throws at you, you will be able to not only handle it, but laugh in the face of its absurdity. This is how I would want my life to be; to be able to face any kind of adversity and address it without pause.

Enough rambling, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Roy, and this is my blog. Programmer, engineer, scientist, critic, gamer, dreamer, and kid-at-heart. I always thought I would find it preferable to code my own version of a blog, but time constraints have made me look for a simple, easy-to-use alternative. For now, I guess this blog becomes my main outlet to the internet. (Aside from email of course)

Hmmm...maybe I'll have more to say later. Until then, may the fates be kind to you.