This gorgeous Skyrim timelapse comes to us thanks to @wrenthereaper, and his viral Skyrim timelapse that’s been features on sites like Dorkly and How-To Geek, the latter of the two being where I stumbled on it.
Now I’ll be honest right now – I haven’t played Skyrim. I’m waiting for the holidays, going to try and catch the game as part of a Steam sale possibly, but I’ve been really enjoying everyone else’s stories about it so far. This video, on the other hand, was the closest I’ve come to actually breaking down and buying the game just to experience all of this myself. Check it out – the video’s below.
Dorkly is wonderful for many things, especially its old-school video game videos (are they machinima? I suppose so!) but this article has a special place in my heart. Now granted, I’ve fought a number of bosses that didn’t make the list that I really think should have (I’m looking at you I-no, Guilty Gear XX) but it’s still a good list regardless. Anyone who’s a big fan of videogames will proabably agree with at least some of them.
Frankly, I think M. Bison is a classic example of what we like to call the “rubberband AI,” meaning a first fight that’s so ridiculously easy that anyone can handle it, but is programmed only to lure you into a false sense of thinking that the fight will be at all reasonable in the long run. He then – like every boss like him – turns around and behaves impossibly good, reading the buttons you’re pressing to determine what you’re about to do and counter/avoid it, and does impossible amounts of damage on every hit.
Well, that’s my opinion anyway – who do you think should have been on the list that didn’t make it?
I bookmarked this a while ago partially in order to make it easier to come back to when I wanted something to decorate the walls of my new place, but also because I wanted to be able to share these beautifully geeky posters. If you want your houseguests to know you’re an Android fan, or that you’ve been using a Mac since the Classic days, or that you’re an old school gamer, these posters are for you, and most of them are easily available as prints and copies that are pretty enough for frames and definitely attractive enough to earn a spot on your walls.
The ones above are some of those old school video game posters, but I’m also just as much a fan of the Fail Whale, the Google Doodles, and just about any of The Oatmeal’s prints.
This tidbit from Dorkly will either make you laugh and smile or it’ll completely obliterate your childhood. After all, imagine what Mario, Solid Snake, and Kratos actually look like – or rather, what their voice actors actually look like.
If you’re curious, you’re free to proceed – but if you’re terrified of the notion and would rather continue to believe that Mario is a dark-haired Italian plumber, well – I’ve already shattered that one for you. However, if you’re curious what the Master Chief from Halo actually “looks” like under that armored helm, or what the characters from Team Fortress 2 actually look like, then click on. They answers actually may surprise you.
Following up their hilarious Mario with a Portal Gun video, this Link with a Portal Gun video form the folks at Dorkly simply takes the cake. After all, this is totally how I would have played Link to The Past if I had a portal gun on me at the time. Props to The How-To Geek for finding this!
This is probably the most hilarious thing I’ve seen in a very long time.
I mean, I think everyone understand how a bad case of swamp ass can be, but this is a whole different thing. Honestly though, the hair dryer trick is pretty interesting…
While I can’t say that as a red-blooded straight male I’ve ever horribly complained about the state of female armor in fantasy games, movies, books, and virtually every other medium, but I can say that I’ve more than once pondered exactly how ridiculous it really as. Especially in games – I love the duality in games like World of Warcraft where a male’s armor will cover his entire upper body, but the same item on a female character will gleefully leave the midriff exposed.
To that point, this hilarious video from CollegeHumor says out loud everything that I think we’ve all been thinking on the matter, with a satisfying ending.
One of my colleagues, Matthew Rogers, at Lifehacker found something so delicious today that I had to share with the world: namely proof positive that what a number of gamers have been saying for years is absolutely true: you can be more productive with a gaming mouse! The more buttons, the better – especially if they’re programmable and can be used for more applications than just your video games.
After all, people learn keyboard shortcuts for a reason, and programming your extra mouse buttons to match up with commonly executed commands when you have your hand on a mouse can save you tons of time and energy. Matt says:
Gaming mice aren’t just for gaming, they can be put to use outside the battle zone, too. A gaming mouse usually has better tracking (makes smoother cursor movement) and several customizable buttons, so why not take all that and apply it to regular computer work?
My sentiments exactly. That’s why I tend to rock multi-button mice at work and at play. It doesn’t hurt that I like the way they feel better than standard office mice, too. I just chalked it up to being a gamer through and through, but maybe there’s something more to it.
Regular old mousepads when you’re gaming are so passe: what you really need is a good, solid mousing surface that won’t make your desk all dusty, won’t clog your mouse’s sensor with dirt or grime, and won’t hinder you moving your mouse across its surface.
Sure, you could grab a roll of wax paper and make this mousepad, which is arguably one of the greatest, but if you’re willing to drop some cash, try this teflon and steel model from Rude Gameware. Called the Fierce Teflon and Steel Mouse Surface, it’s probably the closest thing you’ll get to a frictionless mousing surface this side of a physics problem with real-world constraints removed.
The only downside is that it’ll set you back $30 bucks plus shipping, but hey – if you spent an easy $60 on your mouse, it might be worth it for that competitive edge.
I’m a big fan of Danny Choo and the way he’s managed to let nothing stop him from making his passion his life and career, and one of the things he does regularly is work on a televison show called Culture Japan. On a recent episode, he went over to the development company called Kayac to meet with developer Makoto Hara, who said he’d always wanted to fly through cyberspace the way characters in the Ghost in the Shell universe do.
Well, with the help of the Microsoft Kinect, now they were able to! Using the motion sensitive controls of the Kinect and some programming knowhow, they managed to build a game that looks, behaves, and plays like it’s straight out of the Ghost in The Shell universe. Check out the video:
It’s really incredible, and something special to behold. I just wish I had something like this somewhere near me where I could try it and play with it. Danny has tons more photos available at his blog – check em out!