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Vaporware

Duke Nukem Forever (DNF), for which the term "vaporware" was invented, is supposed to be released in May 2011. I'll believe it when I see it. DNF sets the record for longest game development time at 14 years.
I just realised that I'm the author of some vaporware myself, it has been almost 12 years since 2 of my games were announced :

Trip to Cerknica Lake

Rejoice! I finally got the time to post some photos from the sunday's trip to Cerknica Lake (Cerkniško jezero). It was incredibly warm for the middle of the winter so the snow was only on the tops of the mountains. It was so beautiful it almost made it look kitschy. Enough said, you can go visit the gallery now.

Oops, did I just miss New Year?

You might have noticed the lack of "Happy 2011" post this year. Does that mean I forgot about it and even missed it? That's hardly possible, one would have to live in a cave to miss it. Better make that a deep coma. I find it silly how much importance is put on a silly little occasion of changing the last number in the current date. Unlike other hollidays when people actually have something to celebrate (or at least think they do) this one is completely meaningless. It's as silly as saying the world will end in 2012 because the Mayan calendar ends.

We're back and kicking

The site was down for a couple of days because the PSU of the SheevaPlug on which it's hosted fried. I'm starting to think Marvell really sucks. They got a great product here and they're screwing it with bad components and workmanship, and even worse custumer support.
Fortunately NewIT was able to send me a new PSU very fast. I must say NewIT rocks.

Unreal Development Kit

2 days ago Epic released Unreal Development Kit (UDK), a free (for non-commercial and educational use) edition of the Unreal Engine 3 (UE3). Here's the official announcement. There's also an official forum where I already found a solution with some installation issues.

This is definetely something I'm gonna at least experiment with and maybe even try to use it to create a simple game, which hopefully doesn't end up in my plethora of barely started and never finished games using various tools lying around my computer.

Take-two's 20M $ GTA:SA hot-coffee screw-up

Making one of the most violent games (GTA: San Andreas) in which you can kill people in countless ways is apparently ok. But add a sex game to it, later change your mind and disable it, but leave the code in the game, so hackers can create a patch that enables it, and end up paying 20M $. Now if that isn't ridiculous, I don't know what is.
The source.
 

Thinking putty

I got some "Thinking Putty" for x-mas. Well, on the box it actually said "Misleči kit", but that's just some smart repacking in local language so it can be sold more expensively.

Anyway, I love this stuff. It bounces, it stretches, it tears, it shatters, it can glow in the dark, it can change color and it can attract magnets.

Another year is here

Happy New Year everyone!
But have you asked yourself what's so special about new year? Why is everyone celebrating it? What is everyone actually celebrating? The end of the previous year and the start of the next one you say? So why is this particular point in the Earth' path along the Sun so special? Because that's just what it is, an artificially decided, more or less fixed point in the Earth's orbit. It's impossible to decide where an ellipse starts.

Merry X-Mas

Yeah, it's that time of year again. Manic shoppers everywhere. Kitschy decorations everywhere. Red hats everywhere. Little lights on every house. Same old x-mas movies on tv again. Same old x-mas music everywhere.
Well, I hope at least your presents will be new .
Anyway, I wish a merry merry x-mas to everyone.

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