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On being a good luck charm and the Cleveland Indians

October 25, 2016, 3:38pm

I grew up in LA watching the Lakers dominate in the early 2000s NBA. When I started attending UC Berkeley in 2003, I watched four years of dominant Cal Football teams, featuring players like Aaron Rodgers and Marshawn Lynch, that beat Stanford in every Big Game (impressive, considering they’d lost eight of the previous nine Big Games). Even when I watched the Big Game as a Stanford student in 2009, the Golden Bears defeated a stacked Stanford team featuring Andrew Luck, Richard Sherman, Toby Gerhart and Jim Harbaugh.

(Side note: People are sometimes curious if I root for Cal or Stanford during Big Game week. That 2009 win over Stanford solidified me as a Cal Football fan for life.)

Living in the Bay Area, I was there for the Warriors evolution from We Believe all the way to Line-up of Death and was there for each of the Giants’ even years (this is the first I’ve missed, sorry SF). When I left the Bay, the Warriors were up 3-1 in the Finals and my first night in Cleveland was the night the Cavaliers won the championship (Cleveland’s first title in 52 years).

Winning tends to follow me around so it’s no surprise that since I moved to the Midwest, two cursed Midwest franchises are now in the World Series. Which will prevail?

You might think that living in Cleveland, I favor the Indians but you’d be wrong. I refuse to root for a team with a racially out-dated mascot (you’re not fooling anyone by naming your stadium Progressive Field, guys). I can only hope that my proximity doesn’t grant the Indians supernatural fortune like it did for the Cavs.


Week Twenty-Six: Tetris Meets Puzzle Fighter

October 17, 2016, 4:11am

Week Twenty-Six is up! A cross between Tetris and Puzzle Fighter, I’m pleasantly surprised at how this game turned out. Especially considering the convoluted path it took to get where it is.

I originally wanted to make a puzzle game based around the elements (earth, air, water, fire) using the new particle effects I built for Equatia this week. The idea was that when you connect matching blocks, they will have an effect on the board based on their element (fire would burn blocks around it, earth would smash blocks below it, etc.) Well, that turned out to be way too complicated. While I was testing though, I found that simply creating 2x2 squares to destroy connected blocks was quite addicting so, I ditched the elemental idea and rolled with this version.

This is the most fun I've had with a game I’ve made in a long time. My high score is 3859. Can you beat it?


Journal

October 11, 2016, 10:32pm

Today, I wrote some code.

Then, I went to the gym.

Then, I wrote some more code.

Then, I cooked dinner.

Then, I wrote this.


25/100 Games

October 10, 2016, 6:30am

Today, I posted my 25th game in 25 weeks. My goal is to hit 100 so I suppose this counts as some sort of milestone having reached a quarter of my goal. Really though, 26 is pretty cool too (half a year) and 24 is one of my favorite numbers (easily divisible by 12, 8, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1), so what makes 25 special enough to commemorate with a game picker for this week's game? I don't know, it's late.


Omega

October 09, 2016, 11:07pm

“The roiling skies let loose a vile beast without a soul; Omega was its name.”
- Thousand-year-old book

Today, I slew Omega, the killer space robot from Final Fantasy V. Omega is notable for being the first ever superboss in a Final Fantasy game, which also makes his name rather ironic.

When I first came across this otherworldy automaton in the caves of the N-Zone, I was level 40 and he annihilated my party in two turns. Since then, I headed back to the overworld and spent a couple of weeks grinding levels while watching online algorithm and data structure lectures. Then after checking out some tips from an online FAQ, I was ready for a rematch. My strategy was to cast Thunder3 on Butz’s dual-wielded Excalibur and Masamune while Lenna cast Haste2 on the party. Then Butz would use X-Strike to hit Omega 8 times each turn with his lighting blades while Faris, Lenna and Cara sang him into stop-lock with Love Ballad. Cheap and effective.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from Final Fantasy, it’s that lightning is super-effective against robots.

Now that Omega has been dealt with, all that’s standing between me and end of the game is the second superboss, Shinryuu and the final boss X-Death. I’m coming for you scoundrels and I’m massively over-leveled!