Coll Stuff #2

Some more stuff I came along the last few days…

Cool Stuff

Every week, there are many things I stumble upon worth blogging about. Unfortunately, there is either too much to at that time, just too little to say about it or it’s simply worth to be remembered without bloating it with an exhaustive blog entry.

Therefore, I want to give a more or less regular (let’s see how this works out) update on all these cool stuff one might find out there in the wilderness of the cyberspace.

 

On Track – OpenTDD Open Source Simulation Game

I truly adore open source developers in the field of PC games. Since working on the Vedea graphics engine at Microsoft Research, I haven’t found much time working on graphics engines or game like projects. I recently spent some time in investigating about game projects pushed by a development community and was positively surprised how much effort is put into various gaming projects.

The first one I came across was OpenTDD, an open source version of the legend Transport Tycoon Deluxe by Microprose at some point in the 1990s.

“OpenTTD is an open source simulation game based upon the popular Microprose game ‘Transport Tycoon Deluxe’, written by Chris Sawyer. It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features.”

If you still own a original CD, you can use the sound and graphics bits or just download a free available version of the resources provided by the community during installation.

OpenTDD

There are also additional content available, details how to get it is described in the online manual. It is quite easy to start with the simulation, however, there are endless options you discover throughout the gameplay, including enhancements over the original simulation.

OpenTDD is still actively developed and maintained, which is a great achievement of the developers of the game. o ahead an give it a try if you like simulation games or in case you have been a fan of Transport Tycoon.

Firefly on HD-DVD

Serenity is one of the few science fiction movies available right now on HD-DVD (in Germany). Furthermore, Firefly the series around the spaceship seem to be available on DVD as well. However, today I just surfed on Universal HD’s Firefly page were they announce to show Firefly in TV in HD – which could mean that the series could be available on HD-DVD soon… so I’ll wait with the order.

Firefly HD

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A wile a go A parent’s primer to computer slang was published. Due to a discussion of allowing “texting” (acronyms used for text messages) for official exam in New Zealand, I was pointed on this page, how history lessons may look in the future.

All Quiet on the Western Front

German_Emp takes a screenshot during the crucial moments before his defeat. Many have criticized USA for bunny-hopping.

German_Emp: this sux

German_Emp: i coulda been playing Halo 2

German_Emp: let's end this

USA: ok

UK: ya

USA: u guyz lose tho

Aus_HuNg: i dun even care NEmore

*Aus_HuNg has left the game*

German_Emp: Tht sux0r3d

Franc3: yeah

*Inflation for German_Emp increases to 376,346,568,356.978* 

WeimaRep engages in a bit of ironic foreshadowing

*Player:German_Emp now known as WeimaRep 

WeimaRep: i hav liek a depression now

USA: ROFL emo. pWn3d

Franc3: STFU i hav 1 to

WeimaRep: good thing this will nvr happen again!

Franc3: yeah, def.