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#1 Edited by buckybit (1455 posts) -

... another update:

Game 6 of 50:

Anomaly: Warzone Earth

"An alien ship has crashed in Baghdad ..." - you are part of a British Special Forces Team(?). Remember the Steam Christmas Sale two years ago, when a bunch of games had Holiday related DLC? You were able to play those levels and get some "rewards" - yeah. Steam Achievements & Badges dry run - before it really happened.

That was the only time I played this game and now, I regret not having played more. It is a 'reverse' tower-defense game. The graphics look really nice (both visuals and technical). Stuff blowing up around you all the time, while you try to get your unstoppable unit from one end of the map to the other, without losing them.

The game runs smooth. Framerate on highest settings is great, even during heavy fights. You cannot set any details in the in-game menu though. The fonts do seem to have some Aliasing Artifacts on the edges. But who really cares? Steam overlay seems not to work or being turned off? I usually leave the Steam In-Game Overlay on, while some say in some forums, that they gained some frames, by turning it off.

A bigger issue, I stumbled upon (your mileage may vary) is when 'exiting' the game. The game does not quit properly, rather switches from fullscreen to a window and hangs there.

Screen froze on exit each time. Some games are so awesome, THEY don't want to quit on you?

This is another of these "You better know some Linux" moments, which would be too much for anyone, who just started to play around with a Linux System. On Windows Operating Systems you would ctrl-alt-delete and end the task. DO NOT press ctrl-alt-del on a Linux system! It might reboot your PC!

Anomal Anomaly

What you have to do is open a terminal (again, those Unix/Linux/Fallout terminals!) and type: sudo su. The command line terminal will ask you for your password and you type it in. Next thing is to find the process of the still running game to "kill" it. Type: ps -A and find the Anomaly game. Look at the ID number and then type: kill <number> (<number> means, you put the number in, do not actually type <number>. For example: kill 12479

This does the trick.

#2 Edited by buckybit (1455 posts) -

Instead editing my blog post and maybe breaking the website(!), I am rather updating posts as comments.

Game 4 of 50:


Terry Cavanagh's game for clearly crazy people?! It is hard for me to say or write something like: "You can play Super Hexagon on Linux", because - let's face it - CAN YOU PLAY SUPER HEXAGON ON ANY PLATFORM? Really? Haha!

Yep. The game runs just fine. Also supports Fullscreen (playing it on 1080p). Responsive, as in "unforgivingly so". No excuse for people on the Linux side of things, trying to come up with: "Oh the controls didn't work right" - "There's some kind of weird lag" - "It's broken on Linux, kinda" ... nope. Nothing of that kind at all. If you cannot last, then it is because you suck, just like me, at that 'game'. Whose idea was it to nominate it for "Excellence in Game Design" at this years IGF? Are you people high like ALL the time?! Game devs, tststs ...

Before the game starts, it runs a "Setup" message box. Choose your resolution and overall graphic settings.

Game 5 of 50:


... your 2D Moba during Dota 2 breaks? Runs perfectly fine. You can also play it with a (wired) 360 Controller on Linux(!!), if you like to. Just plug it in and it should run.

Open a terminal and type in:

dmesg | grep xpad

to check. Latest Linux kernels support gamepads without having to recompile the kernel or modules. You don't know, what I am talking about? Good for you!

#3 Posted by buckybit (1455 posts) -

That's the strangest wget story I have heard. You're sure,it's wget's fault? Did you use the "wget -nc" option? Multiple (broken) downloads?

I usually had 'fragmented' mp3's bc of Linux not playing along well with my mp3-players controller chip and USB 1.0 drivers in the earlier Linux days, while transfarting files. Files would overwrite other files without checksum or correct ... wait!

Faulty technology resulting in "mixtapes", doing comedy. Such a Ryan Davis thing to do?!

#4 Edited by buckybit (1455 posts) -

@tourgen said:

Can't really blame them. Allowing insertion of arbitrary HTML is a security issue.

It's a link to very specific type of content, nor arbitrary HTML code. It's not cross-site scripting (which you can still deny, while allowing pics and vids to be embedded).

Don't start a security debate. Security vs Performance on high traffic websites - the first always loses. With GB, the second often loses too.

#5 Edited by buckybit (1455 posts) -

There's privacy for private people ... and then there's Ryan Davis, worldwide famous video game Persona, who lived his life in public. Don't be so touchy equal-strangers. Say what happened - people deserve to know ... in my opinion. Nothing indiscreet, nor indecent about 4-5 words.

#6 Edited by buckybit (1455 posts) -

♪♫♪♫ Hey, hey, my, my ... Ryan Davis can never die ... ♪♫♪♫♪♫

#7 Posted by buckybit (1455 posts) -

Let this be the most commented thread in the history of the Internet! Never stop posting!

Awake for 32 hours now. Back from my doctor. Couldn't sleep first because of bad news and wouldn't sleep bc of fear of missing my appointment. Now ready to get really drunk in celebration of a glorious bastard. F**k you, Ryan Davis. Cheers, brother!

#8 Edited by buckybit (1455 posts) -

(Parts previously posted here, on the "In Memoriam" thread - rewrote it today. It turns out longer (=worse) and also English is not my 1st language, nor my 2nd, nor 3rd ... It is so heavily edited, that I lost track if it is readable at all now - or worth your time. Apologies.) Also - full disclosure: I never met Ryan Davis. (Yes, I am one of those sad bastards).

"Lights, Camera, Action!"

I remember watching the first times, when Ryan went in front of a live camera at Gamespot. The glorious "On The Spot" days. Very early on, it was clear, HE was not the kind, to be intimidated by lights and cameras and 'live streams" - he had panache. He was cocky. He showed an attitude, while others, like Brad Shoemaker, got nervous, or poor Brian Ekberg almost froze in fear of "live action".

Live TV is hard.

yes. empty.

But Ryan not only was a smooth operator, a natural talent, in front of a camera, he was the first - despite Jeff's blonde hair and singing Brittney "Baby, Baby" while being recorded - to crack the clean, corporate "let's have a good time" polish, Rich Gallup was so great putting on. While Ryan MacDonald was as enthusiastic, as he was nervous, with Rich, the East Coast "intellectual", the "college kid", wearing a "Celtics" shirt in studio on a video game show from the West Coast Internets, you could see, he was 'acting'. He had his "We're LIVE, folks..." Persona, when the lights went on?

Ryan Davis was the first to break the rules in front of the camera? At least, visible to "us", from outside looking in? From early on, you could see him not hiding his "grumpy" side ... and it was funny to watch. His personality poured through harder and harder, while trying to do the "corporate thing" - presenting video games, to this supposedly kid-friendly, clean audience. "Video games - it's for kids" was still the mantra of that dot com era period. Just like comics are always "funny" and nobody heard of "graphic novels". At some point during "On The Spot" live shows, it became "Oh great, Ryan Davis is going to play a game, in this (standing) segment and hopefully shit about it and lose it!"

That's when I started to favor him over many others.

Presenting games they received in the mail only hours ago, without having time to play them, before the Thursday live show - the origin of what we all now know as "Quick Looks".

Was it E3 2006, when Carrie Gouskos did her quick "video updates" on the side, while they were all working in the Gamespot war room? (I like Mondays always reminds me of that) That E3 was the thing, people would think of, when they think of "The Golden Years". Those "video blogs" (vblogs ... vlogs ... podcasts? .. the confusion of these earlier days) had a raw and intimate quality to them. Sure, it was fun to watch 'video game' things on the big live stage, when the microphones stopped working and shiny games were presented. But being able to watch your favorite TV Show characters "behind the scene", was even more thrilling. And to me, Ryan, Jeff and the rest of them were just like a TV Show for "my" generation. No Network TV, no Cable TV ... the "Internet TV".

Is it not an irony, that it really worked, although not in the intended (corporate) way, in the 1990s?

And then, one day, Gerstmanngate blew up in all our faces.

Jeff & Ryan - "Rolling, Rolling, Rolling ..."

My fondest memories of Ryan Davis are all recorded, since those are the only memories I myself (and most of us) now will ever have of him. As much as I was on board, when they tried to shake up the world, with Shelby and the Whiskey Media Rebel Club, my interest was all about their 'private lives' - the hours AFTER their job. The selfmade (non-profit) "Reality TV" they started to broadcast for themselves. They did not do it out of vanity or to seek attention, like many do these days. They did not do it, to "sell" you something, nor convince you of something ("Let me tell you about ..."), they did it because they COULD? And they wanted to share those moments with others?

I loved their Audioboos. Those where amazing.

I loved their commutes from and to work

. Most often Ryan driving the car. Jeff holding his phone up the road ahead (I always wanted for Jeff to point the camera at Ryan(!) and not the road ahead). Real people - friends - having a conversation. No matter how ridiculous or random.

You cannot beat the magic of Jeff & Ryan rolling down the Route 101 from SF to Petaluma. This was more then "Reality TV". Them, streaming their commutes, I was reminded of early Italian and French cinema. (Neorealismo/Nouvelle vague - Ryan would probably equally enjoy and hate the film analogy). But it is true. On my Desktop screen, watching them drive, listening to them having a conversation, even the eclectic Quentin Tarantino could not imagine, nor write better dialog then what they came up with while talking to each other. It had a quality, I only rarely find in novels. William Gaddis "JR" comes to mind. A book Ryan would have never read, probably, but which captures the hilarity of life in pure sounds and voices. And neither Jean-Luc Godard, Truffaut, Rosselini nor Visconti, could have filmed it better, then they themselves, holding their "hot" iPhones. Life itself, happening, right now ...

You could hear the life long friendship in their voices? It reminded me of my own oldest, closest friends and friendships I had over the last decades. You cannot fake reality. What was it? "Video games"? That "theme" only was a conversation starter, the surface topic. Michael Mann's HEAT is in it's core a movie about lonely men. Ryan and Jeff's ustream drives, are in their core about never ending friendship? The comfort of the company of each other. Thousands of miles away, at 4 am in the morning, some cold electronic signals reached me, reminding me of that warm, fuzzy feeling, how it is like, having "one" real good friend, by your side.

I didn't care if it was "funny" or serious. If they talked or enjoyed the silence.

I didn't care about 'video games' on Giant Bomb - I cared about Jeff and Ryan - my extended (online) brothers, who don't know me. I was perfectly aware, that this appreciation was a one-way street. I did not exist in their eyes. I was just one dot on a canvas, next to thousands. And they, in return, were fictional characters to me. The most, realest fictional friends you could have. Like Ernie and Bert. Like Tubbs and Crockett. Like Mason & Dixon - or, yes, like Jake & Elroy!

You could point a microphone or a camera at those two and they would just "go". Media pros, before this was something millions of people are still failing to do, while having their own "YouTube" channels and trying desperately to seek attentions or make money of it, or both.

Jeff and Ryan did that shit, for personal fun.

You cannot beat fun. You cannot compete with fun. Ryan Davis was the perfect entertainer! He was the real Master of Ceremonies. I myself saw his career going to network television eventually. He would have been the best, freshest late night show host a modern, Internet savvy America (and the world!) could have ever hoped to get to know? Our loss.

Over the years - 10+ years now - these guys stuck with me. Again, they never knew, nor will ever know. It doesn't really matter. Who the fuck cares? It's never about the audience. Never about you and me. 10.000s of us. It's about them, sharing their lives in public ... and being admired by thousands and thousands of complete strangers, making their lives better, feeling just entertained or distracting them from the bullshit in their meat world life, or letting them feel less lonely.

Admired by those fans, almost just as intimately, as with their peers and friends?

In the "Age of the Internet" privacy becomes a delicate flower. It can sound creepy and weird and scary, to those, living their professional life on the web, while the borders between public and private become less and less clear?

This is such an amazing picture! Thanks Rorie, for capturing this moment.

As far, as I was able to see from outside, Ryan Davis lived his life on the fast lane? He burned the candle from both sides? Sometimes, you could see him on a live stream and would start wondering about his health? One time - during the "swine flu" summer, I was scared about him, but it turned out to be not "it". This particular motherfucker lived a full life?

We are not supposed to be sad for him. We are selfishly sad and angry for ourselves! Angry and sad, to have lost him. We all have lost a wonderful human being, who was raw and real and kind ... and yes, funny on record.

Relationships in times of the Internet and Twitter can be strange. I never understood the mass hysteria when Elvis died, or "Lady Di" - but now, I am starting to get it. You can feel the loss of someone you never actually met or knew. It is pathetic. "But it is real, if you feel it", my doctor would say.

But this is not a time to cry or feel sad? This is a time to celebrate a "Life well wasted". As far, as I can see, Ryan did everything right in his life! If you are young, you can only hope to aspire to be like him. If you are old, like me, he beat you. He has the perfect score. We can only get drunk - which I am intending to do, despite my own health troubles - and celebrate him! Everyone, the way you can. The ones, who really knew and loved him, the ones, he loved back ... and us, strangers on the Internet.

Someone on Twitter wrote earlier tonight: "somewhere else just got a lot funnier."


#9 Posted by buckybit (1455 posts) -

... you did everything right in life! It will be impossible to beat your score, sweet motherfucker.

#10 Edited by buckybit (1455 posts) -

I was complaining about the Uplay/Ubisoft infrastructure regularly over the last 12 months.

I did not get any response from the upper level management (as a consumer, without connections, there is simply no chance. They treat everyone like an idiot via their (non-)support support). And Twitter is not a proper communication pipeline for security related complaints.

I only managed to get some comments from equally troubled game devs in the Gamasutra comments, a couple months back, when Gama ran a story about Ubisoft.