Ludum Linguarum: Aurora

(Ludum Linguarum is an open source project that I recently started, and whose creation I’ve been documenting in a series of posts. Its purpose is to let you pull localized content from games, and make flash cards for learning another language. It can be found on GitHub.) In this post, I’ll talk a little bit …

Ludum Linguarum: The Simple Stuff

(Ludum Linguarum is an open source project that I recently started, and whose creation I’ve been documenting in a series of posts. Its purpose is to let you pull localized content from games, and make flash cards for learning another language. It can be found on GitHub.) When I started this project, I figured that …

Ludum Linguarum: The Tools

(Ludum Linguarum is an open source project that I recently started, and whose creation I’ve been documenting in a series of posts. Its purpose is to let you pull localized content from games, and make flash cards for learning another language. It can be found on GitHub.) When I started working on Ludum Linguarum, I …

Introducing Ludum Linguarum

I’ve been working on a side project for some time now, and it’s gotten far enough along that it’s worth releasing it, and discussing it. It’s called Ludum Linguarum (LL) – a little awkward, yeah, but I figured that a unique name would be better in this case than spending a lot of time trying …

Analysis of Yakuza 5 Hack Videos

I happen to be pretty hyped over the upcoming US release of Yakuza 5 — I’m a big fan of the series’ odd mix of ridiculous melodrama, wide variety of activities and minigames, and really satisfying combat. So naturally, after the localization was announced, I went around looking for videos of the game to watch. …

Tinfoil hat time

I just thought I would share an amusing anecdote from my time at Netflix, related to wi-fi networking in our office. Because many devices that support Netflix have built-in wi-fi, we would test streaming with wi-fi connections to ensure that the experience was still satisfactory. Pretty standard stuff. At one point, though, we ran into …

Memory Card Bugs (and a note about static analysis)

I was watching John Carmack’s QuakeCon 2011 keynote, and he mentioned that Rage was currently in the stage where they are creating cert builds, and just fixing bugs like (paraphrased) “getting a multiplayer invite and pulling your memory card out.” Memory card bugs are one of those things that tend to be a big annoyance …

Fallout: New Vegas has gone gold

Here’s the official announcement on the Bethesda blog, along with pictures of an awesome Fallout: New Vegas themed cake that one of the designers at Obsidian got for his birthday. I pitched in for a couple of months prior to certification to help get it ready for ship. I hope everyone enjoys playing it once …

A Gross Overgeneralization

From David Chisnall: If you find yourself optimizing your code, then it means that the author of your compiler has failed. This is just very, very untrue. Even if you strike algorithmic optimization from the picture, code optimization is still a very important and useful skill to have no matter what sort of programming you’re …