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Who's yer DADDY?!?

Brasse -- 2007-03-14 12:50:48

I really enjoyed the hands-on demo of Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising, given at Perpetual Entertainment's studio last week. Read part one of my experience here.


Sorry folks, I simply could not resist the spectre of hundreds and thousands of illegitimate offspring of the gods roaming around in the game. There must have been a special on viagra at the Mt Olympus pharmacy.

I mean, who is going to pay for their diapers, education, orthodontics and elocution classes? No wonder they will all end up sold into slavery eventually.

For those who may not recognize the reference in the last panel (yes, I do care about all four of you), it pertains to the irreverent and often downright silly t.v. show, Boston Legal.
If you don't like that site, try this one.

Boston Legal is one of the very few programs that the staff here watches faithfully every week. Any show that has William Shatner as an aging lawyer with "mad cow" and Candice Bergen working to hold it all together, coupled with absolutely brilliant performances by James Spader (as Alan Shore)... well, it gets my vote, even though they jumped the shark a long time ago.

I think they are now up to pink elephants jumping tapdancing mariachi bands jumping sharks, but I still enjoy every moment of the darkly comedic and often thought provoking action.

I think Alan could pull ol' Jupiter out of this mess. How? Through some astoundingly odd and entertaining feat of lawyerism, exploiting the sentiments of the all too human people who populate the jury and legal system as a whole.

Then all you whining brats can go out and earn your OWN way through the Empire. Go on now. Shoo!
Those who want to discuss the legal implications of suing your local deity can do so here.

ESDF

Alluvian -- 2007-03-14 07:35:20

I can't comment on your news article, so I will comment here. The world MUST be informed. I must be saved from having to reconfigure EVERY game I play!

The benefits to ESDF over WASD are many.

  • The primary benefit is that you have unfettered access to the home row. This is especially important in an MMO where there is a lot of typing going on. I can see it being less important in an FPS where there is only enough time to talk when dead.
  • There are also more keys available for binding, and these keys are easier to reach. You can STILL reach the tab, caps, shift, ctrl, alt with the pinky, but now also have the q, a, and z. These buttons are also easier to hit since they are second nature to any typists. All us computer geeks are typists to some degree, even if we have our own style.
  • Finally there is gaming in the dark. That nice little nub on the F key that comforts and reassures us that we are on the right keys as our index finger rubs across it. Sure you can find F, and then shift over to the wasd position, but WHY? You could also shift over to the rdfg position, but nobody does that, so why shift at all?


So, three extra easily reachable keys, extra practice for non-typists, no learning curve for existing typists, easy homerow location in the dark, and an easier time switching between chat and gaming.

What does WASD have to offer? Other than "quake used it and quake r00lz".

Argh!

Brasse -- 2007-03-14 21:30:22

Dude, I am so going to take your ESDF and whack you over the head with it. Your comment pertains to the article, not the comic, and thus has confused people even MORE than my esoteric reference to Boston Legal!

It should have been put in the forums, hehe. Start an uber-geeky discussion about "the ultimate keyboard settings I would force people to learn if only I was developing an MMO, because it would be for their own good."

Bah!
=P

No WAY!

Alluvian -- 2007-03-15 09:24:20

If I put it in the forums I leave room for disagreement. I don't need any of that noise! :)
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