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Incapacitated

There’s literally nothing to report here since I’ve been completely floored by one of the worst cases of flu I can remember having; it’s been almost a week now since I first started getting symptoms and apart from moving about (2 days throat problems, 2 days chest infection, 2 days sinus problems) it really hasn’t budged. The last few days have been the worst of all since my entire head feels like it’s been packed with that slowly expanding foam you use to seal window frames - doing anything at all hasn’t been pleasant so sleeping has been the only feasible passtime to be had.

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Sickness, and pondering on lack of maturity in games

Curse you, viral organisms of all kinds. Somehow you can detect an upcoming holiday and marshal your forces to strike at the very moment it’s most irritating. You never come up when there’s a meeting I want to get out of, do you? Typical. I can’t focus on anything logical right now so playing with VS 2005 is going to have to wait, and it looks like that champagne we were given which was earmarked for tonight is going to remain unopened unless I start feeling a hell of a lot better in the next 10 hours.

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VS 2005 arrives, lurgi

Visual Studio 2005 Pro arrived today, a little earlier than I’d been warned it might be, and just in the nick of time to fall within the year of it’s name. I’m now in the process of switching wholesale to VC++ 2005 for all my development. I had to update Visual Assist X, which now requires a yearly fee to get updated versions, which is not unreasonable considering it’s a great product, and the fee isn’t huge (a tenth of the price of VS itself).

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New OGRE Goodies

I received a parcel yesterday containing some new OGRE Goodies from CafePress - 2 T-shirts and a mousemat. My old OGRE mousemat was getting tatty so I figured it was time to get a new one, with the new logo we’ve had since 1.0, and that I should replace the previous style T-shirts I bought mainly to publicise OGRE at the GDC just over a year ago. I was very pleased with how the mousemat turned out especially, very high quality - although having a white background it will undoubtedly get grubby rather quick.

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Xmas is done, again

Well, xmas came and went with it’s usual rapidity, but I’ve been taking a few days away from OGRE to perform the traditional xmas rituals - eating too much, visiting relatives, and playing with new toys. Here’s my thoughts on a few of the latter. Call of Duty 2 Now that I’ve resolved the problem with that ‘genuine-customer-enjoyment-protection’ software SafeDisc, Call of Duty 2 is working great (many thanks for the link zeroskill, it saved me some time) so I’ve spent a little time playing that.

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SafeDisc sucks

First of all, before I begin another rant, let me wish everyone a merry xmas. I’ve had a good one, hope you all have too. Now, onto the rant. One of my xmas presents this year was Call of Duty 2, which I was quite looking forward to playing. Unlike most of the rest of the world, I haven’t played any WW2 FPS’s in the last few years (including the original COD) so for me it was going to be something new.

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Blender 2.40

Well, I may be a complete XSI v5 fanboy but I’m very impressed with what the Blender project has achieved this year. Blender 2.40 appears to sport some very serious improvements, especially in the animation arena, kudos to them for that. They’ve clearly benefitted from the Google Summer of Code which was a superb initiative (which no doubt curdled Microsofts milk) that I hope they repeat next year - we had a couple of candidates but the places were filled so fast it didn’t happen.

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Isle of Man gives game companies tax breaks

Well, this is interesting - the Isle of Man is giving game and interactive media companies tax breaks with effect from April next year. For those who don’t know, the island I live on has a lot in common with the IOM economically in that it’s heavily dependent on financial services industry (far, far too dependent in many people’s view, including mine). So far our politicians have been ‘forced’ to copy what the IOM is doing as regards tax reform to avoid being seen as ‘uncompetitive’ in the financial services arena, which involves charging no tax on companies with non-resident beneficial owners as from 2008.

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Nostalgia

This made me laugh. 😀A few nostalgia clips for any true Brit with a home computer in the early 80’s. If you owned the terribly yankee C64 you don’t count 😉 Hey Hey 16k I really miss the days of quirky British games. Who could forget the likes of Fat Worm Blows a Sparky, Skooldaze and Pyjamarama? These days the only place that seems to maintain it’s cultural uniqueness in it’s games is Japan (and to some extent, France, although there are less and less quirky French games these days too) - in Britain we seem to have lost all the things that made our games interesting and different in the pursuit of mainstream acceptance in the US, and it’s just thrown a damp towel over everything in my opinion.

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Bag o' mixed news

A whole bunch of things to talk about today. Firstly, I’ve been feeling pretty awful over the last couple of days and think I’ve caught a bug which has been doing the rounds lately, taking out quite a lot of people at work. So far I haven’t taken any sick leave but I’ve been too tired in the evening to do much OGRE work. Nevertheless, I’m planning a small rework to the pose animation features I’ve already done, mainly to move the actual definition of poses out of animation tracks and just refer to them in the tracks themselves with an influence level, allowing you to script the pose blends in tracks, which is much more powerful but doesn’t require any more actual features than are already there.

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