Sunday, February 28, 2010

Architecture WIN:Part4

this is an awesome example of how cities should be built. This is gving me lots of inspiration for my game. looks green and very nice. not the eyesore current cities are.


This month has been wild. Got lots of content up and been through alot. I will add more sections to the site since you can now have static pages. I shall showcase some of my graphic work soon on those (that is seperate from BadAshGames). I hope you enjoy.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Windows Phone 7:Thoughts

Ahh the windows phone 7 has been announced and it looks promising:

Runs on nvidia's tegra 2 platform, witch means a rich media experince--->Games will run much smoother and better then other mobile platforms (not including the PSP and NDS) Movies will be watched in ultra smooth HD with no problems.

has social networking intergration

has xbox live intergration as well as zune intergration

However I think that the interface does need a little work and it could be possibly the best USA launched mobile device.

I would actually like an interface on this phone to have the following criteria to make it worthwhile:

1) Crisp, clear graphics that can be read from a ways away->this is very important if the device will be used as a GPS mounted on the dashboard of a vehicle, the driver must be able to see it from the driver's seat very easily.

2)customizable look and feel->this is extremely important, becuase each user wants something different. This also makes the experienced optimised for each user. I, for example want a dark high contrast theme since it is easy on my sensitive eyes, I also want some eyecandy as well.

This interface pictured here is sharp, crisp, and legible, however there is very little to look at and it looks a tad boring. I suggest using graphical style from windows 7 to make it blend into the whole "7 experience" that MS made. That looks freindly, approachable, and still has a little eycandy but in a professional package. It looks much slicker and brings people into awe. The default interface pictured here kinda looks a little messy and doesnt bring you into it. it looks like the device can't do much. This kinda interface makes people take your device less seriously.
3) user exportable settings file for easy backup/recovery.

4)don't emphasise social networking as a main feature of the device becuase not all people use this and also if you do have this as a main feature, let the user be able to add the social networks of thier choice and NOT only facebook/myspace/twitter becuase I use multiple, I practically use everything but FB and twitter. I would like to be able to add, for example, gamerDNA or animeplanet or vampirefreaks or windows live, or livejournal, or blogspot stuff to my phone as well.

If they practice this they would gain a much more rich user experience.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Report says Sillicon Valley economy is sputtering:PT2:case study

As for relocating, we need to kep the jobs in the US.

I support relocating to cheaper areas.

Disclaimer: I am in no way biased towards any company I feature on this site.

Case study: GPS companies: Garmin VS magellan navigation:

Garmin is the most successful GPS manufacturer out there. They have very good routing engines and have been enjoying HUGE successes in the GPS sector, They have expanded product lines and even have sponsoship with events. This company is growing and very stable and has increased thier marketshare in the GPS sector by 6% this year.

magellan navigation on the other hand has passed hands 4 times and thier marketshare has dropped by 5-10% this year in the GPS sector. They have also dropped one product line and slimmed down the other. They have also dropped support for explorist label products for driving directions and made such units topo only. This company has confusing product ranges and inconsistancies.

One company is located in Olathe KS

The other is located in Santa Clara, CA.

Garmin is by far the most likely to last in the GPS market then magellan is becuase magellan has to cut corners a little bit to make more profits, also , they are located in a more expensive area, guess what they cut corners with, technical support. They are allgedly hiring people from india and outsourcing more. Garmin has great technical support in the US.

This is evident becuase more californan based companies are reporting losses, while others in more secure areas are doing ok like garmin.
let's compare the two areas:
This report is pulled from sperling's :

Obviously the cost of living in Olathe is much lower. If more companies would start up in cheaper areas then they would technically do much better in the long run.

But what about the attractions and stuff that makes living in bigger cities better? Listen, on average only 20% or less of the citiy's population even use all the amenities a city has to offer (those are majorly people who are older and people who do not use computers much, ). Most people are too busy working anyways to enjoy all those. Most people dont bother going to plays anymore becuase better stuff is on youtube and its much easier to view and perform in your home instead of on a stage where only a few get to go on. Most people don't go to museums becuase you can go to google images. Most people don't go to dance clubs becuase they can listen to the same music at home and just have fun with a few friends. Most people don't eat out at fancy resteraunts becuase they prefer homecooked meals becuase of the economy and more exclusivity. With the advent of the internet more and more of these things are obsolete. You no longer need to locate in a "good area" becuase of the entertainment anymore. since all the entertainment you would need is online. Why bother paying for these outdated forms on entertainment you are not going to use.

Also these days people don't care what city you live in. Gone are the days people would hate you if you lived in ohio or kansas. people really judge people for them, not where they are from. Becuase there are good people and bad people in every area. The people that do judge you in the area that you live in are not worth it anyways and are not very good people to affiliate with. This is one part of society that is fading away.

Also with the advent of working from home online you don't even need an office if you are a startup games company, or software company. you can just relax at home and work in your pjs if you wanted to, and what a better place to do it in an area you can easily afford a nice, spacious home to do it in, not a expensive, tiny, cramped, and ugly apartment in SF or NYC.

There are many benifits in living in a cheaper area, especially in todays society.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Report says Sillicon Valley economy is sputtering

I think the main reason is that the area is getting more and more expensive. People don't want to move there because a 2BR condo is around 400-700k and the taxes are in the double digit k's. Also the expense in commuting is getting worse and worse.

I think that if hardware companies and software companies wish to stay afloat and do good, I suggest they relocate to a much cheaper area, or they are going to continue to get burned.

Another positive they can get from relocating is it will create jobs in a new area and boost another area up. However, the area that the companies do move to will need to plan the upsurge-economy very well so they do not suffer the same fate as the bay area.

Also since the bay area is so expensive and exclusive to rich people it is deterring many young and fresh minded people from moving there, thus the amount of fresh blood people is decreasing, thus the old mentality is staying in and the area is stagnating in talent becuase noone from an outside area is moving in. They are trapping themselves in the bubble that they created. If they lower costs of living for everyone and get thier heads out of thier asses then the area's situation will improve.

new year new content!

Sorry I haven't posted much. I just got a new house and I've been sooo busy with it.

I am a little drained but ben feeling good. Some cool stuff is gonna happen soon and I am glad.

I cannot tell you as its a suprise. LOL.

what is currently irking me is the amount of immaturity on the internet. Including trolls on yes, a server forum. This makes me laugh becuase some people do not have a life at all. At least in my emotional downtimes I go and do things with my life instead of trolling a forum. But they don't deserve your attention. Just ignore them.


In other words I am working on the modelling for the new game and should have a couple new vids shortly up. :-) I've been getting faster with wings 3d.