The Little Wheel Goes in Back

Musings on simulated things, now being of the large and extremely heavy variety.

February, 2006

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    Dont Jump!

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    Just wait for the plastic elevator thingy. Check out the video here: http://www.escaperescue.com/work/ .
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    The Infection Spreads

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    You must already know that our lead game designer is now blogging, but if not... http://blogs.technet.com/p-12c_pilot/default.aspx
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    Try This: "Glance" View in Flight Sim

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    A recent thread on the AvSim FSX forum generated this idea from Todd_Barker (a.k.a. "Todd Barker"): How about adding a "head turning" effect that doesnt "snap" the view but rapidly turns the view and then back, similar to how most of the racing...
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    Don't Assume

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    I spent the good portion of today back in Seattle at the global sales and marketing meeting . Today I helped out by demoing a Flight Sim mission but the day did not start out very smoothly. Yesterday, in order to be on stage for the FSX demo (the demo...
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    Life's Simple Pleasures

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    I've always been a big fan of simple elegance, perhaps more so now that I'm hitting middle-age. I was sitting in the ballroom of the Seattle Westin this morning, waiting for my cue for the FSX demo when I noticed the mass of cables from the A/V setup...
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    A DICE-y Speach

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    The D.I.C.E. conference was held last week in Las Vegas. Aimed primarily at game designers, this is where folks in the game industry gather to talk shop and hear the latest buzz. Peter Moore, Microsoft's Corporate VP of Interactive Entertainment (I think...
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    START Me Up

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    So, once again I find myself waiting around to prepare for a demo. This time it's the global sales and marketing meeting for Microsoft's consumer division, of with games is a part. It's called START, for what reason I do not know. The origin of the name...
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    The Myth of "It Should Be Simple"

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    I've spent a lot of time over the past few years reading forum posts and submissions to tell_fs@microsoft.com . One thing that consistently catches my attention is the assertion that whatever is being requested "should be simple" to do. I considered providing...
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    Quote of the Day

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    Killing time this morning I came across and article in Joystiq on continued rumors of Sony's plans for a competitor to the Xbox Live on-line service. Browsing the comments at the end of the article, this one from "Derbeste" made me laugh: This statement...
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    Your Daily Dose of Inspiration

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    A blurb in today's AvWeb newsletter pointed me to the blog of Carlana Stone , reportedly "the first female paraplegic in the United States" to solo a single-engine aircraft. Have a look if your faith in the human spirit needs a boost.
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    It's Here! It's Here!

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    And, no, it's not the new phonebook . It's my Kraft Foods gamepad and it arrived in the mail today. I only had time to plug it in to see if Windows recognized it. Sure enough, it shows up in Control Panel as "USB Joystick" (how original). The Properties...
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