Skip to main content

Skyrim

Out of all the games I was anticipating in 2011, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim  (Kelle: Keizaal in the Dragon tounge) was strangely not one of them.This was because I hated Oblivion and expected Skyrim to be the same.



 I was very,very wrong. There were actually only two reasons I hated Oblivion, but they deterred me from actually attempting to finish the game.Reason one was that the inventory used illogical little icons and was as intuitive as Quantum mechanics(I to this day don't know how to drop an item in Oblivion) .Reason two was aesthetics,the people are the ugliest collection of creatures ive seen in a game,and thats just the humans... And then theres the water,lets just say it filled my head with strange thoughts of water coolers in the Bethesda office being filled with a strange matte blue liquid.

In Skyrim they fixed it all ,everything is beautiful ,and finally someone got it into thier head that words are alot more intuitive than silly little pictures (they even tell you how to drop stuff in the inventory menu).I am a sucker for lore and there is plenty of it in this game,I got so immersed in the world of Skyrim I found myself reading online about the dragon language used in the game.Sad to say that the made up language is not a full language and only consists of the few hundred words needed by Bethesda to produce the game so there will never be nerds speaking fluent Dragon as there are speaking Klingon.(hint hint Bethesda)

After completing the questline twice I decided to do some cheating,this proved a lot of online chatter about the game to be false.My uber character at level 81(highest) with all skills at 100 and all perks
only dissapeared for around two seconds when suddenly changing to sneak in the middle of combat and I was not able to pickpocket clothes off people without them noticing.What is notable though is that in combat this fully leveled character could probably take on all nine devines at once and win(yes nine ,not 8 you thalmor elf!).

There are tonns of quests to do in Skyrim ,alot of which have different ways to approach them and apparently they just keep generating until Alduin eats this world,but after a while you will notice they will become repetitive.Once you have reached that point you have two options,read all the interesting books scattered throughout the lands ,or head down to the nexus and pick up some mods,the selection of mods is already large and impressive, and keep in mind that the Creation kit hasent even been released to the public yet.

Personally ,I enjoyed this game more than any other game I played this year,its completely immersive and I can't wait for the DLC because I actually feel bad getting bored with it.Well done Bethesda.

As the dragons say: Brit.

Popular posts from this blog

Running Node.js alongside IIS on Windows

Most of the time when you are looking for a way to run Node.js as a production server on Windows you will just run into IISNode , now IISNode is a great thing ,but I'm a fan of choice and most importantly , not a fan of XML web config files.

I wanted to run my node server on what ever port I wished,or maybe even a different server and just have IIS reroute the traffic from a particular URL to the node process(so a proxy), this allows you to still manage your own load balancing and possibly scale up from that point without having to bother with IIS again.

So first things first you will want to download and install the URL Rewrite and ARR modules for IIS

ARR (Application Request Routing)URL Rewrite Once thats done lets crack open IIS and open up Application Request Routing, then navigate to Server Proxy Settings and Check Enable Proxy and Apply.







Now lets create an an application on our Default Website that will link our url to the node process, here im directing it to an empty direc…

Half-Life 2 for OSX , how well does it run?

Earlier this week Valve advertised Half-Life 2 for the Mac with the best advert I have ever seen. They took the old 1984 Mac advert and re-created it using the source engine and characters from the game. As if the awesome(albeit 35 second) entertainment wasn't enough they offered the game at $3.40 for a limited period. It was not shortly afterwards that I made my first ever purchase on Steam(its kind of strange buying a game and not getting a box with it).




The game purchase actually allows you to download the OSX or Windows version of the game , depending on the platform you are logged in to .This is great , because I have a PC with some decent gaming power and my Mac Mini (which I naturally wanted to test on) and wow ,the OSX version runs pretty darn well,especially considering that my mac mini is running only an intel HD3000.



Performance
I was surprised how well the game performed on high settings , the gameplay was smooth with the default high settings , reaching frame-rates up …

Controlling an LED on an Arduino over HTTP

Prerequisites
You will need node.js and npm installed , and should have at least some knowledge when it comes to node, if you do not , I suggest you try some example code in node before diving into controlling hardware with it. You must have the Arduino IDE installed on your machineYou must know how to get an LED working on pin 13 of an Arduino
Set up the Arduino
Wire up an LED to the Arduino on pin 13 and plug it into your development machine. Now we need to get it ready to talk to johnny-five. To do this simply follow the instructions under johnny-five's readme
Set up the project 

Create a folder on your development machine for the project , in this folder create the server.js and index.html files. Copy the code from the files in this gist to the respective files.

Loading ....
We aren't done yet , we need johnny-five and the narf for this to work. In your project directory run the following command:

npm install narf johnny-five

If that succeeded we now have the johnny-five libra…