Monthly Archives: December 2010

December 28, 2010

Games of 2010: my top three

With all major video game publications selecting their games of the year, an unordered list of my top three follows.

Alan Wake

In my book, Alan Wake is all about atmopshere. But Alan Wake may very well be the most atmospheric game I’ve ever experienced, which in itself warrants a spot on my top three list. It’s a crying shame that this title evidently didn’t meet sales expectations.

Red Dead Redemption

Taking place in a setting that is grossly underused and with a story and ending that gripped me from start to finish, Read Dead Redemption is one of the very best of 2010. Rockstar has come a long way in terms of both storytelling and refined gameplay, and this game is their best showpiece.

Gran Turismo 5

One would not have expected Gran Turismo 5 to have as many flaws at release, but the sheer experience of driving a high-powered automobile is sublime, and unlike and other racing game on the console market. I’ll be playing this for many years to come.

The New Yorker's profile of Shigeru Miyamoto

An expertly written ten-page article on the most influential game designer of all time.

Miyamoto has said that his main job at Nintendo is ningen kougaku—human engineering. He has been at the company since 1977 and has worked for no other. (He prizes Nintendo’s financial and creative support for his work: “There’s a big difference between the money you receive personally from the company and the money you can use in your job.”) He has never been the company’s (or his own) boss, but it is not unreasonable to imagine that Nintendo might not exist without him.

December 23, 2010

Happy holidays

2010 has been an interesting year, both personally and in terms of public events. As the last few days of this decade grow nigh, I’d like to wish each and everyone happy holidays. I’ll be posting some select entries during the next couple of weeks; expect the site to return to full speed after New Year’s.

P.S. Don’t forget to bring the spirit of twentynot2000 into 2011.

December 21, 2010

Site update

With some free time during the holidays, I’m updating the site with some features. One change that has already been made is the addition of a shortlink (⌘.ws) on each single post page, which gives you a shorter permanent link to any post.

Revamping the site’s search feature with relevance-based ranking and support for boolean search operators is a larger undertaking; expect this feature within the next few weeks.

December 17, 2010

Shortcode update

Version 0.5.7 of the Shortcode WordPress plugin adds a new shortcode, totalwords, that counts the total number of words in published posts. Note that the count is only an approximation: the total is calculated in SQL as the  sum of LENGTH(post_content) - LENGTH(REPLACE(post_content, ' ', '')) + 1, i.e. the sum of the length of all posts (including spaces) minus the length of all posts without any spaces (plus one). Words may not be counted properly if they are separated by more than one space, but the result should be sufficient in accuracy nonetheless.

As always, www.maxpagels.com/shortcodes.txt lists all of the shortcodes offered by the plugin, sorted by version.