I'm not sure what it is about the Germans, but it seems they've made a simulator for pretty much everything. The latest that I've entertained is a title known as "OMSI - Der Omnibussimulator."
The included map is set in mid-80's Spandau, Germany. Yes, that's Germany before the wall fell. Odd setting choice aside, I have to say in all seriousness that the simulation is up there with some of the most detailed I've played. From the sound of the bus as it rolls over segmented concrete, to the modeled functions of nearly every single switch, button, and lever, to the complaints of your passengers as you slam on the brakes to avoid some idiot cutting you off, it all has an impressive weight to it. It's technically very impressive, and the open mod tools mean lots of possibilities with addons.
That said, this definitely isn't a title for everyone. I admit my tastes are at times a bit odd, and that I have a hard time resisting highly detailed sims no matter how mundane the subject may be. But if you have this itching desire to be a bus driver without the job commitment, OMSI is definitely for you.
I figured I'd have spam comments show up eventually. Already had three so far. The first two were pretty blatant SEO linkfarm attempts (merkey.net used to have a pretty high pagerank). The latest gave me a good laugh. Which I will now repost for your reading pleasure.
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Way to provide zero specifics. Next time you want to get a comment approved, try reading and responding to the actual post. It's also pretty obvious that English is not your first language (if it is, god help you) or this is a machine translation. Fail.
I got an email from Microsoft today pronouncing the impending arrival of the Eee Slate. One of the first tablets to be announced post-iPad, and it's still not on sale. What's really crazy is the reason behind the long delay. It seems ASUS wasn't happy with releasing another underpowered Windows 7 tablet. Nor did they want to enter the Android tablet game. The Eee Slate as it stands now is more of a laptop without a keyboard. Packing a 12" screen and a Core i5, it's actually got the horsepower to run Windows 7 at a reasonable pace.
"Wow!" I'm thinking. "That's the first slate device that could actually see some commercial success."
I was thinking this right up until I clicked through the pre-order link to view the price.
W. T. F.
As I said a couple posts ago, I own an HP tm2t. It was less than $800 shipped. It has all the features of the Eee Slate (with the exception of an SSD) and is still cheaper with a Core i5 and AMD discreet graphics (mine is a Core i3 without the graphics hardware). The Slate is using the Core i5's integrated video, so forget portable gaming. My HP may be two pounds heavier than the Eee Slate, but having a keyboard attached to it more than makes up for it. And if people think the 10", 1.5 pound iPad is too big and heavy, what could remotely persuade them to get the Slate? The HP also destroys the Slate's 3+ hours of battery life (I can get around five hours before I need to seek an outlet).
I just don't get it. How can this thing cost $300 more than my HP? Gorilla glass? SSD? You'd think that would be more than made up for by the fact that that it doesn't need a reinforced hinge, keyboard, or trackpad. Maybe, maybe if it had integrated GPS and a cell modem of some variant, it might have small right to call itself reasonably priced. As it stands, it's an epic failure.
What kind of bizzarro universe do corporate execs live in these days?
It's as if 110 million ISKies cried out, and then were suddenly silenced.
Yes, I built another battleship in Eve. Why? That's a good question.
I love experimenting with various Linux distributions. It's a weird kind of fun for me. A lot of those distros fight back, though. The ones that drive me the most crazy are the ones that insist on using obscure disk image formats like raw and img. One I was trying tonight used a raw disk image. I downloaded it twice. The imager they linked to produced an error upon attempting to flash the image to a USB drive. DD complained that the file was in use when it wasn't. Daemon Tools would mount the image, but Windows couldn't open the virtual drive. I know what you're saying... the Ubuntu img tool for Windows works great! Yeah... right up until you want to get the full capacity of your flash drive back. Full formats are all that work for me, and I can only imagine what that's doing for the life of the flash memory. And it doesn't work with this raw file.
I like problems like this, because I like solving them. I defeat these things, they don't defeat me. But at some point the annoyance level passes my threshold. Tonight it came at about three hours after having made zero progress.
This is what you'd call an angry rant. I do not understand why everyone can't just use ISO files. ISO file + Pendrivelinux's universal usb installer = job done. And I don't have to do a full format of the flash drive afterwards! Seriously! Make it happen! If people like me can't even get your image to a bootable device, who is actually going to use it?
"Everyone's doing it!" seems to be the motto of the industry. Don't get me wrong, new experimental products are what keep the industry moving forward, but tablets are some kind of industry insanity. Everyone is trying to take some of Apple's market. It's not going to happen. Apple's market is made up of fanatical loyalists. They're not going to buy a competing product even if it is better. Motorola's Xoom is a perfect example of that insanity. At $800 off contact for the 4G model and $600 for the WiFi-only version, the iPad suddenly doesn't look that expensive. That's a $170 premium over the 3G iPad (sorry Motorola, 4G isn't worth that much yet, no matter how you try to justify it) and $100 over the WiFi model.
A big point of Android tablets is that they're both cheaper and different from the iPad. Sure, there's room for 10" devices for those that like that size. But there are people like me that prefer a 7" device. Some might even like 5" or 12" devices as well. The biggest point of Android is choice. So why are all the new Honeycomb tablets exactly the same? I have zero interest in any of them. I already spent $800 on a dual core tablet. It's called the HP tm2t. It has an Intel Core i3, 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB HD, a wacom pen interface, a capacitive multi-touch interface, and runs Windows 7. Maybe it's a bit heavier, but I think also being a full laptop more than makes up for it. It's even got 3G when I tether it to my Galaxy Tab. Which I will continue to happily use while I completely ignore the initial Honeycomb devices.
I've never been a big fan of JRPG's. They tend to be way too menu heavy for my tastes. Lots of button presses for not a lot of result, that kind of thing. As a result I haven't really played that many. Blue Dragon was the only one I spent any kind of serious time on. Certain parts of it I loved. The music especially. I also quite like the extravagant visual style of most JRPG's. The big turn-off for me is when it comes to actual gameplay. It always seems like I'm doing an awful lot for not much real action. Ultimately I gave up on Blue Dragon after spending a couple hours wondering aimlessly with not a clue as to what I was supposed to be doing. The endless diving through menus to upgrade items/skills/etc also got pretty annoying.
That said, I've actually been enjoying Final Fantasy 13. A lot people didn't really like it, but I don't think it was aimed at the hardcore JRPG players. It was aimed at people like me. People that love the general creative design of JRPG's but hate to actually play them. FF13 does a lot of things to avoid annoying people like me. It puts up a little story recap whenever I sit down to continue the game, so I generally know where I am. The auto combat system works well most of the time so I don't always have queue up my actions for every attack. Leveling is pretty simple, and it will pick equipment for me when I select offensive, defensive, or balanced loadout option buttons.
Long time players of JRPG's, yeah... you're probably not going to like FF13. New players though... this could be something you want to check out.
Finally started hosting my old domain again. Couldn't figure out what else to do with it, so I installed wordpress. Figured I'd post some of my usual rants on here. Stay tuned!