Thursday, March 3, 2011

March 3rd Rant!



I apologize for the lack of a better title?

Three days in and I'm keeping to my goals... mostly. As you can tell, my rants are proportionate to my stress level. The more stress I feel, the longer the rants become. Best to have somewhere to vent, right? (Okay, seriously. It's not all that bad. But I am under some serious pressure.)

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Pokémon Rant:

As most of you can tell, I've been hooked on the DS games lately in preparation for Black and White release on Sunday. I'm probably becoming quite annoying about it on Facebook too, maybe.

l booted up my copy of Pokémon Pearl Version yesterday and finally got around to evolving two Eevees into a Glaceon and Leafeon respectively. I also found a Thunder Stone so I got a Jolteon as a bonus. Score?

I didn't know evolving Eevee into those two forms (Glaceon and Leafeon) were as easy as leveling up near two Rocks in Sinnoh. I thought you'd have to have them with max happiness or something. Anyway, I'm going to train those this weekend before Sunday. I also found some more Pokémon in the PC on Pearl version that I want to level up. These include:

Skarmory
Breloom
Flareon
Jolteon
Pidgeot

...and some others I imagine, but I honestly can't remember at the moment. But I don't know, Pokémon seems to be a great quick stress reliever and I guess it's a better option than what some others would do in the same situation. *coughdrugssmokedrinketccough*


And I want a freaking Victini!


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Software Engineering Rant:

Now this is where the stress comes in. Not too hard of a class, but I feel like the deadlines are extremely unrealistic for our project. I've been assigned to the Heap Sort, and while that is pretty doable, we have to code it in JavaScript. Now, JavaScript isn't too difficult to learn, actually it's very similar to C++. However, we have to use a "jsAnim" library for animations, and that is not exactly easy to figure out.

Now coding a Heap algorithm is easy, actually animating it using code with little knowledge on how it works, that's a little tough.

Again, I don't think Software Engineering is hard by itself, but with other classes that are just as time consuming (is that the right way to put it?) I think I bit off more than I could chew. Never again. I would rather postpone graduation than do a schedule this difficult again.

While I'm on the subject of programming, I'm getting really rusty in C++. I'm going to need to practice on some of that to get ready for Operating Systems next winter.

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Final Fantasy XIV Rant:



Some people really have the audacity to think that Final Fantasy XIV is becoming like World of Warcraft, and make that their reason for playing no longer. Now, I don't play WoW, nor will I ever, but that game has 9,000,000+ players. Isn't that a good thing? People seem to say that WoW is this terrible game. I don't think it's that bad if it has that many people playing, but I don't think a couple of floating '!' icons will ruin FFXIV. In fact, it's been in Final Fantasy titles already (Notably FFIX and XII), so it's not anything new.

Also, a lot of people seem to be disgusted with the changes to the user interface. There have been people disagreeing with it saying it takes away from Final Fantasy's uniqueness. I don't know, though. I mean, Naoki Yoshida is working his ass off to get this game to succeed, and I greatly admire this man's efforts. He's seriously the captain of the Titanic as it's going under and so far successfully steering it back to balance. It's very exciting to watch, actually. But people who cannot embrace change because of a NPC giving a stupid little confirmation window and a "!" icon in a CS, I really don't know what to tell you other than "deal with it or leave".



Anyhow, less ranting and more informing. Yoshida did an interview in Los Angeles today with Eorzeapedia, and it's quite an interesting read. I posted it on Facebook, but no one seemed to give a damn so I took it off and posted it here instead. He's taking an interesting approach with classes though. He wants to introduce the traditional classes as either an advanced path to the current classes of XIV, or make them as subclasses of the current class system.

Personally, I vouched for the second method. It would only make sense that a Conjurer that has primarily white magic equipped would be a white mage, right? Maybe it's just me.

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Now time to focus more on my homework. A more enlightening post will come Saturday after midnight. Maybe!







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