Archive for August, 2007

My new (amazing) pc…

I decided that I finally need to make a new computer.  I got some hookups to create it for cheap, so I did.  If you wanna see what’s inside, click for more.

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Who’s all going to PAX?!  I am! 

 It’s going to be a great time with my girlfriend and a few others.  C and me are getting a hotel with a couple friends for Friday night, and then Saturday night we’re staying at C’s friend’s place.  It’s going to be a great time to get away and see some new games.  I’m really looking forward to meeting some developers at the expo as well. 

 I’ll write an update on how it all goes after I’m back!


I picked up BioShock today, and was greatly dissapointed.  Not in the game at all, but in the fact that I couldn’t even play the game.  I bought the PC version, cause I currently don’t own a 360, and my hardware is too old to play the game effectively.  The one problem I’m having is my video card is no longer worth while.  I’d buy a new one, but I’m planning building a new computer, with 2 GeForce PCI Express cards.  My motherboard is AGP, with PCI, so it’s not going to help me to buy one of the video cards early  :(.

The game is amazing though and this will just make me get my new computer sooner or just go buy a 360…we’ll see which comes first.

Microsoft GameFest 2007

I had the great opportunity this last Sunday/Monday to go to Microsoft GameFest in Seattle, Washington, for free! ($450-650 reg price). 

Our school, OIT, received a grant this summer for 20 xbox 360s, 20 developer licenses, and $10k to put on a few classes.  That’s pretty much how I got to go, but this just is exciting.  Our school is finally getting involved in game development, and it’s about time.  This will also be great for the club (OTGD)!

GameFest was more of a current developers in the game industry event, but having an avid interest in game development, I was able to get the opportunity to go and meet many people in the industry from programmers to researchers.  It was a blast.  There was free food, some great prizes, good information, and a great way to meet some new people and get my name out as an interested student in game development.  Don’t know for sure whether I’ll hear from people I gave my business card to, but oh well, I had a great time meeting them and hearing about all the different things going on.

I got there on Sunday for the reception, and met a few interested people there who had started up a company about a year and some ago.  We stayed at a friend’s place (free) and then had some free breakfast at the event.  Key speaker was there who announced the winners of the contest that Microsoft put on.  Went to a bunch of lectures, had some free lunch, met people in the expo area, and then went to some more lectures.  It ended that day at 6 or so, then at 6:30 was the after party.  That was a blast.  Free food, pool tables, Foosball, Xbox 360s with Guitar Hero 2 and a bunch of old arcade machines.  I also met a bunch more people while I was there towards the end, sadly we had to leave early since my friend had to work the next day.

I had a great time and wish I could have stayed for the next day, but oh well…there’s always next year!

MECOP Tours: Credence Systems

I had a great time being toured around Credence this last Friday.  They design systems that test circuit boards and processors.  Pretty fancy test equipment.  We were toured by 2 MECOP students and one of the new employees that work with one of the students.  I got to meet the senior software engineer who was working on a project in Java ( 🙁 ).  He was working on an interesting project atleast. 

Overall I had a great time and got to catch a small glimpse of the air show that was going on around the city.  Love those things! 

 Enjoy yourself!