It was really funny when I noticed my friends’ faces while I was playing foosball with them. Before, we did match girls versus boys. Coincidentally we, girls leaded the match. One more point to win and suddenly the guys’ faces became serious–I couldn’t stop laughing then. Have they panicked or choked? I and Nana didn’t think the same–we didn’t expect more. We enjoyed playing–girls versus boys, in a game that needs power and tactic while playing it. If we lose, it’s expected, if we win, it’s a fortune.
Now, did you know the differences between panicking and choked? I read an article of Malcolm Gladwell in his book What The Dog Saw, The Art of Failure—Why Some People Choke and Others Panic? Wimbledon tennis tournament in 1992, Jana Novotna was closed to the victory. She seemed unbeatable by her rival, Steffi Graff, until she did fatal failure, overhead, double fault in her last serve and lost her dream to be a winner. She was well-trained and expertise. So, what did happen to her? She putted so many attentions to audience, started to serve it carefully, thought of theories and her shots, and finally, failed. She looked like beginner.
Choking is a sport colloquialism that means someone’s thinking too much of what she/he wants to do, so that, she/he makes bad performance. “However, in stressful condition, explicit system takes over the condition.” Jana Novotna lost her flexibility because of too much thinking of her shots. She’d choked, same as other pros, Dragos and Gustavo while I was playing foosball with them. After they realized that I and Nana would win and finish the game, just needed one more point, they became so serious. Dragos started to hit the ball as strong as he could, while Gustavo was struggling to use his tactic to trick me. Dragos used too much power, the ball just bounced back undirectionally. And another thing I remembered is they were starting to say foul words. They were starting to think how they could win the match—thinking of every shots. Because of their situation, girls won. They were choking. In another match, girls lost. What about panicking? Read the rest of this entry
“We are living in the world that mostly people only care about their private interest.”
We often hear about plagiarism accusation news. Certain company complaints another company which was thought as a thief. People got annoyed when others copied their style, how they are dressing, eating, talking. The world becomes dull, no more innovations. Recently, I heard some people discuss and mock their own office because of non-original game idea. Let’s rethink together what exactly happens in this world.
In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, What The Dog Saw, I found the article that told about plagiarism. Dorothy Lewis as an author and psychiatrist ever had a problem with a dramatist of Frozen, Breony Levery. I can call it as an inadvertent accident. As Malcolm Gladwell gave the title of his article, “Something Borrowed- Should a Charge of Plagiarism Ruin Your Life?” In 2004, Lewis asked court to against the plagiarism of her book, Guilty by Reason of Insanity. She wrote details of her research, her story, and also some stories of serial killers whom she ever talked before. Until she found many similarities between Frozen’s manuscript and her book. She got the manuscript and started to read it carefully. After she found many similarities, rashly, she canceled her intention to do asking-question section to Levery, and hired a lawyer directly. She thought that Levery was harassing her because the main character of her drama was exactly same as her story—in her biography book.
“Words belong to people who wrote them.” A short thought of recently opus, even in this age, people concern more in claiming works. Lewis wrote a fax to Levery. She wrote that it’s okay if Levery used her book as her inspiration and putted them as quotes. But, taking them without her license was stealing.
The anticlimax of this story happened to their both sides. Lewis, she said that weirdly she didn’t feel that angry to Levery. She thought that there’s a goodness of being inspiration to other people. But, somehow, she felt that Levery shouldn’t do that. After the court, there was so much news that pointing to Levery’s plagiarism charge. Her reputation was shattered. In other hand, Levery really didn’t understand about that sudden condition—675 similar words to Lewis’ book, that’s too much. I think, perhaps, she ever read the book or article of Lewis. And when she wrote the manuscript, coincidentally she remembered words of what she read before. Unfortunately, she didn’t remember anything about the source. Regretful was she felt and she didn’t know what she should do. Frozen was her great creation ever in her life until unexpected accusation came to her. “It’s been horrible and bloody.” She began to cry. “I’m still composting what happened. It will be for a purpose . . . whatever that purpose is. Read the rest of this entry
Who doesn’t know Jackie Chan? The most famous actor from Asia. His skill of martial art and boxing can steal world’s attention. Not using any stunt man in his mostly movies, wow! What a strong actor! By looking his face, you know he is kind guy. Having a big smile and small eyes, how Chinese people smiling, imagine it! Yes, like that. He ever attended local Korean variety show, Running Man. As a super star, he is not a kind of self-contained person. His latest movie is Police Story. I agree he is good model to be a main character in video game. Did you ever play as a Jackie Chan in any video game? I ever played one. Let me bring you to the year of this game.
Jackie Chan Action Kung Fu is one of 2D action-adventure platform game in Nintendo Console. Read the rest of this entry
“I found nice talk for you on TED.com”, “Here we go, TEDx event in Jakarta!”, “Recommended video for you about human’s brain.” TED.com?
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.
Recently, I am active to check what newest good talks on TED.com. You can find so many good talks on TED.com. About technology issues and global issues, from science to art, about people, about work, and world . “This is smart people’s site.”
Unfortunately, only a few of my friends who are interested to these talks. So that, I wanna share it with you, good talks which I already watched and these are recommended.
Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability
Brené Brown: Listening to shame
Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world
“Is it possible to develop game using C++ only, without UI editor such as Flash?”
That’s my question after I got flash workshop in my office. We created some games using flash, remade old games, learnt from the basic again, without involving any other programming languages. As I know, in some projects, programmers used to use so many collaboration of programming language, C++, java, actionscript, python, etc. We can make a simple game using java and actionscript. How about C++? Is it possible? I want to share it with you about answer that I got from my friend, Angga.
First, we will talk about the differences of relationship between Java and C++ and Flash File (ActionScript) and C++.
If we have a file containing Java, there’s source compiler that will transform our code into Java bytecode. The java byte code will be processed by JVM (Java Virtual Machine) and change it into native code which can be read by CPU.
Java has many JVMs according to what CPU we want to use for our script. The JVM makes every process easier.
How about Flash file? What is the difference to Java? Read the rest of this entry
Yuk Berhijab! One of provoking books, explaining about self-protection from Islam’s point of view, especially for women. Women are really special in Islam. Islam protects women with all its good rules and orders. One of the orders is to wear hijab as protection. Nowadays, we can see so many styles of hijab . Some of Muslims or even non-Muslims have many questions related to hijab: “Which is the right hijab in Islam?”, “Why don’t you use stylist hijab?”, “Why can’t you try to use that style, this style?”, and so-on. This book will help us to answer those questions. Read the rest of this entry
What did you feel when you were first graduate and just getting your first job? What did you think of what you wanted to do in your first day? Well, it depends on your personality and mental condition. Some will feel really nervous and the others just think it’s another challenge in their life.
My current office is full of different people. In this office I could discuss many things on the same desk with Jews, Christians, etc– one of interesting things that can be learnt in this world. Because I’m working in entertainment industry, the atmosphere in my office–may be quite different to governmental office or bank. We use casual cloth, some use slippers and short. Not many girls in my office.
Different to my life in college, in my office–multinational office, at the first time I was really surprised of so many kind of people in this office–religion, principle, lifestyle, etc. Some have same principle as mine, some don’t. Read the rest of this entry
Do you like playing game? If you never play game, I give you another question, do you ever open certain website in your internet browser? Optimization is the process that’s mostly used to give best performance of complex and complicated application. In this post, I want to share knowledge that I got from Lead Programmer in my office about why we need optimization.
So, why is optimization so important in game development?
If we talk in 3D application, we will find some elements in it. Vertex, texture, model, etc. 3D object is made by some vertex and wrapped by texture. Do you remember of connect the dots task when we were in playgroup?
We can imagine the first process is like that. To make new certain shape, we need to connect the dots first and viola, now we can see the true shape of the dots. Read the rest of this entry
“This outstanding shooter combines creepy horror with kinetic and visceral action, and it elevates the genre to a whole new level of intensity.” Jason Ocampo on his review
I didn’t finish this game yet, but I can agree with the sentence above. F.E.A.R is FPS action horror game. Made by Universal Games and developer Monolith, this game becomes incredible game with kinetic and exhausting experience from start.
As new member of First Encounter Assault Recon (F.E.A.R), we need to accomplish the mission—to find out what the Paxton Fettel (the military commander as a bad guy) is looking for and stop him. Among the missions, there are a number of unpredictable. This is one of plus points of this game.
As a player we only have 3 slots of weapons with limited ammo, 10 maximal health packs, and chargeable flash light. There is also cool special ability. We can use ultrafast reflexed that create a sort of Matrix-like bullet-time. Beside the great effect, this skill is essential for surviving some of tougher battles.
“F.E.A.R. is easily one of the creepiest and most atmospheric shooters ever made. You’ll also battle some amazingly smart opponents.”