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The brothers chaps made a new game for the homestar site. It's a polarity-switching game reminiscent of Ikaruga for the gamecube except with orange and black marshmallows that you have to deposit in a bag.

i think it's my favorite game on the site to date, but it suffers from one medium gripe and one small gripe.

the medium gripe is that it starts out really easy and slow, and then it gets really hard and... slow. Once i hit around level 14 or so, the amount of marshmallows travelling on the screen caused the frame rate to drop in a noticable way. It could be my 'pewter's stock graphic card. I seem to remember that the open source polarity game that my bro showed me suffered from similar issues once the screen got too busy, so maybe that's just normal.

The small gripe i have is that the key configuration is such that the polarity-switch key and the release-marshmallows key are located in a way that it's easiest to do it with one hand ([A] and [SPACE BAR]), and when things get really busy, it's easy to get them confused.

Still, it's a strong addition to the site, and it's nice to see that the chaps are building up their vocabulary to create actual Games for the games section as opposed to having vague interactive experiences like Spin and Say or Hairstyle Runner. I still like that stuff too, though, and i'm afraid that they'll get moved to a shelf in the museum like Fortune Cookies and Lite Brite. I think that those things warrant themselves a new category as opposed to being pushed out of "games", but then they'd have to redo all of their menu pages.

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eversorachel
Oct. 28th, 2003 11:45 am (UTC)
puh. i am totally signed up for homestar updates. why was i not notified of such a game? that's it. i'm telling my dad, i mean attorney.
yookoso
Oct. 28th, 2003 11:48 am (UTC)
Hey, nice icon. :)
eversorachel
Oct. 28th, 2003 11:55 am (UTC)
why thank you. :) yours is also quite lovely. :)
lifeofmendel
Oct. 28th, 2003 12:27 pm (UTC)
just join the homestar community. they'll tell you faster than the updates will, i imagine.

sheesh... do you have like 345678397 userpics? i don't think i've seen a dupe of a userpic from any comment i've replied to from you yet.

what a poorly constructed sentence.
eversorachel
Oct. 28th, 2003 12:31 pm (UTC)
as a matter of fact i do have 34567897 userpics. but they only let me load 9 or 10 of them, so those are the ones you see. :p hehe. i was thinking about changing them soon, actually. i haven't decided yet, though.
lifeofmendel
Oct. 28th, 2003 12:37 pm (UTC)
i was thinking about doing a makeover to some of my userpics too, but i don't know. All i ever use for posting are my dark music themed ones... the segment pics and the trigun pic and the tenor pic is more just for... just being there.

i'm also usually too lazy or not thoughtful enough to change what my userpic is per post. there needs to be a mac lj client that can do that stuff for me so i don't have to worry about it.

anyhoo. *stretch* i'm going to be Evil/Good and play DDR for a couple of hours. *subliminal messaging... buy the game... join us...* *ahem* *cough cough*
eversorachel
Oct. 28th, 2003 12:43 pm (UTC)
i'm not sure i would recognize you by any other userpics. but since you are lazy, i guess i don't have to worry about it. hehehe.

haha. that wasn't very subliminal. but go. have fun. don't let the door hit your ass on the way out. ;) break a leg. haha. i'm so much fun i hurt myself.
eversorachel
Oct. 28th, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
ps- in case you haven't noticed, there is more than one community focused on homestar. were you referring to one in particular, or should i just join them all? :p
lifeofmendel
Oct. 28th, 2003 06:20 pm (UTC)
i was referring to the one *i'm* in. because it's all about me. you should have read my mind. curse you for not doing that. ;)

The hsr fan community i belong to has some fairly strict rules in an effort to keep it all organized, and it can sometimes be over the top, but the moderator is a cool guy and does good research/has good knowledge when it comes to the Strong Bad emails.

*whistles a random tune*
eversorachel
Oct. 29th, 2003 09:02 am (UTC)
all about you? ha! it is so all about me. and curse you for cursing me.

i will check out this little "fan club" of yours, but only because i want to stay up-to-date. it has nothing, NOTHING to do with you, my friend. nothing nothing nothing. nothing...... nothing. and why? because it's all about me. don't forget it. there will be a test.
lifeofmendel
Oct. 29th, 2003 11:30 am (UTC)
no tests! i suck at tests! :p

Fill in the blank:

1) it's all about _________

uhhhh uhhhhh uhhhh....? me? is it all about me?
eversorachel
Oct. 29th, 2003 11:34 am (UTC)
you so fail. big fat F, buddy. tisk tisk. i may even have to call your mother/father/legal guardian. i see a parent teacher conference in the very near future. you may even have to be.... disciplined.
lifeofmendel
Oct. 29th, 2003 11:44 am (UTC)
heh. i never even had a parent/teacher conference when i was in *high school*.

actually, i don't remember that far back anymore. :p

you may even have to be.... disciplined.

Is that a threat or a promise? ;)

Me, baby! It's *all* about the darknote. Thaaaat's right.

*no segueway*

wow. video game faces are still really flat looking. Tony Hawk in THUG only vaguely looks like Tony Hawk to me.

Granted, realism of graphics isn't the reason i play a video game. *shrug*
eversorachel
Oct. 29th, 2003 11:52 am (UTC)
i don't think i've ever had one, either. 'cause i was a good girl. slightly less good now, but i still follow most of the rules. heh. :p

you may even have to be.... disciplined.

Is that a threat or a promise? ;)


that's however you want to take it, mr. masochist.

Me, baby! It's *all* about the darknote. Thaaaat's right.

F minus. plus detention.

i know about video game faces, though. i mean, mario just does not look like himself in these games. it's hard to tell that it's even him. *is being a smartass*
lifeofmendel
Oct. 29th, 2003 12:01 pm (UTC)
I know about video game faces, though. i mean, mario just does not look like himself in these games. it's hard to tell that it's even him. *is being a smartass*

heh.

funny you mensh, though. I recently saw the episode of Icons that went through the history of Mario and why he looks the way he does. it all had to do with the limitation of graphics at the time.

that's however you want to take it, mr. masochist.

well, you know. masocist is similar to my first name if you keep the first letter and replace the next five with other letters and get rid of the last two. yeah....



eversorachel
Oct. 29th, 2003 12:05 pm (UTC)
is mensh actually a word? and if so, does it actually mean what you intended? :p

wow. your name is so close to masochist, it's scary. :p my name is close to the words "porn star" if you take the last two letters and put them in the front and then switch them around and then change the next for and take out the last two.
lifeofmendel
Oct. 29th, 2003 12:52 pm (UTC)
rachel?

okay, okay... i cheated. :p
eversorachel
Oct. 29th, 2003 12:56 pm (UTC)
what makes you think you are right, huh? huh?? and what is your "cheating" method?

oh, and let me guess at yours.... michael.
lifeofmendel
Oct. 29th, 2003 01:07 pm (UTC)
heh.

i'm a good deducer. your bf has your real name in his lj somewhere.

if we were playing jotto, you have one too many letters (maybe that was my fault), one letter in the right place, two other letters that match but are in the wrong place (partially because there are too many letters).

But you'll never *guess* my real name because i've only ever personally met one other person in the US with the same name as me.

you can find it, though. just need to do yer research. ;)
eversorachel
Oct. 29th, 2003 01:14 pm (UTC)
arg. i knew he was involved. always givin' away my secrets. psh. oh well. maybe i will "punish" him tonight. hehehe

i've only ever personally met one other person in the US with the same name as me.

so then are you of some sort of nationality that carries this name? or are you just a crazy american with a weird name?

you can find it, though. just need to do yer research. ;)

arg! research?? do you know how many assignments i bs-ed on in high school because of that word??? sewiously. research? pth.
lifeofmendel
Oct. 29th, 2003 01:21 pm (UTC)
i'm a crazy asian-american with a weird name.

arg! research?? do you know how many assignments i bs-ed on in high school because of that word??? sewiously. research? pth.

heh. you and me both. I'm still trying to get away with that now, and i'm in grad school. ;)
eversorachel
Oct. 29th, 2003 01:32 pm (UTC)
i worked with a crazy asian-american once. only his name was michael. haha. so i guess that doesn't really help much.

heh. you and me both. I'm still trying to get away with that now, and i'm in grad school. ;)

let me know if it works. i haven't done any college yet, but i'd like to know how much actually work i have to do for it. :p
lifeofmendel
Oct. 29th, 2003 01:39 pm (UTC)
let me know if it works. i haven't done any college yet, but i'd like to know how much actually work i have to do for it. :p

depends on what you want to do with it more than anything else.

I made some mistakes (still making some) in that the person that really loses the most by being lazy about stuff is Me. My general philosophy (which i don't always do) is that you should put as much effort into college as you can so that you get the most out of it.

sometimes it's just hard when you're a naturally lazy procrastinator that hates going through red tape to appease certain professors that only pretend to care about you.
eversorachel
Oct. 29th, 2003 01:49 pm (UTC)
yeah, that makes sense. i'm lazy and procrastinative, too. but i don't like feeling like i've slacked off at the same time. you can imagine the torment i go through. haha. but i still don't know what i want to do. i plan to take some classes soon, but i'm not sure how soon that will be. so yeah.
yookoso
Oct. 29th, 2003 11:47 pm (UTC)
Ask me! Ask me! I know! Pick me teacher! I know the answer.
lifeofmendel
Oct. 29th, 2003 11:53 pm (UTC)
too late, scott. she already figgered it out.
eversorachel
Oct. 30th, 2003 06:14 am (UTC)
yep. already got it. :) go me. but you get a gold star for being so helpful. :)
yookoso
Oct. 28th, 2003 11:47 am (UTC)
I agree. It's a really nice game, but the keys are layed out funny. BTW - I think it is your vid card because I'm not having the same trouble. The Flash plug-in engine can be tough on a video card given the right circumstances.
eversorachel
Oct. 28th, 2003 11:57 am (UTC)
well i went to the site and tried the game out. it was really slow. but then it turns out it's one of those games my computer won't let me play, and my computer shut off in the middle of it. :p oh well. i've become used to the agony that is the relationship i have with my computer. :p
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