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  1. Corwin

    Corona Virus

    I've got a few contacts in hospitals in Paris from back when I lived there with my ex-wife and she was a nurse in the biggest hospital there. They're being hit pretty hard, some of them are posting about being scared all the time and hating how they're portrayed as heroes because it means they can't say how scared and panicked they are, about being given instructions by the government to not reanimate people over a certain age and help them pass away with drugs, etc. One of them (a male nurse) got the virus early on, and went to ER but he wasn't considered a priority because he's still in his late 30s so he had to go home and use an asthma inhaler when he had some trouble breathing (he doesn't have asthma, that's what the hospital gave him to use if it got bad) -- he reported the worse muscle pain he had in his life for a few days. The refrigerated trucks outside some of the hospitals to hold bodies temporarily is true in some of the most heavily affected areas. I don't directly know anyone who's confirmed to have gotten it besides 2 nurses (1 in Paris, 1 in Brussels), but my ex-wife knows a couple families that were affected not too severely but did report similar things as Izuno and others -- to them it manifested as a super strong flu that's kind of unpredictable (fine one minute, completely fucked the next, with some getting better then worse again) My hometown is fairly small for a city, and out of the ways, so we've not yet been too badly hit as far as I know and some patients from Paris got transferred here (since most trains do not run anymore, some got converted into moving clinics to transfer patients around to other hospitals). Still not taking chances to contract it and be responsible for deaths in or out of my loved ones, so I've only gone out twice in the last 3 weeks to get groceries for myself and my ex-wife/kids and take the trash out. My grand-ma is a 87 years-old cancer survivor and just sold her house to soon relocate with my mom here, and now she's freaking out and no longer leaving her packed-up home at all, living off of her poultry and garden as much as she can, so we had to organize for people from her area to drop off groceries at her gate. My girlfriend recently went through a major rebound from being given steroids to treat nerve pain (she has acute spondylolisthesis), which essentially fucked up her whole nervous system and led to lots of physical therapy and dry needling to try to get it back up, so there's no telling how she would react to the virus -- she moved out of L.A. a couple of weeks back to be in a less populated area in the californian desert at her mom's so hopefully we won't have to find out. My daughter gets epilepsy strokes when her fever gets too high and has to be taken to the ER, so I also hope she stays clear of it. Bleh, it's in times like this that you realize how fragile both our bodies and our societal systems are. I'm glad we're generally prioritizing people over economy in a time like this though, and hope that some of those intentions remain afterwards and keep some of the laws/systems under scrutiny for a while after -- if some laws could be lifted or softened, or if money could be found to support the crisis, it should allow those laws to be reviewed and some seemingly-impossible-to-solve-because-too-expensive budget problems to be exposed as possible but just not deemed important by the people making the calls. I feel like we're going to feel the effects of this virus for many years to come in trauma, society, economy, etc.
  2. Well I'm not sure how much I can share, but R.R. Martin is from Santa Fe and invested a few millions into a local art collective called Meow Wolf a few years ago. With that money, they made a park that I can only describe as "psychedelic Disneyland for adults where you can touch anything and go anywhere", and had a lot of success with it, so they're repeating the process in Vegas and Denver (bigger parks, more craziness). I've been working with them for a few months and that internal "vertical slice" (that I can't share details about) is now being presented to a bunch of stakeholders and investors, and yesterday was R.R. Martin's turn. He apparently seemed impressed hehe. This is going to be an interesting year! They released a documentary on how the first park was created, here's the trailer:
  3. My girlfriend is currently presenting the demo we created to R.R. Martin, not sure what to think about that. I can't help but be excited, even though it doesn't really mean anything. Fame is weird.
  4. Windows were actually surprisingly decent so I didn't change anything there. I do have a cold spot in my kitchen: since I use natural gas to cook, to follow the french safety norms I am supposed to have a ventilation both at ceiling level and at ground level so the gas can escape if there's a leak. Because I am a law abiding citizen, I pierced an air vent on the ground level through the door to the loggia and through the wall of the loggia to the outside. But now you can feel the cold air going through quite a bit when it's windy outside (it's the wrong side of the building that gets most of the wind). I'm gonna lose some heat and that's bad, so I'm working on a solution to cut the wind but still allow the air to move through. The positive side is that the flat is generally pretty well ventilated through inner chimneys between apartments in the building, so while that might increase my heating bill, it'll keep mold away and such. This area of France can be pretty damp a lot of the year. In other news, I finally bought myself a computer that can run Crysis...
  5. Living room pretty much done! Plants are chilling here but a bunch will go into other rooms soon. Around half the furniture in the apartment I got second-hand for cheap, turned out pretty good still I think
  6. It took me way longer than planned because I spent almost half of the last year in the US and was working a lot whenever I was around my hometown, but I'm almost there! Moving in on the 21st after a plumber comes to clean up and revise the central heater. The kitchen is still covered in plastic because it needs a last coat of paint, and I have a bunch of small things to finish like adding shelves in some of the closets, and I'm still expecting some furniture and such for living room, but it should take about a week, maybe 2 to be completely done. Some shots! Main bedroom 1: Main bedroom 2: Office: Entrance:
  7. Toilet done! Doesn't necessarily look like it needed an overhaul from the pictures but the toilet itself was really bad, the walls were all damaged, the dry-wall on the right was moldy at the base because it touched the floor, etc. Was hoping to actually break it and leave it open to gain a few centimeters on the width of the room but there were too many pipes in all directions behind it, would have looked stupid so I rebuilt it brand new.
  8. It's a layer of plastic that comes as a roll and which you cut with a box-cutter, glued to the old floor with joints on the sides so water can't seap under it. Tiling the floor would have raised it too high compared to the rest of the apartment, and forced me to cut the door. Or I would have had to break the old tiles which were small and glued to the concrete below directly and since the floor was already straight, i didn't feel like breaking it all, so I just covered it all. Good thing is it makes it easy to swap out the top layer if I want to change it for another color or if it gets damaged. It's also nicer for the feet than tiles: doesn't slide as much and is less cold to the touch.
  9. Finally slowed down a bit this year, renovations didn't go super far last year because I spent a few months in the US and worked a lot when I was back home. Now focusing on finishing the renovations of my apartment, bathroom is 99% done, just gotta wait for a few things to dry and put back the window on its frame, test for leaks with water pressure turned on at max, and put the door back on. Lots of mistake on that one room along the way, the worse one being that because I was changing the window I stupidly decided to do the tiles around before I put on the frame so that I wouldn't have to do perfect cuts because they would be covered up (a friend was helping me with the window and I wanted to use his expertise putting the frame right there and then, instead of waiting for the whole room to be tiled), but turns out it's not so easy to tile a wall from the top to bottom because of something called gravity. Had to keep on putting supports on the wall and making sure everything was 100% horizontal to the millimeter because the tiles would slide down while the glue was still soft otherwise. Took longer than it should have because of that to tile the whole room, but it turned out ok in the end. Also I bought some super solid tiles thinking it would be a good thing, but that meant they could only be cut with a disk cutter and piercing them was a pain in the dick. Trying to finish toilets and kitchen next. Most other rooms just need some paint and touch-ups and putting shelves and such in the closets. I also intend on doing one last round of finely polishing all the hardwood floors before I can start furnishing.
  10. Girlfriend was in Las Vegas in the street near the hotel 3 hours before the shooting. A guy hit on her at a bar who was going to the country festival that evening. Selfishly, that feels a bit too close for comfort. EDIT: Still didn't finish renovating my apartment because it's been a crazy year and I've almost not been around. Dating an amazing, creative woman who lives in the US and makes me happy. Started the year with joining an indie venture that collapsed a few months later when a couple artists left during the crunch for an important demo. Been in the US twice, first ever for me. Traveling a bunch. Rode up to San Jose and San Francisco for business and meeting my new team. Working on the tech side of creating interactive fictions using chatbots and simulated characters. Life is exciting, been a pretty intense year full of ups and downs, but mostly ups, and I'm eager to see what comes next. I'm going to work in New York for two months soon, then be back for christmas and intend on finishing my long-due renovations in January. Only the unfinished shower prevents me from living there.
  11. Make maps for Doom or Quake then? Some of those old games still have big communities, recent source ports compatible with modern OS, better level editors than back in the days, and levels are generally made of simple geometry, no fancy assets to import from a modeling package. If you want to get into Level Design as a career, you'll need the basics of at least whiteboxing a space anyway, so using at least one of tools like Sketchup, 3DSMax or internal tools from your engine of choice is kinda required. I wouldn't recommend asset stores, I'm not super familiar with Unreal's one but at least when it comes to Unity you'll have better luck finding good tools, shaders and scripting packages than cheap modular assets. And you still wouldn't have fun game mechanics to design your level for. If you're limited by your computer's power and money, then I don't think there's much we can help you with. Pick a game that runs well on your computer and check out its editor. It'd probably be faster to install and toy with than to wait for us to tell you what your computer can handle. Most of all, pick a game that you want to make levels for. Also check out indie games with level editors. I think Hammerwatch had one for instance. Don't know if you're picky in what types of games you want to map for though. Just start making stuff with editors and see what runs on your computer and what you like.
  12. I'm doing it again! (on a smaller scale) Bought a flat in the city where I studied and been renovating it during the day and working in evening/night to be aligned with my partners in crime's timezone. I'm coming out of the "break shit up" phase and into the "rebuild it" one. It's a sprint rather than a marathon on that one, gotta get it ready by early June at the latest. I don't know for how long I'll be around the area, depends on how stable my current job working from home turns out to be, but it's exciting to soon have a place to call my own. Ordered the kitchen today, gotta get the room ready for when it arrives. Also redoing the bathroom completely, with new shower structure and such. Bedrooms are not too far from done already, just gotta paint and polish/vitrify the hardwood floors so they don't look so damaged. It's way better than my previous experience, if only for the fact that I speak the same language as people who can give me advice/help. I am also deeply saddened by having to get rid of these marvelous pieces of art:
  13. Ryse was a success if you look at its core pillars/goals. Fun (ok fun is a shit core pillar but still) was in the 7th and almost last place, so that's what you got. Graphics and cinematic experience were at the top obviously, and it did ok on those I think. While I don't loathe it like Chris does, I do hope to not have to work on games where the priorities are so far from the medium's main purpose ever again. It's a shame about the theme, the whole franchise could have been great. It's a shame we didn't get to make the sequel, Ryse's development was plagued by building a team from the ground up and going third-person hack&slash with an engine not made for that, we could have really stepped it up on a sequel.
  14. Om nom nom nom nom. Very nice
  15. Nope, I'm joining a group of ex-colleagues and their friends It's an adventure!
  16. In the last couple months I sold my house, quit my job in Germany and moved back to France to try to solve my couple/family issues, am divorcing my wife after all and joining a game-dev startup, buying a car as my old one died after the drive back home, and searching for a flat to buy in my hometown. Lots of changes, I think for the better, looking forward to having more time for myself!
  17. It's alright, but even on my beast computer at work I get clear framerate issues when multiple of them update at once and I'm trying to scroll up/down (e.g. when I'm in the middle of the page for the CoD stuff). I don't know if it's just me. I'm on Chrome.
  18. Oh don't get me wrong, I really don't care if it looks like Brest or not! It's your stuff, and gameplay first! It's not like anybody will complain or even notice. Keep up the good work!
  19. You can see the sun from Brest of course, it just shines 8 times a day for a few minutes Also yeah it's a pretty hard stretch to recognize the stuff I've seen so far to be honest. The harbor has a bit more promise, but in general the pics you posted feel a lot more 'french WW2-era village' than 'french WW2-era city'. Which is fine btw, those assets look great! http://www.cparama.com/forum/brest-ports-et-bateaux-t10249.html
  20. I just put in my resignation at work and will leave in about a month back to Britanny in France, as while Germany had some perks, my current commute time, work hours, and renovations were creating a whirlwind of stress and lack of energy, and were damaging my relationship with my wife almost beyond the point of no return. I started trying to come up with a plan to be able to move back home with family and friends, and out of the blue a neighbor showed up at my doorstep and asked if I was selling my house. Turns out he owns a restaurant across the street, will retire next year, and wants the house to turn half of the garden into parking spots for his restaurant, otherwise German law says he cannot rent it and so he'd lose a lot of money over time. So everyone's happy, I don't have to finish the renovations (big load off my back and cuts down on further investments I'd have to make to properly finish it and make it easy to sell), got a good price for it given the state it's in, and 2 weeks after he showed up I've got a contract in hand and am signing it tomorrow afternoon. I'll try to work from home, the area I was raised in doesn't have ANY game companies, but the immediate focus will be climbing back up the hill for my couple and catching up a bit with my kids too. Also being back to the ocean is gonna be awesome, I never really knew what to do with my family around here where there's only forests and hills. The plan is to move back to this area, kinda close to family but still not at the very tip of Britanny where driving to anywhere in Europe takes 5 more hours.
  21. I'm from that city, looking forward to see how you portray it
  22. It's like half of the game releases these days have an implied 'early access' period
  23. I wonder how much Sony played a part in that crap, as in forbidding them from telling that the game wouldn't reach the initial pitched vision before the release to not affect sales etc. If that's the case, it sucks that Hello Games would take the fall for that. I guess it's always scary but often necessary to go with black and white answers: he did actually say in an interview that you could meet other players if you happened to be in the same place, it's not just his comment on 'don't look at it as a MP game' that built that particular hype, but carefulness and experience should have pushed him to say 'our plan is to...' so it at least doesn't seem like a flat out lie when the game comes out. That said, I just think people are being stupid just once more, and it's all about the hype they project onto the game that was never viable. Like the director of Deus Ex Mankind Divided was quoted a few years back saying that bad PC ports were a disgrace and an insult to PC gamers and then they ship a broken ass PC port, but I don't see the internet up in arms because I don't think too many people were fantasizing about having a good PC port for the last couple of years.
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