Category Archives: gaming

Bartle Test

maiki posted about the Bartle Test, which shows what your preferences are in MMOs. I came out SEAK.

1. Socializer 73%
2. Explorer 67%
3. Achiever 40%
4. Killer 20%

I am not that surprised by this. I have some quibbles, because I don’t consider many of the questions to be actual choices. For example, one of the questions asks you if you’d rather explore a new zone or a kill a monster. What if you have to kill a monster in order to explore a new zone?

[This draft was written 2013/08/25. That’s more than two years ago. I’m just going to delete the unfinished sentence at the end and post.]

“Communication in multiplayer gaming: Examining player responses to gender cues”

Researchers at Ohio University conducted a study on reactions to gendered voices in Halo 3. The same recordings (of generic things like “thanks for the game”) were played in the lobby and after matches.

via r/girlgamers

link to abstract of study:

I like that they also compared performance and found that the female voice after a game where that player performed well garnered more directed “positive” comments than a high-performing player with a male voice or a high-performing player that didn’t say anything. I’d like to know more about the “positive” comments because I wonder if “you’re so good for a girl” or “I’ve never seen a girl who played halo” count as “positive” in this study.

Obviously this is something I’m passionate about. I should dig up the screenshots of the first sc2 3v3 game I played with Fritz and Javan where one of our opponents typed at length about his plans to rape me and how juicy my butt was, because I made my sc2 name “judy”, because… well, I wanted to see what would happen, and I didn’t feel like using a gender-neutral name. Which is nothing compared to all the other blogs out there chronicling worse behavior, or even other things I’ve personally had directed at me. We repelled their 6pool zerglings and won the match and my teammates hadn’t even noticed the talking.

But this exists and we should talk about it. It’s kinda weird because every gamer knows all about this, but the mainstream has no idea. It’s like preaching to the choir if I ever do talk about it. When I tell people who don’t experience this every time they play games, it’s so out there that they can’t believe it, so they tell me “oh, these must be isolated incidents,” or “why do you care so much about what stupid people think?” which makes it into *my* problem for complaining. The problem is that it’s so systemic. So kudos for all the people getting the word out, Anita Sarkeesian among them.

xbox 360 controllers + wireless dongle + mac

Peterson and I are here at the dinner table with my Microsoft wireless controller dongle and two wireless xbox360 controllers. led us to … and the source is available! It is made up of … a lot of xcode projects.

I’d used the driver before, on the day I saw that Microsoft was making the dongle again (they stopped making it for a few years, and Amazon was rife with fakes) when I was at Best Buy looking for something else, and had to get it. I played with it and ControllerMate a little bit that day, but didn’t get ControllerMate to successfully map to any keys.

We ran the tattiebogle driver again on Peter’s computer tonight, and one of the things the driver does is activate the rumble packs when you depress the triggers. We noticed that one side’s rumbling is much stronger than the other, so I asked the internets for information. is like looking at porn! It does say that “The right motor has significantly more counter-weight than the left motor.”

Then I remembered that a few weeks ago Brycolyn gave us some guitar hero peripherals they’ve had lying around their house from a former roommate (they don’t have an xbox360 anymore). We got them out of the trunk.

Then there weren’t any AA batteries around, so we went to Lucky to get a whole bunch. I am now 48 Sunny Select brand AA batteries richer (plus some almond milk, ling ling potstickers, some paper towels, and some orange juice).

The guitars connect to the dongle just fine, and we’re messing around with the buttons. A, B, X and Y are what you expect (and what you know if you’ve navigated menus in rock band or played regular xbox games with your guitar as a controller). The interesting part is that it SEEMS that there’s an accelerometer or a gyroscope or something in the guitar–when you tilt it up, what the driver thinks is the right-side joystick changes position in accordance to the attitude of the device. When you shake it around, you can see it moving. When you make a CHANGE in orientation, what the driver thinks is the right trigger gets depressed, and then when you stop moving it, it goes back down to a slightly jittery middle phase. Must be how it knows about star power when you tilt it up. Requires more investigation.

I am also super tired. We went to Tahoe this weekend.

Starcraft 2 tourneys that I’ll play in!

I am going to participate in a couple of online starcraft cups!

1) r/starcraft‘s open clan, r/almostrelevant, is hosting an internal league. I signed up for the gold division. Group play leading to brackets. They JUST put up the first matches! We’re responsible for finding our partner, scheduling/playing games, then uploading replays/results and awaiting our next matchup. Current status here:

2) The Ironlady cup! National ESL’s women’s league! I signed up for it! I’m not gonna get very far, but I’m participating in it just to show support or something. I’ll also submit an application to help admin the cup! Despite ubiquitous negative comments and rumblings of “but it’s really hard to be a man too“, I like a female cup. I like to see more girls playing.

And despite how exhausting it is to think about the community’s negative reactions to the idea of a women’s cup, there are a few positive responses in there, and whatever — we’ll have fun. So there’s that.

Game overload


  1. Trine via the Humble Indie Bundle 3, because there’s been some buzz about it.
  2. Shadowgrounds, via the above.
  3. Spiral Knights via maiki via penny arcade.
  4. Puzzle Pirates via Kyle and others, because they kept telling me how it was awesome years ago and I just never played it, and now I’m interested again because they’re who makes Spiral Knights.
  5. Borderlands muliplayer with Fritz, because it was on sale today for $7.50.
  6. Magicka, because the Vietnam DLC just came out–I haven’t bought it because I haven’t finishes Magicka yet.
  7. Portal 2 comes out in only six days.
  8. A House of Champions, because a forum member made it.
  9. I have to play my placement match for season 2 of Starcraft II. I’ve been delaying it due to fear that I’ll get placed back into Silver (I was promoted to Gold more than a month ago, but then the season ended). I have to work harder. Learn a 4gate and go to diamond.
  10. Learn to play Janna in League of Legends. Play more. Get to 30. Grind out some runes. Buy the lion dance kog’maw skin, because I have to, because I am Chinese. Damn I have a lot of catching up to do.
  11. Tend farm in Haven and Hearth. Go on a hunting expedition with Kevin and Joe. Make silk! Maybe get a village claim with them so we can teleport to Cocksville. Find minerals. Find Lost Temple.
  12. Get on xbox live with kim and andy and finish ilo milo haha
  13. Do more research on 3ds games…
  14. Left4Dead2 Helm’s Deep mod, because Jon really loves it.

And this doesn’t even list the stuff from the last humble indie bundle, or the steam potato sack which I just bought. AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

introspective at 3am

It’s easier to microblog than to post here. Here, I have to talk in complete sentences, and my strings of words have to make sense. In microblogging, I can just throw my chaff to the wind and watch it sparkle in the wind on the fading sunlight.

I don’t know how I feel about Egypt. How can we exist with our mundane little lives when people are marching across a bridge and embracing their military on the streets?

I am still in the process of moving. I’ve got boxes and boxes of spices saved up over the years, that have come with me through several moves, and I am loath to throw any of them away, but I never cook. And I never cook because I believe that I can’t. They’re so full of potential, though, asking me to put them in some delicious food, waiting patiently for the day I realize that I can do whatever I want.

I just hosted my third GSL finals viewing party at Eudemonia. Barely fewer came to this one (~65ish people) than my last one (~72 people), but this one was MORE AWESOME, for the following reasons:

  • Dean got a second projector.
  • I contacted chromate, the organizer of the epic Toronto theater finals shows, and arranged for the best of my local players to play some showmatches against the best of his local players. I threw together a last-minute small tournament and got local celebs dOpa and HD to play against slayersBekho and combatex. dOpa 2-0ed bekho, and HD 2-1ed combatex after getting some outrageous troll BM out of combatex, which is, after all, what he’s known for.
  • The OSL finals happened to be the same night. OSL is one of the two biggest Brood War tournament series. Beloved BW commentator moletrap rolled in and commented over an OSL stream live for us!! He gets SUPER DUPER excited when he commentates live, so it was SO epic to watch and listen to. Also none of us were expecting an all-kill O.o. We had some technical difficulties at first, but we were able to broadcast his re-stream of the OSL re-stream with his english commentary (and it is automatically recorded as well!), and when I peered at the #s towards the end, he had 707 people tuned in to his stream. =)
  • VTArlock organized an inhouse tournament after the OSL ended… and he went on to win it =)
  • I ordered WAY more pizza this time, and the dude I ordered from at West Coast hooked me up with some deals (10 pies for $99 plus 3 pies for $30 HELLZ YEAH) and each person was allowed to have 4 slices. It ended up being a near-perfect amount of pizza (which isn’t a good thing, because I’d rather not be so close to running out of pizza before everybody gets to it!). Still it was better than last time.

bigLUCC took photos again! Here’s one…


It was a great event, and I’m TOTALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING MORE. WAYYY MORE. And tournaments. And all-night lan parties. AUAUUGHGHGHHG

Also, things are really starting to move on the 25mts front. We may be embarking upon an experimental side project involving videos, and getting better sound equipment. !!! We want to organize epic League of Legends events on the scale of my GSL viewing parties, too. =D

I now live in a house of electrical engineers. The first project I’m really jazzed about will be an 8x8x8 LED cube. Since I am not realistic, and my random number generator is seeded with a unicorn, I will also magically learn how to use all these open libraries for Kinect hacking and I will set up the LED cube as a 3d display for the Kinect. You’ll be able to see yourself represented in the cube. AWWW YEAH DREAM BIG. And we already have all kinds of plans… from shooting guns, to riding horses, to RC airplanes, to BBQs in our nice backyard (seriously it’s amazing) (so is our kitchen)… We have an engineering space set up in the garage and everything. It’s going to be epic living here.

Last night, I watched my first-ever episode of Xena. I loved it.

kinect sports

These are my siblings, Raymond and Annie. Annie just got home from Japan–she’s been there since May for study abroad. We were definitely overdue for some silliness.

This is me locked in epic combat with a member of our extended family. He is a very fierce competitor. Just look at those kicks.

My favorite moment is him taunting me after a win. hahahahaha

Spot sings LoL carols

Tonight, I made Spot the Octopus sing two holiday carols for 25MTS!

1. Spot the Octopus – League of Legends Jingle Bells

2. Twelve Days of Snowdown, but, uh, I can’t upload things > 2 mb. haha

Well, here they both are on Posterous, because it has a built-in flash player.


Jingle Bells

Flashing through the snow
whole team M I A
o’er the lane we go
ganking all the way

Bells on Kog’maw ring
ace the last team fight
what fun it is to /taunt and sing
a SLAYING song tonight

Jingle bells, cho’gath smells
Singed is drunk on nogg,
Mundo mash, Udyr smash
and Trundle’s left his bog…

Jingle bells, Trynda wails
Anivia laid an egg
Evelynn fed the Xin
and Gangplank lost a leg!

12 Days of Snowdown

On the first day of Snowdown, my Sum’ner gave to me, a Garen spinning in a tree.
On the second day of Snowdown, my Sum’ner gave to me, two feeders bottom
On the third day of Snowdown, my Sum’ner gave to me, three freakin’ ninjas
On the fourth day of Snowdown, my Sum’ner gave to me, four neutral wraiths
On the fifth day of Snowdown, my Sum’ner gave to me, five Hearts of Gold
On the sixth day of Snowdown, my Sum’ner gave to me, six minions marching
On the seventh day of Snowdown, my Sum’ner gave to me, Seven Christmas skins
On the eight day of Snowdown, my Sum’ner gave to me, eight Rammus Tremors
On the ninth day of Snowdown, my Sum’ner gave to me, nine stacks on mejai’s
On the tenth day of Snowdown, my Sum’ner gave to me, 10 champs-a-fighting
On the eleventh day of Snowdown, my Sum’ner gave to me, eleven Turrets shooting
On the twelfth day of Snowdown, my Sum’ner gave to me, twelve Jungle Camps

25 Minutes To Surrender: episode 8 progress report

I’m helping Jamal at Eudemonia with a League of Legends fan podcast! It’s called 25 Minutes To Surrender and it’s tons of fun. Jamal is doing a great job of pulling everyone together (read: lighting fires under our butts) and generating show content. Our other regular cast members are Aaron, Will T, Razvan, Greg, Chi, and Kyle F.

Every week, we go over the free champions, picking a few and highlighting their current metagame viability. We move on to many varied topics of interest to new players all the way up to experienced ones. In the past couple of episodes, we’ve covered drafting/teambuilding/countering strategies, items, silly things like new skins, jungling strategies and champions…

Every other week, we have a special guest on the show. Faro actually came to the store and hung out; Elementz and RiotPhreak called into the show via Skype. These interviews are tons of fun. I learn a LOT… a lot a lot a lot. Phreak gave us some leaks too, and insight on how Riot does balancing and is committed to e-sports and such.

Someone that is not me posted about us on reddit already, commending our sound quality. This makes me happy in the pants.

I also just posted 25MTS to teamliquid (the premier english-language starcraft 2 forum) because they just created a subform for league of legends.

We might be able to interview Brackhar, the designer of Anivia, Taric, Janna, and Nidalee. He responded to me on his AMA. His AMA is really great–there are some really good questions and answers.