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Debugging: Get good at it!

May 21, 2010 Leave a comment

You know, the only thing more satisfying than having a bunch of code work the first time you program it, is FINALLY finding that bug that’s been haunting you during six hours of debugging. The debugging sucks (having to set up debug messages/logs, breakpoints, etc.) but as much as I’d rather not have to debug, I’m not that worried about bugs in general because due to all my experience I know that I’m good at debugging.


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No, this blog post isn’t just to brag about the fact that I’m good at debugging (nor is it about monkeys, though that would be very cool), but rather to make an important point: Learning to debug is an EXTREMELY important skill for every programmer, and it is NOT the same as being “good” at programming. Debugging, in my opinion, is a logical process separate from the ability to write code and fix problems, and if you can’t debug, then you’ll likely never finish any project except by luck (i.e. not ever typing a bug in the first place); or at the very least, it’ll take you a very long time.
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Categories: Misc.

SoulHow to not get Phished

May 15, 2010 2 comments

Reportedly the number of monthly phishing attempts in my state have risen to an all-time high. Therefore I thought it appropriate to write some ways to NOT get phished, and how to identify a common characteristics of a phishing attempt, whether email or web based. Many of my readers probably already know this, but if you do know about phishing but also know of others who don’t, I encourage you to pass this information on to them so they don’t potentially lose a lot of money.

But first, I need you to go here and log in with your paypal details so I know who read this article.

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Got you? You DEFINITELY need to read this article. Seriously, like, NOW.
Didn’t get you? You still might need to read this article.

So yeah, bottom line, you should probably read the article. Just sayin’.
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Categories: Misc., SoulHow

How to Lie Online

May 7, 2010 1 comment

What?! SoulRed12 is going to teach you to do something naughty?

Yes, friends. If you want to lie online, here’s how you do it. Just follow these steps EXACTLY.
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Categories: Humor, Misc. Tags: , , , , ,

SoulHow to Write an Interesting Video Game Story

May 6, 2010 5 comments

I know I’ve been away for a while, but I’ve finally finished my final final exam, so here’s a present for you all: a new, long article. Yes, I’m technically putting it into my “soulhow” series, and I probably will be doing more, but the new soulhow articles will NOT be game-maker specific.

Anyway, one of the things so many amateur games are lacking, something that’s VERY important (in many games, but not all), is a story. And the thing that even the games that have a story (including some commercial ones) don’t have, is a GOOD story.

The story is actually one of my favorite parts of a video game, possibly because music in a lot of video games is meant to enhance it. So now, I’ve considered a lot of good game stories, and a lot of bad game stories, as well as some good game stories that have some issues. And here, I’m going to outline what I’ve found, for you, and only you. Actually, for you and everyone else who wants to read. Sorry if you thought you were special or something.

*Warning: I am using examples from stories of commercial games in the sections below. They may contain minor spoilers.*
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Categories: SoulHow Tags: , ,

Megaman Battle Network Chrono X 3rd Demo OST now online!

March 27, 2010 1 comment

That’s right! Now that the third demo for Chrono X is out on the official Battle Network Chrono X site, I figured it was time to upload the rest of the Demo 3 OST (15 tracks total) to my youtube account.

Check it out here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/soulred12

…and then, I’ll rule the world!

March 25, 2010 Leave a comment

If you were a super-villain, what would you want? Money, power, ice cream, or perhaps monkeys?

What about to rule the world?

It seems time and time again, uncreative video game designers continually spit out super-villains with only this vague goal. Kudos to villains like Dr. Weil (Megaman Zero 3-4), who wants to exert revenge on those who caused his exile and suffering, and the Joker (The Dark Night/Batman in general) who makes various philosophical points while enjoying random destruction. Even Dr. Dreyfus (Pink Panther Strikes Again) simply wanted to kill his rival and object of psychiatric obsession, Clouseau.

But what about villains like Dr. Eggman (Sonic the Hedgehog series), who continually tries to steal the chaos emeralds to rule the world, and Dr. Wily (Megaman series), who continually reprograms 8 robots to take over the world (and feed his unhealthy obsession with killing megaman)? Do they really have the right idea?

To find out, let’s have a look at the life of one lucky villain who realizes his ruling-the-world goal.


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Chrono X Demo 3 Out for download!

March 24, 2010 Leave a comment

You read correctly! After much anticipation, the highly awaited third demo is out for the Chrono X project! In this demo, you can play all the way up to the first boss, and then enter Demo+ mode for more fun such as testing out the navicustomizer AND the mysterious Me.m.e.n.t.o system!

Dozens have already downloaded the demo (including me), now it’s your turn!

Go for it!

As with any project, there will be some issues, so MaxRock (our programmer) MIGHT end up releasing another version of the demo. But we shall see. I’m already incredibly pleased with all the work he’s done on the demo thus far though, so I think he deserves a break.

And now that the project is out, I will be uploading the rest of the music to my youtube channel ASAP ^_^_^_^_^_^ (yes, that was a chain of ^_^ smileys…deal with it. I’m just THAT excited =D)

This blog has NOT moved

March 21, 2010 Leave a comment

I just became aware that when I moved this blog back here, I forgot to remove the “this blog has moved” text on some of the articles. Just for clarity, I’ll say it here that the SoulScroll is hosted HERE at WordPress.com. If anybody sees any of my blog posts that still say “this blog has moved”, please please PLEASE leave a comment here telling me which article it is and I’ll take care of it.

Thanks!

Categories: Misc.

Must…have…laptop…

March 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Well I’ve been without my MacBook Pro for over a week now. I think I’m having withdrawals.

But wait, how am I writing now? WIZARDRY? YES! YES, IT IS WIZARDRY! No wait, maybe it’s just because I have a PC as well. Sorry to get your hopes up. Anyways, here’s the basic story.
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Brain Teaser

March 18, 2010 Leave a comment

In an effort to “fake” a level of activity, I decided to post this interesting brain teaser I just found. I’ll post the answer as well as a link to where I found the teaser in the next blog post.

You are on your way to visit your Grandma, who lives at the end of the valley. It's her birthday, and you want to give her the cakes you've made.
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