The original Star Wars film was a passion project for a then-young George Lucas, and it was a project that nearly killed Lucas from stress. When filming started in the Tunisian desert, by complete coincidence it started raining, delaying the filming for an extended period of time due to its sheer rarity. The first cut of the film by editor John Jympson was described as a “complete disaster,” and the special effects team at Industrial Light & Magic was horribly behind schedule due to being asked to make effects that had never before been attempted. According to Steven Spielberg, during the early cut screening for executives, he was the only one who actually enjoyed the film; some accounts actually have Lucas breaking down in tears as the executives savaged it. Now, go watch that movie again. Go ahead and watch the film knowing that Anthony Daniels was stabbed in the foot by his C-3PO costume while he sweltered in the Tunisian desert and couldn’t see due to the … [Read more...] about Vague Patch Notes: How do you play MMOs when you know humans suffered to make them?
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This "holiday" is stupid. Our seasoned readers will know we often call it tongue-in-cheek day, or OppositeDay, or even 'Stupid stuff that would never happen but hey let's grab a headline day.' Every once in a while, April Fool's Day makes games better. From Blizzard's 2002 intrudction of the Pandaren Empire, 2004 introduction of the Goblin Tinker, and 2011 appearance tab leading to transmogs, it's not uncommong. Well, at least for Blizzard. I'm sure you guys can help me out by listing a few non-Blizzard AFD jokes that became realities. Today being that awful day again, there are a few April Fool's Day video game jokes that wouldn't be so bad if they came true. Based on community feedback, we are announcing that we have abandoned the Action RPG genre to focus on what players really want. Path of Exile is being replaced by PATH OF EXILE: ROYALE, a 100-person free-for-all battle royale game. PATH OF EXILE: ROYALE is live right now. Just run the old Path of Exile game client and it … [Read more...] about When April Fool’s Day Makes Games Better
The internet is filled to the brim with writing advice, as dispensed by everyone from 17th-century poets to modern-day linguists. And real life is no different either — I bet even your co-worker in IT has his own little nugget of wisdom to share on the subject. Don’t dangle your modifiers. Always write in active voice. Don’t split infinitives. How much of this advice is really effective, though? Is it possible to write with a grammar rulebook open in front of you? More importantly, would doing so necessarily make for better writing? When it comes to correct English, there’s no one in charge; the lunatics are running the asylum. There is no tribunal. There’s no rules committee. That would just never work with language. There are hundreds of millions of English speakers and they are constantly adding new terms to the language. They’re constantly changing shades of meaning. — Steven Pinker Remember, technically correct does not … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Become a Better Writer, According to Science
Microsoft’s latest version of Office is here. As you probably know the new office comes in two flavors. One is a Cloud based version known as Office 365 and the other one is the traditional Office software which we know since ages. So if you want to install Office on multiple computers then the new Office 365 Home Premium makes a better sense as otherwise you have to buy a package for each PCs. Office 365 Home & Premium suite costs $99.99 per year for 5 PCs and that’s definitely not a bad deal. You also get 20 GB of additional cloud storage (via SkyDrive), and 60 minutes of Skype calls every month. Now if you’re away from your PC then the Office 365 comes with a new feature called “Office on Demand”. It streams the full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher so that you can work online from any PC. Since it’s subscription based you don’t have to upgrade your Office suite again. Microsoft automatically upgrades your … [Read more...] about Why Office 365 Could Be A Better Deal Than Office 2013
Pinterest is one of those social networking site which created buzz in short span of time. If you never heard of it and thinking “what is Pinterest“, it’s another social networking site but created with a very different approach. Specially, when social networking sites are crowding the internet (Facebook, Twitter, Google+), Pinterest come up with its own concept and with different approach. Pinterest basic model is based on Images and it might not be wrong calling Pinterest as an Image based social networking site. If you are a Blogger or Internet marketer, and have not joined Pinterest, its high time you should join this image based social networking site and explore the world of Pinning before it’s too late. The site, though active since the past two years, has generated millions and millions of visitors since the past few months. That’s when Facebook integrated it with the Timeline of the users. Since then Pinterest, a social photo sharing site, has … [Read more...] about Pinterest Marketing Tips To Make People ❤️ Your Blog