Square-Enix: Because Fun Is Overrated: MMORPG Edition

There are times when I sort of miss Final Fantasy XI. I did have some fun playing it.

Then I read about things like a boss that takes over 18 hours to beat and decide that, no, maybe I don't really ever want to play a game like that again.

There's a great quote in that article:

We’ve recently learned from the Premier Site Summit that Sage Sundi believes the Absolute Virtue fight to take eighteen hours (or less if you’re lucky).

I think I'll pass, thanks anyway.

Fun With Copy/Paste

While looking through some JSPs, I noticed something:

<%@ page language="java"
  contentType="text/html; charset=UTF-8"

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type"
  content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">

I've highlighted the important parts. The web server is set to tell the browser that the page is encoded in UTF-8. The page itself, on the other hand, tells the browser it's ISO-8859-1.


Morons, Databases, and JSPs

OK, so this post is probably going to be mostly opaque to non-programmers, but that's fine. It's a rant. You don't have to understand it.

When I first inherited this web app, one of the first things I did was to move various display logic (namely, the URLs of icons) out of the database and into the display side. I did this in a somewhat "hackish" sort of way by just creating URLs named after the primary keys of the table. (A cleaner way might be to use CSS.)

Any way, time goes on and I move on to other things. Eventually I'm asked to come back and help clean some things up.


Square-Enix: Because Fun Is Overrated

So I'm playing FFIV DS, which is a remake of the original FFIV. It keeps pretty much the same features. The same damage levels, the same characters, the same abilities.

They increased the HP for the Demon Wall boss from 28,000 to 99,999. (According to online FAQs.) This is a timed fight.

That's more than 3 times more HP. (3.57 times more to be exact.)


Final Fantasy IV Impressions

I need something to bump that Square Enix blog entry off the top, so it might as well be something related: my initial impressions of the new Final Fantasy IV game for the DS.

Well, it's in 3D. I'm not sure I really like this. As The World Ends With You proved, the DS can do pretty well with a sort of mixed 3D/2D environment. I think I almost would have preferred something like that.

SQUARE ENIX is Professional!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From the Square Enix blog we get this entry, which reads:

And a mandragora visited our booth! How cute!!!

Two more days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come see us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Booth #5001!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes!!!!! How Cute!!!!!!!!! And this certainly seems professional!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And not desperate for attention!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Of course, if they really wanted attention, they'd release more details about Final Fantasy XIII or announce Kingdom Hearts III or something.


I've really got to start previewing and proof-reading these entry.

Working Around Slight Issues With Eclipse WTP's JavaScript Editor

So after getting spun into another infinite error loop while editing a JavaScript file, I discovered that the error dialog is thankfully modeless. I was able to save the file and close it to stop the infinite error loop.

Powertip: You can right click on files and use the "Open With" submenu to select the plain old text editor for JavaScript files.


I Finally Created a Facebook Account

I finally gave in and created a Facebook account. It'll be interesting to see if anyone finds me and adds me. (It did actually list quite a few people I know when I created the account. Which I then basically skipped past. This is either laziness or depression, take your pick.)

Interestingly enough, Facebook can import RSS feeds, so I've pointed my account at my existing blog, which I post to almost never.

Maybe I'll post more often. Somehow I doubt it.

And no, I'm not really up this late.


Top Gear Comes to the US

So Top Gear is coming to the US. Ignoring that Top Gear has already come to the US. And then left after people threw stones at them and tried to kill them.

Er, actually, the UK version of Top Gear is currently shown on BBC America at 8PM Eastern on Mondays. In the past the Discovery Channel has shown episodes.

If you haven't watched Top Gear on BBC America before, then you're missing out on what's easily the funniest show on cable.



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