Beating My Head Against a Wall
by, 04-21-2009 at 05:08 PM (275 Views)
No, this isn't some desperate plea for help, or someone crying out in vain over how he doesn't like some aspect of the tools, but more how many times I feel like I beat my head into a pulp for reasons that could be easily solved.
For example, the BIGGEST problem people encounter is the thermometer rising too quickly (or even overshooting!).
Can something be done to address this?
You Know If A Computer Could Figure This All Out...
What we need in LBP is some more computer aided design. For example, it would be very, very, VERY helpful if someone happened to indicate WHERE our hotspots might be. Did we forget to glue something to dark matter?
Mebbe some way of asking the PS3 (which already KNOWS where these hotspots are) some way: oh, please, oh Mighty PS3 that makes all things possible in LBP, might I know where the hot spots are in my level? If it's not too much trouble? You can email me if that's easier...
A hot thermo AFTER the fact is really not much help at all.
Exclamation Point THIS!
Some things are just beyond -- well, beyond indicators. Like the silly exclamation points. Yes, I know, someone thought it was really cool at one point. But there is something known as "pointing out the obvious". When something is not getting displayed correctly, or updated in real time, putting an exclamation point (or two or one hundred) isn't really helping matters.
Maybe some helpful text to EXPLAIN what those exclamation points mean in all very helpful language: "Yo! Bro, dats WAY too much, and I be chillin' till you yank that **** out!"
Well, maybe a little more helpful than that.
I Love It When The Universe Changes
Okay, Cornish YAAAaarg (no, seriously, that's what it says in Aramaic!) fixed a lot of bugs. No, seriously, by a lot of bugs, I mean a LOT a lot of bugs.
Some of them were purely cosmetic (you know, when you text someone and half of it is off the screen?). Others were... not so cosmetic.
But if you mess with the physics engine, the materials or ANYTHING regarding such incidentals ("oh, yeah, we forgot friction, lets put that in for a fix") PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE tell us!
Many of us have discovered that some objects that used to work PERFECTLY with one piston, now require more than one. Either pistons got weaker or someone slipped in some friction values that weren't there before.
I have a red spot on my wall... no, come over here, I want you to see it... see that? Head bashing. Then trial and error to discover, "oh, I'm not completely bonkers".
When I was a lad in Computer Science there was a joke that went "variables don't and constants aren't"...
Don't worry if you don't get it. I'm sure plumbers have their fair share of jokes too that are a total mystery.
My point is that after six months of getting used to many of the "eccentric" parts of LBP (oh, yes, it is a VERY eccentric piece of software - cool, but eccentric), things like Yarg can be unsettling.
Sure, I LOVE the bug fixes, the new doodads, doohickies, and gizmos. Great job! Thumbs up! Huzzah!
But when my universe changes... I DO like at least a memo.