Dondorf Kerman is the first Kerbal on Duna and he was busy. Unfortunately he totally misjudged how thick the atmosphere was and broke three landing gear struts and two of his engines! Luckily he was able to repair the landing gear but he wouldn’t be going home.
Meanwhile Huddun Kerman was determined to save his friend Dondorf but was having teething problems with his rescue vehicle. Getting into Kerbin orbit was proving harder than he thought.
With no rescue in sight, brave Dondorf decided to fly to the north pole of Duna and explore the snowy hills. On the way he carried out several science experiments and was then annoyed after a perfect landing that Duna has no distinct biomes for scientific research. Still, he’d have fun tobogganing down the snowy slopes.
Little did Dondorf know but his final in-flight science experiments were enough for Kerbal Space Centre to unlock the final pieces of equipment. Surely, rescue missions could now be launched to the Mun, Eve and Duna where brave but hopelessly naive Kerbals had stranded themselves. First, celebrations. Everyone got a little tipsy and someone fired Jebediah into the ground with an upside down rocket. Ooops.
Go get Kerbal Space Program, it’s on Steam too!
The movie Gravity came out in Ireland about a month after it opened in the US so I desperately avoided any references to it until I saw it in 3D a few weeks ago. Some bits of it were really good, the 3D effect of things blowing up were spectacular but Hollywood really took liberties with some aspects of orbiting the earth.
That bit where Kowalsky races to rescue Stone and tells her to shine her torch seemed so far fetched. The violence she suffered when she was ripped off the shuttle sent her spinning off at great velocity. How could anyone spot a tiny torch glowing in the deep reaches and distance of space?
Then it hit me, Kowalsky was a Kerbal. He had a navball and a map. Must be it.
Now, I knew that Battlefield 4 has had a rough start. It crashes a lot, it’s hard to find games, bugs in the game stop it being enjoyable but the latest Amazon sale tempted me for a few minutes until I scrolled down..
I’ll buy it in a year or two, perhaps. Anyone for a game of Bad Company 2?
Minmus is a tiny moon orbiting Kerbin in the game Kerbal Space Program. There’s a closer moon, Mun, that I’ve visited in the past but this was my first time getting to Minmus. This moon is so small it has a tiny gravity. A Kerbonaut can jump 10 metres with a single bound! ‘Course, sometimes that leap can land him in trouble..
On a previous attempt to land I noticed my solar panels weren’t working. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the sun was blocked by the Mun, how was that possible?
Damn, a lunar eclipse, what are the chances? (and if this was Reddit someone would probably tell me!)
Oh yes. If you’re playing KSP and you’re in a Steam chat, please disable your engines before pressing shift-tab. The sudden take off from the surface when you hit shift can be upsetting.
… there were cheers as gamers didn’t have to battle with “Games for Windows Live” or GFWL or “that pile of stinking sh*t that loses my save games” any more.
Except they do. As a final hurray, anyone who had either of the current Arkham games (Asylum or City) will get an upgrade to the GOTY version. Unfortunately the announcement says that save games cannot be transferred. Good old GFWL, evil until the end!
All is not lost however. If you’re willing to dig around with a hex editor here are instructions explaining how to make things work. I haven’t tried it yet but because I have Arkham City installed I can somehow play it with GFWL offline. It took me 5 hours to get through 16% of the game so hopefully I can salvage the save game! I can’t find any save file for the previous game which I had deleted but I had completed it and I don’t care for picking up all the Riddler’s trophies so no loss.
A few weeks ago I wrote about how much I enjoyed Papo & Yo. Well, I finally finished it this evening and I can honestly say it was a wonderful experience. I can count on one hand the number of games I’ve finished this year so that’s saying something!
The game isn’t hard, except when the game goes red and then it’s annoying until the puzzle is figured out. I don’t want to let slip any spoilers. All I’ll say is that if you enjoy platform games you owe it to yourself to buy this game and play it. Get it on Steam or on the PS3 store.
A few minutes ago I got an email saying I had been accepted into the Steam family sharing beta. There are detailed instructions explaining how to set everything up but in a nutshell:
- Sit down at the computer where you want your Steam library to be shared. This is not your own PC and login.
- Enable beta participation in the settings.
- After restarting Steam go into “Settings->Manage Family Sharing & Devices” on that computer. Not your own PC. Authorize this PC.
- Logout and login as your family member’s account.
So, you don’t allow other Steam accounts access to your Steam library. You give access to other machines. Unless you want to give out your Steam login details (which would be against the T&C) you won’t be giving your online friends access to your games.
It was painless to set up. Once I logged in as the second account my games had “shared by donncha” after each title and could be played. It makes the idea of having a Steam machine in the living room all the more attractive.
The Ordinance Survey in the UK have published a Minecraft map of (most of) Great Britain. It’s a gigantic 224,000 square kilometres map made up of 22b blocks.
You can download it here. Get it quick before the servers melt!
I had read several positive reviews of this beautiful puzzle platformer and picked it up during a sale some time ago but alas haven’t played it for much more than an hour yet.
It’s not a game that will tax your nerves or make your brain ache but it’s beautiful to watch and the puzzles draw you in. Definitely worth buying and experiencing.
Addicted to texting? Driving the car getting in the way? Then SMS Racing is for you. Drive around the track while responding to text messages. Complete one lap and you win. The catch is, you have to respond within 10 seconds each time. (via)