Escape the (real) room

February 28, 2009

The “Escape the room” type of games has become a genre of its own, and since the first time I played one I thought “well, this type of games could be done by taking pictures of an actual room”, and of course, that way you only need to focus on the puzzles to produce your own game.

Yesterday I came across with Sagrario’s Room Escape and got impressed by the quality, but boy it is a hard game! Even with the walkthrough! So why I recommend it? because it’s done with pictures of an actual room and the quality of the images and the compose of it is really good. Plus the puzzles are somewhat logical, just too hard some of them and well, the ones with sound are not my strong point.

All in all a good game and one with care for the details, just like I like it!

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T-Minus: Comic about the Space Race

February 20, 2009

I read this story today and got exited about it. It’s a graphic novel about the US/URSS Space Race in the ’60 but focused on the scientists! At last someone put the view on those that makes everything possible.

And the thing that the author’s motivation is to show and encourage people that you can be part of this without being an astronaut is the best part. Indeed, of course you need to study a lot and really hard to get there, but YOU CAN.

Just yesterday I read an article saying that NASA is supporting the development of an MMO Game about Moon exploration. NASA and Video Games together, I don’t need to tell you that is the Dream job for me and a lot of other people, and something I thought we would have to wait several years to see it happen. And you know what? Is happening right now.

The author of T-Minus mentioned that we have lost that excitement about going to space and the Moon and that he is trying to get that again with this book, but I think that excitement is coming back already. Just the idea of having plans to return to the Moon, and even going to Mars on the schedule, only that should weak up a dead.

I just hope to be alive the day we’re back to the moon and the day we launch the first manned spacecraft to Mars.


Google Latitude, finally

February 10, 2009

I was waiting for this service since a long time ago, and although some little known sites were providing the service, none of them got a big impact on people using it. But now is Google who comes with this tool and I think is the right time to the big hit.

I gues that this is something available for Open Social, and if not I’m sure it will be very soon, as this tool goes hand to hand with social networking and is just a matter of time for someone to hit the nail on the head. I personally know people trying to put this type of tool together and sure there’s more out there.

Link: See where your friends are with Google Latitude