Hanging out with friends

October 5, 2008

My brother Krozy Rennahan and his friend CeeCee Franizzi were online and popped on over to Woodbridge to check out my tic-tac-toe game. Krozy soon discovered that the Linux client he was using didn’t support touch events. (As suggested by Radar Masukami). After talking about games, we headed on over to the game I build for Cisco Systems and had a nice round. We didn’t even make it on the top 10 board, but there is a lot of competition there. Most of our time though was spent just chatting away.
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Mapping out touchable areas

August 26, 2008

I am finding it is easier to make large objects first when mapping touchable areas. Once the areas are defined, the prim can be resized to a very small item. Since the x/y cordinates are based on scale, the cordinates do not need to be changed as the prim scales down. As I suspected, I was able to map out all of the buttons on my password generator fairly easy. The radio buttons are mapped as squared areas at the moment, but I imagine that llVecDist could easily solve the circle mapping. I think I may look into my single-prim dart board idea again!
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Unfortunately the new detected methods only work for touch – not for collisions. It’s a shame because that would have really helped with collision based games like my Cisco Live Data Sort game.

Cisco Live Data Sort

June 17, 2008

I setup the data sort game over on the Cisco Systems 4 sim. This may appear on Cisco’s Virtual Worlds blog as well. Here is a video of us playing the game.

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Found a mention on multiplayerlab: Packet Sort by Dedric Mauriac.

Cisco Systems Data Sort Game

June 16, 2008

My super-duper top secret game is finally ready to go public. Banana Stein (who reported on it earlier), asked me to come up with a game concept. I came up with three ideas (Apple Sauce, Full Service, and Toe Jam) that were not quite the norm compared to most games on the Second Life grid. He came back with some changes to the Apple Sauce game and renamed it to “Data Sort” and told me it was for Cisco. Centered around the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Router, players hunt for data packets and bring them to the router to be sorted. The game is about to get the final review tomorrow witht he Cisco folks before going live.
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Here is a video of some of the earlier development.

Here is an image of the pads that each player stands on to identify what role they will play in the game. You can choose to be a seeker, feeder, or sorter.

These are the Cisco ASR 1000 routers that sort the packets. The sorter clicks on the correct router to choose where the packet should go.

Here are the controls that display the current players, score, and the remaining time. The pipes on the side have packets that jump out every five seconds.

This is the top view looking down at the game area. Once the game begins, the seeker runs into packets and unloads them on the spindle area on the right. The feeder picks them up, runs across all arrows, and unloads them on the left where the sorter looks at each one to sort.

Countdown in action

March 3, 2008

A friend approached me about building a count-down timer a while back. I had an idea where it was going to be used, but I didn’t know what it was going to be used for. Here is the timer in action counting down to a Quantum Shift. The landmark leads to a tube that you walk up. Infostations with facts and predictions about Exabytes are located at different sections of the tunnel walking you through the Exabyte Era. An exabyte is equivalent to 250 million DVDs. Many other interesting facts are here, so check it out. The end of the tunnel appears to be closed off until 1 day, 6 hours, 5 minutes, and 32 seconds.
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Network Upgrades

March 3, 2008

This weekend, my old router (WRT54GS v.4) stopped responding. The good news is that this gave me a reason to upgrade. I headed over to Best Buy to look at my options. There were many other brands, but for some reason I am always most comfortable with Linksys. I have had problems with other brands in the past. I had a tough time weighing the differences between WRT310N and WRT160N. The boxes seemed to advertise much of the same things. I went with the WRT310N.

I also setup my network to use WPA2 for some tighter security. My laptop and all of the game systems (Wii, PS3, XBox 360) worked fine with the router. Really old network adapters(WUSB11 ver. 2.6, WUSB54S ver. 2, and WUSB54GC) on other computers could not detect the router. I needed one computer to keep running where as the other two didn’t matter as much. To be on the safe side, I purchased a WUSB300N.

I was hooking up the XBox 360 to my laptops media server. The XBox 360 complained about being on a Wireless-B network and suggested to connect to a Wireless-A (IEEE 802.11a) if one was available. My router only supports b, g, and n. It also complained that both the laptop and the XBox 360 should not be on wireless networks. It suggested that I should plug one or the other into the router itself with a LAN line. Playing a few movies seemed to be okay regardless of the warnings.

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Cisco Systems Virtual Campus

November 9, 2007

I have heard of many big corporate companies comming into Second Life. I have been wondering what they get out of these virtual worlds. Is the target simply just marketing and public relations? I hopped on over to Cisco Systems Four Sims. Rite from the beginning, you are presented with a map identifying some of the major sights to see. Things started to fall into place. Executive Briefing Center, A training Center. Human Network Pavilion, Technology Center, Forum, Partner Pavilion, Bandwidth Stage, Mobility Solutions, Data Center, and the list goes on. They seem to be reall big into using SL to its fullest potential. I need to check out some of the events that they are hosting.
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