Category Archives: Video Games

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David Price (debategraph.org) visits DERI

We had a presentation at DERI today from David Price, one of the people behind the argumentation visualisation site Debategraph. Since modelling and visualising argumentative discussions is something that we have wanted to do in DERI with SIOC for some time, this talk was very interesting to us.

The goal of Debategraph is “to make the best arguments on all sides of any debate freely available to all and continuously open to challenge and improvement by all”. It’s a really nicely designed tool considering it is the work of just two people over the past few years, and was tested by Downing Street on their website last year following a speech by Tony Blair. The maps can be embedded into blogs posts, which is a useful feature. David pointed to some related work from Walton on argumentative schemes and also from Stanford’s Robert Horn.

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iPodLinux, iDoom, Videos / Unwanted Scratches on iPod nano

I was showing off my iPod nano (won at the Simile ISWC 2005 semantic bank competition) at the Cork geek bloggers’ dinner recently: just got iDoom working yesterday (thanks for the link to it Brendan!) and was watching videos on it today after installing the latest kernel from iPodLinux. The video functionality is pretty nifty (but requires large AVI files because it is uncompressed); was playing the Superman Returns teaser trailer and the latest episode of the Simpsons (very watchable).

However, I have my first iPod nano screen scratch; I popped the nano out of its protective Jelly Belly box and was less than happy to see a small mark right in the middle of the screen. Hopefully the shop will take it back (I managed to retrieve the receipt, thanks Brian!).

IQ2CL Cheating Scandal

I was away for the final GI game last night (06/06/99) against LSD, so since I have _the power_, I decided to check in to the server this morning and see if the score was recorded in the server logs. Doing a search for LSD, I came across this snippet on Q2WAR2…

[HIV]CastorTroy entered the game (clients = 8)
[LsD]KinDreD: AH FUCK OFF
[DzR]Spoonman: kwq2dm1
[HIV]CastorTroy: sher
[DF]Pebble: conor name a few levels to try out
[LsD]KinDreD: el
[HIV]CastorTroy: wheres the rest of LSD or your match?
[LsD]KinDreD: what CT
[HIV]CastorTroy: your game in the iq2cl
[LsD]KinDreD: gone back to reality
[DF]Pebble: here, i'll play for lsd tonight
[HIV]CastorTroy: vs GI at 8.30
[LsD]KinDreD: o rite
[HIV]CastorTroy: i.e. now
[LsD]KinDreD: o shite
[HIV]CastorTroy: come on
[HIV]CastorTroy disconnected
[LsD]KinDreD: ffs
[LsD]KinDreD: here someone pretend to be in lsd
[LsD]KinDreD: eamo
[LsD]KinDreD: krash
[DF]KrAsH: meee
[LsD]KinDreD: aye
[LsD]KinDreD: whats the addy?
[DF]KrAsH: ive got no df game tonight
[DF]Pebble is now known as [LSD]HeadCase.
[LSD]HeadCase: this ok?
[LsD]KinDreD: aye
[LsD]KinDreD: whats the addy
[LsD]KinDreD: ?
[LsD]KinDreD: lds?
[LsD]KinDreD: lads
[LSD]HeadCase: iq2cl.quake.ie?
[DF]KrAsH: ahh youre such a quad ho
[DzR]Spoonman: stay away from that lift :)
[DF]KrAsH: ahh its very nature calls me towards it
[DzR]Spoonman: I know
[LsD]KinDreD: lads war1
[LsD]KinDreD: put on lsd tags
[LsD]KinDreD: krash
[LSD]HeadCase disconnected
[LsD]KinDreD: come on
[DF]KrAsH: whee?
[LsD]KinDreD: war1
[LsD]KinDreD: plz
[DF]KrAsH: k
[LsD]KinDreD: change your nick
[DF]KrAsH is now known as [LsD]Gomez.
[LsD]KinDreD: goo laa
[LsD]KinDreD: yea good stuff
[LsD]Gomez disconnected
[LsD]KinDreD disconnected
Ripper: where they all go?
[DzR]Spoonman: gone to play for lsd

I think the IQ2CL1 server was down, so LSD moved on to play their GI game on Q2WAR1.

[LSD]HeadCase entered the game (clients = 3)
[LsD]Gomez entered the game (clients = 4)
[LsD]Gomez: eloha mes sinoritas
[LSD]HeadCase: lo lads
[HIV]CastorTroy: lo
[DzR]Shank: lo
[LsD]KinDreD entered the game (clients = 5)
[LsD]KinDreD: sorry lads i missed the bus
[LsD]KinDreD: wheres GI?
[LsD]KinDreD: connecting to dublin brb
[DzR]Shank: i'll get em
[LsD]Gomez: i smell a defualt win
[LsD]KinDreD: get rid of the other kindred ct
[HIV]CastorTroy: ?
[LsD]KinDreD: a ghost
[LsD]Gomez: ooo GI are shite arent they
[HIV]CastorTroy: cant,m no admin on thsi server
[LsD]Gomez: should be fun
[LSD]HeadCase: railgun
[LSD]HeadCase: rg/ps
Euclid: lo
Euclid: oooh its working
[LsD]Gomez: aight mo nigga
[LSD]HeadCase: okey dokey
Euclid: omguh
[HIV]CastorTroy: lads change the skins there
Euclid: playable ping
[LsD]KinDreD: hello timmy tea cups
Euclid: ah 350 back to normal :]
Euclid: y0
Euclid: i lub my p1ng
GI-Lemon Head: hehehe
[LsD]KinDreD: the skins ok ct?
[HIV]CastorTroy: change em Sher
[LsD]KinDreD: im not cap
[LsD]KinDreD: awwrite?
[LsD]KinDreD: GI only have 2?
[HIV]CastorTroy: aye, Euclid change yr teamskin to
[HIV]CastorTroy: male/iq2clred
Euclid: heh
[LSD]HeadCase: vonor you admining?
[LSD]HeadCase: conor
Euclid: LAG FFS
[HIV]CastorTroy: after a fashion, i have no fookin admin
[HIV]CastorTroy: password
GI-Lemon Head: tim : do set cl_maxfps 31
[HIV]CastorTroy: is this all thats comin then?
[LSD]HeadCase: lag is pissy
Euclid: yeah i guess
GI-Euclid: heh
[LsD]KinDreD: all for lsd anyway
[LsD]Gomez: u need 3 per side yeh ? so we get an official
[LsD]Gomez: win rite
[HIV]CastorTroy: off yis go then, ready up
[LsD]KinDreD: nah we'll play
[LsD]KinDreD: fuck it like
[LsD]KinDreD: SHOOT RED
[LSD]HeadCase: ssdm_dump
GI-Lemon Head: oooh this will be fun
[LsD]KinDreD: GL
GI-Euclid: lol
GI-Euclid: :)
[LsD]Gomez: wtf
[LsD]Gomez: dont tell me i dont have the skins
[LsD]Gomez: ahhh shite
[LsD]KinDreD: haha
GI-Euclid: heheheheheh
[LsD]Gomez: i swore i had them
GI-Euclid: LOL
GI-Euclid: LOL
[LsD]Gomez: o crap i really need these skins
[HIV]CastorTroy: go and dl them from the quake.ie site then
[HIV]CastorTroy: its 25k
GI-Euclid: lol
GI-Euclid: mon hyoose
GI-Lemon Head: :)
GI-Euclid: i lub j00
GI-Lemon Head: i wub ooo too
[LsD]Gomez: was it that funny ya stinkin ho
GI-Euclid: heheheheh
[LsD]Gomez: oooo
[LsD]KinDreD: wah
[LsD]Gomez: ok i downloaded the skins
[LsD]Gomez: ahh who killed me 8 times
[LsD]Gomez: ya stinkin ho's
GI-Euclid: lol
[LsD]Gomez: i gotto reconnect huney bunnys be right back
[DF]KrAsH: yo
[DF]KrAsH: ahh games going on
[LsD]KinDreD: abc
[HIV]CastorTroy: ye
GI-Euclid: LOL
GI-Euclid: I RAILED SOMEONE
GI-Euclid: LOL
[LsD]KinDreD: gey
GI-Euclid: lol
[DF]KrAsH: loha mes compadres
[LsD]Gomez: right i managed to exec the fuckin cfg this time
[LsD]KinDreD: lol
[LsD]Gomez: :)
GI-Euclid: gi 0wn j00 wiv dayer 350 pingz :)
GI-Lemon Head: lol
GI-Euclid: heheh
GI-Euclid: NO
[LsD]KinDreD: haha
GI-Euclid: :R)
GI-Lemon Head: oh dear
[LsD]KinDreD: weee
[LsD]Gomez: where are these stankin foo's
GI-Lemon Head: wtf
GI-Euclid: KINELL LAG FSCKING CRAP BOLLOX SUCKY SERVERS SHITE
GI-Euclid: (etc.)
[LsD]KinDreD: im going to shoot your daddy
GI-Euclid: i'm gonna EAT your daddy
[LsD]KinDreD: good
[LsD]Gomez: ahhhh
GI-Euclid: j00 sm3ll
GI-Lemon Head: gay bfg gay
[LsD]KinDreD: yes
[LsD]KinDreD: HAHAAHA
[LsD]Gomez: stankin ho's
GI-Euclid: so when is ireland finally gonna get a decent
GI-Euclid: set of conenctions to the rest of the world? :]
[LsD]Gomez: when u shutup foo
[LsD]KinDreD: lol
[LsD]KinDreD: ah
GI-Euclid: hyoose: is is treally shitty conenct for u too?
GI-Lemon Head: 400 ping in fights
GI-Lemon Head: 328 noww
[LsD]Gomez: dont cry about it
GI-Euclid: waaaah
GI-Lemon Head: im not
[LsD]KinDreD: iam
[LsD]KinDreD: ;(
GI-Euclid: I WAS TYPING CHEAP KILL LAG KILL AIMBOT CHEAT
GI-Euclid: HACKED PAK
[LsD]Gomez: lol
[LsD]KinDreD: im lagged to fuck to
GI-Euclid: heheheh
GI-Euclid: THEYRE CHEATING
GI-Euclid: THEY HAVE CROSSHAIRS ON
GI-Lemon Head: THEY USE MOUSE!
[LsD]KinDreD: he used the railgun ffs
[LsD]Gomez: u dirty stkankin ho's
[LsD]KinDreD: {!}
GI-Lemon Head: 0wned :)
GI-Euclid: seriously now,we would 0wn j00 on a real server :)

A wins, 44 to 23.
Map: q2dm8

Team A (44 frags):
 Name         Scr Kill Team Dth Sui   Net Kill/Dth
 ------------ --- ---- ---- --- ---   --- --------
 [LsD]KinDreD  16   16    0   7   0     9     2.29
 [LSD]HeadCas  14   14    0   8   0     6     1.75
 [LsD]Gomez    11   11    0   4   0     7     2.75
 [LsD]Gomez     3    4    0   8   1    -5     0.44

Team B (23 frags):
 Name         Scr Kill Team Dth Sui   Net Kill/Dth
 ------------ --- ---- ---- --- ---   --- --------
 GI-Euclid     15   17    0  26   2   -11     0.61
 GI-Lemon Hea   8   10    0  19   2   -11     0.48

So what should be done? I’m not sure that Pebble / WhiteWashMan has even played for DF in the IQ2CL, but nonetheless this last minute player addition or clan swapping just isn’t on. KrAsH, on the other hand, has played for DF, and the league rules are quite clear on this:

You can only play for one clan in the league i.e. no switching from A to B squad if your clan has them.

I’m sure that if we started pulling in new members from some other clan to make a full team, we’d stomp on the opposition too. GI have always believed in playing by the rules, undermanned or fullymanned, but with our own players only. Two words to DF and LSD clan members (KinDreD take note) – cheating sucks.

#quake.ie Statistics

Here’s my last batch of IRC statistics for now, hopefully someone else will take over the job for the summer!

available from the main #quake.ie statistics directory.

My Last GI Clan Game?

GI had another loss in the IQ2CL last night (30/05/99) against one of the premier UK clans, EED, on q2dm6. Bad connections meant that Euclid and Lemon Head couldn’t play, so we could only field a team of two (Pooh and myself) against EED’s four man squad.

EED wins, 109 to 1.
Map: q2dm6

Team GI (1 frags):
 Name         Scr Kill Team Dth Sui   Net Kill/Dth
 ------------ --- ---- ---- --- ---   --- --------
 GI-CloudWarr   1    8    0  53   7   -52     0.13
 Poohmeister    0    8    0  58   8   -58     0.12
 Euclid         0    0    0   5   0    -5     0.00
 Euclid         0    0    0   4   0    -4     0.00

Team EED (109 frags):
 Name         Scr Kill Team Dth Sui   Net Kill/Dth
 ------------ --- ---- ---- --- ---   --- --------
 [EED]LesBub   64   64    0   1   0    63    64.00
 [EED]Lurker   28   30    0   7   2    21     3.33
 [EED]MeatBal  10   17    0   6   7     4     1.31
 [EED]Cavalie   7    9    0   2   2     5     2.25

What possessed us to enter our “inexperienced” GI team in the IQ2CL?! After the collapse of the IQCL, I thought it would be a good idea to support the only remaining Irish Quake league (even if it was the heathen Quake 2!) and we put down GI for the IQ2CL. Overall, the league has been very well organised, and our main problem has been a lack of players and good connections to the server 😦

Unfortunately, this could well be my last clan game for GI as I’ll be away for our final IQ2CL match against LSD on q2dm7 next weekend (06/06/99). As well as that, things are in a state of disarray at the moment with some GIs moving over to Quake 3 Test, and other Q1 diehards like myself sticking with the fast pace of QuakeWorld.

The future looks uncertain, I won’t be discarding my GI initials, but I can’t see myself playing in (m)any more clan games for the time being…

Date Opponents Level Score Type Status
30/05/99 Eat Electric Death q2dm6 109 (EED)
1 (GI)
IQ2CL Loss
16/05/99 Dark Forces q2dm4 60 (DF)
7 (GI)
IQ2CL Loss
02/05/99 Hot Internet Virgins q2dm2 119 (HIV)
22 (GI)
IQ2CL Loss
25/04/99 DoozeR q2dm1 132 (DzR)
50 (GI)
IQ2CL Loss

IGN Server Status

Here’s the current list of IGN gaming servers, not including our bnetd test server on 159.134.244.132.

159.134.244.159 27015 IGN.ie - HL TFC 1    0 of 16
159.134.244.159 27016 IGN.ie - HL TFC 2    0 of 16
159.134.244.150 28001 IGN.ie - Tribes 1    0 of 16
159.134.244.150 28002 IGN.ie - Tribes 2    0 of 16
159.134.244.151 27910 Quake.ie - IQ2CL 1   0 of 12
159.134.244.143 27910 Quake.ie - Q2 War 1  0 of 12
159.134.244.143 27911 Quake.ie - Q2 War 2  0 of 12
159.134.244.132 27960 Quake.ie - Q3 Test 1 0 of  8
159.134.244.132 27961 Quake.ie - Q3 Test 2 0 of  8

IGN Half-Life Servers

Testing out two HL servers on my machine at Cloud.IGN.ie:27015 (FFA) and 27016 (TFC). I’d see you there, but I don’t have the full game (you can download the server version for free!).

IQ2CL Default Win

After getting a team together for our q2dm5 IQ2CL game on Sunday (23/05/99), our opponents TUK didn’t show so we got a default win! Not sure if I should be happy or sad…

IQ2CL Losses for GI

It’s been a tough few weeks for GI in the IQ2CL. We’ve lost all three of our games so far, which I guess could be put down to a lack of practice for (and knowledge of, in my case!) the Quake 2 levels involved.

First loss was to DzR on q2dm1 (25/04/99), losing 132 to 50, the second was to HIV on q2dm2 (02/05/99), losing 119 to 22, and last week’s (16/05/99) scores are shown below.

DF wins, 60 to 7.
Map: q2dm4

Team GI (7 frags):
 Name         Scr Kill Team Dth Sui   Net Kill/Dth
 ------------ --- ---- ---- --- ---   --- --------
 GICloud-Warr   7    8    0  31   1   -24     0.25
 GItoil         0    3    0  30   3   -30     0.09
 Euclid         0    0    0   1   0    -1     0.00

Team DF (60 frags):
 Name         Scr Kill Team Dth Sui   Net Kill/Dth
 ------------ --- ---- ---- --- ---   --- --------
 [DF]GlassMan  22   22    0   4   0    18     5.50
 [DF]The Bra!  20   22    0   3   2    17     4.40
 [DF]Maximili  18   18    0   4   0    14     4.50

We’ve also had poor numbers for the games so far, with terrible connections to the UK causing the majority of our problems. New member Lemon Head has been playing a stormer though, and he’s also written us a handy set of drop weapon / ammo binds.

Quake 3 Test vs. IHV

I’ve been running two Q3Test servers at quake.ign.ie on ports 27960 and 27961. These should be moving to 159.134.244.152 in the next week or so as they fill up very quickly. Here’s a shot of a Q3Test scores listing.

It’s certainly a big improvement over the Q3IHV which was leaked earlier on in the year (check out this shot of Ireland/Cloud’s first Quake 3 frag). I like the way it shows your placing along the way (DeVore gets his revenge with the rail gun and takes second place), and also the way it tells you what player you’re looking at (a rarely used but very handy option which originally appeared in Q2). Here are some shots of an early attempt by someone to convert Q1’s dm6 to the Q3 map format (1, 2, 3, 4).