Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Mother of All Games

Hasta la vista, baby! sdasdasdasdas
A friend asked me to name some addictive games I know. Aside from XCOM of course, the next game that comes to my mind is Scorched Earth: The Mother of All Games.  Developed by Wendell Hicken using C++ and Turbo Assembler, you control your tank to wipe out all other tanks from the face of the earth by adjusting two levers: Power and Angle.

You earn money through the levels to equip your tank with nasty missiles, warheads, and funny items such as parachute.  The fun part is changing the text files TALK1.CFG TALK2.CFG.  The files serve as the tanks' shoutouts before an attack, and their dying words before disintegrating.

The game can still be downloaded here. You need a DOS emulator to play because the game was designed for slower machines of yesteryears.

It brings good memories of the late 90s when college nights in the dormitory were long and stress-free.


A modern port was released and named Scorched3D.  You can visit the official site here.  Sorry, I haven't tested it yet.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Open Source Music

This project will use your donations
to purchase and release music
to the public domain.
Finally, there exists a project to release classical music that you can use and share without breaching any legalese. wants to set music free for our total enjoyment.

Musopen is an online music library of copyright free (public domain) music. We want to give the world access to music without the legal hassles so common today. There is a great deal of music that has expired copyrights, but almost no recordings of this music is in the public domain. We aim to record or obtain recordings that have no copyrights so that our visitors may listen, re-use, or in any way enjoy music. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.
Right now, they are trying to raise funds to hire an orchestra to record the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. If you've got some spare PHP 100.00 and a credit card, please back their project here.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The customary "Hello World!"

Inspired by my friend, @zarahjutz, I have started an adventure with Android to recover my deteriorating kung-foo-bar skillz! I will be posting my n00b experience here along with the weekly Tech News that matterz to me!