8-BITS of Advice For New Programmers (They won’t teach in school)



I feel a new periodic format coming on! “8-BITS of…” whatever I feel like talking about.

This first one covers 8-BITS of advice for new programmers. If you’re just starting out, programming can look like a never ending mountain to climb. I feel nowadays it’s harder to learn programming as the systems and software have become much more sophisticated, raising the barrier to entry. On the flip-side, the availability of tools and resources makes accessing programming much easier.

To help, here’s my advice:


The Games List of SHAME

We all have one, but we don’t like to brag about it. We’ve all lectured our buddies about how great a game is, but we don’t mention the fact that we never, well, actually finished the game legitimately. The reasons are varied. Was I too young? Was the game too hard? Did I lack the skill? Was the game any good?

My old friend @gablaxian recently informed me that he had finally finished “Disgaea: Hour of Darkness”. I lent him this game 10 YEARS AGO. I would love to say Gablaxian is rubbish at games (he is) but that would not be truthful. Disgaea is a game that I gave a really good go, but I just did not have the momentum or mental fortitude to see it through. Something about it just didn’t click meaning the game felt like a chore rather than the acclaimed masterpiece that it really is. Prinny.

Feeling a little deflated, I decided to depress myself further by thinking about all the games that I’ve just not bothered finishing, but are actually good games. Sure there are games I’ve not finished because they were bad (although ironically I beat Destiny…), but that’s a different post. This is about highly regarded games, that I love. Please don’t judge me too harshly!! In no particular order:

  1. Secret of Mana (SNES)
  2. The Goonies II (NES)
  3. Super Mario Brothers 2 (NES)
  4. Crash Bandicoot 2 (PS1)
  5. Jak & Daxter 2 (PS2)
  6. Final Fantasy X (PS2)
  7. Exhumed (PS1)
  8. Uncharted 3 (PS3)
  9. Dragon Quest 5 (PS2)
  10. Zelda 2 (NES)

I might live stream these games being beaten (or trying to). At least it’s a theme!

Do you have a “Games of Shame” list? If so feel free to share!


Internet Of Things



The internet of things, sigh, I think is a tremendously confused mess. The potential is huge and it’s great that it permits hobbyists to do cool lone coder like things. However it’s a bit sad that major corporations are leaping on it as a potential sorce of income. Home automation and Internet connected appliances make eyebrows raise a little, and I’m uncomfortable with my kettle collecting profile data on me. In another car blog I have a cheeky think about IoT and wonder what the future holds for it.

And by the way, my “Internet of Things” pen finally arrived! YESSS!


Some Twitch streamers are just better than others

A project I’ve been following on Twitch is NesMania, an attempt by TheMexicanRunner to complete all Nintendo Entertainment System games. I mean all of them. All 714 of them. He is completing them fully! No cheating.

It’s a mammoth undertaking, and I’ve followed his progress since game 50-something, he’s now up to 702.

3300 of gaming hours later, my subscription to his excellent channel hit 12 months. And this is why some streamers are just fantastic…

Watch live video from TheMexicanRunner on www.twitch.tv

Thanks TMR, along with GameJ06, Arcus87, Yagamoth, Zoast, ZorsStream, BadBrakes and many others in the speed running community, you have been far better entertainment and value for money than traditional broadcasters.


P.S. If video is broken, direct link https://player.twitch.tv/?video=v119129663&t=5h25m35s