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I hear singing…

Posted in The Experiment, Uncategorized on October 30, 2008 by mashakosha

It’s all over. I’ve finished it. I know I could have gone on longer, but I forced myself to go to sleep. Real-life intruded on my private activities and ended the experiment. I wish i could have done more and kept going but it had to end. It really is a shame to finish without getting any real, conclusive results, so expect a new attempt sometime in December.

I might as well use this opportunity to tout the j-server podcast. Gamers ranting, as regular grey_painter calls it.

Phase 2

Posted in The Experiment on October 29, 2008 by mashakosha

At roughly 0900, I started up Team Fortress 2 to commence phase 2. Now, it has to be noted that I did have a slight warm-up period where we attempted to fill the PC Gamer server, but that just devolved into melee fighting until we had about 3-a-side. After that, i serioused the fuck up, got my game face on and all that jazz. At the start of a new map, I picked a random team and class, getting a red medic. To be honest, i should have just stuck with medic, but I realised it wouldn’t be a fair comparison to the damage-dealing heavy, so I changed to demoman (hence the large amount of destructions) and then pyro for the final push on the point. While I still recorded the results of that map, I’m not sure if I want to consider them official. Please leave comments or message me in chat on what you think.

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I did, however, get some interesting scores on Audiosurf.

Same order as the previous batch, first up is the God Hand Credits.

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Sadly, not beaten. At this point I was inclined to not even bother with the rest, thinking that they’d all definately be worse. Nevertheless, I kept on. Ruby next.

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Somehow managed to double my original score. Whatever, I thought, it’s probably an exception.

Somehow, i always forget to do a screen for midnight runner. Anyway, this shows how much I improved on it since last night.

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Up by about 19k. Not bad.

Kitten is Angry and by The Emperor was she angry.

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Score slipped by around 1000 points. It looks like Wonderwall would have to tip the scales one wya or the other.

The result surprised me.

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Apparently, I improved on that one as well.

Well, that’s all I had a proper plan to do, but I’m going to drag this out as long as I can. See you around 6pm when I’ll update next!

Phase one complete

Posted in The Experiment on October 29, 2008 by mashakosha

So, phase one was initiated at around 1650hrs today, when I went onto a random public TF2 server, picked a random class and let rip with all I had. I was given Heavy to play as, though it didn;t help that on my entire team, no matter how much I begged, I couldn’t get a half decent medic.

I did manage to get the sandvich though!

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Came through with a kill for every death with a few assists. Not brilliant, but sufficient. I’m not much of a heavy player, hence my recent achievment of the sandvich.

Then at around 12am, I began my Audiosurfing. The first song was the God Hand credits song. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=vAga2AjfZlg The song can be heard here.

God Hand Credits song

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Next up was Ruby by Kaiser Chiefs

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Then I played Midnight Runner by Pendulum. Forgot to get a screen, but the score was around 120k (whereas top scores were in the region of 150k)

EDIT: Got a screen of the score.

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Lemon demon – Kitten is angry was next.

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And finally, Wonderwall by Oasis

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So those are my 5 audiosurf songs and the scores I have to aim for.

Graham Mash is Graham

Posted in The Experiment with tags on October 28, 2008 by mashakosha

If you weren’t in chat when I announced it, I decided this morning that I’d do the apparently failed PCG experiment to see how, if at all, sleep deprivation affects gaming. I’ll be playing TF2 and Audiosurf for definate with possible CS:S, DoD:S, TMUF. You’re welcome to join me if you see me in any of those games dring either period of play time.

I’ll be playing TF2 momentarily and taking pictures of the scoreboard at the end of every full round to show my kill/death/assist ratios. I’ll also be playing through a sequence of 5 Audiosurf songs later tonight, which I will repeat at some point tomorrow. The second round of TF2 will take place at around 12pm tomorrow, again with screenshots taken

The Rules!

I am not to sleep. I’m allowed away from the computer, but I’ll always be present in the chat.

I will be allowed to stay awake by ANY means necesarry.

Audiosurf songs will be chosen by me or members of the PCG chat room. The scores and each song will be screen captured and posted here.

Should I fall asleep at any time, the experiment will be deemed a failure.

Wish me luck.