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Only at Tech – The First Day

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 in Blog | 2 comments

Today’s website launch went better than any of us could have imagined. We launched the site around 12:15 EST. Below are some general stats about the site’s traffic for those who are interested. Assuming 90%+ of our traffic came from Georgia Tech students, it’s somewhat revealing… Hits: 383,691 Page Views: 281,952 Unique Visitors: 8,770 Average Page Views per Visitor: 32.15 Fans on Facebook: 1258 Bandwidth Used: 8.96 GB The page view ratio is extremely high. That means people are getting onto the site and staying to read pages upon pages of content. Great news for us! And some graphs: Site Activity by Hour of Day In typical Tech fashion, the website’s popularity was highest from 11 to midnight. Will with 12AM-1AM slot be even better? It looks like we still haven’t peaked. Top Referring Sites Behold the power of Facebook! We didn’t do any advertising for the site other than mentioning it in front of our CS class. Most Used Browsers Georgia Tech is probably the only place where Google Chrome users outnumber IE 6, 7, and 8 users combined. The “Others” category was dominated by Blackberry and Opera, but there were also a few hacking tools in there from people who tried (unsuccessfully) to hack the site. At one point, someone did run a script that voted for their post every 30 seconds to raise it to the top of the ratings. Most Used Operating Systems Windows Vista narrowly edged out Windows XP for the title of “most used OS.” There were roughly half as many iPhone users as Windows 7 users, and three times as many Mac OS X users as Windows 7 users. To break one Tech stereotype, only 182 people accessed the site from Linux, and 11 poor users were still running Windows...

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New Website – “Only at Tech”

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 in Blog | 0 comments

Announcing “Only at Tech,” a website for Georgia Tech students to share their stories of love and hate about their school. I’m the website’s designer. It’s very comparable to websites like FMyLife or Texts from Last Night. Check it out! http://www.onlyattech.net Update: The site’s launch went better than we could have ever imagined. We’ve had over 200 submissions and over 400 people add us as fans on Facebook in a period of seven hours. Keep spreading the...

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Fall is Here!

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 in Blog, School | 0 comments

I haven’t updated the blog since coming back from LA. Quick recap of the past three weeks: Finished an awesome internship that confirmed my slight hunch that game design is something I could be happy doing for a very long time Started my junior year at Georgia Tech Resumed work on the unannounced Indiecisive project Resumed work on a freelance website design project This week is particularly awesome because it’s the start of the college football season! I’ve organized a block for most of my friends and I to get great seats to every home game, and we’ve got a state-of-the-art home theater system ready to go for away games courtesy of a friend who couldn’t fit his 60″ television in his room. It’s also a great TV for gaming, be it rocking out, shooting Nazis, or knocking down towers. I’ve updated the “Games” section with a bit of what I worked on this summer. I made some levels for Boom Blox Bash Party that you can check out over the next few months as EA releases them as free DLC online. I’ll probably make more in the future, but you’ll find those under the username “IndiecisiveLink” as opposed to the official EA release list. Also updated my resume with some information about the other projects I got to be a part of, but I can’t go into much detail about them. I’m excited to see how the team iterates on the work we did this summer, and I’ll be sure to point it out when I finally can! Finally, I updated the Audiball page to highlight some extraordinary praise the game recently received from MTV Multiplayer. Honestly, I don’t think the game is worthy of all that praise. So in response, Ian and I are working on making it worthy! We’ll be releasing a free update to the game later this month over Xbox Live to give it improved graphics, increased accessibility, remastered music, and a few more surprises. I’ll be sure to post an update here when it goes up. Take a sneak peek at the new boxart while you’re on the game’s page. That about covers...

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E3 Impressions

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 in Blog | 0 comments

I fufilled a childhood dream of sorts today by attending E3 for the first time. The show is absolutely huge. Maybe I’m sort of numb to the industry now after doing two GDCs, but E3 just seemed like an amusement park of games. That said, I got to play a lot of games that won’t be playing again until the end of the year. General impressions: THE GOOD Brutal Legend Played the PS3 version and loved every second of it. The combat isn’t the best (reminds me of Ratchet & Clank’s wrench), but the driving was absolutely awesome. Voice acting was solid, animation and graphics were beautiful minus a little bit of a framerate issue (which I fully trust DoubleFine to fix before it ships). I laughed out loud more than twenty times in the course of a ten minute demo. The game screams character, and I’ll be picking it up on day one. Bayonetta Looks better than any Devil May Cry game ever did. Honestly, I thought it was more fun than God of War III. The sexual innuendo in the game is funny but possibly a bit too much – the overlimit/fatality mechanism in the boss fight was called “climax” and involves the lead character’s clothes flying off of her and eating the monster. It didn’t make any sense, it’s extremely Japanese, but the game as a whole looks like a complete package. Left4Dead 2 It’s like Left4Dead, only with cooler characters, brighter graphics, and more gameplay variation. It’s awesome, and it was different enough from the first to warrant a new retail release. Project Cube (Working Title) Square-Enix’s under-the-radar XBLA game is a lot like Geometry Wars in that it’s a twin stick shooter, but the comparisons end there. There are some really cool gameplay mechanics like dashing into enemies and confusing them and using shields to collect enemy fire and returning it with a counterattack. Violent, but elegant graphical style too. If this drops at $10, consider me sold. THE BAD The Conduit For all the hype surrounding it as the definitive FPS on Wii, it’s really just a clunky shooter. I saw that IGN...

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Seen Around LA

Posted on May 31, 2009 in Blog | 0 comments

I’ve started work, I’m settled in, and I’m finally adjusted to the pacific time. Working at EALA is awesome, and if the rest of the summer is anything like the previous week, I’d love to come back in the future. Unfortunately, given the nature of the work, I can’t talk about what I’m doing because it’s an unannounced project. So instead I’ll talk about the rest of LA. Two Ferraris, a Mercedes McLauren, three Shelby Mustangs, four Bentleys…in a span of four blocks in Beverly Hills. Ate lunch at the Urth Caffe, an extremely overpriced Starbucks. I frequently use “overpriced” and “Starbucks” in the same sentence, but I never expected to use them in that context. $16 for a sandwich and a cup of tea. Close to the apartment complex where we live, my roommates and I found Brennan’s Pub. It’s a pretty standard Irish Pub, except on Thursday nights they have Turtle Racing – which is exactly what it sounds like. Eagerly awaiting Thursday night. The apartment complex itself, “Fountain Park,” is quite nice. Swimming pool, hot tub, gym, on-site pizza place, and lots of greenery. The rooms are on the small side (meant for two people instead of four) but it’s still got everything we need. Only been to In-N-Out Burger once so far. Supposedly there’s a better burger place around here called “Counter,” but we haven’t made it there yet. Found a crazy-awesome hole-in-the-wall Chinese place though. I utterly failed at bringing my camera along this weekend. I’ll attempt to redeem myself this...

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