The House of Hitstun

Really Bad Chess

Friday, December 29th, 2017 at 10:30 pm | Game

Really Bad Chess is a randomized chess game for iOS and Android. Both sides often start with several bishops and knights up front and multiple queens in the back. Never mind protecting all your pieces; both players’ material is going to get bodied for free.

When not occupied with yet another mobile game, I’ve been distracted by the hallway thing in the background, bootleg Famiclones, current events, and feeds getting added, dropped, and shut down. If you want to see more of the kinds of stuff I post, I suggest following TwistedSifter and Something Random.

Source: Really Bad Chess via Jiko via Google Play recommendations
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Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 at 10:31 am | Image

I haven’t done one of these artist posts in over a year. Let’s fix that with PiNe. PiNe delivers vivid scenes and cool character designs in a handy RSS feed.

Trick or Treat!
When I saw this on today's Pixivision Halloween post, I knew today I'd have to post this too. Google Translate translates the Japanese title to "I do not have to make sweets!"

This one is from PiNe's artbook, Pangaea. I only found this one on the Tumblr and it doesn't show a name of its own.

So here's a mid-page art style shift that the artist uploaded on my birthday. The Tumblr description says "From top left to right bottom, May Emerald, June Moonstone, August Peridot, December Turquoise, September Sapphire, January Garnet, July Ruby, February Amethyst, March Aquamarine, November Topaz, April Crystal and October Opal."

Of course there's floating stuff. You know how long I've resisted posting all these "Floating Pine" images? This is as close as I'll let it get.

Another one of those scenes that only works in fiction. Where would I get a glass this big? So refreshing!

Source: PiNe’s Art Blog via Pixiv
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GameHut Coding Secrets

Friday, October 13th, 2017 at 1:00 am | Video

GameHut is a YouTube channel run by Jon Burton, founder of Traveller’s Tales and producer of Lego games and movies. His series on Coding Secrets dives deep into the Sega Genesis versions of Sonic 3D Blast and Toy Story to explain how he achieved those great graphics. He really used all the resources to do things the hardware was never meant to do.

Source: GameHut via YouTube Recommmendations on Did You Know Gaming? videos
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Two-Factor Authentication

Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 2:00 am | Image

Equifax just leaked our personal information to hackers! That’s really bad! It’s enough information that an identity thief could steal your cell phone service and start receiving text messages intended for you. It’s time to beef up security with an authenticator app. Most important Internet services allow you to generate codes with your phone that you enter when you log in. I use Authy for this because it backs up and restores all your two-factor tokens when switching phones or doing factory resets.

Since my phone was in the shot, I had to take this photo with my 3DS. That's why you can't read any of the text.

Source: Authy via Twitch, photo with my New 3DS
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My Pandora Radio Stations

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at 2:34 am | Audio

Pandora is still the best at finding music that is musically similar to other tracks you like. With a little patience and a little luck, it’s possible to train Pandora to hit all the right notes. I listen to a lot of different music so I have a list of stations for whatever I feel like at the moment.

Metal Mash-Up – updated off and on since 2005 with all the kinds of metal I like
Expert Mode – prog rock and guitar solos that would be difficult in Guitar Hero
Fun – a catch-all for punk rock, nerd rock, electropop, and much more
Electronic Skill – hard EDM and industrial you’d hear in frag videos
Chippy Jamschiptunes, game soundtracks, and other tracker-sounding music
Sequencer Beats – DJ grooves and hip hop instrumentals for chillin’ and Marvel
Lyrical Hip Hop – only real MCs and classics, no repetitive radio-friendly rap here
Wheel of Pandora – randomly plays any genre on Pandora; use in shuffles!
Hitstun’s QuickMix (autoplay) – all of the stations above shuffled together

I'm aware I've got a couple stations reversed in the bottom row. You know, I almost didn't put an image in this post, but it would have looked way out of place for a post to not have a featured image. My one extension that grabs YouTube video thumbnails probably would have put that Quake 3 video's preview image in there, but this post isn't about Quake 3.

Source: Pandora Radio
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