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October 11, 2004

R–Type, Wallace & Gromit: Together at last!

Writing about web page http://www.miniclip.com/platypus/platypus.htm

You know what's missing from modern video games? Apart from playability, originality, wit, insight or whimsy? Well, I'll tell you; it's clay. All these be-tentacled aliens and and lovingly rendered Aztec ruins and shiny metal guns with their specular reflections and immaculately viscous gore are all very well, but why aren't there more games powered by claymation?

Now, thank goodness, the wait is over and the void is filled. Platypus is like R-Type would have been if Nick Parks had designed it, so it's essentially fabulous twice over. And at a mere 5.5MB for the demo version, it's smaller than the loading screens for Doom 3. Well worth a look.


CSS slideshows

I was interested to see the following web slideshows:-

What's impressive about them is that although they look as if they must have been done with Flash, they're not; they're pure HTML, and they validate, and the markup is semantically sensible. It works in IE6, FireFox, Opera 7.5 and – sort of – Safari, but not IE5.5, which alas makes them unusable for our purposes (although it seems that the upgrade on the managed desktop to Office XP will also update IE5.5 to IE6, so perhaps the end is finally in sight for IE5.5 at Warwick). The explanations are here [III] and here [IV].

Very clever, as are many of the other scripts at this site, such as this categorised listbox.


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