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Chase

Posted on: November 28, 2008

Just a friendly reminder that there’s no new episode of Crusoe tonight. It will air next week on Saturday at 8 pm EST. So, with no Crusoe, I’m going to write about another show: Chase.
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There’s a new reality show in Sci-fi Channel called Cha$e. It’s inspired from video game, but the difference is, it’s a real life game, human players are situated on a real life game board, and they have to survive until the end of the game to win money. Each week, 10 players compete for up to $50,000. The game is simple, the contestants, called Runners, pick up money for each second they “stay alive” while figuring out how the secret exit of the game. “Stay Alive,” you ask? Yes, the game wouldn’t be fun if there’s no challanges. Other than having to complete some tasks, the Runners are not alone in the game field, they are surrounded and stalked by 8 relentless Hunters thoughout the life sized “game boards.” So, the runners must stay uncaught in the game and also must also be conscious of their time. As the clock counts down, the tasks get harder and the Hunters grow more insistent. The last person stays alive will win the cash.

I think this show is really fun, because for me it looks like a reality show of Bourne Identiy. Each Hunters has distinct skills, like: Agility, Speed Runner, and Endurance. Click here to see the Hunters’ profie. So highly skilled Hunters vs. 10 Runners, it doesn’t sound balanced with the Hunters’ ability and gadgets. But no worries, the Runners are given some gadgets to stay incognito:

  • Runner Pack – which has other functions other than storing stuff
  • Deflector – to deflect 1 hunter to about face 180 degrees from runner
  • Freeze Ray – to freeze 1 hunter for 1 minute
  • Sonic Stunner – to freeze mutiple hunters for 2 minutes
  • Invisibility Glasses – to become “invisible” to hunters for 2 minutes

All the utility gadgets can only be used once by the runners, so they have to carefully plan their moves. Also, not every one of them will be able to have access to those gadgets. In the end, all is fair in competition and money. Some will be savvy and others will be sacrificed. The action-packed show takes place throughout various locations in Los Angeles like San Pedro Harbor, Universal Theme Park and the Descanso Gardens.
 
This new show airs on Scifi Channel every Tuesday at 10pm EST. The first few episodes are already availabe online. Visit the show’s official website for more information and videos: http://www.scifi.com/chase/

I love Dumb & Dumber movie, but what I’m about to write has nothing to do with the movie. But the title express my frustration that I’m feeling right now.

Well, it started with my (great) idea to make a Flash Game few days ago. I wanted to make a Naruto game (I’m quite a big fan of anime & manga). So, I started to collect some pictures, corp them using Photoshop and such. Then I started to make a simple “prototype” game on Flash, and I got stuck.

I know I can could make Flash. I took a class on that a year ago. I learned Flash 8 and ActionScript 2.0; in that class, I successfully made several games. Even for my final project, the teacher thought my plan was too ambitious, but I nailed it. So, I was pretty confident that I could make my Naruto game idea came true…

When I started to write the code, my mind didn’t go totally blank I could scrap my memory and remember some basic functions. But I got a syntax error. So I fetched my “textbook” (it’s actually a Reader writen by my professor) and look for the function lists. I fixed things, but I still got syntax error!

Frustrated, I opened my old projects, and compare to see what I did wrong. Nothing seemed wrong; I converted the symbol into movie clip, I used the correct function and such, but I still couldn’t figure out and get rid off the error.

So, I decided to give it up. I think all my knowlegde about Flash have leaked out off my brain during the past year. When I looked at my projects, I thought how on earth did I make this? I know that if you don’t use what you learn, you’ll forget and lose it eventually; but it doesn’t stop me from feeling that I’m getting dumber each second….

I wonder if anyone out there have felt the same way…


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