Friday, August 16, 2019

Alt Text & Facebook

According to WhatIs, "Alt text (alternative text) is a word or phrase that can be inserted as an attribute in an HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) document to tell Web site viewers the nature or contents of an image. The alt text appears in a blank box that would normally contain the image."

If you been posting pictures to Facebook, it is interesting to note that Facebook has been using an automated tool to write the alt text of your pictures for you and it's scary good. The below are a few examples of the alt text that was automatically generated on some of my pictures.

"One or more people, phone, beard and selfie"

"1 person, smilling"

The above are but 2 examples from my Facebook account but every pictures I've seen had one and the accuracy of it is borderline scary.
I'm not very comfortable about having applications scan and understand my pictures. This technology, in the hands of the wrong people, could be used to find incrementing pictures of you online or on your personal computer.

Perhaps this is, again, a reminder of being careful what we post online or what we keep on our computers.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Anyone heard of a new Suikoden Game Coming?

I once owned the entire Suikoden collection and played each game in the series repeatedly. I consider this series to be a hidden gem - it wasn't really popular in the West but it was a great RPG with ideas that were quite different from the other RPGs available at the time (108 playable characters? Crazy!)

After the, somewhat, mediocre entry on the DS in 2012 (called Suikoden Tierkreis) the series has gone silent. Why?

Well I think we can answer this question with another question ... has anyone seen a game from Konami in recent years? The Konami video game division is a shadow of its former self. They currently pretty much only release new PES games every year. Everything else is on the back burner and there's no news of them doing anything else anytime soon.

Too bad they can't sell the rights to the franchise to a someone who could run with it. It would be great to have a port, re-release, or a new entry in that old, but not forgotten, series.

Friday, August 2, 2019

My Favorite Tactical Games!

My craving for a good tactical game was reignited with the release of Fire Emblem Treehouses. Intelligent Systems, the folks behind the Fire Emblem franchise, have mastered the art of making tactical games. It just "feels" right to play and it begs the question ... what does it take for a tactical game to be good?

There are many tactical games out there but only a handful of those are actually fun to play. Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire Emblem, Into The Breach, Civilizations are among my personal favorites and I like them for various reasons as mentioned below:
  • Final Fantasy Tactic - The tactical elements feels at home in the Final fantasy universe. The animation is, as you would expect from a SquareEnix game, top notch. Add a cool story line to the mix and you've got a winner!
  • Civilization - Want to play a game that you won't be able to put down? This is pretty much the case of all civilization games. There's not really a story line to it but playing helps you learn about important events in our history.
  • Into The Breach - Quick picker upper, this is a winner. Every time you play, the map looks different and it takes maybe 10 minutes to win/loose the match. Since this game is also on the Switch; it's the perfect game for those that are on the go.
  • Fire Emblem - Tactical game done right. Decision count in this game and it's nice to be able to pair up characters and see their friendship blossom (sometime into relationships). You should play this game in classic more where loosing someone during a skirmish mean that they're gone for the rest of the game.
What is your favorite tactical game?