Archive for May, 2006

“Sidebar being cut off” bug fixed

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

Thanks to a reference in IEBlog prompting me to search for information on the “Guillotine bug”, and /* Position Is Everything */ for providing a workaround, that annoying “sidebar gets cut off when the content is shorter than the sidebar in MSIE” bug that’s been there since AAGv5’s launch in 2005 is now non-existent.

<insert cheers here>

Mmm, product placement

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

Today an e-mail from EA landed in my inbox, announcing a partnership between themselves and Jeep in the forthcoming title Medal of Honor Airborne. Now, I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of excessive product placement, especially when it’s blindingly out of place, but what never ceases to amaze/amuse me (delete as appropriate) is the way in which press releases spin it. Some choice quotes from the press release:

“Authentic to their use in WWII, the Willys Jeep will be able to access more areas than the other drivable vehicles featured in Medal of Honor Airborne, because of Jeep vehicle’s superior four-wheel drive off-road capabilities.”

No, it’ll be able to access more areas because they have a partnership with Jeep, thus replacing the generic vehicle which would’ve been in place before.

“By teaming with Electronic Arts and Medal of Honor Airborne, Jeep is celebrating its history while helping to take this medium to its next level.”

Apparently a sponsorship deal now counts as taking video games to the next level. Who knew?

“This is the first time in any Medal of Honor game that a player will have the ability to drive a Willys Jeep, and we’re very excited to see this new addition increase the fun and intensity of the gameplay.”

Well, I certainly know that I find driving a branded vehicle in-game as a plot element to be far more intense and fun than driving a generic one.

Still, at least I suppose this particular piece of branding fits in with the game itself.

Internet Explorer 6 utterly, utterly sucks.

Saturday, May 20th, 2006

As per title. The forum topic code works in Gecko. It works in Opera. It works in KHTML. But does it work in IE6? Of course not! That’d be far too easy! Instead it is utterly broken, and will require more code for this one broken case.

End of rant.

Forum Progress Update

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Just thought I’d post an update on the status of the forums. I’ve now fixed the main issue that I was running into, and so hopefully not much will stall me from now until whenever we launch; I believe it’s simply a case of some extremely tedious code replacement from now on. I’ve done a few hours of this today, and this status update is as I finish for the night.

Once the forum code is all replaced, all that needs to be done is to sort out the new theme so that it doesn’t fall apart on lower resolutions, so hopefully we’re talking fairly soon. And I don’t mean that as in “8 months” (sorry about that).

If I’ve made any typos here, blame tiredness. Staring at my own crappy several year old HTML tends to do that to me.

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