Friday, 1 August 2014

Destiny - The Titan Superman Move

The IGN First series have continued their coverage of Destiny and I am super excited about the high level Titan moves!

The aptly named "Death From Above" supercharge upgrade is simply bananas. You literally fly through the air like Superman, it is so great! :D The shoulder charge move looks like a lot of fun to use as well. I particularly enjoy the jumping version where you knee the poor victim in the face :)

Screenshots of all this along with the sweet gear/weapon Kinslayer was using can be found below (see full post) :)

Playing as a Titan during the Beta was incredibly fun (find all my PS4 Gameplay videos here), can't wait to try out all of this for myself!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Football In Destiny

Above is a recording of Celark messing around on my PS4, kicking a ball around during the Destiny Beta. Silly as it may sound, it was absolutely hilarious! :D

Whilst exploring the Tower in between all the shooting, we came across a large purple ball. After playing around with it for a while we started an impromptu kick about! At 1m6s we start playing goalkeeper between the Vault posts. Another guardian cottoned onto this immediately and his sudden cautious behaviour whilst he lined up a shot was great :)

Everyone finding out how to perform "slide tackles" lead to more mayhem (2m6s). After a while we decided the ball had to be destroyed. As we knocked the ball off the edge, another guardian jumped to his doom trying to save it (2m34s) :D

After this we were all doubled over laughing our heads off. Moments like these really capture the excitement you can have with great games. This small feature has already inspired a cult following and it is just one of the many fantastic activities this playground we call Destiny is rammed full of. Simply cannot wait to play the full game in September!

Being able to share all of this fun so seamlessly is a surprisingly satisfying feature of the PS4. Although the Beta is over, you can find more of my gameplay videos on my YouTube channel:

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Ranting About Retrospectives

Following on from Thinking About Code, I have since participated in a retrospective and the introspective process has inspired me to rant :)

Free Your Mind

One of the problems we had in our last retrospective was we were very much unprepared. Many of us did not have proper notes and worst of all there was a negative mindset toward the whole retrospective process. This time around everyone actively prepared and everyone was onboard with the idea of using the retrospective to improve the way we work. A positive viewpoint really works wonders and resulted in a much higher quality of the discussion :)

Bricks Without Clay

As the famous Sherlock quote goes, you can only put theories together when you have data. This principle holds true for any scientific process, including retrospectives. This is computer science we are dealing with after all!

In our case, data is as simple as our likes and dislikes about our work. However as there is a month between our retrospectives, forgetfulness is a major issue. Ongoing observation is the key here, we all need to constantly seek out analyse the way we work. This can be as simple as jotting down notes on what you feel is good/bad as you work. 

Get To The Point

Open ended questions like "what did you like/dislike this month?" are great for getting people to open up but can lead to rambling. In an ideal world you want everyone to distill their feelings beforehand and provide short and sweet summaries. The key is to move beyond raw emotions and use unambiguous statements: "I don't like rambling" is better stated as: "I like people being concise".

Mixing It Up

When undergoing the process of self reflection, it is important to have compare and contrast against others. Trying to view things from an outsider's perspective can throw into light problems/opportunities you would have otherwise missed. In our case, reviewing a piece of code written by an applicant threw up a lot of interesting viewpoints.


Overall I feel that retrospectives are having a positive effect on the team and the change in mentality is very refreshing. We are all looking at ways to better ourselves, both individually and as a team. The next steps are to achieve the things we have talked about, which is always easier said than done.