Archive for April, 2012

Terminal patients to the front of the queue

by Ashelia. 1 Comment

Usually when I go back and play a game from my childhood, it’s nothing like I remembered. The vast forests of The Legend of Zelda and the hordes of zombies from the original Resident Evil don’t really match up to what my young mind imagined them to be.

But there’s always an exception to the rule.

In this case, it’s Bullfrog’s Theme Hospital. Theme Hospital pretty much everything I remembered when I played it at age ten in 1997, off-beat British humor included. It’s easy to play, incredibly hard to master, and very unforgiving. As a hospital director, you run a quirky hospital full of faux diseases and managerial woes. You hire nurses, doctors, receptionists, and handymen with a wide array of personality disorders and demands. You fend off VIPs from touring your hospital, fight epidemics, and handle emergencies with aplomb. You worry about machinees breaking down, researching new cures, and sweeping the tiled corridors–all the while keeping the fiscal year and its deplorable budget in your head.

Go with the flow

by Ashelia. 2 Comments

At my old job, where I worked for three years on an indie game, the developers were mostly smug and full of themselves. There were a few good ones, of course, but if you were a community or administrative person, you were nothing to the majority of the development team. You couldn’t code so you weren’t worth the time of day. Worse, any ideas you had that were actually good were eventually purposed into the developer’s brainchild; reworked so they got credit ultimately. Praise was nonexistent.

It got old pretty quickly.

Such unrefined style

by Ashelia. 2 Comments

I wanted the name Ashelia.com since I started using Ashelia as my online handle back in 2006. But, as is the case with any short and memorable domain name, it was taken. It was taken this time by a particularly egregious fellow–he’d bought it to camp the name because it was related to Princess Ashe. He had it functioning as a gallery to Final Fantasy XII for Google keyword traffic and plastered with ads.

It made him some money or so he claimed.