Why did you have to blow into an NES cartridge to make it work?

Did doing this actually help at all? If so, how? Answer Popular belief among those of us who remember the original NES held that that blowing into an NES cartridge removed dust from the contacts, which allowed a better connection to the system. In practice, the method was similar to the following: Plug in cartridge, … Read more

How can I kill adorable animals?

With version 1.0.4 of Terraria came fluffy little bunnies hopping in my fields and happy little goldfish swimming in my lakes, grateful for the sanctuary my base provides them against the horrors of the wider world. So, naturally, I’m trying to kill them. Not because I expect it to be useful, just because the idea … Read more

My head keeps falling off. What can I do?

I have an… unusual problem. What? How’d it happen? No, no, that isn’t impor— Okay, fine. It might have something to do with the tim command, a bandit chieftan, and an accident with an ebony greatsword. But that’s all you’re getting out of me! Now where was I? Ah, yes. Wherever I go, my head … Read more

Where is the “impossible space” in Portal 2?

One of the commentary nodes by a Portal 2 developer, Eric Tams, said they used “world portals” to quickly reconfigure maps and puzzles during testing, which allowed them to create rooms that were bigger on the inside, infinite falls, and other sorts of impossible geometry, save for the users own ASHPD space bending. When we … Read more

Is Angry Birds deterministic?

While trying to get 3 stars on the more complex levels (the ones with a lot of destructible entities) I noticed that even after playing the same level over 50 times, doing always the same thing, I’ve never seen the same final result. Something always goes differently. Does the same input always result in the … Read more