Not this time

How have you been in 2010? For my own sake, it’s great. But I don’t think it goes for everyone.

Valve really lives up to its reputation so it’s winning the fight against the wow Mojang AB in the competition Game Developer of the Year 2011 raised by Escapist Magazine. Well, good for Valve, it would almost make it again since it was the champion last year in the same contest in which I voted for Valve in the semi-final against Zynda which is developing games for Facebook and MySpace.

However, if we would say that it won 2010 for its Left 4 Dead 2 then how will Valve get itself equipped this year? Of course we have trailers of Portal 2 and announcements of DOTA 2, but is this all Valve can come up with to earn its prestige for the past 2010? While what is the situation of its opponents? Fantastic is BioWare that it brought us the epic Mass Effect 2, surely it has been blowing everyone’s mind that StarCraft 2 was published last year.

Is Escapist going to be a brilliant predictor? Because Portal 2 won’t be released until a few days after the contest ends. Thanks to the giant Steam forums, threads come up to call people to vote when Valve has made it semi-final after easily beaten Relic with Retribution and even Crytek with its new fascinating CryEngine 3.

It is very clear to me that this is a competition to choose the most successful developer in a single year not in a era of ten years or more, because it’s brought up every single year and named Developer of the YEAR. Please help me figure out how all of this makes sense.

After all, this is not pathetic, at least we have got a lot of free updates for several Valve games, you know what is pathetic? Can anybody tell me why Mojang AB could make its way to the semi-final this year? It’s barely nothing there on its Wiki page, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mojang_AB, with only one game published and another two in development in all its history? Are you kidding me? Then how about Rovio Mobile with Angry Birds?

What I can see from this contest is people’s likes and dislikes but not developer of the year. BioWare and Blizzard are absolutely more outstanding in 2010 than Valve or Mojang AB, it’s a shame that one of the former ones will be gone and no matter which it is, it is better than the latter ones, one of which will stand out in the next round.

I’m not showing my dislike of Valve or Mojang AB, to be frank, I love Valve. BUT I won’t vote this time because I can’t see any justice in the contest this year.

π day

π (sometimes written pi) is a mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any Euclidean plane circle’s circumference to its diameter; this is the same value as the ratio of a circle’s area to the square of its radius. It is approximately equal to 3.14159265 in the usual decimal notation. Many formulae from mathematics, science, and engineering involve π, which makes it one of the most important mathematical constants.

Definition of π from Wikipedia.

3.14159265 is the exactest number that can come up from my mind. I tried to memorize longer but it often went wrong for that we do not need to use it so accurately like that, instead we make it 3.14 mostly. I love π and it is an amazing constant number that I’ve been using since the seventh grade. And I remembered that I was trying to calculate π from trigonometric functions, which is one of those many ways to calculate it out, using a calculator in my hand deep in a Saturday night. Much passion about it, hah?

We call March 14 Zu Chongzhi’s Day, named after the man all Chinese are proud of. He calculated Pi precisely to the seventh digit after the dot with no electronic computer during his years which was more than 1,500 years ago. With only pens and paper, he made it that far, that great. Zu is one of the most brilliant mathematicians in the history of China, we all admire him as he accomplished what seemed almost impossible.

Excellent job as Zu did, that is a level everybody loving mathematics wants to reach, including me. I know I can’t expect much recognition when I get there now, because Pi has been calculated accurately to millions of digits after the dot. So I have to make it to my own “Pi”. Time to go, wait to see.