Monthly Archives: June 2007

Project Sylpheed Is Fun

I just got done playing the Project Sylpheed demo on my XBox 360 and if you were ever a Robotech and Starblazers watching young teen then this is the game for you. No, nothing transforms and it's nothing more in-depth than flying through space blowing up fighters and ships but something about the fast-paced action and constant steam of little anime characters yelling at you makes you feel like you're smack dab in the middle of one of those huge space battles you used to watch as a kid.

The control scheme takes a little getting used to (and six separate tutorials) and you get the feeling that it was actually a meth head that created the fast-paced combat because they needed something "faster" but if you can come to grips with all of that you end up with a pretty enjoyable experience. Very pretty graphics, responsive controls (when you remember to actually pretty the right combo), an AI that is just the right difficulty for my skill level and there's even a stock anime story wrapped around the action which is always fun to give your wrists a break.

Best yet I believe the game is only going to be $40 at launch, unlike the usual $60, which means it just might end up as a purchase. Since it doesn't have multiplayer or any online component I'm guessing the replay won't be high but given everything else coming out soon that'll work ok for me. This is one of the few times a demo is actually pushing me towards purchase, because I probably would have skipped this otherwise.

Hotfix for Debugging ASP.NET on Vista (IIS7)

One annoyance when I installed Vista on my development machine at home was that I could no longer debug my ASP.NET apps, due in large part to this error:

“An authentication error occurred while communicating with the web server.”

Lots of searching got me to an article by Mike Volodarsky on using various workarounds but I just saw on Scott Guthrie’s blog that there is now there is a better solution out there, a patch for Visual Studio 2005.

The patch can be downloaded here.