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LittleBigPlanet Turbo! Pack Development Diary: The Submarine

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224w ago - SCEE Senior Producer Mark Green has posted up the LittleBigPlanet Turbo! Pack Development Diary 7 and 8 today, which cover the Submarine and more, as follows:

'Turbo! Pack' Development Diary 7: 'Sub Standard' - Jon Torrens, Designer

Ah, the Submarine. We don't have water in LittleBigPlanet [Register or Login to view links], so the submarine was going to be a very different challenge to the other vehicles, because it has to have an almost neutral buoyancy. Let's put it this way, it took a lot of trial and error. The submarine is naturally buoyant, and sinks by emitting a metal block in its base.

Something I hadn't realised is that all the gadgets have their own weight. Now, this only comes into play when you're creating something that requires an exact amount of buoyancy to counter balance Sackboy's weight.

And sure enough, once I'd got the sub 'floating' just right, I needed to add the rockets, and they each had their own little mass which I had to allow for. Also, they have to be at the same height as the centre of gravity, so as not to rotate the submarine when they're firing.

Another problem I had was that if Sackboy dies while in the submarine near the start, the submarine's new version can't be emitted...
 

New cable cut compounds net woes

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342w ago - A submarine cable in the Middle East has been snapped, adding to global net problems caused by breaks in two lines under the Mediterranean on Wednesday.

The Falcon cable, owned by a firm which operates another damaged cable, led to a "critical" telecom breakdown, according to one local official.

The cause of the latest break has not been confirmed but a repair ship has been deployed, said owner Flag Telecom.

The earlier break disrupted service in Egypt, the Middle East and India.

"The situation is critical for us in terms of congestion," Omar Sultan, chief executive of Dubai's ISP DU, told The Associated Press, following the most recent break.

Wednesday's incident caused disruption to 70% of the nationwide internet network in Egypt on Wednesday, while India suffered up to 60% disruption.

Flag Telecom said a repair ship was expected to arrive at the site of the first break - 8.3km from Alexandria in Egypt - on 5 February, with repair work expected to take a week.

A repair ship deployed to the second break - 56km from Dubai - was expected to arrive at the site in the "next few days", the firm said.

Web returns

The first cable - the Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG) - was cut at 0800 on 30 January, the...
 
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