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The Junk Heap


On The Best Kept Secrets

Posted by The Dandy Automaton , Jun 07 2012 · 92 views

Crikey, it's been more than a month since I last posted a chapter, hasn't it? That really annoys me, as my original intention was to right at least a chapter a week, which quite clearly hasn't been the case. I could blame it on writers block, but I'm not sure if that's even it. I just don't feel motivated and whatever I write, I'm not happy with and end up erasing.

Thing is, that doesn't mean I've abandoned it. Not at all, if anything, I miss it. What's been stuck in my head lately has been the sequel to TBKS, The Darkest Hour, which I've now managed to fully lay out and am actually quite pleased with. Obviously there's a heck of a lot of room for development, but there is in everything I do. That's why I write these things, to practise, to test my creative writing skills and find those areas that I need to improve on, and even in the 17 chapters I've written so far, I've learnt a lot.

But I feel that having scenes for TDH stuck in my hand is crippling my ability to write its predecessor. By focusing on the sequel, I'm obviously looking at the more entertaining portions and wishing I could write them. But obviously I can't as I have to focus on TBKS, which I still consider very interesting, but not the "in thing" at the moment, if you will. Worst of all is how it's not only TDH that's been distracting me, but my head seems more full of ideas than I can deal with. I've been developing ideas for a dozen backstories and two other epics, all based upon my RPG characters. The same RPG characters from the BZPRPG, which I have once again seemingly neglected. I probably should stop doing that.

I guess I could say I'll force myself to finish the chapter tomorrow, but I get the feeling that will result in one very dissatisfactory piece of writing. Not that I won't try.

Also, Hinder. Why had I never gotten this guy's albums before?


A Word Of Advice

Posted by The Dandy Automaton , Jun 06 2012 · 110 views

Don't bother with gaming laptops, unless you want an overpriced waffle iron. Watching this thing reach 89 degrees celcius during a game of Starcraft II is just painful.


E3 Thoughts Part 1

Posted by The Dandy Automaton , Jun 05 2012 · 99 views

Well, I'm not gonna narrate everything I saw in E3, as I've pretty much forgotten most of it, and I can't really be bothered to go back and jog my memory, so I'll just discuss that which had some semblance of an effect on me.

I only caught Microsoft's conference at the end to catch the Cawadoody Blops 2 preview. And once again I watched it with a cynical eyebrow raised, wondering just how anyone could enjoy it. I've never been a fan of the Call of Duty series and the best part about it in my opinion is how I managed to make a profit from selling Modern Warfare 2.

EA's conference made me sad. Seeing Dead Space 3 with co-op and cover based shooting was ridiculous, given that's a sign they've completely abandoned the survival horror elements of the first game and arguably the second. Also seeing them trying to push The Old Republic. Can't they just let that doomed ship sink?

As for Ubisoft, I was a little more interested. Assassin's Creed 3, though I was dubious about it at first, looking at gameplay, I'm now a heck of a lot more excited. I'm still disappointed in how subtlety seems to be a forgotten concept in these games and now the focus is explosions and large scale wars. Watch Dogs, however, looks absolutely amazing.

Now, finally, the Sony conference. I'm sad to say I fell asleep when this was playing. According to the friend whose house I was staying around, apparently I was talking in my sleep. Which is unnerving since I can't remember what, though I have a feeling I might have been describing what I already knew about Assassin's Creed: Liberation. Having rewatched it, I can safely confirm I like what I see. Beyond looks incredibly meh and not nearly as interesting or immersing as Heavy Rain did, but God of War: Ascencion is just...wow. I was very cynical as I hate it when developers can't let a franchise go and seeing a God of War 4 seemed ridiculous. But now having watched the game in action I can confirm I'm getting excited for it, as the graphics look incredible and the gameplay more fun than ever before. Then we have The Last of Us, which, again, I had no interest in, but now I'm impressed and will be trying to mix in with the people who were already excited for it.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll be going back to crossing my fingers and sacrificing sheep to Square Enix and Capcom in the hope that they can find it in their hearts to announced anything related to either NieR or the Onimusha series, respectively.


Mind = Blown

Posted by The Dandy Automaton , Jun 03 2012 · 102 views

How I'm feeling right now:

Just finished the last episode of Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt. My mind felt like it was gonna blow through most of that series so now the ending has left me just utterly perplexed.

Also, interesting thing to note. I shan't rant on the details, as I do that too much, but I've now discovered that I hate parties. Especially parties filled with people the same age as me.

And now my throat hurts. For the first time in months I finally played a game on Steam, which turned out to be Limbo. At first I act like I'm in a Let's Play, but then I just started getting more irritated and began cursing when I kept dying. Long story short, shouting ruined my vocal cords.


Obligatory Marvel's Avengers Assemble Entry

Posted by The Dandy Automaton , May 31 2012 · 88 views

Yeah, everyone calls it The Avengers. But the title very clearly said Marvel's Avengers Assemble. So that's what it's called.

I know, I'm frustratingly late to the party. But I made it in the end and y'know what, I thoroughly loved it. The action scenes were so very well directed with enough screen time to give every character something to do and some well-placed comic relief that was genuinely amusing rather than frustrating. I don't know if I'd call it my favourite film, but it's going in the list of candidates, just because of how much fun it was. Just a pity I never managed to catch Iron Man 2, nor either of the Hulk films in time.

All in all, it was a fun venture out with friends that began with the invention of Zeus Juice (A fuel for busses) and ended on an amusing note with the suggestion that the whole thing took place in Red Skull's colon. It's probably best you just don't ask.

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