Got my first assignment in my game design class - make a game prototype on your own. It doesn't have to be flashy or even all that extensive. If you're making a level-based game, just one leve would even be good enough.
So I'm making a childhood favorite - DugDug!
And last night I chose to get a little creative with the sprites... And am henceforth renaming my game Diggy Diggy Hole.
Jan 07 2013
So today was the first day of my sixth semester of college.
And one class stood out far, fary above the others.
IST 446: An Introduction to Building Computer/Video Games
Why, you ask?
We are being forced to play Mass Effect, World of Warcraft, and League of Legends.
For a class.
Now, I never wanted to touch LoL and WoW and am actually most disappointed Portal was apparently cut in favor of LoL... But a lot of people have wanted me to get into the ME series and I guess it's about time I did.
We're also going to have to design our own games and do other work, but we're expected to play at least 7 hours of these games. And some other smaller ones will be touched on, like.... Farmville...
It's really looking to be my favorite class of the semester already.
Jan 02 2013
Finally saw it with a buddy tonight.
It was phenomenal.
Unlike me, he has read the book, and he felt the movie broke the stereotype and was indeed better than the book. We both agreed it seems ludicrous for it to be split into three films, but after sitting through this one, I'm glad. There was so much packed in there I'd hate for things to be cut out.
If only the actual trilogy could have been similarly split...
Anywho, if you haven't - go out soon and see it! I'm glad I didn't wait for a DVD release on this one.
So, I finally got the Desmond hoodie I've been wanting! You can also see next to it the awesome Star Wars blanket my mom made for me. It's soft and big and warm and yeah.
Since I was late getting into the whole 3DS thing, I chose Christmas to catch up haha. I've only played MK7 so far, but I'm loving it so far.
Also got a new Xbox controller. My first since getting a 360. And it's the super cool Halo 4 one! Can't wait to break that thing in. And of course there's my first Halo book. Looking forward to reading that.
Finally, there's SHF Wild Tiger. I passed on all the Tiger & Bunny guys before, but after watching the show I knew I needed at least Kotetsu. And Amazon had some amaazing sales on them... My mom said she'd be willing to get me something like that for Christmas, so I took a chance and she pulled through. Came as a pleasant surprise to me, even if I do find it a little weird for her to still support my collecting as an adult now.
EDIT: And theeeen I'm putting everything away after taking the pictures and I think to myself... "What is in this gift bag here...?" as I glance at said bag at my feet. Lo and behold, t'was a present to me. I must assume my family assumed I left the one piece of tissue paper in their on purpose, masking its contents. But I had indeed overlooked this precious bag. And inside it laid 6 Star Wars novels for me to enjoy. And oh I shall. (I'll also feel like a fool for a little longer for not noticing it there... *sigh*)
A friend of mine has been trying to get me to branch out in my anime viewing. We were working on a project and taking a break and he convinced me to watch the first episode.
That was five days ago.
I've watched 16 episodes since.
And of course I just learned Max Factory is coming out with a Figma of the main character... Looks like I'll get to enjoy a new action figure out of this show too. Yay me haha.
But really, I am enjoying it. The concept of the anime - being stuck in a virtual MMO - is interesting to me on its own. But the execution of it I found pretty different, in a good way, as well. It's very episodic in that most of the episodes (at least in the first half) aren't directly connected, but there's still an obvious progression of time and things changing. Part of me wishes they did break it down and tell more of the story to make it last longer, though.
It's also an ongoing series. Rare for me to get into one like that. Granted, there's only a few episodes left, but there'll be some suspense at least since I can't marathon them all yet.
Dec 12 2012
So one of the ways E-House [Engineering House - my special living option dorm] is raising money for THON [charitable dance marathon] is staging a Coin War. Basically, there are cans for each floor of the building. You put pennies in your floor for positive points and other coins into other floors for negative points. The winning floor gets a pizza party and all the money collected goes to THON.
But that's not the awesome part, oh no.
I walked past the guy as he was cleaning up today (I guess I never saw him during his shift before?) and took a look at his cans.
They were Bohrok cans.
So I had to stop and talk about it. Turns out he did collect for a few years but not too long. Still regards them as his favorite LEGO sets of his childhood though.
Hey guys! So I'm being interviewed in a few days about the Best and Worst Video Games of 2012 (no idea why the school newspaper's doing an article on that, but no complaints here). So I'm reaching out to gauge opinions.
So, to YOU, what would you rank as the BEST and WORST video games that were released this year? You can have multiple games under each category, I'm just looking to see what you all consider the top and bottom.