So I thought I'd do another Jon Burgerman related blog entry, this time round showing off my anxiety wall image I got. Although I was a little pissed off with it as it had been raining the day it came in the post and obviously my postman couldn't care for what he was delivering and he got it all wet.
I really love it, and at the exhibit they looked amazing all spread out on the wall, must say though I was at heart hoping for the Mario Kart one!
Since then I've also gotten his book, and I must say I had no idea that Jon designed a level for Wipeout Pure. Also that I was a little disappointed because of the lack of Game On imagery in it. I am quite fond of the book cover without the poster.
I also got myself one of his new Dunnys which I must say is lovely, I really like the pastel like colours on him, makes me think of Pete Fowler god knows why though, anyway I got a cute doodle on the box too, which seems to of gotten a little smudged at some point. I was almost tempted to not take it out the box, but a day later I decided I would anyway.
I also added Jon on Twitter the other day, and shortly after doing so received a message saying he'd popped my photo of my coloured in birthday card on his site, hoping I didn't mind. And of course I don't but I've been promised a doodle for it, which is amazing, and I hope to get him to doodle on my netbook at some point, because that would look beyond spectacular. I just wish he did less abroad at the moment and did more stuff in the lovely old UK, perhaps something in Wales too!
I am now a very proud owner of a Dell Inspiron Mini 9, I had for a while wanted a little netbook, mainly because everything else I've ever owned portable computer wise has been really heavy. And to be honest if I ever want to go back home, round my boyfriends or go to a convention or conference, it's not fun lugging around something that weighs 2kg+, along with of course everything else I need.
A while ago, we're talking months and months ago, before Dell actually sold the mini 9's my boyfriend sent me this image, and at first I thought it looked silly, as why would a computer be so small.
But then after lugging around heavy stuff for so long it made me realise that something like that would really be beneficial to me.
So far I've used mine as my notes for a presentation, and just to be able to do work at university without having to bring in my large bag to carry a bigger computer in. Instead I can carry it in a small bag I own for example this one.
Which I bought from the wonderful Spun Out store in Northampton, and I can actually fit in, along with little bits and bobs, my mini 9, my journal for writing and a couple of small books (that was its contents on Tuesday anyway).
Here's a little picture of my cute new toy as I've put it in the title, I've currently got it running the beta of Windows 7, which is lovely and way better than Vista. It runs so fast on it, and it's also very quiet which freaks me out when it boots up.
But yes, I recommend people to get a little netbook if you're tired of lugging around a big bag (and don't want to use a smartphone or PDA as a portable computer) and want something small and cute to fit in a little bag. I do recommend getting a netbook that has an SSD hard drive though, just as it makes a netbook better than your average laptop.
Also if you do decide on getting one, I recommend having one of the Xbox 360 HD-DVD players as it came in handy for installing things, or of course just an external disc drive. I also bought a 16gb SDHC card for it, which works as another hard drive really. And don't forget even though it only has in my case a 16gb SSD hard drive external hard drives, networks and USB sticks are your friends.
It also acts a nice thing for playing point and click adventure games on as they are of course perfect games in my eyes for while your travelling, and just so people know they can actually run WoW, as I had my boyfriend round the other day and he got it working, was a little slow though. Good thing with the Dell mini's though is if you wanted to upgrade it you can. He's just purchased one, and more RAM and a 32gb SSD, just means he has to put them in himself. But it will of course run WoW better for if you want to do that.
It has a really nice screen, although it doesn't really do it justice in my image.
And just to show how small and cute it is, here we have my "mini kitty" as it's called with my DS, just to show how nice and small it is. Now if Dell actually did full on different colours like the Eee pc netbooks, I would go out and get a red one that would match my DS. But Dell only change shells, so I'd only have a different colour top. I would actually pay more to get one completely in one colour keyboard and all, but I don't think any company does that.
It's shiny top is just waiting for a Jon Burgerman doodle now I would stick stickers on it, but a doodle in a black pen would look so much better, here's to waiting for that day.
While trying to write up all my blog entries for university work and other goings on, I decided to write up a really quick one, which takes a lot less time of course.
As some people may know I'm quite a fan of Jon Burgerman's work, I still kick myself over not going to GameCity in 2007 as of course Jon attended it (along with Keita Takahashi), he's also signing things at the Forbidden Planet in London on Saturday, but I can't attend that either.
I had a really awesome birthday card this year (a few weeks back) from my sister, I didn't expect it one bit.
I coloured him in myself of course. But I also got another amazing present from my sister which was this.
As you can see I've started doing a bit of colouring in, which I actually did a few hours ago, I can't wait to see it all brightly coloured. (It's wallpaper for those that haven't seen the stuff Jon has made in the past.)
Also the other week I went to videogames live, but before that I managed to pop to Jon's exhibit in London, down Tottenham court road, I'm happy I got to go, especially as it's finished now, was a bit of a small space, but he managed to fit a fair amount of stuff in.
The best part of it though was the anxiety wall, which I have bought two pieces of, off of Jon's website, I can't wait to see which ones I get. I also picked up a packet of stickers from the exhibit, I then also felt I had to buy some more off his website, and a few stickers later my lovely new computer is decorated, I would buy more to put on it, but I ordered a couple of packs and got the same packet I got from London. So I'm afraid I'd get even more duplicates.
Watch this space for more entries soon (hopefully).
Ok well after a long eventful summer of working with a few things on the side (I will try and do some entries for some events) I am now back at university, so expect to see some work here soon, or as soon as I find out what I'm doing. In the mean time I might try some sketching to keep me in the mood for drawing.
I'm also testing Windows Live Writer when I write this, seems quite good, if it comes out ok then I may use this for all my future blog entries. It?s a lot nicer to be able to open up a program installed on my computer and just write stuff without the hassle of opening up my browser and then logging into my blog.
When I got to meet Hideo Kojima earlier in the year, I was very surprised that I actually got to meet him. When I read that HMV were having Will Wright as well I was ecstatic.
I travelled down very early in anticipation of a large queue, but I was actually number two in the queue, I won't go into huge detail about the event, but Will Wright was a very lovely man, who was kind enough to talk to me for a bit, although after being told I should hurry it up by HMV's security I had to stop talking.
I got a nice picture out of it, little off colour due to HMV's lights though.
I also attended his presentation of Spore, which I must say made me more interested in the game.
I do feel bad as my sister Charlotte couldn't attend, but I'm sure they'll be other people she can meet in the future I'm sure.
With the launch of Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots just around the corner, Hideo Kojima being the amazing person that he is planned his MGS4 world tour. Starting off with London, so my sister and I had to go.
We headed off to back home in Essex Sunday evening, and headed out to the train station at about 4:30am, we finally made it to the HMV on Oxford street at about 20 past 6 maybe, would have been quicker but the train was slower than usual. We then prepared to wait, after having picked up the Metro earlier I flicked through it and noticed a little advert about the event, and also how it mentioned Yumi Kikuchi going, we weren't too sure of what else she had been in, so I ventured off to McDonalds to grab some breakfast and to use their free wifi.
We were about number 62 and 63 in the queue although that went up when a guy a few people in front let his friends push in just before we were about to go in.
After eating the food and feeling ill time somehow managed to pass until about 9am, where we then started to move, after a bit of waiting and nudging forwards every so often we got to the tills and pre-ordered the game & bought the sleeve.
We then decided to queue up again, so we joined the end of a small line, once the last of the 300 people filled in (and the rest were turned away) there was then a mad rush to start a new line, where previously I was near the front everyone decided to squidge up together and push me to the back. Thankfully the nice HMV security guard said we could pop in where he was standing as he knew we had been there before others in the second queue.
After another few hours of waiting we finally started to file in at about 11:20, then after much standing and leaning around Kojima, Shinkawa and Yumi came out, everyone of course cheered, and then there was more waiting and standing.
We were quite close to the front so we went through within a matter of minutes.
I was panicking over if I should try and get my Metal Gear lovely nes copy signed, or the sleeve, but I thought I'd respect the wishes of the HMV staff and maybe the Konami PR people and get the sleeve signed. I was going to show my Metal Gear to Kojima but I got too shy.
It started at Shinkawa, who was so cute and smiley, and he looks so adorable in my picture
Then it went onto Kojima who was just as cute and smiley, Charlotte managed to get a nice picture, and he was looking at me instead of the camera as I was giggling away .
Then it went onto Yumi who is super cute, and I can't believe I missed her amazing nails, I should have said something
After we got down Charlotte was approached by Kojima's tour guys with a large camera wanting to ask her why she came and if she said anything to Kojima san, and then after that she was asked a few questions from an English guy as well.
After that rush we hung about and then went around London a bit, only to get myself an awesome top
Which came in an amazing bag
We also went to Game Focus, where I got a Japanese copy of Kartia
And Forbidden Planet
Which is a laynard for me to use at conventions now
I also finally picked up Zelda on the DS as I've just been waiting too long to play it, and it was getting to me, once I finish Tingle I'll give Zelda a go.
All in all it was an amazing day, and I only hope that he comes to the UK once again, so I can maybe show him my Metal Gear and get it signed
Wow well I must say I'm surprised a little, back on the 23rd of May myself and my sister went off to an Alone in the Dark presentation, as we were invited to go thanks to Tenebra on the Atari EU forums. As there was originally going to be a test/play day for Alone in the Dark, but it got cancelled due to not enough people signing up. So she thought for the people that really wanted to go, she'd get us the chance to go to this instead.
So the day started with popping down to Hampstead in London to the Everyman's Cinema Club, which was a delightful venue, it also wasn't hard to miss with this poster outside.
Then after a bit of waiting, saying hi to a few people and a free apple juice later the presentation was about to start so we all shifted into the screening room, which had piles of freebies, sprawled on chairs, tables and anywhere possible. I must say I felt a little out of place at this event as the majority of people attending were press, but in my case I get to meet new people.
The presentation started with Atari introducing themselves, then Phil Harrison, and then finally Nour from Eden games went on, the presentation was amazing, I hadn't really looked into Alone in the Dark that much, other than seeing a few trailers and planning on buying the game that was it. So when I actually saw what they had done with the game I was pleasantly surprised. Charlotte loved the fire (who wouldn't) and I really liked the structure of the game, was also nice to hear that they looked into television narrative structures other than film. (Alone in the Dark now going to have a piece in my dissertation)
After the presentation had finished we were urged to go to their room with pods and give it a play. Instead we made our way over to Nour and Emile down the front and asked them a few questions of our own related to the industry, where we then got an Alone in the Dark sleeve signed.
With our mountains of freebies we headed out to the lobby area to have sit down and rest, where then we were asked by some nice guys from Xbox.com if we'd like to give our opinion on the game and also ask any questions to Nour on camera. So we did, which has scarily gone onto Inside Xbox on the 360, and as myself and my sister were asked our gamertags ( Kittydog )we have gained a bit of attention on xbox live, which has made me a recent receiver of at least 70 friend requests so far.
Anyway after a bit of waiting around and cooling off we decided to try and get a go on one of the pods, I had a bit of fun beating a door down with a lamp, only finding out the fire extinguisher did a much better job. I won't spoil anything though, but a little after we stopped taking turns and playing, so as not to take too much fun out of the game.
We then managed to grab Nour and Emile and thank them for the presentation and the whole day really, and grabbed a picture with the two of them. We were going to have the picture taken in front of the Alone in the Dark poster, but it was either taken down or nicked so we couldn't.
All in all it was a lovely experience as I hadn't had the opportunity to attend such an event before, and I feel Alone in the Dark is going to be a very interesting game to play.
I feel the best bit of it in my eyes though is always going to be the way of which it is split into episodes while utilising a catch-up like system to remind the player.
It was also a treat leaving with Alone in the Dark t-shirts, hats, mini fire extinguisher keyrings and a cute Atari wristband.
And the title says it all really, the other day Valve put up a plushie hunter from half life 2 episode two on the store, so I had to buy it, and he has already found a home which is overlooking my work.
I must say even though he was a little pricey, he is very nicely made and I'm happy to have him join my collection of game related items.
Now this little hunter isn't going to sell out as fast as the likes of a headcrab or companion cube, but he's just as cute and cuddly.