Categories: "Personal Life"

Edge Presents - The art of videogames


Ok well I noticed on Kotaku about an edge presents book, much like the edge files, so I looked at the link to it on the Edge website, and I noticed it came out today, so I quickly took the bus down to get it as Edge sells rather well in sunny old Newport.

So after a few bus rides and £8 quid later I had the book, well I guess it could be called a book...almost. But yes so I flicked through it on the bus ride back, there are some very interesting bits to it, and also some rather boring bits in my eyes.

A nice piece of gow2 artwork

The first bit to amaze me, which was also the first game mentioned in it, was the section on Rez, I had never really seen any art for Rez. So it started with a few images which were merged with screenshots put together so I thought oh is this it, and then I turned the page and was astonished by the lovely pictures.

Lovely pictures

As Mizuguchi and his team decided on for the concept of "nothing to something" and well I feel that fits Rez rather well, and with what they continue saying in the book.

Another nice point about the book is that through-out it there is pictures from the I am 8-bit collections, and well this one has to be one of my favourites.

I think he's had maybe one too many

There are many good points to the book, one of which includes mentioning Jet Set Radio and having pictures.

Jet Set Radio one of the best games ever

Now if it had some on The Nomad Soul as well it'd be the perfect thing for my essay choices.

There are some good pieces of work in it, like the pages of God of War II concept art which actually have to do with the game from the looks of it, but I was very disappointed when I came across the Shenmue section in it, as when I turned the first page of it I realised that was it, Shenmue is depicted in two images, yet things like Burnout or Fight Night get double what Shenmue was given. Although a little baffled with the image of the girl but I can only guess that it's *EDIT* Shen Hua.

I want more!

It has some lovely Okami images, including a double page image, but then again who needs that when you have a whole book full of it.

One of my favourite art books now

But other than the Shenmue bit it's a rather good book, I'd say it's worth £8 as well Edge is really pricey now and it has more than an issue would have, plus it focuses on art. I recommend any art type people at least have a look at it in your local whsmiths or newsagents places (and it's available in America too).

Oh yes only thing I'm a little confused on is there seems to be a image of Leon Belmont on the back, yet no Castlevania section, I guess this means there will be a volume 2 maybe?

Another World


Ok well after hearing about a 15th Anniversary of Another World coming out a few months back I immediatley popped it in my calendar for it's release (I know I'm sad, but I remember things this way)

So it finally came out last Friday, the 2nd of March, although I was only able to get it on Wednesday as GAME wasn't selling it in store so I had to buy it off the website, annoying.

After I installed it the first thing I noticed was that they've put in a making of folder with the game, which comes with a Development Diary, Technical handbook and a short documentary about the game and it's creator. Which of course were the first things I looked at, the development diary is really cool, I'd post pictures but I'm not sure if there's anything against me doing it, so I'll leave it. The documentary was very interesting and great at half an hour, I never would have thought someone would put so much into a game for the Amiga, Eric Chahi put a lot of effort into this game.

Ok so then I played it, the last time I did this being years ago on the snes, but I played Out of this world (American copy ^_^) and well I didn't understand it so much when I was younger, plus we didn't know how to attack as we only had the cartridge.

So I watched the intro (didn't know there was one) and played it, and well I got stuck...not too far in, so I'm gonna have to keep going at it.

Main reason I picked up the game was it looks visually stunning now, but still has the same graphic style, you can see what I mean by looking at the car picture on the official website and rolling your mouse over it.

I must say it is worth paying £15 for if you had the game originally, cos it is stunning, it really is, plus you can play it up to a resoultion of 1920x1080, as that way it doesn't loose it's quality.

Ok so it's an adventure type game I realise that's not everybodys thing, but it's definatley worth a go, plus the making of stuff is well worth it.

The sound was also revamped, I love the music on the main menu, it's improved a lot!

Even the box art is, heck the guy that made it got to do the box art...then again he made the whole game so yeah ^_^

Click on it to see a huge version, you can see the brush strokes

But yes well worth 15 quid for a nice bit of nostalgia :D.

Microsoft Ink Desktop


Now Paul has probably done some post about ink stuff Cos of his tablet pc but I thought I'd show a little of why my tablet (wacom graphire 4) is absolutely lovely when using vista, not only am I writing this entry with a pen and tablet, but when l'm feeling lazy I'll use it to browse the web and so on, the other day I was given a link to download ink desktop and thought meh ok *downloads*

I then decided to use it, and wow it's so handy, as you can see from the picture below :) my tablet is so amazing thanks to the vista tablet drivers :D

Click on the image to see the full version ^_^.

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OMG new belt attack!


Ok well after going to Game On (must write up my entry on that :p) and buying myself a few lovely illustrated Jon Burgerman things I decided to have a look on his website, as it was on my two badges I have ^_^. So I had a look around, then looked at the shop to see if there was anything nice, and of course there was this uber cool belt, made by yummy industries, so I treated myself to one :) as my old belt had gotten trodden on a few times and the buckle mechanism had kinda broken.

It was cute though, as Charlotte got the post, and she immediatley knew it was my belt cos of a cute sticker on the front


The little sticker saying Jon Burgerman was on the front, which is like uber cute ^_^, I also had this little um wolf kid? inside with my belt, both stickers :)

The belt also had a label (weird for a belt if ya ask me) which is made of paper

And the other side of it.

It's cute cos it's says Bugerland ^_^ and his last name is burger-man I'm so simple ._.

Ok and heres the belt in all it's glory, I thought I should use flash more often, so I decided to show it using flash, yeah it was simple, but alot easier for me to upload than tons of pictures :P. Cool huh? It's supposed to glow in the dark as well but well I guess I haven't given it enough sunlight.

Happy Birthday Jay!


Yes, Happy 19th Birthday Jay, now as you're all hidden away in Brighton or where ever myself and Charlotte decided to still throw you a little party of our own, as we're kinda lacking a common room to do it in. Now we know how much you love birthday cake :P so we made you this.

Happy Birthday

And to prove we actually made it and didn't find a picture of the net :P

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Jay, hope you have a great night of drinking ;)

OMG Lumines attack!


Ok so myself and Charlotte had our termly trip to Southend, but this time it was different as we can't really get away with paying child fare on the bus anymore, so we decided to take a train, since it's cheaper that way, and only takes 20 minutes as opposed to the hour bus journey.

The train journey was lovely, we passed right by an airfield, and saw loads of planes taking off and a few old planes ^_^ was cool.

Anywho did the usual, went to Ace Comics, popped in gamestation etc. We also went in Virgin to check out their sale, as we don't have one nearby where ever we live it seems. So i had a look around, not seeing anything good, but then wow I saw Stubbs the Zombie on PC for 4.99 so I picked that up, then scanning the rest of their games, not finding anything great, then my eyes saw Lumines II and I thought oh yeah that'll be pricey, and it actually had a 9.99 sale sticker on, which I accepted thinking wow that's cheap. I then found their last copy of Psychonauts on the Xbox for 4.99 which I gave to Charlotte. So after picking up Lumines I thought to myself I'd love to have the first and second version. So I went to the PSP games and what did I spy, Lumines II marked up at 19.99 and Lumines marked up at 9.99. What had happened is that whoever put them up on sale shoved a sticker for Lumines on Lumines II. Didn't bother me though, it's not like it had been peeled off and stuck on it, it hadn't been tampered with so, I can get it for 9.99 ^_^.

So in the end I got both games for 20 quid, plus I got my student discount off which wasn't bad for the two games I felt...woulda been nice if Lumines wasn't Platinum though :P.

Anyway main point of my entry, I had only played Lumines twice before, once the demo on the 360, and for about 10 minutes at work on a lunch break. It's really one of those must have games for the PSP I feel, one because it's a great game and two it's by Mizuguchi, and well anyone who can make something like rez must be able to make a great music puzzle game.

Ok so firstly of course I gave Lumines a play


Which I played for a while...I can't quite remember how long for, but my lovely new Sennheiser HD202 headphones had been delivered while we were out, so I got to play it with the music louder than I would usually, I suppose immersing myself in the game more than I usually would. I played through Lumines a fair amount of times, after getting game over lots, you've really gotta get into the game to be able to do well and I feel that I've actually played the game better with the headphones on, as opposed to without.
Now I liked Lumines, but I must say when I finished playing with it for a while, after slotting in Lumines II I think I can choose a favourite.

Now Lumines II, it has the same puzzle mode like Lumines, except you don't have to go through them all to unlock them, you can just choose to do which ones you want. Plus it has a mission mode, and you can edit the skins in it (a skin is like the music in the level) I think the main reason I just like Lumines II more is that it has three modes, Beginner, intermediate and advanced, where as with Lumines all you can do is play through it in one way. In Lumines II you get different skins for each difficulty. Although I'm loving the music in Lumines, I'm able to and have the soundtrack for it, where as with Lumines II I can't find a soundtrack for it :( and I want Heavenly Star, but I ain't buying it from iTunes.

Anywho this was really just a quick review, I'm not gonna go completely in-depth, but I will say both games are well worth buying, they are very immersive (can't believe I'm calling a game immersive ^_^) and the second I get back to uni I'm gonna play Rez with my headphones and see how that goes...maybe I'll actually finish it.

But yes I recommend Both Lumines games to any PSP owners, unlike most games on the PSP you can just pick them up play them for a bit and put them down for a bit. I also must say I love the PSP over the DS for it's sleep mode, with the PSP you can just turn it off, go back to it in a weeks time and it's in the same place you left it, say paused in a puzzle game, without draining any battery. If you do that with a DS say because you aren't able to save in New Super Mario Bros and you just don't feel like playing it, close it, Mario says bye bye and if you go back to it in a weeks time you're battery will have been drained as it doesn't actually turn off. Now I understand why this happens, them being on different media.

But yeah anywho I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and a good New Years.

A game of chance


Now this is gonna be a bit of a weird entry...I'm mainly doing it for myself, or anyone that ever wants to know but can't remember.

I'm talking about Kiwi fruits, one of the yummiest things in the world. I love eating them and haven't had any for months and months, but I picked up a couple the other day, I just cut one up and mmm kiwi ^_^.

But the main point of this post, yes, Ok when I eat a Kiwi I like to save the nice bit till last. Anyone whos had a Kiwi before should know what I'm on about. Inside the kiwi one half has a bump at the bottom and the other is completely smooth.

As you can see, both ends of a kiwi have bumps on them, the question is, what makes the inside so different?

bump no 1

bump no 2

I always have to guess which will be the right end (smooth end) but I pretty much always get it wrong, but now I wont have to because of this blog entry of mine, and to anyone also wanting to know, well here you go :)

I will call the pictures above bump no. it and 2, you can see this in the alt text, if you don't know what I'm on about well the first picture is no 1.

Now is the minute you've all been waiting for:

no 1

no 2

ok so as you can see the part of the kiwi that has the bump inside is the exterior with the really bumpy bump. so from now on when eating a kiwi, go for that part first and then the less bumpy exterior as the smoother bit is just nicer :)

I thank you for your time ^_^

Amazing Soup


Ok so after making the pumpkin (this was a week ago now) myself and Charlotte were tied over making pie or soup, Bill suggested pie, but I felt soup was easier. So I got the ingredients and stuff, and oh my golly gosh, made soup.

This actually being one of the first things I've really made from scratch, I used single cream, a oxo cube, three carrots, a small onion and some pumpkin mush :P. I cut everything up tiny, except for the carrots which I just made into circles, then I shoved it all in the pot, in a specific order, I didn't just throw it in.

Soup in the process of being made

After a long time I decided to call it done, even though it wasn't really really hot like I like soup. But I didn't wanna make the cream curdle or something scary O_o.

I then dished it out, the soup being the food myself and Charlotte had for our birthday meal, and I must say I was really happy with it. It tastes so yum (much nicer than I had expected) Soup is so easy to make, and I'm actually gonna make some more this week.

Looks yum

Now I know what you're thinking, that's not pumpkin soup...well it's Catherine's pumpkin carrot soup with a hint of pumpkin or something like that ^_^

Next soup I shall make will be game related ^_^ how creepy.

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