Thursday, July 24, 2008

New

Things are a-changin', that's for sure. More on that after it happens, though. This is a public blog, after all.

I picked up Mass Effect from Wal Mart today after a guy at work said it's "all I play anymore". Usually, that's a good recommendation.

It's actually darned fun. It's a FPS-based RPG, so it's a bit of a combination of questing, exploring, and fearsome battling with guns. My only complaints after a few hours of gameplay are a strange bit of bugginess with the AI (your computer-controlled teammates will sort of warp around instead of walking sometimes, for example) and occasional graphical sputterings, even on the 360. There's no excuse for poor performance on a console. None.

Like I said, though, it's a darned good game overall. I haven't played enough to get very far into the storyline, but even after a few hours, I'm already pretty well engrossed. The gunfights feel great, and while they're not nearly as tactile or explosive as a well-polished FPS like FEAR, the ability to use cover and control your AI teammates' actions adds a fun (albeit a little frustrating, considering some minor AI problems) dimension to strategy. The many available classes also add a good bit of replayability, too, I'd imagine.

In other news, freakin' yay! I'll be posting more on the "yay" stuff in a couple weeks. Just. Yay.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Squeeee!

*aherm*

Pardon me. I just stumbled upon Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog.

"That's... weird. I ordered one frozen yogurt and they made me two. You don't... happen to like frozen yogurt, do you?"

"I love it."

"You're kidding! What a crazy, random happenstance!"


Brilliance!

Monday, July 14, 2008

New Art?

I've made another one. I'm getting better at this GIMP thing.



Stores don't sell 8"x12" frames, so I hope it'll hold up to the cropping an 8"x10" frame will require. I hadn't the heart to crop it -- it actually came out of the camera so nicely.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Pictures From Home

I've decided not to spend hundreds of dollars on original artwork. Instead, I'm making my own.

Observe:



Next, I think I'm gonna try a grainy black-and-white (stupid no lights) of mah ratter:



At about $20 apiece to make, these sure are better than the $150 they'd cost to buy. They're so much more personal this way, too.

As a bonus, for your amusement only, I'm including the raw shot of the photograph last in the sequence the one above is part of:



Yup. She jumped. Right at me. Rats really can't see very well -- she was about four feet away, and three above the ground. At least she came to a soft landing on my shirt.