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Creativity is addictive.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23572742
I believe that Minecraft is the future of massive multiplayer games, and I'm surprised that none of the big developers/publishers have cottoned onto it yet.
They look at Minecraft and think its success is down to its business model, or to its blocky, retro charm.
It's down to the fact that you get out of it what you put into it.
With a MMORPG, there are pre-scripted quests. With Minecraft, you set the quests yourself or others.
User created content is the key. All you have to do is provide the players with the tools to build.
There are two types of gamer: wall builders and wall breakers.
Wall builders are the ones that spend an age in an RTS game getting their base just right. They play SimCity and act as Dungeon Master during an RPG.
Wall breakers are the type to follow the mission brief. They get set a quest and they follow it. They're the Call of Duty crowd and they're never more happy than when
Americanisims in British English?Two can play at that game, ya colonial bastards
Anthropology holds a some fascination for me, so I do love to watch various sayings and turns of phrase spread across the world.... like a plague.
Takes a while to get used to, though. Certain things (usually insults) just sound better when said with the right accent, be it English or American.
The Ghost of The MontgomeryToday's fun fact: there's a World War 2 shipwreck in the estuary of the River Thames, and it's loaded with high explosives.
The SS Richard Montgomery, part of an Allied convoy in 1944, drifted into a sandbank and broke in two, taking most of its rather volatile cargo down with it.
Recovery of the explosives has always been deemed "too expensive", and an exclusion zone has been enforced around the wreck for decades, with huge "danger" signs attached to fixed buoys and the masts of the Montgomery itself, which peek out above the shallow waters.
There are a few theories as to what might happen if it goes off, including the flooding of certain parts of London or the release of a toxic cloud (there's some…."interesting" ordinance on board). All that's really certain is that the stuff is still has the capacity to make a bit of noise.
Just to give you an idea of just how much a
Interview with Comic Book InformerThe nice chaps at Comic Book Informer asked me a couple of weeks ago if I'd like to chat with them on their podcast about Sequential Art, Battle Bunnies and Little Victory.
It was recorded last night and is now up on their website, so if you want to hear very professional interviewers talking to a very unprofessional interviewee, here it is:
Nerves do terrible things to my train of thought, and I've never been that great at verbally promoting my work.
So THAT'S why we don't let them have guns?Following reports of a man walking around a Lancashire town with a sword, one Mr Colin Farmer was tasered into submission.
There WAS a drunk guy wandering around with a sword, but it wasn't Mr Colin Farmer.
Mr Colin Farmer was 61, blind and had been carrying a white stick.
How much warning did they give this poor guy?! I usually stick up for the Police, because I know they have a tough job dealing with the unruly British public while bound down by seemingly infinite bureaucracy, but come on!
"A Lancashire Police spokesman said the incident was being investigated and the officer's Taser had been withdrawn"
Screw that! Take away his helmet. Make him wear one of those cheap plastic ones you give kids to dress-up in. Bloody amateur.
The whole thing makes me think of Ned and Jimbo from South Park shouting "BIRD!" and then opening fire without a second's hesitation.
Skyrim - First ImpressionsPicked up a cheapo copy of Skyrim today. First impressions: this game is so inside the box, it's inside a smaller box.
Tolkien was, undeniably, a genius, but, for the love of creativity and dynamism; read another f**king book, people.
There's a world of culture, history and myth out there to seek inspiration from! Fantasy should be an exciting, twisted reflection of the world around us, not an endless stream of pirated Lord of the Rings DVDs.
US Government denies existance of Mermaids>>>>http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18692830
Really? I mean; really?
The US National Ocean Service had to make a statement that Mermaids do not in fact exist, after they were bombarded by enquiries regarding them in the wake of a programme aired by the Discovery Channel.
"Mermaids: The Body Found" was a work of fiction but was mistaken by a number of people to be a documentary.
I'm guessing they're the same people for whom warnings are printed on Harry Potter broomsticks, reading "Caution: Does not actually fly".......
Number 8, your time is up.The BBC are doing a hell of a job stirring a fan-frenzy around the upcoming Day of the Doctor.
"Whatever happened to the 8th Doctor?"
The answering of that 9 year old question certainly has me bouncing up and down with glee.
Gamesmaster on YoutubeI like to have a bit of "white noise" playing in the background as I work. Either a movie I'm familiar with, a BBC documentary, Hollywood Babble On, etc.
Today I just stumbled upon a real gem: every episode of the legendary Gamesmaster has been uploaded to Youtube by someone destined for sainthood!
(No, not the sh*tty Nintendo propaganda cartoon.)
Gamesmaster was the first TV show to focus purely on video games and video game culture, and, with no internet back then, it was the only way I got to see most games.
My sole gaming platform was the old Commodore 64 warhorse, until I won a Megadrive/Genesis in '93 ("Design a character" competition), and it was another couple of years after that before I got a PC, so things like Monkey Island 2 I only got to see moving via Gamesmaster. Otherwise, it was just a case of staring lustfully at the screenshots on the back of the box.
So, for a 20 year old British kid's TV show, visit:
Updates for April 1stLooks like my April Fools joke went over pretty well. I was quite surprised to see the response, honestly! Was it the most original prank in the books? Absolutely not, but considering that I usually ignore April Fools Day and that people STILL believed it, I think it's alright. Sometimes the oldest jokes are the best and it's not like this was a contest trying to outdo everyone around me. Just having some fun for a change, which is something I need to do more often.
Also, it shows how many people actually followed the link. Anyone who read the journal and followed the link to the trolololo song would've known it was a joke. But it seems a LOT of people didn't bother doing that, hehe.
Speaking of April Fools though, did you know that it was 4 years ago today that I began the Alex Ze Pirate web series? April 1st, 2008 was the day I began posting short one page gags involving my pirate characters on SheezyArt. It's kinda hard to believe it's only been 4 years as so much has happened since
The Used Game ParadigmOver the course of this past generation I've been watching the video game market react to the way it's been forced to deal with increasing changes. I've come out against used game sales and even written a journal about boycotting GameStop because (like most people at the time) I believed they were the root cause of all the problems the video game industry has. But that's something I don't believe now as intently as i did then. From where I sit, piracy and used games sales are a problem, but not in the way game companies want us to believe that they are.
Used games are a good thing for consumers. We get to try games out, and if we don't like what we see or finish it early, we trade it in and try another title instead. It's a very good system for us since video game rentals are much harder to come by. Most video rental stores in America have gone extinct and outside specific Red Box Kiosks there aren't a lot of places for consumers to rent video games. The exception, of course, being thr
Internet TimeWe had the Oscars recently and as usual it wasn't without problems. One of the controversies was Chris Rock's biting commentary about doing voice work for animated films, which was unfortunately insulting to the many hard working (yet perpetually unknown) talents who produce about 90% of all voice work in the animated medium. Chris Rock's joke was funny for his circle of friends and the aging academy, but to younger artists and professionals it was very disrespectful. Voice actress Tara Strong took particular issue with Rock's comment and as we speak his twitter account is no doubt being flooded with angry hate messages and likely racism too... which is very unfortunate. http://www.examiner.com/african-american-entertainment-in-national/tara-strong-attacks-chris-rock-over-oscar-2012-animation-comments-quotes
Other issues, such as glossing over Harry Potter and The War Horse completely and giving a Best Animated Film award to the likes of Rango, just continued to fuel my opin
Few words about art-thieves.Hi!
My dear watchers, I really appreciate your support when it comes to fight against art-thieves.
But I bet there are also many people whose thoughs can be interpretted like "why is she so hysterical about it?". Some people say, that the fact, that some photo is worth stealing, is a kind of compliment.
Ok, so let me present my point.
At first: why am I so unhappy about reposting of photos?
Because, pals, if somebody just reposts a photo without any change, it just gives totally open space to other people who would find the photos on his/her blog, taking it and posting it themselves. And because the first person did not credit the original author, they also do not credit the creator. The more people do that, the more times the photo is reposted. Always without credit. Sooner or later, it becomes a kind of "public" property and original author has almost no chance to effect this situation.
Do you know this photo? Honestly, EVERYBODY knows it. But do you know original author? Do you
The Derpy Issue Part 2It's come to my attention that Hasbro has, indeed, changed Derpy. In the iTunes version of "the Last Roundup" where she finally talks and Rainbowdash says her name, Derpy no longer has "derpy" eyes (although they do seem to occasionally be crossed), has a different voice actress, and Rainbowdash doesn't say her name. If you want to see the clip you can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?featurelayer_embedded&v=X2CRjPO73Dg#!
Sadly I can't get behind the bronies on this one. You guys screwed it up for the rest of us and I have no sympathy for your plight. Hasbro is entirely justified in their position as a corporation to protect their properties from perceive negative perceptions, and that would never have happened if we as a community hadn't thrown such a tantrum over a non issue.
You see, a couple months ago a few fans saw something "suspicious" and made a big deal over it without doing any research. Soon, the entire internet was throwing a big crybaby hissy fit over exaggerat
How I Got Started...A journal entry from a friend prompted me to think about my beginnings as a mask maker. When I started making masks about 25 years ago (wow!) it was totally on a whim. I was born drawing. My fantasy art, when I was a kid, was pretty standard stuff (dragons, unicorns, things with wings) but I always had a good sense of design and color. I'd been dabbing in leather art...doing tooling on archery bracers and things of that nature. Nothing particularly spectacular or uncommon really but it ~was~ a good thing that I concentrated on tooling and carving first because I perfected my technique in that respect long before the masks happened.
Back then, NO ONE made masks out of heavy leather with detailed tooling. It just wasn't done. Masks of leather were either thick and plain or thin and swirly/curly in the Venetian style. People used molds for the thick masks, and molds press and mar carving. People used their hands shaping the thin leather, but obviously the thin leather wasn't suitabl
Why Can't Warner Bros Get Their Act Together?Over the weekend at SDCC, Warner Bros announced that the new Man of Steel sequel will also feature Batman. The team-up movie will be followed by a Flash movie and then a Justice League Avenger's style team-up movie. This has a lot of people scratching their heads and wondering what exactly is wrong with DC and Warner Bros respectively. Why Flash and not Wonder Woman? Why add Batman when reports have been told that Christian Bale doesn't want to return and we'll likely get a completely new Batman? Why do a team-up so soon after the first Man of Steel movie instead of fleshing out Superman's modernized world better?
Well... to put it bluntly I don't think Warner Bros really gives a shit about comic book themed movies and they're only going through these motions because they feel like they HAVE to rather than because they WANT to. Just take a look at their track record.
History of Bad Marketing
First off, Warner Bros has a problem of relying too heavily on the people th
Digger Won A Hugo!Thank you to everybody who nominated and voted and generally cheered for Digger in the Best Graphic Story category at this year's Hugos---I am incredibly honored and incredibly grateful.
For the blow-by-blow of what it's like to spend a Worldcon wondering if you're going to win a Hugo, and then The Bit Where I Fought Neil Gaiman For Free Nachos, I point you at my blog: http://ursulav.livejournal.com/1508804.html
I have con crud. I go fall down now. I love you all.
Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsI may or may not have linked to these folks but if I did it was a long time ago and I'm sure I've gained some new watchers by then.
A lot of artists starting out feel overwhelmed by the legal, business, and tax issues involved in starting a small business and becoming a freelance artists. Fortunately, there are organizations around the country to help those who exist under a certain income bracket.
Here is a list of organizations by state.
Each offers different services and consultations, but if you're stuck for information, these people are here to help. Even if they don't know the answer to your question, they might be able to direct you to someone who does.
Though some of the organizations are disbanded, I imagine you could ask for an updated list.
All Here For A ReasonI turned onto a shady, well-manicured driveway that, for all intents and purposes, looked harmless enough. Maple trees lined both sides of the street, and a parade of Canadian geese marched across the road to a wide duck pond with a flamboyant fountain. There were blooming crepe myrtles and rose-of-sharons, and as I grew closer to my destination, neatly trimmed gardens with neatly trimmed bushes.
I stopped to let the geese pass. They looked at me; one hissed. I honked my horn and moved around them.
At the end of the road sat a collection of grayish buildings and a number of signs directing me to the appropriate parking lot. "Welcome to Ten Creeks Hospital," said one of them. "Please enjoy your stay." I parked in the visitor's lot. Surely I wouldn't be staying.
I was shaking when I got out of my car. I had spent the morning getting high. One foot in front of the other, flip-flop noises, hot sidewalk. Mulberry and magnolia trees, freshly shaved grass. A bench and pan for smokers. A set o
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