Archive for April, 2008

Just IVget about it

April 29, 2008

I went down to Tescos a few minutes ago to see if they had any copies of GTA IV left. They had them there for only €40, and they got them in last night at around four in the morning. But there wasn’t any left by the time I got there. They’re expecting a new shipment of them Friday night at midnight (well, Saturday morning I guess), but I don’t know if I’ll be getting it. I most likely will get it, because it’s such a good deal, but I’ll try not to think about it much, because if I get all pumped for it but they’re all gone when I get there, that’d be lame. But it looks pretty awesome anyway.

In the meantime…

Hey man, I keep it oldskool

So where can I pick up a copy of Saints Row in the meantime?

But seriously man, GTA


Voxelstein 3D

April 28, 2008

Wow. I’ve waited my whole gaming life for something like this. A game that truly has 100% destructible scenery. You can smash boxes, little bit by little, blow your way through floors and walls, even smash radios and vending machines to see what’s inside them. It doesn’t have for any unfulfilled promises with its scenery deformation like Red Faction did. This has complete, full damage to every surface and all the scenery. It’s also the world’s first FPS.

So what do I think of a Wolfenstein 3D with a realtime deformation engine? The same I’d think of burning alive with realtime deformation. I love it. Sure, it’s not the prettiest, but you’ve got to give it a try. Just the fact that you can approach the level with any style. Either finding all the guns, killing all the dudes and bolting, or sneaking around and knifing only those who obstruct you, or what takes the most advantage of the engine; blowing up walls, floors and doors and your enemies. Who have ragdolls. Ragdoll physics in the first 3D game ever made. That’s madness!

Let me give you a brief walkthrough: You start in a cell with rusty bars. Use your knife to saw through the bars at the top and the bottom. Now do whatever you want. Seriously, the whole building you’re in is truly, hand-to-God completely destructible. I can’t say it any more simply than that. Just download it, thank me afterwards, and then monkey around with the source code so we can get “Voxelstein HD”

Get it here

Dimitri the Bird

April 27, 2008

So I’ve got this cartoon character called Dimitri the Bird. He’s like, this crow with big eyes and a crop of red hair. I think I’ll get him patented or something. He’s handy, I like him and my mom likes him, so he’s a cool dude. I first drew him in third class, imagining that he had a “vast bag of seeds”. Yeah, I dunno. He had an evil twin brother called Ravenov, but I guess that’s just one of those things every comic book character needs, some sort of opposite to have whacky adventures with. Ravenov was pretty half-baked anyway, so I only drew him once. I’ve never had Dimitri in any like, comic strips, but he’s just be in pictures and whatnot. I’m not going to post a picture in case Disney steals him and makes a movie out of him. But yeah, he’s a cool dude

What’s Annoying Simon? Part 2

April 26, 2008

I’m glad you asked! There’s a few things that are “at” me today, but nothing major. I’m a little tired, my neck’s sore, and I’ve sorta wasted my day. Because of the cast party last night, I’m all sore. I feel as sick as a dog, but I’m sure I’ll be fine by tomorrow, so no worries.

Another thing that’s pissin’ me off right now is Guitar Hero. I love the game, but it’s given me a lot of grief lately. Firstly, the disc for GH2 was scratched since I got it, and I can’t actually play past psychobilly freakout. So that’s a lamer. Secondly, an unnamed n00b lost the dongle off the bottom of my controller for GH, so that it can’t go into the usb slot now. I really don’t think mouse-to-USB adapters exist. Also, the end of the wire now doesnt even look 100% like a mouse’s, as it doesn’t have any pins, whereas a mouse does. So thanks a lot, man. This means that, unless I want to use the xbox 360 controller like a n00b, I one-hundred percent cannot play Guitar Hero 2. I’ll probably email RedOctane and see if they can send me a new dongle. Bah

Damn dishwasher

April 25, 2008

I’ve been neglecting the blog recently, and I know it. I guess I just don’t often have news to talk about on my blog. But I sure have quite a lot of stuff flying around today.

First off, the blog title: I was cooking a turkey sanger, and felt a bit thirsty, so I got a cup from out of the cupboard. At the bottom of the cup was a small rusty-coloured mark. It was either dried drinking chocolate or poo, so I wasn’t going to risk drinking out of it. Do I place it back in the cupboard? No, someone else would wind up drinking from the dreaded poo-cup. So I go to put it in the dishwasher. As I open it I see, to my horror, that the dishwasher was on last night. So I go ahead and empty. That gave me something to write about anyway.

Also, I’ve ran into quite a bit of dough recently. Around €700, more if I save for a little bit longer. So I’m set on buying a pc for myself, since I’m rolling on a 2004 rig, with a graphics card from 2006. The old girl’s still AGP, so I feel it’s time to ditch this scene, get myself a real hot-rod. A real good value-for money hot-rod. This bad boy will have a quad-core processor, 2gb of RAM, and a DirectX 10 capable 8800gt gfx card. It promises to be quite a good gaming system anyway, for Crysis and other recent games. I’ll mostly be playing Crysis, Oblivion, Condemned (2 as well, if that ever arrives on PC), Team Fortress 2, and some other stuff. The whole load of stuff I’m getting, which I’m ever tweaking to my liking, is around €550, which is pretty good value in my opinion.

Along with that, I’ll also be getting Hitman Triple Pack (which contains Hitman 2, Hitman Contracts and Hitman Blood Money), the F.E.A.R Platinum Collection (Extraction Point and Perseus Mandate, the expansions, are in there too) and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. It’s excellent on the xbox, so I’m going to get it on PC. I might snap Rainbow Six Vegas 1&2 also.

In other news, I love Science! I will be attending “Sci-Fest” next Tuesday in the WIT College Campus, and it will be a fairly stripped down, third-rate Young Scientist’s Exhibition. I’m looking forward to it anyway, and the work we’ve put into our project has been the best week I’ve ever had in school. Our experiment is to see if video-gaming can improve reaction time and reflexes. To test this, we had study participants (i.e. guinea pigs) take a short reaction test, then have a gaming session, and take the reaction test again. Then, we could analyse their results to see if gaming did in fact improve their reaction time and reflexes. So, in layman’s terms, we’ve been playing Halo 3, Guitar Hero and Call of Duty 4 all week in school. In school. I love science

Grease Was the Word

April 20, 2008

Well, Grease is finally over. We had a pretty good run, and all our hard work paid off indeed. It was a tearful night, but not from me man. I’m callous. Like stones.

Good films to watch

American History X

This was the most beautiful and moving film I’ve ever seen. It’s a tale of brotherhood, trust, betrayal, acceptance and hatred, and will make you feel guilty for all the horrible things people can put one another through. Known mainly for the “Curb Stomping Scene”, it’s seriously way more than that. It’s heartmoving and will profoundly resonate deep inside you.

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

A total opposite to AHX, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure is a fun cross-country romp that’s guaranteed to entertain your pants off. One of Tim Burton’s early directorial pursuits, the film is a clean cut, well rounded family-film with universal appeal, and is held together by Paul Ruebens quirky touches. And he dances on a table to Tequila!

So yeah, those are two films worth checkin’ out

Scratchin’ ma heart

April 19, 2008

That’s a retarded title, Simon. I bet you just wrote it for an excuse to mention scratches.

Oh, you got me! Yes, indeed there is some scratch-related news. My Guitar Hero 2 disc has been scratched since I got it, so whenever I tried to play Psychobilly Freakout (but really, why would I want to?), the game just like, stopped. Which was a shame. It’s gotten increasingly worse in recent days, with a large portion of the game not working, ranging from Psychobilly Freakout, all through Tier 9 and all the Bonus Songs. I can’t play them in practice mode and I can’t play them in co-op, so it’s a real kick in the schnozz. Buuuuuut I emailed the retailer (or retailor if you like words that are spelt like “sailor”) about a return, and now they’ve emailed back, so everything will be all hunky-dory. I’ll return it on monday and get a replacement a little while after.

In a related story, my twenty-seven song Guitar Hero 2/3 session has sadly been cut down in its prime 😦 Instead, I’ll be playing a five-song set, and then play real guitar. See guys, I can play real guitar! It’s going to be a super secret song, which will astound all. Buuuuut we currently need a bassist…


I WANNA RAWK! Both Virtually and Really!

Please note how I try a radically different art style each frame.

Please note how crap it is.


April 17, 2008

Funny story about that title. I couldn’t come up with a one, so I decided that I’d randomly select one somehow. I read the date on something, which had “18th” on it, and so I said, “My title will be the eighteenth word on the “I’m Feelin’ Lucky” result of the words…” I looked around, grasping for text. “Crisis (Crysis Game box) Asgard (Sailing pamphlet)”. So I typed Crisis Asgard into Google, pressed that oh-so magical button, and was redirected to… an insurance site. And you’ll never guess what the eighteenth word was (refer to title)!

Work Experience finished up tomorrow, and it’s been an educational two weeks. An INSANELY educational two weeks. It was revealed to me today that,  much to my pleasure, that in fact would be receiving a bit of money for my work. It turned out to be quite a sizable undisclosed sum of money. Hmm, let’s say a FIVE HUNDRED EURO undisclosed sum of money! So take that, all you lazy bums: conclusive proof that working hard is in fact the way to make a decent honest buck! I’m not greedy, and told my cooperating worker, Ger, that it was certainly far too much money. It’s so much money I don’t know what to do with it. I’ll probably buy a PS3 or something.

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news at the office, as my Guitar Hero 3 tournament fell apart. Oh well, I’ve got other GH news so no need to cry about it. As those close and dear to me know, I am in Grease, and every musical has a cast party. Sooooooo me and my friend Adam Power figure that we’re both rather good hands at Guitar Hero, so why not have a pathetic, sad little gig all night. We’ve picked around twenty-five songs, from Guitar Hero 2 and 3, to play during the cast party. The lineup includes The Foo Fighters, Nirvana, The Rolling Stones, KISS, Van Halen, Guns n Roses, DragonForce (hells yeah) and Metallica. One night only, tickets subject to availability. Hopefully the whole thing turns out to be rockin’ extreme, though you can never be too sure. In fact, Adam’s never played GH3 in his life, so we’ll have to practice endlessly (Well, one week-lessly). So in conclusion, things will hopefully go rather to plan, and it’ll be a real corker!

I suppose in retrospect, in hindsight, as I glance to the past with a moody scowl, I could’ve name this post “Guitar Hero news” or something, but maaaaaan that would’ve made the first paragraph of this skeet-diggery make no sense at all!

I will Rock You

April 15, 2008

Taken out of context, that may sound slightly homosexual, but there’s an appropriate reason. That doesn’t feature Queen.

Work experience continues on, but the end is in sight, as Friday is my last day. Therefore, I feel going out with a bang would be a good idea. So I asked around, and as luck would have it, other people in the office share my passion: Guitar Hero. Armed with this knowledge I sent memos out to the people in question for a showdown, at lunchtime. We’ll see how it goes…

The first performance of Grease was last night, to quite a lot of elderly people. It went okay. Outside, afterwards, there was an old man who seemed to be either drunk or senile, though it could be something in between (drunk-nile? sunk?).

Come see Grease, ya big banana-grabbers

The show is consuming my life

April 13, 2008

I ain’t kiddin’, g-fresh. Yesterday. from 11am until 11pm, I was at rehearsals! Naturally, I was late by about twenty minutes, but it was okay, because it hadn’t really gotten started even. But by the end of the day I was tired and I had wounds on my hands for some inexplicable reason, but by Jove, we were closer to getting this ‘mother’ over and done with. So tomorrow the show opens. I’m sure go okay for it’s 5-day run. It’s a dress rehearsal today, from six until ten, so I’ve got to bring jeans, a white t-shirt, converse, a suit jacket, a pair of slacks and a shirt. Should I bring other shoes, or just wear Converse to the prom? Is it feasible to be high-school-hoppin’ in low-top sneakers? Will Ms Lynch, the stern teacher of unknown classes, scold me? These are the things one must consider when acting as a student from the 1950s who spontaneously bursts into song and dance. I’ll try to put up pictures of the show, and there’s likely to be a scarcity of posts until I’m done.

Fun Fact!

Giraffes have twenty-inch, black tongues. I’m just saying