Archive for May, 2010
Sometimes something happens that makes me forget any regrets I ever had about the whole LP/internet thing and makes me think “Okay, it was totally worth it.”. This is that something.
This is Trevor Leadbeater. He’s been stationed in Afghanistan for almost a year now. He saw that I was supposed to be running an event at Otafest (Calgary’s local anime convention) and did this for me out of the blue. Now, I ended up missing the con due to being sick so I felt miserable but when I saw this, all that immediately went away. Thank you so much Trevor for this image, it’s greatly appreciated and I hope you come home safe.
Might as well use this as a platform to update people huh?
Progress on Superman 64′s currently on hold for a week and will resume Monday, May 24th. Reason is two fold:
1) This weekend is Otafest, a local convention here in Calgary, and I’m running an event there so I need this week to actually get everything prepared.
2) I lost a bunch of progress in editing the video due to carelessness and I’ve just gotten fed up with it for now. A few days off to work on something else will help me focus a bit more. That and I’ll be on nights at work so I can actually get some editing done then.
There, so that’s where things are at the moment. I’ve gotta get back to making this game in RPG Maker VX for this event. Here’s hoping it goes well.
The hardest part of writing anything is knowing where to start. The first lines are always the hardest, and then the end. The middle’s super easy, you just spout off random nonsense and it’s okay because it’s framed inside a sensible start and end. For some reason, writing stuff like that makes it easier to think about what to write or do when editing or coming up with ideas. I’ve never quite understood why, it might have to do with the way I was taught in school.
If there’s one thing I miss about school, it was the chance to just write insane things in English class and get graded on them. Back in Grade 11 (Ugh, 9 years ago, I feel so old now…) I used to write mystery short stories for my Language Arts class. They were about a grizzled, hard-boiled detective who was world renown and whose life was full of girls, guns and a bottle of Jack Daniels. My teacher seemed to love the stories and always urged me to come up with more stories for the character (The 95% – 100% marks on the stories didn’t hurt either) but after I graduated High School, I never really did much with him.
Last time I was at my parent’s place (About a year ago before they moved back to Newfoundland), I went through a few boxes and I found a binder full of the stories, along with some other projects from that class. There was a short story on the dangers of talking to strangers on the internet (How ironic that I do that all the time now) and how it could lead to you being kidnapped and sold as a slave on the black market, along with a bunch of the mystery stories. I took it home but I’ve once again lost it, so maybe I’ll find it during the next move in a month or so. I could always resurrect the character and do something for NaNoRiMo (National Novel Writing Month) if I was bored in November. Then again, who knows? I tend to do things sporadically so I could be into being a vigilante in November. It is after Hallowe’en after all.
Now to close this out with what I’m sure someone out there wants, proof that I’m actually doing something.
I suppose this is where I should close on a strong note, but odds are anyone who went to this post is just looking at the picture and that’s it so I’ll just go back to work now.
Man, just thinking about that weirds me out. Time goes too fast sometimes, especially when you’re as unorganized as me. Here’s an example:
Superman 64′s first episode has been sitting in my editing queue for half a month now. In that time I’ve made two other videos (one for work and one for promoting The Speed Gamers), I was involved in The Speed Gamers Mother Marathon where I co-hosted with Chuggaaconroy and Chase (One of the founding members of TSG), bought around 40 games (Most being NES stuff like the original Mega Man games and some Game Boy games) and finished only one game, worked about 10 12 hour shifts and worked on a project for an event at a local convention.
What’s really weird to me is that all of this happened in that short time span, and it feels like absolutely nothing was accomplished. That’s how it always goes though I guess, you do stuff, look back and think “Wow, that seems like nothing now, how did I actually spend all that time?”. What’s worse is, in a few weeks I’ll look back at this moment and think the exact same thing and have completely forgotten about this moment. It’s like amnesia without the part where you forget what your name is (Although that kinda happened once…).
In the war against time, I’ve come to realize that my Backloggery is the bane of my existence. It’s like a ticker that taunts me, stating I’ll never beat everything I own unless I either play two games at once (Wouldn’t be the first time…) or I quit my job and social life and just play games constantly (Not gonna happen). You can look at my torment by clicking on the image below.
For those of you looking for an update on the start of Superman 64, the first episode’s about 75% done. It just needs some tweaks/audio balancing and TLC. You’ll see it posted soon hopefully (Since I have a project I need done before Saturday the 22nd, it had damn well be done before then), but don’t go around posting that it’s nearly done, people still seem to think that I’m not posting a video until December 2012 and I don’t want them to realize that they’re bad at getting jokes. Might break their hearts.
Alright, back to work. One more hour of this 12 hour shift and then I can go sleep. Take it easy guys.