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Blog posts from January 2013

Obligatory Snow Blog Pos…

…no, I can’t stay cynical over this: IT’S SNOWING! IN BRIGHTON AND HOVE! WOOHOO!

I’ve only been living here for around a year and a half, so had not yet experienced Brighton and Hove in the snow. Today… that has changed! I decided to take my camera with me and take some photos of my adventure.

Photos qualify as creative and thus as an excuse to write this blog post, right? Good.

I’ll try to be as “arty” as possible when describing them:

Snow Photo Snow Photo

Here I highlight the true equalising force of the blanket of snow – regardless of that covered, be it on living plant life or pebbles formed of rocks millions of years old, the same beauty is portrayed once snow is… WOOOH IT’S SNOW AND IT LOOKS COOL!

Snow Photo Snow Photo Snow Photo

I view these photographs (or digital wonderment captures, as I call them) as one single piece, as they illustrate the power of framing and position to evoke a sense of scale of an obj… LOOK I MADE A SNOW MAN ON THE BEACH! He’s called Samuel. And he’s very pleased to meet you.

Snow Photo Snow Photo

Using the snow as my muse I carefully reposi… HOW CRAZY IS ALL THIS SNOW? OH MY GOD YOU GUYS! AND LOOK, YOU CAN’T EVEN SEE THE SEA WITH ALL THE SNOW IN THE AIR! AND LOOK AT THAT SNOWY MOUSTACHE! HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS!

Er…

Semiotic?

Yes, that’ll do.

Also, I attempted to make a video with a live commentary of my experience of it pelting with snow on a windy Hove seafront. This went… about as well as could be expected:

The full set of my snow photos is on my Flickr photostream.

Right, I suppose I should get on with some work now, really 🙂

SNOW!

Pat

Posted on Fri 18 Jan in Creative,Fun,Photos with Comment (1)

PlayStation Plus: Where’ve You BEEN All My Life?

Morning!

Do you have a PS3?
Do you like games?
Do you want to play more games for game research purposes, pure entertainment purposes or both?

WELL NOW YOU CAN.

…obviously. It’s a PS3.

What is, however, particularly cool is their PlayStation Plus subscription service. You’re probably aware of this already, but if, like me, you needed someone else to tell you what it is and why you need it (thanks Matt!), allow me to describe it:

You pay a yearly subscription of £29.99. Whilst you’re subscribed, you can get the following* full games for free :

  • BioShock 2
  • Guardians of Middle-Earth
  • Mortal Combat
  • Knytt Underground
  • Big Sky Infinity
  • Limbo
  • Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
  • Cubixx HD
  • LittleBigPlanet 2
  • MotorStorm Apocalypse
  • Infamous 2

When taking into account the upfront cost, that’s an average of £2.73 per game.

Oh and there are lots of other free bits and pieces, plus exclusive trials and lots of discounts too. All for £29.99.

Why the hell had I not signed up to this before??

Well, I have now, and it’s going to be invaluable to have free (well, at no additional cost) access to a whole raft of games to test and enjoy, which will of course inform my own game development activities in future. Plus allow me to excuse entire evenings of battling Big Sisters as “research”.

Huzzah!

Pat

* At present. The list alters over time, mind.

Posted on Sat 05 Jan in Game,Thoughts with No Comments

Happy New Year!

Hello and a big ol’ Happy New Year to you!

I hope you’ve had a splendid end to 2012 and managed to avoid getting ill at the very beginning of the year. I swear, if it wasn’t for all that beer on New Year’s Eve, I’d definitely be feeling worse right now.

Yes.

Because that’s how it works, right?

Ahem.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a quick – inevitable- blog post about my intentions (I refuse to call them “resolutions” as, well, that just brings back memories of deciding around mid-Feb (and often mid-first-week-of-the-year) that I could maybe give them another try in a year or so…) for 2013.

Here they are, in sexy bullet point format *:

  • Focus on games.
  • Blog regularly.
  • Continue freelance design / art / voice over work.
  • Lose about 1.5 stone.
  • Run a half marathon (or at least get to comfortably run 10 miles again).
  • Release a computer game on mobile devices.
  • Make enough money from games to live (even for just one month).

That last one is a big one, but I believe that with the success of the first bulleted item I’ll be flying towards that in a few months. Having had a brief look at the rathe impressive Phone Gap, it seems that the transition from HTML5/JavaScript to mobile might be a lot easier than first expected.

Anyway, yes, that’s my focus for 2013: get fit, get into games.

Both will be difficult. Both will be worth it.

Toodles,

Pat

* If you find bullet points sexy, that is.

Posted on Thu 03 Jan in Thoughts with No Comments

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