An Improved Post

August 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm (Gaming, School) (, , , , )

I am a gamer, through and through.

I play for hours, spent enjoying or cursing at events in a digital world. Of course, I get some flak for it. My parents, for one, can get frustrated with my lack of interest in academics or my lack of ambition at all. The only thing is that, well, that’s just who I am. I don’t tell people what my plan is when it comes to real life because I don’t have a plan. I know that I should  have a plan, but I don’t.

Even my blogs posts have no plan. They end up a jumble of loosely or not even closely related topics. They make no sense, so I end up deleting most of it and starting over.

Perhaps my lack of a plan will send me into obscurity and ruin. Who knows, certainly not my peers, nor my elders in my opinion. Their experience is valuable, I am sure. But I’m that kind of person who has to experience the ups and downs of my actions myself.

Only time will tell where this path I am on winds up. When I get there, I will know if it was the right choice.

Until then, I will be myself. My usual unplanned and unprepared self.

And besides…

What fun is a game when you use a walkthrough?

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Here, There, or Somewhere Else Entirely

July 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm (Gaming) (, , , , )

This post was originally to be about the five persistent goals I am to have for the rest of the summer, but after writing a lot of drafts and just generally not enjoying the thought process, I’m not going to post about that.

Instead, I’m going to strike out on a separate path and write about what I feel like writing about.

First off, I just got my computer running again last week. It’s running as well as it ever did, so I’m pleased with that.

Now, this blog may not have a clear topic or intention but that’s what this blog is for, sharing the aspects of my life that I enjoy.

I’m about 95% sure that the name “Minecraft” is one that you’ve heard, and if you haven’t heard it, you’re missing possibly the greatest sandbox game ever created.

I recently wrote a review for Minecraft on the Metacritic website and wanted to share that with you.

Minecraft is a simple game, not to be taken for it’s face value. It’s a game that is only limited by your imagination. The graphics seem poor, but add to the charm. You start off in an empty world, inhabited only by animals. As you explore this vast world, you collect the resources needed to build your first shelter, perhaps a bed as well. As the night falls upon your world, the creatures of the night come out with only the intent of killing you.

These guys are a nightmare

Past this first night, you return outside to collect more resources. This day, you decide, will be the day that you craft your first set of armor. Or maybe it’s the day you first begin your expedition into the depths of the world to uncover more valuable ores. Whichever you choose, the ambient of the world gives you a sense of loneliness, but then the wonderful and peaceful music comes in and you realize that you are not alone, no, instead you are at peace with your surroundings.

As you delve into the depths, you encounter dungeons and lava. The darkness surrounds you making torches a necessity. You keep traveling through the natural cave systems, breaking down walls with your pick until you find what you’ve been looking for. This simple gem represents the entirety of your struggles through your world. These diamonds will allow you to craft the most powerful tools possible.

Sometimes you start with an amazing sight

With these diamond tools, you begin to harvest obsidian. You craft some flint and steel and get to work building a portal. As you light that portal for the first time, excitement runs through you. You step into the portal and are transported to a new world, a world full of flame and lava. Where the creatures are deadlier. You have arrived in the nether. This place can be used as a way to quickly travel around the surface world, or can be used to gather strange new blocks. But soon even this place grows boring.

Once you arrive at stability, with a constant source of resources that you can gather with ease, the game becomes less of an adventure. Now that you have all that you could want, all that is left is to build. You can build anything. Your mind’s eye sees this world as a canvas, your blocks as the paint. You build structure upon structure, bringing your world to life. You have farms full of wheat, a dense forest with mushrooms covering the ground, a small village, perhaps a castle with a moat, your mine shafts.

Or maybe you build something more impressive

And now, you step back and look at your expansive creation. You marvel at your handiwork, despite a few flaws that you see. And then you realize how much time you have spent in this world. Hours upon hours, wasted to most. But you remember; Time you enjoy wasting, isn’t time wasted.

Minecraft is a simple game, a game that is only as incredible as you can make it. The game is constantly being expanded with content updates, the Multiplayer allows you to experience this vast world with your friends. If there is one thing that Minecraft is not, that is that this is not the game for those who lack imagination. You must have a drive to create, and only then will you truly see Minecraft for the masterpiece that it is.

When I originally wrote this, I felt a simple flame inside of me. I am the kind of person to take something I enjoy and let it flow through me. I immerse myself in the sounds and the outside world becomes irrelevant.

That is what gaming is. When you lose yourself to the world, when that becomes your world for a time.

And now, this post has run on long enough, I think. But before I go, I’d like to share one of the greatest music albums I’ve ever listened to. C418’s music really helps you immerse yourself in the world of Minecraft and to me, it brings peace and inspiration.

You can listen to it and buy it at http://c418.bandcamp.com/album/minecraft-volume-alpha

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It’s actually Summer!

July 6, 2010 at 2:21 pm (Console Gaming, Gaming, Other, PC Gaming) (, , , , )

That’s right! The sun is actually out today! Imagine that…

Other than that quick statement, here’s an update on my summer:

  • Guitar Practice (Still going almost no where)
  • Star Wars Battlefront 1, yes an original Xbox game surprisingly.
  • Team Fortress 2, Engineer Update is GO! (http://www.teamfortress.com/post.php?id=4026&p=1)
  • Yard Work, Is Over for now! (That’s right, all you weeds are gone now!)
  • Highly Anticipating multiple games: Portal 2, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam.
  • Is hoping “Universe of Starcraft” never comes out, lest Korea loses all productivity.
  • Wondering why I enjoy lists so much.
  • Hoping to visit people more.
  • Becoming Irritated At Myself For Randomly Capitalizing Words In A Sentence.
  • Getting annoied @ peepz who speel liek this all teh tiem.
  • Hating Microsoft Word for making me type in Alphanumeric when I want to type in Hiragana.
  • Still wondering about the lists.

Okay. That’s enough of lists for now.

On a side note, I recently made a rant on my Newgrounds page about the morons who use the review area as a comment box. It’s not Youtube people!

http://hawkrider1.newgrounds.com/news/post/489786

Have a great *Official* start to this year’s Summer!

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Summer Update

June 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm (Books, Console Gaming, Gaming, PC Gaming) (, , )

Well, almost a week of summer vacation is already over for me. I’ve been visiting family, playing games and reading through all of it.

To start off, currently I am doing the following on a daily basis.

  • Trying to teach myself how to work a guitar
  • Playing Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • Playing Team Fortress 2
  • Playing Garry’s Mod
  • Rereading the Night Angel Trilogy
  • Chores

My guitar work is going slowly. Like if you were to put a snail on a treadmill just fast enough to where the snail was just barely moving forward. I’m working on stretching my fingers so that I can reach all of the strings I need to.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 is still a great game. Still can’t get enough of it. Currently rank 19, working on unlocking everything for Engineer and Assault.

Team Fortress 2 is slow for me, I haven’t messed with it much, but I’m working towards Hat #2.

Garry’s Mod is what I play to just do nothing. Spawn NPCs, kill them. rinse, repeat.

I’m rereading the Night Angel Trilogy because I like it that much. If you’ve never heard of it, I recommended it. Only if you like slightly darker fantasy type novels.

E3 had news on games I’m really interested in.

Fable 3 looks interesting because of the way they’re implementing Action Adventure with managing an empire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-VEWuStpOU

Civilization V is changing the Turn Based Strategy  Genre still.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-y99pkS_Vs

Kirby’s Epic Yarn, because only Nintendo can make Yarn epic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=528ZyaJ2Fso

And last, but most certainly not least. Portal 2. Love the trailer. Love the gameplay video. Cannot wait.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4siZQkSR7GY

Now, let’s hope there aren’t any delays.

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Back again

August 30, 2009 at 9:35 am (School) (, , )

Starting September 2nd.

I go back to school, my first year in high school.
Not a whole lot has happened in the recent days. Besides going to a baseball game, school shopping, and getting stuck in traffic for an hour and a half because of a shooting.
This has been a great summer, and I got to spend a lot of time with friends. I’ve gone camping, tried a few new foods, read a book, programmed quite a bit, started a facebook, a blog, and a twitter.
As the school year starts up I should have some more to post about. But I may also get busy with the work. So that’s my not-so-on-schedule weekly update. See you next week (Probably).

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To catch up

August 13, 2009 at 10:31 pm (Books, School) (, , )

I know it’s been longer than a week since my last post, but with all that has been going on, I haven’t really thought about it.
The summer seems to be nearing the end. School starts back up in a few weeks, and I’m still not done with C++ or my books.
So far I’ve done four chapters of C++ coding. Fun, if not tedious (The effects of little errors and the need for exact punctuation and capitalization can be frustrating, or forgetting that one little tiny semi-colon).
Other than that I’ve done a lot of my Japanese work, and can recognize a few characters from Hirigana right off the bat. Though my speaking of it needs more work… Katakana is a whole other story.
I read The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, the first book in the “Night Angel” Trilogy.
Great. Book.
Though I’m not a fan of the cliffhanger, I love the characters and the storyline.
I won’t spoil any of it, but I have to say many things were not expected.
I love the darker tone to the book, it’s a change from the classic fantasy types that I’ve read.
Next I’m going to read Treasure Island by Louis Stevenson.
Most people should know this book, and I’m pretty interested in what it has to offer.

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About time..

July 31, 2009 at 8:08 am (Gaming, Programming) (, , , )

It’s about time it finally cooled off, the heat has been unbearable the last few days. With temperatures of 103 and 93, it’s been pretty miserable. Now the skies are cloudy again, and it looks like Washington (as it’s supposed to).

My friend has been over since Monday, and together we’ve beaten all four Left 4 Dead campaigns, gotten thoroughly owned at Nazi Zombies (round 5), and played over 150 games of Combat Arms.
Tomorrow I finally get back into my programming, and actually get more work done for Japanese. I just hope the power doesn’t go out, we’re expecting a thunderstorm…

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Tribes

July 23, 2009 at 6:45 pm (Books) (, )

“We Need You to Lead Us.”

A book by Seth Godin, who also wrote Purple Cow and Meatball Sundae.
This book talks about leaders and tribes. It also talks about change.
Here are some things I got out of this book;
-Tribes aren’t limited by physical boundaries now, with the internet tribes can be spread across the world.
-Leading and managing are two completly different things.
-Nothing is “stable” and change will always happen.
-You don’t have to be at the top to lead.
-You can’t just grow, you need to desire change and stregthen comunication.
-Keeping the status quo won’t let you win.
-People don’t change because they fear what will happen,
-But initative leads to happiness.
-Being afraid to fail isn’t an excuse anymore. (You won’t know till you try.)
-Tightening the current members of a tribe is a better idea than making the tribe bigger.
-No two leaders are alike, but they all decide to lead. They aren’t afraid of change, they initiate it.
-Groups grow because people spread the word, not because the leader spreads the word.

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Good moods

July 17, 2009 at 9:21 am (Gaming) (, , )

I’ve recently realized that when I’m in a good mood, I give out advice. Many people tend to find this annoying. Especially when It’s during a game of Combat Arms. I’ll kill someone, and say something useful.

Such as:
Kill one with a grenade – “Useful advice! Don’t walk into frags!”
Kill one with a sniper – “Find better cover!”
Kill one with a pistol/knife – “Pay better attention!”
Kill while they’re typing – “Don’t stop to chat!”
Kill them while camping – “Be less predictable!”
Any “Useful” tips that you give people (in a good mood or not)?

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Theres no doubt now

July 11, 2009 at 10:10 pm (Gaming) (, , , , , )

Theres no doubt, I’m a geek.
List of reasons I’m a geek now:
-I have a facebook
-I have a twitter
-I have this blog
-I program C++
-I know waaaaay too much Warcraft lore
-I hang out with other geeks
And… I’m getting my first pair of glasses…. In 6-9 bussiness days that is.
Oh, and my mom says my birth certificate came in a pocket protector.
Definatly no doubt.

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