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Moving On Up!

Well, over the years my blog provider has provided my blog (surprise surprise) and now that I am moved up in the world (I.e. better hosting) it is about time to give the ol’ girl her last hurrah. Well, Hurrah!

My new blog address is http://blog.andrewdor.com and is an exact copy of this blog (down to the last hair! Get it? Computers don’t have hair!) and because the MySQL databases have been updated to refer to this new URL, everyone should end up there sooner or later.

As for me, watch out. I will hopefully be reviewing some games I have been playing (I say that a lot, but I mean it this time)

Andrew

p.s. I will be cross-posting this, to the new website’s RSS feed as well! Which by the way, can be found here!

The Next Step

Well, here I am again, posting another blog, this time however I am at a net cafe’ style setup at a shopping centre due to the installation of my old stereo head unit into my new car! I don’t know if I had regaled you with the tale of the vehicles, but just quickly, I have a new one cause the old one was run into.

To the business end of this discussion, I have been applying for jobs around Brisbane in Game Dev positions, but it appears that the market is not what it used to be. I have sent off approximately 7 resumes and have heard back twice, with negative replies. This is understandable considering that Krome Stuidos have just fired about 30 of their staff. Don’t ask me why. I have however found a position in a different line of work. Interactive Design for E-Learning systems! The job which I am looking at would be excellent, fits all the criteria and is almost twice as much money as I was looking at getting in the first place. Fingers crossed!

Die Hard weapon magazines
Die Hard weapon magazines

As for entertainment, I have played through and finished then entirety of Borderlands in about 3 days (Which was a very, very fun game, taking me back to the times of Diablo, Quake, and various other FPS/RPG’s. I have also been watching a fair few movies (such as the Die Hard series) which I have been enjoying the nostalgia of. (See image!)

I am also in the process of playing Star Wars: The Force Unleased and am thinking about getting Modern Warefare 2 and Dragon Age: Origins. Does DA:O have a prequel? I should find that out. Most stuff with subtitles does.

As for anything else happening, I have put down for more hours at Big W where I have been working for the last 5 years! (I KNOW!) and they have started giving me exactly what I wanted. Surprising, right? The reason I need to work more unfortunately is that I have to stop mooching off the government. But hopefully I will get that job I was talking about beforehand.
In hardware news, the new Radeon 5970 is out, and looks amazing. It is only a little more expensive than the 5870 but is using the uber-cool single-card-crossfire bizniz which graphics cards love to use these days. Hit up Anandtechif you want some reviews. I certainly did. I am also waiting with bated breath for the release of Intel Core i9’s which will be Hexacore processors with hypterthreading, meaning that i will finally be able to have >10 threads! And yes, I do need it!
Well, That’s about it from me, and since that I have to head off in a few minutes to pick up my car, I bid you farewell! I will keep you updated on the situation of myself. Which is what blogs are about. Oh, and follow me on Twitter! *shakes fist*
Andrew

Looking to the Future!

Last night was an auspicious evening of canapé’s, white wine and people sitting down and playing Cyber Granny. It was, of course, the Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment Industry Exhibition. This was great cause for celebration as my beautiful fiancé had baked cookies, provided a pretty pink “table cloth” and booth-babe’d for us! Stephen created for the group a large number of specialised teabags with Cyber Granny on the label of each individual bag, brought a tea pot and a walking stick, and was the voice of our group. I myself printed the DVD case inserts and the poster, burned 10 DVDs, set up the electronics and generally looked awesome.

The day itself went really well, with some very positive responses from the industry representatives and other students who took the time to sit down and play the game. My father came in the evening for the food and drinks, and to see how it all turned out. This was especially interesting because he could not stop himself playing the game while no one else was.

As for what I am going to do now that I have done my last presentation of my education life, I intend to get a job (as I have said) and would love it to be at THQ. They currently have a Level Design position going of which I fit the criteria to a tee. The only problem is that every Tom, Dick and Gabe Newel will most likely be applying for the position, making it well hard for a undergrad like myself to even get an interview, let alone secure the position.

The other option is to get a job doing something else in the industry (Such as Quality Assurance or making coffee) and then work my way up from there. Unfortunately that renders my university degree pointless, and I do not appreciate pointless expenditures of gratuitous amounts of money.

On a lighter side, I feel I am finally become fed up with FarmVille on facebook, as it is just getting tedious now, and I believe I will start spending more of my time watching movies which I have not seen yet. Movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Ghost in the Shell – Both of which I intend to watch within the next day or two. There are a large number of films which I have not seen and would really like to, but as I have been more focused on playing games than other forms of storytelling, haven’t had the chance.

In the world of games, I have spent some time playing Need for Speed: Shift which has taken a couple hours, and is actually pretty decent. I would give it 7 out of 10. Much better than the previous few instalments of the same game, but could be better.

Anyway, I’m going to meet up with Stuart my friend from uni who I haven’t seen in quite some time, so for now, I bid you Farewell!

Andrew

Trials and Tribulations

So, after a month of radio silence, I am back, spreading the love.

A fair bit has happened, such as my motherboard breaking, a car crash, and more game development issues, but that will come later.

First off. What is with web hosts? All I want is a good, reasonably priced, completely unlimited hosting service. Cause my host has kinda changed it’s pollicies and now I am going to be hit with a bunch of fees and charges I didn’t have previously. Gah.

A project I have been working on between uni and fixing my computer, known as BuildStik is coming along nicely. I am aiming to find a new host and run a type of mirroring service for all kinds of free applications, possibly even tutorials etc.

As for my computer screwing up, turns out my motherboard died, so I had to pick up a new one. Not that I am complaining. My new GA-EP45-DS5 kicks ass.

My final semester of higher education is cruising along at a scary pace. I only have 5 weeks left. Ahh! I am a little worried that i’m not going to get a job. And I really need a job to move out of my mum’s place. Embarrassing much?

The final game-design unit is coming together. We have had another team member drop out, so our group is down to three members. This makes it a little hard for us to get everything together, though we are kind of used to it by now.

On a less cool note i was involved in a car accident last saturday, but it wasn’t too bad. Just ruined my car. Gotta follow up on insurance. *sigh*

Anyway, gotta run.
Great chatting,
Andrew

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The Public Sector

Well, big news!

In the last few weeks I have been approached by not one, not two, but upwards of THREE people for help with web design and development. For me, this is quite interesting, and has lead me to believe that people are willing to pay for some of the skills and information I have within my noggin.

For now, I am going to finish one or two of these websites, then start to put my name out there as a freelance, cheap web developer in my home town. What I have found is that some people are looking for more than I can offer, and then other people ask for something small, but I can offer a lot more than they expected. Understanding this, I am going to tailor my services and prices to a number of levels, and hopefully get more, easier jobs.

In other news, not a whole lot has been happening, just sticking to uni and spending time working for some people who also want the liquid awesome from my brain. I have however bought some really, really cool games.

The Steam Indie Games Pack for $30USD included 10 indie games, which have been occupying my time quite well, and teaching me more about what is possible, and showing me how indie games SHOULD be developed. One such games is Braid . This game is wickid-kool, and I will probably post a review in a few days, when I have a bit more time to play though.

Something else cool that will be happening is my good friend Bettina is doing some art for my church. Expect to see some pictures of that as it progresses!

Till then,
Andrew