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Changes…

As you may notice (If anyone actually reads these things) I have started to update my blog in the hopes i can salvage the burning wreckage what was my online presence.

Please be patient and hang tight while i play with stuff…

Andrew

Appologising is hard to do…

Greetings from what seems to be the other side of the abyss…

Yes, it has definately been too long and for that I am sorry, for I shall surely feel the consequences of my actions eventually.Let this be a mini-blog reminding you that I am alive, and well… still here.

Once again I would like to promise there will be more blogs soon, but somehow I feel I will once again slip back into the pit that is WoW and not post for another 8 months… But I’ll try not to!

Andrew

Is Life Still There?

Alright, now I understand the frustration of such a long period between updates, and yes, I may even feel your frustration, but there is a force much more sinister causing my actions (Or lack thereof). What force is this you may ask? Procrastination. Also World of Warcraft. Yes, it is the complete fault of procrastination and Blizzard that I have not blogged in ages, but here I am starting again.

My studies are going quite well, and now I am well into my third semester of a six semester course. I have a GPA of only 4.625 but a few more 5’s could change that pretty drastically. I would say that assignments have been the reason I have not updated my blog, but that would be lying as the assignments have been pretty light on, and the workload quite manageable. Along with blogging more regularly, I want to continue working on my portfolio website as that is something which I really want to keep up with and have around sooner rather than later. If you would like a look at the beta version I have at the moment, feel free to check it out here but please don’t be harsh.

As for something that has been going around and around in my head, I believe I am starting to think more philosophically due to some lecture material by Jane Turner and just general abundance of time to “Think”. I have started work on another webpage which will promote people to be open with information, and to really ponder some of those heavy questions. I am a Christian so my way of thinking might be completely different to some people, but I believe looking at the world in different ways is the only way to begin to understand how things around you change your world.

As for a gaming update: World of Warcraft. Yeah, I know, its old, but it is hella fun. I have only recently hit the level cap and so much more has opened up for me. My character is growing and so is my understanding of human interaction in a game world. Other games I have been playing are limited, but I have been spending some time with Need for Speed: Pro Street as I recently acquired a Logitech Dual Action gamepad.

Pro Street is the weakest Need For Speed game I have played in a number of years, possibly since Underground 2. It has moved from the “Free roam” mode to a new “set races and tracks” aesthetic. There are no police, no real opposition, and hardly any cut-scenes. If it weren’t for the graphics and compatibility with my gamepad I don’t think I would have played past the first two or three races. The graphics are amazing and the control of the cars is good. The selection of vehicles is similar to Carbon where you can select older “Muscle” cars or newer cars, both of which have their advantages.

Something else which has been keeping me occupied is my new phone. I had a Motorola V3X which I picked up second hand for a little over $100, and I truly loathed that phone. After my girlfriend got a Nokia 7500 off eBay, I decided it was my turn, so after some quick shopping around I found that I could get a Nokia 6110 Navigator with built in GPS for a little over $500 (and convinced mum to pay for most of it). I love my little phone, and it can even tell me where to go. The only thing I find slightly annoying is the buttons, as they are just a wee-tad too small for my fingers. As for features, it has everything except Wireless LAN, which is ok by me since I have my laptop. It would have been cool blogging from the mobile, but at least I won’t get lost and die somewhere ’cause I’m too lazy to read a “RL* Map”.

In other news, not much is happening in my life at the moment, I am spending lots of time with my girlfriend and playing plenty of games. Uni is taking a small chunk of my time, which is ok, cause eventually I will be rich cause of it! Hope to talk to you again soon!

Peace Out,
Andrew

Resting and Results

Once again I haven’t been blogging for a while, but that doesn’t mean I have been doing nothing. For the most part I have been finishing up uni for the year, and taking a seriously needed break from everything. My results were quite acceptable, accomplishing a 4, two 5’s and a 6 for my favourite class.

As for my aforementioned portfolio website, progress is slow. After exams and assignments finished, I began work on a project with some of my friends. We planned on making a Neverwinter Nights 2 module, but progress on that has been really slow too.

About a week ago I purchased Unreal Tournament 3 Collector’s Edition which had an unexpected surprise. On the bonus DVD was about 2 hours or more of video tutorials showing how to make levels in the included editor. I have always wanted to make first person shooter maps as this is my favourite style of game, but I had always found the learning curve too steep without having some form of tutorial. The video tutorials included were perfect. They detailed everything from construction of the map, to filling it with meshes, lights, navigation and effects. I have begun work on some of my own maps and hopefully will get them up on my portfolio page soonish.

Something else exciting coming up is DorLan. Only 1 month to go. Although I am not totally sure on the turnout just yet, I do know that there will be a few people there, and I will be there. That’s the most important thing. Of course the game of choice this time will be Unreal Tournament 3, because it is just awesome. Also, I have someone brining some Gigabit switches which will help, and having 2.5 terabytes of disk can’t hurt.

Anyway, that’s about it for now.
Watch out for Manbearpig!

Andrew

One down, Two to go!

Yeah, that’s right. I have finished my first year of university. Although I am still waiting on marks for assignments, exams and overall subjects my outlook is bright. I have been getting reasonable grades this semester.

The first year at uni has given me a bright outlook to the future of my career. With all the information and knowledge I have assimilated within the last 12 months of study I have a feeling that getting into the industry and making my mark on the universe won’t be too hard after all.

The subjects which I completed this semester were much more interesting than last, because we were able to pick 3 of the 4. Elective subjects are the best because they focus almost entirely on what you want to learn, and not so much on what you should know. Wanting to learn helps the process to no end.

My favourite subject was definitely Enabling Immersion due to the content we were taught. Every lecture was like a look into gaming history and future, with a crazy lecturer making the one hour a week even more interesting. The tutorials were also fun, not because of the Unreal Tournament 2004 death matches which were held ritually before they started, but because what we learned how to make a story, how to make a plot, and how to put that into a game.

Our assessments were very interesting. The first milestone asked us to create some rooms within a Multi User Dungeon and link them to a website both physically and contextually. I received a high mark for this due to my website, which played off of the Multi User Dungeon interface. Secondly we were asked to produce a 2000 word (or equivalent) piece of writing (or anything else really) to which I wrote a story.

Over all, this year has been great fun, and I am looking forward to next year. But until then I plan on working on my portfolio website, so please stay tuned as I start moving things around.

Andrew