|Shoop da woop, I'm 24||November 1, 2012, 10:08 pm|
And I feel a lot older since I spent half my day with whiny 6-13 year olds. But the end of the day was made up by a great birthday dinner thanks to mi madre who came back from Italy today and took me out for the occasion (along with my brother). Going to make a party of it tomorrow night with some friends and see where the night goes
Time to celebrate
|The Art of Video Games - An Exhibit||March 17, 2012, 1:53 pm|
So a short while ago, I remember reading somewhere about the Smithsonian Institute planning a video game exhibit focusing on the art aspect. As months went by, I completely forgot about it. Until about a week ago when my mother received an invitation to visit the opening of said exhibit. And knowing me all too well, she invited me to go with her and make a night of it.
I don't think I was this excited in years.
The exhibit was a very neat collection of various videogame artifacts. The most interesting parts of the exhibit were in two rooms - the first room was a set of 5 interactive games that you could play. At each station was a description of which game it was and the impact it had on videogame design, art, and culture. The screen for each game was projected onto a wall so you could watch yourself play like you were on the big-screen. The five games were Pac-Man, Myst, Flower, Super Mario Bros, and Secret of Monkey Island.
The other room was a chronology of video game systems through the ages. Starting all the way from the Atari VCS, Coelcovision, and Intellivision, and making it all the way through to the next gen era of PS3, XBox360, and Wii. For each system there was a description of it as well as the inclusion of 4 influential games on that system. One game was chosen for each of 4 categories - Action, Target, Adventure, and Tactics. I stared briefly at a few from my own childhood (N64, Dreamcast, PS2) until I ended up at the one system that took up most of my childhood - DOS/Win95. Without doubting what would be at the top of the 4 influential games list, I must admit they made good choices for the other categories, which are as follows:
Action - Doom II
Target - Diablo II
Adventure - Fallout
Tactics - Starcraft
The whole exhibit is really enjoyable, with other rooms including various concept drawings, art, and quotes from various game developers and programmers. Plus for the opening they had an open bar so it was all the more fun.
Website with info and details - http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitio...s/winninggames/
You can look through and see what the 4 game selections were for each game system in the exhibit.
To top off the night, my mom bought me the book accompaniment to the exhibit, which features all of the games + in-depth descriptions. Also included in the book are interviews with various members of the video game industry.
A segment from said book
EDIT:(Yowza that's huge)
I hope you find this informative and entertaining
|And boom goes the dynamite....||November 17, 2011, 1:46 pm|
So in my vast efforts to finish college I recently enrolled at UMUC (www.umuc.edu) which offers a wide online-based cirriculum which enables me to keep working part time and still take classes. Currently I am only signed up for one course that is only one credit and takes only 4 weeks to complete. It began at the beginning of this week and I was looking forward to doing my best at it.
Needless to say my laptop has been dead for the last couple of months (I'm under the impression the CPU is dead - the disk drive whirs and whatnot but the screen doesn't even turn on) so I've been planning on using my desktop computer at home. The connection on it is iffy, though I think now all I really need is a ned ethernet cable.
Except as of last night IT won't turn on. Rather, the screen flashes the neat little Intel 4 logo at me, then just sits there. This happened as of last night. Now I can't get school work done at home and I'm aimlessly writing this with what spare time I have at work. I don't have the money for a new laptop/desktop and while it may just be the hard drive failing on me (as three have done so in the past year alone) I can't even afford a new install of Windows, let alone a new hard drive, since I'm currently managing my student loan repayments.
Yeah, this is pretty much just a vent, but I'm steamed as hell over it. I'm now going to try and get as much school work done as I can before I actually have to work because as of now that's the only option I have for accessing the internet.
P.S. @TGH - Sorry I couldn't get my CC4 map done :(
|Burrrrfday||November 1, 2011, 8:16 am|
I can now count 123....errr, minus the 1. I'm just 23 now :P. I feel slightly older and slightly wiser, not quite so mature but I'm working on that.
Now if I can just finish my goddamn CC4 map......
|I ate a weed brownie||February 14, 2011, 12:57 am|
|I am so high I can't even explain it to you, its so bad that I had to make this post|
|It's all Saint's Day!||November 1, 2010, 3:44 pm|
|And coincidentally my birthday too, rounding out to a nice even 22. It's also the Mexican holiday of Dia de Los Muertos, so many things to do besides celebrating my birthday :P|
|Goddamn fucking bullshit [Resolved!]||June 22, 2010, 11:54 pm|
(Insert Nerd Rage Here)
My goddamn computer decided to fuck up significantly recently. I've always been fine with it, and it's had enough damage done to it that I'm not surprised it has something wrong now, but shit. Last week my computer was running slow. OK, fine. This week I ran a program to play poker online (Full Tilt) and it fucked up. Windows couldn;t shut it down so I turned of the laptop with the power button. Figures that next time I turn it on Windows can't boot up. Windows repair ran three consecutive times and couldn't solve the issue. Ran the diagnositc tests and found the hard drive wasn't being read properly. Ended up letting Windows Startup Repair run again and it scanned the bad sectors. Apparently a certain "hazyevr.sys", a system startup file, is the main corrupted culprit. Not sure if it's the real reason behind all this, but it seems no one else on the internet has heard of this fucking system file and I can't seem to repair it. I have yet ti run SFC but I don't have high hopes. Notes are that my laptop still runs in safe mode and at leats its working. I just don't wanna lose all my files and I would hope I don't have to resort to reinstalling my OS.
Just sayin' :/
|World Series||October 31, 2006, 10:48 pm|
|I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it|
|Life?||August 15, 2006, 1:52 am|
Life.....it is so dangerous and poisoning.....yet at the same time it is so invigorating and enlightening.
I find that I am torn between bordom and a job. At this point, however, I cannot get myself a job for this summer, so will be left to do nothing resourceful in the next two weeks before school starts.
How do you other guys deal with this problem (if you DO NOT have a summer job?)
I enjoy life for what it is, and usually when thinking about this particular problem, I go for a bike ride and my mind is clear. It worked today, and will probably work tomorrow and so on......
Anyways, this is just my gripe, just my letting loose on a subject that people may or may not care at all about. Just thought I'd post on it.......