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You know that mapset I was working on called tracks.wad? The one I released a six-map demo for? Yeah, I really haven't been able to work on it ever since, I'm not getting any more ideas for it. But hopefully I will in the next year. Mapper's block sucks.
What's worse is everything in my personal life is fucking me up right now. I've been focused on getting hired for an entry-level job ever since leaving high school, and no one has the balls to hire me. At the same time I'm trying to keep my college grades up. My mother has become so hell-bent on getting me a job before the Christmas season because she worries too much that I will not have any money left. Then again, when not at work, she's the one sitting somewhere with her iPhone games all day, so I'm really not understanding this shit at all.
I've been having a lot of conflicts in my immediate family (mother and father only) and they have been getting more frequent day by day. Most of the time, the arguments are usually about me and getting a job. Yes I'm fucking applying for shit, why don't you two realize that it takes a lot of time and effort and oftentimes I don't get called for an interview? It doesn't matter if I'm involved, when they're yelling at anyone, I'm always uncomfortable. This whole month there was some argument with them every other day, and I've been getting more depressed because of it. I've almost wanted to take my own life just so they could realize how much they're fucking my life up. I didn't for one reason.
Because now today is my birthday, and due to all the shit that's been argued about, I feel like they fucking ruined my 19th. In that morning I told them to never argue about anything for at least an entire fucking day. I just hope this day doesn't become a war of words between everyone. So I did get some presents from other friends and relatives, money, gift cards (for shit I don't use), and maybe the occasional weird gift. My parents gave me some cards telling me they love me and are sorry for stuff, yeah I've heard it before, it's appreciation, but they should have not pressured me to the fucking brink on something I'm trying to do myself. They should allow me to have some free time as well, maybe I can cure that mapper's block I'm currently having.
EDIT: geo, this is what I meant by tracks.wad.
First of all, happy birthday! I can understand mapping is a release, an entertainment and a diversion to whatever shitty is going on.. Third, time to move out? Or at least ditch your family for a day and hang out with some people that don't argue.
As for a job before Christmas, it should be easy. I've heard quite a lot of radio ads to hire more people for the Holidays.
I don't know anything about your tracks map pack, but throw a little of your life into it. At the center of a map have a giant enemy pit where the player can fire a single gunshot into the pit and set all of the enemies off in a fight to the death just for the LOLz.
The 'tracks' idea makes my mind think of a railroad with subways, opening up to wide areas, bridges over blood with rocky chasms. City scape with a railway going through it. A switch yard ala Half-Life 2 or even Uncharted 2, jumping through box cars and over other train cars.
Since its a train track idea that comes to my mind, you can have rolling hills and ramps with 1px height differences. There is a lot you can do with a train tracks theme.
Tracks could also mean like a big game hunter following a new giant boss at the end of each level. But I think having new enemies might require programming and adding more enemies than Doom would allow.
First of all; Happy Birthday and sorry to hear about the trouble you're having at the moment. Second:Hurricyclone said:
I've been having a lot of conflicts in my immediate family (mother and father only) and they have been getting more frequent day by day. Most of the time, the arguments are usually about me and getting a job. Yes I'm fucking applying for shit, why don't you two realize that it takes a lot of time and effort and oftentimes I don't get called for an interview?
If it makes you feel any better, you're certainly not the only one. On Friday when I went to pick up mum from the train station she kept asking if I've heard back from anyone and even asked if I was okay as I apparently haven't been acting like myself, I seem to be getting this a lot. It's a tough world out there (especially in the job market, not to mention the huge shit load of problems in the world) just keep on applying you're bound to get some response eventually. On the mappers block thing (you've probably been recommended this before but I might as well offer the piece of advice in case you haven't) have a look at other maps and extract some ideas for game play/architecture (by this I don't mean literally extract said things) expand upon their ideas make your own twist on them, combine ideas from various maps you've enjoyed. I hope that last bit helped if it didn't, then I'm not sure what else to suggest. I hope things pick up for you soon lad.