28 Dec 2007

Week 8 ... Story time.

Week 8, Task eight … Bec’s blog catch up saga continues. (day 2)

Is everyone settled? … then I shall begin .
Storytelling in games. There main purpose to help aid escapism from the “real world” because lets face it, the world has gone to pot. It could be salvaged but everyone is to busy burying there heads in work, personal matters and stressing about money to think about the bigger issues.

So this is were the game comes in an excuses to have a moment buy yourself to relieve the stress of life killing a few zombies or problem solving. Don’t get me wrong I know the majority of people who play games are teens. But in 2days world school is all about surviving one long day at a time, without ending up in some kind of domestic and is far more stressful than people realize.

Storylines are important in the fact that they determine what challenges and obstacles u will come to in the game, however when I get addicted to a game the storyline becomes unimportant and I just want to see what’s around the corner. Like in Zelda “storyline….what storyline?” but the puzzles are great and when I’m in the mood, oddly easy.

I think storylines help u get into a game at the beginning but after that there’s little relevance because everyone knows that the end is gona be a huge letdown.

The games that are more “social” such as second life and w.o.w have no real storylines at all and become some what boring after a wile unless u join a little guild and have a little clan get together. just like being in Starbucks with the buds only this way u never have to met the annoying shits or make any effort what so ever. XD “bad bad games”

Much rather have quoted bits of Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan. But alas its course work, so no such luck.

27 Dec 2007

Its a hit.


I have an announcement.

I have made an appearance on Google.

Me on Google, top result, AMAZING.

But then I realized what for …”Play zool Nintendo 90’s”

How lame is that, if anything makes me feel more geeki than ever before. I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact, and I was doing so well, but now I feel more like hanging myself. U know when its on Google your doomed for life.

Oh and if u leave out the “90’s” I’m 4th result. XD

(thinks positive for once) any-hoo WHOOP WHOOPMY BLOGS ON GOOGLE.

Week 7 ... Peeps up top.

Week 7, Task seven-ness-ness… and the blogging saga continues (I’m whooping its ass)

Art Directors.
“I think video games are at such infancy in terms of art style, actually developing it. We're dealing with 4000 years, really, of art and conceptual design.
For it really not to be utilized, and for the industry to basically dwell in a certain type of genre which has been around the 1980s up to present time, it's pretty much all they're embracing.
It's the same way, you have Star Wars and the original Stanley Kubrick movie 2001. And people embrace that genre of outer space, so to speak. And it's continued to this very day. Hopefully people will wake up someday.” Moby Francke, art director on Team Fortress 2.

As far as art direction goes I totally agree with this dude above ^ think I even touched upon it in the week 6 blog. These art directors may have lots of responsibility but they don’t seem to do anything original with it. These guys are just way to business minded and want to see a large return. Did any of them ever think that maybe people are craving something visually new. A new image if correct will surly appeal to a larger market.

The art directors job it a big one. There the ones that decide the final aesthetics of the game, works with the project manager to make sure budget and schedule are ok, delivers constructive feedback, supervises reviews, mentors the less experienced artists on the team and lots lots more.

True these guys need to have a history in art and be a talented artist themselves in order to give criticism and advise to the people doing the work. But them themselves really have no particularly creative input in the game, they just do the typical “that’s good …that’s crap… .ok carry on.” because there to busy to give any more creative input than incoherent grunts and moans.
NOTE TO MIKE : these topics are not very picture friendly. 0_o

Week 6 ... Game Design *falls asleep*

Week 6, Task Sixxx … what was that? u want me to tell u about Game design? Well ok.
*makes more tea* now I shall begin
What I’ve learnt so far, game designers work in close nit groups, each member is aloud, no mater what there specialty to give there opinion towards the topic in hand, to help improve the game/game play. Gone are the times of programmers designing the entire game play. In next gen games its far more about the realism of the environments/characters and animations, not just the story or the method in which u can kill things. Granted these aspects are just as important, to hold the players attention and original story lines are becoming rare.

Most games are just variations of the same. Designers are scared to think to outside the box to much because they are trying to appeal to a wide audience, so they stick with a game style that sells. Now days there are less technical restrictions on the games they can create, they can make much more visual stunningness-ness than they could have even dreamed of back in the nes days. So why they don’t just out right make some mental game staring ninja pirate pig I don’t know.

“Game Design = is the process of designing the content and rules of a game. The term is also used to describe both the game design embodied in an actual game as well as documentation that describes such a design.”

One of the many purposes of game design is to determine the constraints. such as target audience and technical aspects. these depend on the style of game they wish to create.

Ben Mathis

I love Ben Mathis. (no not in that way. tut tut) The guy is a talented little bean. I shall steal him and mine him of all his knowledge. I would just like to say its great that someone like that would spend time helping us younglings with are work. His advise was priceless, and I’m feeling rather inspired. Not only by him but the environment created especially with the second and third years working along side us and being able to see them work. I still have lots to learn, and now I feel confident that if I put in more time I can achieve better standards. It dose not seem impossible anymore.

Week 5...Journalism Malarkey

Week whatever (I’ve lost count) Task five-ness-ness… loosing hope

Game journalism *sips tea* where to start.
Firstly after reading all that reference material its amazing how much longer it takes u to read something that really does not inspire u. suppose that could really be said for anything, like how it used to take twice as long to get to school than It did to get home. Or twice as long to draw a still life than a cool axe murder. Its just the way things go.
However with this new game journalism malarkey, I find that it makes the read much more entertaining not only are they telling u about the game, they tell u about the random thoughts they had, what they ate while playing. There personality really comes through, a great example of pure nuttiness is the worshiped Zero Punctuation (not saying I worship him, its just that half the class starts drooling when u mention his name.)
I personally have never really paid any attention to reviews. Granted I’ve looked at them to find out what the story is about and such. But really all I want to do is play the game not waste even more of my time reading about it to.

When I think of new age journalism. What comes to my mind is the amazing Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas a book by Hunter S Thompson. I original got the book because it had wacky illustrations. But when I actually read it I loved it. All this guy does it write about his experiences. On his way to and during his actual review job. (not that this review is in the book) he just goes off on one huge druggy raving. Amazingly more entertain than the actual main stream review he was supposed to have done.

So yea I’m all for the waked out review, its just finding them.

Speed Paints.

So after reading the next blog task. It was like yawn …. Am a bothered…..

Yes, yes I am bothered (kinda)….BUT FIRST… ill post my speed paints. XD. Never realized id done so many. Posted in the order I did them newest first.
Word = eye = 50 min. very rough shape, was really just messing with the brushes.

Word = Cow = 45 min. worked from refrence.
Word = Cataclysm = 30 min. Totaly fell out with this one, needs so much more detail.
Word = Easter island = 45 min. worked from refrence.
Word = Hills = 45 min. The only thing i like is the colours. comp and perspective is so off. must have been asleep when i did this.
Word = Weasle = 30 min. I dont like weasles.
Word = wizard = 30 min.
Word = Impact = 45 min. scribbles.

BUT First.

Ok ok so I finally started to feel guilty for not doing my blog.
Guess I just flatlined.

What with it soon to be new years, my new years revolution will be to actually do the weekly blog tasks (on time). I know I know I’m being highly ambitious, but first … I NEED to catch up. How hard can it be? I only have to do *counts* six blog entry’s o_0 and I will really really REALLY try not to be boring.
Before I actually do some work for once. I’m going to brag about how happy I am and tell u all about my newwwww little puppy Hugo. XD

Note : I had nothing to do with the poor things name. blame my mom. “lets let the kids name the dog………NOT”

However the little guy is amazingly cute and currently sleeping in my lap, keeping me company. This does make it amazingly hard to type and my legs are somewhat dead….but I don’t mind one bit. Hue does seem to get away with a lot though, me jealous of a dog…never. So any-hoo I took a little photo to show him off (sorry mike) XD. Its of him sleeping, cos its near on impossible to get a photo when he is running around like a maniac. (which is all the bloody time)

14 Nov 2007

Week 4 ... Nintendo Gives Birth and Beyond

Week 4, Task Four-ness-ness ... Yet more game history.

Picking up where I left off. Which was the late 90’s on the verge of the new millennium. The arrival of 128-bit, in the form of SEGA Dreamcast…the ugly thing. Then the big daddies of yesterday started to arrive (in order, earliest first) SONY PlayStation 2, NINTENDO game cube, and in 2001 the MICROSOFT Xbox, lovely daring’s that they are.

The PlayStation 2 toped the market selling 120 mil, cant see why personally, as non of the games really appeal to me, defiantly aimed at boys. Xbox was second with 24 mil. The only reason they sold less is because the PS2 was released just before and therefore most in the market had just purchased a console leaving little for the Xbox to work with. As far as I’m concerned the Xbox is far far better than the PS2.With these fella’s much better games came. Such as EVIL DEAD the game, JSRF, HALO and Splinter Cell.

These platforms were huge successes so what to the companies do? Why make more of course. But this time bigger and better so they can sell them all over again, to the same people. Also to make matters worse they stop making games for the original platforms. But hey that means I can get awesome Xbox games for only £5.oo.
So yea in dances the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2005.

Also they try to sell the same products to you for a third time with there portable version‘s, in the form of PSP (PlayStation Portable) and NINTENDO DS.

The Wii is aimed at the whole family, focusing on new gameplay methods and new forms of interaction, rather than amazing over the top graphics. The Wii is the best console so far.

Food For Thought.
Having looked at the previous game crash of 1983, I cant help but feel it will happen again. What with 3 major companies competing, each with more than one platform on the go (apart form the 360). The sales of video games are once again struggling under spilt market conditions. Most gamers will not own both a PS3 and 360, let alone a Wii as well. Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony may all be surviving sharing the market, but it will make life hard for third party game publishers to chose what platform to create games for. Future platforms will have more money spent on them and yet will receive lower returns, with each generation. Id say the companies will have to combine efforts to survive.

10 Nov 2007


This organic character brief must be the best I have ever had, its the most open by far. So why… … WHY !! am I so uninspired. All I can come up with is a guy with a fish head hat and a lady with wasp tattoo’s. could have gone to town making some obscure monster. But but even with Google’s help, I’m still well and truly stuck.…HELP.!!!.

Thinking about it why do I even bother trying to create good art, and be on a course that specialises in visual stunning-ness-ness when people are entertained just as much by the amazing http://www.ratemypoo.com/

I think I could pass this course if all I do is a poop in the middle of the room and leave it there for the 3 years. Oh wait sorry that’s how to pass a “FINE ART” course. (me slag of the course I’m on … NEVER)

Week 3 ... My Middle Bit

Week 3, Task three-ness-ness… and it goes on ....My Middle bit.

This is going to be hard. Hmmmmmmm, well ok so after the Amiga. We got are first computer, whoop whoop. But again I never really got a turn in the beginning, and I only ever really used it for homework. Until I got myself some “good” games. I went through a longgggg faze of sim type games like Theme park, Theme park world, Startopia, Theme hospital (yea there all bullfrog games, I loved them) OOO OOO and not forgetting Dungeon Keeper, god of Bullfrog games.
A yes I did play on Sims and had all the add on’s, that was a great game but only with the cheats, building HUGE houses was defiantly entertaining. However the whole making them go to the loo and cooking dinner was boringgg. Even with all the boring bits it was inevitable that I was going to get Sims 2. So I could build bigger better houses with basements and loft conversions, the works. I also managed one hell of a family tree, brothers had kids with the same lady who was also sleeping with there dad. social services took the kids, Pftt if they cant be bothered to feed them then neither can I.

Oh yea did I mention the Guybrush Threepwood and Indiana Jones obsession? Well that’s still there. Games like that are amazing oo oo especially GRIM FANDANGO. But most importantly ….I WANT A MONKEY ISLAND 5, on Wii. Also cant w8 for Lego Indiana. I know I know miss spent youth bla bla bla… After a stressful day at school there was nothing better than a good dose of insult sword fighting or puzzle solving.

New revelation Davy Jones is a LeChuck rip off. There I was looking for a little LeChuck for my Blog and I come across this = ( who ever though this up, was thinking way to much ) o_O

AND now to pay homage to JET SET RADIO and JET SET RADIO FUTURE / JSRF. The random ass graphics on these games are groovi and I have to say it had a big influence on my artiness-ness. PLUS the music is amazing I have the whole lot on my mp3 still.

Then came the time when all I did was play on my bros online games. There was guild wars, managed to get a level 14 Necromancer (necro‘s rock) considering the max level was 20, lvl 14 was amazing. I loose interest in these games quickly, can u blame me?. And then there’s wow (World of Warcraft) now this I had 2 characters both pitifully low levels. One EVIL undead freak for harassing ppl, one good little gnome for socializing. Yea cant say I actually played that game, just bopped around. My chars had the best names Moth and Aphid, I am proud of myself for not having overly long stupid names like everyone else on there. Sad thing is there are still “friends” from the game on my msn list who STILL harass me and call me moth. Its getting a little weird to say the least. But I could not imagine my online world without them, there part of the package. Any-hoo that game got boring as all games do. eventualy.

Yea I know this blog entry is a bunch of random statements and the like. But hey the man said “we’sa no do essays” so I think I’m covered.

9 Nov 2007

Gahh Water Cooler

Ok so this is my last water cooler attempt. This little baby is 5th generation, possibly 6th. Yes that right folks why you were all off making lovely Pagodas, I’ve made 6 bloody water coolers, and I still can’t remember how to do the texturing malarkey. But hey now I can UV map with my eyes closed.

OK but this thing is hard to make look good when the ref photos to make the skin from are taken at stupid ass angles and are really naff quality. Plus the templates you make the model from are based on someone else’s model and not the actual water cooler. There for the finished results look like someone’s gone at it with a chain saw and stuck it back together with chewing gum.

I'm not just making excuses.

4 Nov 2007

Week 3 ... The 80's and 90's

Week 3, Task Three-ness-ness … work work work … This ones a long one.

Ok so back to the history of games, I left you in the late 70’s now this is were we start getting interesting (hopefully). The first home consoles have arrived in the form of the impressive 8-bit, with the groovy cartridge based games. The most popular of these consoles was the Atari 2600 which was released in 1977. The Atari played games such as space invaders, pac-man and the like. Competition was strong for the Atari but the little guy stood strong almost dominating the market.

So everything was booming in the game industry until the Atari hit 5 in 1983, the public was loosing interest and looking for the next big thing. The market became over clogged with “new” consoles and games. Overproduction and lack of interest resulted in the north America video game crash. When I say clogged I’m not joking … Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Bally Astrocade, ColecoVision, Coleco Gemini, Emerson Arcadia 2001, Fairchild Channel F System II, Magnavox Odyssey2, Mattel Intellivision, Tandyvision, VTech CreatiVision, and Vectrex. I could list more but I’ve made my point.
QUESTION?-Who Named these things?

Also about this time was the start of the home pc which was generally a keyboard that hooked up to the TV, this added to the problem. As these babies had better graphics, better sound, more memory and generally opened up the market for more sophisticated games.
One more thing ….. The break out of the home computer resulted in a highly competitive price war.

Soooooooo it really was inevitable that the industry went out the window, and the whole video game thing was declared as a fad.

Home computers were a big success in Europe with the Commodore 64 and the saying “Why buy your child a video game and distract them from school when you can buy them a home computer that will prepare them for college?” Yea right ! As Europe had already moved on from video games they were relatively unaffected by the crash.

Dam I’m dribbling on a bit, but this is actually quite interesting. I surprise myself. I don’t blame you if u stop reading.

OK ok sooo, Then came the rise of NINTENDO with its NES/Famicom (family computer) and later on in 1989 the game boy, whoop whoop. But SEGA came along with its Sonic the hedgehog which began the Super Mario and Sonic Hedgehog's rivalry. Sonic has always been my fav. 16-bit came and went in the form of the Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive in 1990. With it came Zelda, Metroid, Final fantasy and Street fighter.

Hehehe ! Now I had a little precious Super Nintendo, I got one after they were cool, out of pity really. I treasured its Retro-ness-ness and it was very loved. Only recently did the happy fella leave my side. I came home one day and someone has put him on eBay, just to see how much he was worth. I will always miss him, my little SNES, I hope he went to a good home.

So summing up the early 90’s.
32-bit came then 64-bit, Sony Playstation entered the room in 1994, Sega and NINTENDO !! were still going strong, game boy colour arrived, the PC had evolved and the internet had started its world domination. Oh and not forgetting 3D games.

Ok just read that back and it’s one huge ass list. Pftt it was inevitable.

3 Nov 2007

Week 2...My Beginning

As a wee lass I never ever got a look in on the computer, what with a older and younger brother. I was the one who was told “you don’t want to play that, just go paint or play with Barbie” thinking about it that must be why I like art so much because Barbie sucked and Shelly went off on an “adventure” in the garden and sadly never came back. So glitter and paint it was.

However I remember are first computer type thing vividly, The Amiga 500. The Amiga was release in 1987, and it cost around $500 dollars, we got the Amiga around 1995/6 because around that time it would have been affordable to mortals (by my calculations, that would make me 7ish).
Anyway this thing was brilliant, even if I was only watching others play, and being deemed as an annoying pest. On the off chance I did get to play, without a doubt I would play ZOOL 2, amazing upbeat music, funky characters, bright colours and Chupa Chup lollypops throughout, what more could a young girl want in a game. Pure ZOOL worship. And yes of course I was the girl char.

There were some other “GREAT” games like, Secret of Monkey island (I’m a huge Monkey island fan, DO NOT MOCK) From the box advert you thing the game is an amazing work of art with its “swashbuckling graphics“ but then u play it lol, hey if it says swashbuckling graphics in the add its got to be a good game. Guybrush Threepwood is my hero, followed close by Indiana Jones (ill not go into that, I bet your already freaked).

Other good games were, lemmings, the settlers and loom (I could not play loom, but it looked pretty). But the best is still ZOOL. GO ZOOL GO.

A must go place if u had/have an Amiga ... http://www.lemonamiga.com/ ... brings back the memories. Xd

Week 2.... The Beginning

Week two, task two. A bit late, but better than never.

When ever you think of early video games everyone instantly thinks of Pong, Pac-man and the like. But apparently the video game was born in the early 1950’s.

Early programs were simple, such as checkers and tic-tac-toe. However these programs were not classed as true electronic games as they were representations/copies of the average board game. So even though these were make before, the first “true” electronic game is Tennis for Two by William Higinbotham created in 1958, 6 years after checkers. The purpose of this game was to entertain visitors to the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Its extremely primitive, like pong only a lot worse. As u can see =

So this dude Higinbotham was a American Physicist, created Tennis For Two on a oscilloscope. Oscilloscopes are normally use for testing electronic signals, displaying voltages in a graph. So what on earth compelled him to use this as a base? I’m thinking since it was the 1950’s there was nothing else that fit his requirements (just guessing, I could be wrong) I’ll see if I can find anything further. Unfortunately for him he never attempted to market or patent his device and it never really had much impact on the word, so the potential of the electronic game remained unrecognized by the public.

It was not until the 1970’s more that 10 years later that video games were commercialized, this was very hit and miss the industry struggled and even collapsed in 83. But they managed to build the basis for what is now a booming industry. console hardware alone is predicted to make 3.89 billion this year and 5.77 billion in 2010. (I hate statistics, so this is most likely wrong XD)

Games from the 70’s are amazingly primitive with simple targets, but amazingly addictive.
(Wikipedia rocks, best place for information EVER)

2 Nov 2007


Gamecity. Hmm were to start. I even said before I went the only thing worthwhile to come from game city would be the possibility of a photo with a storm trooper. Well here it is, proof that I actually did go to a game convention for the first time. And to be honest it was not the most impressive game convention. As in most of the lectures the majority of people there were from the same course (were we the only ones dumb enough to go) having said that it did entertain me and it made a change from the norm. the presentations were surprisingly really entertaining and obscure things. Like how to tape your Wii control to a lightsaber, so you can play Lego Starwars on Wii to the “extreme“.

Oh yes im cool. lol. I was forced.

As far as KEITA TAKAHASHI and nobby nobby boy is concerned I’m still utterly bewildered by the entire thing. I lost 2 hours of my life to growing plants, odd videos and a miffi cup and bowl. BUT hell It was funny XD.

28 Oct 2007

The Shame

Ok ok soo after all the hassle of game city (I’ll fill you in on the details later) I came home dying from a cold and sneezing my brains out. I made it back on sheer hope that my new laptop was sitting on the side when I got there. My lovely new RED dell, baby doll thing.

Sure enough I finally arrived home and there it was. Centre of the room, glowing, church music playing in the background and fairies dancing around the top. cant quiet work out how much of that was in my head, but my god it was a spectacular moment. I picked up the box it was a little light considering it’s a laptop and the box was kind of small and shabby. But I was too overwhelmed to pay any attention to detail. I ripped open the box and there inside I found this=

Hmm don’t look quite right. The stuck on print out of the dell logo, was a sure give away. this was not what I ordered. I look up in pure disbelief at the 3 family members now laughing there asses off. I cant believe that my family could have been so cruel or that they had the time to make it. This particular dell “rip off” started out life as a book, some red paper and good old masking tape. The custom keyboard is a great touch, the coffee button has to be a new must for all computers…. if it worked. Once again I cant believe that these people especially my mother spent a whole day off there life’s making this trash. Just for that one moment.


This is probably one of those things that will never ever go away a will be brought up at any possible moment to peeve me off. I can see it now “Rebecca go get your laptop to show them” pftt I feel depressed at my future shame.

So after a hour and a half of nothing but shame and begging for them to give me my real laptop, i finally saw it. And what the first thing I do, first though to go through my head “I have got to put this on my blog” SAD. Which leads us to this very moment. I’m still ill and still peeved so what do I do? I write about it, typical English approach. But my new dell baby doll makes up for the poopiness.


23 Oct 2007

Photoshop Fun


My very first photoshop pic. YES FIRST.
I have dabbled in the past so I know where the tools are but i‘ve never really taken it seriously. UNTILL NOW.

I have to say, I’m proud of myself (Vanity :p). OK so it took ages and she dose look a bit like an alien o_O. But I’m Happy XD. Gota love the ear.

Oh if u were wondering
Top one = Original
Bottom one = Mine.

Any tips to help make her look less Alien are more than welcome. XD

Week One....deep breath.!!!

Ok task one. week one-ness-ness. (prepare to be put to sleep)


So I’m supposed to be telling you how great blogs are. But I think there over engineered one way conversations. In which the writer makes themselves out to be god’s best creation. When all they are really doing is stealing other people’s u-tube vid’s. Most bloggers are self obsessed and completely different in the “real world” Sooo im now feeling a little sad that i to now have a blog and facebook. I though I was doing so well at avoiding them.

Facebook amazing peeve’s me with the amount of pure gibberish I get sent. What in all hell on toast is that gift thing about “u have been sent a penguin” WHYYYYY? Dose it end there? noooooo “u have been bitten by a zombie” or the ever so popular sex appeal bar with sex-o-meter. Silly trash should be banned from the net including myspace, hi5 or any other.

Deep Breath

Ok with that out the system. In my opinion there are 4 types of bloggers, Collectors, Online diary and Party people and me.

Collectors = Obsessed with surfing the net and are fed up of storing everything they like in there fav’s. Or they use the blog to show off/advertise there “real life” collection. I don’t mind these guys so much there just writing about what they like, Passionate Guys :p. XD amazingly good example = ht

Online Diary = I guess these guys just use the blog to vent, possibly rant. A hobby of sorts. These people I find amazingly boring, taking about how many sugars they had in there tea, do we really need to know? Most common peeps to do this are the ones who have just had baby and have nothing better to do.

Party People = These guys are the ones who spam up the net. Stealing all the good blog names. Write about nothing in particular and insult there friends online. In other words kids. Haha reminds me of the time my cousin almost got kicked out of school for drawing a pic with an amazing likeness to a girl in his class (not
a very flattering one) …….Anyway it ended up in Google images when u searched her name. OOPS.

ME = Blogging because I have to, work related.

Still Awake? Well I am impressed.
Coming up task two-ness-ness.

17 Oct 2007

It's a Start

Welcome one and all to my wonderful blog.

First things first, my name is Bec, I’ve currently just started uni on a game art course (yea a girl on a game course) it’s a long story.


Anyhoo instead of essays I have to write about arty gameness in this, my wonderful blog. YESS no essays…WHOOP WHOOP.

However I really really REALY don’t like blogs. Mainly because I never know what to put on the dam things.