Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Worst Fantasy Island Episode...EVER!

So I decided to break down and purchase Dead Island after numerous first-hand reviews gave it a "must buy"!  Despite receiving a silver at the Software Bug Olympics, it really hasn't been too bad and I think by delaying the purchase I allowed some time for patching to occur.

  While I still feel the controls aren't what they should be, it is proving to be enjoyable, and at times, a challenge.  My biggest gripe so far is that if you click "close" on a menu it then activates your primary weapon.  This was especially frustrating after collecting a number of items to build a bomb, which then became my primary weapon.  I then clicked close and watched as my character then lobbed said bomb at the wall, wasting it on a very dirty, but nonetheless harmless, workbench.  That'll teach em!  I've gotten around this by using "ESC" instead but that really needs to be fixed.
  I was also a little discouraged that I had to carry and repair so many weapons.  Who knew a tropical resort was flush with such poor cutlery.  I'd would have assumed they'd have those Ginsu knives that can cut through anything and remain sharp.  Unfortunately this is not the case and I've been forced to find new ones after dispatching a few zombies.  However, I don't think this is terribly off base and in reality, if I were to de-limb a few zombies, you'd have to imagine the blade would dull and the handle would get a bit gooey.
  Today's a little crazy but I hope to get back to the game later on tonight or even tomorrow.  I'd like to to give the Coop another try but so far it's been a poor experience.  This is more a reflection on the participants and not on the game.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day

I hope you all had a fun and relaxing holiday.  I took my son fishing and took home 20 Bluegill.  I think it took me longer to clean those suckers than it took to catch them but they are probably one of my favorite to eat so it's definitely worth it.  We'll catch up with you tomorrow!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Where have you been?

  Well, it's true, I am a big let down.  This year has been really crazy and I haven't really dedicated myself as I should to the blog.  I spent nearly a year training for Tough Mudder which I successfully completed about 4 weeks ago.  That was an immense challenge for me but I feel great about the accomplishment.  YOu can watch me get electrocuted at the finish line right here:

  I'm in the blue shorts with a white stripe and no shirt.  Please note how I take a good jolt and drop to my knees, good times!  Between that, work, three kids a wife and two dogs, it's been hard to even get enough alone time to take a shower.
  I have also been dabbling with the mapping utility for Natural Selection 2.  I finally feel I am on the path to something I can share.  This has got to be at least the 4th map I've started but faced frustration due to lack of time or artistic direction.  I simply swapped my daily gym routine for some mapping time and here are some of the results.

  Not too terrible but certainly have a ways to go.  I have several other areas that are physically constructed however they don't have textures or lighting.  I hope to continue and chronicle the work here.  I'm pretty rusty creatively but I'm hoping to starts coming back to me.