Archive for March, 2009

Broomball

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Went and played Broomball for a friend’s birthday tonight. Basically ice hockey sans skates, with a smaller stick. Big fun – landed pretty hard on my left hand, but no serious injury to be had. The only thing is, dang, I’m outta shape. Not up to the hour of running around like a madman, and ended up swapping out for goalie a good portion of the time.

Still, very entertaining. Between this and go-karting, have had an eventful couple weeks. Next week, maybe the bits and bobs for the arcade stick will arrive, and I’ll have a weekend o’ building.

Really looking forward to the Mini running, as well. Need to give the roof another couple coats of paint, then start working on the rest of the body. Woo!

Gorgeous

Saturday, March 28th, 2009


Today was basically the perfect day. Went swimming in the morning, dropped off the Mini at a Mini repair guy (clutch needs replacement, unfortunately (~$580 was the estimate)). Looking forward to being able to drive it around during the summer.

Then took Mobius to the dog walk, and just hung around for an hour or so outside while he jogged around. Gonna go play Broomball tonight for a friend’s birthday. Gonna be rad.

Oh – that thing was the first pass at the SelfAware logo – basically, you have to imagine the eyes slowly blinking into existence – then, when they “pop” open, the “backlight” glow fires up. It’s basically an iPhone with eyes, with the screen facing backward. In the second revision, the eyes are red, and the font’s different.

Whee-ha!

‘sup?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Things have been going really well so far with the whole new work arrangement. We’ve picked a name, and barring legal conflicts (which I don’t forsee), our new division is called SelfAware Games. The idea is to simply refer to it as SelfAware, in sort of the same way you never call Insomniac Insomniac Games. I’m down to basically 1.1 jobs from 3, and it’s made my life a hell of a lot easier.

Just turned 33, which is sort of odd. Not bad, or anything… just odd.

Been playing Halo Wars, Killzone 2, Resident Evil 5, and MadWorld. An interesting bunch of VERY high profile games released in an unusual timeframe. I can only hope that the major console developers have finally gotten off the “must release during holiday!” bus. It’s only taken four or five years of catastrophic clusterfuckedness… sheesh.

Anyway – the games are all good, in varying degrees. Halo Wars is good but simple. Killzone is good but the controls are a bit wonky. RE5 is good but the controls outright suck. MadWorld is good, but … relentlessly grim, and in many ways, disturbing enough that it’s unpleasant to play.

On a totally different note, went Karting for my birthday (thanks, Ei-Nyung) and had an absolute blast. Jess took some nice pictures, including the one above. I really, really enjoy go-karting. I suspect I’d enjoy a day at the track just as much, but the risk factor for karting is much lower, which is a pretty serious plus, particularly given that I have no training driving, which I’d definitely want before doing a track day.

Still – big fun, and I’m looking forward to going again sometime relatively soon. No videogame driving comes even marginally close to the experience. One of the funny things was that the night before we went (it was supposed to be a surprise), I’d watched “Truth in 24“, a documentary about Audi’s 2008 run at the 24 Hours of LeMans. The documentary was awesome, and it definitely made me want to go race. I’d even IM’ed a friend saying I was gonna organize a go-karting trip the following week. So the surprise was really, really well timed. 😀

Saw Watchmen the other day as well, and it was a really good interpretation of a story that I wouldn’t have thought possible to condense into a 2-ish hour movie. I have no idea how it’d translate to someone without having read the book, but as a companion to the original story, it’s actually pretty fantastic. Made me go re-read the book, and it’s a really good story. As a movie, though, Watchmen is worse than the story, just because of its density. V for Vendetta, on the other hand, was better as a movie than a comic, IMO – and remains my favorite Alan Moore movie. 😀 Still want to go see Watchmen again, though.

Other’n that, life continues to chug along. It’s been, and is going to be, a very, very interesting year.

Gotta work out plans for a trip to Chicago at the beginning of May.

3/11

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

So, as of March 11, 2009, I’m a Co-Manager of Social Concepts Gaming. It’s a division within Social Concepts that’s run by Colin and me. We’re making games, almost entirely on our own terms.

I think it’s the start of something really interesting, and one of the first times I’ve started a job and not actively thought from the start, “Hrm… I wonder what’s next?” Barring catastrophe, this is a job I could see myself at for the remainder of my career, if we do well. If we don’t? Sure, obviously, there’s that. But there’s very little about this arrangement I could imagine wanting to do differently.

Here’s to the start of something different!