Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Memory Of The Water by Akira Yamaoka from Silent Hill 3 OST

Rain Of Brass Petals by Akira Yamaoka from Silent Hill 3 OST

Four Days Of Short Stories I

Picture by Morfex

          Four Days Of Short Stories is writing exercise/event I'm doing this weekend (Friday, Nov. 2 - Monday, Nov. 5) where I write an original short story everyday for four days. I'm going to post them here, in this post, and also here. I do not promise that the stories will good, just that they will be written in a day. The idea is to quickly come up with an original concept and run with, to experiment, and try out new styles. It's a learning and experimenting exercise.

          Also, anyone is welcome to write stories along with me and post them here as well; even if they cannot write all four days. If you plan on doing so please follow the few guidelines.
  • An original unused concept (ideas you'll had but haven't written are fine)
  • No sequels/prequels/continuations to any of your old/current stories
  • Experiment
  • Try to make it a full stand-alone story
  • Must be posted by 11:59 PM of that day
  • Have fun!
          Also, the stories should be between 1-4 pages (to be manageable) be can be longer. There isn't any set theme or motif, but if you're having trouble coming up with a story idea try this: The theme of boredom or try making the boring or ordinary event you can think of unique or strange.

          Lastly, note that it says Four Days Of Short Stories 'I,' I may do this again if this first one goes well. I'm doing this to improve my own writing ability and to get myself run with concepts less stressfully and to writing quicker (looking at you Elevator Music).

UPDATE 1 (11/2/12): Day 1 Story added below. Read it in all its unedited glory!

UPDATE 2 (11/3/12): Day 2 Story added below.

UPDATE 3 (11/4/12): Day 3 Story added below.

UPDATE 4 (11/5/12): Day 4 Story, the final story, added below.

UPDATE 5 (11/6/12): Day 0 Test Story added.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Elevator Music Can Be Good Music Too [Update 9 ~ 10/28/12]

          Hey, guys. It's been awhile, huh? At least for Elevator Music after a bit of a hiatus. No video this update, but the Script has been updated from last month. It's still not complete. Progress has been slow because of school and me working on other projects. Expect progress to continue slow as school is my priority, but it will be finish prior to the new year. I promise. Hopeful by the next update.

          Speaking of the next update, I'll going to continue this format of writing more and have no video. Also, I think doing a month instead of weekly schedule for these updates makes more sense giving the slow progress. The next update will be at the end of November.

          So, what's been happening with Elevator Music the past month in terms progress? Actually more than you would think giving the break. The script has been giving a number of minor fixes as well as have scene 3 rewritten and so smoother transitions added in. On the non-physical side, some characters been more clearly defined. Neil is down. I took a look at some of the stories themes and am making sure they are well represented in the season and story overall. Changed, given, and/or built upon character themes. Season 1 is still giving me trouble, but a lot of thing a clear now. Now I need to focus on finishing episode 1.

          The Script is right below. Please take a look and comment. See you next time.

Script for First Floor (Season 1; Episode 1 - Pilot) [Partial-10/28/12]Here
Song List [Partial-10/28/12]: Here

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Next Update: Sunday 11/25/12

Best Quote of the Week ~ [10/28/12]

Norwegian Wood: Another fantastic book by Haruki Murakami

          "Letters are just pieces of paper," I said. "Burn them, and what stays in your heart will stay; keep them, and what vanishes will vanish."
~Toru Watanabe (from Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood; Chapter 11, page 292)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Best Quote of the Week ~ [10/21/12]

          "Let me tell you. When I was standing there on top of the world you become so humble you do not think about records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data, the only thing you want, is you want to come back alive."
~Felix Baumgartner

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Shoy Schot! Stand-Alone Edition Version 2 Press Release

          Shoy Schot! Stand-Alone Edition (SAE), the addictive card game, is back! And very much improved with Shoy Schot! Stand-Alone Edition v2! Version 2.

          Shoy Schot! is an console-based strategic card game I created in C#. The objective of a match is to own the most panels by the end of the match. The game was originally a minigame on another game I created before I started to add a ton of features to it. It grew to become bigger than the game it was attached to, so I decided to make a stand-alone version of it back in September.

          Shoy Schot! Stand-Alone Edition is divided up into four main sections: The Unlimited Deck Mode, which allows a player to play against another player or CPU in customizable matches that use the Unlimited Deck (more like arcade play). The World Tour Mode, which is a more serious mode but have a ton of customization options. Best Of... Mode, where a player can play consecutive matches against another player or CPU. Lastly, Tournament Mode, which players can enter a series of matches against 2, 3, or 4 of their friends to see who is the best.

          Most modes allows players to customized some of the settings before entering a match. They include: Change the game grid to a 3x3 board (allowing for quicker matches), 4x4 board (allowing for more competitive and fair matches), or 5x5 board (allowing for longer matches). Changing who will go first. The hand rules in play, meaning do players what to use a full deck or only low valued card, etc. And a few other settings. There are Over 500 Different Ways to Play—find your favorite!

          Some of the new features to Version 2 include improvements and tweaks to the different AI player to provide a higher and fairer challenge. The Version 2 Game Deck which adds 4 more card type to the game increasing the total to 15 different card type from the original 11 (and increasing total cards from 110 to 150). Players can choose to switch between the Version 1 (Classica) and Version 2 Game Deck in the Options Menu. The ability to have up to four different profiles for multiple people using the same game. The different profiles will keep track that profiles stats independent from another profiles stats. Also, Version records 80 different stats so players keep track important stuff from number of wins and losses to less important stat such as the number of times played on the 4x4 board. There is even a way not to keep track of stats now (with a indicator to let players know). 8 more accomplishments (Shoy Schot’s trophy/achievement system) have been added to the game bring the total number of accomplishments to 22! Lastly, a ton of minor fixes, tweaks, and additions have been made to the game to make the whole experience more fun, user friendly, and streamlined.

          I hope you all enjoy the game. Please feel free to give feedback or make comments. Check out the full feature list below:
  • Version 2 Game Deck
    • Adds 4 New Card Types
    • Switch between Version 1 and 2 Game Decks
  • Create up to 4 Profiles
    • Keep Stats of up to 4 different Players
    • Use Guest Mode to not track Stats
  • Keep track of 80 different stats
    • Including Playtime
  • Match Time
  • Improved AI
  • 8 New Accomplishments
  • Cleaner Interface
  • More Streamlined Experience
  • Overall Game Balancing
  • Tweaked Rank Calculation
  • More Extras
  • Fixed Chain Reaction Error
  • Fixed CPU vs. CPU glitch
  • Fixed Rank Title Error
  • A Ton of Minor Fixes and Additions

DownloadShoy Schot! Stand-Alone Edition Version Here

          There were going to be several 50 second trailers to coincide with the Version 2, but computer issues prevented that. In lieu of trailer I give you screenshots, concepts for the new icon, and some would be trailer screens after the jump.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Live: Felix Baumgartner Freefall From The Edge Of Space

          Watch live as Felix Baumgartner attempts to break the sound barrier by freefalling from the edge of space!

Best Quote of the Week ~ [10/14/12]

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
          "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."
~Albert Einstein

Extra Quote:
          "Why'd the wooden box need cough syrup...? Because it was a coffin!"

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Best Quote of the Week ~ [10/7/12]

"They got money for wars, but can't feed the poor."
~Tupac Shakur (Lyrics from Keep Ya Head Up)

Keep Ya Head Up by Tupac Shakur from Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.