Saturday, January 29, 2011

Global Games Jam '11 #ggj11

So, we're however many hours in, (it's 9:10am and we started at 5pm yesterday) - I've grabbed some sleep, drank some coffee and now I'm just waiting for people to wake up, drift in.

It's all quite chilled and quiet - which is odd since it's a much larger Jam then last years. We've got 70 students, in 10 teams making games. Last year we only had 40.

RV Cam

I'm sure the pace will pick up as caffeine kicks in - until then Check out the Staffs Games Academy Blog <- all the links, photos and things are up there.

We also have a spotify playlist which is open for you to add things too.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Being somewhere sunny...

One of my students linked me to a machinima video for Katy Perry's California Grrls, made in Sims 3

It would appear I turn up 38 secs in.

I've played around with the screen cap in picknic, I may yet photoshop it to just say Nia...

In other news, survived Week 1 of term, went out for a lovely curry at Karma II last night with Pete and I promise to be productive today and now just play Tropico, like I did yesterday...


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Worshipping at the alter of my New PC

(because it's easier to blog then to do)

My Beast of a PC a) still needs a better name and b) won't fit under my old £9 computer desk thingy. So we're going to turn what is currently my study / 2nd spare room into just my study - for awesome phd work and game playing.

I had a look at lovely vintage desks today, but none of them fit the bill - so we're off to Ikea tomorrow to buy this
(I know it isn't cool or sexy, but it's functional, cheap, and everything will fit - although I'm torn between it in white or black).

Before then I have a bunch of stuff I need to do - In a specific order I think:
  1. Move my Wonder Woman print
  2. Empty the smaller of the bookshelfs onto the bed
  3. Unplug the PC and move it out of the way
  4. Clear the Computer Table, move it out of the way
  5. Put book shelf #1 where the computer table was - and put the books back on it.
  6. Put the computer table (hence fourth as know as bookshelf #2) where comics and shiz in boxes will live
  7. Clear the bed - and dismaPublish Postntle it - it can live in the Elvis suite for now
  8. Tidy up the stuff 'UNDER THE BED', it's going into boxes on bookshelf#2 tomorrow
  9. Hoover
  10. Sleep...
When the new desk is here I'll be able to see how much room I have for a comfy chair / small sofa in my study of awesome.

Update - Sunday 4pm
All done - We were like Ikea Ninjas...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Don't Worry, Be Happy

(you will note neither of these are ticked off - it's been one of those days)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My PC gaming over the holidays

It's been so long since I actually sat down and played a lot of games in a short space of time, I'd almost forgotten that computer games are the reason I've got anything resembling a career at all. So, since I've plunged headlong into reintroducing myself to gaming, and PC games specifically I though I'd write about some of the things I've been playing over Christmas and impression I've got before I get stuck somewhere in Arkham Asylum*.

Gaming equipment
I should round up, there's 5 things I play games on these day:
  • My New Pc - Umm, fast...
  • My Netbook - Dell Mini 10 I think
  • My Phone - Samsung Galaxy S on the Android platform
  • My Nintendo Wii
  • My Nintendo DS (Although I haven't exactly been playing much on this since I lent it to one of my FYP students)
My New Years Resolution to get better at playing with PC games coincided nicely with the Steam Sale, which was already full of shiny things to play. I also made a decision to stop playing Facebook Games, well, the Zynga time sink ones anyway - but I'll blog about that a different day.

Now I should point out, even in my heaviest gaming days I was always one for sims and tycoons games, I'm not very good with shooting things and I tend to get confused easily.

On the PC
Oooh, where to start - ok, an easy one - the first thing I downloaded to my PC was Lara Croft Guardian of Light - I'd heard good things, I love Lara, and the idea of the isometric angle intrigued me - and it is very nice nice, unfortunately I haven't had much chance to play with it since Pete is busy playing it and you can only have one saved game going at any one time. I might cave and buy it for him because I love the idea of playing co-op.

Other things I'd been playing:
  • Recettear - I did try and play this on my netbook buy it's more intensive then it looks. I love the style, but I've already failed to meet the demands of that evil fairy at least once.
  • Machinarium - Very Pretty, and really nice - in fact Pete and I have been playing it together.
  • Mirror's Edge - I haven't quite got into this yet, but it makes me feel a little bit sea sick, which doesn't help.
  • Batman, Arkham Asylum - gosh, this really is pretty isn't it. not very far into it, and I really like it so far (but I am playing it on easy)
  • Tropico 3 - told you I love Tycoon games, if you enjoy these kind of games Tropico is pretty much up there as a Wearn household favourite
  • SimCity4 - yep, I really love Sim / Tycoon games...
On the Netbook

The interesting thing with Steam in the range of games, and if your netbook doesn't have a cd drive, a godsend.
  • Flight Control HD - This managed to entertain me for a while, and it's about the only thing I've got achievements against my name on Steam, but I haven't gone back to it in a while
  • Puzzle Quest - mainly because I've been playing this, a lot, (It's Bejewelled with RPG elements) and its ace.
  • Plants and Zombies - I do rather like this, but I get bored pretty quick
On my Phone

I picked up a few of the Game Loft 3D Hack n Slash games, but I can't even remember what they were called so I think they may have to go. I have been playing Angry Birds, Alchemy & GameDevStory - all lovely little bundles of time & battery sinks. I suspect my phone is one of the reasons I don't pick up my DS so much any more.

On the Wii
Now I really like my Wii, I think it's about my level, but I don't often pick up games for it - especially not new shiny ones. I did however pick up Epic Mickey which I've really enjoyed so far, although I'd like less platform jumping and more world editing.

What I have noticed is no one thing has really captured my imagination, or made me plough hours into it - maybe Facebook games really have destroyed me attention span, maybe such a long hiatus away from playing games, but being so involved with them day in day out makes me see them in a different light.

I'll keep you posted....

* This though struck me though, if Batman's so keen not to kill the bad guys, and lock them up why doesn't he build a better mental asylum...

Monday, January 10, 2011

The new year is in double digits already...

Right, it's been tinsy little bit of a whirlwind since Christmas so here's a few highlights:

New PC
Hoorah - I have a new PC, a big, shiny beast of a thing. Which means I can put my steam library to good use (and have been). If you want to add me on Steam please do.

Exciting Tickets
Some of our Christmas money went towards buying tickets for Nerd-fest 2011 - The Uncaged Monkey's tour. It will mark the the 2nd time I've seen Ben Goldacre (Jess and I snagged tickets to his talk at Aston Uni) and Prof Brian Cox (D:Ream supported East 17 at the CIA in Cardiff- that was probably the first ever gig I went to) on stage.

New Blog:
Vanity Project ahoy: <- Decided to find a way to catalogue my cookbooks, I've also got a New Years resolution to cook out of all of them, well any of the ones I haven't already cooked out of.

New Term
Yeah to be back in work - I like work, it makes me happy - and most of my marking is done now, but it's full steam ahead to get ready for semester 2 & The Global Games Jam

Other Stuff
Catlan Christmas - a end of festivities / Birthday party for Gaz (who was ill so couldn't attend) / Buy stuff in the sales feast:
Table Setting
Example of Awesome Presents
(Wonder Woman joining the 'girls' in the office)

And finally Afternoon Play #3 - in which I got to play Dixit

Friday, January 07, 2011

served raw - served up

(I was trying to get Pete to sign his copy but he wasn't playing!!)

It's a proper CD and everything - I'm very proud... a bargain at £10!!