Next year I’ll be putting together a 25th Anniversary video for Sonic the Hedgehog.
In the mean time, this is the 20 minute medley I’ve put together for the video.
FLAC version can be downloaded here
Tell me something, my friend.
You ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?
Closing a book
I don’t think I’ve ever really used my tumblr as an actual blog of wordy-words and thoughts, nor was I ever really very good with livejournal or deviantArt journals back in the day.
But the last day or so seem to have finally brought an end to something that is both incredibly monumental in my life and yet… has been such a drawn out affair. I cried myself out back in August when I finally began to truly accept it was hopeless.
This despite it really being a decline that, at least to me, seemed to start in early 2009.
Never really knew how to deal with it and ultimately made massive mistakes by turning to the wrong person who manipulated and toyed with me until they got bored in early 2010.
Personally, I don’t really like just leaving things to wither away without any resolution. It eats at me far too much and goodness knows I’m proving that right now.
Well, I still don’t really have the amicable goodbyes and pro per mutual closure I would prefer, but actions have been taken that forms a response.
It might sound remarkable overdramatic, but after unanswered emails, IMs and PMs asking what should we do, where do we stand, being un-followed on Twitter is the first time in all those years I haven’t felt confused by mixed messages.
It’s almost hilarious how significant such a seemingly tiny action is!
I won’t say I’m happy, because I’m certainly not.
It will take a while for the weight of at least 2 years of uncertainty and doubt fighting against optimism and hope to be lifted, even if none of them actually won.
That’s the value of closure. The outcome might not be good or happy, but at least you know what it is. Not knowing, not being entirely sure. It can ruin you.
Hope, in and of itself, isn’t a bad thing by any means. But it can be very destructive if channelled into a truly lost cause, especially when you don’t know that it is.
I harbour no ill-will and while the door may now be finally be closed, it’s just not my nature to truly lock it.
I can be found. I’m not going to be changing my online identity, email or any such nonsense.
If ever a time comes when things change, I won’t be ignoring or turning you away.
Easily my most impressive crash in DiRT Rally thus far.
Today saw the release of six new Amiibo in the Smash Bros range.
Personally, I think its too many to release all at once, but at least in Europe we don’t have to deal with that nonsense about certain Amiibo being exclusive to certain retailers like in North America.
The Amiibo shelf is pretty damn crowded now as the Mii Sword Fighter is #51 and I have the entire set.
So much so that the Super Mario Bros. Amiibo set needed to be relocated, which I’ve done by buying the official ‘End of world 1-1′ display stand.
That said, the stand could be a LOT better than it is.
Firstly, Bowser hasn’t been relocated to it. The SMB Bowser Amiibo is so large he can only fit on the top of the stand, and I wanted Mario and Luigi side by side up there.
The other thing is the seams. Each brick is two pieces of plastic joined together, however the two halves of each black have been joined top to bottom. This means the join is plainly visible on every block except for the two on the bottom right where the flag pole is seated. Those two are joined front to back, and so the seam runs along the top of the blocks rather than the front.
It’s a pretty damn stupid oversight in the design to glue the blocks together the way they have been, especially because its not a particularly good join with rough edges.
Definitely not worth the price they are charging of £25, but a nice little piece if you can get it for the £10/15 range.
As for the Super Mario Bros. 30th anniversary pin badge, that was on its own in the bottom of the box the 6 Amiibo came in.
It wasn’t a stated extra/gift with the order, so I was actually lucky to find it as I was tearing up the box to put in the recycling bin.
Bonus: Getting these 6 Amiibo directly from Nintendo was £11 each for a total of £66.
Most stores in the UK, such as GAME, currently sell Amiibo for £15 , boosting the price for all 6 up to £90.
Be careful where you buy from!
Farewell, Club Nintendo.
The European version will finally close down on the 30th of September, 2015.
To mark the occasion, the final item added to the Stars Catalogue at the beginning of the month is this silver (plated) coin.
The Japanese characters read “Thank You”.
I’ve been a member since the loyalty program started in Europe on the 2nd of May, 2002 as “Nintendo VIP 24:7″, launching alongside the release of the Nintendo Gamecube.
MGS 5 get’s a lot of stick about Quiet’s character portrayal.
With very good reason too!
The so-called big reveal for why she wears next to nothing and how it would change our perceptions falls completely flat and is hurt even more when her additional costumes for building up her buddy level are being covered in blood or silver and gold body paint.
Whilst it could explain why she wears so little, any deeper meaning is pretty much lost in how she behaves, especially the idle animations animations in the helicopter.
She is not, however, the only woman in the game. Once you have access to building a combat squad, volunteers and rescued prisoners can include women who can then be played as through any mission in the game and free roam.
The sneaking suit is perhaps a bit form fitting, but I suppose no more so than something like Mass Effect. Unlike Quiet, these soldiers lack absurd jiggle physics.
In standard fatigues though, they comple tely look the part, even down to not needing long and flowing hair, which is refreshing.
Written by Joseph Staten
Starring Rtas “Half-Jaw” ‘Vadam
Mysterious female Sangheili warrior in Arbiter-esque armour with an energy blade on a staff.
This seems to tick every one of the iccara and etoli fangirl boxes I can think of in a Halo novel.
Saying as it’s written by Joe Staten, even a canon Rtas love scene isn’t out of the question. He wrote a hilariously awkward one for Sgt Johnson to end Contact Harvest.
Q:HAPPY DAY OF THE BIRTHING YOU ROBOBURRITOBUTT
THANK YOU MYSTERIOUS ANON
MY ROBO BUTT IS SUFFICIENTLY BURRITOED
The World Rallycross expansion pack + PvP modes have arrived for DiRT Rally in the past few hours.
Since I was invited into the closed community beta test, I’ve had access to the new track and 3 new cars for a couple of weeks now and got my hands on the public buiild early enough to put together this fan trailer during the early hours of the morning.
Here’s a blast from the past I found amongst one of my backup HDDs.
Made this render in 3DS Max sometime around, I’d guess, late 2007 or early 2008, using assets from Halo 2 that had been ripped from the original Xbox disc.
So this is what a Halo 2-era Sangheili/Elite would look like with British DPM camo.
Around the Halo 3 release window, things looked a lot more promising for a longer term Human/Sangheili alliance, before a number of the Halo EU novels started talking about humans enabling the Sangheili civil war so they would all kill each other, or started developing bio-weapons to wipe them out.
I’d mostly lost interest in the Halo lore with the directions it has gone, so I’m out of the loop, but I recently found out about and read two more.
The Broken Circle and Hunters in the Dark, which have finally been a bit more sympathetic to the Covenant, and Ex-Covenant, sides of the story.
Hunters in the Dark espe cially actually let’s the Sangheili take a properly heroric, saving the galaxy, role, with N'tho ‘Sraom and Usze 'Taham (players 3 and 4 in Halo 3 4-player co-op) finally being used and developed into proper characters in their own right with staring roles.