Ah the summer has continued! I’m around the half way point of my work contract and have been working flat out hence the lack of blog posts for a while. I’m finding it a little hard to find the time to write these posts in between work, airsoft, family events and finally actually playing some games. So to sum up, this is what’s been occurring.
- First I got my final results from Teesside. Its seems the year of living madly has paid off and I am graduating Teesside University in November with a BSc in Computing with First Class Honours. This is above and beyond what I originally expected and I was a little blown away on results day morning. I know my Mum certainly was
- This of course means that I am confirmed to be going to Abertay in September for a full year to do a Professional Masters (MProf) in Games Development. As you can tell from all the other posts, I’m really excited about this – its a way of making games, learning about the other disciplines and most importantly, meeting a bunch of motivated people there to make games. My accommodation is booked (a studio flat in Parker Street Halls) just need to finish the paper work
- At work, its been madness. I’ve been primarily sorting out machines for store upgrades so lots of moving around. This has been slightly compounded by some stupidly warm weather and today downpour that has flooded out a large amount of kit. Working in IT has reminded just how hard work it is – I’ve actually lost some weight thanks to carrying around a silly number of PCs every day.
- The Steam sales have been and gone and I’ve managed to survive relatively intact, with no major expenditure. Managed to pick up the whole of Max Payne 3 (with which I’ve been having a whale of a time!), the new Tomb Raider (which I’m enjoying but its not the best), and Witcher 2 which I still haven’t managed to get around to thanks to limited time and playing copious amounts of Wargame: AirLand battle and Civilisation 5: Brave New World.
- I went to go and see Pacific Rim! It was pretty fantastic – well worth going to see at the cinema with a combination of giant stompy robots beating the pulp out of the realistic Kaiju and various actors I know and like (Max Martini, Charlie Hunnan, Burn Gorman and Idris Elba primarily) having great fun playing in this world that Del Toro has created. Mako is probably the best created character (and the actress was perfect for the role) but the world and designs all look like something that makes sense. The “totally not godzilla” Kaiju all look like standard animals (primarily fish and reptiles) but larger and nastier and the Jaegers are my type of mech design – almost human but not quite anime.
I still can’t work out why the British where a major part of the Pan-Pacific Defence force though…
- Speaking of Idris Elba, the return of Luther onto BBC1 has been great. Mr Elba plays off Luther as a man struggling under the weight of his various sins well and facing him off against David O’Hara’s slightly suspect IA inspector is a match made in crime writer heaven. I prefer the second plot line to the first two episodes decidedly creepy one but I’m on the edge of my seat for the final episode tonight.
- Finally, music. I’m taking full advantage of Spotify to increase the amount of music I’ve been listening to. By paying the £10 per month fee, I’ve managed to load up my tablet with tons of music without having to endlessly sync to it. Really enjoying the latest Passion Pit album.
That’s it for now, more posts when I find the time. Also I’ll put something up about my various youtube videos.