being quasi-antisocial with sackiCons this Halloween~

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Rather than hitting the party scene in some crazy getup, i’ve voluntarily cooped up indoors on a rainy (or at least wet-ish) Halloween night, workin’ on the computer with some vector-art (plus a healthy dose of  photoshoppery) and drawing up avatar “costumes” for some  friends…which ultimately boils down to a solitary endeavor that feels Continue reading

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Telcihc dreams of mobile-play~

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This isn’t an actual screenshot to showcase any sort of playable game-dev progress for my w-i-p telcihc flash platformer―which, to be honest, has been on the back burner for some time now, even though it does feature my ol’ dr. julius “oC” telcihc as the protagonist/player character, so to speak.  Rather, it’s a mock-up for how a telcihc game might  look as a static image with touch controls and the whole works.

The process of creating this image has made for quite a fun UI design exercise for me.  Yet, perhaps a bit ironically, i’m still rather skeptical about how well a platforming game can work with touch-controls, like in terms of how well can a platformer control , given the advantages and disadvantages of touch-screen interface.  I’m convinced that Continue reading

fun with Silhouettes~

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…not quite doppelgängers, but rather a ‘shop-recompilation of the “costume” graphics that i’d originally made for the then-ex-Newsies for Halloween 2o13 using adobe illustrator, ha~       >[:p 

SPAM musubi & digital shenanigans

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Unlike most  of the other photos displayed on this blog (or all  the other photos, at least as of this writing), this one is actually not my own.  the truth is i’d stolen it from somewhere off the interwebz (via google search, though i suspect this as a likely origin), so in no way do i intend to take credit for the cooking + displaying + photographing that went into creating this tasty looking morsel/appealingly simple food photo.  kudos to whomever, somewhere in the world!  But, i will  take credit for the leporine ‘shoppery that had been afflicted upon said photo, which was some amusing bit of fun in the execution.

LBPr-iConRus_artsy-Paint1_P-iNow…does this make me a bad person, or could this be interpreted as vandalism in some way, shape, and/or form? (**proceeds to search web for a satisfactory definition for the word “vandalism.” **)  And in an almost entirely unrelated experiment, i present to you:  http://bit.ly/14pIFSY ( <– click if the thought of fish brains tickles your fancy).  To those of you, my anonymous readers of the world, who have actually read this far, i give you me genuine appreciation.  Now imagine that in a Scottish accent (Glasgwesian, perhaps?), a la the phenomenal Trainspotting , a film by Danny “28 Days Later” Boyle about skag + life + Obi-Wan Junkie.  Because Scottish accents are cool.  (This is what happens when one attempts to blog about an insubstantial topic after a night of sub-4hr of sleep and a day of errands.)

Mastication is good, and hooray for the amorphous concept that is potential internet indecency!  signing off~       >[:)

the Culinary Mystery of classic Castlevania’s Wall-Chicken

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Picture this: you are Christopher Belmont, Simon’s ancestor from 1oo years prior to the events of the original Castlevania , and basically a Conan the Barbarian look-alike.  It is 1591 AD, five years prior to the birth of René Descartes (nothing to do with Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge , really, but his evil daemon/evil genius concept is fun),  and you’re trekking your way through the spacious 4-shades-of-gray halls of  Cloud Castle, the airy—yet (oddly) fully enclosed—home of Angel Mummy*, one of ol’ Dracula’s dusty, dual-skulled lackeys.  Trusty Vampire Killer whip in hand, you have endured unholy horrors like flaming knights and knife-throwing lizard-men, survived spiked ceiling and deadly mechanized pulleys, all in the quest to save your bewitched son Soleiyu…but now you’re tired, hungry, and in need of some HP-replenishing nourishment.  So what do you do?   Continue reading

the forgotten Journey

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Ah, it has been many months since i’d last played Journey , an experience that was beautifully sublime the first time through (i have completed it twice to date, and currently have a 57% trophy completion rate).  Since it’s release via PSN digital download on the ps3 over a year ago (mar13th2o13 in North America), there have been countless fan-art created and blogs written about the game, with some reading religious themes within its wordless tale.  I personally see the entire experience of that game as an allegory for life and reincarnation, the latter of which is a concept that i find fascinating to read about, but am uncertain about when it comes to belief.  I consider myself agnostic, and i feel it’s more truthful to say that i want to  believe—rather than do  believe—in something greater than our tangible human experience…whatever that means.

With its unspoken philosophy that has been deliberately left open to various interpretations, Journey  stands a shining paragon of video games as an art form, and a fine contemporary example of how the story of a game can be told through visuals and music, rather than through text or recorded speech.  And my, are the atmospheric visuals truly something to behold.

As for the music, the game surrounds one with a layered, epic score as varied in tone and mood as the environments that one will traverse throughout the quest.

The image at the beginning of this post is one that i’d created for my sackiCon series in adobe illustrator (i love vector art!), with the look for this particular sackiCon based on the Journey Costume in littleBigPlanet .       >[:) 

say “Cheese,” burger, cuz you’re on a blog

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in-N-out Double-Double:  animal style (with pickles and onions grilled in mustard)~

Sometimes, nothin’ else quite satisfies you like a nice, juicy cheeseburger.  It’s not exactly the ideal gaming food, and definitely not something you’ll want to eat while driving, unless having greasy morsels of beef and bits of lettuce falling in your lap is your idea of enjoying a meal; in my opinion, any good  burger is one that will inevitably get messy while you eat it.

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If one is truly hell-bent on mixing gaming and gastronomic activities (and i’m not talking about wall chicken*, either), one solution includes using a fork + knife + plate.  But that’s no way to really dig into a sauce-dripping, succulent burger, as many games require two hands to be played properly, and those that ones that can be operated by waggling a single Wiimote…almost don’t qualify as games.  At least not ones really worth my personal time.  When it comes to gaming & snacking, one could also consider options like eating sliced fruit or chopped meats (i love dry salami and coppa!) with a fork, or even potato chips with chopsticks.  Yes, i’ve done that before.  ‘Cause greasy controllers are just…wrong.

But, back to the picture-related topic: in my mind, a good burger should always contain some crisp lettuce and sliced tomatoes sandwiched between the [ideally] lightly toasted buns along with the melted cheese and savory beef patties.  The veggie & fruit help balance out the flavors, providing a cool & crisp contrast to the salty greasiness of the ground beef…not to mention that they add to one’s diet some small amounts of dietary fiber and lycopene.   Aesthetically, the edible flora also add some delightful reds and greens to usual meaty textured-browns and shiny yellows.  While cheeseburgers are quite a different animal from the dishes in Taiwanese cuisine, i believe the concept of “色,香,味” (literally color, fragrance, flavor ) also apply, with “color” referring to the visual aesthetic appeal of a dish.  Btw, while writing this, i’d not only salivated profusely (something which my keyboard can attest to), but also found a cool lil’ blog with some tasty burger tips (amongst other food-themed wordery).

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Though it’s often mildly—if temporarily—torturous on one’s stomach, there’s this strange satisfaction to be had from taking macro photos of food prior to consumption.  Click!  nom nom nom…

In-N-Out Burger joints are available in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Texas.
* Fans of the pre-Symphony of the Night Castlevania games are likely familiar with this gravelly and inexplicably situated, yet oddly nutritious HP-replenishing item. 

Mastication is good!  For a somewhat different (and less carnivorous) perspective on food & nerdery from a different spot on the globe, check out Put-Putt’s Blog      >[:)