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11:32 PM on 03.09.2010

So, I never update, but I feel like mentioning that I am going to PAX East would be a good enough reason to update. I want to know anyone that is going and I cannot wait to meet up with people from Destructoid there. I've never been to a convention like this and my friend and I are excited beyond belief.

To make this blog worthwhile, I feel like a mention of what I'm playing is fair. I'm playing Final Fantasy 13 right now, trying to beat it before I go back to college. The battle system is a nice blend between a turn based system, and the gambit system of FF 12. It makes me feel like I'm doing way more than I actually am. The problem with the gambit system for me was the feeling that I could just sit there and I didn't feel like I was involved with the combat. In 13, if I don't like what the computer decides, I just pop down to abilities and choose what I want. I'm seriously loving this system.

I can't really comment on the story yet as I'm not that far, but I'm also liking the voice acting. Sure, a couple cheesy lines come out, but for the most part, it's seems pretty solid. Snow may say some stupid shit about "heros" all the time, but I like the rest of his performance so far.

One random thing that I've been meaning to post, is that my college recently had a visiting texture artist ,Maury Mountain, that graduated from my college. He works at Epic Games and worked on GoW, Unreal championship 2, UT3, and a little on Shadow Complex. It was a great presentation and incredibly interesting. See, I want to work in the industry. I am going to college to hopefully specialize in modeling. I don't know why, but I just love sitting there and creating models. It's fascinating to me.

Now, the talk wasn't so much inspiring to me as it was motivational. When he talked about how his job is structured, I just sat there and went "This is exactly how I want to work." and I've gotten a new found motivation to go that extra mile for my work. If I can get the talk (we recorded it), I will find a way to put it on youtube. It's not exactly the most amazing presentation, but it gives a good idea of how things at Epic are run.

So, that's basically what I've been up to. I hope to see a bunch of you at PAX!

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