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6:09 PM on 03.03.2009

Quick Review: Blush

Blush is a new, free game from Flashbang Studios ( the makers of Off-Road Velociraptor Safari and Minotaur China Shop). You control a neon-colored squid, and your goal is to destroy other creatures, collect the eggs they drop and deliver them into one of the glowing drop-off spots. The game is somewhat similar to fl0w, in that as you deliver the eggs your squid grows and gets faster.

The game's graphics are quite beautiful, with objects and creatures emmiting bright lights of different colors and small particles floating on the water. They also give a feeling of depth.

The controls work nicely, and just moving around the water feels good. You use the mouse to control the squid and B to give it a boost.

With the egg count reaching a certain number, larger and more dangerous creatures appear. Unfortunately, the game has a time limit of four minutes, so it's impossible to know if you have seen all the creatures or not.

The game also has achievements that increase the replay value. The only thing that it is missing is a free play mode.

Blush is a quick game that it's worth the four minutes you'll take to finish it.   read

5:18 PM on 08.06.2008

What should I do with my PS1?

Last year my PS1 broke, and the guy at the eletronics store tried to charge 100 dollars to fix it. I chose to save some more cash and buy a PS2. Yesterday, while I was cleaning my closet, I found the PS1 and decided to try to fix it myself. Turned out that the laser thingy ( I don't know what it is called) was just dirty, and after a good cleaning the console was working again. The plastic is yellow and there are some scratches, but its working.

But now I already own a PS2, so I don't need the PS1 to play the games anymore. I remembered seeing some projects of portable playstations, and after a quick search I found the projects of Brian Gardiner and Ben Heck. But they used the slim model, and I don't have the skills necessary to make such mods. So I tought about making an "aestethic" mod, just paint it and maybe add some leds. The thing is, I also like the console with the original look.

So I'd like to know what you guys think. Its better to have the console with the original look, even though it is a bit damaged by the time; or its better to own a personalized, unique looking one? Also, did any of you tried to modify yours in some way?

Here are some versions of the PS1 with different colors:

Debuggind PS1, pretty blue color:

Yarouze, home development PS1:

And a cople of videos of case modded playstations:


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1:03 AM on 06.29.2008

The start of the affair: my parents

Let me start by saying that I am sorry for any typos this c-blog might contain. English is not my first language, and this is my first blog.

When I decided to write about what got me into videogames, the first idea I had was to write about Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, because that game was the firstone I got, it was great, and I was the only kid I knew that had it (most of the consoles were sold with Super Mario World). Then I thought I should write about Metal Gear Solid, because that game changed the way I saw games. But then I realised that I Would have never had such great experiences with videogames if it weren't for my parents.

My first contact with videogames was trough a cousin. His father traveled a lot, and always got him the coolest gifts. One day, I went to his house and there it was: the SNES. My cousin was a very mean kid, so he would only let me play it for five minutes, but that was enough for me to fall in love with the system. It would take about a year for local stores to start selling it, and two to my parents to buy me one.

I was born and raised in Brazil, a country known for its weather, soccer and beaches. Most kids love these stuff, but I was aways a bit different. I liked rainy days (still do) and, while I could play soccer fairly well, it wasnt my favourite past-time. My parents had no reason to buy me a video game, but when I asked for one, the only thing they said was: "Do you really want it?"

"Yes. Can I have one? Please?"

"Ok. Someday we will get you one."

And I waited, and waited, and waited. Videogames were aways very expensive here, and I knew it. One day my father took me to a car ride. He stopped at a store, and when he walked out, he had a brand-new snes on his hands. He didn't waited for a special date, like christmas or my birthday. I guess he could see that I wanted it badly.

My parents never complained about me spending the weekends playing games, or spending the money I saved on magazines. They never forced me to turn the console off and go to bed when I asked for just "five more minutes". They would never forbid me to buy any game. They didn't complain about how Mortal Kombat was violent. And sometimes, they would even try to play games with me! (my mom was a big fan of Puzzle Bobble).

I guess my parents knew how much I liked games, and they really trusted me to choose content that i tought was adequate to me.

Some years later my parents got me a Playstation for christmas (around 1998-1999). But the games that came with it were different. They had a lot of text. Games like Azure Dreams (that came with my Playstation as an "unnoficial bundle") and a demo disc with metal gear solid. And once again my parents would support my small obssesion.

Thanks to the piracy, I had many choices when choosing a game. That really helped me to shape my gaming habits, and, eventually, to learn english.

Unfortunatelly, times changed. Nowadays my parents dont support my gaming like they used to. The media alienated them. Now they think that all games are murder simulators. They still let me choose the games, but not without asking questions about the the plot. That makes me really sad, because I can no longer discuss with them about how good a game is without having then asking if I have to kill people or steal cars to reach my objective.

Even though my parents will never read this thing I gotta finish it off by thanking them. Mom, dad, thanks for putting up with me for all these years without complaining, and for supporting my gaming habits, even if you didn't understand them. You rock.   read

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