Been very crafty lately. I made these over the weekend for my brother and sister-in-law ( and their dog ) for regular garden use, and they consist of acrylic paint, semi-gloss, and some pretty nice quarter inch hickory. I had to hold myself back from burning out and jigsawing the whole farm... D:
Oh and be glad you don't farm lettuce for a living. That stuff is bright man.
As promised for all you 'toiders this season... my gift to you! I sort of ran out of Steam halfway through (haaaaaaaaaaaaaa), so to make up for the lengthy creation process, I threw in a special L4D Christmas Special.
Also be sure to check out my last blog, where you can get Clay Yount's survivor wallpaper. He's a Mac user, so he was nice enough to make a 1680x1050 version too, unlike the grinch here (actually I was just lame).
I might do something else before Christmas or New Years, but we'll see - I got presents to make!
First let me get out the bad news. No Advent Calendartoid this year due to the company I work for launching our product in the next few weeks. I was planning on doing one, but I'm sure you all know how dual outputs of creativity can destroy a man's brain.
SO, I'm gonna try and offer you all little things like this, by my own (or friends) hands, for your enjoyment throughout the holiday season. That's the good news!
But, the Frogurt toppings contain potassium benzoate.
So let's get this started. First off is my friend Clay Yount's rendition of the Left 4 Dead'rs. I promised I'd plug his webcomic too, so check that out as well, out of curiosity and/or guilt. Either is good to get you there, cause he's talented . Rob and Elliot
Okay, the title is a little misleading (I think I played the old NES Back to the Future all the time but erased it from my memory... seriously what) but what you're about to see is a little bit better.
For what seems like forever, my brother and I always had a running joke about the BttF series where whenever Marty or Doc looked at the Polaroid pictures of themselves to determine the space-time-continuum's effect on their present selves, they were playing a Game Boy. Preferably Tetris.
Anyways, my brother went the extra mile and made something really awesome that I didn't expect.
(I'm gonna go ahead and plug his site too. Hey he's my brother, come on!)
(this kind of stems from SuicideFlip's latest blog about not liking to buy games, and wishing there were more sophisticated game stores)
So we've got our Resident Evils.
We've got our Dooms
Cries from the gaming community, both online and off, scream INJUSTICE to gaming when these kinds of films are released. No Hell in Doom? Kieth Urban huh? Final Fantasy Spirits huh? Travesty. Someone hire some people who LOVE the game, then it'll be awesome.
(my thoughts on the notion of making video game movies so good that they parallel the game experience is gonna be saved for another time. you like very long cut scenes?)
But yes, run and gun action movies based on games can be entertaining. Taken at face value, they're whatever you want them to be. Shunning them is overdone. Let em be, people want to make money or give it a shot.
So, I got an idea. Instead of shooting straight for the controller, the Pong reference, the stoner joke (I love Grandma's Boy, BTW), what if they went straight for the individual joe who just loves games?
Think High Fidelity, only featuring a store filled with great games, down to earth staff who know about those games, and a protagonist's life that's awesome and horrible at the same time - like most of our lives.
As I know of, there exists NO store in the universe that's run like a small town, knowledgeable, passionate record store, so the existence of such a non existence will strain the believability of the film's premise. That's a hurdle.
Also, by our culture's current books, knowledgeable gamers are anti-social, fat, hairy, tweaky goblins who are so adept at understanding the fantasy world that they forget the real one. How are we to create the ultimate introspective, gaming+love+life mish mash when no one really gets what gamers see in a game?
But look what Fast and Furious did for street racing (face palm).
Someone, make this film. I don't care if a store like this doesn't exist, DO IT. Hire Cusack or someone to fill the shoes of the guy who knows what a great game is. Throw in the fanboys. The love interest who sort of likes Shadow of the Colossus, but only because it reminds her of him.
Not the same ring to it as organizing Johnny Cash albums or revisiting old girlfriends to Queen's "We Are the Champions", but.... HEY! What about revisiting the old girlfriends ala a Mega Man Boss montage?
Am I crazy? Let me know. But I think we could all use a little flick like this.
note: I am very ashamed of the title 'Gaming Fidelity'