Category Archives: Artsy
More Sight Seeing
Ahh, yes. Guild Wars 2. It feels like I had been away for so long. It’s probably been a couple months actually since I had sat down and made any meaningful progress in the game. And this weekend I probably got a solid 6 hours in.
The game never ceases to blow my mind with the amount of detail and care that goes into the world. And according to my stats I’ve only seen 20% of it. I’m really taking my time with this one. It’s not that I rushed through the first Guild Wars by any stretch, but you only get this opportunity once… to play a game for the first time.
Here’s some more screenshots from today’s adventures. I picked up where I left of yesterday, and then made my way to the Asura home city, a much more technologically centered race.
I mentioned in my last post a project I’ve been working on in Minecraft. Since my quarry is always working when I’m away, I’m able to gather enough resources to build this thing. You might recognize it.
Each block represents 1 pixel of the BIG castle you find at the end of Worlds X-3 in the original Super Mario Bros. I originally planned on scaling this down, but it wasn’t looking right, so I just built it to its highest fidelity. Though I didn’t quite expect it to get this big. I also originally planned to translate this into 3-D. But I quickly realized how daunting it was going to be to create it in 2-D form. This castle has around 16,000 blocks. All placed by hand. Math that I should have done BEFORE I started building….
Super Mario Beads – A Stop Motion Movie
This had to have taken some work! Watch this fun little video. Very clever!
Super Fun Weekend
After all the stress lately, this past weekend was exactly what was needed. Some family came up and we went out to the Great Bend Airfest. I was really worried that I would be dissapointed by what showed up, but it was completely awesome. There were several vintage planes out there from the 1940’s, mostly WWII trainers and such, but the really cool ones were the B-25, and the P-51, both beautiful planes.
I took a bunch of pictures, but here’s some of the highlights:
There’s a lot more pictures, so click through to see them, or check out my gallery to see A LOT more.
Willed Into Reality
Guild Wars 2 was announced 5 years ago. To put that in perspective, when this game was announced, the Wii and PS3 were brand new.
Then shortly after the game was announced… nothing. Years of nothing. To the point where you wondered if the game still existed. Arenanet would be asked when the game would come out and they just would say, “When it’s ready.” And then a couple years ago information really started to flow.
When it was finally announced that you could buy the game, it STILL didn’t even have a release date. Nevertheless I pre-purchased… in full… the Collector’s Edition (which you see above). I never in my life have spent so much money on a game, let alone a game that will come out… “someday”. Luckily today is that day.
I’ve written extensively on my early Guild Wars 2 experiences and if you follow this blog I’m sure you will hear a great deal more in the months and years to come. What you’ll find here are some detailed pictures of the Guild Wars 2 Collector’s Edition. There are ALOT of pictures so be sure to click the link to continue reading if you want to see all of them. Otherwise it would take up the whole front page!
I can finally talk about it
We just launched a new radio station at work on Wednesday. I’ve been working on it for quite a while, but haven’t been able to say anything. It’s pretty cool because they kinda just left it up to me to go make a radio station. Not that I’m really qualified to do such things, but I gave it a shot, and it’s at least a radio station by definition. Whether it’s a good radio station will remain to be seen.
I had a lot of freedom. Infact I designed the logo for the station myself. I hope I don’t come across as much of a bragger on here, but I am pretty proud of it. The logo, and the station itself. And for probably the second time ever, my artwork is on display somewhere in real life, not just the interwebs! I designed the the banner for the electronic billboard we’re leasing for the next few months.
I have a show on the station 3pm – 8pm Monday through Saturday, so feel free to tune in if you are around. We aren’t streaming yet, but we will be next month.
Playing with the camera
We got a fun new toy. Wanted to play around with all the different settings. We went out in the backyard and took some pictures of the sky. They aren’t perfect, but we’re just learning. Should have set a timer, and need to focus better.
Beta is Over
I wish I could stay up for the finalie, but that’s going to be at 1AM. I don’t think I can handle that.
I’ve had a ton of fun this weekend. This game is seriously as good as I would have hoped and more. It’s fun to play, and the sheer scale of it, from size to the number of things there are to do, it’s just amazing.
It wasn’t without its flaws. It was a little tough to play together with Biebs as we’d end up in different instances of the same world. Something the development team says they’re working.
I really want to keep playing, but sleep, work and the impending end of the Beta weekend keep that from happening. But there’s supposed to be one weekend per month until release… when I can then quit my job, ignore my family, and forego bathing to play this game without end.
At the very end, Andrea showed me how to enable hi-res screenshots. I wish I had this the entire time! The pictures it renders from the game are absolutely jaw dropping! The amount of detail in this game is ridiculous!
I’m posting scaled down versions here, but CLICK HERE for an example of one of the screenshots in its full 5656×3308 glory!
And that’s just one small part of the small part of the game I was able to play.