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My Indecisiveness in the summer time.

It seems at this point in the summer I have a lot of free time to laze around and do nothing and as much as I love being a lazy man of the world I do actually like to do stuff in my spare time. Luckily I have many things at my disposal to do, unfortunately I have a few to many options open which means that choices collide and clash meaning that I then become indecisive and never end up doing anything.

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This is what my decision-making looks like on a near-daily basis.

Normally when I wake up I have a basic idea of what I want to do. I’ll normally go on my laptop and decide what my next motive is from there. But since it’s the summer time I feel like I should be doing more and capitalizing on my free time. Before I finished my first year of uni I said that I’d get so much done in the summer, but as of yet I have yet to scratch the surface of the plans that I sent up for myself. While I have encountered moments in time where I have done exactly what I wanted to do, those times are sparse at best and need to be in bigger supply. So what are my options? Well I’ll tell you below:

Sketching

Now this is something I like to do, technically speaking it is what defines me. I’ve been drawing/sketching since the dawn of my existence, however in recent years it feels like I haven’t been as committed to it a I should be. After I came to uni I started sketching again, but now that the summer’s here I have barely drawn a thing and that’s problematic. I thought with all this free time that I would draw more than usual and get some of my comic ideas and portraits going, but I have yet to get into that kind of groove. Every time I want to sit down and draw something else interrupts me or I can’t find the incentive to work. I just hope that I can find that groove and start sketching properly before the summer ends.

Here’s a picture I drew of a friend of mine, this is what I want to be doing all the time during this summer.

Gaming

If there is one thing that I need to start doing more of it is gaming. I call myself a gamer, yet I barely touch my consoles and have long gaming sessions like I should be and that is because of my indecisiveness and laziness. I’d say in the last quarter of 2011 was when I was in proper gaming mode when I was playing Sonic Generations and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Since then in 2012 I became the proud owner of a Nintendo 3DS and have been discovering the wonders of the portable console along with my casual playing of Mario Kart 7. But even then my gaming hasn’t gotten to that epic level yet.

Recently I have gotten a hold of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 and at first I really wasn’t into it, but after giving it a try I’ve liked it a lot. Its miles better than the first game in terms of graphics and control, but I need more time to assess the gameplay and level design. I’ve also tried out Transformers: War for Cybertron and also far its a pretty crackin game and I’m annoyed that I hadn’t played the game sooner, it’s gameplay is fast, kinetic and very fun. Transforming is great and the visuals and voice work is pretty damn impressive. And lastly after around 2 months of being lazy I finally got around to playing Kid Icarus: Uprising on my 3DS. While the control scheme for the game does feel awkward at times, the overall aerial and ground combat is incredibly fun and addictive, the graphics are fabulous and the voice work and soundtrack is very well-crafted.

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I’m currently playing through this game and I’ll soon have my review up on my blog and on YouTube asap!

Me and gaming have a long way to go before we are back to the place where we were back in 2010 when I really cared for video games with a passion. I just want to be gaming the way that I did before; all the friggin time! 😀

Writing/Blogging

Well the funny thing about this is that I do it nearly all the time, but recently things have started to slow down and my uploading of posts has slowed down significantly. This blog was created for work purposes when I started uni, but after a bit of tampering it turned into my own domain to write freely about anything on my mind. And for the first few months it was crazy, but around March to April things started to slow down and by May things really got inconsistent. My reviews are one of the more solid things on my blog, my film reviews and my episode reviews of the Ultimate Spider-Man are the main things that I blog about. But other than that my material on my blog has been rather lacking and needing much more consistency. Well I have a lot of drafted blog posts, but its all about the inspiration and timing, some times I feel like blogging and other times I can’t be arsed. But blogging has become part of my world since uni began  many months ago and I would like it to continue. So yeah this summer I need to get my blogging stuff back in check, for sure!

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If nothing else specific comes up soon, then this will be the next thing I blog about. Look out for my comprehensive Spider-Man review!

Watching Movies/TV shows

As you may be able to tell from all the film reviews that I do on my blog and on YouTube, I love films. I live for them. It just fills my life with happiness.

Outside of films, I love TV too, though these days I don’t have a TV of my own to watch shows regularly so I play catch up online and recently I’ve gotten into a lot of American TV. Outside of watching my animated shows like The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Ultimate Spider-Man, I have recently started watching Fringe and I am obsessed! The show is so well-thought out, so cool and it has everything; science fiction, action, drama, mystery and so much more. Never have I been so addicted to a show since Boardwalk Empire. And speaking of that show I still need to watch the second season of that. And then there’s other HBO series that I’ve been meaning to watch now which is Game of Thrones. The second season has just ended and from what I have heard from my friends it sounds incredible and don’t wanna miss out on this epicness anymore. And then add to that my Idris Elba obsession that’s been going since last year, I really want to watch the two shows he’s most known for; The Wire and Luther. Both are critically acclaimed shows and have a lot of hype, however I have yet to see them, so I was hoping that this summer I would finally get around to watching both of them. But annoyingly I never like to watch more than one show at once because it messes with my continuity. So I say that I won’t watch another TV show until I’ve gotten up to date with Fringe, but even then, after finishing that show, finding a new one will be difficult with al of the material I have to work with. XD

I could even decide to clean my room, though I doubt I will due to the fact I shall be leaving my flat in a few weeks. But as you can see I have a variety of options at my disposal and yet I never know what to do or what to tackle first. When I do one thing, I feel like I should be doing something else at the same time and sometimes when I don’t pick something specifically I just avoid the choice altogether and do something else or worse, I do nothing 😦 I am hopeless in these types of situations haha.

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This sign should really be given to me because I really have a bad habit of not being about to make up my mind on the simplest of tasks.

Well one could argue I shouldn’t be freaking out about trying to do so much in such a short space of time since I still have the whole of July and August to sort it out. However my indecisive behaviour can become terrible on occasions to the point where I put off things for days, which then turn into weeks and then months

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Life

 

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Games I’m Looking Forward to in 2012: Kid Icarus: Uprising

Even though this game will be coming out in around a month’s time, Kid Icarus: Uprising is still a game I want to talk about. In the year 2012 I think it is clear that this game is one of the most highly anticipated titles of all games coming out due to the legacy of the games that have come before and the bold new direction that Uprising is heading in too.

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Since the game’s announcement back at E3 2010 I have been very interested in this game. From the first trailer I was hooked, I happened to see the trailer during Nintendo’s live stream but didn’t see that it was a 3DS title and mistook it for a Wii game that looked a little rough-around-the-edges. Even back then the game looked very impressive, colourful and vivid and when I found out it was coming to Nintendo’s current portable console I was so surprised at the amount of detail that was squeezed into the 3DS. But even beyond the graphics, I was interested in the gameplay that happened to be a far cry from the original game on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Rather than being an action platformer, the game had opted for an on-rails shooter type of game while flying through the air while on the ground it has an action adventure sort of side to it.

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One cool thing about Kid Icarus: Uprising is the fact that it that appeals to two types of gamers; the gamers new the world of Kid Icarus and the veteran fans who’ve been waiting for another entry in the series since the second game back in 1991. Most people picking up Kid Icarus: Uprising will probably be new to the series and won’t know of the history behind it, unless they did their research or got what little information that they could from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For those not in the know here’s a small history lesson; the first Kid Icarus game came out in 1986, it was a 2D action platforming game with you taking control of Pit as he goes on a quest to collect 3 sacred treasures to save his world and rescue the goddess Palutena. While it had a mixed reception at release it gained a cult following and still has pretty big fan base. The second game in the series showed up on the Game Boy in 1991 in the form of Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters and it was well-received at the time and many fans since had been waiting for another game for ages. So when Super Smash Bros. Brawl came out on the Wii in 2008 and gave us a new look at Pitt, the fans saw it as hope for a new game to be made… Luckily Nintendo decided to pull this franchise out from the old gaming library.

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For me my knowledge of the Kid Icarus series is mainly research-based. I first encountered something relating to Kid Icarus in Super Smash Bros. Melee in the trophy section seeing a trophy of Pit and reading the information that came with it. So then a few years down the line Super Smash Bros. Brawl was announced at E3 2006 and in the trailer we had a completely new version of Pit to play as in the game. His new look was completely different from his past incarnations on the NES and Game Boy. Only after that trailer was I truly interested in Pit’s past and I checked it out on Wikipedia, and it was after my research that I learned about the significance of the franchise. So fast forward to E3 2010 to when the first trailer for Uprising came out and I saw that he had the same as he did in SSBB. I thought this couldn’t be a coincidence. So then I did some more research and found out the main man behind the Kirby and Super Smash Bros. series’, Masahiro Sakurai had created another company, Project Sora to craft this game. And since that point my interest in Kid Icarus: Uprising has always stuck.

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Above you can see the art style that Pit adopted in Super Smash Bros. Brawl which was carried over into the new Kid Icarus game.

I must have watched the first trailer for Uprising at least 10 times. I thought the music, gameplay and visuals were incredible. From the first trailer we saw that the game would have two main styles of gameplay: on-rails shooter taking out enemies while flying through the air and action adventure way of things when you are on the ground in full control of your movements. We also saw that he’d take on enemies from a distance by shooting them or engage in close range combat with melee attacks using weapons, but one of the highlights was seeing he massive boss battles.

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Since 2010 the information for Kid Icarus: Uprising has been coming continuously in the form of videos, screenshots and interviews. We learned that Pit could charge his attacks while shooting in the air or how in ground combat he has a variety of moves to dodge and avoid enemy attacks. We also discovered that Pit was able to have different types of weaponry to attack enemies with including bows, claws, blades and others with different advantages and disadvantages, there’s also been the confirmation that the level’s difficulty can be increased collecting hearts from defeated enemies. And one key aspect that surprised me about the game wast he inclusion of multiplayer via Wi-fi for 6 players to fight in Team Deathmatches or Free-For-Alls using standard fighters, with losing players given the chance to plays as Pit or Dark Pit. With all of the stuff going on with the main story mode I didn’t think that the developers could add a multiplayer mode to this already full-looking game and then there’s also the AR cards that have mini games you can play using the 3DS’s augmented reality features.

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This game has been delayed from its original release point of 2011 to the first quarter 2012 and while a lot of fans were initially gutted about that, if anything the delay has only increased the hype for the game. And from what most games journalists and gamers who have tried th game say that the controls are a tad questionable, most people either have said that the game overall works or after adjusting to the game’s control scheme that everything falls into places with all of the beautiful visuals. Even if controls are an issue for some gamers the game will have the Circle Pad Pro to use instead if the extra circle pad is necessary for your needs. Masahiro Sakurai has put a lot of work into this game and it is very apparent and since this man the legend behind the Kirby series as well as the Super Smash Bros. series too, so he does have epic powers and I trust him.

Whether fans will be able to accept these massive changes to the series’ formula will remain to be seen but there is no reason why this game shouldn’t be successful. Kid Icarus: Uprising is one of the first games to come from Nintendo that wasn’t just another Mario or Zelda title, it is a part of games series that was long forgotten until Smash Bros. brought Pit back to the world of gaming and then Nintendo gave the series a new coat of paint and a new game for a new game system. Hopefully Kid Icarus: Uprising is the start of something and will open doors for other forgotten Nintendo franchises like Pikmin, F-Zero, Star Fox and so on. March 2012 couldn’t come sooner.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Media, Video Games

 

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