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Finally a bachelor!
Posted on March 20, 2016 at 15:14

Actually I've never not been a bachelor. However, I am now the proud owner of a bachelor's degree! It took me more than seven years of college and 25 years of student loan debt, but we can sweat the details later. Was just browsing through to find some of my old projects to potentially put on my portfolio and I noticed that a few people I remember still post here, so I figured I'd give you guys some kind of update.

Now that I'm done with school I am on the job hunt. Got an in-person interview coming up this week so my fingers are crossed. The only person I met here who I still stay in regular contact with would have to be SteveKB (meow44) who I play League with and talk about life and programming with. I've still been working on games on and off, the biggest project of which would be this castlevania-esque game which will be finished...
Someday.



Anyway I'm mostly curious what you guys are up to. I'm surprised this site still seems to be kind-of active.




Wow, this is still here.
Posted on June 27, 2012 at 04:52

Hey guys, long time no see. I expected this site to be dead but I see pretty much the same group of people here as when I left. Cool beans.

Is everyone here still doing Game Maker or have you all migrated to something else? I'm trying to move away from Game Maker but meh, it works and I can work with it. Although truth be told, I haven't made much in a long time, been busy with classes, failing with women and... Playing lots of video games. :D

I am kind of off-working on a game right now though. Remember Element? Probably not. One of the mods brought it back wit a fancy new engine so I have my fingers in that to keep it legit.

I'm also officially taking comp sci classes now. They're pretty cool. I like being required to use a computer to do my homework, makes it really convenient to google things.

So yeah, not much is new with me. Basically same-old same-old. I might post some stuff over the summer. Financial aid doesn't support summer classes so I have some time and will probably make some games. Good to visit the site again, congrats to the staff for not exploding the servers in my absence.




New College, New Computer
Posted on October 02, 2011 at 16:36

So I graduated this year, did I mention? Got an AA degree from my community college. Now I'm going to a university to study computer science. So far it's pretty cool. It's a smaller branch of a pretty big university, so I get a nice school for my resume without having massive 200+ student classes. I've only had two days of classes so far, but I'm liking it there. I'm taking Matrix Algebra, State Government, and Java. I haven't been in them quite long enough to say for sure, but I think I'm going to like all of them. And no, I didn't get to choose which programming language I wanted to take, so don't ask me why I chose Java. XD

Anyway, I may commute there, but I'm still there for 8-10 hours a day, so I decided to get a new laptop. This way I can get all of my work done there between classes... And game when I don't have homework... :D

Here's the beastly laptop I am posting this blog from right now: Asus G4SX-BBK7

It can run anything I throw at it, and it never gets warm. It's easily the best computer I've ever owned. I'm very pleased with it. You won't find a much better price than that on a laptop for the components, and its design is really spectacular. I had to shell out some extra money for a backpack big enough to store it, but it was well worth it. ^_^

Oh, and I'm working on a super secret awesome game with a few buddies. I'll share more details when I'm getting closer to being ready to release it, but here's a screenshot for now.



Anyhow, that's what's going on with me. Thanks for reading.




67 Haiku
Posted on April 25, 2011 at 21:33

Wanted To Join Fad
I Won't Reference Wanking Though
Oh Wait, Gosh Dangit




My 3DS Blawg
Posted on March 28, 2011 at 01:25

So I went to a midnight launch to get my 3DS last night. I showed up an hour early, and was sorely disappointed, as a mere eleven people showed up for it. So needless to say, there were no shortages. I grabbed a cosmo black 3DS and Super Street Fighter IV. I dropped my receipt on the way to the door, and after an awkward moment of panic, a kindly employee found the receipt, and I was on my way.

Of course I started playing the thing immediately. I opened the box, looked over the operations manual... By which, I mean: I looked at the operations manual, said, "heh," and then tossed it aside.

Honestly, everything on it looks incredible. Camera stuff is a little bit funky if you're playing in a dim room, and the sweet spot for the 3D is smaller than you might expect, but once everything is tuned in perfectly, the results are spectacular. I played around with the AR cards for a while. It was kinda fun shooting arrows at targets growing out of my bed. The face shooting game thingy was fun too. I was also quite eager to try letting the game make a Mii using my face, but the darn thing couldn't get it right. I tried using it four times, and got a completely different looking Mii each time. So I had to make my own from scratch. Other than that, all the little fun things that come with the 3DS worked great, and were a nice little distraction.

Super Street Fighter VI is awesome on the 3DS as well. The 3D doesn't have any impact on the gameplay whatsoever, but it looks great. To be honest, I'm a little annoyed by people calling it a gimmick simply because it doesn't affect gameplay. HD didn't affect the quality of the storytelling in our movies, Color TV didn't make our sitcoms any funnier. Are all aesthetic advancements in technology nothing more than gimmicks? Maybe, but who cares, IT'S SHINY!

Anyways, didn't notice any ill effects from playing with the 3D, at least not at first. After playing it all day, once I turned the 3D off, I did notice a minor headache. Nothing debilitating, and I recovered pretty quickly, but I would recommend pacing yourself with the 3D.

All in all, I'm impressed. It was totally worth the $320 I'm out for it. (DS + Game + Sales Tax)




I've joined the dark side.
Posted on March 14, 2011 at 09:55

You can decide whether "the dark side" comes from installing Linux, or the fact that I chose to use Kubuntu.

My poor laptop has been having problems for at least a year now. It tends to not want to boot up unless it reaches a temperature most people wouldn't dream of allowing their prized computer to overheat to. Worse, it crashes five minutes after startup 50% of the time, and it crashes when I put it in sleep mode or hibernate 100% of the time. The problem here is that I can't take my laptop anywhere, which was the whole point of getting a laptop in the first place.

Since the laptop was freezing most often at the Windows loading screen, I had the idea to install Linux as a dual boot in a vain attempt to make my laptop usable again, and it actually worked. My laptop is now running a dual boot between Kubuntu 10.10 and Windows Vista. It took all day for me to figure out how to get my wireless card to work, and another hour or two to get rid of an annoying flashing screen bug. Now that those are fixed, it runs beautifully, without a hitch. It boots up 100% of the time, and it doesn't lock up in sleep mode.

Unfortunately, I was only able to free 7GB of space for it to start, so I'm currently allowing 5 GB for the root folder, and 2GB for swap, which is obviously not ideal. I'm trying to rearrange my MFT files using a program designed for such a purpose, but Vista isn't cooperating. One person suggested just letting Linux be the dominant OS, and running Vista on a VM, which I am skeptically considering right now. In the mean time, though, I'm just happy everything works.

I'll post screenshots of my desktop later.




Shadow Vigilante (SV Devlog #1)
Posted on August 18, 2010 at 15:57

So, I've started a new game project I will inevitably not finish. This game is a 2.5D Sandbox Style Beat-'em-up with RPG Elements. All environments are rendered in 3D, while characters and objects are 2D sprites, and usually walk along a 2D plane. Here is a recent screenshot:



Update:

Fixed those lines people were complaining about. ;)


The game will actually wind up feeling more like an action RPG than a beat-'em-up, most of the time. You will have seven attributes that determine your character's normal abilities. (Strength, intelligence, dexterity, etc.) You can add onto these attributes as you level up. However, you will also learn some very ab-normal abilities as you level up. These are powerful skills that can be used in combat, and some of them can also be used out of combat. These haven't yet been coded, but let me give you a brief description of the first three that you will get:

Camouflage
Obtained at level 2
Makes your character virtually invisible to the average person for a limited time, so long as you keep still. As you level up this skill, you will be able to stay undetected if you move, and even some noises will be masked by this skill.

Fear
Obtained at level 2
Strike paralyzing fear into the heart of your opponents. Weak minded people will easily be overwhelmed, higher levels of mastery allow you to use this skill on more strong minded foes.

Shadow Fire
Obtained at level 2
You are covered in flames that pose no threat to you, but will burn anyone who touches you. Does more damage as the skills' mastery level increases.

Constructive comments are appreciated. I'll probably post more info on the game tomorrow.




When did 64Digits die?
Posted on May 15, 2010 at 23:49

I leave the site for a few short months and this is what happens? It's all my fault! I'm so sorry!

*Cough*

Anyway, life's been... Well, life. I have been behind on all my game projects, mainly due to Calculus II. I came into this class expecting to do just fine. After all, it's math, since when has just plain old math been a problem? Calculus II will be a breeze, right?



For the first half of this class, I seriously struggled. Right off the bat, I'm thrust into an annoying lesson about approximating the area under a curve. I had trouble figuring it out, but I figured this is just approximation, and we learn how to get exact values in the next lesson, so I can just forgive this little mishap and be on my merry way. After all, we'll never see THIS again in the class, right?



Well, we actually saw it again multiple times, so of course I struggled whenever it came up. On top of that, exact integrals weren't going any better. I was constantly two lessons behind the rest of the class. I did not do so well on the first test. But hey, this is just one test, we'll get six of them, and the lowest score is dropped. The next chapter doesn't seem that relevant to this one anyway, I'm sure I'll be able to understand that much better... Right?



Lesson six was a nightmare, the whole class struggled with it, and since I was already struggling, it was all the worse for me. This was the point at which I started to do something quite foreign to me. Something drastic, unexpected, and original: I studied the material. While I was starting to feel a little bit better about it, I was still having problems, and got a D on my chapter 6 test. I studied chapter 7 very hard, and had resolved that because we get our tests back on the last day for withdrawal, I would decide whether or not to drop the class based on that. Any less than an 80%, and I would drop it. I was spending over four hours a day on Calculus now, but it paid off, because I got a 94% on my chapter 7 exam.



So I'm quite happy about that. Still need to study if I want to get a 3.X in this class, though. My other two classes are as easy as can be. My "Computer Information Systems" class would be more aptly named "Computers For Dummies." Chemistry 121 is pretty easy too, not much homework, and I enjoy the lab work a lot. (Especially when we light things on fire and play with radioactive chemicals.)

I also got Plants vs. Zombies recently, which is a lot of fun. I have't beaten it yet, I think I'm on level 5-7. If anyone here hasn't heard of it, you should Google it, it's really worth a try, and the free demo lets you play a generous 25 levels.

Lastly, I am going to be house sitting for some relatives soon. They'll be gone a whole month, and I get to watch their 52" HDTV with Satellite TV a Blu-Ray Player and Surround Sound for them... Yeah, it's pretty much going to be the best month of my life. :D

I know this blog will probably get tagged because it is so short, but I'm sure that because the site is so active lately, it'll just get bumped off the front page by the torrent of blogs being posted by all the lively members first. :P




The long blog strikes back.
Posted on January 17, 2010 at 14:52

My last few blogs have been rather short, in case you didn't notice. Most of my blogs, however, were rather long, and so I am returning to tradition in this most recent blog. You might not read it all, and I am fully aware of that, but hopefully when you skim you'll have the gist of it. Prepare to be bored to death in 3... 2... 1...

Life:

I'm now in the 2nd quarter of my 2nd year at the local community college. I have British literature at 8:00 AM, rather early, but so far I like the class. We watched a movie about Oliver Cromwell during the first week, and have just finished reading Paradise Lost. I then spend two hours doing either my homework, or fiddling around on my laptop, and if I'm lucky I see a few friends. At 11:00 AM, I head of to my history/geography/political science course, which I find rather enjoyable. The teacher is awesome, this is my third course of his. I love the course, but there's this kid who sits next to me who can't seem to spend five minutes without either saying something, or causing trouble for me. For example, shaking the table to make me mess up my notes, stealing one of my pencils, asking me if I'm a terrorist/communist/nazi in a rather loud voice during the middle of class,and other fun things like that. He does think of me as a friend already, and he seems like a nice guy in general, so I don't want to hurt his feelings, but his antics are really starting to get on my nerves... Anyhow, I have an hour between that class and my last one, which is calculus 1. I've already taken calc 1 before, and I remember everything I learned, but my credits won't transfer unless I bring my grade up. My last calc teacher was tough as nails, but he taught the material very well, and I understood everything. This guy has easy tests, but assigns way too much homework, and then explains the lesson in a way that feels more like a summary. I think I'll do fine, as it's all review for me anyway, I just feel sorry for the half of the class that isn't just retaking it because they failed last quarter's calculus class.

Gaming:

Well, after six months mourning the loss of our beloved Tales of Vesperia disc, we've finally ordered a new copy off of Amazon and are eagerly awaiting its return. It will be nice to play that again. I also got to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on our new surround sound system with a friend of mine, and it was awesome. He has an HDTV at his house, and even he could agree that playing it on our home theater system was just plain epic. Now imagine if we did have an HDTV, now that would be epic, though my head might asplode on account of too much awesomeness.

Game - making:

I've had a lot of ideas lately, but haven't had a good start on any of them. My latest involves a game in the same style as Experimental, but of course, much more fleshed out. Actually, the only similarity would be the art style. If you want to see what I've got so far, here's the two main character's sprites and portraits:



v3:

I take it you've all seen Arcalyth's latest v3 frontpage. I think it looks great, I hope we'll see it implemented soon. Maybe a new version of 64Digits will breathe new life into this site and get us some fresh traffic.

End:

That's it for now, not as long as I hoped it would be, but still fairly lengthly. Have a nice three day weekend.




NIGHTHAWK'S GM LOGO!
Posted on November 30, 2009 at 00:54

I think it should be more like:



Because Awesome-Face is cooler than his severely mentally retarded brother. Also, now that Yoyo owns GM, the hammer in the main logo needs to be a toy one. Oh yeah, and it wouldn't be Yoyo without gradient overkill and their ugly logo dominating the scene.

(Yes, this is now a fad/meme/thingy.)



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