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Hey person reading this. If you haven’t played the game and fully intend to, don’t read this. I have a medical problem that makes it impossible for me to avoid spoilers. It’s ok if you read it mom. Most of this won’t make sense to you anyway.

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After leaving the project for a night, i decided I didn’t like it as much as I had originally and went back to edit it again. There’s still some problems, but I’m a bit happier with this version, and I’m going to stop editing it because it’ll just be like trying to cut a straight edge on a piece of paper with scissors: I’ll keep trying and trying to get a perfect straight line, but can’t, and end up with nothing left.

Also known as George Lucasing it.

The second reason is that the class this is due for is in 1 hour and 15 minutes, so I really can’t keep on editing it.

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So, for my screen toolkit class, we had to make a completely audio project. This is the result.

There are a few parts I sort of want to edit again, but they are the parts I had a hard time making work in the first place. The piece wasn’t right without them, and they felt a little sloppy with them. Guh.

But I really enjoyed working on this, and am somewhat proud of the result. The video is on the youtubes because I can’t upload videos to this blog.

I have to go now because someone is staring at me. I think they need this computer, and I’m done. Just so you know, person reading over my shoulder, my hard drive is formatted for a Mac, and I have a PC at home. Rest assured I’m not using this machine for a program I could easily use on a PC. You could always stare angrily at that person a few stations down using a $2500 computer for facebook and email.

Yes. You.

…Nope, I can’t. This youtube uploading is slow work. Also, brush your teeth.

Yes, I AM checking my facebook now. Stop sighing. My upload’s at 90%. I want to get out of here too you know, and I have to commute an hour. Trust me I’m not here for the lulz.

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Saturday, Shakespeare in the Park gave out vouchers in Staten Island. Since that’s where I dwell, and because it’s free, and because my mom and I go to Shakespeare in the Park every year, we went, and waited for 3 or 4 hours to get vouchers to go see Measure for Measure.

It was a very uninteresting day of course. I mean, it was a great day, just, if you weren’t there, then you wouldn’t care. The short version is that it was full of clapping and babies.

Anyway. It was hot, and I realized something:

My mom just stopped responding to these things.

 

And you know it’s true. They never had to deal with UV radiation, sun burn, and horrible horrible humidity. Or any weather for that matter.

I think splicers is a small price to pay for that.

And you know what? I remembered sun screen! I did not, however, remember that the sun works in 3 dimensions, and so my back got burnt. Not that bad. I’ve had worse. But it still sucked.

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I made this up when I was a kid, having browsed through a Green Lantern comic, seen and then forgotten the Oath. I still think it’s pretty awesome.

In brightest day

In darkest night

No evil will escape my might

Let fools be killed with dynamite

Cause I’m Green Lantern, out-a-sight

 

 

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Super excited for the Tony’s! …I usually am… it’s like my own little holiday. I even made a drinking game surrounding it. If you want the rules, let me know. They’re quite simple, and gauranteed to get you trashed.

Anyway, I thought I would talk about Tony Predictions:

For Best Play, I’m going to go with War Horse, for the singular reason that I’ve seen it. That’s how I roll. I was thoroughly impressed with War Horse. While maybe the story wasn’t the deepest thing ever (according to an economics major in one of my classes, so, pfft, what does he know?) it’s certainly captivating. You get caught up in the emotion and the characters, and the puppetry is absolutely amazing, to the point that you forget the War Horse isn’t a real horse.

Best Musical I think will be The Scottsboro Boys, because the theater crowd has been buzzing about it. If it’s not The Scottsboro Boys, then I think it’ll be Book of Mormon, because the theater world loves to hate religion. I know nothing about Catch Me If You Can (is it based on the movie?) or Sister Act… Sister Act is too new, and based on a movie, and there’s a huge backlash about that going on right now, moreso with the dramaturges, and people actually making theater than the people who put up the money to make theater.

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I was thinking about this recently. I didn’t like The Last Airbender, not as a movie, not as an adaptation… not even as a Riff Trax (though they tried… it’s not their fault though). I’m usually able to just turn my brain off and hop on the fun train, you know? That’s why I can defend stupid Rom Coms, and not get nitpicky when there are small plot holes in Doctor Who.

But there was one thing that, above all, bothered me sooooo much in The Last Airbender, and I couldn’t figure out what it was.

The Blue Spirit

The Blue Spirit, Prince Zuko in disguise, saves Aang, the Avatar, from the Fire Nation (his own nation – Zuko’s a fire bender, and you know… prince of the Fire Nation… he was sent to hunt down and kill the Avatar so saving him from that situation was not a small deal… though it makes sense… you have to watch the show).
Now, the Blue Spirit mask is very heavily modeled after Chinese Opera masks and makeup. I would show you a picture, but it’s 2:30am, and I’m lazy.
Given that, in the series, the Fire Nation is heavily modeled after Asian (in general and Chinese more specifically) culture, this makes complete sense.
In the movie, however, the Fire Nation is full of Middle Eastern people, which would suggest to me that, were this adapted world to be expanded, that the Fire Nation should be heavily modeled on Middle Eastern culture.
So: Why is the Blue Spirit mask in the movie essentially the same mask that’s in the show? Shouldn’t the Blue Spirit mask be more influenced by Indian masks, or Egyptian masks, etc…?

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There has been a lot of talk recently, and for a while now, about video games vs. movies.

As a gamer (and someone who considers herself a hardcore gamer, though that definition caries from person to person), I can see the trend of comparing video games to movies as troubling: video games are inherently different from movies, and I’m not very comfortable with the idea of comparing them to one.

As someone who studies, and consumes, media however, this comparison seems natural.

Video games, in their current iteration, are necessarily visual mediums. The graphical capabilities of these machines is tremendous, and video games have always been moving in the “more realistic” direction, under the simple idea that a human should look like a human, and the  better something looks, the more immersive it will feel.

This is, of course, not a universal approach, nor should it be. One of my favorite games, Psychonauts, uses a more surreal/cartoonish approach to its characters, allowing a game that should look graphically dated today, as clean and fresh as when I first played it, on the XBox… before the 360 was even announced.

Anyway, back to the point: Video games are a visual medium in today’s market. Because of that, and because we are humans, it is only natural to compare to whatever medium is closest to it. That medium is, of course, movies.

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I’ve been reading through the FFVII Letters today, and quite frankly I’m annoyed at them.

I’m annoyed for a couple of reasons, the least of which, as I mention on twitter, is that I’m really tired of FFVII. I love the game, don’t get me wrong. I remember the day we got FFVII and our PlayStation broke the same day. I remember the first time I powered my way past the Midgar Zolom because I didn’t know about getting a chocobo. I cried when Aeris died, and I still call her Aeris because that’s what she was called back then.

I don’t deny that it has its place as a culture point of reference. FFVII was a groundbreaking game, and is a memorable game. I enjoy replaying it from time to time. And as a Final Fantasy, if people want to put that on the top of their lists, I’m fine with it – I disagree, I think FFVI is the better game, but I get it.

FFVII was important in opening up the world of gaming – it was no longer just this isolated world that happened in arcades or basements, that was seen as isolating. It was bigger than that. And something in it definitely speaks to the idea of Video Games can be Art.

No one who considers themselves a gamer today has not been effected by FFVII, either directly of indirectly. But like all things, it has a time and place. It has its weaknesses, and there are plenty of those.

Again, I will stress that I don’t deny the importance of FFVII. But I do think we should recognize that great things have come after FFVII, and that ideas in FFVII did not all originate there.

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PAX East Decompression Report

For the abridged version of my time spent at PAX East, you could easily just read my tweets from between March 10TH through March 14th, and I would recommend that as well, since I think they are brilliant insights into my thought process and general state of mind at the time of tweeting those. Of course there are long breaks between tweets because I was busy being at PAX East. I would tweet whenever there was some down time, and there wasn’t much of that.
Actually, for a fun fact, I’m typing this on the train home, so I’m likely to tweet during the typening and I’ll put in brackets any thoughts that occur to me [such as: “My ears just popped. I hate that”. Brilliant, I know].
But let’s begin with Thursday, since that’s when this pilgrimage began.
As you may suspect, Thursday was not the most exciting PAX-related day. It was a good day though. If you’ll recall my tweets though, there was a bad smell following me around everywhere, and I would right now like to apologize to anyone who had to stand close to me, since I’m pretty sure the funk rubbed off on my clothes, because the smell was so stuck in the fibers of my backpack that… I don’t know… it was doom for noses from the start.

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