Ok. Lots of things been going on during my month of “inactivity”. Inactivity refers to my lack of blog presence, and not to my everyday life which has been fairly busy. University, DotaCinema moderating duties, university stuff, gaming, etc. Been thinking of how to expand my abilities to try and earn a living, but I’m gonna procrastinate a bit more on it.
So, new semester in university. I was excited because we are covering 3D modelling; bad news was that it was in 3Ds Max, which I don’t particularly like (I loathe it in fact. Or did). Using it for lessons has softened me up to it, but I still prefer ZBrush and Maya. But yeah, the tricks I used before were unnecessary for making what I wanted to make, it seems. I used some complex methods and procedures to produce shitty works before, and now I can do simple procedures to provide decent work! You grab a shape, pull out its sides and faces a bit….And voila! A sword! No, really. It’s that easy.
This was my 2nd ever time in 3Ds Max. Not too shabby. It’s not professional, but I impressed myself with this half hour’s work. What do you think?
My main aim through 3D modelling is to create assets and cosmetics for Valve games via the Steam Workshop. TF2 and Dota 2 are at the top of the list, but I just know other games will occupy slots in the workshop in time. But yeah, not going professional. I want to learn the ins and outs, but ultimately it’ll remain a hobby that could earn me a quick buck.
Next, moderating sure is tough business. It’s either some idiot ruining your mood with a racist topic or people complaining to you about contest results (actually, this didn’t happen much at all). Nonetheless, the 2nd DotaCinema Lore Contest Results came out recently, and I’m still delivering prizes. Issue is, one of our former judges may need to drop out, so I’ll need to do interviews and all that shiz to find me a new judge for the next contest….Plus more prizes. Ugh. Well, it’s fun at least.
Tournaments. Lots of work for both participants and those who run it in the background. Though I wasn’t involved much in the background work (kudos to the admins and mods who did manage it!), but I was a participant in it, in a team of the finest moderators and recurring members on the site (even an admin among our ranks!). We lost in the first round. But! We lost with dignity (I didn’t. I was crying for hours). The Smoke of Defeat tournament was a marginal success, but the Asia version didn’t run so smoothly, so future Asia tournaments don’t seem to be in the books. Sorry people across the globe. But! Smoke of Defeat will return in the future, with hopefully even bigger prizes and even bigger teams battling out for glory. If you missed it, you can check out DotaCinema’s Youtube channel where Reaves and SUNSfan cast the final rounds.
Curry. Don’t let the googled Kirby curry image put you off. I went to a local asian joint for a take-out one night, and it was one of those Chinese places where they localize their dish names, e.g Bang Bang Chicken, Fried Chilli Beef, Dumplings, etc. Now, they had a special on the “Super Duper Spicy Chicken Curry”, which caught my eye. So I basically ordered it. I swear I saw a look of pity on the chef’s expression as I left with this dish practically glowing with artificial preservatives and secret spicy stuff. I slapped it on a plate and took a big mouthful. Oh dear, I can’t taste things even now. It was so hot, I felt like I was going to die. Pouring bleach down my throat and lighting it on fire would’ve felt much more comfortable than that vile radioactive curry slithering down my throat, burning and scathing every inch of it. So the moral of this story is, just cause something is exaggerated in a questionable restaurant’s menu, don’t think the exaggerations may be true or not. They ARE true. Always. Don’t doubt them. Listen to the people. Don’t you dare take the risk. It’ll cost you your life. It almost cost me mine…
In terms of anime, I’ve still been tuning into Psycho-Pass (still awesome), among some new titles. Sasame-san@Ganbaranai is a cool new series I got into recently which is a bout…..Well, I can’t describe it, but it’s slice of life meets sci-fi fantasy randomness with a smidge of mindfuckery? Fans of Haruhi will enjoy it for sure, though some slate it as a Haruhi v.2, or from some of the more radical critics, “the ugly abortion come-to-life from a radioactive spill that was born from a messy one night stand between Haruhi and MuvLuv, with a bit of generic slice-of-life-featuring-hikkikomori wedged in between”. Let’s be honest, I’ve been mildly amused by it so far. It’s not the greatest, but I’ll keep tuned to see how it progresses. First episode is a must-watch though; it has a girl who turns her knockers into weapon batteries, the generic faceless male being cast into a protagonist role and a doomsday plot involving Valentine’s Day chocolate. Hoorah.
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai initiated its second season recently too. While I’m generally not a fan of the passing slice of life animes that seems to get more and more fanservicey by the season, this was one that genuinely made me laugh hard; something nothing had accomplished for a while before. So I’m a fan of the series cause of its memorable characters and fair story too; not the greatest, but it’ll do. The second season is 5 episodes in and hasn’t disappointed yet. I strongly recommend watching the first series if you’re a slice of life fan.
Do you like tanks? I didn’t, much. Until I got introduced to this nice little F2P grindfest. People who dislike tanks and grinding, avoid this. People who like tanks and grinding, get this. It’s a fairly well-built F2P game with a thriving fanbase. Drive tanks around in shoot people. That’s the name of the game. Why i like it so much is that it’s the least time consuming online game I’ve ever played; I can easily squeeze up to 5 or 7 matches into my lunch breaks, do matches on the sidelines while doing work, and all the while blow shit up. It’s very fun and is very good at getting you into the action quickly, since the matchmaking will pair you up in mere seconds. Balance, on the other hand…It’s a work in progress. Still, nothing satisfies more in this game then whipping out my Tier 6 SU-100 Tank Destroyer and sniping some dumb fucks who sit around in the middle of nowhere. And if that don’t work, pull out the 152mm KV-2 Heavy Tank…And trust me, 152mm does not refer to length. It’s free, so give it a go!
Lastly, my close friend introduced me to yet another new game this month. Now, I’m not usually one for open-world MMOs; even in game environments, I’m shy and stay away from crowds. So before, when you hit the point where you absolutely had to team up with others, i just put the game down. But this one made me break out of the shell. The stunning graphics and riveting plot are what drove me to try and experience this game to the fullest, and to be honest, it’s paid off. I’m going out on expeditions to fight through dungeons and kill massive BAMs (Big-Ass Monsters). The dynamic combat in this game is by no means exaggerated in reviews; it’s so fun and doesn’t get old (for me, anyway). It keeps you on your toes and makes every fight against a BAM a test of your patience, concentration, and if in a team, communication. The quests can seem rather drab at times, and the game is relatively straightforward up till Lv20, by which point many players get bored. This is but the first test, for Lv20 is the benchmark where things get serious. When you fight your first BAM….You’ll see why TERA is such a great MMO. Does it beat others? Considering it’s the only one that got me over my phobia of large crowds in games, I’d say it does for me. But I’m sure others have different opinions. I got into it right before it went F2P, so feel free to download it since it is now free! Of course, you can still purchase the standard game if you want all those super cool premium benefits that are purely cosmetic, cause you know. That’s the hip trend these days, ain’t it?
I ran out of things to say, so I’m gonna wrap this post up. Lots of new things in the first month, and much more await me in the next. Stay strong all, and live happy and healthy lives. So I can ruin them later.