My Minecraft Testificate InfestationIn Minecraft there are these squidward like villagers called Testificates. In a recent update they were given new abilities such as having babies to repopulating a town based on the number of houses there are. Since the requirement for a "house" is simply a room with a roof and a door, I decided to spend my time building a massive city for the Testificates to populate, using a generated village as a starting point.
After building a number of houses, I began noticing the little children running wild and there becoming quite a LOT of villagers. I undertook a huge task of building a BIG open area underground with a couple doors and lights. Because the area was so big, the Testificates began to... um... OVER populate.
These little buggers reproduced the village so fast that I couldn't keep up and soon they were overflowing out of buildings. Mob attacks couldn't keep up with the rate they were repopulating, and the iron golems that kept spawning (for every 15 villager a new one spawns) made
Minecraft update 12w08aPretty small one this week, TBH. The Mojang team has been very busy lately with the launching of the Minecraft inspired lego pack, the 64 hour game-making challenge for charity, and the updating of the iOS pocket edition. Nevertheless the new update does have some nice features...Minecraft update 12w08a2 years ago in Personal More Like This
For starters you can now put stairs upside down. Not a big feature, nor one that really "helps" you play the game. But it is nice for building roofs and curves and helps compliment the building aesthetics better.
There were tweaks and changes to the lighting system, mostly surrounding last week's flub of the lighting effects I suspect. I haven't personally encountered any problems with the lighting, but that's probably due to me playing an already established world and not a new one from scratch...
The biggest change, however, is a new "mob" you can create to help defend villagers. The Iron Golem. Much like the snow golem mob you create by making a snowman and plopping a pumpkin on it's head, the Iron Golem i
World's so beautiful... again!Today I wore contact lenses for the first time, and I'm sooo happy! I've dreamt about it since I started to wear glasses. And now, after... 7 years?... my dream has come true! It's truly amazing, especially after about half year of wearing too weak glasses. Now I can see everything so sharp and I don't need to move my head to see things around me The only problem is they're not too cheap... but it's a good motivation to start working harder.World's so beautiful... again!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Did I mention how happy I am?
Sins of an ArtistI've been under fire recently for having the audacity to admit publicly that improving my art has never been, and never was, an ultimate goal of mine. Apparently that's like committing some sort of mortal sin in the art community. I've had trouble expressing myself about it too, because brushing off improvement for improvement sake makes me look like I'm uncaring, egocentric, and stubborn. But after a recent post I was given much more clarity in understanding the issue and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.Sins of an Artist2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In the recent exchange I was basically told this: "If doing what you love isn't about dedicating your life to improving your art, you aren't an artist."
Maybe I'm old fashioned, but making art has never been solely about the technical expertise. Even in college, outside the handful of foundation courses you take in freshman year, perfection of the craft is often secondary to concepts and ideas and your ability to evoke feelings and emotions in your audience.
Arrietty is an evil movie, apparently...A few months back Fox News went after The Muppets for "promoting the liberal agenda" (whatever the **** that means this week). Miss Piggy got back at them with a scathing remark during an interview shortly after the controversy and we all had a laugh at Fox's expense. Well... Fox is at it again...Arrietty is an evil movie, apparently...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This time they're going after Studio Ghibli's "The Secret World of Arrietty" and accusing, once again, that liberal Hollywood's agenda is corrupting children and turning them into "occu-toddlers." They also turned their sights on the new adaptation of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax. They claim that both movies "demonize the 1%" and that people "offended" by these movies should fight back by... littering. Don't believe me? Watch the video and get ready to facepalm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuFcWkFJZgk
Now I can understand (barely) how a conservative could possibly have an issue with The Lorax since it deals with criticizing the logging industry and promoting the dangers of excessive defore
3DS Game ReviewsMutant Mudds3DS Game Reviews2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is a game with a "history" of sorts. It was originally being developed as a modern style 3D platforming game for DSI ware. It eventually evolved into a retro 2-D sidescrolling platforming game with a 3D layered effect and kick-ass chip-tune music. Evolving from a 3D to a 2D game is kinda backwards but it works beautifully.
The plot is pretty simple. Alien mudd creatures crash on earth and a kid armed with a watergun has to stop them. You advance by collecting diamond gems while jumping on platforms, shooting monsters, and hovering Mario Sunshine style over pits. There is a twist which involves your character being able to jump way off into the distance or right up close to the screen to make use of the 3D feature of the 3DS. It's very much akin to the mechanics seen in Wario Land on the Virtual Boy.
The music is catchy and upbeat and the gameplay is pretty solid, but I felt that it was a little boring. The levels are extremely linear and the diamonds practically draw
Internet Copyrights 101Since there was an app recently on Facebook which resulted in numerous copyright infringements and legal issues, I figured now would be a good time to refresh everyone on basic internet copyright rules. These rules are by no means complete, official, or set in stone, and there are always exceptions.Internet Copyrights 1012 years ago in Personal More Like This
Follow the TOS
This should be self explanatory, but please follow the Terms of Service agreements you signed for whatever website you're currently on. Not all websites have the same rules and restrictions in their TOS and you should treat each site individually and not expect that since you got away with something on one site means you'll get away with it on another. Most websites do not allow uploading of content that is not your own.
Ask permission first.
A lot of copyright infringement happens because people don't bother to take the time to ask the original creators if it's alright to repost. It usually doesn't take much effort to send an e-mail or note asking for pe
Minecraft update? :EDITI couldn't find this on any website, so I figured I would just ask it here. I've seen in recent Yogscast videos the various updates to Minecraft such as jungles, cats, and advanced enemy A.I. My question is... is this a special pre-release version the Yogscast people get to play around with, or is it currently available right now in Minecraft for us?Minecraft update? :EDIT2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I haven't noticed any changes in my game, and I've tried "force updating" too. Am I doing something wrong? Does it update on it's own?
Before you answer please read this: If you see someone else has already answered, please don't reply. I don't want to get a million messages all telling me the same thing, I just want a simple answer to my inquiry and unfortunately posting a journal was the only way I could do it.
Thanks guys! I figured it out. It wasn't too difficult, but like all things minecraft related it wasn't very intuitive.
Played around with the new mob features and holy hell does this make Minecraft harder! Cree
Internet TimeWe had the Oscars recently and as usual it wasn't without problems. One of the controversies was Chris Rock's biting commentary about doing voice work for animated films, which was unfortunately insulting to the many hard working (yet perpetually unknown) talents who produce about 90% of all voice work in the animated medium. Chris Rock's joke was funny for his circle of friends and the aging academy, but to younger artists and professionals it was very disrespectful. Voice actress Tara Strong took particular issue with Rock's comment and as we speak his twitter account is no doubt being flooded with angry hate messages and likely racism too... which is very unfortunate. http://www.examiner.com/african-american-entertainment-in-national/tara-strong-attacks-chris-rock-over-oscar-2012-animation-comments-quotesInternet Time2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Other issues, such as glossing over Harry Potter and The War Horse completely and giving a Best Animated Film award to the likes of Rango, just continued to fuel my opin
Malware and MS facepalms againMalwareMalware and MS facepalms again6 months ago in Personal More Like This
I've been informed that SYAC and other websites in the Fresh Epic's family have all been reported as containing malware. I'd like to just take a moment to reassure you all that we are aware of this issue and have determined that it's likely caused by a programing glitch and not a result of malware infected adverts or anything of the sort. The problem is known and they are working to repair it as quickly as possible. It should be fixed in the next day or two. There shouldn't be any danger to your computers but just as a safety precaution it might be best to just try and hold back on visiting any Fresh Epics page for at least 1 day or until the problem is resolved. Thanks to everyone who brought this to our attention.
XBOne doesn't need constant online connectivity?
You know, I kinda feel bad about picking on Microsoft so much. It genuinely feels bad constantly picking on the same company/corporation so frequently. But at the same time, they
Featured Artists and Other UpdatesDespite me writing in my last journal that I was taking time off for the holidays, there apparently is still a lot of art saved up and which I will be posting. So I apologize that for the next few days you'll be getting a lot of art uploaded from me, even though I'm primarily taking a break to heal up my wrist. Blah. In the meantime I have a few things I wanted to talk about.Featured Artists and Other Updates2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been spending the past few days cleaning up my gallery, moving things to their appropriate folders, deleting works I don't care to have in my gallery anymore, storing others in storage, and generally trying to make my gallery a little less chaotic. As such, there's probably going to be a lot of work you might've favorited missing. Please don't be alarmed and don't freak out. It's not me leaving or anything, just me cleaning up the crap.
As an early Merry Christmas I've removed (almost) everyone I ever blocked from my block list. Part of this is because I am trying to
Christmas Fun FactsDid you know that Jesus wasn't actually born on December 25th?Christmas Fun Facts2 years ago in Personal More Like This
nowhere in the bible does it mention his birthday.
Celebration of 12/25 was first introduced by Roman pagans. It was the holiday of Saturnalia and they had a week long celebration from the 17th to 25th. Christians imported the Saturnalia festival hoping to take the pagan masses with it, and set aside the festival's conclusion (the 25th) for celebration of Jesus's birth.
So there ya go. The origin of Christmas. lol
In any case, happy birthday Jesus, whenever that is.
So where did Santa Claus come from?
Well, it all starts with a man named Nicholas. Nicholas was a bishop who lived from 270~345CE. In 1087, the Nicholas cult moved his bones from Turkey to Italy, where he replaced a female boon-giving deity called The Grandmother (Pasqua Epiphania) who used to fill the children's stockings with her gifts. Members of this cult exchanged gifts on December 6th, the anniversary of Nicholas's death.
Nicholas cult spread north and
Minecraft Snapshot 02/15/12A new snapshot for minecraft was released today. As usual you can download it from Mojang's website, twitter, the usual sources. It's a significant update though because it helps improve the villager aspect even more.Minecraft Snapshot 02/15/122 years ago in Personal More Like This
Last week I talked about how the villagers and enemies had been updated. Enemies being more aggressive and learning how to walk around obstacles to get to you, and villagers more active by responding to weather conditions and day and night transitions. This week there's been a new addition... children!
If too many villagers are killed off in a NPC village, they will "repopulate" the village by giving birth to baby villagers. Right now they look exactly like their adult counterparts only pint-sized and fast as hell. I'm loving this new feature though because it gives me more reason to defend the villagers during the night.
Speaking of, the nights in villages are much more intense now. They fluctuate between periods of being rather peaceful nights, to insane hellish nights
Movie Reviews and Minecraft MultiplayerTinker Tailor Soldier SpyMovie Reviews and Minecraft Multiplayer2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I couldn't get through it. It's not that it's bad or boring it's just... I have NO idea where I am, who anyone is, what's going on, what time frame it is, when there's a flashback, and what the point of anything is. And that is more or less a result of the filmmakers not giving you the information. If you can't grab me within the first 40 minutes of your movie and I'm still confused as to who anyone is... that's a problem and I'm sorry but no. I have other things to do.
So yeah, I wouldn't recommend it. I'm sure to some people it's a great film but for me it was just tedious and frustrating on a filmatic level.
I watched this movie on the recommendation of MovieBob (aka: The Game Overthinker). While I tend to agree with his opinions on video games and society, we have much different tastes in movies and I often don't like the movies he raves about. Immortals, thankfully, is the exception. If nothing else, it's one of the prettiest movie
Minecraft Snapshot 02/15/12 *fun ideas*Villagers repopulate according to how many buildings there are. I've discovered that they don't care if it's a building procedurally generated when the world was created, or if it's one you build yourself. So try to make a super huge village by building many houses for your Testificate villagers to inhabit.Minecraft Snapshot 02/15/12 *fun ideas*2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Play on hard mode and try to defend a town from Zombie attacks (also fun on normal mode, though you won't have the threat of monsters breaking down doors).
With the new lighting mechanics, make a small room underground with lamps in the ceiling. Rig them to a switch outside the room with a single door (no windows). Turn the switch off and plunge the room into total darkness. INSTANT ENEMY SPAWN LOCATION! Once monsters start pounding at the door, turn the lights on and open it and collect your experience points. Since creepers will also spawn, try to make a gutter for them to walk in so you can stay up high and kill from a distance.
Rig lamps on a powered cycle to have them spell out
CONTEST CLOSED. No more entries.Okay... I really gotta close the contest now, the overtime is finished.CONTEST CLOSED. No more entries.8 months ago in Personal More Like This
I'm sorry for who didn't finish in time, but I can't make it last forever ><
From now, I'll start to judge the entries.
I'll show you how the judgement will work ^^
For the BEST IDEA prize there will be 2 phases:
In this phase, I'll select the best ideas (more or less, just ten). This phase won't last a lot
This is the phase who will last more, because I'll try personally to draw Eldora with all the selected outfits.
As said, the final result might not be totally like your entry some little color/detail change, nothing more ^^
This will take not less than a week.
The winner will be announces and featured in this journal with his/her entry and my version of his/her entry
(Since somebody asked me... If you want to see your entry made by it's okay, just ask ^^)
Today...Today...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today, a little girl very special for me is growing up.
I discovered her on dA some time ago, and we've sympathized very quickly and fluently, despite every things which seem to separate us prima facie. She and I haven't got similar lives for sure, yet a sort of strong connection is born between us, without really realising it. We share the same interest for the same universe since our respective childhoods, and our love for the same specific character of this universe also strengthens this relationship, then we naturally learnt to mutually know us. That's when... behind another Artist on DA, I also discovered an incredibly sweet person, full of kindness and humanity. The kind of person you wish to hug everytime she says something! The discussions I had with her were as pleasant as ever, and this was the first time I lived something like that with someone "online" honestly, while I'm a person who's used to rather privilege RL relationships. Despite that, the talks, conne
Nintendo STEALS Money!Since this has been going around lately, I should probably give my two cents. Basically what it amounts to is that Nintendo has filed Content ID info of their games with YouTube. What this means is that if you upload gameplay video of a Nintendo game, YouTube will automatically monetize that video, put ads on it, a link to where to buy the game, and take the money generated from that video and give it directly to Nintendo. People who do "let's play" videos are, naturally, pissed off because they want to be earning money off their videos, so they're calling Nintendo "thieves" for doing this.Nintendo STEALS Money!7 months ago in Personal More Like This
I can see both sides to the story. I can see Nintendo as a corporation wanting to exercise control over their properties. On the other hand, "let's play" videos can often help new gamers find games they otherwise wouldn't have tried.
But here's the thing: Nintendo isn't the first company do this. Both Microsoft and Ubisoft do it already. YouTube has also had a long history of having music videos and
The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneySaw The Hobbit last night. It was very good... if a bit long. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for seeing all the little details interconnecting The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings and all that, but for the average watcher... eh... it kinda dragged. I overheard several people saying they fell asleep during the film, and I noticed more than once a number of people fidgeting and looking at their watches. Still, it's a damn fine movie and It's a shame we have to wait so long for the next two films.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Having The Hobbit being written during the beginning of Lord of the Rings is pretty smart. You could effectively watch the 3 Hobbit movies and then immediately move right into the 3 Lord of the Rings movies. Kudos to Jackson for that, it'll be great to marathon run the two trilogies back to back.
This movie was, like the book, much lighter and funnier than The Lord of the Rings and I was surprised at how much from the books they actually kept. They
The Avengers - ReviewHonestly I don't have much to say other than it's just really awesome. You don't need to have seen Captain America, Iron Man 1 and 2, The Hulk, or Thor to understand what's going on, but it most certainly does help.The Avengers - Review2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Avengers is probably one of the most epic movies I have seen since the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Harry Potter. It's up there. It's not perfect, and some moments seem to drag on a bit (mostly around the middle), but every key moment is accentuated properly, every line delivered in such a way that you don't miss out on what's going on, every action scene composed in a way you aren't confused, and overall the whole thing is just a joy to watch.
What's really fun about this movie is that they don't hold back. Ever. Everything you want to see in a movie about the Avengers is pretty much up on this screen. You wanna see Thor and Iron Man duke it out? You got it! You wanna see an army of aliens attacking a city? Got it. You wanna see Tony Stark deliver hilarious banter aga
Hardcore MEH over Wii-U?As I've said before, one of the things I was looking forward to seeing this E3 was how so-called "hardcore" fanboys will find even more ridiculous ways to dismiss anything Nintendo showcases because they're "too mature" to enjoy something all-age friendly.Hardcore MEH over Wii-U?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Finally Nintendo comes right out and gives pretty much every hardcore gamer exactly what they want, and in return all they get is snarky blog posts, dismissive attitudes, and cries of "foul" if anything casual shows up on the screen. Am I the only one noticing this?
First, hardcore gamers seem to be completely blind when it comes to titles that interest them, instead choosing to bitch and moan about casual games that aren't for their demographic. Listen up, geniuses, if the Kinect and Move haven't opened your eyes up yet, casual gaming is now a viable market whether you like it or not. It's OK to have more than one demographic represented, especially when it's advertising for a brand new console.
Second, the one thing hardcore gamers