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Looks like it's that time of year again, where people can continue to give things and even help themselves out on Core while also gifting other people as well.

However, this event gave me some seriously bad memories as well.

Last year, I did a very charitable thing to 3 Deviants that I have known for a long time - sorry for the name-calling but I have to do it, so Turquoisephoenix, shinragod and Lurking-Leanne - and gave them all 3 months of Core each, as a sign of respect towards all 3 artists for everything they've been doing.  There was a fourth deviant that I gave anonymously, but when I found out, she actually was taken by surprise and thanked me for it.

None of the other three DID NOT.  They remained silent throughout and made me feel as if everything I did to make them feel thankful was just going to waste.

So this year, I don't want to repeat that same mistake again.  If there's anyone I'm gonna give Core to, I want to know that it'll go to someone who would be able to make good use out of it and / or be similarly able to express gratitude for it.  I could've used the $45 I paid across all 3 artists for maybe some nice commissions from someone else, or something that can boost my own craft, rather than blowing it on 3 people and not even getting a comment from any of them.

That said... is anyone reading this journal looking for Core?  If so, if you got a good reason for me to gift it out - because I clearly have way too much holiday cheer to go around - then hit this up and I'll see what I can do x)
I've had a surprising amount of people that have come here lately and sent me these weird looking things called Llamas to my page.

I really do appreciate the visits and it's nice to get them from people that tend to wander around here, so that is absolutely lovely.  There's a lot of heart gone into it.

However, as a person that has been here for a long time, I really have no idea what is the point of having llamas.  What is there to really gain from it, other than just having something pretty on my front page?  I really don't feel as if these are items that can help me get other things for the future.  Fair play to those that do enjoy collecting them and dressing them up, but I really have no use for it.

So, with that said, I'm going to set up an alternative.

I'm finally going to open up a DA Points pool.

Now, this is something that I can use on other things in the long term and support DA and other artists.  Even if it's just as simple as a single point, I would really prefer to stock up on these things rather than any useless llamas.  It'll be fantastic to keep growing and dive into different things, and something other than llamas will help me do just that.

This might be the most scattered of journals, but I hope you people can read it and understand the feelings of an artist when visiting the page.  Thank you x)
First of all, I'm going to MAGFest this January!  I've been waiting to go there for years to see a lot of great States-side people that I had otherwise merely communicated over the tubes, and this is the best time for me to take a trip of a lifetime out there, pretty much the *only* time that I will fly out of Europe.  I'm working hard to look my best out there - cutting back on snacks, working harder at the gym and of course, highly anticipating which guests will be there on the day!

Most people's problems when booking for this prestigious event is the hotels, and I understand that there'll be a huge squabble for getting rooms within 5 miles of the venue, but that is the least of my worries.

As someone flying outside of the US to get there... plane tickets are *expensive*.  They would by far take out more of a dent in my wallet than any other single expense on this otherwise highly anticipated trip.

And so, figuring out what to do with no other art commissions outstanding, I have gone and added a brand new tier and it involves traditional artwork!

Rexy's Commission Information by freqrexy

The prices for the previous two digitally-drawn tiers will remain as they are.  For the more budget-heavy commissioners, the Copic Art tier would start with lineart at $5 and only go up to a maximum of $23 for a full-colored picture with 3 characters.  Copics are something that I dabbled in back in the Summer and I had a very strong output with these, so it'll be really good to give back towards the community with what I have acquired from that.

If you are interested in the cheaper tier, or even any of the more perfectionist-handled digital tiers that have been a part of this, do get in touch! :)

No one's gonna see me ramble about a game series from 1996, but I'll try anyway. xD

So, it feels so weird for me to look back 20 years ago - I was at a friend's birthday party some point during the springtime and as a big gamer, there'd be all sorts of consoles all around the house. The main bedroom was where I was most familiar with, housing the Mega Drive and Super Nintendo where I'd attempt to beat them (and fail miserably) at Street Fighter II back in the day, while downstairs had a relatively new addition to the house - a Sony PlayStation.

The house was occupied by 3 brothers. The youngest - the birthday boy himself - was really excited to show off a 'bandicoot' or something. I had no idea what was going on until they let me give the game a go.

And that was my first ever experience with Crash Bandicoot.

I remember it so well - they let me have a go at some of the early stages and obviously have some stumbles getting used to 3D controls when I had been already used to 2D planes. But I saw a vibrant and exotic universe very similar to what I was going through with Donkey Kong Land at the time and all the details put in made me feel as if I was seeing the start of a revolution in the platforming genre. The game continued to linger on my mind after that day, for many months after.

Fast forward to Christmas 1997. Right in the middle of the room was a big box, for both me and my brother. And inside that wrapped up box... was a PlayStation to call our own. We got our first games with it as well - Porsche Challenge, Bust-A-Move 2, and of course the original Crash. My brother would go on to buy Crash 2 with his pocket money less than a week later and it was through both games that I really started to get invested and see something really special.

We went on to get the other PS1 games for it. Crash Warped. Crash Team Racing. Crash Bash. And at each step of the journey, the lore continued to expand and develop in different and fun ways, the controls remained tight (although in Crash Bash's case, the non-crystal challenges became increasingly brutal!), the characters continued to look great with the PS1's polygonal restrictions and Naughty Dog (and later Eurocom) managed to squeeze everything they could out of the system to bring the games to life.

Now since I mentioned Crash Bash, that marked a time where in the Summer of 2000, the household got a modem to access the Internet. Of course, a 1-hour restriction at off-peak hours plus 14-year-old me didn't really get along all that well, but it opened my eyes to discovering other Crash fans in varying corners of the Internet. Some discussed the games. Others did silly forum games based on them. And some even drew artwork and wrote fanfics based on the characters. It was through such communities that I felt every idea of a 'potential Crash 4' I had should get turned into a script-format fanfic, and that marked the start of developing my own silly expanded universe, alongside others' silly expanded universes, all as a great way to show expression.

Things got more difficult in my education as I went up the ranks. Things also got more difficult for Crash as he jumped to the PS2, GBA and eventually the Wii, but struggled to hit the same limelight as he did before. In all steps, I tried my best to stay optimistic and also continued to draw, write and have fun. Other franchises were also getting involved in my life especially as I ventured towards sixth-form college, but my thoughts were always fixed at Crash, the root of it all, hoping that the next big game will really hit it big.

I've had my ups and downs with the game releases between 2001 and 2008. Wrath of Cortex was a safe yet ridiculously ambitious title that didn't quite realize all of its ideas all that well. Crash Twinsanity also could've been fantastic if all of its ideas actually got implemented, but it was still a dang good if not short platformer. And I actually enjoyed Crash of the Titans and Mind Over Mutant, to the point of seeing my younger cousins enjoy co-opping with either me or each other on it. It wasn't quite his glory days, but I felt content as a fan of the series, seeing it continue to develop and explore unique territory.

It got awkward when I started getting involved with the remixing scene back in 2003, where there was not a single piece of acknowledgement for Crash Bandicoot in even among the forum members. A gullible fan known for writing weird fanfics was certainly not going to fit in with more serious-minded people, which led me to do the rough thing and keep a low profile to every new person I met. I had the chance to develop music of my own over the years as well - the music labs at Liverpool University was the developing place of 2 submissions that made it to OverClocked ReMix (neither of them Crash arranges), and even after graduation I slowly built a bedroom studio over a long period of time. It took some huge prevailing and digging deep for self-esteem, but April 2012 was the month where I managed to put Crash Bandicoot on the OC Remix map, with involvment in 2 arranges of the first game's score! And now it's 14 years since I started, but it's not so much deconstructing my personality but rather *reconstructing* it among a more open crowd and with a much more mature character.

There were times when I doubted that Crash would get anything at all for the 20th anniversary. The way Spyro suddenly got no new figures for Skylanders titles post-Swap Force AND the state of Tony Hawk's 5 - a poorly-done sequel for a franchise my brother likes a lot - told me that current IP holders Activision felt really disconnected with the old school fans, and all the different new game ideas that got the shaft also made for a very depressing time. It made me think that nothing was going to come of it, even with all the outrageous rumors floating around that would get people to randomly talk of the franchise.

But to see the original 3 games get a "remaster plus" for the PlayStation 4, for new fans and classic fans alike, is something that ultimately warmed me so much and showed that Activision actually DID care. But none can be more caring than the staff at Vicarious Visions, the team that from all promotional material I had seen put in so much love and effort to bring the games towards the 21st century. It's so great to see how other fans had taken the news, their own thoughts towards its development as it went on, and their unique journeys towards this point. They all contributed to what I felt would be a more beautiful online community than anyone would've expected. I still don't have a PS4 myself so I can't play the N-Sane Trilogy just yet, but for those that do, I say consider giving the orange marsupial a chance in that limelight again.

He may never be as big as Sonic or Mario, but to me, Crash Bandicoot remains an important part of my gaming life and one that served as the root for many others. Have a great party, little one. :)

So it's been kinda weird for a gaming outlook this week. Between getting stuck into Eufloria (Steam), barely beating the story levels and got 10 out of the game's 18 achievements before giving up with the balls-hard Dark Matter Mode; working on two coming OC Remix project tracks that had been neglected since going into hospital; and planning out the aforementioned cosplay that I brought up in the previous journal... my gaming outlook ended up taking a different turn for this week.

I had only just gone down to town that day just to gather supplies for said cosplay's early stages and cables to finally hook up my PS3 to the hauppage as well as the TV without a significant loss of quality. But then I thought I'd swing by Argos while I was there, and - true to a previous conversation with neoyi - I thought I'd grab a certain PSP game on the cheap.

And yes, that game ended up being Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier. Finally playing it after nearly 4 years. xD

So I guess I just need to state some quick thoughts in here. Let me just say right here and now that if you run into a so-called J&D nut which goes as far as to say that the game has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, this is your cue to go punch them in the virtual face. Yes, I admit I am biting the bullet with this one, but there's no way I'd call it a terrible game just from what I have seen. Yes, it also does things differently - air combat, Jak's different voice/personality at that point, no Samos for some reason or some other character (though I have to admit, I DID squee when YET AGAIN Baron Praxis has a 10-second flashback cameo), the eco power system, QTEs courtesy of 'Daxterjacking' enemy aircraft - but I've seen franchises go into different directions and while it can be off-putting, I've gone through enough to be more open to wilder directions.

On the positive side, I have to say the presentation really took advantage of the PSP hardware while still maintaining faiths to the Jak series. I actually like the design of the environments here - Aeropa and Far Drop both look pretty neat for inhabited places, and definitely made a nice balance between the village settings of Jak 1 and the cyberpunk-inspired settings for Jak 2 / 3 / X. It to me feels distant yet natural. On top of this, the streamline loading is also kept in place which is also a great plus - the only kind of level interface you have is at the helm of the 'Phantom Blade' ship hub in which you can go between different islands / cities at will, which is still a far cry from previous games but other than that things do feel nicely connected. The soundtrack may also feel different, in fact arguably more cinematic than previous games, but hearing the whole thing on headphones it definitely fits the events on screen really well and makes it worth the bypass from the PSP's crappy on-board speakers.

But this is where the awkward stuff starts coming in - they did what they could with fitting in Jak's core mechanics onto the PSP, and I have to say it's bold. People have had problems with the game's camera, and my problem can be with it being a bit slower than I wanted it to, but adjusting my view wasn't really that big a problem in spite of its limitations. I can understand how people may be frustrated due to some jumps in the platforming that have left me unable to judge my distance correctly a couple of times, but as a patient person for me there's no harm in trying again. As for the flying, it does take some getting used to, but to me as long as you get enough upgrades in the long run they become more manageable to get done. Critics also thought the gun locking system sucked, and I do understand their feelings more with the Blaster being so SLOW in this game in particular, but on the positive side the Vulcan Barrel shoots faster AND locks onto nearby targets which makes it a much better weapon in this game than previous ones. It's odd to take in, but persistence and experimentation is key here.0

And persistence I REALLY needed by the time I did the Saucy Pirate boss in the middle of the game. Holding one of three missing pieces to the game's dismantled MacGuffin - the Eco Seeker - it's one of those stages that can give you a serious reality check as well as a huge test of your eco power use. I remember having to grind that one for 90 minutes before beating it, and being a lot less gung-ho each time I was doing so, some of them being on the punishing laser segment near the end. That to me is going to remain as the one thing that made me think "I can't do this on Hero Mode" and made me scream out at the top of my lungs once the whole thing was down.

Naturally the story itself may end up rubbing off due to anyone used to Naughty Dog's previous directions with Jak, but I actually didn't mind it as much. Jak's been through a lot, mellowed out as a result, and there's actually a damn good reason why he can't turn into Dark Jak - fluctuating eco storms which in turn affect his ability to naturally channel eco himself, to the point he goes under pain when using his natural power. So I'm actually cool with this. It does move on a bit too quickly in parts though, but being a PSP game it appears to come with the territory. I was also hoping for more silly wise-cracks from Daxter as they appear to be many a game highlight, but even they seemed to have lessened up a bit - though what we do get are amusing in their own right. I can't say the same for his 'Dark Daxter' sections though - felt a bit tacked on gameplay wise, and makes me feel baffled over how an extra dose of Dark Eco could only *temporarily* give him a dark side. Seems a bit mellowed over in thought if you ask me.

Even then, while quite a bit of the Jak essence is there, there's still some things in there that feel more spiritually like a Ratchet & Clank game here (which is understandable considering High Impact has former employees from Naughty Dog / Insomniac). The flight's a dead ringer, the airship hub's another (Starship Phoenix, anyone?), the presentation style transferred over from R&C: Size Matters (great PSP game btw), the so-called 'epic' score... not to mention Hero Mode starts AS SOON AS YOU'RE DONE WITH THE GAME. I can understand this as they previously worked with Ratchet before Jak, but I just see it as a wild coincidence.

All in all, I gotta say the game's okay. High Impact may have changed quite a bit about Jak's progression here, but a fair amount of the essence is still there and relatable which makes it easier for me to tolerate than other fans. Presentation values are very good for the PSP, there's a nice balance between light and dark to be had, and the progression worked out well for me during the run. But there comes the problem of adjusting to a different control scheme, different sets of mechanics, rough targeting at that (at least on-foot), some very difficult spikes here, and the unnecessary addition of Dark Daxter (though at least the gags associated with his transformation are amusing). Considering that I got the game for around 8, I believe it ended up being a good deal for me in the long run, and one that I braved long enough to have a justifiable opinion over. I say if you're a Jak fan and want to try it, give it a go and you'll get an opinion from experience and not by a bunch of people behind the screen cramming their own thoughts down your neck. Terrible it ain't, but brilliant it isn't either - just a nice escape at that.

And that concludes my thoughts on Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier.

Next journal, I may be going into a certain OTHER OC Remix project due to drop in around 12-48 hours from now and it's gonna be a blast! It looks like Rexy returned to Gaia VI after all... for a wild musical undertaking, may I add.
So it's kind of weird to do another journal just over a week after a coming back here, but things do happen a lot when you're involved with gaming in a way. So let's sum the events of the past week up.

Most of this week was (and still is) in preparation for Sonic Radio's Sonic Fan Music Festival, which marks 22 years to the date that Sonic 1 was out. I submitted material to last year's festival, and I felt really priviledged to get involved with this year's as a DJ as well - with a 2 hour slot playing a mixture of submissions and personal favorites. It's gonna be a long day tomorrow, helping others out as well as getting out there myself, but it's definitely gonna be some event! I've got the setlist planned, SAM all prepared, and my organisation in shape.

Outside of what I have been doing from planning all this, very little time was for me, but I'll at least state the basics:

[1] It's kind of obvious going through my submissions that I've revisited the Jak & Daxter trilogy through the HD remakes. As of today, I have successfully got the platinum trophies on all 3 games! I've only had the PS3 for 9 months and I don't think there's a damn game that has stopped me from getting the Platinum yet... although closest must be Sonic Adventure 2 with a multiplayer trophy missing for full completion, but that doesn't have a Platinum trophy to go with it. o.O

[2] Talking of Platinums, PS All-Stars Battle Royale is also sealed! On the same day I also managed to finally conquer that difficult final boss for BIT.TRIP.BEAT as well, so I guess I was on wild sugar high.

[3] I saw that Play Expo in Manchester is back on this October. I went there last year with a friend and saw it to be good fun, even trying out the Wii U and seeing all the old game exhibits and stuff. The biggest problem is, no one recognized me in my OC Remix t-shirt and said friend was sick the day before, so kind of a rough experience people-wise. However this year, I plan to do a cosplay for the event! I'm still coming up with ideas on what to do and how to square up to some of the sharpest numbers I've seen, so things might get ambitious! I'm no stranger to cosplay though, having previously dressed up as Rouge the Bat for last Halloween, but I really want to up my game a lot.

[4] I'm steadily getting back into making my own music. Still in pieces mind you, but I have a feeling once the festival is over my full focus will definitely be on a handful of projects I still need to work with.

[5] My cooking progress levelled up - I can make my own chili con carne! It's a simple student-brand recipe though, but it worked for me and as long as I focus over the pans it'll be something! The taste test for it though was that it came off a bit on the sweet side, but it's part of learning the ropes with these things. It'll be great to do something like that again!

And that sums up the week. Roll on the festival tomorrow, and let the chaos (emeralds, control, water being of doom or otherwise) roll!
Just amazing - I haven't been to Deviantart in YEARS, yet the nostalgia just flooded back over the past few years. I admit I felt pretty bad leaving this place to decay without finishing that 100-pictures project (which I feel I MUST get back to at some point), but still, it's a nice time to just post in here and catch up over what I've done over the past 3-5 years or so.

How did my post-student life go? Let's see...

[1] I held a nice little admin job in a nearby town for four years. It started off promising, but with the change of flow due to the altered government, its expenses made it difficult to keep people on, and around 80% of the small company I was working for was made redundant, including me. I'm still looking for work now, and may have my moody moments, but I still keep myself perked by other things in the time being.

[2] Gaming-wise I tended to adapt well with the Wii, though when the Wii U was launched I felt that I didn't want to face the Wii's flaws all over again and FINALLY made a move on the PS3 last November. It wasn't until January when I played my first retail game for it (Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction), but I still felt great catching up on a handful of titles on there that I really missed out on. Right now I'm trying to platinum Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, with little luck on the online trophies. Eh...

[3] Music-wise I've been upping my game a lot! You've got the entire website here - www.studiorex.co.uk - where a lot of my recent works are on here, some of which even went on to be OC Remix mixposts! I don't seem to have a specific style either - I'd be doing just about anything, whether it's atmospheric synth writing, piano solos, goofy vocal songs, rock collabs... and a hint of dubstep? You need to look and see xD

[4] I'm also a lot lighter than I was 10 years ago as well. In January 2012, I set off to get rid of a lot of the mass I accumulated over the years, and shedded 60 lbs! I'm still a tiny bit overweight, but I still feel a lot better about my health than I was in years :D

[5] Another thing that's been keeping me busy is a DJ slot on RadioSEGA - www.radiosega.net - where I run a remix based show every Friday night. Podcasts are uploaded as soon as I'm able to tag them, usually within 24 hours of broadcast. I may have my moments, but it's a heck of a lot of fun!

So that's a bunch of key things that happened while I haven't been here. I don't know how often I'd write in this journal in the event that I might get a bit *too* personal, but just be glad to know that I'm still around this place :D

Legend of Spyro: Piano Collection - I need help!

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 6, 2009, 12:08 AM
"What the funk; you found my DA archive!"

Okay, so if you *really* want to view my artwork, writings, ramblings and all that this is the place for you. Expect a madcap Brit on a rampage!

Greetings again, all!

It's been a while since I've last been here, honestly. >_> I should keep up with you a little more often.

Anyway, I've come here today to promote something that had been in the works for over a month, and that is me doing a piano tribute album for the Legend trilogy. I've wanted to do this due to the overwhelming response for people seeing me play "This Broken Soul" on it, and so I felt happy to take it to the next step.

This is where YOU guys come in. Due to the undersupportive nature of my Youtube subscrubers, I've come here in hopes that you would be a very big help in this field. I need songs to play for it, which means I would like you to request me to play any song from the Legend trilogy.

These are the songs that have already been confirmed to be on the album:

* Overture (Cinematic) [PREVIEW]
* Spyro's Homecoming (ANB Credits) [PREVIEW]
* The Night of Eternal Darkness (TEN Celestial Temple ~ Celestial Cave Action ~ Spyro's Dreams)
* This Broken Soul
* Twilight Falls (yep, all 3 cues from that level in one!) [PREVIEW]
* Burned Lands [<a href="www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnM11z…>PREVIEW]
* Guide You Home (I Would Die For You)

I want MORE songs than that to play though, so if you have a song in mind that you want to play, then DO THAT. I would LOVE to hear back from you as soon as possible.

But if I get nothing in a week, then the entire album will be CANCELLED. Harsh, I know, but I put the blame on my ever-so-oblivious Youtube subscribers.

Anyway, please - I want to hear back from you. Thanks for responding in advance :D

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-THE REXROCK69 CHARTER v1- (or should we say, a few rules as long as you're on my page o.o)

No chain letters! You heard what I mean, no glomping, no "send this to 4 people" malarky and that sort of thing o.o
If you think I put an image in the wrong category, tell me and I'll sort it out within 24 hours. Yes, I am THAT pessimistic with my artwork these days... o.o;
If you want to fave my artwork, back it up with a comment. Yes, faves alone are nice, but that doesn't tell me much in the way of what you like about it.
If you want to comment on my artwork, at least tell me what you like about it. No one-word comments either like "cool" or "nice" - just tell me why it's as it is! That way you'll see growing artists rather than struggling to know where to go next. :P

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Want to know my clubs and records? Click here. =P

Middle of the Highway - A Guitar Hero Perspective

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 4, 2009, 11:58 PM
"What the funk; you found my DA archive!"

Okay, so if you *really* want to view my artwork, writings, ramblings and all that this is the place for you. Expect a madcap Brit on a rampage!

Whew. So, my birthday came and went and I feel very satisfied with what managed to come out of it. Plenty of heading out (albeit to beauty parlors), lots of relatives, and of course what I asked for was all within the presents and then some. But it's not that that I want to discuss for this particular journal.

You all gotta admit it somehow. Has any of you ever played Guitar Hero?

For those not in the know, the Guitar Hero franchise puts you in control of a guitar-shaped controller, using 5 colored frets to play along to the music supplied in each instalment of the franchise. There are four main titles, several spin-offs, and a fifth title to be released this Christmas. Now that you're in the know, let's continue.

I have been playing the games for 9 months now. And in that time, I started slow with the mere 3-fret Easy option on World Tour, but slowly built myself up. As of now, I can play Hard guitar on all tracks and Expert on most. Yes, there are a certain few tracks which I can't clear on Expert at all. But I still have fun with what I do. And I'm well aware that those who play the series mostly can't play a real guitar, though I am currently learning how to handle an acoustic guitar so there we go.

In addition to that, since I'm British, I feel very greatful that the music used in each passing instalment are actually a lot more decent than the lamer aspects of pop rock that we get on the radio out here. After being done with the hard career path on any of the games, I immediately head to iTunes and buy some of my favorite tracks from the game to put on my MP3 player.

But there are two sides of the fence that seem to be letting me down here.

Firstly, there's the side of the people that think that almost every track in the entire series is considered extremely easy to pull off, even those with the fast solos in it (I'm looking at you, "Bark at the Moon"). And so with each passing instalment, they say that it's all gotten more simple than the previous game and claim only the pros play Guitar Hero III. I'm not playing to be a pro or anything - it's just that if I try to mingle with the vets, then I'd get immediately shunted for my playing style, no matter how crude it may be.

In addition to that, they're also amongst the people who believe the acts that contribute to the series either "sell out" by allowing their songs to be included in the game, or they suddenly get a load of fans of the bands because they liked only one of their records and can't be bothered to hear the rest. The case is especially true with Tool, in which several years back only a select few would take interest in the more deeper lyrical meaning behind their tracks (e.g. every time a famous person dies, I can't help but think of "Vicarious" for some reason). Nowadays, there are people out there who LIKE rocking out to the tracks they contributed, but they won't be bothered to look into the rest of their discography. Most purists see that as a lame aspect of getting series popularity - only bringing a certain few songs into light rather than the band themselves.

And then we have the other side of the fence - the local people out here. Sure, my household and every single one of my aunts and uncles has been in possession of a videogame console at some point, and there are currently 5 Wiis shared out between us. But in spite of my big family, I only know 3 relatives that even play Guitar Hero - a brother who's stuck with medium and took himself about 5 months to clear Ted Nugent's guitar duel on the Easy setting; a cousin who somehow can't do guitar on beginner but can do bass on beginner and thinks that the Expert chart for "Through the Fire and Flames" was boring (wtf?); and another cousin whose hands are too small to use the guitar but she can sing really well for her age and is actually amazed by the solos in the series. She even surprised me by actually knowing who Pat Benatar is, lol.

All of those three, however, don't want to try any songs that they are unfamiliar with and would rather stick by what they DO know. And aside from the singing she-cousin, they have strange request lists too: the other cousin, being a Green Day fan, wants one of their songs in the game at some point (nothing wrong with that but I'm sure they're low-tier material). However, my brother wants to see some Busted records being used. And don't get me started on Busted; they were one of the many reasons why I stopped regularly tuning into the music charts years ago. -_- Yep, I hate my country's pop rock for most of the time. And even when I recently got Greatest Hits, my brother looked at the track list and thought none of the songs interested him at all. And they picked many of the classic tracks throughout the series, which judging by his reactions seem saddening.

So yes, for some reason, people claim that Guitar Hero extends a certain artist's profile but while I take interest in acts that I otherwise would have been unable to catch on the radio, the people around me mostly seem oblivious to the effect that it's supposed to have on you. I feel really torn on both sides of the fence here - the extremists and the pacifists, as I would call them. And yes, I'm sure to keep playing the franchise but it's going to be hard to find anyone going through a similar situation as me.

And that ends my monologue. I doubt that anyone would want to read this, but it's something alright.

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-THE REXROCK69 CHARTER v1- (or should we say, a few rules as long as you're on my page o.o)

No chain letters! You heard what I mean, no glomping, no "send this to 4 people" malarky and that sort of thing o.o
If you think I put an image in the wrong category, tell me and I'll sort it out within 24 hours. Yes, I am THAT pessimistic with my artwork these days... o.o;
If you want to fave my artwork, back it up with a comment. Yes, faves alone are nice, but that doesn't tell me much in the way of what you like about it.
If you want to comment on my artwork, at least tell me what you like about it. No one-word comments either like "cool" or "nice" - just tell me why it's as it is! That way you'll see growing artists rather than struggling to know where to go next. :P

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'Embroideresque' is featured on H*R.com!

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 9, 2009, 3:21 PM
"What the funk; you found my DA archive!"

Okay, so if you *really* want to view my artwork, writings, ramblings and all that this is the place for you. Expect a madcap Brit on a rampage!

I'm absolutely fan-spazzing right now!! :D

You see in my recent additions to my gallery, that Dangeresque cross-stitch that I did for most of last winter?

Well, I sent it off to the Brothers Chaps 2 weeks ago to let them know of what they did. And what happened tonight was the most amazing thing related to all my H*R based passions. It ended up being put up on the site!

Did you hear that? My Dangeresque Cross-Stitch is this week's "Weekly Fanstuff" feature!

So yes, I think I found myself a new gift in embroidery, though one that takes a lot of time and effort to clear it off. But for now, I am sure to be sleeping excitedly tonight on this one. Seriously, this is like a birthday present 3 weeks early!

...

...and now I'm done with the fan-spazzing.

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-THE REXROCK69 CHARTER v1- (or should we say, a few rules as long as you're on my page o.o)

No chain letters! You heard what I mean, no glomping, no "send this to 4 people" malarky and that sort of thing o.o
If you think I put an image in the wrong category, tell me and I'll sort it out within 24 hours. Yes, I am THAT pessimistic with my artwork these days... o.o;
If you want to fave my artwork, back it up with a comment. Yes, faves alone are nice, but that doesn't tell me much in the way of what you like about it.
If you want to comment on my artwork, at least tell me what you like about it. No one-word comments either like "cool" or "nice" - just tell me why it's as it is! That way you'll see growing artists rather than struggling to know where to go next. :P

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Want to know my clubs and records? Click here. =P

Summoning of Spirits - New OCR Site Project!

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 7, 2009, 12:52 PM
"What the funk; you found my DA archive!"

Okay, so if you *really* want to view my artwork, writings, ramblings and all that this is the place for you. Expect a madcap Brit on a rampage!

Hah, I can't believe I've left my journals rotting in cobwebs again. I feel stupid having to leave this alone for nearly 18 months.

But anyway, with that thought out of it, I thought I'd come here to promote something that has been in the works for nearly four years - Summoning of Spirits, an arrangement project based on Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Symphonia.

I doubt there'd be anyone in my watch being massive Tales fans in general, but seriously, I feel so proud of my stuff on there, probably even moreso than on Project Chaos over 2 years ago. It'd make my day if you go over and check it out :D

53 arrangements from a wide selecton of OCRemix artists (including me with 4 of these), plus a beautiful graphical design and great co-ordination from both KyleJCrb and kureejiilea has seen about a successful completion. Expect a wide range of genres out there to enjoy regardless of your famliarity with the series - rock, electronica, disco, dnb, symphonic, chill, trance, piano solos... you name it, you got it.

I spent the day hearing the whole thing and I can say I was mightily impressed. Naturally I enjoyed the Symphonia side (Derris-Kharlan) more than the Phantasia side (Aselia) but I still found some good stuff in both of these. Outside from my own tracks, I found myself enjoying stuff from other artists like LuiZa, CarboHydroM, Usa ("Desert Nights" rocks!), Nutritious, Sixto Sounds, Christian Pacaud, PriZm ("Holy Judgment" - damn, that was so epic), and the late Reuben Kee among others.

I don't want to single out anyone at all, I think everyone has come together to provide some awesome material and I gotta hand it to the project team for putting it all together and further raising OCR's profile.

So yeah, in short, check out the album. And thank you very much for reading into this thing :D

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-THE REXROCK69 CHARTER v1- (or should we say, a few rules as long as you're on my page o.o)

No chain letters! You heard what I mean, no glomping, no "send this to 4 people" malarky and that sort of thing o.o
If you think I put an image in the wrong category, tell me and I'll sort it out within 24 hours. Yes, I am THAT pessimistic with my artwork these days... o.o;
If you want to fave my artwork, back it up with a comment. Yes, faves alone are nice, but that doesn't tell me much in the way of what you like about it.
If you want to comment on my artwork, at least tell me what you like about it. No one-word comments either like "cool" or "nice" - just tell me why it's as it is! That way you'll see growing artists rather than struggling to know where to go next. :P

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Want to know my clubs and records? Click here. =P

Cobwebs for 4 Months + 21st Birthday = Eap?

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 24, 2007, 12:32 PM
"What the funk; you found my DA archive!"

Okay, so if you *really* want to view my artwork, writings, ramblings and all that this is the place for you. Expect a madcap Brit on a rampage!

Man, I can't believe I left this journal alone for so long. I need to recap what's happened since March.

Apparently the whole "featured journal" thing had only resulted in me getting five. I'm going to feature them in the next journal though, but I needed to make an update most importantly.

I finally got through University at long last. I cleared my last semester, cleared my coursework and done all outstanding work I had going. And the result? An Upper Second Class degree, which I was happy to receive at a graduation ceremony last Wednesday. There were 600 of us there claiming our certificates from the vice-chancellor, and considering I'm near the end of the list it was a bloody long wait! But I'm proud of what happened though. I really hope it contributes well towards a job.

While I've been home, a lot of my time was spent trying to get in contact with the Job Center and finding a first step into employment. That added with some voluntary work has also made the aspect of free time really difficult.

In whatever free time I made I tried to build my music setup from scratch; it's almost done, just that we're missing a keyboard now. And in the time outside of that I tried to mess around with the equipment that I had for that aspect (though input had to be done by mouse) to work on some modern symphonic arrangements of some Spyro the Dragon tracks as well as a fanfic for the same franchise at FF.net (I actually finished Theoropolis there, just need to put the remaining chapters here.)

Videogaming was also pretty sparce, though I feel proud to mention that I have become a proud owner of the following games since my last journal in March -

* Okami (PS2) - possibly the last PS2 game I'll ever play at this rate, and it looks beautiful and plays epically as well. I don't care if it's like Zelda, I still love it :D
* The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning</a> (DS) - I know I had the console version but I was happy to get the DS version cheap =P Regardless, it seemed to be a fun addition to the DS set, though I personally wish for an entire game based on those ever-so-awesome gem puzzles littered around, heh.
* Starfox Command</a> (DS) - didn't start playing this until six months after I got it (d'oh!) but I actually liked the way it went in terms of gameplay control and stuff. Got four endings already, just that the missile chases and some of the motherships at Venom have been trying to stump me o_O
* Me and My Katamari (PSP) - I don't actually OWN a PSP yet but my brother allowed me to get a couple of games before being able to get my own. And for a first it was just as fun as any old Katamari game I came across in the past, though a little on the easy side. Oh well...
* Loco Roco (PSP) - Love this quirky new puzzle addition as well. It may look cute to you, but I gotta hand it to you, the later levels tried to OWN me so much! Still pretty cool though, the MuiMui hunting has got me on the go.
* Elite Beat Agents (DS) - Man, I got that on the same day as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and I swear NEVER TO GET TWO ANTICIPATED THINGS AT THE SAME TIME. Though I cleared the Breezin' and Cruisin' modes, I find it awesome that I'm wrestling my way through to get the higher scores; even my brother likes it, trying to beat my score on the YMCA stage at every single difficulty available, lol.

Additionally I want to mention something else - I'm turning 21 next Tuesday, and I really hope it goes down okay. But I'm just worried if I'll end up having one of those "loner birthdays" like I faced last year, when I barely asked for much and got little in return. What big event that will happen though is asking for a music keyboard to plug into my computer, so that will be sweet in its own right.

Whichever happens, I'm proud to have got something up here to confirm that I'm still alive and kicking. Whether people would take notice after so long is a completely different story, lol.



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-THE REXROCK69 CHARTER v1- (or should we say, a few rules as long as you're on my page o.o)

No chain letters! You heard what I mean, no glomping, no "send this to 4 people" malarky and that sort of thing o.o
If you think I put an image in the wrong category, tell me and I'll sort it out within 24 hours. Yes, I am THAT pessimistic with my artwork these days... o.o;
If you want to fave my artwork, back it up with a comment. Yes, faves alone are nice, but that doesn't tell me much in the way of what you like about it.
If you want to comment on my artwork, at least tell me what you like about it. No one-word comments either like "cool" or "nice" - just tell me why it's as it is! That way you'll see growing artists rather than struggling to know where to go next. :P

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Want to know my clubs and records? Click here. =P

This may be late, but do you want to be featured?

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 19, 2007, 2:46 AM
"What the funk; you found my DA archive!"

Okay, so if you *really* want to view my artwork, writings, ramblings and all that this is the place for you. Expect a madcap Brit on a rampage!

raygirl did this in her journal, so it's only fair that I FINALLY get to do this in return -

The first ten people who reply to this journal get put up here, along with three of my favourite deviations by them.

The catch is: You have to put this in your journal as well, so no cheating.

Please have something in your gallery (photos and/or drawings), or else I'll disregard the comment.


Trust me to copy her statement word for word -_- oh well. I'm just wondering if I'll even get five, let alone ten XD but I'm having a shot anyway.



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-THE REXROCK69 CHARTER v1- (or should we say, a few rules as long as you're on my page o.o)

No chain letters! You heard what I mean, no glomping, no "send this to 4 people" malarky and that sort of thing o.o
If you think I put an image in the wrong category, tell me and I'll sort it out within 24 hours. Yes, I am THAT pessimistic with my artwork these days... o.o;
If you want to fave my artwork, back it up with a comment. Yes, faves alone are nice, but that doesn't tell me much in the way of what you like about it.
If you want to comment on my artwork, at least tell me what you like about it. No one-word comments either like "cool" or "nice" - just tell me why it's as it is! That way you'll see growing artists rather than struggling to know where to go next. :P

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Want to know my clubs and records? Click here. =P

Today's a horrible day to get SBLOUNSKCHED!

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 20, 2007, 3:04 PM
"What the funk; you found my DA archive!"

Okay, so if you *really* want to view my artwork, writings, ramblings and all that this is the place for you. Expect a madcap Brit on a rampage!

"You really want some duck a l'orange, huh? You know we can't afford to eat like that! Aren't you a duck anyways?"
Strong Bad (to The Cheat), lunch special (Strong Bad Email #102)

Man, another lengthy amount of time away from journals. And I didn't even find the time to start up a Livejournal page yet. I think I need to start explaining stuff a little bit more.

As far as my academic work is going, things are getting tighter. Learning 3D animation seems to be tougher than I thought when it comes down to adapting tutorials, though I can seem to make a few good chess pieces right about now.  I still need to get some good sketchworks done of the Apple II's anatomy though, though it's hard considering most photos show the front part of the monitor.
I'm also expected to continue on with this giant web portfolio, and it's hard considering there's been more lectures than actual workshops this year. I'm sure that with the right amount of help I'll get stuff set in stone.
On top of that there's the development of the flash tour of the University campus. This will take more time than is necessary, unfortunately. But I'm still destined to put all heart and soul into it.
I got the Tom and Jerry video extraction that I needed for the music tech project to go through. I just hope we get through that okay.

It's a shame that today, even though it's Shrove Tuesday, didn't exactly go as planned. Here's what I planned to do -

* Do the laundry while doing stuff for the morning
* Submit work attachments to colleagues
* Shop for pancake stuff
* Clean room
* Get ready for a dining in night event with the rest of the dorm
* Order pancakes for the evening

I don't think many of those events went as planned. Maybe the laundry and the spring cleaning did, but not anything else. The email servers were down, which made things difficult in terms of productivity for this morning. And when shopping for pancake stuff, I couldn't seem to find much jif lemon left, so I went with chocolate syrup. (I regret that later...) Additionally, the dining in night was postponed until tomorrow night (didn't find out until the last second) and when I went to order the pancakes, the pros had none left.

I still had pancakes though - someone offered to help me make some mix with ingredients shared between us, and we split the set between us. I thought I could stomach six crepe-sized ones, but even with strong chocolate syrup, they were hard to digest near the end. By now I feel as if I need to crash out any minute, but that should never be of consideration given my duties these days.

Still, what can I say? This IS my last day of chocolate until Easter Sunday, as I usually do each year when going through lent. Man, I will miss that sweet sugary taste.



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-THE REXROCK69 CHARTER v1- (or should we say, a few rules as long as you're on my page o.o)

No chain letters! You heard what I mean, no glomping, no "send this to 4 people" malarky and that sort of thing o.o
If you think I put an image in the wrong category, tell me and I'll sort it out within 24 hours. Yes, I am THAT pessimistic with my artwork these days... o.o;
If you want to fave my artwork, back it up with a comment. Yes, faves alone are nice, but that doesn't tell me much in the way of what you like about it.
If you want to comment on my artwork, at least tell me what you like about it. No one-word comments either like "cool" or "nice" - just tell me why it's as it is! That way you'll see growing artists rather than struggling to know where to go next. :P

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Want to know my clubs and records? Click here. =P
"What the funk; you found my DA archive!"

Okay, so if you *really* want to view my artwork, writings, ramblings and all that this is the place for you. Expect a madcap Brit on a rampage!

I nicked this from JezzKitty and I'll see if I can give this a go. Maybe this can help me get through the damn art drought I've had here as of late. I'll link all the finished images as I go.

1. Introduction [DONE]
2. Love [DONE]
3. Light
4. Dark [DONE]
5. Seeking Solace [DONE]
6. Break Away [DONE]
7. Heaven
8. Innocence [DONE]
9. Drive [DONE]
10. Breathe Again
11. Memory[DONE]
12. Insanity [DONE]
13. Misfortune [DONE]
14. Smile [DONE]
15. Silence
16. Questioning [DONE]
17. Blood
18. Rainbow
19. Gray [DONE]
20. Fortitude
21. Vacation
22. Mother Nature
23. Cat [DONE]
24. No Time
25. Trouble Lurking
26. Tears
27. Foreign [DONE]
28. Sorrow [DONE]
29. Happiness [DONE]
30. Under the Rain [DONE]
31. Flowers
32. Night
33. Expectations [DONE]
34. Stars
35. Hold My Hand
36. Precious Treasure [DONE]
37. Eyes [DONE]
38. Abandoned [DONE]
39. Dreams [DONE]
40. Rated [DONE]
41. Teamwork [DONE]
42. Standing Still [DONE]
43. Dying
44. Two Roads [DONE]
45. Illusion
46. Family
47. Creation [DONE]
48. Childhood
49. Stripes
50. Breaking the Rules
51. Sport [DONE]
52. Deep in Thought
53. Keeping a Secret
54. Tower [DONE]
55. Waiting [DONE]
56. Danger Ahead [DONE]
57. Sacrifice [DONE]
58. Kick in the Head
59. No Way Out
60. Rejection [DONE]
61. Fairy Tale
62. Magic [DONE]
63. Do Not Disturb
64. Multitasking [DONE]
65. Horror
66. Traps
67. Playing the Melody [DONE]
68. Hero [DONE]
69. Annoyance
70. 67%
71. Obsession
72. Mischief Managed [DONE]
73. I Can't
74. Are You Challenging Me?
75. Mirror
76. Broken Pieces [DONE]
77. Test
78. Drink
79. Starvation
80. Words
81. Pen and Paper [DONE]
82. Can You Hear Me?
83. Heal [DONE]
84. Out Cold [DONE]
85. Spiral
86. Seeing Red [DONE]
87. Food
88. Pain
89. Through the Fire
90. Triangle [DONE]
91. Drowning [DONE]
92. All That I Have
93. Give Up [DONE]
94. Last Hope
95. Advertisement
96. In the Storm
97. Safety First [DONE]
98. Puzzle [DONE]
99. Solitude
100. Relaxation




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-THE REXROCK69 CHARTER v1- (or should we say, a few rules as long as you're on my page o.o)

No chain letters! You heard what I mean, no glomping, no "send this to 4 people" malarky and that sort of thing o.o
If you think I put an image in the wrong category, tell me and I'll sort it out within 24 hours. Yes, I am THAT pessimistic with my artwork these days... o.o;
If you want to fave my artwork, back it up with a comment. Yes, faves alone are nice, but that doesn't tell me much in the way of what you like about it.
If you want to comment on my artwork, at least tell me what you like about it. No one-word comments either like "cool" or "nice" - just tell me why it's as it is! That way you'll see growing artists rather than struggling to know where to go next. :P

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Want to know my clubs and records? Click here. =P

Tom and Jerry VS Apple Computer: Semester 6 FTWTF

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 28, 2007, 11:32 AM
"What the funk; you found my DA archive!"

Okay, so if you *really* want to view my artwork, writings, ramblings and all that this is the place for you. Expect a madcap Brit on a rampage!

"I just felt like I had to hit (the crystal)... and when I did, the power of a thousand suns surged through my body."
"Right, okay. Well you know what? You should really sleep better. Y'know, I'm gonna stop buggin you. You really need to get eight hours."
Spyro and Sparx, The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning

Theoropolis OST gets an update! Grab it quick! ^_~

Ahem... yeah. ^^; Now that the self-pimpage is out of the way, it's time I made headway with a new journal.

It seems as if my college work is starting to get a little bit demanding. My music tech coursework wants me to put acousmatic sounds to a video selection, and that means getting a Tom and Jerry compilation video from Blockbuster and seeing what I can do with them. I haven't actually done that yet, but I will see if I can actually order one and see through it carefully.
On top of that, my IT classes require me to do some design briefs for the university campus tour, learning AJAX for the next big web assignment and learning about 3D MODELLING!! Unfortunately, unlike Shinragod who's modelling an anthro, I'm stuck modelling an Apple II computer. But I'm sure it'll come out well.

On top of that, I need to get back to the big 100 pics. I have more time for that now in spite of all this work that's going on, but the question is, will I even get it done??

Also, I'm thinking of getting a Live Journal. Will it be even possible? I mean, it's one thing to see Lioness's additional work on there if I get one, but I also want somewhere to make people appreciate the original music that I put down, especially in the link above. It's also going to be hard to build up a whole audience again, but still, I don't want to end up going there and finding out that it's not all it's cracked up to be. Either way, is it worth it?

All questions asked and past events explained, before I leave you all, I found this old quiz while rooting around Turquoisephoenix's past journals (don't ask), and I thought I'd actually give it a go. Let's place it here while we can.

Choose twelve characters from fandoms, then answer the questions underneath. Do not look at the questions beforehand.

I like being diverse, so we'll do 12 chars from different fandoms, shall we? And crikey, they ALL had to be videogames! I am suck a geek. :giggle:

1) Dr. Neo Cortex (Crash Bandicoot)
2) Beauty Queen Etna (Disgaea)
3) Yangus (Dragon Quest VIII)
4) Baron Praxis (Jak II)
5) King of All Cosmos (Katamari Damacy)
6) Axel (Kingdom Hearts)
7) Ratchet (Ratchet & Clank)
8) Rayman (series of the same name -__-)
9) Dimitri (Sly Cooper)
10) Miles "Tails" Prower (Sonic the Hedgehog)
11) Spyro the Dragon (again, series of the same name)
12) Peppy Hare (Starfox)

1. Who would make a better college professor, 6 or 11?

Okay, two guys that specialise in fire. Makes them well suited for cooking classes then!!

On one hand, Spyro could fit the criterion as his status as a purple dragon would make him able to pass the torch when it comes to controlling breath powers to other students, though given what we saw of him in the reboot title it can be hard for him to regulate his feelings enough to cope with an entire class. Axel, on the other hand, has an advantage as he has no emotions whatsoever, but he could terrorise people thanks to his wish to find Roxas again. I'd say Spyro would go down better with the college kids.

Do you think 4 is hot? How hot?

Great, Baron bleedin' Praxis. I think everyone knows the answer to that question. :giggle:

3. 12 sends 8 on a mission. What is it, and does it succeed?

Peppy summons Rayman to counter against an infestation of ailens going around the Fairy Glade. Unfortunately, Rayman's expertise in flying arwings is poor and he has problems controlling it. He seemed to have no problem fighting them on foot with his own fists though. We can say it succeeded but because of the sluggish combat speed the Fairy Glade would have decaded slightly.

4. What is or would be 9's favourite book?

Tha Doggfather : The Times, Trials, And Hardcore Truths Of Snoop Dogg, or similar hip hop related autobiographies. You never can tell with Dimitri.

5. Would it make more sense for 2 to swear fealty to 6, or the other way around?

Etna and Axel. Course, it would be Etna as all that Axel wanted to do was work alone or with Roxas. Besides, once she'd sick her prinnies on him, that's the deal firmly secure.

For some reason, 5 is looking for a roommate. Should s/he share a studio apartment with 9 or with 10?

The King of All Cosmos would share a room with either Dimitri or Tails. Interesing.
Dimitri would have a bachelor pad doing his kinetic anaesthetic work, learning more English from hip hop music and inflating his own ego, not giving time for anyone else's. Tails would have a workshop where he'd tinker around with flying machines, and given his age he could surely be in bed for 11PM or something. So yes, Tails seems to be the better roommate to go with.

7. 2,7 and 12 have dinner together. Where do they go, and what do they discuss?

Etna, Ratchet and Peppy would go to Pizza Hut, because that has the better sweet pudding at the end for Etna to eat all she wants from (she would obviously use her prinnies to force everyone to go). While she's stuffing her face like a pig, Ratchet and Peppy would discuss mechanics-related topics together.

3 challenges 10 to a duel. What happens?

Yangus challenges Tails to a duel. Tails wouldn't want to fight at first, but after seeing him he quickly lures Yangus to his home and comes through with the Tornado. Yangus would react with his Underpants Dance, causing Tails to lose control and crash to the ground, before using whatever axe attacks he can to finish him off.

9. If 1 stole 8's most precious possession, how would he get it back?

Cortex steals something from Rayman. Not a problem - he would obviously journey across many worlds to get to the scientist and fight him in a mecha, in the similar fashion to Reflux from Rayman 3.

10. Suggest a title for a story in which 7 and 12 both attain what they most desire.

Ratchet and Peppy! How amusing.
"Deep Space Fuzzballs!"
Ratchet and Peppy share an apartment together, where Ratchet would come through with having a more successful TV career than Secret Agent Clank, and Peppy would climb his way to ranks in the Corneria Army beyond merely "General".

11. What kind of plot device would you use if you wanted 4 and 1 to work together?

Cortex and Praxis. Wait, I discussed that idea before in my Crash Blue Jak Orange pic from ages ago! Let me recap a potential storyline.

The basic storyline between them basically starts with Dr Neo Cortex plummeting his way towards Haven City from the sky, after entering a porthole discovered by his accomplice Dr Nefarious Tropy. Once down there, he soon ended up face to face with Baron Praxis, the ruler of the city. At that moment in time he was still in search for Mar's Tomb, still seeking for the deadly prize of the Precursor Stone.
Both characters then teamed up for their own purposes - while the Baron's intentions were for expanding upon Haven's territory using Cortex as his own puppet, Neo himself had plans of his own to use Praxis to find the stone and achieve enough power to rule the world himself. One word - ouch.


12. If 7 visisted you for the weekend, how would you get along?

Ratchet, huh? We should get along pretty well given we have good workable ordeals, though I wouldn't like it if his temper shows when Secret Agent Clank shows on TV.

13. If you could command 3 to perform any one task or service for you, what would it be?

I'd get Yangus to steal the stereo from my next door neighbour and sell it in the black market. Nuff said.

14. Does anyone on your friends list write or draw 11?

A LOT of people on my friends list draw Spyro! Though, now that I think of dragons, I miss Fenrina a heck of a lot :(

15. If 2 had to choose sides between 4 and 5, which would it be?

Etna would choose between Praxis or the King of All Cosmos. Trying to take sides with the King meant that she would have to follow his orders or else his laser eyes would completely smite her. So yes, odds are she'd get on better with Praxis because they seem to think more alike when it comes to power and control.

16. What might 10 shout while charging into battle?

Tails would shout something uber-cheesy, like "Fly like the wind" or something.

17. If you chose a song to represent 8, which song would it be?

Groove Armada - "Madder". It's the only mainstream song I think can associate with Rayman! Oh, and I haven't heard it in a while... o.o

18. 1, 6, and 12 are having dim sum at a Chinese restaurant. There is only one scallion pancake left, and they all reach for it at the same time. Who gets to eat it?

Cortex, Axel and Peppy fighting over food. ohok. All would race for it but Axel's more potent fire power would leave him to be the guy who would take it in the end.

19. What might be a good pick-up line for 2 to use on 10?

Etna and Tails sitting in a tree... o_O;

"So, foxy, do you want to share my pudding with me?"

Obviously, Tails, being too young for that sort of thing, would fly off into the distance before it would get from rough to weird.

20. What would 5 most likely be arrested for?

Demolishing various buildings thanks to being about 3000m tall. You never know what can happen if the King of All Cosmos has a wine glass too many.

21. What is 6's secret?

Before Axel went into Organisation XIII, he was a chef working at MacDonalds. He only got in the club because he somehow knew Vexen from the early stages of his job and wants a better

salary.

22. If 11 and 9 were racing to a destination, who would get there first?

Spyro vs Dimitri. I bet Spyro would go far with his charge technique anyway, but I don't think he'd need that when fending against a guy who only likes to show off and has little-to-no running skill whatsoever (though he can swim pretty well) but has nice breakdancing/hiphop/capoeira (?) moves.

23. 3 and 7 tell conflicting versions of events. Which is more reliable?

Trusting either Yangus or Ratchet. Both of them are pretty honest, but Ratchet has the better English and can help out with more detailed portions of that event.

24. 1 (Cortex) and 9 (Dimitri) reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by 4 (Baron Praxis)'s sinister secret organization. 11 (Spyro) volunteers to help them, but it is later discovered that 11 (Spyro) is actually a spy for 4 (Baron Praxis). Meanwhile, 4(Baron Praxis) has kidnapped 12 (Peppy), in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of 5 (King of All Cosmos), they seek out 3 (Yangus), who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this fic? Name three people on your friends list who might read it. Name one person who should write it.

OMG!!
So, we have something like that Cortex game Travellers' Tales were planning to make but that idea got put on hold. And to think he would team up with an innocent-ish Dragon for a spy, an egoistic lounge lizard to get through it all, and the occasional master of outer space (praying to stars?) and a thief wanting to become straight in due time.

"The Two Lab Rats - Purity of Scientific Showoffs"

Three people who would read it?
Turquoisephoenix, JezzKitty (if she even has time?), silversister

A person who should write it?
Might even be me, though TP could do a better job O.o


And now, I leave you all while I start watching Tom and Jerry cartoons. A LOT.



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-THE REXROCK69 CHARTER v1- (or should we say, a few rules as long as you're on my page o.o)

No chain letters! You heard what I mean, no glomping, no "send this to 4 people" malarky and that sort of thing o.o
If you think I put an image in the wrong category, tell me and I'll sort it out within 24 hours. Yes, I am THAT pessimistic with my artwork these days... o.o;
If you want to fave my artwork, back it up with a comment. Yes, faves alone are nice, but that doesn't tell me much in the way of what you like about it.
If you want to comment on my artwork, at least tell me what you like about it. No one-word comments either like "cool" or "nice" - just tell me why it's as it is! That way you'll see growing artists rather than struggling to know where to go next. :P

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Want to know my clubs and records? Click here. =P

Theoropolis Music/Dad in Hospital/Weird stuff

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 20, 2007, 4:45 PM
"What the funk; you found my DA archive!"

Okay, so if you *really* want to view my artwork, writings, ramblings and all that this is the place for you. Expect a madcap Brit on a rampage!

Wow, I've got a lot of things to cover in this journal entry in particular. And I needed to do that now that I have escaped from the Christmas rush all in one piece. This time, I'm doing my college work as carefully as possible for this semester. You hear me ;)

Anyway, I might as well do a few things while I'm here. Starting off with two little news-related things.

Theoropolis gets a Soundtrack?
It may not be something that I could publish, but this is something that I've been willing to do for a long time - try and score various scenes from The Theoropolis Saga into a musical format. The result is the plan to do a 40+ track set of cues to correspond with various scenes throughout the tale. Obviously with various influences on canon characters, there will be arrangements of other themes mixed in with some originals, but still, I needed to make sure that my final semester here at Uni goes out with a bang.

It's something that has been worked upon since last week but I'm steadily getting there. The songs may not necessarily be epics, but one or two of them will be once I get around to them. Here's the link to what's been done so far.

Art makes the wedding so pretty
I don't think I mentioned this up until now, but two weeks ago, I was commissioned with a job from my eldest cousin. She is going to get married at the end of the year, and from what I've seen from her fiancé I think she's made a great move.

I wouldn't want to be a bridesmaid as it's just too much about standing there looking pretty, which isn't as good on a practical person like myself. However, she came up with a really good idea. She wants me to be her illustrator at the wedding!

She wants me to draw her and her husband-to-be at the altar as they go through the ceremony. With that in mind I need to start practicing some reference shots, namely various church furniture like the pews and pulpits and whatnot. I hope everything goes down well :D

Facing the Hospital Blues
After just under two years of pain (maybe a little more?), my dad went into hospital as soon as I returned to campus. It's nothing major - he was to get an operation to strenghen his decaying leg, which went down a success. He did end up staying behind in hospital to recover, obviously.

I sent him a get well card on Thursday and found out that he received it today. Hearing everything from my mother down the phone, I heard that his staying in hospital is a painful experience due to the anaesthetics he needed for the healing process. Though it will help in the long run, I feel really sorry for him and at some extent is hurting me a little bit inside too. I didn't feel it at the time, but my father is a very close figure to me. We share birthdays, have similar character traits, enjoy listening to Queen, often help each other out on the Spyro titles (obviously the Insomniac ones, ohok), and all that.

So with that in mind, I want to draw him a picture to cheer him up during his time in there. But I'm stumped on what to do. I want to do something uplifting, but not to the point that he would not break down at the sight of it (i.e. a dancing gorilla won't do any good at a time like this, LoL!!). I think I need some advice on how to approach it, so I hope by asking you guys you might provide some nice ideas. That's unless I may need to think for myself again.

Weird stuff?
Siera tagged me to do this, so it's only fair that I get this out of the way. I just state six weird facts about myself, and then tag this along to six different deviants. Chained messages aren't something I'd usually favor, but it looks fun, I guess.

* When I eat Chile Con Carne, I always eat the kidney beans first, usually two at a time. When I was a kid, I used to count them all too!

* You may know me as quite the lover for villains in fiction. The first passion I faced with that kind of character in particular was Lord Zedd from the second season of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers TV show. There was something about that guy that would send chills, maybe a good combination of his actions and his purely chaotic attitude (loved it when he glowed red with anger for some reason). Then they decided to get him to marry Rita Repulsa, and then it all had to change from there @.@

* My first childhood memory, aside from the claim of seeing pink and a female body, was sitting in a highchair watching Countdown and being spoonfed alphabet soup. Richard Whiteley, we miss you :(

* I may be quite the Crash fan, but it was my brother who ended up being in charge of the first three titles. We got the first game bundled with the PS1 in 1997, and the other two were shelled out with his own money. Eventually, he thought that Crash Team Racing wasn't going to be all too impressive in his point of view, so he gave ME permission to collect Crash games from then onwards. And a good move it was too!

* On the subject of PS1 games, I logged a list of every PlayStation 1 game that we ever earned whether it be through buying or receiving it as a gift. I think I'll need to keep a good hold on it in case I forget about certain games that kept me entertained in the past.

* The most exciting birthday I ever had was when I turned 18, on vacation at a resort near Barcelona. I wrote an entire DA journal about it if you're interested on how it went down. Word of caution - an entry from 30 months ago would show how much I've matured since then, heh.

I'll find some people to tag later. It gets hard to find out certain people have done this already...



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-THE REXROCK69 CHARTER v1- (or should we say, a few rules as long as you're on my page o.o)

No chain letters! You heard what I mean, no glomping, no "send this to 4 people" malarky and that sort of thing o.o
If you think I put an image in the wrong category, tell me and I'll sort it out within 24 hours. Yes, I am THAT pessimistic with my artwork these days... o.o;
If you want to fave my artwork, back it up with a comment. Yes, faves alone are nice, but that doesn't tell me much in the way of what you like about it.
If you want to comment on my artwork, at least tell me what you like about it. No one-word comments either like "cool" or "nice" - just tell me why it's as it is! That way you'll see growing artists rather than struggling to know where to go next. :P

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Want to know my clubs and records? Click here. =P

Great, now I'm piss-scared. Thank you pasttimes.

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 11, 2007, 3:36 PM
"What the funk; you found my DA archive!"

Okay, so if you *really* want to view my artwork, writings, ramblings and all that this is the place for you. Expect a madcap Brit on a rampage!

Okay, so I came back on here tonight and found out that one of my images got taken down for the use of non-copyrighted material (one of my Shattered Glass character profile pics). So this is a light decision that I came to make.

Most of my images relating to that seem to be old anyway, so I'm going to go through as many other offenders as I can find in my archive and wipe them clean from the archive. Don't worry; if I drew the character in that image in particular only once, I'll find time to redraw him/her in the 100 image project. And odds are if I find anything that was done at around 2004, it could still be found at my old Fanart Central archive. Oh man, haven't been there in a while.

I've also been rushed in more ways than one, facing tight coursework deadlines for this week. I haven't been more strained over music documentation than this - there was more work to do, and one of the practical tasks in particular was very demanding - make an acousmatic (primary source) five-minute song, with a live part, with video, and a graphic score to go alongside it. It shudders me just thinking about it.

Still, after tomorrow I have one more to go - my literature review for a research and development project relating to my undertaking of the campus's virtual tour. I hope I'll get through this okay.

So if you see me acting as juiced up as Volteer from The Legend of Spyro or surfing around like a headless chicken, you know what's happened to me. In a few days, it'll all be over, at least for another two months. X_x



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-THE REXROCK69 CHARTER v1- (or should we say, a few rules as long as you're on my page o.o)

No chain letters! You heard what I mean, no glomping, no "send this to 4 people" malarky and that sort of thing o.o
If you think I put an image in the wrong category, tell me and I'll sort it out within 24 hours. Yes, I am THAT pessimistic with my artwork these days... o.o;
If you want to fave my artwork, back it up with a comment. Yes, faves alone are nice, but that doesn't tell me much in the way of what you like about it.
If you want to comment on my artwork, at least tell me what you like about it. No one-word comments either like "cool" or "nice" - just tell me why it's as it is! That way you'll see growing artists rather than struggling to know where to go next. :P

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Want to know my clubs and records? Click here. =P

NewYearCatchup (Theoropolis/Xmas/VGLive/etc)

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 30, 2006, 3:46 PM
"What the funk; you found my DA archive!"

Okay, so if you *really* want to view my artwork, writings, ramblings and all that this is the place for you. Expect a madcap Brit on a rampage!

Wow, it's almost the end of 2006! I need to update this one more time before the New Year makes its passing. It's only 12 hours until it hits the Easter Islands.

Anyway, I haven't had a journal done in so long so I need to reference to so much stuff in such a short amount of time. Let's see what I can do.

Finalised touches on "The Theoropolis Saga"
I have actually finished the main back bones of the story now. To be honest, it's 80% through the entire thing, and now I am ready to make my way to start releasing the proportions of the story here and at FF.net.  I will make a start this New Years weekend; was supposed to be as when as Brits go into the New Year, but now  it seems as if we're spending the weekend over with relations instead. So I'll instead release the first part before I go. Be on the lookout! :D

The Christmas malarky
Of course, I have to be one of many that would report their Christmas pressies too. I did get a lot of clothes, but there's some on the top of my list that seemed to make the big cut. Let me run through them -

* Gorillaz mock autobiography ("Rise of the Ogre")
* Nintendo DS game ("Yoshi's Island DS"; wanted Starfox Command but that's delayed til January >.>)
* Scissor Sisters album "Tada" (still need to hear it, but I'm sure to find time over tomorrow, huzzah!!)
* "The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning" on the PS2 (hey, I'll never leave behind a purple mascot regardless of the direction)
* Too many chocolates to count!!

And let's not forget the biggie - an acoustic guitar!! Man, I wanted to take up the instrument for a long time. And now I have my chance to see if I can utilise it at some of my last Liverpool bred music works. Man, time will go by so fast won't it?

Videogames live! OMG
I should have reported back on this sooner but I had a great time out there. I would have shown my photos but I forgot to take them home. Still, if you want a report on the event, Daniel Lawrence from VGMusic.com managed to wrap up everything pretty well. You can see it here.

If you search in the gallery you may even find me in one of their groupie pictures.  (hint: top middle!) You never know what you could find.

Before I emphasize any further, I could just as well say that any gang that goes around wearing a Pong costume gets all due respect :D

Other stuff

My time at home was just as busy as what I was going to expect. Or it could be busier, I don't know. I would have wanted to do more pictures, but for the first week home, multimedia and music tech coursework swallowed my time. And I haven't even got started on my literature review for the research and development project! Then the second year was swallowed up by visits and whatnot, so what else can I say?

But there's one thing I can be proud from all this. Just before Christmas Day, I got Laharl in my Disgaea 2 file at last. Seemed tough enough to even progress that far, but I got him :D

Anyway, now that that's done, I might as well wish everyone a very (belated) Merry Christmas and all the best wishes for 2007. I can see many resolutions being made. I think I'd break every one I'd make, but I don't even know what happens yet!

I hope to see you again tomorrow with the first part of the Theoropolis Saga, if anything. Thank you ;)



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-THE REXROCK69 CHARTER v1- (or should we say, a few rules as long as you're on my page o.o)

No chain letters! You heard what I mean, no glomping, no "send this to 4 people" malarky and that sort of thing o.o
If you think I put an image in the wrong category, tell me and I'll sort it out within 24 hours. Yes, I am THAT pessimistic with my artwork these days... o.o;
If you want to fave my artwork, back it up with a comment. Yes, faves alone are nice, but that doesn't tell me much in the way of what you like about it.
If you want to comment on my artwork, at least tell me what you like about it. No one-word comments either like "cool" or "nice" - just tell me why it's as it is! That way you'll see growing artists rather than struggling to know where to go next. :P

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Want to know my clubs and records? Click here. =P

Videogames Live - AKA 'A game music show to see'

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 25, 2006, 2:42 AM
"What the funk; you found my DA archive!"

Okay, so if you *really* want to view my artwork, writings, ramblings and all that this is the place for you. Expect a madcap Brit on a rampage!

Man, this journal came late. And I'm supposed to be departing in 10 minutes anyway.

Either way, I can't wait to the evening. I'm going to London to see Videogames Live, an orchestrated concert that revoles around videogame music, from old classics like Mario and Zelda to newer stuff like Halo and whatnot. This is something that I've been waiting to see for two months now, and I'm glad it came to the UK!

So if you see me vanished from the Internet for about 24 hours, you know where I've gone :D I'll report back with photographs if they look hot! Wish me luck!



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-THE REXROCK69 CHARTER v1- (or should we say, a few rules as long as you're on my page o.o)

No chain letters! You heard what I mean, no glomping, no "send this to 4 people" malarky and that sort of thing o.o
If you think I put an image in the wrong category, tell me and I'll sort it out within 24 hours. Yes, I am THAT pessimistic with my artwork these days... o.o;
If you want to fave my artwork, back it up with a comment. Yes, faves alone are nice, but that doesn't tell me much in the way of what you like about it.
If you want to comment on my artwork, at least tell me what you like about it. No one-word comments either like "cool" or "nice" - just tell me why it's as it is! That way you'll see growing artists rather than struggling to know where to go next. :P

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Want to know my clubs and records? Click here. =P