I DID IT!

Mar. 9th, 2014 07:59 am
nano_moose: Digger. A rat...with wings. And a message pouch. ([D] a metaphorical pigeon)
I made the shift! This may have have been due to the lovely and well-explained instructions provided by the Dreamwidth folks that allowed me to import all my stuff. (Because I can't just leave it there or something. What do you take me for, some kind of crazy person? I must have my posts. My posts. My precioussss.)

So hello again! I apologise for the long vanishment. I tried to make my presence known, but "popping up out of the blue to jabber for a while and then sinking again" was probably not that effective or, er, endearing. I assure you that I was not dead or in even moderate peril - just angry at Livejournal and confused by Tumblr.

I am studying English Literature so that I may get a degree. It is enjoyable! This semester we are looking at Romanticism. The level of pouting performed by authors I once viewed with awe is spectacular. One thing I love very much about this topic (and the Arts) is that studying these people who've been enshrined in the halls of Brilliant Creators reveals - to my slight surprise - that they are still people. And this fact makes their work far more appealing, because it didn't arise from some hidden wellspring of genius that no one else discovered, but from where art arises in anyone. Things like sadness, joy, anger, frustration, boredom and - of course - the need for money. Some of the Romanticists thought they could found great governments and societies on their philosophising, so they could be as naive as we are, too. It's a continuously repeated but always wonderful discovery to make. Especially with the additional discovery that women wrote just as well and just as much, even if that keeps being forgotten.

...That was all a bit heavier than I intended, so have a picture of one of my dogs. His name is Caliban. I named him that because I thought the name the shelter gave him was too dignified. He's mostly called Cal, and he is a good boy.

Whosh a good boy? )

Good boy.
nano_moose: Final Fantasy X. Yuna standing on sunset-limned water with her arms at her sides before she begins the Sending Dance. ([T] a design most sublime)
News about that new Thief game whose working title is too silly to reproduce here is pretty scarce. For all that it was announced more than a year ago, there have been no trailers, no concept art, no prospective features, no hints about the plot or tone or setting or protagonists it may or may not have (and since the third game rounded off the overarching plot pretty definitely, those parts would be important. Those last four things are Thief - their interplay and interconnection with the game mechanics and design made it beautiful). It's been relegated to the back of my mind lately mostly because SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM SKYRIM and to a lesser extent various other things I've been following. And life, too. I suppose life is involved somewhere.

I just found something to spark my interest again, though; a piece of flotsam kicked up by Good Old Games getting their hands onto Thief Gold and Thief 2: Metal Age and poking them into working on today's computers. (Run and buy them now!) Thief did things with sound that games today still don't do. So it was somewhat of a relief to find the fellow in charge of the new game's noise-making (Paul Wier), despite not being Eric Brosius, making this presentation about generative sound (or making noises that shift smoothly in tone, key, scale and general mood according to specific game states on the fly, rather than composing looped backing tracks for each setting or situation). And it was an instant sell for me because of the slow thrumming atmosphere he brought about. No heavy percussion, no noticeable melody, just...foreboding.

Because of course, Thief is not about being James Bond or Solid Snake or Sam Fisher or Catwoman. It's darkness and stone, old magic and the dead, and the ever-present press of technology and zealotry.

...Anyway it's called Stealing Sound and if you don't want to listen to a somewhat nasal-sounding dude talking about the processes going on you can just skip to the last two or three minutes and listen to the impromptu track he plays. The volume might need to be turned up. Also headphones are possibly necessary for the proper experience. Mmm, tasty noise.
nano_moose: Black Plague. Philip stands in a snowfield, utterly dwarfed and alone. ([BP] ...fuckberries)
Um, holy shit.

There's an intensely creepy and beautiful trailer here. )

Look at those colours. ...If it's anything as lovely on release as it looks there, I might need to look into a Steam account. Drat.
nano_moose: The Iron Giant. Said Giant beaming adorably. (glee!!!)
So I'm watching the ten minutes of mildly spoilery Bioshock Infinite game footage that's just been released, 'cause if nothing else I can be relied upon in my nerdery targets, and exactly one minute in I hear the voice of Booker DeWitt, the protagonist.

And he's Garrett.

Seriously, he's Stephen Goddamn Russell doing his Garrett-voice, sounding as rough and cynical as he ever has (except more American. And less of a stoic loner).












SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET

I was excited about this before, because AEROSHOCK BIOSHIP BIOSHOCK WITH AIRSHIPS, but now I can add 'Ex-Pinkerton Garrett' to my mounting glee.
nano_moose: Final Fantasy X. Yuna standing on sunset-limned water with her arms at her sides before she begins the Sending Dance. (listen closely)
EVERYONE EVERYONE

I think we can agree that the shame of failing to post for weeks can be easily assuaged by a new Bioshock game...

Especially one involving MOTHERFUCKING AIRSHIPS. And imperialism.

I SUSPECT I HAVE BEEN DEAFENED BY PURE JOY

OR IS THAT JUST MY SQUEEING

EITHER WAY

KEYBOARDMASH!!!!!!!!!
nano_moose: Final Fantasy X. Yuna standing on sunset-limned water with her arms at her sides before she begins the Sending Dance. (hunting hunting)
So, guess who just used newly acquired super powers to get herself a paid account.








:D

No ads. No ads. Oh, it's so beautiful.
nano_moose: The Iron Giant. Said Giant beaming adorably. (glee!!!)
...Oh, that's why you do taxes.

Well, off to do some decent grocery shopping. :D

By the way, the Digger archives have been unlocked - you don't have to pay to view them any more. If you like things that are good, and more specifically clever, peculiar webcomics with beautiful and unusual styles, likeable characters, and oddly philosophical moments along with genuinely hilarious ones, I strongly recommend it. And Order of the Stick too.
nano_moose: Final Fantasy X. Yuna standing on sunset-limned water with her arms at her sides before she begins the Sending Dance. (listen closely)
YOU ALL SAW IT

WHO'S LAUGHING NOW? WHO'S LAUGHING NOW?

GO OUT AND PLAY YOU LOT OF REPROBATES AS SOON AS YOU FIND A COPY YES I AM AWARE HOW HARD IT IS UNLESS YOU'VE ALREADY PLAYED IT, IN WHICH CASE DISREGARD THIS MESSAGE
nano_moose: Serenity: River Tam's skirt flaring out as she moves, almost like a sea creature. (fwoosh (ish pretty))
So.

I think by this point I just have to accept that there'll never be another Sands of Time. )

Spoilers are here. )

If you got through all that, I have a present! It's the comic commissioned by Ubisoft from Penny Arcade. It's lovely, and simple, and indicates some of the backstory created for the villains without spoilers. Heeeere you go.
nano_moose: Final Fantasy X. Yuna standing on sunset-limned water with her arms at her sides before she begins the Sending Dance. (listen closely)
Spoilery babbling about The Dark Knight. Seriously the only way this could get any more spoilery is if it was actually the movie. Long story short, it's awesome, go watch it, but have something optimistic on hand for after.

Thoughts in bullet point form. )

Joker babbling, because evidentially the way to my heart is by being a psychopathic and unrepentant murderer. )

Things I do not like: )

FUCK YES

Apr. 3rd, 2008 06:35 pm
nano_moose: The Iron Giant. Said Giant beaming adorably. (glee!!!)
I HAVE IT

I HAVE INTERNETS

IN MY HOUSE AND EVERYTHING

I AM SITTING AT MY LAPTOP WITH INTERNETS

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO



NO ACTUALLY I NEED MORE WHOO TO COMMEMORATE THIS

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


Okay I'm done.

...whoooooooo

But in any case! I think it is time for me to talk about Planescape: Torment. Because it is fantastically awesome, and everyone whose ever frothed at the slightest implication that games can't be intelligent ought to play it.

So, Planescape: Torment. Spoilers directly proportional to word count. )

It's a pity I probably won't play it again for a while (because of the aforementioned waaaaah and augh) and that my gamer brain made me tear through it as though my hands had been nailed to the keyboard, but at least I know for sure now that it is SERIOUSLY FUCKING GREAT.

Also I want a Nordom for my very own. He was adorable.

whoooooooooooo
nano_moose: Final Fantasy X. Yuna standing on sunset-limned water with her arms at her sides before she begins the Sending Dance. (Default)
GUYS HEY GUYS

I'M A CORPORATE DRONE NOW

AS IN EMPLOYED, WITH LIKE, PAY AND SHIT

AS IN MONEY

FOR THINGS

AWESOME THINGS

:D :D :D :D :D

Now let's try not to get fired for making inappropriate jokes at our employers like last time, shall we brain?
nano_moose: Final Fantasy X. Yuna standing on sunset-limned water with her arms at her sides before she begins the Sending Dance. (Default)
GUYS GUYS GUYS

GUYS GUYS GUYS

LIKE A PHOENIX FROM THE ASHES THE LAPTOP THAT IMPLODED HAS RISEN

Complete with all installations and save games and I think - I think I might be insensible from happiness???

:D :D :D :D

Hearing Garrett's voice again is :D :D :D oh I could kiss you you giant bastard even if you'd stab me because SO HAPPY.

Although playing from where I was, I realise one of the reasons I was so angry may have been that I was so bloody frustrated by the level I was on. Stupid Bank. Stupid tiles. Stupid robots. Oh god, I'm rusty.

BUT STILL BEST PRESENT EVER

THANK WHATEVER GOD OF RECALCITRANT MACHINES MAY EXIST

Now to actually figure how to open this damn vault. Metal Age has a bad habit of assigning pointless busywork objectives but it is still better than so many things.

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