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Zeroes

‘All of you super heroes, fall short without those zeroes’.

This is one of many lyrics from the brand new album by Sonata Arcitca album; which is fantastically fantastic. The second song – Deathaura – is one of the best I’ve ever heard. It goes through so many stages, listed on Wikipedia, and each is done with so much power and delicacy.

Well I have Geology to get to soon, and Adam’s phone number to get. This new phone is proving pretty useful, and pretty snazzy.

Games

It’s become a very hard task, this year uniquely, choosing a game of the year. Whilst the year is far from over, I still like to be able to remember where it stands at the moment. This is, usually, how I remember the games from the beginning of the year; it helps for a fairer judgement of things.

The first game I’m considering is Killzone 2. I can remember I haven't really played it that much, wasn’t all too taken by the story, but I can also remember how much fun I found it. I think it had the best gameplay in a first person shooter, definitely the best controls and there is no dispute for its title, as far as consoles go, for best graphics. I really don’t care about graphics, as demonstrated by the fact that I love Nintendo 64 releases as much as their modern day counterparts on an increasing level. So, in the end, I’m judging these games on gameplay, along with a few, less important, attributes.

  I haven’t decided to score a game, out of 100 at least, in quite some time – this makes it very hard to decide which of my games is the clear winner. On the first person shooter’s bloody horizon there is one other game being thrown into the mix.

Battlefield 1943. Here’s a great game. I really like how the class based nature of the game allows for this fun, varied twist on the war scenario. The engine running all of the explosions and the simple implementation of such events as: driving the boat to the shore and calling in air strikes, allow for a certain, rather brilliant, air of 1940s to shine through. I’ve had so much fun with this game, it’s hard to see it as inferior to the mammoth Killzone 2.

Then again, there’s more. Although I still have to wait for the release of Blazblue over here in Europe, and The King of Fighters XII is going to be a holiday pick up for me, there’s still one fighting game I have been enjoying. Street Fighter IV is really fun, competitive, and it was a game I rushed to finish with every character. Although it’s really tough, it still offers a pick and play nature. Unlike 2008’s Super Smash Bros, Brawl, but like the rest of this year’s original releases, it didn’t keep me entertained for ages. Okay, so it did last as long as I would expect, but my game of the year choices usually give me something more, something special.

So I don’t know which to choose, it’s all very hard. Then I remember that Chrono Trigger, on the DS, was released this year in Europe. This game has been 10/10 material so far. It’s one of the cornerstones of the RPG genre, and a true classic in its own right. So, does it win? I’ll just have to wait and see.

Writer's Block: Birthday Shout-out

Happy birthday, J.K. Rowling! Which of her seven Harry Potter novels do you think is the most satisfying read?


: and the Half-Blood Prince.

Writer's Block: Two Truths and a Lie

Post two truths and a lie about yourself as an answer to Writer's Block. Have people guess which is the lie in the comments.


I sometimes check to see if the things in my dreams are there in reality.

I've tried to fly.

I am never proud of myself.

Writer's Block: Memo to Myself

If you could travel back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?


Don't skip school, talk more, fear less and start writing now.

Before I go

Before I go I thought I’d try to make quite a big blog post out of stuff that suddenly comes to mind. As I mentioned before I’m using Windows Live Writer. One of the look things it offers is the look and feel of my blog whilst I’m writing this. This means that I know exactly what it’s going to look like before I even hit the publish button.

My latest story, Two of Kind (part I), is going to be followed by as many as I need until it shall end. I’m hoping I can fit them all into 10 editions or less, although more would be good. Over at GT I’ve received nothing but praise, a lot of positive ratings and comments that mean perhaps more people will be reading the second part. I’m going to include a link to the older editions of the story in every blog and, at the end, release a full version containing every single part under the various titles. I’m still not sure whether to add subtitles to the series, but I’ve decided that that’s a no for now.

As for other stories: I’m going for the various editions system on every story. This allows me to work on different ones at different times instead of being tied down to one series. It also allows me to development a general plot line whilst having a key event in every particular edition. I already know what the eventual aim of Two of a Kind is and what will happen in the next story. I hope to make it longer and more interesting, and I already know how I am going to end it.

As I write this I have Devil May Cry 4: Trail version downloading in the background and also downloading on my ps3. I doubt it’ll be able to run the textures on high but I hope to garner some kind of comparison between the power of far superior RAM compared with a processor that makes this laptop’s one look outdated.

As far as demos go there’s only really the one that I’m playing properly. That game is Battlefield 2 for the pc. Although the single player aspect of the demo only offers me one map and game type it’s still fun to play, good to look at and an excellent test for the future.

I am also going to try to find the way describe the things that I actually care about more than anything, but as always it’s hard.

If by Rudyard Kipling. You should know this poem; if you don’t then I suggest you visit Google. Here’s a poem that I can say,  with all honesty, represents everything I aspire to be. the moral perfection is like the idea of standing in warmth a top of Everest, finding the meaning of life in nothingness and realising that one thing you never even realised existed. The words are so true and fluid, so strong and virtuous and yet so easy to follow. The ending is also something to live by, something to lift from the very Earth all of the generalisations and shatter them beneath the sun of moral perfection.

Writer's Block: Not So Genius

Which modern invention do you think the world would be better off without?


The gun. ;D

Writer's Block: Mentor Me

Have you ever had a mentor or other influential person in your life who helped you along a certain path in school, work, or life in general?


I am currently using the aid of one right now, to help me with blogging on GT.

Writer's Block: The Best

What's the best thing you've seen or done this month?


The best thing I've done in the month of July, which might I add is nowhere near over, is going ot have to be my Skype chats with my GT friends -- Oh what fun.

Modern Warfare 2

What the fudge is with the price of the ‘Prestige Edition’. You get the game, some art book, a plastic head and some night vision goggle for damn near 200 dollars in pounds. I don’t plan on buying the game or anything, but that’s expensive.

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