A productive day… IN GAMING!

Happy Halloween y’all!
Looks like tonight we’re going to have kids either knocking asking for sweets or egg being thrown on our doorstep… Hmmmmm…
GAMING
After a long day of work yesterday, I come home to a text indicating confirmation to fire up my Xbox 360 to play Battlefield 3 but this time with one of my gaming buddies, Trish! Not long after, my brother Tim joined the party and all there was on the mic was singing and screaming however, made the game funnier and exciting; made me start singing to Chris Brown’s Turn up the music or Psy’s Gangnam style! Good times…
It was so hilarious with all the terrible parking and driving into pillars with either a tank or a car… But our teamwork was awesome! Although the beginning of the game, was slow with the kills, I adjusted and became synchronised with Trish and Tim.
Again, I died so many times but this time, killed much more than yesterday and I was on top of my team’s leaderboard which was a proud moment for me leading with a score of 12K… Mind you, the opposing team’s leaderboard was very different so I won’t go into specifics…
After we played Gears of war 3 but didn’t play much of that… Just ended up playing team deathmatch… This game, I ended up falling asleep whilst Tim and Trish were talking over the mic then woke up with Trish saying ‘Ron! You still there? Gone a little quiet’! That was where I decided that I’ll end my gaming evening there.
With all this multiplayer experience, I didn’t bother with setting up my PS3 to play Uncharted 3! And now today is the release of Assassins Creed 3! I’ll probably go to purchase it after work! (If its not sold out!!) 
Lets see how I feel tonight…
SOCIAL
I spoke to my good friend, Lyndsey, after the games and we spoke about how we missed all the Skype sessions we used to have but now disappeared… Since then, there have been too many issues that we can’t even talk… Missing the laughs and jokes we once had…
Yesterday, it was one of the days she was herself… It was good…
Always good to cherish these moments before it goes bad again…
DEVELOPMENT
Since last night I slept quite late (1am), I did not do any programming however, I did wake up to do some coding but not as much as I planned to. I sat there with fingers on the keys with Titanium just waiting for me to type, all I did was stare and the brain trying to work it’s magic but the cogs were not turning… Hopefully, I will have better luck in development tonight…
SUMMARY
I’m beginning to feel like everything is returning to normal again…
I always loved gaming but lost my way years ago… I have so much catching up to do!
I hope I can continue to keep my passion in gaming going as well as keeping my friends close… The social part of my life is also improving and I don’t want to let go of it… 
I’ve opened new doors that I have always ignored!
To be fair… I’m so glad everything happened the way it did…
Discovering myself and trying new things was definitely something I needed to do…
Thanks to all of you that made this possible!

A step in the RIGHT direction

Welcome back to reality…
Looks like my motivation to do things for myself is back again!!
Yesterday, I got home, played games, did some programming and did some research regarding my projects that I’ve put on hold for a very long while!
Feels like I am finally back to my old self again… I’ve missed it…
Gaming…
So I fire up my Xbox 360, jump on Battlefield 3 straight onto the multiplayer servers and into Caspian Border! The amount of times I died was crazy… Not so healthy for my statistics but hey, I stopped playing for a while so there’s a reason for it… Give me a few days and I’ll be flanking them all over again ;).

I also went out to buy Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception at GAME on Sunday but haven’t even started that game. And I just remembered that Assassins Creed is out tomorrow so that helps my wallet lose weight! 
And so saying all this… Game on!!!
Development
I didn’t do as much when I sat to do some coding but it was definitely a good start to the week. I feel as though I have done something productive for a Monday evening

So I’ve opened up Appcelerator’s Titanium (http://www.appcelerator.com) to do some quick development instead of creating apps from scratch… Good thing about this package is that I can develop using JavaScript! Try it out developers!! I’ve made some test applications in the past but never released any just yet but I will definitely keep you posted…

Also, I’ve had a look at GameSalad (http://www.gamesalad.com) which is an application that you do not need to code but just drag and drop onto objects to make them animate! This is fantastic for rapid developers so check that out also! I will be developing on these platforms since I have limited time to do these things…

Conclusion
I’m hoping this motivation will continue but I would say that the things I’ve been doing such as clubbing, hanging with friends and my trip to Australia, Sydney was definitely a big boost to forget my past and start living the present… I wouldn’t say that I am over what has happened because it is a known fact that the feelings will come and go especially when something reminds me of that person, but there will be a point where I will feel strong and be ready to move on…
Lets just take it day by day shall we…?

Tomb Raider – My review

Tomb RaiderAt the EB Games Expo, Sydney

Tomb Raider… The one game that I have been waiting for since their first announcement and sneak-peek of the game, I finally had the privilege to play the demo and see how the game is!

The game was absolutely phenomenal! It was really realistic, Lara Crofts actions and the way she speaks is just so fluent!


In this new Square Enix creation, there was a sense of feeling where it was emotional and struggle… To top it off, the camera views and reaction to what she sees or feels during gameplay made me know exactly how Lara was feeling. Games, from what I’ve tried, did not give me that experience which is why I feel this game has great potential and I am completely sold!

The demo was approximately 10 minutes of gameplay and got to explore the environment long enough to judge it.

Using the bow and arrow was pretty awesome. The longer you hold the button down, you can measure how hard and far you would like to shoot. I took down a deer! Not a pleasant view but Lara did say “Sorry” for me so all is well! 🙂

From all the positive notes I’ve written here, its clear as day that I will definitely go ahead and purchase this game!!

The game will be released on 05/03/2013 so get ready for this marvelous game!

Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale – Review

Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale At the EB Games Expo, Sydney

Hmmmmm… Thoughts on the Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale huh? Let me think…

As I watch this game from a distance with 4 players competing to win the new slim Playstation 3, it felt like watching a replica of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros Brawl!

Being a fan of the Super Smash Bros series, I felt disgusted seeing this! The only difference is that they were Playstation characters and that was it! That was a big disappointment for me…

Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale did offer some characters that I would not even imagine being in this type of environment though. Papa the rapper vs Nathan Drake (Uncharted), that’s just unreal!

Overall? It’s nice to see all these characters all in one arena just fighting each other so I don’t disagree with the idea but maybe they could have come up with a unique way instead of ripping it off from Nintendo?? One thing is for certain…….. I wana play as Papa the Rapper!! 🙂

Release date is 21/11/2012! Look out for it…

Medal of Honor: WARFIGHTER – Review

Medal of Honor: WARFIGHTER – At the EB Games Expo, Sydney.

I was sent in to play this game along with 7 other individuals sitting all in one row. As we all put on our headphones together, the scenario was capture the flag – 4 vs 4.

Firstly, this was one of the first times playing with this kind of headset and it was remarkable! Usually, my choice is with earphones. Just hearing every footstep in the game was so precise and adds that extra realistic feel to the game. Sorry if I am late to the game but I will definitely consider investing in this!

Now, I am a huge fan of Battlefield 3 so please bare with me if I sound a tad bit disappointed…

The game was enjoyable and almost felt like Battlefield 3 however, the graphics was a bit off and felt like I was playing a gimmick. It probably just takes a little time to get used to but I always thought first impressions count and I know it is from the same developers and all but I feel like the game needs to be completely different from BF3 and not similar don’t you think? Just my opinion…

Jumping over walls, and the way how you grab the flag is pretty cool. You literally see the flag on the persons back. Very realistic indeed! Also, the animation at the end of each round is nice to look at.

To conclude, the game needs to be worked on a little bit just so that it gives me a reason to buy the game. Right now, I see Battlefield 3 as my game…

My Wii U Experience!

This years EB Expo in Sydney 2012 was absolutely amazing!

With the priority pass, I had the privilege of feeling like royalty! Jumping queues to avoid those 3 hour waiting times to just play a game and getting a goody bag and a playstation cap! AWESOME!




Let’s start off by giving my opinions on the long awaited, over hyped console, the Wii U.



As one of the many people who are looking forward the deployment of this amazing product, I must say it was a great bit of kit. The streaming of the game on the pad is a little blurry but the graphics on-screen is a touch better than its predecessor but this is my judgement when playing New Super Mario Bros. U so this is not my final conclusion to the console generally.

Speaking of New Super Mario Bros. U, this game is all you can expect. It brings the same concepts from all the previous games. From the demos provided, I didn’t find anything new! All I did was speed run through it all! 😀

Onto the Nintendoland, it was nice to have the pad giving the capability to swipe stars to the other screen. Aiming the pad to the screen created a cursor allowing me to see my current position of the pad. My arm did ache after several swipes but it was sensitive so it was satisfactory…

Now lets move onto the famous ZombiU. 



This game was incredible. I say incredible because of the functionality but visually, I’d say it was a disappointment. Maybe it was due to the fact of me having high expectations but it felt to me like I was playing on the Wii again.








For functionality, you get the experience with two screens; inventory on the pad and a visual of the character checking in their bag. If a zombie comes during that point, you will see them on the screen and will have to exit the inventory screen to take him down! That is realistic don’t ya think?! 🙂

Overall? 

As a whole, I think Nintendo have truly outdone themselves once again however, I do have my doubts and probably end up not purchasing it due to past experience. When I buy a console too early, the games are not fully developed to its full potential so I will wait until Nintendo or any other third party games sweeps me off my feet!

Other than that, if you have the money and you don’t mind which games are out, then go purchase it on the first day it releases and support Nintendo! They continuously keep impressing me with their products!

From that note, I’ll leave it there.

Next blog: Tomb Raider, Splinter Cell, and a few other games!