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May 4th, 2007
03:59 pm
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Teen Arrested for Counterstrike Map

In a world gone mad...a Chinese high school student in Fort Bend Texas is arrested and then forced to attend an alternative education center when parents discover he has created a Counterstrike level based off of Clements High School for he and his friends to play on. The student had his home searched for weapons, was detained until it was determined no charges could be filed, and is now unable to graduate with his peers, all because of his mapmaking skills.

Oh wait, it was completely founded. He had swords. Thank god we stopped him before he went medieval.

I can understand folks being a bit jumpy in the wake of the Virginia Tech incident, but whatever happened to just...I dunno, talking to the guy? Asking him what his intentions were. Seeing if maybe he'd take it down? There are better ways to safeguard ourselves then having police ransack a teenagers bedroom. What a complete nightmare.

Now the Chinese community of Fort Bend is rallying support for the unjustly punished young man, trying to get him reinstated in class, or at the very least trying to get the school board to admit they might have gone too far. As one community member says, "We should teach our children not to judge others harshly." What exactly are we teaching or children these days?

Twenty-two years ago a teacher caught me drawing him with an arrow through his head and made me stand next to his desk holding the picture for a half hour while my fellow students made faces at me. How far we've come. Michael Fahey


There's always one isn't there? *headdesk*

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03:02 pm
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We've got foxes in the garden :) They started to appear a few weeks ago and we wondered where they were coming from, so a closer inspection of the area revealed a den underneath the old shed. Of course you can't actually see into it properly but there's a large hole at the ground in the front which wasn't there before. There's a mother and about four cubs, one of which is a lot braver and naughtier than the others and regularly runs down towards the house, much to the dismay of mother who ends up chasing after him everytime he misbehaves! They haven't really been coming out much except in the mornings and (annoyingly) in the early hours, because their presence sets off the security lights! This afternoon they all appeared when mum and I were having lunch, so I quickly dashed to get a camera and take a few photos:



This is one of the better behaved cubs who tends to stay close to mum at the back of the garden.



Hi mum! I waved at one of the cubs and then she seemed to come out, as if the cub had told her that the humans were watching them :P




Then the cubs bravely followed her out into the open.



This is the mischievous cub, he's right down at the bottom of the garden near the house, he actually came quite close to me at one point but I had the camera zoom right up so I couldn't get a shot of him at that range.



Mr Mischievous playing with another of the cubs. He's slightly greyer than the others and a lot skinnier, I wonder if he's perhaps a little younger than the rest or perhaps he just misbehaves so much he loses out on food rations as mother's punishment!

I don't know how long they'll stay around here, but hopefully I can get some better shots sometime :)

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April 2nd, 2007
04:21 pm
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Call Of Cthulhu: Dark Corners Of The Earth
As previously mentioned I spent most of Saturday playing 'Call Of Cthulhu: Dark Corners Of The Earth' which is a game that follows HP Lovecraft's 'The Shadow Over Innsmouth' complete with references to 'Deep Ones', 'Shoggoth', 'Esoteric Order of Dagon' and many others. Set in the 1920's, It's a pretty grim and disturbing game with a lot of historical relevance and many faithful nods toward's the great author and his creations (_arnamentia_ take note, this is a game you might enjoy!). It's a first person game but you don't shoot (you do get a gun later on but rarely get to use it), you're a detective who spends time searching for clues and evidence trying to find out what is going on in a small coastal town. There's an inventory and it sort of works a bit like Silent Hill in the way you manage items.

There's no HUD, instead you get on screen warnings (COD2 style) to show that you've taken damage and there's a sanity meter that gets worse when you see a mutilated corpse or you're trapped in a room or something. If you don't calm your character down- he'll kill himself! The atmosphere in this game is amazing, the sound effects are top notch and I actually get a bit scared sometimes, a game hasn't done that to me since the great System Shock 2!

It was released on the Xbox awhile ago, so some of you may have played it? It's not the best looking game, because it's another of those titles that's been in development for years it looks a little dated (and it's ported from the aforementioned xbox release) but it's well worth picking up, there's some pretty sick stuff going on in this town.

Links:

http://www.callofcthulhu.com/
http://www.gamespot.com/pc/adventure/callofcthuludarkcornersoftheearth/index.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_of_Cthulhu:_Dark_Corners_of_the_Earth

Here's a few screenshots I've taken so far:



It doesn't take long before you come across your first truly gruesome sight...



The 'Deep Ones', working as part of the local police force and as fishermen/store owners.



Poisoness crabs... run away RUNNN AWAAAY!!

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March 22nd, 2007
03:20 pm
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It's almost here...
One of the most highly anticipated video games ever is almost with us, every geek and his dog have been talking about this one for over 6 years now. Cancelled several times, delayed many more still, from this Friday we will all be able to make our way through the wasteland of Chernobyl:



Official website - http://www.stalker-game.com/

For information and reviews, check out these two links:

http://uk.gamespot.com/pc/action/stalker/review.html

http://uk.pc.ign.com/articles/773/773803p1.html

THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN!







Next I predict that Duke Nukem Forever will be with us in time for Christmas...





















...2012. Thank you, I'm here all week, try the fish.

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March 15th, 2007
09:06 pm
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Holy fucking shit.. I think I just died..

The Terminator Vs Robocop: The movie!



EPISODE 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86ltDTU1R8A
EPISODE 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_sSsJBFvR0

Not only that, but 'someone else' appears in it too...

The guy who edited this is a God!!

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March 4th, 2007
06:36 pm
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Friday night I stayed up to watch 'Once Upon A Time In America' which is a film I've always wanted to see but never had the chance and It's one of those epic crime flicks that clocks in at around 4 hours so you need to have the time. The film itself was very good, starring Robert De Niro, James Woods and Joe Pesci among others, the casting was spot on especially for the transition of the main characters from childhood to adults. One thing that almost spoilt the film was the rape scene, rape is never easy-viewing in any form of media, but this one made me wince because of the way it came about. The main character's childhood sweetheart telling him she's going to leave for Hollywood the next day after he's been in prison and hasn't seen her in many years and so he rapes her in frustration...

In much more happier news, I have some things to show you lucky people. Lately I've been working on all sorts of aspects of my Horror project, including a couple of test areas:




I've since made the bulb additive so it glows properly, doh.

It took a bit of work to get that door in the first shot to work properly, here you can see the transition from photo to final defuse map:



I've mostly been more dedicated to working on level props, of which several can be seen in this shot:



I still need to optimize some of it, but the content in that shot is about 90% through.

I've also been working on character faces a bit and it's all coming along very nicely, so hopefully I can show those at some point in the future :)

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February 20th, 2007
03:32 pm
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No friggin' way...
An actual Hellraiser remake?

http://www.clivebarker.info/intsrevel15.html

Clive Barker :


"I just want to have five minutes to bring you up to date on the Hellraiser situation, so that we don’t surprise anybody!

"They’re going to remake Hellraiser One with a lot more money and they’ve invited me to write it – the invitation came from Bob Weinstein – which I am going to do, on the basis that if I don’t do it, it will be done in some way that I probably won’t like!

"It’s only that one that I really, really, really care about in terms of its remake value - and it’ll be kind of fun to have the extra money to do the effects and all that cool stuff.

"So it puts me in the situation of writing both the beginning and the end of Pinhead at the same time – ‘In my end is my beginning…’ I’m not in the middle, as it were, I’m leaving out his middle age, I’m just dealing with his beginning and his end.

"I’m excited about it - actually it’ll be kinda cool to revisit it once and see if there are things we can do to it which will make it significantly better.

"I wouldn’t wish to direct – I only want to write and be a part of the producing team. I wouldn’t want to revisit something that I did as a director, something that I did all those years ago: that would be too, in a way, painful - not painful but weird, difficult, strange…

"I am very happy at the idea of having some more money for the cool stuff – I don’t know how much more money, but it’s got to be more than the $900,000 that we had the first time!"


...how in the name of all that is holy can this actually be going ahead? You'd think Barker would know better, by saying that 'we'll have much more money to work with this time' what he really means is 'I'll have a lot more money after this..' cretin. You just know that this remake is going to filled with 'hot' A-List teens and bad CGI and pinhead will probably be setup just like he was in Hellraiser III (ie just another slasher 'monster' in the guise of Jason or Michae Myers). I do hope Doug Bradley has the good sense to avoid this like the plague as well...

I'm so pissed off with this and I'm sure many of you will feel the same way, especially ogly- It's just so pointless.

Gah!

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January 21st, 2007
08:43 pm
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Anyone remember Tufty The Squirrel?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DPEKVV7R9k

HAHAHAHA.. oh God, my childhood memories are tainted forever!

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January 20th, 2007
03:56 pm
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Metal, Chores & geekery
Full Metal Racket was alright, many of the regulars were there and the Trent Rocksoc lot, most notable missing person was of course shallowthing and possibly edenapocalypse as well. Got very tired towards the end so decided to take up ironlord's lift offer come 12:30ish.

Today I managed to avoid having to help move stuff into my sister's new house, so I have been washing and drying up and hanging clothes out and doing general chores before sitting down to watch a couple of game videos on youtube that I had neglected to view when they were sent my way. First one up is 'The Crossing' a game being developed by arcane studios and Valve which promises to 'redefine FPS gaming' pffft, yeah like I've never heard that one before. Still, it has a post apocalyptic France as one of the locations so it should at least provide some original environments for a change, what we have so far looks pretty nice:

 

The other video is a DX10 technology demo for Crytek's new game 'Crysis' (popquiz, this one's the one by the same people who did Farcry but not a sequel despite being set on a similar jungle island in the pacific. The game looks amazing, I'm not one for graphics over gameplay but fuck me, it really looks that good. Take a look for yourself:

http://uk.gamespot.com/pc/action/crysis/media.html

Tonight I don't know what I'm doing, possibly a trip to Rock City will be in order but I'm not too sure, we'll see what develops...

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January 11th, 2007
07:01 pm
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My portfolio
I've finally managed to get off my ass and work on a portfolio of my game-design work, so for the past four days I've been slaving away gathering all the media together and explaining what each project is about. It's finally up now, here is the link:

http://mapcore.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7386&start=0

If it asks you to log-in for any reason, click on the forum Index, goto the Finished Work Gallery ad click on 'D3ads Portfolio'.

Take note, it will take a LONG time to load, as there are over 200 images in the thread, it's worth it though, since it represents almost 10 years of work and gives you a little more insight into how I fill up my spare time.

Any comments, leave em' below :)

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Current Music: Cattle Decapitation - To Serve Man

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