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Happy Thanksgiving

So I know it’s not quite Thanksgiving yet (we still have a few days) but since this is the only time I’m going to update the blog for a while, I figured I might as well say happy Thanksgiving… so… yeah, Happy Thanksgiving!

Since my latest post I’ve done a bit of work on the Zelda short. It’s not a crazy amount of work mind you, just some really loose roughs for two of the more complicated shots. Of course as I’m working on these shots I realize the flow of the storyboards isn’t quite right, so I have some rethinking to do on some of the scenes.

Speaking of rethinking, I also haven’t forgotten the Contra short. It still pops up in my mind from time to time and I think I’ve actually come up with a solution for it. The day I thought of the solution I almost considering jumping back onto it to wrap it up, but that would be too much bouncing around. My goal is to hopefully see this Zelda thing through. I’d LOVE to have it done by early January. I’d have to kick it into high gear (and with the holidays coming it’ll be busy!) but I might have some nights and days where I’ll really be able to give it my all. The week before Christmas I’ll have the place to myself for a few nights, so I totally plan on banging out a lot of work then. Assuming I have enough PTO at the 9 to 5, I also plan on taking off Christmas week. Sure I’ll spend some of those days with my girls, but I’ll ship them off to the baby sitter so I can really put a lot of effort into the Zelda short. I am *thinking* those few days will really make quite the difference. I’ll hopefully have most of my roughs done before those days, so it’ll be lots of clean up animation and all that good stuff.

In the meantime, the gang plans on getting together this Friday (this Black Friday) to record what could be a final episode of the Shamoozal Radio Podcast. We haven’t done one of these since the summer, and quite frankly SRP just really isn’t part of the big picture anymore. In my letting go of most things Shamoozal, SRP is pretty much part of that. I don’t want to say it’ll be gone for good, but I will say I don’t really have any intentions of doing more past this one. Things could change though.

If you like hearing me talk though, you can still catch me on the Elder-Geek Game Club, the podcast that was formerly known as the Shamoozal Game Club. It’s a biweekly show where Steve (of SRP and this site in general), and EG.com’s Randy talk about a game chosen by the audience for an extended period of time. The show has been going well in it’s transition to Elder-Geek, and I hope some of you folk had an easy time making the transition. We still like to try and talk about the games we’re playing on our very own forums, so it still has very strong ties to the Shamoozal.

I have also begun writing reviews for Elder-Geek.com. I enjoy writing game reviews, and since I’ve cut the idea from the Nerdlog, I asked Randy if it were cool to continue doing some writing over there. Thankfully he was fine with it, so I’ll be doing the occasional review over there. I don’t get a heck of a lot of new releases these days, so my reviews probably won’t be coming at a very steady pace. You can already catch my reviews for Where Is My Heart (PS3) and Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) over on the site. I’ll also be reviewing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the site, but that’s going to be a bit far out there yet. In fact, I very may likely end up doing lots of Nintendo stuff over there, so it’ll be fun!

Anyway, just wanted to fill everyone in on what’s been going on. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Shamoozal’s Game Club #3 – A Game About My Cat

A Game About My Cat

On our most challenging episode yet, we welcome Randy from Elder-Geek to the show as our new ‘3rd Chair’. This time the Game Club played ‘A Game About My Cat‘ an Xbox Live Indie title developed by thelostone. We hope you enjoy our dissection of the game, we tried to be fair and balanced. Clocking in at 52 minutes, Shamoozal Game Club has now become the most comprehensive source of information on ‘A Game About My Cat’…. hands down. You can follow thelostone on twitter to get more information about his upcoming game ‘Phase Runner‘.

Next time we’re going to be playing one of two Indie titles from Zeboyd Games: Cthulhu Saves the World vs Breath of Death VII You can buy BOTH of these titles in a 2-Pack for $2.99 on Steam, or you can get a 4-pack to share with your friends on Gamersgate. They’re also available through the XBL Indie store for 240 msp each. Scroll down to vote!

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Taming the Wire Box

Wire Box Organized

Wire Box Organized

I hate my wire box. I dread when I have to go into that thing and look for something I might actually need, be it a USB cable or some random AC adapter. It doesn’t matter how many times I sort through it and attempt to organize everything (which is rare actually) because the moment I have to look for something all of my work becomes undone. Before I know it I have a giant knot of spaghetti wires which enrages me to no end. In fact, I actually took a picture of it a few weeks ago (pictured below) because I was going to write a post bitching about it, but I never got around to it because it didn’t really have a good ending other than me just saying I hated my wire box.

In steps my pal Randy from Elder-Geek.com with a Facebook status update telling people a brilliant and simple solution to the wire box – put everything in sandwich bags (pictured above). Hooray! Through all of my frustration I don’t know how this never crossed my mind. I ended up spending about an hour tonight untangling all of the wires, weeding out wires I don’t need anymore and things that don’t really belong in there (like a Virtual Boy and PS1 controller), swiping clean all the dog hair from the basket and finally placing everything into its own individual sandwich bag. The best part is that it works because I needed to test my newly sorted wire box as soon as I finished with it. I realized one of the parts I threw back into the box was an anchor for my HDTV (which I need to install now with the girls learning how to climb up to the TV) and I was able to find it rather quickly. Thank the heavens.

So I figured I should pass this tip onto everyone else, because damn it, it deserves it’s own post and more than a mere tweet. Thanks again Randy.

Wire Knot

Elder-Geek.com’s Fundraiser for Japan

Elder-Geek.com's Full Hearts Marathon

My pals over at Elder-Geek.com are doing a 48 hour gaming marathon, the Full Hearts Marathon to be exact, this weekend to raise money for Japan. Starting at around 5pm EST their team will be switching off playing a slew of Japan made titles for the following 48 hours. It’s a pretty beastly marathon if I do say so myself.

Speaking of myself, I’ll be taking part in the marathon as well! Though my time is limited, I’m locked in for a 2 hour session Friday night starting at 10pm EST and I’ll be bringing along a bunch of Sega Genesis classics like Streets of Rage 3, World of Illusion, and Contra: Hard Corps (and perhaps others). It’ll be like a combination of the NES Hour (for those that remember it) and our NES Marathons in a two hour time span. I plan on having a blast during that time, so buckle up.

This has all happened kind of quickly, and I haven’t spoken to anyone about it yet, but hopefully you’ll also see the likes of the podcast crew around. I highly suspect I’ll be able to get Sithlord involved. I decided to choose games that can all be played with two players so I’m counting on someone to be there with me. If not, I guess I’ll hand my dog a controller and see what happens there, or maybe I can convince my wife to take part with me. I’m also really sweating getting my new video card in on time and having everything up and running perfectly. It’s been a while since I’ve done something like this, so I have a bit of planning ahead of me.

I hope to see you guys there!

Elder-Geek’s 46 hour Fallout Marathon for Charity!

Elder-Geek's Fallout Marathon

Since we’re sitting the whole marathon out this year (and probably for eternity at this rate) I’d like to direct you towards a marathon our pals at Elder-Geek will be doing this weekend. Starting at 5PM tonight, the gang at Elder-Geek will spend the following 46 hours playing nothing but Fallout: New Vegas all in the name of charity (Child’s Play charity to be exact). They also have a bunch of sweet prizes (copies of Fallout, Dead Rising 2, Amnesia and MAGFest passes) they’ll be handing out as well to the people that donate 10 dollars or more. Should be a good time. So if you’re in the mood for giving and lots of post apocalyptic action, head on over to Elder-Geek’s Fallout hub!

Shamoozal on Elder-Speek Podcast

During MAGFest I had the opportunity to meet Randy Yasenchak, the owner of elder-geek.com, and was invited to record a podcast for his site. Last night I met with the group over Skype and took part in the latest “issue” of their podcast series Elder-Speek. So hop on over and listen to yours truly blab about the latest game news, MAGFest, and of course a large helping of Shamoozal talk in general. I had a lot of fun doing this and would just like to thank the gang at Elder-Geek for inviting me on in the first place.

So head on over, what are you waiting for?