Saturday, May 31, 2008

Werewolves? Vampires? World War II? Operation Darkness combines them all, and it sounds great.

It already stands to reason that this game is going to be sub-par. It's a niche title that usually wouldn't be localized from Japan except by the few small publishers, like Atlus, that exist today. It's true Atlus has grown quite a bit, and have released a current stream of, if not top-notch, better titles.

Operation Darkness seems like a game that Atlus would have released in their infancy. But having said that, I think it could be an enjoyable enough game play experience. It very likely could have a great story to keep you playing through less than thrilling controls.

I mean, an alternate history where you play through the "hidden" battles of World War II with werewolves and vampires.
That sounds like a recipe for an oft-volatile mix that could be explosively entertaining.
It can be hard pulling off fantastical stories of this level, but I've seen enough goof-ball plots turn into some great movies. That's why I'm staying so optimistic about this title. Then again, I don't have an Xbox 360, and somehow I think it will be near impossible to convince any of my 360-owning friends to pick up this title. So, please, anyone who does get this, let me know how it turns out.


Related News
Operation Darkness Characters Profiles and Concept Art - Gamers Hell
Xbox 360 Preview - 'Operation Darkness' - WorthPlaying.com
Operation Darkness Demo Impressions (Xbox 360) - TeamXbox
Atlus Announces Another RPG, World in Shock - RPGamer.com

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My Word Coach In 30 Days

For those of you who know me from New Gen Gamers or follow me on Twitter, you'll see I'm starting up a vlog of sorts on the Nintendo DS edutainment game "My Word Coach".

My Word Coach is a daily English training employing mini-games and definitions tracked through what they call your "Expression Potential" to improve your vocabulary.

I started the daily lessons yesterday. I'll use Emergency Trap to post my immediate reactions while playing and build on my overall experience.

Later I'll edit, and add a video to go along.

Initially the game started with some pleasant soft funky music while I immediately was thrown into a mini-game of fill in the missing letter and another one where I was given a word and had to choose between two different definitions, both while under a clock and followed by definitions that I could go over at my leisure.

My first impressions:
I immediately noticed myself picking up on shortcuts in choosing the right definition, to improve my score. You click either left or right to view that definition then you can pick it. I would sometimes guess at how it might try to order the definitions. If the first correct definition was on the right, I would choose right again, and upon viewing it realized it was right, I would then choose left on the third. I don't know if I was affecting my performance in a positive way or not. It's kind of like true/false tests where you start to get worried after you see that you've chosen 3 trues in a row, and you figure the odds are better the 4th will be false just because you want to believe that the teacher was trying to "mix things up".

I know, that's confusing. Basically you have to choose either left or right before being shown the definition. This takes time. Albeit only a second or two, but that adds up no? So if you're shown a word you do not know the definition to, then say choose right. After hitting right, it shows you a definition that you recognize right away to be for a different word than the one on the screen. You instantly know this is the wrong definiton which then you can click left and OK as fast as humanly possible thus insuring a good overall time, but also insuring that I did not even glance at the correct definition. Of course, I did review all the definitions at the end, as always, but I'm wondering if this is stupid, doesn't matter, or if there could have been much better mini-games that would actually need more of your participation and still be fun???

Regardless, if your picked yielded the correct definition, right away, isn't that saving you a bit of time? I mean so you've improved your score not by deciding intellectually but because you got lucky.

The fill in the letter mini-game was a bit more dependent on you actual knowledge of the word, although since I just started, it was fairly easy.

I'd also like to point out that I was impressed with the letter recognition. I was writing pretty slovenly at times at only a few times did it not realize what letter I wrote, but those times were understandable. Ony a couple times, so far, have I been fairly neat at writing say a "T" and it thought I meant "X", but there is an included tips that show you how to write the letters to insure better recognition. Not that it really needs it.

Both of these turn out to not count toward anything except to get you acquainted with My Word Coach, because after those you "unlock" your profile. You get to make a profile from which it tests your knowledge on words. It shows you a set of words and you just tell it if you know those words or not. Sure, you could just say yes, but then it will be drawing from those words and words it deems at that level when you play the mini-games, which will affect your score, so it really just pays to be honest.

I should back up a little here and mention that you get to pick your tutor from a few different avatars who will give you instruction, let you know about new games unlocked, etc...throughout your days of playing. I'm sorry but I had to choose the cute lady in the business suit and glasses. What guy wouldn't choose the "hot librarian" look?

After my initial assessment I ended with an Expression Potential of 25% "Honor Student". It's a bit vague of how this fits into real life, but I did find they mention a lawyer would be at about 60%(or was that 80%? I'll have to look it up again).

Before my first days lesson was complete, I had unlocked a harder version of split-decision, where you choose the correct definition.


My second day, I unlocked a alphabet soup type game where the letters float in the bowl mixed up and you need to drag them into the bottom slots in the correct order. The definition is on the top screen. Of course, another time limit. I also unlocked a tetris type game. This one you need to turn your DS vertically. A list of words will appear on the left, and the right will have blocks slowly dropping. Spell the words by tapping the correct lettered blocks in the correct order and hitting the green button. You instantly have an entire row of blocks fall if it's too slow for you, and you can even blow up some of the blocks, because if the stacks reach the line at the top-game over. I was actually given a time penalty after my first attempt. So hint to everyone-start hitting the arrow to make whole rows fall thus finishing the round faster.

I also learned a new word-because yes, I'm actually reviewing the definitions of those words after each mini-game:) Umlaut, although I've learned it before and had forgotten.

The third day I unlocked one more mini game where you get 4 scraps of paper each with a definition and the word cut out. the cut out words are at the bottom. Choose the right ones, and drag them to the empty places....yep, time limit. I also unlocked a harder level of the soup game. This has them slowly sinking. You can keep them afloat by blowing into the DS mic, or just pressing a button.

I also noticed, just as I was fulfilling my daily quota of words, that the instructor told me I had played one of the mini-games too much and that it would not continue to count toward my EP. But being already done, it didn't matter. But I'm sure it will be happening in the future and forcing you to mix things up when completing daily lessons.

The only thing I want to make note of on this 3rd day, is the appearance of previous words repeated within the days new words. This is a cool reinforcer, and they don't always give it to you in the same manner as before. Pheonix might show up in the fill-in-the-letter game with the x missing then later with the o missing. This made me crack a small smile because it made me feel I was "learning"

Most of my posts on the game won't be near this large as no doubt they'll be a lot of monotony popping up over the next 27 days.

Oh yeah, so far My EP has gone up 1% each day. I'm curious to see if this is standard, because they gauge each min-game on a number of points, with bonus or penalty points which would, do what? I'm assuming not add to your EP but add directly to that particular game in the result of that mini-game.

Here's more backtracking:P But, after the mini-game and totaling of points, it tells you how well you did. I've been getting "You communicate exceptionally" or "You communicate convincingly". I guess the points put you on a tier, but I don't know how many tiers there are there can't be that many exceptional, convincingly...I can't see more than say average, could be better, and lowsy.

See you guys tomorrow:)

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Free Content Can't be All Bad!?!

I've been rifling through more free contect sites. I've been avoiding the RSS delivered content, and sticking to a slightly more manual copy/paste method.

So far I've found a wasteland of extremely generic and outdated tutorials, tips, tricks, and how-to's on most things we don't need an article for.

But there are some content places that have sparked ideas for my own original content as well as finding an article here or there that is useful.

Jan's Free Content site has been fun looking through and her free content is actually pretty unique. In a sea of rewritten rehashed articles, hers were actually new.

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How to Protect Email Addresses in Textarea Fields From

How to Protect Email Addresses in Textarea Fields From
Harvesters and Spammers

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by Ralph Tegtmeier
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Obfuscating web site email addresses by using Unicode
is a nice and - at least currently - pretty efficient
trick. Unfortunately, it won't work very well if you're
presenting some preformatted text in a textarea field:
your human visitors would not be able to recognize the
address for what it is. However, here's a neat work
around.

Provided your web server set up allows for Server Side
Includes (SSI), encapsulate your textarea file like
this:







You can either include an external file (as in our
example above), or simply put your body text between
the initial and the "endif" tag, in which case you can
omit the "include file" reference.

This will prevent the harvest bots listed above by
UserAgent from scanning your file and any email
content it may feature.

Should you detect further UserAgents related to email
harvesters, simply add them to the list above,
delimiting them with the pipe symbol (|).


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Ralph Tegtmeier is the co-founder and principal of
fantomaster.com Ltd. (UK) and fantomaster.com GmbH
(Belgium), a company specializing in webmasters
software development, industrial-strength cloaking and
search engine positioning services. He has been a web
marketer since 1994 and is editor-in-chief of
fantomNews, a free newsletter focusing on search
engine optimization, available at:
< http://fantomaster.com/fantomnews-sub.html > You can
contact him at mailto:fneditor@fantomaster.com (c)
copyright 2000 by fantomaster.com

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Perusing Ye Olde Free Content

It has an attractive quality akin to the first time you see or find an innovative product or idea. It immediately appeals to you as a "good idea" and it's usually a fist reaction followed by a more thought out plan. Is it really something you'll use or want?

I get bit anew by the bug and keep going back. Perhaps to see if there's anything "new" or if I'll think of a new way to use free blogging content.

In either case, it doesn't hurt me to yield to the temptation now and then. It only costs me a small amount in time and energy.

13 Steps to Successfful Blogging

13 Steps to Successful Blogging
By: Ant Onaf
Blogs can be a very marketable and very profitable tool if used correctly. Profiting from blogs is just a matter of grabbing the attention of an audience and not doing any actual salesmen selling. In this article you will learn the 13 most essential steps to successful blogging.

1) Where to start?
You should begin your blog with a free blog hosting service such as Journal Home. I don't say that because I'm the owner, but a free blog host is very rewarding for a new blog. Starting with a free blog hosting service allows you to begin blogging instantly without having any advance knowledge of scripts, hosting, or programming. It allows you to build an audience and buzz for your blog. It allows you to focus on your content and not the internal maintenance of the blog. The best benefit of starting with a free service, is in the case your blog doesn't become successful you do not lose any money or are you left holding the bill. The great thing about a blog is that they are organized in chronological order, your latest entry is displayed first. When your blog traffic grows greatly and you are ready to upgrade to your own domain then you can simply make your last blog entry the announcement of your "move". Simply add a last entry stating that your blog has "moved" and type the new blog URL address. Which directs visitors to your new blog site, keeping your following, without a major inconvenience to anyone. Upgrade as you need to...but only when you need to!

2) Niche
A niche is a targeted product, service, or topic. You should first decide on a product, service, or topic which interest you. Choose an area which you can enthusiastically write about on a daily basis. You can use keyword research services like Google Zeitgeist or Yahoo! Buzz Index to find popular searched topics. It does NOT matter if your topic is popular as long as there is a audience for your topic and the topic is precisely focused then your blog should be successful. Anything can be considered a niche as long as it has a target audience no matter how large or how small the audience is. A blog about your cat can be a niche or a blog about the species of the cat family can be a larger niche market, if there are people who are interested in hearing about your cat or the species of the cat family, then you have a niche...you can even choose to build your audience for a market which an audience does not exist, but first you must build your blog.

3) Update Daily (nothing less)
This step is a must and not a suggestion. Updating your blog daily not only keeps your blog more interesting to readers, but it also gives your blog fresh content on a day to day making it more appealing to search engines. Not updating your blog on an occasional holiday or one day here and there is understandable to most, but missing days at a time or weeks is unacceptable and will most likely result in your blog being unsuccessful. To keep your blog traffic and retain your visitors interest it is a must to update your blog daily with multiple entries. Though, I am seeing a growing trend of successful blogs that are not being updated daily, but they are successful and have a stable audience who continue to visit their blog daily. Regardless, these blogs are still updated weekly with multiple entries. Until you have a steady audience you should try to update your blog everyday with at least 3 or more daily entries. The best way to accomplish this is to set aside 1-2 hours a day for tending to your blog and adding new entries. It may even be wise to schedule a set time which you dedicate to your blog each day. Give yourself work hours and treat your blog as a job, what happens if you don't come to work for days or weeks...you lose money or worse you get fired! Same applies here...if you don't update your blog for days or weeks you'll lose visitors.


4) Traffic
It's no secret. You must have traffic to profit from blogs. There are numerous ways to build traffic. Paid advertising, free advertising, viral marketing, search engine marketing, RSS/XML feeds, and word-of-mouth. You should always use your blog URL address in the signature of your email, forum discussions, message boards, or any other communication media. You should submit your blog URL address to search engines and blog directories. You should submit your RSS/XML URL feed to blog ping services like Technorati, Ping-O-Matic, and Blogdigger. You should confidently share your blog with family, friends, co-workers, associates, and business professionals when it relates. Many blogs can be considered as a collection of articles, for this purpose you should submit your blog entries (those that are valuable and lengthy articles) to content syndicators like GoArticles.com or ArticleCity.com. Once submitted your articles can be picked up and published by others. The trick is to make sure you include your Blog URL address in the "About the Author" passage. What this does is create link popularity and backlinks for your blog, when someone picks up your article from the syndication then publish the article on their website the "About the Author" passage is included with each publication and the link you included is followed, crawled, and indexed by search engines. Imagine if your article is popular enough or controversial enough to produce 10,000 publications across the web. The search engines is bound to find your blog in no time with that many publications and credit you a authority on the topic, in return increasing your rank on search engines. The small effort of writing a well written article is rewarding. You should try to write at least 1 full length article every week for syndication and submit your article to at least 10 article syndicators.


5) Track Your Blog
How do you know if your blog has traffic? Just because no one is leaving comments doesn't mean your blog isn't growing. Many visitors do not leave comments but they are returning visitors. I know it sounds crazy but with blogs people are more interested in what "you" have to say! Many visitors do not comment their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd time. Some do not comment at all, but are active daily visitors.

Tracking your blog does not have to be overly sophisticated usually a simple free page counter like StatCounter.com or Active Meter will do the trick. Install (copy/paste) the code into the html of your blog template and start tracking your visitors. Its better to use a service which gives you advanced traffic analysis, such as keyword tracking information, referral information, and search engine information. Visitors, returning visitors, and unique visitors should be standard for any page counter service you choose.

6) Listen to Your Audience
When using the proper page counter you should begin to see how others are finding your blog and if through search engines then which keywords are being used to find your blog. If constantly your blog is being found by 1 or more keywords then focus your blog around those keywords to make it even more powerful. When writing entry titles and entries use the keywords as often as possible while keeping the blog legible and interesting.

7) Multiple blogs
Use multiple blogging accounts (free) to attract more people. This means you should have a blog with JournalHome.com and others. The more blog accounts the better (be sure to read and adhere to the Terms of Service for each site). You can copy/paste from 1 blog to all others. Having different blog accounts is like having a publication in different newspapers. This enables you to attract more visitors and this also increases the chance that 1 of your blogs will be in the search engine results for your focused keywords.


8) Short & Concise
Aside from the lengthy article a week for syndication and publication your blog entries should be short & concise (if you can help it). Sometimes there are exceptions to the rule and you have no choice but to blog lengthy entries, but try to avoid this as much as possible. You do not want your blog entries to become hours of reading. Visitors like to easily find information and skim through your entries. It is good to be detailed and provide useful information, but do not include useless information or run away sentences that veer away from your topic. Stay keyword-focused.

9) Digital Art
Try to include non-advertising graphics, pictures, photos, and art in your blog entries. Not too much. Once a week is fine. Graphics can sometimes bring your blog to life. Of course, the content of the blog is the most important aspect and you do not want to overshadow your content with graphics, but displaying graphics can add a bit of spice to the blog. Be choosy about your graphics and make sure they fit your entry topic. You should add content with the graphic, at least a caption. Original graphics, photos, pictures, and art is recommended.

10) Keep it Personal
A blog is most successful when it is kept personal. Try to include personal experiences which relates to the topic of your blog entry. Stay away from the business style of writing. Write with a more personal style and use first-person narratives. Do not write any of your entries as sales letters, instead share product reviews and personal endeavors.


11) Interact With Your Visitors
You now have the traffic you deserve. You should begin interacting with your visitors. Create a regular theme such as: "Monday Money Tip" or "Picture of the Week" which entices your readers to look forward to each week.

Give your readers advance notice about a product, service, or topic which you are going to review and then talk about later. If the President was scheduled to give a speech then in your blog you should state that you "will discuss the speech and give your opinion after the speech airs. Comments will be appreciated".

Try your best to find exclusive information that not many have. Do not disclose any confidential or secret information which is deemed illegal or can potentially get you into trouble, but try to get the scoop before everyone else does. Such as: If your blog was about Paris Hilton (the socialite) and you had a blog entry about "Paris Hilton Getting Married" then it would be interesting to your readers if you had a actual picture of Paris Hilton engagement ring. Give your best effort to dig and search the internet for exclusive information and you will possibly come up with something useful. Your readers will appreciate this and they show their appreciation through word-of-mouth referrals. Imagine how many readers will tell their friends, family, and others about information they only can find at your blog.

12) Make Money
Once your blog has gained some real momentum and your blog traffic is increasing then it is time to start thinking about turning your traffic into profit. You should use contextual advertising, like Google Adsense or Chitika. Contextual advertising is usually text links which use the content of your blog to publish targeted ads on your blog. The payout is usually based on a pay-per-click model, meaning for ever click an ad receives you are paid a small percentage of the profits. In addition to contextual advertising it is good to also use graphical advertising such as: BlogAds.com, Amazon.com, MammaMedia, or General Sponsored Advertising.

13) You're a Professional
You're a professional now! What are you still doing with that free blog hosting service? It is time to upgrade to a domain hosted solution. You need to get a web host and choose a domain name for your blog then check its availability. Select the blogging software you wish to use, such as: Squarespace.com, WordPress.org, MovableType.org, TypePad, etc. When you have your new blog domain setup and ready for traffic then it is time for you to announce your move on all your previous blog accounts. Your last entry to the blog should be a "move" announcement. The title should be "Moved" and the blog entry should state something like "I have a new home for my blog, please bookmark and follow the link: http://www.YourNewBlogDomainName.com". This way all returning visitors and new readers should not have any problem finding your new blog domain. Plus, search engines can easily index and crawl your new blog, since your old blog should already be popular with the search engines.

At the level of a professional blogger you may want to team up with 1 or more other bloggers. This will create a more interesting and more powerful blog. The old saying "two heads is better than one", more authors mean more advertising and exposure because each author will have a vested interest in the blog. The idea of a team blog is to make it profitable and rewarding for all authors, while continuing to target the blog topic and keeping the blog interesting for visitors.


Following these blogging techniques should make your blogging experience much more rewarding. There is no guarantee that your blog will become popular or a household name, but the effort should at least put you one step closer. Making money online is not an overnight experience like many may think, but making money online is definitely a foreseeable possibility. As well, growing popularity on the web is not an overnight experience, but through time, dedication, and persistence you will be rewarded with all the royalties of blogging.


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Ant Onaf is the owner and founder of www.JournalHome.com where can author your own free blogs He is an online internet marketer, web advertiser, and IT consultant. Ant Onaf has years of IT-related experience and Internet-related experience. His ingenuity, dedication, and passion for technology & internet marketing have made him a monumental icon in the World Wide Web. His blog can be visited at www.journalhome.com/AntOnaf

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Monday, May 26, 2008

A slice of life: Burma

Immerse Yourself
Travel through Monywa by local cab
Hear and feel the locale of Monywa, Myanmar as you experience a first person cab ride through the city.



Driving Through Monywa #2 from Megan Kearney on Vimeo.

Sit in as student teacher
Observe the young school children taking their morning calisthenics.



A School in Burma from Andrea Brown on Vimeo.

Walk among the Bagan ruins soaking up the culture and presence of self.
The weight of the people's rich unique culture can be felt on the great Irrawady River and as you look up to temples unlike any others, in the ancient city of Bagan.



Still your mind
Close your eyes, quiet your mind, and drift off from you office, work, busy life to a magical place far from here.
Soundcapades offer a unique getaway that's a departure from photos or video. Your mind takes over and whisks you on a daydream journey interpreting those sounds to lift you up.
  • Take a horsecart ride through Bagan, Myanmar. Play
  • Enjoy the sounds as you sit on the bank of the Kyauktan River, in Burma, and wait for the small motor boat to pick you up and whisk you to the small temple in the center of the river. Play
  • Join the Nat Pwe in their rituals as living gods. Play
Travel Memories
As you arrive back home to your living room, office, or preferred departure route, bring these photos back to remember your trip to Myanmar.


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Peter Piper Piqued a Curiosity

As always, I piqued my own curiosity. I think I'll continue using Stuff-A-blog for an extended time, say a month, and see what pros and cons come from it.

Playing wih Stuff-A-Blog

I found them quite awhile back and found them to be a so-so mashup site to generate filler for your blog posts.

That's not to say they don't aggregate from reputable sources or snag good content. It's just that they were, quick and dirty about it. Something that both appealed to me and gave me that too good to be true feeling.

I wanted the ease that they deliver, but the quality to match, and it just doesn't

but if you care more about the content than making sure your post is symmetrical, you should like Stuff-A-Blog.

Either way you should give them a try, if your any type of blogger at all. You can also see a sample post after the break.
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Related News
The Prisoner Who Won’t Go Away - The Irrawaddy News Magazine
Burma (Myanmar) opens door for aid, but remains wary - Christian Science Monitor
Donors Gather in Burma to Discuss Aid for Cyclone Victims - RedOrbit
Timid tigers - The Observer
ASEAN to take lead in Burma relief - Melbourne Herald Sun
Burmese can be helped - News & Star
Open up if you want more cyclone aid, Myanmar told - Reuters India
Harper government backtracks, allows longer time for Burma donations - The Canadian Press
UN urges Myanmar not to alienate cyclone orphans - Reuters
US 'dismayed' over Myanmar vote, presses regime on aid - AFP

Yahoo Answers
Myanmar-Burma dictator Than Shwe?
"Myanmar" (Burma) "dissident" (Pro-democracy advocate) "dies" (murdered) under "questioning" (torture)?
about myanmar@burma situation?
Films shot in Myanmar (Burma)?
How to get into Myanmar(Burma)?
Myanmar or Burma?
What's happening in Myanmar (Burma)?
should we invade myanmar/burma? what are some other decent alternatives?
Question on puppet from Myanmar (Burma)?
Why are the Bush administration calling the country of Myanmar Burma?

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My Word Coach: In 30 Days

I'm toying with the idea of keeping a month long vlog about My Word Coach for the Nintendo DS.

I'm thinking of doing it as a single article.
I'll condense the months worth of video and my own personal reflections along with a review into a single video under 10 minutes in length.
I think it will be fun and, if I edit the video well, fun to watch.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Final Fantasy Tactics A2- Coming Soon!

I'm such a raving dork sometimes:P

I was doing my typical game research, as boring as it is, and came across these trailers for FFTA2 and got all excited and giddy again.









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The Guild, The guild, The Guild is on fire.

I really like this small web show about a quirky bunch of antisocial online obsessed gamers trying to sort out their lives, on and offline. Well, maybe they aren't entirely antisocial, but as Codex says in the finale "Socially maladjusted, my butt". So, this is a show that, let's say, a little more than a tad of the socially maladjusted may be able to relate to.

I think we found that the time has been long overdue for something to represent this aspect of society. You can clearly see this in the enormous acceptance the show has recieved. Winning awards left and right, and the first season finale blew the lid off youtube with a staggering amount of awards.

The show has been supported by fan donations as well. This isn't anything new, but to this scale? Yes, yes it is new.

And if buzz factors don't do anything for ya, just watch it. It is a funny show, in its own right.

The Guild

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Website design

Well, I decided to go the free route for now. Web design is so expensive and I have very few funds right now.

I did find a nice blogger layout with, almost, the exact colors I wanted. I think it looks pretty good.

DS-licious.tv

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Trying out Scribfire

I haven't used Scribefire in quite awhile. this new interface looks so nice. It looks really versatile and easy to use.. I like how you can quickly search for and add youtube videos. I will definitely be playing around with this more in the coming days.


Speed Racer DS Gameplay

Monday, May 12, 2008

I'm sick.

That is all.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Working on DS-licious.tv

Wow. School's just out and I immediately turned into a couch potato.

I started playing around with my animation software some more tonight. I learned a little bit about manipulating the lighting and adding some FX. I still think I have a long way to go.

I saw an interesting animation that was primarily 2D and want to full around with that look a bit.

Overall I still don't have anything storyboarded and need to because June is coming fast.

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Friday, May 09, 2008

New Gen Gamers Podcast on Digg

Hey Interwebbies,
Just a little post asking for some diggs for our New Gen Gamers podcast on Digg.com

I'm upping the newest show tomorrow. We've got quite a few episodes under our belts now(30+ if memory serves me correct).

It's a great gaming podcast that I think stands out for it's detail to gaming knowlege and good mix of gaming humor. I haven't personally been an on air personality for it since the first ten or so episodes, but Ron, Ray, Will and various weekly guests do a great job(Ron's a walking talking gaming encyclopedia).

I encourage you to give it a try. You'll definitely be informed with oodles of gaming trivia/knowledge and Ron and the gang are a funny bunch to listen to.

So if you really like it, please give us some props and digg us, and feel free to let me know what you think of the show here on Emergency Trap.

The content rating(I would say) lately has been fluctuating between PG-13 and R, although I think the guys try to keep the language within reason. It's not abusing the language for laughs, it's just the way they can be:)

Digg us here

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Schools out for summer.

No more teachers no more books. Wait, I love to read. Well, no more school books. Wait, I read educational books too. Yes, I roll like that.

Finals week is over for me.
I'll be heading back to campus to sell some books, and running around taking care of a few other things.

I'll be getting some stuff in order Friday night, and Saturday and prepare to get busy back on New Gen Gamers.

Then I can also kick it into overdrive to get DS-licious.tv up and running by June(probably the end of June).

With a working title art I can get busy working on the opening animation and designing the set. Still need to buy a lapel mic, but I found one I want, I just need to actually buy it. I've been doing some camera and lighting tests. The video's not as good as I hoped for but I think I can work with it. I found some good encoding tutorials for pinnacle Studio 10 and Qucktime Pro. I don't have QT Pro, yet. I think I'm going to buy it(Yes I'm not a Mac user-it's not really a personal choice, I've just always used Windows). Anyone have any good programs or advice for settings?

I'm "storyboarding" some skit/segment ideas to go along with the main review format. Right now just possibly adding a little current events segment.

All is going well. I just have to work on me. My on camera personality leaves something to be desired, but I'm working on it.

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

The New Lip Dub Phenom

I'm enamored by the new, refreshing lip dubs Internet companies have released. Sure it's a bit old of an idea but it was something that, I think, desperately needed to come back. On top of that, this new batch has that super-charged fun energy that makes you wish you were apart of it, or to go out and make your own.

I'm not sure who the first was. I first saw Revision3's version of INXS

Lip Dub - Need You Tonight by INXS from sarahlane on Vimeo.
and they mentioned Connected Ventures as "inspiration"

Lip Dub - Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger from amandalynferri on Vimeo.
Then Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht poked fun at Revision3 with their short little lip dub

Then the re-birth of a fad got rocketed into the mainstream when Jessica Alba and her company performed lip dub to Panic At the Disco

but not to be satisfied(and, probably, to get some major attention) KIIS FM performed what many are saying is the current best lip dub video to Miley Cyrus' new song

So I've been enjoying all these videos. Their fun. You can tell the people had fun making them and that energy comes through. They're also fun catchy songs that, for the most part, everyone can enjoy.

I put together a few more that I liked from other companies like Cnet Australia, and also some that a fun crew of kids from an Asian University made(of American songs).
enjoy.








One last word. I'm no video producer but it seems to me that
the key ingredient in making these a success(besides syncing it correctly) is ENERGY
You need to zap the audience with how much fun it is.

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