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February 12th, 2010

01:22 pm - Villain's Lair
As it turns out, another project I worked on for PlayStation Home was just released. This is the Villain's Lair Apartment Space. I designed much of the architectural layout, and a lot of that has remained in tact, in one way or another, but what I'm most pleased by is how faithful the "World Domination" game is to what I came up with. Another team did the actual production of the space based on our creative, so we weren't sure what they'd keep or change, but the "Village Griefer" and my game are pretty much verbatim to our designs. This video gives you a tour of the whole space, but you can see "World Domination" in action at about 5:10 in.

And here is the visual I comped together to go along with my design document:

Pretty close, I'd say!

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February 11th, 2010

02:55 pm - Cupid On Notice
Despite the day job ending, I'm still working on projects for PlayStation Home. The latest just launched for a week-long Valentine's Day event called "Cupid On Notice." I did the character design and animation that you'll see on the website and in the video which will be playing in PlayStation Home. Check out all the pages at http://cupidonnotice.com/ to see the animations and video, or watch it below:

"Cupid On Notice" Valentine's Day Campaign on PlayStation® Home from Hatchback Studios, Inc. on Vimeo.

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January 13th, 2010

08:22 pm - Cooking Ethiopian with John
Here's my recipe for BUTICHA. Buticha is typically a side dish in most Ethiopian meals.

You will need:
1 can chickpeas
1/2 a large red onion
1/2 a jalapeño (adjust to your tolerance)
4 cloves garlic
3/4 cup fat-free yogurt
2 tsp mustard (spicy brown, but adjust to your preference)
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
2 tbs olive oil (more or less)
A blending device (immersion blender, hand mixer, or a Dremel if you're MacGuyver)

Just about everything you can adjust to your own tastes.
If you're vegan, I believe you can just cut out the yogurt, though you'll probably need to compensate with more olive oil.

-Rinse & drain the chickpeas.
-Separately chop up all the ingredients that are choppable. For the chickpeas you'll want to semi-mash them up in a large bowl.
-Sautée the onion and garlic together (you could skip this step, but it does add that extra somethin' somethin'.
-Combine everything in the bowl with the chickpeas.
-Get out that immersion blender and blend till you get your desired consistency. Add a little more yogurt and/or olive oil to increase its smooth creaminess if needed.

Best with some MESIR WAT and INJERA, but toasted corn tortillas will do if you're in a crunch.

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December 17th, 2009

11:30 am - Mac Laptop For Sale!
Hello LiveJournal land!

I'm selling my PowerBook G4 laptop. It's in full working order, and here are the specs:

PowerBook G4
1.67 ghz
100 GB hard drive (just installed last year)
15.2" screen (1440 x 960 resolution)
DVD SuperDrive
A/C power cord
Mac O/S 10.4.2 freshly installed (with install discs that also include Classic 9.2)

Serial #: W85470XUUDX
(you can check it out at www.appleserialnumberinfo.com if you want to confirm the specs.)

It has very little cosmetic wear & tear, no stickers or writing, and if you want I can include a full-size Apple USB keyboard and mouse (both fully functional, but not quite as white as they once were.)

Asking $350 plus shipping, unless you're a local friend and we can just meet up.

If you're interested or have questions reply here or e-mail me!

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November 5th, 2009

10:28 am - Oh, Hi LiveJournal!
Nice to see you all, it's been a while. What have I been up to?

I just found out I'm a finalist in a game design contest I entered back in June. The contest was to create a video game that would promote a healthy lifestyle. I apparently made it through two semi-finalist rounds but had totally forgotten about the contest until I went through old e-mails and found my entry. I'd never heard anything back, so I went to the website and there I am. Winners should be announced this month.

A new video demonstrating Puzzle Bots has been released. It's sort of an adventure game/casual game that I'm doing background art and other visual assets for. You can watch that here:

The main project I'd been working on for my day job for what feels like a very long time has finished. It was a zombie-themed narrative created for Sony's virtual world PlayStation Home. You can pretty much see everything we created here: http://undeadyourself.com/ I wrote most of the blog posts, came up with a bunch of the fake zombie ads, designed the "zombie hunt" game, and co-wrote and storyboarded the promo video below:

Speaking of video games and zombies, I released a new version of my zombie game, Nearly Departed. The game is still not finished, but mostly just because the engine used to create it has a few bugs that make the game go a little screwy here and there. An updated version of the engine that fixes these problems has just become available, but the drawback is it doesn't really have a import function, so I'll have to rebuild most of my game in it. That said, this release of the game is about 70% complete, so you can play a good 50% more of the entire game than just in the original demo. This version also can be played in a browser or via Flash Player, which can be acquired for free if you don't already have it installed. Here's a link to download the game:

I've also been converting some Disney Channel cartoons into comic books for Disney, not sure when those will be published, and some graphic novels Marion and I helped First Second out with should hit bookshelves in the not too distant future.

And now back to work...

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July 26th, 2009

12:29 pm - Internet woes
The cable modem in our apartment is dying or something because it keeps crashing every ten minutes or so. Whenever we go away for a week or more, we always come back and find our internet and cable out. Usually this is resolved real quick (call provider, they send a signal to the modem, all's well) but the modem seems to be having trouble. When it conks out, it doesn't want to reboot either. We just have to wait for the signal to return.

Anyway, it'll be three days until they send a tech, so I expect to have very sporadic service until then.

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July 13th, 2009

09:50 pm - Puzzle Bots!
Another computer game I've been doing artwork for has finally been announced: Puzzle Bots!

Here's a link to the screenshots page.

This game is very different than the Emerald City Confidential game, though it's produced by the same company. Still an adventure game, but more in the vein of Gobliiins. In addition to the backgrounds and minor animations, I did the GUI and the poster.

There's also video:
Puzzle Bots trailer

Don't know what the release date is, but I still have plenty of work left to do on it.

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June 30th, 2009

09:50 am - Optical Illusion
There is no blue in this image:

From: http://www.psy.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/color12e.html

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June 22nd, 2009

11:58 am - Last Airbender footage
Not much, but here's some quick Last Airbender movie footage from an Entertainment Tonight promo (after "Beastly" promo):


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June 1st, 2009

12:57 pm - Holy Crap, New Monkey Island???


Wonder if they were already cooking this up last summer when I visited their office...

In related news, LucasArts is remaking the first Monkey Island game for XBox:


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