It's been cold. Well, as cold as Sydney gets which is like a balmy summer day in Chile. Anyway, my hands are dry as fuck and my skin started to crack. Moisturising cream simply disappears out of existence when I put it on my hands. Like a sponge. It has really affected my artwork. It's like trying to draw with a pair of tight leather gloves. Very uncomfortable. Because of this, I have pursed some other distractions...
* The Witcher 1 & 2
I must say I didn't think much of the original game. The inventory system and potion making is way too complex and the fighting system is, to be charitable, unorthodox.
Couple of weeks ago I was going through the Good Old Games website (www.gog.com) when I found the Witcher 1 selling for USD$4.99. What the heck, it's only 5 bucks. I stuck through the dense controls and found a rich, absorbing story and an entertaining and satisfying game. After finishing, I bought the Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition. Fucking brilliant!. Beautiful graphics (be warned, you need a very high end PC to run it full spec), absorbing story and ,although still dense and complex, a much improved control system. A winner!
* Brent Spiner's Fresh Hell
You know Brent Spiner, right? He played Lieutenant Commander Data in Star Trek Next Generation.
Fresh Hell is a web only series where Mr Spiner plays himself as a hated and out of work actor who can't distance himself, hard as he may try, from his Star Trek character. Funny, funny, funny stuff!
Check it out here: [link]
* Apple's Game Centre
What the fuck? Seriously, Apple's success in the mobile market, where massive amount of revenue comes from gaming apps, yet they still don't get it.
Picture this. I'm on the bus, playing a game on my iPod. I'm about to line up the perfect shot when suddenly everything becomes unresponsive, the screen freezes and the touch screen stops registering my taps. I lose the game. Then at the top of my screen, Apple's game centre send me a notification. "Welcome Back, Carlos!"
The fucking thing fucked up my game so it can tell me that Apple knows I'm playing a fucking game? Fuck you, Apple. Is your average Apple user so insecure that they have to be constantly reminded that the mighty apple acknowledge their presence every fucking time they play a game?
First and last time I buy a fucking Apple product, because it symbolises their entire philosophy of treating customers like insecure kids with a daddy complex.