Christmas Wishlist 2014

Hey all!

It’s that time of year again! =D Hope you guys have been working at being good this year! lol

Still, this is the time of year when we can all get together and have a wonderful time. Yes, there seems to be a lot of negativity that is outweighing the positive lately, but I think we should all try to take a step back and be thankful with what we have. Even though this year has had many bumps along the way with the passing of my grandfathers, I feel that this year was a bit better than last year particularly being a part of the Disney College Program. :)

As this year comes to a close, I kind of have an idea on what I want to try to accomplish for the new year. That will all be shared in another blog.

With Christmas coming around the corner, I have come up with yet another wishlist. lol Now I don’t expect anyone to get me anything/everything. It’s a wishlist for a reason. This is just to show what my general tastes but mostly all in good fun. :) So here it is!

-Qatsi trilogy, Criterion collection (Blu-ray)

-PS4 bundle with GTA V and The Last of Us

-gift cards to Nintendo eShop, PSN, Steam, and/or Amazon

-Ratchet & Clank Collection (PS3)

-Ni No Kuni (PS3)

-The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Edition (Blu-ray)

-Gone Girl soundtrack (CD)

-iPod around 120GB

-Gargoyles Season 2, Vol. 2

-Borderlands 2 soundtrack

-Pokemon Omega Ruby (3DS)

-Coldplay’s Ghosts (CD)

-Blacksad graphic novel (ask me about it just in case)

-Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward (3DS)

And there you have it. :) If you guys do wish to give me something, gift cards are always fine. I may not have something to give in return, but we shall see what happens. *nods*

With that, I can’t think of anything else to share at this time.

Have a safe and Merry Christmas, guys!

Mystery Skulls’ “Ghost”? Yesterday’s News.

Yes, you heard right! As much as that animated video of the song is cool, there is another one that I think is far better than it. And here it is!

Pretty cool, huh? :) Seriously, this video deserves as much views as the “Ghosts” has. Seeing this made me think back on some of my favorite animated movies that blended 2D animation with 3D visuals, and that’s something I can get behind on.

After seeing that, I did some research on the video’s director, Juanjo Guardino, and it turns out that he’s a former Disney animator and graphic novel artist of Blacksad. I may just as well check out that graphic novel since it does have anthropomorphic characters. =P

While I may have your attention, it’s time that I did an update. There hasn’t been a lot happening since I last wrote my last update. I wasn’t able to get to draw a Castlevania-related picture, and that’s okay. I’ll have an opportunity to get to the idea. :) Speaking of Castlevania, I did manage to finish Symphony of the Night a week before Halloween. And just like the drawing idea, I’ll have opportunities to get to the other Castlevania games I had hopes in playing last month.

Symphony of the Night was loads of fun playing for the very first time. I’ve always been a fan of the Metroidvania-style of games, and this was a blast! Yes, I did have my frustrations with the game during the second half as the enemies got tougher, and it became very unforgiving to some extent. Even Alucard moved too slow for my liking. Yes, I know I could have used his sidestep to go fast, but that would have been silly and repetitive to have done so. Despite all that, this was a very solid game. :) Castlevania: Symphony of the Night earns an 8 out of 10 in my book.

The 3DS has been occupying my gaming time as of late. If it isn’t checking Streetpasses for mini-games, it’s mixing it up with Pokemon X, Tomodachi Life, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Now I know I shouldn’t be playing all these games at once, but I’m having a lot of fun with my new handheld. XD Besides those games, I also have Shinobi and Dead or Alive Dimensions.

To all you 3DS users, any recommendations you all might have? Be sure to explain why you think I should look into them as well. :)

Now that I think on it, I did actually do an inked piece that I’m rather proud of. I consider it a mixture of a belated Inkober and Halloween picture. If you read its description, you’ll see why it’s also considered a Halloween picture. =P

Animal Gunwarriors No. 58 – Eddie

And now we move onto movies that I’ve seen of late. There are two I can recall seeing since the last time I updated. They happen to be John Wick and Big Hero 6.

For John Wick, it’s one of those shoot-em up movies that isn’t so much about story as it is about how stylish action scenes can be pulled off. Now I enjoyed it for the most part even though it’s just an over-the-top body count movie. Keanu Reeves fits well with the movie’s titular character. Let’s just say that if Hotline Miami were to have been turned into a movie, John Wick would be the result. lol Fans of action movies like Die Hard might find some enjoyment in this. :) And just as the reviews have said, it’s Keanu Reeve’s best action movie since The Matrix. I give it a 3 out of 4 stars.

Finally, we have Big Hero 6, the Disney animated feature of this year. I loved this movie to death. Everything from the diverse cast of characters and rich colors to the movie’s heartwarming moments and Henry Jackman’s score. I want the soundtrack to this movie so much! This movie has become another big superhero surprise next to Guardians of the Galaxy. So when my top movies list of 2014 comes, expect to see this movie bumping The Lego Movie out of its No. 2 spot. XD And now I must do some Rocket Raccoon and Baymax fan art at some point. This movie gets a 4 out of 4 stars.

Speaking of art, Christmas time is approaching, and I don’t know if I’ll have enough time to do the sketches that I would usually do for friends. Last year, I wasn’t able to deliver to all that I wanted to do sketch wise… So I will have to look into a different alternative if I can. I can’t make any promises, but we shall see what will happen. Even if I am unable to do sketches for Christmas, I plan to do fan art of other people’s characters since it’ll give me an excuse to draw their character without having to worry about receiving commissions. lol But as I said, we shall see.

And that does it for now! I apologize if this journal doesn’t flow so well. I mostly want to share this awesome music video. =P

Take care now! A Christmas wishlist will happen once Thanksgiving is out of the way. So be on the lookout for it. :)

This is Eddie the Wolf, and that’s the bottom line!

Leveled Up to 27!

Hey guys!

Well, another birthday has come and gone, and I’m now one year older. Have I gotten any wiser than before? Perhaps some based on some good and bad life experiences. I will say that this has been one of the best birthdays I’ve had. :) For those that don’t know, my birthday was on October 17.

Seeing that I work at Disney World, it would seem obvious that I would want to spend my birthday at one of the parks. Well, I didn’t want to. So, I decided to go to the Tampa Bay area and spent my birthday weekend with a few friends I had met at the con. There wasn’t anything extravagant that happened while I was with them. It was rather relaxing yet fun as we pretty much played video games, ate out at restaurants, traveled to a couple of malls, and went to the beach.

One of my very good friends from the Disney College Program surprised me the day before my birthday with buying me a 3DS. I’m actually loving the system! As of now, I have The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Two Worlds and Pokemon X, making it my very first Pokemon game ever. ^^;

As for art, I did receive two very awesome gift pieces, and here they are!

Lucy Martinez Gift
Jane Hanzawa Gift

Overall, this birthday was fantastic, and I’m glad to have taken the time off of work to celebrate it. :) For those that wished me a happy birthday, thank you. ^^ You guys have no idea how much it means to me. After how this month started, this was a much needed boost.

Art for the Castlevania inspired stuff will come soon! Just need to set aside that time for it. I’m almost done with Symphony of the Night though! Even though I may not get to the other Castlevania games, there will always be another time for them. :)

Thanks for reading and thank you once again for the birthday wishes!

This is Eddie the Wolf, and that’s the bottom line!

Edwin Hulbert, Jr. (1937-2014)

Hey all, once again.

As you’ve read the title, my grandfather passed away at the beginning of this month. I received a text from my mom around 11:30 pm on October 1st. It was 30 minutes after the fact. I struggled to sleep that night as I talked with several of my friends about it and played some Symphony of the Night. I only got four hours of sleep, and then it was off to work. A couple of hours into the shift was when it really hit hard, and I just wasn’t into the spirit of things. It just didn’t seem like six months had gone my when my mom’s dad passed away, and now this.

Before any of this really happened, he hadn’t been in the best of health and was afraid of going to the doctors. It’s unfortunate that he had to go like this though. All I can do is just remember the good times I had with him. The best times were when the family would go to the beach and have breakfast. Thinking about it makes me want to have some of his cooking again preparing the eggs, bagels, and sausages.

But anyway, it’s just going to be a very surreal feeling next time I see the relatives without him there. How does one lose two grandparents in the same year? I don’t know… It is very hard for me to comprehend it, but life does go on.

Whereas my mom’s dad was 83 when he passed away, my dad’s dad was 77. If you were to make a comparison of the two, you would have thought that my mom’s dad looked young compared to my dad’s dad.

He may not have been the perfect person, but he was family through and through. He will be missed, and I know that he isn’t suffering anymore. Both of my grandfathers were great men, and I’m glad to have been with them.

End of September 2014 Update

Hey howdy hey, guys.

This is yet another blog/journal entry in which I talk about life updates and other fun things I feel like sharing. As always, it just seems that I’m behind on doing posts like these. When you’re on your feet for long periods of time and dealing with people almost on a daily basis, it can really wear you out. I’ll have to think of something to keep myself more active on doing different kinds of posts. What would that be? Find out before this journal is over. :)

LIFE

As mentioned before, work has been exhausting for the most part. When I’m not working, I find myself glued to the computer while browsing the internet. I will even play a game just to escape from everything around me. And while it’s nice to be invited to be with friends, the hard part is not spending anything while with them. True, I could bring my sketchbook to draw while I’m in their company, but it’s that temptation of eating along with them that I have to decline going out almost all the time… Money has been tight these days since I’ve found myself struggling to pay off my credit card once again… Seriously, I’m really going to destroy that card so I don’t have to worry about paying it off ever again!

It seems that summer is coming to a close for a lot of us. Even though I live in Florida, I can already feel that vibe of fall approaching. I honestly had hoped to have gone to the beach more often, but I’m still hopeful that I’ll go a few more times before the year is over. The weather should be nice then. :) All isn’t lost! lol

For this next part, I apologize in advance if this is a bit depressing to read, but it’s something I feel like sharing. My paternal grandfather was admitted into a hospital at the beginning of the month because he had trouble urinating, and it had caused him great pain. He hasn’t been doing too well for a long time now, but the fact that he was brought into a hospital had most of my family in great concern. Around that time, I went to see him along with a few of the relatives including my dad. It was surreal to see my grandfather in a hospital bed as memories of my maternal grandfather at a hospital had sprung up then. Even though you could tell he wasn’t doing too well, he was speaking coherently, and that seemed like a good sign.

Before I got to him, one of my uncles explained to myself and the other relatives that it was colon cancer that had spread into some of his system including small areas in his liver. There was suspicion of prostate cancer, but it was never confirmed. A few days later he underwent surgery to remove a huge chunk of mass of the colon cancer, and it was a success. The night after he suffered a stroke…

A couple of Sundays prior to this post, my dad said that my grandmother would like for me to see him. Before then, I had planned to see a few friends from Megaplex and hang out with them. And personally, I didn’t want to see him because I didn’t want that memory of seeing him in a coherent frame of mind be tarnished by what I would experience later on. After telling my friends that I would reschedule the meet-up, I ended up being with the relatives again. At this point, I was just overwhelmed and frustrated. Being overwhelmed came when I was asked to do things even though I wanted to just keep to myself with my laptop and just be there. I know it may sound harsh, but I was frustrated because I wanted to be with friends without having to deal with this. The two days that I was there were very exhausting, and I was pretty much quiet for most of the time. When I was asked questions, I just gave short answers hinting that I didn’t want to be bothered. Even before I left to go back to Orlando, I apologized to my dad for being so quiet, and he said that he understood with what has been going on.

Before I did go back though, the decision was made for my grandfather to be brought back home under hospice care. I, myself, and a few others noticed that there was swelling on certain parts of his body, and that indicated that parts of his system have started to fail. So what would have been another six to nine months to live before the stroke is now only a matter of time before he passes on…

BEING TIRED

Even with all that’s been happening, I’ve found myself in very unpleasant moods. Now I’m not one to turn around and snap on others, but there have been plenty of times that I just want to yell at someone. I think part of that really has to be that I’ve developed a really bad sleep routine, and it’s something that I seriously need to fix so that I don’t like garbage in the morning. There will be days where I just don’t want to be at work, and I’m not in the spirit of it 100% of the time.

As I type this, I can kind of feel my eyes burn a bit along with my head feeling very heavy. lol Way to go, me, for pushing yourself to the extreme when staying up late…

FUN THINGS

Enough about the day-to-day things. Let’s talk about stuff that we can all be happy about! :D
There has been this movie I’ve wanted to watch ever since I saw a trailer of it a couple of months ago. It’s an independent film called Boyhood. For those that may not know, this film project was started back in 2002, and it follows the same actors throughout the twelve years the movie was made. It may sound crazy, but it’s rather interesting to see those same actors actually grow up and experience certain changes for their characters. The film did hit home in so many ways as it shows how one grows up in very real situations and to find oneself in the ever-so-changing world. Boyhood’s theme on growing up fits as a whole with this song that’s played in the movie and in the trailer.

The late film critic Roger Ebert has given mention to certain movies from year after year that said movie would probably be the best that he’ll see all of that year. Well, I’m going to be pulling a Roger Ebert here and say that Boyhood will most definitely be the best movie I’m ever going to see this year. And out of some of the movies I’ve managed to see this year, here is a top five list of them as of right now.

1. Boyhood
2. The Lego Movie
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
5. Godzilla

Since my last journal update, I’ve been gaming here and there. Closer to the end of last month, I picked up Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for the PS3. Now some of you are probably going to laugh and roll your eyes at me, and that’s okay. I have actually been enjoying this game a lot, probably more so than the last Mario Kart I played being the one on the Wii. Of course, you get some of your usual Sonic characters as a part of the roster, but you also get many others along with themed tracks from some of Sega’s other well-known titles such as Jet Set Radio, Super Monkey Ball, Samba de Amigo, and Nights into Dreams. What I like about it is that it doesn’t focus more on the items you can use in the game as it’s more on how skillful you are in a race. That’s something I always thought that Mario Kart in general lacked.

Although having Wreck-it Ralph makes sense, Danica Patrick is a bit out of place despite that she’s a NASCAR driver. Another complaint I have of this game is the Pursuit races in the World Tour mode are a pain. The objective in those races is to take on a tank that will leave behind obstacles that will damage your car as you try to hit it with missile items. Watch this video.

I don’t know how many times I’ve had to restart after being hit with oncoming obstacles that damn tank leaves behind. lol It’s super frustrating, but the game overall is a lot of fun. Even though it’s a bit like Mario Kart in some ways, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed offers plenty of content and challenge that would rival Nintendo’s prized racing series.

I’m still working on Final Fantasy VI Advance on and off. I have reached the Fanatics’ Tower by following a couple of walkthroughs. However, I ended up getting killed every time I reach the area’s boss. So I asked a good buddy of mine on what was the easiest way to level up my characters to at least level 50. He mentioned about the forest that is outside of Jidoor, and it contains leap frogs and greater mantises that offer high XP. He advised to use one character at a time and use certain espers to help boost the characters magic abilities every time he/she leveled up. To help speed up the process, I’ve equipped each character at a time a growth egg which gives them double the XP after every battle even though it’s a very tedious process. So that has what I’ve been doing for most of this month with the game. I had hoped to have this game completed before this month was over, but now I don’t know when I’ll have it done. It’s all right though since I do look forward to completing it soon. :)

With October coming up, it’ll be a Castlevania month starting with Symphony of the Night! After that, it will be Harmony of Dissonance, Aria of Sorrow, and Dawn of Sorrow. I don’t know if I can manage to fit all of those games in a single month, but I’ll see what I can do. lol With Castlevania on the mind, I plan to do some art related to the games involving some of my characters. It should be fun coming up with costume designs that might fit the game universe. :) And it gives me a good excuse to work on drawing clothes that are not swimsuits. XD

Even though I have a bunch of games to play, I have bought more thanks to these deals that just keep happening on Steam and GOG. So I’ve found myself getting into SimCity 2000 and Rise of Nations as far as PC gaming goes. I actually did manage to finish a game thanks to using save states, and that would be the Sega Genesis game Castle of Illusion, which I got with the remake during a PSN promotion. So if my money hasn’t gone into food, gas, and art commissions, it’s certainly gone into buying games… ^^;

As far as art goes outside of my Castlevania idea, I plan to get to doing more personal and owed art along with drawing up some gifts. I feel that I need to get better with my drawing before I can take on any more commissions. I have even thought of coming up with a webcomic after coming across one called Save State. This is a comic I can get behind mostly because the chemistry between the characters are great, and it has a unique charm that makes me want to see more of it!

The gaming webcomic idea has been done before, I understand that much. However, that doesn’t mean that it can’t have another person’s take on it with his/hers personal experiences. It would even give me an excuse to exercise both my writing and character development with a couple of characters I have in mind. Hopefully, that will help me gain the courage and experience needed to go into other story ideas for other characters I have in my ever growing roster.

WRAPPING UP

Before I wrap this up, my birthday is going to be coming up soon. October 17 is the date. :) I don’t really expect much from it, but I hope to hang out with a few friends I made at Megaplex. So that should be something worth looking forward to. ^^ I could really use a break from work. I know this year has been a lot of ups and downs for myself and many others I know. Despite all that, I want to work on finishing this year on a very strong note.

As for the journal posts I plan to do, they will have their own unique theme to them. It’ll be a way of getting to know me a bit more as far as interests go in games and movies. You’ll see what I mean soon enough. I think what I may do is do one of some of my favorite game music selections. So keep an eye out for those in the near future.

As always, thank you all for coming by to read. I hope you guys have a good one! Any plans for Halloween this year?

Until next time!

This is Eddie the Wolf signing off!

Let’s Talk About Games!

Hey howdy hey, folks! It’s Eddie the Wolf here with yet another blog! This time I would like to talk about video games, just as the title says. lol

As many of you know by now that video games are my passion, and I’ve been playing them ever since the days of the Genesis and Super Nintendo. Seriously, those were the best years of gaming if you ask me. Anyway, I thought I’d share a few games that I’ve been playing recently. So here we go! :D

METAL GEAR SOLID: THE TWIN SNAKES (GameCube)

I don’t know why, but I had a strange urge to want to play this game. I’ve had it in my possession since my last trip to Puerto Rico. It didn’t really take me that long to finish it. True, I had a walkthrough on my laptop because I had a feeling that I would get frustrated with the game. Mostly because I don’t feel that I’m that great with stealth games as the first Splinter Cell has shown me how trial and error can get to you. Still, I clocked in around 11 hours of game time, and I admit that that was pretty short as I had expected the game to last longer than that.

For those that don’t know, The Twin Snakes is a revision of the original Metal Gear Solid on the PlayStation. If you were like me back when this came out, you were probably mislead to think that the game included both the first and second games. Although that isn’t the case, The Twin Snakes does included gameplay features from Sons of Liberty that makes the experience worthwhile. Even though I completely missed out on the PlayStation original, I don’t think I would have been able to have gone back to it after being spoiled by Metal Gear Solid 2’s gameplay, particularly switching from overhead camera to first person mode. The latter is definitely handy when trying to look at your surroundings and when you are aiming at your enemies.

I enjoyed the game immensely especially with the amount of research that went into nuclear weapons along with the history behind nuclear warfare that this game surrounds itself with. I did my best to follow with what was going on as far as the main story went, but even then there were a few things that I was fuzzy about especially after reading up on the game’s story via Wikipedia. Of course, I’ve been told that answers to some of my questions will come in later games, Guns of the Patriot in particular.

Still, I look forward to playing the other games in the series. :) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty will be next followed by Snake Eater and Peace Walker, all on the HD Collection on the PS3. – 8.5/10

HOTLINE MIAMI (Steam)

This is another game I recently finished just a few days after I completed The Twin Snakes. Unlike that game, I expected this one to be shorter considering that it’s an indie-developed game, and it was short. However, this is one of those action games that made me think back on fun action games like Contra and Gunstar Heroes, in which it’s easy to pick up and play yet hard to master. Hotline Miami executes that philosophy in a superb and bloody fun way. :)

Hotline Miami’s top-down style reminded me of seeing clips of Smash TV, and that didn’t bother me one bit surprisingly. I mean I had a feeling that I was in for a real treat when I first saw clips of this game with great reviews to back it up. Even though I died countless times, it was very rewarding as I progressed on with the game. The gameplay was what got me hooked throughout, and it made chuckle here and there with just how over-the-top the violence was.

The two major complaints I have is game’s story and AI. The story is obviously not the focus even though it does get into that cerebral territory without taking itself seriously. As for the AI, it’s not how tough they can be or how they seem to charge at you when you are out in the open. The game developers obviously made them to where you can figure out their movement patterns. The issue is mostly when the AI gets to where you are but suddenly seems to hesitate to attack you. I noticed this especially with the attack dogs when they charge at you, stand there and swivel around near your position, and then attack just when you think you are prepared to attack at that instance. At least that is what I experienced.

Other than that, Hotline Miami is quite the indie game that does the throwback retro theme rather well. If anything, the game’s soundtrack will make you want to jam in your car while driving a city at night. – 8.5/10

GAME DEV TYCOON (Steam)

It’s yet another indie game! Man, it does seem like I am gravitating towards these games lately. lol This one was quite a surprise even after seeing a trailer of it on Steam. As the title implies, Game Dev Tycoon is a tycoon game in which you are the boss of your very own video game company. You start off in the PC revolution era as you work your way through 35 years of video game history.

At the beginning, you are given very few game topics to create your games from. As you work your way through the game, you’ll discover what genre will work with what topics and what won’t along with what target audience your game is geared for and what system the genre/topic/audience will sell well on. It’s quite a deep tycoon game despite some of its limitations. As you progress through the years, your company will continue to grow as you hire new employees and develop your own game engine’s to make better games.

I’ve yet to finish a full game of it as I keep starting over just to see if I could hit a certain spot with the topics given to make my company more successful. However, I’ve had help from a few sources on how to successfully go about the game while trying out a few things on my own. Game Dev Tycoon is definitely one of those rare games that you’ll find yourself experimenting on what works and what doesn’t while being sucked in by the game’s simple yet slightly deep gameplay mechanics.

What I find fascinating is the liberties the developers took when making the game console artwork that almost resembles actual game consoles. If you get a chance to play it, you’ll know what I mean.

It’s not perfect by any means, and there is room for improvement considering that it’s the developer’s first game. Still, it’ll be interesting to see if they do decide to make a sequel or an expansion to Game Dev Tycoon! – 7/10

FINAL FANTASY VI ADVANCE (Game Boy Advance)

Ah, Final Fantasy VI. Yes, Final Fantasy VI. Oh glorious, Final Fantasy VI! In case this isn’t apparent, I’m actually having a blast with Final Fantasy VI. :) It’s considered to be one of the best, if not the best, Final Fantasy game in the series, and I can see why just by its story and characters alone!

I did play this game a long time ago, but I never got around to finishing it. So I started over, and I am now in the World of Ruin part of the game with Celes and Sabin in my party. I did meet and help Terra out though, but I was bummed that she couldn’t tag along after the boss fight. She is one of the coolest characters in the game, and one of the few female protagonists worth noting in any video game series. Another character worth noting is the game’s main villain. Kefka. While many Final Fantasy fans may consider FF VII’s Sephiroth to be the best, I’m putting my money on Kefka as one of the greatest villains ever created. Why? Well, you’ll just have to play the game to find out. =P No really, he does what just about every video game villain fails to do and does it without ever lifting off of the acceleration.

Some of you guys are probably wondering why did I start over on this game considering that I had around 12 hours of game time logged in. For one thing, this is one of those games that if you put it off for a long period of time (six to seven years for me) you’ll be lost with what’s going on and where you need to go. Another reason is that I loved the game’s opera scene, and I just wanted to experience it all over again. I have both a mini-guide from Nintendo Power plus a walkthrough from the Final Fantasy Worlds Apart website to help me get through the game without having to back track where I’ve been.

This is a game I know I’ll have to focus on when there is some down time on my end and when the TV isn’t being used by my roommate when playing on my PS3.

OTHER THINGS

I recently picked up Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate on the PS3 and gave it a spin. The game’s graphics do look gorgeous which is no surprise considering Team Ninja’s emphasis on the technical aspect with their games. I did try out the tutorial just for kicks, and I plan to work on it some more when I find time to play it.

With Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel coming out, I do plan to finish Borderlands 2’s main story before I get cracking on the DLC missions. I’ll try to do that while working on Tales of Phantasia, but that game will come once Final Fantasy VI is out of the way.

Oh yeah, how about the Steam and GOG sales? I managed to pick up some games during the summer sale event. I think my slightly disappointed pick up was getting The Last Express on Steam and not on GOG. Why? Mostly because I had assumed that the Steam version would have the game’s soundtrack included even though GOG listed it as a bonus when purchasing the game from their site. Seeing that Hotline Miami included their soundtrack in the game’s folders, I figured the same would happen with The Last Express. Nope. So I may pick up the GOG version just for the soundtrack alone. lol Yeah, I’m quite the consumer. XD

And before I forget, I think Ubisoft had the best show of E3 followed by Sony’s show. I choose Ubisoft because it had plenty of promising games shown off this year including Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, and Tom Clancy’s The Division. If it weren’t for Sony’s hype kill in the middle of their presentation, I would have chosen them. I didn’t get to delve into the coverage as much as I would have liked to thanks to work, but that’s okay. I have too many games I need to get through to even get caught up, but I do my best to be in the know of the industry. :)

With that, I think this is a good stopping point. It’s 4am as of this typing, and I need my sleep. lol

So tell me, any good games that you guys have been playing? :) If so, what are they and are they worth recommending?

I hope you guys are enjoying your summer! I’m looking forward to my week off from work soon.

Take care and thanks for reading!

Eddie the Wolf signing off!

Independence Day Update: Star Wars Weekends, Program Extension, and more!

Hey howdy hey, folks!

As always, it’s been awhile. Yeah, I am really bad when it comes to updating frequently. It doesn’t help when you are busy though with work and class. Anyway, now is probably a good time to do an update despite how late this is. lol I have an evening shift on Independence Day, so I’ll be all right. :)

STAR WARS WEEKENDS

I got to experience my first Star Wars Weekends! =D I have to admit that it was a blast. True, it did become a bit tiresome trying to wake up early enough to catch the motorcades in the mid-mornings, but the experience overall was well worth it. I did take plenty of pictures and video of it though. So if you happen to have me as a friend on Facebook, be on the look out when I do post those pictures. As for the video, it’ll be awhile before I upload them onto my YouTube channel.

Most of you know how much of a Star Wars fan I am. :) Just being a part of it made me so alive as I got a chance to do character meet-and-greets with a few characters from the Star Wars universe including Disney’s own Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy as Star Wars characters. What was really cool was how I was able to talk to Luke Skywalker (the character, not the actor Mark Hamill) and just talk about things as if I were a part of that universe. So I’m hoping that next year I get to participate if I do stick around working at Hollywood Studios.

What really made the experience worth while was being able to see Star Wars celebrities from a distance during the motorcades such as Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Ray Park (Darth Maul), James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi of The Clone Wars series), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker).  My takeaway from the whole Star Wars Weekends was pin trading with Ray Park’s daughter when he and his family got off of the Toy Story Midway Mania ride. That’s something I will never forget for as long as I live. :)

PROGRAM EXTENSION

Just as this title says, I am happy to report that I’ve extended my college program through the beginning of January! :D I admit that I’ve enjoyed my time here so far despite some things that have happened to me since I’ve started working at Walt Disney World. So if you guys do decide to come by, hit me up! I’m always up for meeting people I’ve known online. Speaking of, there’s a very good friend of mine from Texas that their family will be staying at one of the resorts for a week this month! So I’ll be very excited to meet them. ^^ Going into that weekend, I plan to hit Megaplex for the first time! Even though I didn’t make it for Morphicon, it’ll be nice to go to a furry con this year. lol

OTHER THINGS

Outside of what I’ve just reported, I’ve managed to get back into playing some video games thanks to the recent summer sales that Steam and GOG.com have had. So it’s been a mixture of Hotline Miami, Game Dev Tycoon, Borderlands 2 and Final Fantasy VI Advance. As always it’s just a matter of making time to play all these games. lol

Thanks to Star Wars Weekends I did recently purchase a Star Wars book that was recommended by a friend. It’s called Heir to the Empire, and it’s a part of the Thrawn trilogy. So far, the book has some short chapters, and it’s a quick read compared to reading Stephen King’s The Stand. Speaking of which, I am probably a two-thirds of the way through the book. Once I finish it, that may be the only Stephen King book I’ll ever read. It’s a good book for the most part, and I can see why many readers enjoy his writing. For me, I think he just goes on and on about things that I think don’t really add much to the story, but I’m still chugging along in hopes of finishing it. My goal is to finish it before the purchase day a year ago in September. Once that book is done, I plan to finish up World War Z before jumping into The Road while working through Heir to the Empire. Now that I think about it, I do have that Bioshock book I need to continue reading…

I did go out to the movies to see Godzilla. I must say that it makes the 1998 movie non-existent. lol Even though it was a very good movie, I would like to have seen more action scenes and just a bit more of Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad). Otherwise, I highly recommend watching it if you guys already haven’t. Other movies that are out I would like to see are X-Men: Days of Future Past and How To Train Your Dragon 2. There is one documentary that will be release in select theatres is Life Itself which focuses on the late film critic, Roger Ebert. This trailer makes it all the more reason for me to see it.

It’s unfortunate that the theatre here won’t be showing it. I know I’ll get to see it even if it means waiting for the movie to come on DVD. lol

As for drawing, the motivation comes and goes. I miss drawing… I really need to get back into it more often or else I fear that I’ll lose my touch on drawing in general. ^^; What really kills me is just how much I focus over the littlest of things when drawing. I should learn to make more mistakes and draw lightly. I’ve been told that it helps to look up references, and it’s time that I do so if I want to get my anatomy and proportions to look well on the sketch page. So, we shall see what will come from it if I decide to go that route.

Hmm… 3:47 am as of this typing. Well, I think this is a good time for me to stop right here and wish my fellow Americans a great Independence Day weekend. :) Any of you guys doing anything special?

Anyway, I hope you guys are doing well, and I thank you all for taking the time to read what I have to post. :)

Take care and I’ll catch you all next time!

Eddie the Wolf signing off!