Busch Gardens, FWA 2015, and GTA III

Oh look! It’s a new update from yours truly! I should really get to doing more of these, huh? That’s what happens when I drop off of the face of the earth. I don’t have any excuse for that besides work and being generally tired. The latter is mostly my doing since I have developed a bad habit of staying up later than I really should. ^^; But oh well!

I am sure plenty of you have been curious what I have been up to these days. If any of you follow my Twitter account, I tend to be more social on there than I normally would anywhere else. So if you guys are really that curious (even though it sounds creepy), just follow my Twitter. I talk about my life here and there, gaming stuff, art things, mini-rants, etc. Just know that I may or may not follow you back. It all depends if I know you or not.

BUSCH GARDENS

How has Busch Gardens been for me? Well, it’s really come to the point where I’d much rather be working at Walt Disney World again. I miss it. I really do. It all comes down to where most of my friends are and who I’d much rather hang out with than being by myself in this house. Yes, the hours may be a hit or miss with Disney, but at least I would be in a far better working environment among co-workers I can get along with.

The reason I say that is because I feel like I’m reverting back to my older self in which I feel like I’m distant and anti-social. Working at Disney helped me overcome those challenges, and I felt great about myself. At Busch Gardens, not so much. Yes, I do talk to the employees, and there are a few I feel I can get along with just fine. However, I still feel like I’m an outsider among favorites.

On top of that, it’s a much tougher environment. That mostly has to do with the guests that come into the park. Now I don’t mind a park that is more for grown ups, but it’s the attitude that they bring. The park is located in a slightly tough neighborhood, and the guests can get irritated over the smallest of things. Say that I make a small mistake for not seeing someone’s All Day Dining wristband which guarantees them free refills on their souvenir cups, I may find myself getting cussed out by that guest.

And it’s not just that! I’ve had a lady talk down to me about the policy of team members having to check ID when it comes to serving alcohol. She said that most people don’t carry around that sort of stuff, and that I should be able to tell she looks older. Now there are those that being asked to see ID take it as a compliment, and they get a smile on their faces!

Eventually, I will have to look into another work location in the park so that I may have a better attitude towards working at Busch Gardens. But it may just be sticking it out until my seasonal time is up with them and start looking at places to stay near the Orlando area so I can work with Disney again. We shall see what happens in the next couple of months. Things may slowly improve over time, but you never know.

FURRY WEEKEND ATLANTA 2015

Around the beginning of this month, I had the pleasure of attending one of the few furry conventions I wanted to go to. This was my very first time going to Furry Weekend Atlanta, and I didn’t know what to expect. I had an idea that it was a large con, and it was going to be much bigger than the small fur cons I’ve attended. It was great seeing a lot of people I’ve only known online for the very first time, and I got to see a few familiar faces I haven’t seen in quite awhile.

And because it is a furry con, it’s not complete without a fursuit parade!

Plenty of awesome fursuits I saw! Makes me wish I had one for myself now. lol

If there is one thing I’ve enjoyed about going to fur cons, it’s the ability to actually find a bit of time to draw for yourself and do small trades with other artists. It was great because it helped me find a bit of my muse to want to get back into drawing more. I have done so a bit since then, but I plan to push myself to accomplish what ideas I want to put on paper.

As Monday came, it was time to say my goodbyes as I left for home. Well, things went a bit downhill from there. Outside of Byron, GA, I got pulled over for speeding. I admit I was going very fast, and I should have known better since Georgia is pretty nasty with their cops on the highways. Just recently I found out that I have to pay $210 for that ticket… I wasn’t too happy about that the other day, and I am going to end up paying for my stupidity and someone’s paycheck.

That evening, I arrive home, and things just got “better.” After taking a shower, I had a bit of energy in me that I jumped about, and then I feel a big pop in my left calf. After that, a sharp pain sprang when I tried to walk with my left foot. It was even a struggle walking with it the next day at work. It turns out that I was probably dehydrated after coming back from the convention. That made sense since I pretty much ate out while I was at the hotel and didn’t drink as much water as I should have. My leg is better now, and I can walk properly. I will just have to be more careful next time I decide to let off some energy. =P

GRAND THEFT AUTO III

Someone is going a bit old school, huh? Well, not that old school but still. I month or so ago I picked up the Grand Theft Auto trilogy set for the PS2 at a Walmart for $20. You can still find this along with the Diablo II Battle Chest for the same price at any Walmart today. What was the reason for it? Well, the set had Vice City included, and that was the only reason why I wanted to pick it up. GTA III I didn’t get very far the first time I played it, and I didn’t care much for the game then. The same can be said when I tried San Andreas on a friend’s Xbox. Its urban setting just wasn’t my thing, and I couldn’t get into it like he did.

Few years later, I would get GTA IV, and I would play a good portion of it. I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would! However, that’s become one of those games that I would put off indefinitely… And now I have the GTA trilogy for the PS2 leading me to play through all of GTA III.

For the most part, I enjoyed the game. I can see what the appeal was back then, and why it was groundbreaking for its time! Unfortunately, the game shows its age. Outside of the graphics being horrendously outdated, the gameplay felt a bit rusty. I could see where Rockstar was going with it when they made the jump to the 3D universe. That is something I would never overlook, and I can appreciate what they managed to accomplish.

As I mentioned, the game does show its age. Although the missions are varied in their goals, it seemed that the difficulty was a bit unbalanced at times making missions harder to accomplish than they should. The targeting system is laughable when trying to shoot an enemy and could have used some more polish. Fortunately, I didn’t have to do much of that, and that saved for any frustration I may have had with the game.

Driving around the city isn’t so bad. It’s probably the game’s biggest highlight. However, it would have been nice if there was a map in the pause menu. Plus, it would have been most helpful if certain landmarks like a Pay N’ Spray were shown on the map provided in the bottom left corner which caused me to memorize where certain places were on all three islands. I can see it adding to the aesthetic of being a part of Liberty City and knowing the layout of the area without the use of a map. Still, the use of a map in the pause menu would have made things much, much better.

Speaking of driving around, the game’s radio stations do add a sense of depth when you enter a car. That is something I really admire since if gives that feeling of being in Liberty City. However, the appeal doesn’t last long as you find yourself listening to the same songs and dialogues repeatedly. There came a point that even Chatterbox (the station I frequented) became very dull. It also didn’t help that I couldn’t recognize any of the music, and all Flashback FM ended up being was songs from the Scarface soundtrack. And I can’t tell you how many times I was informed about pets being shipped overnight, Pogo the Monkey game, and Fernando’s services on saving your marriage.

Overall, GTA III provided plenty of fun for what it was. As mentioned before, i can see how this game explored new areas that games back then didn’t and even sparked a lot of controversy with its content. If this were to have been released now, it might not have had that shock value as it did back in 2001. And so I give this game a solid 8 out of 10. Even though it shows its age, Grand Theft Auto III still provides a lot of fun and is a good example of what defined a new type of genre in gaming.

Before completing the game, I went ahead and gave both Vice City and San Andreas a go. Oh man… Both games feature significant improvements in gameplay and art direction. Right now, I’m loving Vice City a lot, and I am aching to go back to playing it after I finish this up. lol

What else is there for me to do now? Well, I do have a much overdue commission I need to take care of along with a few other things. After that, I hope to work on my game idea some more. :)

With that, I will go ahead and wrap this up. I do thank you all for taking the time to read this! I know this was quite lengthy, but it’s not to share what has been going on. That way others know that I’m still here. lol

I hope everyone is doing well so far! Catch you all soon!

This is Eddie the Wolf signing off.

Space Suplex Podcast Ep. 17: WrestleMania 31

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It’s the 1st anniversary show of Space Suplex! We welcome Eddie and get his thoughts on being a new wrestling fan. We also talk about WrestleMania 31 and some recent news.

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Spotify Users! Pacific Moon Records Playlist

Hey folks!

This goes out to those that are big on using Spotify. A few months ago, I created a playlist and shared it on my Facebook and on my Twitter feed. It contains music that is included in some of the albums sold at Epcot’s Japan gift shop, and they are under the label Pacific Moon Records.

So I recently updated it, and I thought it wouldn’t hurt to share it with you guys. :)

Pacific Moon Records Playlist on Spotify

Hope you all enjoy! :D It was actually fun making this playlist. I’ll have to think on doing a couple more. We shall see what happens.

Other than that, I’ll have my orientation with Busch Gardens this weekend. Hoping for the best!

Have a great weekend, everyone! :D

SonicHomeboy’s Vlog: First Video of 2015 + Update

It’s been a long time coming! So here it is! A video blog from yours truly! lol

Gosh, I should seriously do more of these. That way I’m not stuttering and pausing like crazy. I apologize for the length, but there’s a lot to summarize during my time at Disney World. =P

Also, I found out that I can only stick to one seasonal job since the two I described were under the same company. So I’ll be sticking with Busch Gardens since it’s much closer to where I’m currently living now.

Anyway, thanks for looking! Hope you guys are doing well. :) What’s been going on lately with you all?

Until next time, Eddie the Wolf signing off. ^^

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!