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New toy! Yay!

Hey guys! Quick short blog. Over the weekend I wanted to get a new camera since I spent the last 3 months looking for my old one. I wanted to get a good one for PAX that was not too expensive. I went to newegg.com (my favorite geek site!) and got a Nikon Coolpix S3000 for only $120 with shipping! Check it:

Its awesome! Its 12MP and pretty thin! They come in several colors, but I just got the silver one.

Anyways, like I said before, I bought it because I lost the old one.

It was delivered this morning, after Michelle found the old one last night.

Damn FML!

Oh well, now we will have two so we can take twice as many pictures!

James and his wife get here tomorrow! PAX is in two days! YAY!

Gotta go shoot people on MW2, later!

Make like a baby, and HEAD OUT!

Hey guys! Quick update before I leave town for the weekend. Going with some friends to the lake house one more time for the summer. Yup, summers about over. Kids are heading back to school, days are getting shorter, and honestly this is the most depressing time of the year for me. I am not a fan of the winter. I loves me some sunshine!

Well I got back into MW2. I am now a 37 (I think?) and am having a blast. I find that I can play Ground War and there has not been any modders yet. There have been some really questionable moments (like an enemy sitting on my claymore and watching it explode, then the guy walks away....) but its been fun anyhow. Been also playing through Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Love that game.

Any of you guys know the correlationsbetween the early Gothic era and India and Southeast Asia?

PAX is next weekend! Getting really stoked now! James (trekker1303) and his wife should be arriving at my house on Thursday.

Well, thats about it. Gotta go get ready to leave.



Hey Sean! What the heck is this PAX you speak of?!

Hey guys. Been real busy with school lately. Have not had a bunch of time to delve into some good gaming, or blogging, but I have played a little here and there. Lets see, last time we chatted, I had finished Deathsmiles, the same day, hell the same afternoon, that I bought it. After that, I got this wierd sensation to play The Force Unleashed. I finished it once before, but I traded it in for something else a long time ago, and while in Fresno earlier this summer, I found a Sith Edition in like new condition for like 10 bucks, so I scooped it up. I have to say, its just as fun now as it was the first time I played it. I am stoked for the sequel!

Besides that and school, thats been about it.

On to what the title of this blog states.

What is PAX?

I recieved this question a lot in the last couple of years, and I realized that I never really blogged much about exactly what it is. Some people may say that its a gaming convention, but I have to say that its really much more.

So, PAX is short for Penny Arcade Expo. Yes, the same Penny Arcade that quickly became popular in the gaming community with their hilarious web comics. One of my fav's below:

Ahh, the memories.....

So yeah, these guys got bigger and bigger and started this convention. My first year going was '08. I heard about it last minute from my buddy Smoov_B(at the time lived in the Seattle area) right here on Gamespot. Until this moment, I had no idea what I was about to witness.

It was Sunday, the last day of PAX '08, and I only had about 3 hours to really endulge in what was left over from the unknowingly epic weekend. Though it took merely seconds to see that this was exactly what I wanted to be a part of. Not just as a gamer, but as a game developer.

So I made it a point to go in '09. When ticket sales were announced, I quickly scooped up a couple of 3-day passes, and prepared myself.

Now to let you in on what I prepare for. Bear with me.

PAX West (called PAX Prime now) is held in the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. The convention center is pretty damn big, and PAX takes all the space. It's 6 floors, with everything gaming related. These include (but not limited to) board games, card games, miniature games, and every other video game imaginable. There are sites such as booth girls, cosplay everywhere, gamers drooling over the latest game demos, one room was completely setup exactly like the Mos Eisley Cantina (pub in Star Wars, located on Luke's home planet of Tatooine), which was not only fully accessable to the PAX public, but also served drinks (non-alchololic duh) and if you got a seat, got to meet the developers of the newest Star Wars online game coming out soon, and even got to walk around and chat with them. This is not the only place where you get to do this. When you went to the 4th floor, you were introduced to the main floor. This is a MASSIVE area that is chock full of developer booths. You got your Halo section that was packed with couches and demo's of the latest Halo game. You see a massive stand for Diablo III with plenty of computers setup for trying out Diablo III as well as Cataclysm. You had a huge Borderlands area complete with demo games, and hot chicks dressed for the part of a post-apocalyptic babe. You had your section devoted to Darksiders complete with a ridable Mechanical version of War's horse, Ruin. You have your countless card, miniature, and D&D-like games section. I was introduced to Brink at last years event. All of this, and I have not even scratched the surface, as the stuff I listed is just what I can remember off the top of my head! There is 10X more stuff to see, and best part of all, all booths have shwag! Yeah, that crap that you get for preordering certain games at your game stores, only here the game companies have better stuff. I got T-Shirts, posters, figures, concept art books, keychains, and much more, AND it all comes at you for the price of your admission. Of course, there are plenty of items that you can purchase there as well. I got the entire set of Castle Crashers figures, and got them all signed by the creators of the game.

Also, most of the artist, game dev's, producers, writers, and programmers of these games are there as well, and you can go up to them and just chat with them. Its a very unique experience, and for someone in game design like me, its basically free additional training in the industry of game design. I can go up to a concept artist, tell them that I am an inspiring game designer, and be bombarded with information that these professionals gladly throw at me. I get business cards, contacts, and even possible future employment.

And mind you, this is just the fourth floor. There are 5 other floors of content, like a huge area setup so that you can pay a marginal fee (like $30 bucks for all three days), and have an awesome LAN party setup at the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer), and all you need is your PC and the game. They supply all the necessary hookups, desks and chairs, and even internet access. I think that there are also random games selected to play against random people in the LAN room, and you can win stuff like PC video cards, gaming mice, and even an entire gaming PC setup, complete with a bigass LCD Monitor and surround sound setup (that was last year I think)! There are rooms setup with HUGE Warhammer playing tables that you can just bring your game, and start gaming with anyone else that is playing there too!

This year it's even bigger, because they usually hold the panels on one of the floors of the Convention Center, but this year they are holding it down the street, which I admit is kind of a pain since you are already at Ground Zero, but to catch a panel that you want to see you will now have to walk back and fourth from there to another location to watch a panel, then trek back to the Convention Center, just to do it again at another panel you wanna see. While its only a couple of blocks, after being on your feet walking around all day checking stuff out, your legs get worn out. It's also going to be more crowded since they upped the number of tickets that they were selling, and as of this blog, all but Sunday has sold out.

This goes on from Friday Morning to Sunday evening, with only short 8 hour breaks for sleeping in between. This is why I have to sort of "train" for PAX. I usually buy a new pair of walking shoes, hit the treadmill about 2 months in advance, though this time I upped the cardio by mountain hiking, and really get myself ready to be able to get as much out of PAX as I can. This year, my wife is going, as well as two friends from Fresno who are driving up to experience the epicness with us.

Oh yeah, one thing that I forgot to mention that should be taken into consideration. The Swag. So the second you step into the convention center, you are being handed free stuff. You have to remember that what you get, you carry, and even with the free carrying bags that are distributed out, this stuff gets heavy. I mean figures, posters, comic books, Shirts, stickers, and other miscellaneous stuff you nab can get heavy, so trips back and fourth to the car are necessary. This means that you are constantly going up and down floors to the parking garage, and even with the escalators (I am fat, so I use the stairs ugh) you get tired. But there is just SO much to see!

So there you have it. PAX in a bigass nutshell. Its like the Woodstock for gamers, and it seems that with every year, it gets bigger and better. I am sad to say that I have yet to see a real Gamespot turnout here other than one lonely reporter and a camera guy, but maybe, just maybe they will realize on what they are missing out on and make a bigger appearance this year. Though I have seen Gerstmann and the crew from Giant Bomb, as well as G4, GT, IGN, and other notable gaming sites/shows. The hot chick from that dumb little show The Guild was there last year, and she noticed I was watching her talk to someone, and she came up and hugged me! It was random, but awesome! She is hot.

So I hope that you can see why I am so excited for PAX! Maybe one day some of you guys could come to PAX, and see me, promoting the latest game that I am working on. That is a long running life dream that would be my "Game Over" for life achievements. My "The End". My "Thanks for playing! You Win!". My goal satisfying credit roll. My - ..... well you get the picture.

I gotta got on some homework, so I will talk to you guys later!

Some updates, nothing special.

Hey guys! It's been a few days. I have been busy with school starting back up and such. Here's some updates:

Crackdown 2 sucks. Yeah, its bad. I have not traded in a game in years, but this ones going back to GS when Halo: Reach comes out. Let me put it this way, Crackdown 2 is so bad that it seems like Crackdown 1 should have been the sequel. Yeah its that crappy. I have not been this disappointed since Two Worlds.

My Sound Design class is AWESOME! I have not messed with sound much before, besides beating on my drums and breaking my guitar strings. I am learning a ton about how sound is developed in video games, and how easy games today have it. Back in the day, it was somuch harder to get that 8 bit sound into games!

The new Castlevania game on XBLA is okay with friends, but crap when trying it solo. I wish that I would have demoed it longer before shelling out the MS points. Oh well. Just another lesson learned.

I bought Deathsmiles on Friday. I beat Deathsmiles on Friday. I played for 2 hours. WTF?!!? Thanks for the faceplate too......

I suck at Starcraft II. I know this because friends have told me.

I turn 30 in about a month. It's going to be a huge party! There will even be a band there! W00T!

PAX IS IN A MONTH!!!!! I AM STOKED! A guy offered me 150 bucks for my 3-day pass. I was like "HELL NO FOOL!"

This last weekend I got 6 people hooked on Angry Birds. If you do not know, its an Iphone game that is really easy and really fun. I heard its going to be on XBLA and the PSN soon!

Thats all for now. I went hiking this weekend to some great waterfalls. I will post pics soon.


Doomsday Jesus


Aye, I was tagged (a few times in the last several days lol) and so I am going to fulfill this thing. Let me see if I can do this right. Jeez guys, it used to be that you just put 5 things about yourself that people may not know about you. Now its this confusing crap with an ipod.

Don't mind me, I am getting old....

So, lets get this over with...

1. If someone says, "Is this okay?" You say

3 Inches of Blood - Deadly Sinners (nice)

2. How would you describe yourself?

Led Zeppelin - No Quarter

3. What do you like in a guy/girl?

Nas - Made You Look

4. How do you feel today?

Lamb of God - Everything to Nothing (guess it was a bad day lol)

5. What is your life's purpose?

Lamb of God - Dead Seeds (._.)

6. What is your motto?

Snoop Dogg - Pump Pump (wow lol)

7. What do your friends think of you?

Killswitch Engage - The Arms of Sorrow (I guess they think I am some Emo kid)

8. What do you think of your parents?

American Head Charge - Never Get Caught

9. What do you think about very often?

KSE - Rose of Sharyn (who?)

10. What is 2 + 2?

Lamb of God - Contractor (Im with a Union)

11. What do you think of your best friend?

Tool - Hush (Thats kinda creepy...)

12. What do you think of the person you like?

Desperate Times - KSE (have to be to get with me lol)

13. What is your life story?

I Would Do Anything - KSE (I swear this is on shuffle....)

14. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Dub FX - Love Me Or Not (loved I guess?)

15. What do you think of when you see the person you like?

Lungbrush - Lost

16. What will you dance to at your wedding?

Tool - Useful Idiot (lol!)

17. What will they play at your funeral?

Dan Finnerty and The Dan Band - Candy Shop (LOL!)

18. What is your hobby/interest?

KSE - The End Of Heartache (d._.b)

19. What is your biggest fear?

Danzig - Thirteen (sure)

20. What is your biggest secret?

Led Zeppelin - Dazed and Confused (Wow, I am right now!)

21. What do you think of your friends?

Public Enemy - Harder Than You Think (lol!)

22. What will you put as the title?

Black Label Society - Doomsday Jesus (NICE!)

Sorry guys, but I am not going to tag anyone ATM, I might later. I swore a long time ago that I would NEVER do chain letters, so we will see.

There you go. Enjoy!

Previous blog, and new stuff

Hey guys. I wanna thank all of those that participated in the last discussion. I felt that the table was pretty one sided on the topic, but the other side had some really good views and insight to their argument. Other than the one troll I know of, it was a very good debate, and I hope to have another one up soon.

So thats that, and heres this:

It was 40 bucks new. I have not touched the game yet, but the book is pretty good. I do not wanna read too much and spoil the game, so I will start the game this weekend. The 100 page book is an easy easy read.

Also impulse bought:

Yeah its good, but its not something that I will want to play forever. I hope they will work on DLC for this game, but I doubt they will.

Well, this blog is going to be short. Don't have a lot more to say. Starting cIasses again on Monday.

I will talk to you guys later!

Video Games as an Art Form - My Argument

I have been a huge supporter of gameinformer magazine for a number of years now. I appreciate the enjoyment that they have given readers over the last 208 issues. I usually just read the articles, letters, reviews etc. and then catalog them on my bookshelf. However, issue 208 changed that. They asked "If you could pick one game to make the case for video games as an art form, what game would it be?" as the Question of The Month. This question really hit home, because I currently attend the International Academy of Design and Technology and am working on my Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Game Design. While the English classes at this school are pretty much the same as others, we are often given "debate" style questions to write anddiscussthat deal with either the Game Design program or the Fashion Design Program (the other big program at my school). This question has come up in class on a few occasions.

As a 20+ year gamer and passionate artist, I personally find it difficult to see how video games can not be seen as an art-style. If you go back before computerized graphics and Photoshop, you will see game cases that have some ridiculous art as well as some amazing works.



Amazing work of Art!

Of course, theargumentis that its not art, but rather just entertainment like watching T.V. or playing cards. I have been asked to give an example of my argument several times and my answer has always been the same.

Okami. This game is not just about a mystical dog that goes around in a paintbrush world and kills bad guys, this is a legend that has been told long before electronics were in existence. Some of the most beautiful works of cIassical Japanese art comes in the form of telling thisfascinatingstory. These stories spring out creativity in every form of art, from Music, beautiful artwork, theatrical performances and dances, to other stories altogether. In this case it springs a video game. A video game where you not only live out the legend of Amaterasu and how she saved a land from darkness, but you also do this in the sumi-e artistic styIe which is very popular in Japanese culture.

Players experience all of this with a controller in their hand, and at their own pace. The most amazing part about this is that there are not only plenty of games that put players in the grips of an actual true event, but also puts them in situations that are based on true events. There are also thousands of fictional stories out there that are just waiting for you to experience.

Video games are novels that are more than just read. They are legends that are not just told, they are experienced. Video games are proving grounds that you have what it takes to make your sports team better than they could ever be. Video games let you take your not-so-good MLB team that you love (Seattle Mariners in my case), play as them, and eventually witness them win the World Series. Video games place you in the drivers seat of a 2 million dollar race car, hand you the keys, and tell you "good luck!". They place you in the grips of a world at war and let you be the greatest patriotic hero ever to one side, and become the most feared and powerful enemy to the other. Video games place you into your worst nightmare with three of your closest friends, hand you a couple of weapons, a handful of rounds, and simply tell you to "shoot em in the head" before turning an entire world the undead against you. Video games let you stomp, kick, throw, burn, knock around, and just plain humiliate hundreds of enemies all over a magical world, just to rescue a princess that you truly love. They place you in the boots of a god that has been betrayed, hand you weapons of unimaginable power, and give you a chance to have your vengeance. They let you experience a story of an outlaw of the west and his struggles with trying to turn his life around for the ones he loves.

With all of this being said, how can you not see video games as an art form? How can one be so blinded with their own beliefs of art that they cannot even accept a new median of art? You cannot be angry with them, just pity them. They are missing out on some of the most amazing stories to ever be told. They are missing out on some fascinating and breathtaking experiences that would have them talking about it for a long time. They are missing the chance to witness a massive bridge built to span the gap between children and adults. To bring people from all over the world together with a common goal to work towards. Where people are not judged by color, race, religion, origin, location, language, or financial status, but by something truly important, teamwork.

In my personal opinion, video games are not only an art form, but an art creator. They make us thinkers and doers. They make us laugh, sing, dance, happy, angry, and even cry at times.

This is what makes video games an art form.

Would you play this?

It's a concept of a game that I am trying to build. You play as a Janitorialmaintenancerobot on a deserted ship that gets attacked by Dr. Amoeba and his army of destructive robot dogs called "Nibbles". You must stop Dr. Amoeba from taking over your beloved ship and turning her into a weapon. Little do you know that the ship is actually a top-secret Military Weapon afterall!

This was my Principles of Design final. All was hand drawn (minus text of course) in Illustrator/Photoshop. Got an A on it!

Anyways, now I am off school for two weeks! I am going to play the hell out of my systems!

I also have to do a memory wipe on my PC. I am having issues with it freezing up when sitting idle for too long. Ugh. Damn you Windows!

Its also FINALLY hot here! SUMMER HAS ARRIVED! Its 95 here today. I am loving it!

Well, gotta go back to work. Talk to you later!

Happy 4th of July

Hey guys.

I am gonna keep this short. I am feeling like crap right now.

Saturday I went to Seattle's Beerfest. It was awesome! Lots of interesting brews to try. Some were outstanding, and some were just disgusting. After an afternoon there, some friends and I went to a big bar/restaurant/HUGE arcade and watched the UFC fights. Lesnar won by submission! Drank a lot that day....

Sunday was the 4th. We had soooo many fireworks it was crazy. one mortar blew up in the tube right next to me. It was insanely loud, and a bit scary. Had a BBQ, lots of good friends over. It was an epic 4th.

Today I am home all by myself (Michelle went to the vacation house with her parents) so I am going to just relax all day. Got tomorrow off too, so that will be nice too.

Hope you all that celebrate 4th of July had a good one. If not, I hope you had a good weekend.

Its nap time.

Master Chief's Intervention - T's True Videogame Story (56K)

Things were different with Master Chief after the funeral. He was not the same. We all felt like when that 360 was shipped off, so was a piece of Chief's soul.

He turned away from us and turned to the drugs and alcohol.

He frequently passed out at the bar. Things were out of control.

He became completely distant. We all got him a new Xbox 360, but they did not get along at all.

We were all too afraid to approach him, except for Marcus. Marcus Fenix stood up to some real badasses in his day, so we asked him to go try and get Chief out of his funk. Unfortunately, that too went a little different than we expected....

....actually, it went the complete opposite of what we were hoping.

Luckily, someone was keeping watch.

After hearing the news, I decided to get everyone together.

We didn't know what to do? No no one could come up with anything. Then one person finally spoke up.

It actually wasn't the greatest of ideas, but since no one else had a suggestion we went with it.

I wanted to surprise Chief, so I came along.

As usual, Master Chief got all emotional. He is such a softy.

So now things are right in the world once again. Master Chief got to play Halo 3 once again, but has since quit playing it and has been playing Gears of War 2 with Fenix until Halo: Reach releases.

So that's it guys. Hope you enjoyed it!

Until next time.


(A drawing I did of myself soon after waking up)