March 8, 2008

March 8th and moving fast!!

Early March and time is just shooting by…faster than ever. Well I haven’t updated my blog in a few weeks so I thought I probably should post one.

I talked to my buddy Dean over in the Ukraine last night for about an hour last night and we decided to play around with finishing the Pirates Gold casual game title we had worked on together a couple years back. For those who don’t know the history, we basically got pretty close to finishing this title and then ran into a technology snafu at the end. One that seemed large enough that we put it on the back burner for a while. He took a gig as Executive Producer for THQ to get the PC game “Stalker” back on schedule over there across seas, and I took my new gig at SOE at the time….so we kind of left it on hold indefinitely.

He was playing it the other night and after talking, we both agreed it would be a shame if we didn’t bring that title to completion…so we are looking into the feasibility right now…so that’s kind of cool. That would be a second title out on the market this year with my independent game company. I think I am going to be doing a heavy revamp on it though to bring it up to an XBOX360 live title…so we’ll see where it goes.

On other fronts, I am working on my Solo CD now. I got a handle on my new ProTools HD rig and things are coming along. I was listening to this absolutely brilliant album from my favorite Artist “Bt” called “the Binary Universe”. It has been hailed by Keyboard magazine as “a work to be studied as possibly the first Electronic masterpiece of the 21st century”. Its so textured and imaginative, I am almost dying to do something kind of similar. Of course it wouldn’t be much of a guitar album as it would be a sound-scape with guitars as textures, but it was just inspiring. It would be pretty fun to do something that experimental…and of course it probably wouldn’t be very commercially friendly. Lol…

Outside of that, SOE and EQ2 expansion 5 are going well. I just finished the layouts and architectural designs for the three Raid zones…so I have about another week of detailing geometry out and then move into Shader and UV work on it…or to give it its color and textures to put it another way. Everyone is pretty impressed with the design, so I am happy about that. I think this is going to be a really cool set of zones…and it needs to be because this set of zones is primarily what this whole expansion is about. No Pressure…lol


For anybody that is interested I posted a whole truck load of images up on MySpace.

Some are pretty funny. I dug up a couple old Ontourage photos!…good grief. And I have posted an image of my Halloween costume last year…”the Cock Sock” So feel free to check them out.

Speaking of Halloween, me and Shannie have been starting to plan out her big Halloween party for this year. Shannie is hhuuuuuuggeee on Halloween, and she throws these crazy cool parties every year. The costume last year was funny and unique…nobody was expecting that….but it wasn’t a great costume, just a funny idea. This year however, I am on a mission to nab the number 1 slot! And I will have stiff competition. Alex and Kim came as these aliens with glowing helmets and guns and they were quite good. I am on a mission to kick their ass this year….so its on baby! So I am doing the research on what I want to do this year and I think I have a pretty killer one.

I am sure whatever I decide on, it’s going to be a pretty awesome party this year so wish me luck! :-)

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