Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year, everybody. New Year's Eve has been kind of boring around here, because everyone left except Mr. Monkey. So I'm just going to be reading and finishing up with the Water Temple part of my Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time run. Oh well.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Christmas Letter from Professor Hotchkiss

I was going to write all of you a Nancy Drew story as a Christmas present, but I never finished it on time. You can still enjoy reading the story, though, right?

I was inspired by the Nancy Drew Facebook page, which had a prompt like "write a Christmas letter from one of the various Nancy Drew characters".

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"Come on, Nancy," George said. "I thought we were going to go shopping!"

"Yeah," Bess said. "Didn't you say you still have to buy a gift for Ned?"

"Just a second, you two," Nancy told her best friends. "I have to finish some of these Christmas cards, and then we'll go."

Bess eyed the large pile of Christmas cards on Nancy's desk. "Since when do you know so many people?" she asked.

"Oh, you know me," Nancy said. "I travel around a lot."

Bess picked up a letter and read it aloud.

Dear Candy,

Thank you very much for all your help with my book on Marie Antoinette. As I told that newspaper reporter, I couldn't have done it without my faithful apprentice, Sandy! I'm busy working on my next book right now. It'll be a fascinating expose of life inside a manhole cover factory. You'll let me know if you uncover any juicy tidbits, won't you? Best holiday wishes!

Rock and roll, dear,
Beatrice Hotchkiss


"That's the nutty professor you were telling us about, right?" George asked. "The one from Wisconsin?"

"She's nice. She gave me a free signed copy of her book for Christmas last year," Nancy said.

"Yeah, but it was signed to Franny Crew," Bess said.

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And that's all I wrote! I wanted to make it a longer story with more letters from different characters, but the only other letter I could think of was this one:

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"Dear Nancy,
I was going to buy you a present, but I can't, because I'm in prison. All because of you.

Have a rotten Christmas,
Dwayne Powers."

"He sounds bitter," George said.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Wrap Up

Well, Christmas is over now, and boy, was there a lot of Christmas stuff to do! Seriously, I didn't go to sleep until 2:00 AM last night!

Okay, I couldn't sleep because I have insomnia, but still! It was busy.

I got a game called God of War 2 because I'm a big fan of Greek mythology and that sort of thing. I didn't know, however, that the game is rated "M" for pretty much everything that can get you an "M" rating. I'm scared to play it, now.

I got a load of Nancy Drew games, including Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor, which I want to speedrun (more on that later). I also got some books, a t-shirt for Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks which is cooler than the actual game is, and some movies I don't think I'll watch.

Next Sunday, they're sending me off to Los Gatos Jesuit Retreat House, so I don't know if I'll be able to update my blog. Hopefully, they'll let me use my computer there. I have a lot of book work I can do without Internet Access.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wrapping Presents and Such

Today, Mom made Dad and me wrap gifts for an hour or so.



So now, we kinda know what everybody's getting, but the good news is that we'll probably forget between now and then. Our memories aren't that good--we lost the pen for writing the "to and from" stickers about five times during Wrap Fest '09.

Actually, there were three pens, but we still lost them five times. My excuse is that I was watching the Muppets Christmas Carol. That's a good movie. I wouldn't mind seeing the Muppets Christmas Special, but I don't think they show that on TV anymore. That's a real shame, because about four of the songs in that movie are exclusive for the TV version—they were cut out of the VHS release.

Hey, I think Days of Our Lives is going to be on tomorrow. How about that? They pretty much always cancel my soap opera on holidays. Sure, Granny gets to watch her soap (All My Children) because they never cancel that for any reason whatsoever, but if there's a golf tournament or breaking news about Tom Cruise losing his rubber chicken, Days immediately gets the boot. But not tomorrow!

...Maybe.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Barnes and Noble

I had to stop by Barnes and Noble today to ask a question. I ended up waiting in line for fifteen minutes.

Why is the line so long? Is it that the economy is doing better, and people are buying books?

No, it's that the economy is still doing badly, so Barnes and Noble fired all the employees they could. And with only two employees covering a store that's over twice as large as my house, that's going to cause a lot of long lines.

I saw two people decide they didn't want to wait in line for fifteen minutes, so they left without buying anything. That probably happens a lot, and the irony tickles me. Barnes and Noble just lost money (because customers didn't buy anything), because they tried to save money (by firing employees). I wonder how many other cost-cutting techniques companies use actually hurt the company in the long run.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Tree

Dad and I and Snickers went to get the Christmas tree this weekend. We drove to the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains, where they have a few tree places.

Helpful suggestion: Do not take your dog to go tree searching for you.

Snickers likes Dad better than me, and he's scared that Dad will run away and never come back. So when Dad and I split up to search for trees, Snickers kept pulling me backwards to chase after Dad.

Plus, he's smaller than I am, so he can slip through the bottoms of trees, whereas I get smacked in the face with the branches. It wasn't all that bad, though. We got a nice tree, and we even helped out someone who was stuck in the mud get his car working again.

Here's a Phoenix Wright Christmas video I made for everyone:



Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Princess and the Frog

I went to see The Princess and the Frog yesterday. I figured I could write a review here by talking about the high point of the movie, and the low point.

Well, the low point of every movie-going experience is at the start of the movie when they run the ad that goes like this:

Don't ruin the movie by adding your own soundtrack.
Let us ruin the movie with an hour of commercials.

Commercials are the reason I stopped watching television (except for Days of Our Lives) six months ago. I really don't like those things. They kind of assault the senses, especially when they're on a humongous movie screen. I wanted to put on blinders and an Ipod, just to block out the garbage that was being spewed at me.

Besides, aren't previews kind of unnecessary nowdays? If there is a movie I want to see, like the Percy Jackson movie, I'll have watched the preview on Youtube long before I set foot in a theater.

I miss the days when they only had one or two previews for a movie. I still have the VHS tapes to prove those days existed!

Okay, so the low point was the commercials/previews before the movie. The high point, therefore, must have been the movie itself.

It was pretty good. The animation with the bad guy was awesome. But of course, even if the animation was bad, it'd still be awesome because it's actual animation instead of that weird 3D stuff they're doing nowdays. So the fact that the animation is top notch makes it double awesome.

The plot was good. Actually, my only complaint is that, at a few parts of the movie, things felt forced. That is, I got the feeling that certain parts of the movie were only there because the creators felt they "had" to put them in there. Like they thought, "Oh, this is a Disney movie. That means we have to put in a goofy character here" or "This a new character. Therefore, he or she has to sing in order to introduce him/herself". I got that feeling a couple of times, and I didn't really like that. But I suppose that's more of a problem with me than the movie itself.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Food

I'm glad to be home, where I can get real food. The food at school is great, but it's all donated by Costco and Safeway. As you can guess, they don't donate their fresh food; they donate everything that is dangerous close to the expiration date or malformed.

It's not that big of deal. Sandwiches on malformed pieces of bread taste just as good as sandwiches on normal pieces of bread.

What I like best are the Costco wedding cakes. Those things are delicious, and we had three during finals week. It makes me wonder, though; if Costco donated three wedding cakes, does that mean three weddings were cancelled? I mean, it's not like Costco is going to make three cakes just to donate them.

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To Alice, who commented on my last post, I'm sorry, but I don't have Secret of the Old Clock on my computer any more. The sewing part is really tough, though; I sympathize.

To Pixie-girl, who also commented on my last post, you need to get all the pieces of the puzzle in the proper places. Some of the pictures look near-identical, so it's trick. I'd recommend looking at my video walkthrough where I put the pieces into place.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New Videos

Whoo-eh, folks! I have nine, count them, NINE new videos today! Four of them for Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses! and four for the classic N64 game Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I'll make posts about them later, as I'm going to keep making videos for them until I finish, but for today, let me bring your attention to the ninth video.

The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes: The Zouch Emerald


My library got a Sherlock Holmes game, so I checked it out. Sadly, it is not one of the cool Sherlock Holmes mystery games. It is, in fact, one of the bad Sherlock Holmes games that has almost no mystery solving whatsoever. I played through the first mystery to show what the game is like, then I decided not to play the game ever again.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Break

All right, Christmas Break has officially started for me! For some reason, I have been specifically ordered by both of my superiors to not do anything over the break.

I guess that means I'll have a lot of free time to do projects I've been putting off, like book uploads, comic scans, and, of course, videogame walkthroughs. Why, just this weekend I finished work on my walkthroughs for Deja Vu II (for the GBC) and Metroid Fusion (for the GBA).

I haven't decided which games to play yet. I was going to play Oregon Trail or Chaos, but untimely computer errors have put an end to those plans. So...wait and see! I'll come back with decisions on what games I'll be playing sometime soon.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

More Walkthroughs

Today, there are two news items about my videogame walkthroughs.

1. My text walkthrough for Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion for the GBA has now been finished. This was very easy guide to write because the game is so short; in particular, Chapters 4 through 6 (which take about a minute to play) were all finished in a few paragraphs.

2. I probably should have mentioned this sooner, but it slipped my mind. My video walkthrough for Final Fantasy VI Advance has finally made it all the way to the end of the game. Currently, there are 111 videos in total. Needless to say, this game is super, super long.

FFVI Advance is widely considered by fans to be the best videogame ever made, which makes me seriously wonder if these people have actually played other games, because it's pretty bad. Nothing but wandering around and fighting random battles, just like every other Final Fantasy game. I gave the game a 1.5 in my official review.

To be fair, and to my utter surprise, the game actually did end up having an interesting plotline for a while. The problem is that doesn't happen until around video 40. So that's...what, seven hours into the game? Yeah. It takes seven hours of boring gameplay to get to the interesting stuff. Mean old Final Fantasy VI.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Three Things

1) I've been listening to High School Musical 2 music while studying for finals this week for some reason. I always liked "Bet on It" because Zac Efron does the most ridiculous dance moves during that song. It's like he made up the dance moves on the spot: twirls, flinging hands randomly, genuflecting, and walking normally. Not to mention the pointless bridge to the song, where he plays golf, then looks longingly at his reflection in the water. It's pretty hilarious.



But after listening to the song without seeing the ridiculous dance moves, and getting a chance to absorb the lyrics...I have come to the conclusion that it is still the most ridiculous song in the entire movie.

2) I find it odd that most of the Full House fanfiction I found on fanfiction.net is based off the books, not the TV show.

3) I went as a bum for Halloween. Part of my costume was a really ugly hat that somebody threw out. In fact, I'm sure it was thrown out because it's really ugly. No sane person would willingly wear this hat.

Needless to say, I have been wearing the bum hat every now and then. I don't know why. I know it's an ugly hat, it has a hole in it, and it doesn't fit so well, but I wear it anyway. My dad and grandpa both wore ridiculously ugly hats everyone else hated, too. Maybe it's genetic.

Monday, December 7, 2009

DJs

I went to a wedding last November, and I was surprised at how DJ apparently means "person who does nothing" nowdays.

Taking care of music at events used to be a full job in itself, but all the DJ did was plug his iPod into the speaker. It automatically plays the next song, so all he had to do was pick out three hours of music and then leave.

He couldn't take any requests because he had no other music besides what was on the iPod. And poor Granny Ro, who specifically brought in her Polka CD because the bride said not to, was cruelly rejected, because a CD is a type of disc, and no Disc Jockey can actually play discs. I mean, seriously.

The weird part is that the DJ didn't pick out the music--the bridal party picked it all out ahead of time. So...what was the point of hiring a DJ? They could have saved a couple hundred bucks by simply plugging one of their iPods into the speaker instead of paying somebody else to do it.

...Now I want to write a Pug's Adventures storyline where Loreen gets a job as a DJ, but I can't, because it's Finals Week, and I should be studying instead of drawing comics (or updating blogs). Guess you guys will have to settle for the one comic I drew that mentions a DJ.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Dreams

Some people think dreams are messages from the unconscious, but I personally think dreams are just random things that your brain picks out and spins together into some sort of narrative. Whenever I try to analyze a dream, I can usually look back on the day before and see what things triggered the various parts of my dream. I don't analyze my dreams that often, however. Usually, I just immediately forget them because they're weird, and I don't see the point in remembering them.

This morning, I woke up before my dream ended, which was really annoying, because I was dreaming I was one of the detectives in a Scooby Doo episode, and we were just about to figure out who set the T Rex loose in the auditorium. So I had to go back to sleep immediately to find out who the culprit was.

It turned out Johnny did it to try to cover up the fact that he had been stealing food for months, and he didn't want his boss to find out.

Of course, now I don't remember who Johnny is or what a T Rex has to do with anything, but at the time I woke up this morning, I thought it was really important to finish the dream.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion GBA

Okay, here's my video walkthrough for Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion for the GBA. It's 40 minutes long, and it's not as exciting as the PC version, but at least I didn't shout during this playthrough, like I did about 30 times in the PC walkthrough.

Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion GBA (Part 1): Seance



Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion GBA (Part 2): The Attic



Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion GBA (Part 3): Snooping



Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion GBA (Part 4): Gum Bo Fu



Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion GBA (Part 5): The End

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Haunted Mansion Update

Okay, I did my recording of Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion for the GBA today. It's not as good as the PC version because they had to cut out most of the animation and sound work, but I suppose it's not all bad. You'll have to wait a few days before you can see it, because the Internet here is pretty slow.

I think it's interesting that they have a floppy disk in this game, because it came out in 2001, and floppy disks were out of style back then. Nowdays, nobody uses floppies anymore.

Interestingly enough, what's the "save game" icon they use in Nancy Drew games nowdays? The one in the lower/right part of the screen?



A floppy disk. Fun!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

New Walkthrough Totally Coming Soon!

Today, I went shopping for videogames, and I managed to find some good GameBoy games. It's a shame they're going to stop selling GameBoy games soon, because a lot of them are excellent. I think there are more GameBoy games I'd want to buy than Wii games.

Anyway, one of the games I bought was...Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion for the GBA. All right!

Doing video walkthroughs for GameBoy games is much easier than doing video walkthroughs for PC games. Without being too technical, I can record only about five minutes of a computer game at once, but I can record two hours of a GameBoy game at once.

So needless to say, it takes a lot less time for me to make a video walkthrough for a GameBoy game. I can actually sit and play the game all the way through without any interruptions!

I figure I'll play the game through once on my own, then I'll play it again and record it. Like I said, it shouldn't take too long, or at least, it'll take half the amount of time it took me to make a video walkthrough for the PC version. So expect to see that sometime soon!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas Gift Talk

Thanksgiving is over, which means it's time to decide what to get people for Christmas. I've been saving up my $175 monthly stipend for a while, and I figure I'll spend $40-50 on my family members (mom, dad, sisters), and that's it.

There are random people who will get gifts, but those gifts will be things I'm getting rid of anyway. Shhh! Don't tell!

As for what I want this year...well, that's kind of tough to figure out, because nothing really good came out this year, probably because of the bad economy. Normally, there are three or so big new videogames that I can request, but the new videogames this season are kind of stink-o. Wii Sports Resort got a 4 out of 10 in my review for the game (which still hasn't been posted), Super Mario Bros. Bad Name requires getting extra remotes, and Zelda Rides a Train Instead of Saving the World is more of the cartoon Zelda, who I never liked.

So my wish list for videogames is basically Pajama Sam Wii (which came out two years ago), any Nancy Drew game, and Samantha Quick Swift and the Hidden Roses of Athena. Basically, the entire $10 game cheapo aisle is my domain.

I still haven't thought up a "big" gift, but I'll probably go for something like DragonBall Z: Season Eight Box Set, which got me thinking about how much I don't like the end of Dragonball Z.

Instead of, I dunno, wrapping up the series and letting us know what happens to all of the characters, they had a filler episode. And I mean, a really bad filler episode—nothing even close to an interesting plot occurred (sample plot: Chi-chi dances). And all the characters had completely new clothes and hairdos, so it was pretty hard to figure out who was who. Not a good note to go out on at all.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Royal Book of Oz

I've finally finished with The Royal Book of Oz, so everyone can now read it online and look at all the 90+ pretty pictures.

For those of you who don't know, L. Frank Baum wrote 14 Oz books. The Royal Book of Oz is the first Oz book that Ruth Plumly Thompson wrote in 1921, the year after he died. Ruth Plumly went on to write 17 more Oz books before retiring. I rather enjoy her Oz books, even though Baum's are much more popular. He was much better with plot and characters, but she was much better with language.

The rather odd plotline of this book is that the Scarecrow learns that he is the reincarnation of a Chinese Emperor (don't ask), and he has various adventures ruling Silver Island, including a foreign invasion, plotting princes, and his new buddy Happy Toko, whom he mistakenly calls Tappy Oko (Tappy Oko, tapioca, get it?). Meanwhile, Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion go searching for the lost Scarecrow, and they have various adventures, including a visit to Fix City, meeting a knight errant named Sir Hokes of Pokes, and fighting a giant made of candy. Eventually, the two groups meet, and they manage to go back home and live happily ever after.

It's not my favorite Oz book (Chinese Emperor? Seriously? The Scarecrow is a Chinese Emperor?), and I don't enjoy any of the poetry, but I suppose it's not half-bad. The pictures are really good, as Oz fans would expect from John R. Neill at this point. So all you Oz fans out there might want to check it out!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Pug's Adventures

So here are the "Pug's Adventures" strips I made from November 30 - December 4, 2007. Don't forget, you can click on each strip to see the full-sized version!



You might notice that Abraham is in grayscale while everything else is black and white. Abe just doesn't look good in black and white, I'm afraid.





Fun fact: I copy/pasted the picture of Loreen from the first panel into the second panel.



And I copied the picture of Loreen again in this strip! I must have been pressed for time when I drew these.



I am proud that I came up with this pun all by myself.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

My Sister

I went with my sister to the San Jose Sharks game last night (that's hockey, for those of you who don't know), and the Sharks won 6-3. The ice must have been really bad, because people were slipping all over the place. At least five people slipped and fell on the ice, including the goalie. And while that's really funny to watch, it's something that shouldn't happen to professional ice skaters.

It was nice catching up with my sister, because we haven't seen each other since we both moved out of our parent's house. I'm back in school, and she's at work. Notice that she got a job after graduation, whereas I'm still on my college's Career Center email list.

My sister works two jobs, and one is for this tech company that has the semi-odd payroll scheme of paying her every twenty days (or something like that). She's been working for them for...six months, I think, and she recently discovered that the payroll scheme leaves out two or three days in between each twenty-day block. She brought this to the attention of the payroll department, and they had to pay her the $400 they owed her.

And last Wednesday, they fired her and replaced her with three unpaid interns. Because, clearly, they don't like paying employees.

...So now she's only working one job. Poor Sis.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Animation

Someone made a little animation of the "Message in a Haunted Mansion" scene from my walkthrough for Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion.



And of course, the ridiculous original version can be found here:



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Speaking of this game, I think I'll try to do the first video for the GBA version of the game sometime this weekend. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Vlog #6

Okay, forget the last blog entry. Vlog #6 is up...RIGHT NOW!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Vlog #Whatever

Vlog #6 (#7?) is all finished and stuff! It's more fun than a barrel of monkeys, or should I say, Mr. Monkey who makes his triumphant appearance in the video. I'll try to get it uploaded sometime this weekend, because that's when I have access to fast-ish Internet.

Like my other vlogs, I cut out a few things I talked about, including...

) The Hardy Boys PC game, which I have been asked not to play because it is bad.
) The public domain Nancy Drew movie that I might see someday. It's apparently a musical/mystery. You don't see a lot of those anymore!
) The video walkthroughs I made for another Youtube channel.

So that's something to look forward to this weekend!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Professor Layton Walkthrough Done!

My text walkthrough for Professor Layton and the Curious Village is now up, which is good news. It took me a few months to get it done, because it's 73 pages long.

...This is why I'm not pumped up about doing a walkthrough for Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box.

IGN is supposed to have the videos as part of the walkthrough (like they did with my walkthrough for Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Sven Ships), because I uploaded them to their site, but I suppose they haven't processed them yet.

It's not a coincidence that I released the UK-only puzzles videos at the same time as finishing the text walkthrough; I was playing through the UK version of the game while writing the walkthrough.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Why, It's Video Weekend!

This weekend is apparently video weekend! I filled two "Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy" requests in one video. This video has me calling Megan Vargas (which I forgot to do in my video walkthrough) and listening to Mel Corbalis play cello!



But that's not all! I also made three videos for Professor Layton, showing off the puzzles in the UK version of the game!








I also filmed Vlog #6, despite the fact that I did almost no planning ahead of time. I'll try to get that video finished sometime today. In the meantime, I got a good, semi-obvious idea. I have three or so games I want to play that come in parts.
  • Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes
  • Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion (GBA)
  • Treasure Mathstorm!

I should play the first part/case/mission of each game to show off what the game is like, then I'll let the Youtube viewers decide if they want to see me finish the game or play something else. Sounds like a plan to me!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Blog Post

Semi-bad news, everyone. I have to shave off my "No Shave November" beard from a group picture tomorrow. I guess that means I should make Vlog #6 and show off my beard.

Any suggestions for what you want to see in Vlog 6?

Also, new Professor Layton videos coming tomorrow! Pip pip cheerio!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Newsletter

Her Interactive posted a new newsletter which has an interview with one of their designers.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Animation

So here's something that I've been wondering about for years...how is animation possible?

Animation basically involves different people drawing hundreds/thousands of identical pictures. If you've seen fanart or drawn pictures yourself, you'll know that it is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to copy another person's art style exactly. I mean, seriously. I don't understand how different animators can work on the same project and have the characters all look the same.

But furthermore, I don't understand how the same person can draw hundreds of identical pictures. Here's a sample from "Pug's Adventures":












Did you notice how, even though I drew the characters every day for months, they look different every time I draw them? Even in the exact same strip, their appearances change slightly. If I can't draw my characters in identical poses twice in a row, I have no idea how animators can draw other people's characters in identical poses thousands of times in a row.

Of course, the explanation is that animation is possible because other people are good at drawing, and they can probably do that "sketching in pencil, then inking" thing that completely eludes me. But still. It seems like animation would be a near-impossible task.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Shirley Temple and Doug

Due to an odd twist of fate, I am now the proud owner of a Youtube Channel that contains clips from various Shirley Temple movies and the 1990's Nickelodeon show Doug. Um...yay?

My favorite Shirley Temple song of the bunch is this one. If you're not careful, you can hear me sing it to myself randomly during the day:



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Also, I want to try out the "You Remind Me of a Man" comedy routine that Cary Grant does in 1:53 of this movie. You know, see if it works in real life.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

SCU Choir Concert

So, I went to Cora's Choir Concert yesterday, only she didn't sing in the choir. Actually, the choir only sang one song! The rest of the concert was music/singing from other people.

It was called the New Music Festival, and "new" is apparently a code word for "weird", because there was an opera about a dirty kitchen sink, and an opera based off a Craigslist ad. ?

The part I liked most was the first song, which reminded me of The Jungle Book. As for the choir's song, which was the reason I went to the event, it was about 2/3 good and 1/3 weird--there was a portion where they all started whispering instead of singing for some reason. It's the first time they performed the piece, so I figure all they have to do is cut out the weird stuff and they'll be good to go.

Unfortunately, the choir did their "singing in super-high notes so no one can understand the words" routine that they've done in other concerts I've attended. And I don't like that very much. When I'm going to see people sing, I want to be able to hear the words clearly, you know?

What they're singing: Day is ending, and it's darker now.
What I hear: AEOUAOHAOIUAHI!!!!!!

I think maybe I want them to sing in normal style, not opera style, just so I can sing along and pretend I'm in the choir, too. Grams and I used to do that every year on Christmas. It was fun.

Of course, I'm in the choir at St. Patrick's Seminary now, but I'm not the best choir member. I still don't know if I'm a soprano or a tenor or a melody or what. What I decided to do is learn whatever the two guys sitting next to me are singing. So for some songs, I sing melody, and other songs, I sing tenor. It just depends on who was sitting near me when we learned the songs.

I didn't bring Mr. Monkey to give to Cora because I was all dressed up, and I'd look pretty silly with a stuffed monkey sticking out of my suit. Maybe he'll be her Christmas present instead.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Mr. Monkey

I'm going to see my friend Cora today. Last Sunday, I got a stuffed animal monkey for her as a birthday present, because I don't think she liked the present I gave her--a nice picture I drew.

Well, the monkey has been hanging from my lamp for the past week. I see it all the time now,and now it's "Mr. Monkey", not the monkey stuffed animal...and I kinda don't want to give it to Cora as a present anymore because I'll miss him.

The moral of the story? Michael isn't good at giving people presents.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

YouTube News

1) Youtube is apparently under fire from an army of robots that are intent on labelling every video as "zero stars". They have attacked the videos on my account and my other account (see #3).

I find it odd that the word "robots" is used to describe these events. I mean...are these just computer programs, or are these actual humanoid robots that are intent on hurting humans, just like in I Robot (and its sequels O Robot and U Robot)?

Now I'm worried about robots taking over the world. Why did scientists make robots aware of Youtube? That's just asking for trouble. They should have stuck with making nice robots like Miles the Magnificent Memory Machine in Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel.

2) My next Youtube video project is a three-part video covering the fifteen puzzles that appear only in the British version of Professor Layton. Funny spelling and accents ahoy!

Actually, the only character with a different accent in the British version is Luke, the little boy. All other voices are the same. British Luke sounds weird to me, but I'm told by British people that American-doing-a-British-accent Luke sounds weird to them.

3) For those of you who don't know, I also make video walkthroughs for GCDotNet. Unlike the Arglefumph channel where I play only E-rated adventure games, the walkthroughs I've done for GCDotNet are mostly for platformers like the Mega Man series and Duck Tales 2 for the NES.

I've also done some T-rated games like Deja Vu and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. I've been wondering for a little while now if I should move a copy of the Phoenix Wright videos onto my Arglefumph channel.

Pros:
  • It's an adventure game, like all the other games on the arglefumph channel.
  • It's a mystery game, like most of the games on the arglefumph channel.
  • It's a very popular game.

Cons:
  • It's a murder mystery game. There is blood and violence, and it is rated T for Teen, whereas all the other videos on my channel are E-rated. It might not fit well with them.
  • A lot of little kids watch my videos, so they might accidentally see these videos designed for older gamers.


I've been going back and forth between deciding to and not to put the videos on my channel. What do you blog readers think? Here's Case One of Phoenix Wright, and here's the more interesting Case Two, which should give you an idea of what the game is like. Keep the videos on the other channel? Or bring them over to the Nancy Drew channel?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Three Things

1. It's November, which means it's mustache-growing month. For those of you who don't know, every November, guys grow mustaches and beards for charity and to raise awareness about various male-only diseases like prostate cancer. That sounds like a good cause to support, right?

Okay, to be honest, I'm just lazy and like the idea of not having to shave for a month. So, everybody, get used to seeing scary, bearded Michael this month!

I'd show some pictures of me with facial hair here, but I don't want to scare any small children who may be reading this blog. You'll have to settle for seeing my Halloween costume for last year, which I included in my walkthrough for the Pagemaster game (skip to 4:05). Appropriately enough, it was included in the "Horror" section of the game.



2. I think only about two people are interested in this bit of news: I finished work with Seneca's Octavia, a Latin play written somewhere around the end of the first century.

The copy of the play, complete with an apparatus criticus and a commentary that refers to other classical works can be found at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/30345/30345-h/30345-h.htm

3. About three people have sent me emails, saying that the missing piece to the photograph of the man in Nancy Drew: White Wolf of Icicle Creek is inside the fishing hut, and you have to get it before the hut explodes.

I plan to see if this is the case...eventually. It'd require playing through the whole game again just to check that one thing, so I keep putting it off.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Book Signing

Today, I went to a book signing by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.

Ridley Pearson writes a bunch of suspense/thriller books like Killer View, Killer Summer and...um...Killer Something Else. Dave used to write a weekly newspaper column where they forced him to do ridiculous things like join the US Synchronized Swimming Olympic Team for a day and write about it.

Recently, they've been writing a series of Peter Pan books which are pretty good, although I prefered their book Science Fair. That book was about some terrorists who wanted to take over the world (but ended up getting addicted to the Home Shopping Network instead).

The book signing started with them talking for about half an hour about the books and crazy things that happened to them, like the time they got locked up with Peter Pan in Disneyland for 15 minutes, or the time somebody brought a 20-foot snake to their book signing, wrapped the snake around the two of them, and then left. They were both really funny, and a good time was had by all.

Ridley wrote "Michael, enjoy the view!" in Killer View, which automatically earns him 20 awesomeness points.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Professor Snaglefoompus' Halloween

One day, Professor Snaglefoompus decided to celebrate Halloween by showing up to his class in a costume. He didn't have any good costumes besides the suit he wore when he was a detective, so he went to the local costume shop.

"Hello, sir," the woman at the counter said. "Can I help you?"

"Yes, I'm looking for a good Halloween costume," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "What kind of costumes do you have?"

"Costumes?" the woman asked. "This isn't a costume shop, sir. It's a bridal shop."

"I see," Professor Snaglefoompus said, looking at the various wedding dresses. "It does looks like the only costume you have left is a bride's outfit. Very well--I'll take one in a medium."

So it was that when Professor Snaglefoompus went to class that day, he was wearing a wedding gown. The class stared at him for a while until Rob, the professor's assistant, spoke up.

"Professor Snaglefoompus, what are you doing?" Rob asked. "You can't show up to your classes in a wedding dress! You could get in serious trouble!"

"Do you like the dress? It's my Halloween costume," Professor Snaglefoompus said.

"But Halloween is next week," Rob said.

"I'm pretty sure it's today," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "You must have forgotten to set your watch to Daylight Savings Time."

"But that's next week, too! Oh...look, just take off the dress, Professor."

"Why?"

"Because it's not Halloween, and you look ridiculous."

"Why, Rob," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "You're being quite rude. Are you jealous because I have a better costume than you do?"

"I don't have a costume," Rob said.

"No wonder you're worried about losing the costume contest! Come on, let's go make you a costume."

"I can't go to get a costume! I have to teach class."

"No, you don't," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "Halloween is a holiday, and we don't have school on holidays! Let's start making that costume."

Professor Snaglefoompus ran off to find a good costume for Rob, except he tripped on his dress and hurt his leg. He had to lie down at the back of the classroom until his leg felt better.

Likewise, Rob also had to lie down because he had a bad headache after talking to the professor. So everyone in class that day got a Halloween Holiday a week early. It was very nice, even if none of them got any candy.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Clip Shows

Apparently, a few people have made clip shows of some of my videos...





I wouldn't say those are my funniest moments, but if people like them, people like them.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

White Wolf of Icicle Creek Review

Remember when I talked about the video review I did for Nancy Drew: White Wolf of Icicle Creek for the Wii? Sega didn't like the review very much because the scores with the review were too low for their tastes.

Here's the review, for all those who didn't see it earlier:



Well, here's the odd part. Sega didn't like the review...but my friend Paul just told me that Her Interactive liked it so much that they quote it on their website. How cool is that? I should write a review for another one of the Nancy Drew games someday.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Watching Waverly

Her Interactive did a Twitter Soap Opera, starring various characters from Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy. I didn't follow it, because I don't like Twitter. As many other people have said, it's boring to limit people to writing short sentences. I have written hundreds of pages of material in the past, and I fully intend to write hundreds of pages in the future, and if Twitter thinks it can stop me, it's a bigger twit than I first thought.

Anyway, the good folks at Her Interactive managed to compile the Twitter updates and color-code them in an easy-to-read document:

http://www.herinteractive.com/games/wac/Watching_Waverly.pdf

So now everyone can read it and have fun! There are some funny bits to the soap opera, and it's interesting to get a little insight into Megan Vargas and Danielle Hayes, who are the two Waverly girls who don't appear in the game because they were attacked by the Black Cat.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy; Deaths Video

Here's the deaths video for Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy. Thanks to everyone who helped me.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Warnings of Waverly Academy Trailer

You know, I rewatched the trailer for Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy.



Most of the material in the trailer is from the game...but I never saw the special collections cabinet get broken, like it does in 0:37 of the video. Is that an animation they made specifically for the trailer?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Warnings at Waverly Academy Deaths

People want me to do a deaths video for Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy. I'd be happy to oblige, but I don't understand the death scenes in the game.

I understand two of them, the death you get from messing up the tree puzzle and the death you get from messing up the final puzzle, but the game lists two more deaths for me:

2nd Chance Expelled
2nd Chance Sneak
2nd Chance Clock

I'm guessing 2nd Chance Expelled means you'll get expelled if you get too many demerits. But how does setting Nancy's alarm clock result in a second chance? Same with sneaking around at night--whenever Paige caught me, I got demerits. I didn't get a game over sequence.

So if any of you people out there know how these second chances result in death scenes (or if you know of any second chances I may have missed), let me know!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy

I have now finished my video walkthrough for Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy.


Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 1): Welcome to Waverly




Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 2): Rachel and Mel



Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 3): Air Hockey




Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 4): DNA Project



Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 5): Snack Shop, Orthographic Views



Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 6): Rita Hallowell's Journal, Talking to Ned


Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 7): Playing Scram Against Leela



Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 8): Rachel's Projects, Tons of Texts



Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 9): Is Mel a Plagiarist?




Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 10): Piano Puzzle



Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 11): Climbing Trees, Day Two



Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 12): Victorian Dining Puzzle



Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 13): The Blackwood Society



Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 14): United States Map


Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 15): Rachel's Secret, Starburst Puzzle, Easter Egg



Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 16): Pictures, Corine's Essay




Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 17): Furnace Puzzle



Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy (Part 18): Black Cat Caught, The End

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister

Just now, I remembered I forgot to make a blog post about this. It's the next game in the Nancy Drew series!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Not Another Impromptu Musical!

Okay, my new favorite fanfic is Not Another Impromptu Musical!. The whole story is basically someone making fun of "Now or Never", the opening song to High School Musical 3.

My favorite part of that song is the bridge, mainly because it's so ridiculous. Here are the lyrics that don't rhyme:

Troy: Right now I can hardly breathe.
Gabriella: You can do it, just know that I believe.
Troy: Than that's all I really need.

It's supposed to be very inspiring that Gabriella's belief in Troy's abilities pushes him to new heights...until you remember that they're talking about basic respiratory functions.

So, yeah, Not Another Impromptu Musical! is basically a few pages of someone pointing out ridiculous things like that. I thought it was funny.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Question

Would you guys prefer to have me release some of the videos now, or do you want me to wait until I finish with all of them?

I might even try something like releasing two videos a day, with the hopes that by the time I get up to the end of the video walkthrough, I'll have finished by then.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy Preview

All right, here are the videos of me playing the demo version of Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Acaedmy!







When midterms are over today, I'll hopefully have the free time to actually play the real version of the game.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pug's Adventures

So here are the "Pug's Adventures" strips I made from November 25-29, 2007. The first three strips were a lot funnier in my head than they were in their final forms. Oh well. That happens sometimes.










Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday Blog Post

All right, I finished recording the videos of me playing through the demo version of Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy. Hopefully, they'll be up on the Internet by...Tuesday? Wednesday? I dunno.

The sound and video are off at certain places--for example, when I play air hockey, the video skips around a lot, and sometimes you only hear me speaking from one speaker. Let's hope I can resolve these issues by the time I get around to making my video walkthrough for the game itself.

With the help of people's suggestions, I managed to write up a "Games to Play" list. There are about 40 games on it. I'm glad that somebody suggested I posting my Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney walkthrough, because I was going to do that anyway, so there's no extra work for me!

I probably should have mentioned this in my latest video, but there's a list of games I've written text guides for, so making video walkthroughs for those games should be pretty easy for me. A few of the newer requests are games on that list, like Zelda: Twilight Princess and Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?. So, theoretically, there's a high probability of those games being played first. I'll make an official decision after I finish with my current two projects: Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.

And now, I have to go back to studying the History of Philosophy. The easiest midterm is tomorrow--it's a twenty minute oral exam, we already have the questions we're being asked, and we can bring notes--so I'm not too worried about it.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Vlog #5

Vlog #5...is up!



Thanks to all you people who have commented on my blog, I have learned two things:

1) You are smarter than I am, and have already beaten Warnings at Waverly Academy.
2) The demo for Warnings at Waverly Academy. The demo is only about 20 minutes, right? What say I try to do the demo now, and then do the actual game later?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thursday Blog Post

You know, when I said I'd make Vlog #5, I forgot that the Internet here is not fast enough to upload videos. So even though Vlog 5 is done, you won't be able to see it for a little while. I did, however, sort all my vlogs into a playlist, which I have had on my to-do list for a while now.

I've managed to play Warnings at Waverly Academy for a little while now. It's interesting--I've seen five characters so far, which seems like a lot after Ransom of the Seven Ships with its three characters. So far, I've mostly been talking to the characters, instead of doing a lot of puzzle solving.

...Although the puzzles I've solved so far have been pretty hard. "Hard" as in I had a difficult time figuring out what it is I'm supposed to do to solve the puzzle. Once I figured out what I was supposed to do, the puzzles were easier.

Nancy has a working cell phone in this game, after being deprived of a cell in the last four games. And this time her cell has text messaging, which is a pretty neat feature.

I think I'll play the game some more.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I Got It!

My copy of Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy came in today. YES!

I think I annoyed my mom, because I called her four times today, asking if the game had come yet.

I hope to play this game (and post a video) tomorrow. And even though I've been writing shot paragraphs, I feel that I've been writing far too much, and wasting valuable Sassy Detective time. Ciao!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Michael Gets a Thumbs-Up from Her Interactive

So maybe Sega doesn't like me too much (see blog post below), but I think someone at Her Interactive likes me. I just got an email today saying they just shipped my copy of Warnings at Waverly Academy.

Pre-orders aren't supposed to ship until next Monday, according to their newsletter. So that means I'll get the game a few days early. Cool!

I'll still probably be too busy with school work to play games, but I'm still happy about it.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Michael Offends Sega

When Sega produced Nancy Drew: White Wolf of Icicle Creek for the Wii last year, they sent me a free review copy. I like getting free games, and I like the Nancy Drew series, so I decided to make the review extra-special by filming a video review, not just writing a review.

If you haven't seen the review I did, here it is:



Recently I wondered, "Hey, why hasn't Sega sent me a free review copy of Her Interactive's Hardy Boys DS game that they produced?" So I checked in with Paul, my semi-boss when it comes to videogame stuff, and he says that Sega's PR person didn't like my review. Specifically, Paul shared this part of the email from Sega with me:

"Sorry that your reviewer didn’t enjoy the game…his score is actually drastically lower than any other score we’ve received so far."

Ouch! I guess that means no more free games from Sega for me!

Computers Don't Work, More Pictures

Man, the Internet up here is wonky. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't, and I don't know why.

Computers in general are the same way. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don't. I've noticed this in my 13 or so years of working with computers (which is four or five different computer generations, I think). No matter how high-tech things get, they still don't work correctly.

So let's see, today I have a little bit of news about Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy that didn't get mentioned in my last few blog entries. If you look at the page for the game on Her Interactive's website, you can see two (new) small pictures, one of the purple-haired girls' room. Cool!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

September Newsletter

More news on Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy. Specifically, the September newsletter tells more about the various dates things are happening.

It also tells us a bit more about the plot--Nancy is going to be posing as a French transfer student named Becca Sawyer. And we have pictures of areas seen in the trailer--the doorway that leads outside and pink-haired girl's room.

There's also a link to a snack shop minigame with some animation of the pink-haired girl. Huzzah!

Friday, September 25, 2009

In Which I Discuss the New Trailer in Far Too Much Detail

All right, I think it's time for me to analyze the new trailer for Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy. That'd be the trailer in the post below this one.

The trailer starts with a picture with Waverly Academy, which looks nice. Then, it turns into an actual photograph on crumpled, yellowing paper, which looks less nice. What this means, I have no idea.

We also seem to have a scarlet-and-black coat of arms for Waverly Academy that features the one-legged crow from the preview of this game at the end of Ransom of the Seven Ships. And if you pause the video, you'll see a marble plaque on top of the building that features some sort of crow. This allows me to make a conclusion...

Michael's Conclusion: A crow will somehow be important in this game.

After that, we see Nancy look up at the building in the picture, while somebody says, "Welcome to Waverly."

Then there's a shot of Nancy going outside through glass doors, from what appears to be a common room (or not). And it's snowing outside. It looks sort of like she's going to the front of the building, because the design of the gray part of the concrete walkway looks identical to the gray concrete walkway in front of the academy. However, there are lighted lamp posts here, when there are no lamp posts outside the front of the building. So Nancy is apparently going out through a set of doors that are NOT the front doors.

Next, we see a new character talking about threatening notes from "the black cat". She's obvious in her dorm room, sitting in a chair at her desk. It looks sort of like my old dorm room, except more pink.

In the middle of the speech, we hear Nancy gasp as somebody drops a warning note that reads "Time's up". Some people are saying that this could be Nancy's hand that is holding the note. Interesting idea...

Then we see a flag drop down and break some glass in front of a glass bookcase. And the design on the flag is a crow. I'm guessing this bookcase is part of a library, especially since the next scene is a girl in a library, telling Nancy some gossip.

I'm not quite sure what the character says, but it sounds like "They said it was a teacher, Miss Howell, coming back as a cat to get revenge." I don't know what to make of this.

There's a shot of a girl in a closet, sorthing through what appears to be food. I mean, I see grape juice containers and tea bag containers. The camera zooms in as the door is slammed shut, and the girl is presumably locked inside.

Then we see Nancy solving some sort of sewer lid shape puzzle that looks difficult.

The next shot is tricky, but I think it's Nancy hiding in a tree, looking down on cloaked figures. We saw concept art for some cloaked figures in the last preview. So, maybe Nancy is spying on some secret group meeting. Then, the branch Nancy is sitting on breaks, which is not something you want to happen when you're in a tree, whether you're spying on secret groups or not.

Then, there's a girl with a funky pink-and-black hairdo. She plays the cello, and is apparently sitting in her desk in her room. There's a plastic spider and plastic candelabra left of her. That's...odd.

She's wearing some sort of uniform. The first girl we saw had some sort of uniform-looking outfit on, too.

Then we see the outline of somebody walking down a hallway with a flashlight in hand.

Finally, we have a boiler room puzzle with what I'm guessing is a corresponding death scene for incorrectly solving the puzzle. Then there's some cover art and release date and...wait, October 13th?

Ah, man, I have midterms that week! Looks like I won't be able to play this game when it comes out!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy - Trailer #1

Hey, we have the first official Trailer for Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy!



Pretty cool looking...and I'm liking the girl with the crazy pink hairdo! I'll probably make another blog post analyzing this trailer if I have time.

There was also a preview of this game at the end of Ransom of the Seven Ships.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Partially-Done Walkthroughs

So it's the fourth week of school, and I'm still not used to my schedule here. Each day, I make up my schedule as I go along. This usually results in certain things like "read one of the books I have" getting delayed every single day.

Something that usually gets delayed is writing walkthroughs. I mean, I made a video walkthrough for Professor Layton, I should write a walkthrough for it, right? After all, I've written walkthroughs for a lot of games.

But for some reason, I just put off writing certain walkthroughs. I've got partially-done walkthroughs for Legend of the Crystal Skull, Creature of Kapu Cave, Danger on Deception Island, Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake, Phantom of Venice, and (my personal favorite) Dream Penguin Adventure for the NES.

I need to sit down one weekend and just do nothing but write walkthroughs nonstop in order to catch up.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Music - Stay Tuned for Danger

Someone asked me to make a video of various music in Nancy Drew: Stay Tuned for Danger. It's an easy request to fulfill, so I did it!









Interesting how they're all around the same length. I'm guessing they had a time limit of about 70 seconds for the various music tracks because this is one of the earlier games.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bu-new-cula Bunnicula!

One of the cool things about growing up is that you sometimes get new things added to the old things you enjoyed when you were a kid.

For example, I love the Bunnicula series by James Howe. They're both listed on my list of favorite books. I read them all as a kid, and they were awesome.

Well, now that I'm a grown-up, I've found that Mr. Howe wrote a new Bunnicula book, Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allen Crow (in 2006). So now I've got a new Bunnicula book to read! I'm really happy about this.

(Same thing goes for the new Ramona book by Beverly Cleary.)

If you haven't read Bunnicula, it's about a bunny rabbit who is also a vampire (!). At least, that's what Chester, the paranoid cat, thinks. There are many hilarious, crazy adventures when Chester embarks on a quest to destroy the evil vampire bunny. It's more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Youtube, Email

Youtube is banned from the Internet here, so I can do things like read comments on videos, but I can't actually watch any. That's kind of unfortunate because I have about 500 videos that I should probably keep track of every once in a while.

I suppose Youtube is banned because they don't want people wasting time on it, and because a lot of videos on Youtube are inappropriate. I suppose it's good that they're trying to look out for us here, but to be quite honest, I wouldn't watch the inappropriate videos even if I had access to them.

When I say "inappropriate videos", I'm thinking of some videos where people say mean things and swear the whole time in an attempt to be funny. I don't enjoy that kind of video. I'm sorry, but if you feel you need to a jerk in order to be funny...well, you're not really all that funny.

Anyway, here's a nice email I got the other day, and I thought I'd share it with you guys.

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I had to write a thank you to Michael Gray for all the time and energy he puts into the walkthroughs for Nancy Drew. At 63 I tried my first pc game (Castle Malloy) and the help made it a fun rather than a frustrating adventure. The videos on you tube were an absolute riot. It was great to hear a pro get frustrated at times since at the junior level I was having some problems and just getting a headache.

The humor and thorough approach to the walkthrough was just great.

Thank you Michael for making an old lady happy! :)

Sincerely,
[name withheld]

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I don't get paid to make Youtube videos, so it's nice feedback like that which is the true reward I get. So I'd like to thank her and all the people who I've helped for making my life so rewarding.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Professor Layton and the Curious Village

After a lot of work, I have finally finished my video walkthrough for Professor Layton and the Curious Village.

That's a game where Professor Layton and his apprentice Luke solve a bunch of brainteasers/puzzles, while exploring the Village of St. Mystere in an attempt to find a treasure called "The Golden Apple". Along the way, they meet several intriguing people, including an evil villain who tries to kill them with a remote-control ferris wheel.

There are 38 videos in all, so that means the walkthrough is about 6 hours long.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pug's Adventures

School is busy right now, and I'm having trouble understanding the more basic parts to my Tuesday/Thursday class. Oh, well.

Anyway, here's the next bit of "Pug's Adventures". I did this during Thanksgiving of 2007, and it was the first time I did an entire week of joke strips based off one topic (Latin). I think it came out pretty well.













I don't know why I colored the last one, but I like it now more than ever, after graduating with a degree in Greek and Latin and being unable to find a job. Anywhere. Ever. Hooray for college degrees!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

Today is a holiday in my country, and thank goodness for the extra-long weekend! With the extra day, I was able to start and get all the way through the second Professor Layton game. It was pretty good, but just like the first game, the explanation they gave to solve the entire mystery was completely ridiculous. As in "everyone was a kangaroo is disguise" ridiculous.

I particularly liked the reappearance of Don Paolo, Professor Layton's wannabe arch-nemesis. It's funny because the villain is so intense and dramatic about defeating Professor Layton, whereas Layton's reaction is simiply, "Oh, there's that weird guy again."

I get the feeling that when Don became an evil genius, he decided he needed an an arch-nemesis, so he picked a name randomly out of a phone book.

The other reason why I enjoyed the Don Paolo reappearance scene was because of the voice acting. Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew) and Christopher Miller (voice of Professor Layton AND Don Paolo) did some cool voice-blending work.

Let's just hope we don't have to wait another two years for them to translate the already-finished third game into English.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Newsletter

The latest newsletter from Her Interactive is about the new Hardy Boys DS game that's coming out soon. You get to play as the Hardy Boys and Samantha Quick in this game. If I can get my hands on a free review copy of the game, I'll be sure to let you know how it is.

Meanwhile, the Nancy Drew Dossier: Resorting to Danger is also coming out soon, and you can check out the demo to see what it's like. I haven't beaten the first Dossier game because I'm busy doing other things (like making the 30+ videos in the Professor Layton video walkthrough), but I'll probably be sure to talk about it here, too.

...And there's the summary of this month's newsletter. Huzzah!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Professor Snaglefoompus Plays Basketball

One day, Professor Snaglefoompus decided to teach his class how to play basketball. It was a math class, but Professor Snaglefoompus didn't notice.

"Hey, class!" Professor Snaglefoompus said. "We're going to play basketball today!"

Rob, Professor Snaglefoompus' assistant, didn't think that was a very good idea. "Professor, we're in a classroom, not a basketball court. Give me the basketball."

Rob tried to take the basketball away from Professor Snaglefoompus, but the professor wouldn't give it up.

"FOUL!" Professor Snaglefoompus cried. "I get to take a penalty shot!"

"Where?" Rob asked. "There's no basketball hoop inside the classroom!"

Professor Snaglefoompus frowned. "Aw...that means we can't play basketball!"

"We have a trash can," Jenny Blackenship said. "We could use that."

"Great idea, Jenny!" Professor Snaglefoompus said. Jenny smiled.

The class elected Hilary Tallerton to hold the trash can up like a basketball hoop. Hilary was the tallest person in the class, so it made perfect sense.

Professor Snaglefoompus took a shot, but instead of hitting the top of the trash can, it hit the side. The trash can went flying out of Hilary's hands and hit Rob in the face. Rob fell down immediately.

Just then, the Dean came into the room to see what was going on, because he thought he heard shouting. He saw Rob lying on the ground with bruises on his face, trash all over the floor, and a basketball rolling across the room.

"Professor Snaglefoompus!" the Dean cried. "Why is your assistant lying on the floor, covered in garbage?"

"I guess it's because he forgot to empty the trash can," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "Or maybe he's trying some sort of recycling clothing program."

Rob groaned, because his head hurt from where the basketball had hit it. "It's because of the basketball game..."

"WHAT?!" the Dean shouted.

So the Dean told everyone that playing basketball wasn't allowed in class. Then he gave Rob detention for littering, which meant Professor Snaglefoompus had to teach his class alone for the next couple of days.

Teaching About Walt Whitman

The next day, Professor Snaglefoompus had to teach class because his assistant Rob wasn't there. "What are you supposed to learn today?" Professor Snaglefoompus asked.

"We're learning about Walt Whitman," Jenny Blackenship said.

"I don't know anything about Walt Whitman," Professor Snaglefoompus admitted. If you had to say something for him, Professor Snaglefoompus never pretended to know something he didn't. True, many times he thought he knew something, and was mistaken, but you can't hold that against him. Most people are like that.

"What a horrible teacher," Ernie Greengold said. "Not knowing anything about Walt Whitman! He wrote Leaves of Grass!"

"He wrote on leaves?" Professor Snaglefoompus asked. "That's kind of weird. Why didn't he use paper like other people do?"

Ernie groaned. "Leaves of Grass is the name of a book!"

"Grass doesn't grow on leaves," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "Leaves grow on trees. Anybody could tell you that."

Ernie groaned again. In case you couldn't tell, he didn't like Professor Snaglefoompus very much. "We're not supposed to talk about that. We're supposed to be learning about Walt Whitman," he complained.

"Well, we've learned he's a poet," Professor Snaglefompus said. "And we also learned that he doesn't know basic arboreal facts. So for homework tonight, make sure to read your biology books and come up with a list of ten basic arboreal facts."

"But this isn't a biology class!" Ernie Greengold complained. "It's an English class!"

"Nonsense, Ernie," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "Why would we be learning about trees in English class? Now if you'll excuse me, I understand the science department is having a buffet today, and I don't want to miss it. Class dismissed."

So Professor Snaglefoompus left class to go eat at the buffet, and it's a good thing he did, because if he had stayed to teach some more, Ernie Greengold might have gotten very upset.

Wednesday Blog Post

Well, it's Wednesday, and we still don't have Internet here yet for the new students. So I can't update my blog or upload videos--which is pretty annoying because I'm almost done with the Professor Layton walkthrough. Seriously, I stopped right before the ending cutscene.

And I can't upload any of my cool pictures from my recent vacation, either. I also have pictures from the zoo. I have a video, too--it's of the tiger in the zoo pacing his cage and whining because he wants to be let out. It's sort of like what my dog Snickers does, only it's a tiger, so it's mild whining sounds like, "RAOUAGH!"

So, yeah, it's a cool video. I also have a video of the grizzly bears fighting. Animals are awesome.

Gee, I wish I had more to say other than "I have all the awesome things, but you can't see them now so na-na-na-na-bo on you." Let me make it up to you by giving you two Professor Snaglefoompus stories.

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Emily, I'd suggest using Audacity, which has an "amplify" function to make your voice louder.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Update

Hey, guess what I can't do when I don't have Internet access?

Update my blog!

The Internet here at St. Patrick's is password-protected, and all 22 of us new guys haven't received our passwords yet. I'm told that we will get it on Tuesday at the latest.

I'm using one of the library computers right now, so I don't really have a lot of time. I'll use it to respond to a question posted on this blog--someone asked how I record audio from the computer and the microphone at the same time.

My computer does that automatically, because it's weird like that. Other people have to use Audacity, a free program, to record microphone stuff, and use the video recording program to get the audio from the speakers.

Recently, I've been watching a video walkthrough for Carmen Sandiego: Treasures of Knowledge, made by one of the people who asked me how to make video walkthroughs, then started making walkthroughs of their own. I'm actually using it to write a text walkthrough for the game. I'm not sure if the walkthrough will be helpful because I've never played the game, but who knows?