Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Nancy Drew: Phantom of Venice

Today, I finished the awards video for Nancy Drew: Phantom of Venice. It shows you how to get all the easter eggs and awards at the end of the game.



I included a little bit of the ending, because someone mentioned that in the HD version, you can kinda see the outline of someone standing in the doorway of Colin's room in the reflection of the mirror (on the left part of the screen). The only question is...who could that person be?

The deaths video should be coming tomorrow. I had some troubles with it today. For one thing, the game automatically saved before I played Scopa with Enrico, even though I can't think of any way you can die while playing a card game in Phantom of Venice.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Newsy News

Okay, so I finally got around to reading the comments in my blog, and here are my responses, in no particular order!

1. More comics are coming! I have about three months of comics that I haven't shown you guys yet.

2. There are also more Professor Snaglefoompus stories on the way. I think I have three or so that I wrote but haven't posted yet.

3. My library finally got Nancy Drew: Phantom of Venice and Nancy Drew: Lights, Camra, Curses. So you can expect to see me making videos of those games relatively soon. I'll do a deaths video and an awards video for Phantom and a walkthrough for Lights, Camera, Curses.

4. I'll probably do another vlog...someday. I still have to start editing the video about my outer space adventures (don't ask) that was filmed last November or so.

5. Someone asked about me doing a walkthrough for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I'm actually hopping to do a walkthrough for Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask with my friend Marianne over the summer, because she's never played it before. But Marianne said if I don't stop hopping everywhere, she won't play the game with me because it's hard to play a game when you're jumping up and down.

6. I don't think I mentioned this on the blog, but I made a video of how to install the older Nancy Drew games on Windows Vista:



7. I was thinking of doing a video walkthrough for Treasure Mathstorm (that's a game I played when I was a kid), but after people saw that I have the Pajama Sam games in my videogames folder, some people have asked me to make guides for them. I haven't decided if I'll do that or not yet.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Ransom of the Seven Ships - Demo

Her Interactive has released a demo version of the upcoming "Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships". It's only about 20 minutes long.

I made two videos of myself playing the demo, and here they are!



Friday, June 26, 2009

Pug's Adventures

Here are more of Pug's Adventures. I tried to write a week of cartoons each Monday. After 1-2 hours of brainstorming, I usually had 2-5 jokes/strips that I liked. After that, I just came up with pun-strips (like the last two in this group) until I had a whole week of comics. It only takes me about half a minute to come up with a pun-strip. They're very easy to write.















I experimented with copy/paste during that week, as you can tell by the "make a necklace" panel that gets used in two strips. The other copy/paste is the picture of Loreen in the first strip--that's the exact same picture, only it's bigger the second time around.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pug's Adventures

Here are more of the Pug's Adventures comics. I've got three months worth of these things, so I figure I'll just post a week of comics at a time, leaving out all the ones I don't like. These strips were drawn during Halloween week.













Saturday, June 20, 2009

Quick Update, Comics

This will have to be a quick blog post, because I'm out of town for the weekend. It kinda stinks to go out of town, because Youtube and Blogger both email me every time somebody makes a comment on something, so I always end up with about a hundred emails whenever I get back.

In any case, I did manage to quickly scan through some of the comments on the blog, and someone mentioned me drawing cartoons. Actually, I did draw a comic strip called "Pug's Adventures" for about six months during the second half of 2007. I'll probably say more about that later, but for now, here's the first week of joke strips that I did.













You can click on any one of them to see it at nearly double the size it's at here.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Professor Snaglefoompus and Quack the Duck

Woah, my last entry on the ducks in my front yard was popular! Ten comments! In one of them, Michael Kelley said that the ducks might be Professor Snaglefoompus' secret pets, but I don't think that's the case, as this new Professor Snaglefoompus story will show.

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One day, a duck came wandering into Professor Snaglefoompus' class. Professor Snaglefoompus was finishing a very important lecture, so he didn't notice.

"And that's why sandwiches should have two pieces of bread," Professor Snaglefoompus concluded.

"Professor Snaglefoompus, there's a duck on my desk," Ernie Greengold complained.

"Nonsense, Ernie," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "I don't allow wild animals in my classroom."

"Quack quack!" said the duck.

"Um, Professor," said Rob, Professor Snaglefoompus' assistant. "There is a duck sitting on Ernie's desk."

"Ah!" Professor Snaglefoompus said, pulling out his magnifying glass to get a better look. "This must be our new student! What is your name, my good sir?"

"Quack," the duck said.

"His name is Quack," Professor Snaglefoompus announced. "He's our new student."

Rob sighed. "Professor, don't you think Quack is an odd name for a student?"

"Yes, of course," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "I always thought that Quack was a girl's name."

Rob would have pressed the issue further, but Professor Snaglefoompus was tired from his lecture, so he decided to take a nap in the back of the classroom, and that was the end of that discussion.

Rob shrugged and handed out a quiz to the class.

"How am I supposed to finish my quiz with a duck on my desk?" Ernie Greengold complained.

"You can sit in another desk," Rob suggested.

But it turned out that Quack the duck had a problem with Ernie, because as soon as Ernie finished the quiz, the duck gave out a loud "QUACK!" and grabbed Ernie's paper with his beak.

"That duck has my paper!" Ernie shouted.

"Go, Mr. Duck!" Jenny Blackenship cheered.

Professor Snaglefoompus, meanwhile, had woken up with all the shouting going on in the classroom. "What's this?" he asked.

A few people started talking at once, but they were so loud that he couldn't hear them.

"Ah!" Professor Snaglefoompus said. "It looks like our new student Quack was the first to finish the quiz! I'll grade it right away!"

Professor Snaglefoompus graded the quiz as fast as he could. "100%!" he announced. "A perfect score! Congratulations, Quack! You could be my best student!"

"Quack quack quack," the duck said, proudly.

"Professor, that was my quiz," Ernie said.

"Nonsense, Ernie," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "Quack turned it in, not you. I'll be happy to grade your quiz, though."

"I don't have a quiz!" Ernie exclaimed.

"Ernie!" Professor Snaglefoompus reprimanded. "No quiz means an automatic zero! Next time, do your work."

Ernie groaned.

"Don't feel bad," Professor Snaglefoompus said, giving Ernie a reassuring pat on the back. "I'm sure Quack can help you out by giving you some private tutoring lessons."

"Quack," Quack agreed.

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So as you can see, Professor Snaglefoompus has a duck for a student, not for a pet.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ducks

This is really weird. Today, a duck with a bunch of ducklings came wandering into my front yard.





There are no ponds near my house. Ducks don't live in the neighborhood. But for some reason, these ducks went out of their way to waddle over to my house, take a nap in my front yard, then leave. I have no idea what those ducks were thinking.

Oh well. At least I got some cool pictures.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Letter from Heather

And here we go, a new Nancy Drew video:



I think that's the last of the requests I've gotten for Nancy Drew videos, so now I can get back to doing other things.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

New Trailer for Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships!

Right on the heels of the new newsletter that shows a picture of George, there's a new trailer for the game which shows George in action! "Action" being "running", in this case.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Five Job Interviews

Okay, so I forgot to talk about the job interview I had. It's a "writing intensive internship" for a company about half an hour north of my house. It seems like an interesting job, and the people who work at the place seem pretty cool, but it's an upaid internship.

I'm not going to drive an hour to and from work every day without getting paid. Especially not with gas prices nowdays (here in California, it's gone from $2.00 a gallon to $3.00 a gallon in about a week for no reason whatsoever). So even if I'm offered the job, I won't take it. That's why I forgot to make a blog post about it.

Amazingly, though, four other companies have contacted me about jobs. Five companies in one week! I've been going months at a time without any interviews at all, so this is certainly a change. Some people might say the economy is turning around, but I'm pretty sure it's just that everyone is hiring for summer internships, like companies usually do. I think that's the case, because all these people are contacting me about summer work, not full-time jobs. But still, work is work!

Today, I played through Nancy Drew: Danger by Design, because I've gotten requests to make videos of certain things in that game. I'll try to get the video up sometime this weekend, but in the meantime, I'm wondering about something. At the part of the game where you bake cookies for JJ, you can open up her cabinet to see that she has two textbooks on electrical engineering. Why does JJ have those books? They never get mentioned anywhere else in the game. It's kind of odd. Maybe this was part of a storyline that was cut out of the final version of the game?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Three New Videos

So I finally got around to the deaths video for Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull:



I also made an Easter Egg video for that game, in which I (somehow) manage to do a perfect round of skee-ball:



And last, but not least, I made the four various promo flyers for Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships up into a video, just so I could see how people react to how George looks.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New Ransom of the Seven Ships Preview

Her Interactive has released another preview flyer for Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships. This one has a picture of George! WOAH!!!

I can't wait for the next trailer, so I can couple it up with the two or so preview flyers for the game that have been released since I made that video of all the trailers/flyers/screenshots of the game. If you haven't seen that video, it's up here: