I usually do journals much further apart but I thought I'd update it now instead.
On the 3D front is something pretty exciting, well for me personally it is.
I submitted a hat to the TF2 Item Workshop.
I haven't really found much time to play tf2 recently but I thought I'd put my skills to use.
So, if that's your sort of thing be sure to check it out:
I've also been getting the hang of using armature within Blender and I think I've got it sussed.
On the 2D front I've been drawing quite a bit with my tablet.
I usually like to do stuff in pen and then scan it but I thought I'd cut out the middleman and do it digitally.
I think I've gained a new found interest in using a combination of the brush tool and the smudge tool.
I've gotten some pretty nice stuff out of that so far.
The Dark Souls comic has taken a slight backseat to other stuff which I think comes down to the fact that I've had the urge to play through some other games. Dark Souls is fun and all but there's only so long you can play it before it becomes apparent that you're pretty much retreading the same water, just with a different pair of waders on.
That said, this leads nicely into the next area of note: games.
The aforementioned games I've been playing are as follows:
Metal Gear Solid 2
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Metal Gear Solid 2 was a game I was pretty intimidated by at first. Having player the first game not long before playing this one I'd grown use to the control scheme. Starting MGS2 was a bit jarring and I think I took far too long on the intro level but overall I think as I got to grips with the mechanics and the general layout of the game I grew to enjoy it immensely.
Now I just have to go through the exact same thing with Metal Gear Solid 3...
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is a game that I'd been wanting to play for sometime. I've played Monster Hunter on the PSP a few years ago and while it was fun for the few hours I played it for I just couldn't get over the fact that it only had one control stick.
Overall I'm finding it to be a pretty enjoyable experience. There are a good range of different enemies to fight and hunt, and the crafting system is fairly robust.
Remember, two seconds after the song finishes, you'll have the perfect steak.
I actually started playing Bioshock Infinite about half a year ago but it slowly lost priority and eventually dropped off my radar.
It wasn't until recently that I thought I'd give it another go and dedicated an entire day to playing it through to completion.
A good game and worthy of most of the praise, but it's not without it's faults.
My main griped with the game come down to combat and how it becomes a chore. Not in the sense that it's too easy, but rather because you can only carry two guns at a time you'll pretty much find the two guns you like most and stick with them for the whole game, upgrading them as you progress.
Problems start to creep in when later stages of the game present you with enemies who are nothing more than bullet sponges and ammo is extremely hard to come by for your weapons.
Well then, lets just switch to a different weapon then, there's load of them scattered about. That's when you notice that you haven't upgraded these weapons so they do minimal damage to the enemies, who in turn will blast your shields away with nothing more than single shot. Fun.
That said the story was enjoyable for the most part and aesthetically it was a visual feast for the eyes, but ultimately I'd be hard pressed to find a reason to play it through a second time.
The few optional choices you're presented with are merely for cosmetic purposes and offer nothing new to the overall plot.
You'll probably be able to "get" some of the dialogue now that you've finished the game and have a firm grasp on the story but for me it's not enough.
Diablo 2, now there's an oldie. Most people have probably moved on to playing the third game at this point but I found myself wanting to give this series another go.
I've played Diablo 2 twice in the past but it didn't quite stick with me. Both times I played a new character and was determined to see the game through to the end but it just dropped off my radar.
This time however I've rolled Paladin and I've somehow made it further than both previous attempts.
Maybe it's better when playing with friends but I'm having a whale of a time.
Definitely a game to try for yourself.
And finally, Fez.
Another game I've played slightly in the past, I'm actually quite a fan of this.
It's a pretty solid platformer with an interesting mechanic; side on 2D view but you can rotate it 90 degrees at the push of a button.
This makes for some pretty inventive puzzles and jumping sections.
The only problem with the game is the fact that it likes to crash every so often.
SO maybe I'll get further one day.
I seem to be burning through that stock pile of games I mentioned in the previous journal.
In terms of TV I really haven't been watching all that much.
I started watching The Wire and I'm part way through season 2. So far I'm finding it to be a very varied experience.
I was blown away by Season 1 but season 2 seems to be far weaker so far. Maybe it'll impress me as it progresses.
Finished Good Omens (co-written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman)
Enjoyed it immensely.
Made me laugh out loud on more then one occasion while reading it, so that's definitely a good sign.
I've recently started reading Terry Pratchett's Guards Guards.
I'm only about a third of the way into it and it could end here and I'd still recommend it.
A policeman playing charades with an orangutang who is a librarian in an attempt to communicate the crime of a stolen book.
Definitely a better intro to the Discworld series over The Colour of Magic.
And with that I think that's everything up to speed.
It'll probably be another few months (maybe even longer) before I do another one of these so have a good Christmas and a better New Year.
Thanks for taking the time to sit through all of this.