Blog #6 - Wiki, Beyond Good & Evil and T-Shirt Competitions

So, what's been going on?
I realised I spend way too much time on Giant Bomb and way too much time submitting Wiki entries for Phoenix Wright characters. Seriously. My entire Wiki list is 1,138 points on the Wendy Oldbag page. 452 points on the now deleted Yatagarasu page. 361 points on the Calisto Yew page. Then there are all the characters I have added, including Damon Gant, Marvin Grossberg, Jake Marshall, Lawrence Curls, Cody Hackins and Wendy Oldbag as well as several locations. Do I have nothing better to do with my time? The worst part is there are like 50 more characters I want to add and write articles for but I just don't have the time.
On a similar subject, I have started work on my Damon Gant illustration, so stay tuned!
Moving on, I finished Beyond Good & Evil yesterday. I think it is fair to say that this game is considered a cult classic. I enjoyed it a hell of a lot. The photography side mission really kept me playing, as it appealed to me in the way that Pokemon does (and was better than Pokemon Snap). The setting, characters and art style were all great and unique. The controls on PC were awful, the combat fairly weak and mashy and the game has some serious issues with character development (Spoiler: Oh look, suddenly I'm the chosen one... oh and I'm also the source of an alien power transformed in to human form. Thanks for dropping that in there, game).
On a final note, I saw this competition on Facebook to design a T-Shirt. I'm supposed to be a designer, so I took a look and most of the designs are so awful... like MS Paint and WordArt. So I threw something together in the hopes that I could at least get runner up. My friend is currently the winner and I don't want to or expect to do better than him but I have to beat some crappy vomit inducing designs. I would appreciate any votes, and also if you like check out the winning entry by Jack Wells and vote for him as well. Honestly, I don't think my design is very good but it can't hurt to enter and I didn't want to spend a lot of time on this.
Here is the link:
Here is my Design:


Blog #5 - Miles Edgeworth Illustration and StarCraft 2

So, yet another Phoenix Wright illustration. This time Miles Edgeworth is up. I really enjoy Miles Edgeworth as a character. He provides a good antagonist in the first game and then evolves as a character rather quickly, and is very enjoyable to play as during the final case of the third game. Miles Edgeworth: Ace Attorney Investigations however... not so much. He's a good character but the sprite style they went with in that game (combined with the music) really destroyed the tense atmosphere of the series. The gameplay was very different, and I just couldn't enjoy it anywhere near as much as the others. Hopefully they'll make a classic style first person game where you get to play as Edgeworth.
Also on the agenda is StarCraft 2. I traded in Crackdown 2 and COD4 last week so I could buy it and while I didn't play it for a couple of days when I got to playing it I couldn't stop. I ave no history with StarCraft, didn't really follow this sequel or look in to the game at all before I bought it but I am a big RTS fan. The in-game cutscenes and in between mission point and click sequences really held my interest. Most RTS games will just have some shoddy menus but having it all in-game really drew me in to the world and the story. You shuld give it a go if you're interested. It looks how it plays on Giant Bomb. What you see is what you get.
Anyway, back to the illustration. Here it is:
Disclaimer: I base my 'art' on existing images from the games, they are not intended to be original. It's more just fun for me.

 Miles Edgeworth, Perfect Prosecutor
I was really excited to do one of edgeworth and I love his Objections but I definitely don't think this is as good as my Godot illustration. Not as stylish. I spent so much time on the ruffles and the hand, detail is not my thing and they were a bitch. I had a hard time thinking about the composition and it just wasn't working. The space around h

Anyway, I'd like to hear feedback and any other characters you want me to do next. I'm thinking either Chief Prosecutor Gant, Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice or Emma Skye.

Previous Illustrations:

Prosecutor Godot
Diego Armando
Detective Gumshoe

Blog #4 - Diego Armando Illustration and Goblins

So, back with another Phoenix Wright illustration. I admit this is a little lazy. It's not a completely new unique illustration, it's just a recolour and small edit to the Godot illustration that I posted in my previous blog a couple of days ago but it had to be done. After all, Diego is an interesting character and I like his look before he became Godot. Before we get to that though, I've been playing some Battle for Middle Earth 2. This game feels so old in terms of it's genre but I love it. I originally played it on the Xbox360 and kicked ass at it, now just going for some campaign on the PC. It showed me that RTS can be done on consoles, just not very well. Even though I am a big PC gamer I've still bought RTS on consoles, given them a chance and they haven't completely let me down. Anyway, here is the image.

 Diego was an awesome defence attorney, and his love of coffee lead to his downfall.

Again, if you have any suggestions for other characters you'd like to see me 'draw' (or whatever this is) post a comment and I'll see if I feel like doing it. :)

Blog #3 - Godot Illustration... and Death

So... this month sucks.
Following on from my previous blog, this has been a bad month. My best friend, one of the most important people in my life died 3 weeks ago. It's been tough, and I don't expect it to get any easier in the coming weeks but I'm trying. He went peacefully and had a good funeral. I won't go in to details. It's been hard signing on to Steam and Xbox Live and seeing his profile. We had just completed Left 4 Dead 2, going to wait a little bit to buy Left 4 Dead 1 and play through that as well as the Chaos Rising expansion for Dawn of War 2. He waited to buy it until I could afford it. It's silly that we put it off... but then again we can't have lived expecting this to happen. He also had an unopened copy of Red Alert 3 that we bought together so we could play co-op, but never did.
To keep myself occupied I've continued my theme of opening up Photoshop and messing around. This time I did an illustration of my favourite Phoenix Wright character Godot (well... it's hard to chose) . I think I did much better this time, considering illustration isn't my thing at all. I put a lot more detail in to it and thought about the background and colours more. I'd like to hear some responses, and suggestions for who I should do next (I'm thinking of doing these all summer on and off).

  Prosecutor Godot. He sure loves his coffee. Godot Blend #107

Blog #2 - Detective Gumshoe Illustration and Death

So... this week sucks.
My friend has been in hospital for quite some time, yet again, but it looks like this time he wont make it. He's terminal and we thought he wasn't going to make it to the morning. At the moment he's still alive but I don't know how long he has left. It's not practical for me to go and see him, so I've been at a loss for what to do. I stayed up all night playing games, trying not to think about it. This morning I decided to play some Phoenix Wright and really wanted to do an illustration to take my mind off things. Spent a couple of hours in photoshop (I take ages to do anything it seems) and did a nice Gumshoe illustration. I don't normally do this kind of thing but I don't think I did too badly with it.  I really should do this in Illustrator but I haven't used it in so long, I can't remember how to do anything.


An illustration of Gumshoe I did while I was bored
If you have any thoughts let me know. I'd like to do more illustrations but it's not my thing and this was just a one off to distract myself for a couple of hours. I kind of worked it in to a war style poster design with muted colours. Didn't want to go too cartoony with it, hence no outlines. I wish I could draw and could do something fancy but that requires years of practice to make up for my lack of natural talent, and I fear it's already too late for that.

Blog #1 - Not an Achievement Whore Edition

Hey all (if anyone will ever read this). I am a massive fan of giant bomb. I love Vinny, Jeff, Ryan and Brad as well as all the fantastic work they do. The a look of the site, the attitude, the forum and what the site is trying to accomplish. Been coming here for a while now and decided to sign up. A huge mistake. I am a sucker for RPG mechanics and if you add a levelling system to anything I will be there. Damn you Dave, or whoever this idea belongs to!
So now that I am here I might as well say something. I don't find myself susceptible to videogame journalism, but Giant Bomb has made me try out games that I wouldn't have found on my own. They've got me in to the Phoenix Wright series from their quicklook, the endurance run got me to invest 125 hours so far in Persona 4. If Deadly Premonition comes to Europe you'll bet I'll get this game to see how awful it is. The not so serious attitude of the coverage on this site makes my perception of these games more relaxed. When you are giving out super specific game scores and not cracking any jokes it can seem like serious business in an industry of entertainment.
Also, I should note that I am no longer an achievement whore. Upon adding my Gamertag I unlocked all the of the S-Rank quests in one go, and have around 180 rare achievements. I used to be an addict, but I didn't think I was that bad... it's shocking.  My proudest would have to be the Tony Hawk achievements, as I S-Ranked Project 8. Of course I am past all that now. No more whoring around for me.
If you read this thanks for checking it out, might write another one sometime soon.