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October 20th, 2009 by ben Leave a reply »

The Organized Blog Post of Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Tagline: “This is not a wall of text!”

Anime

Recently, I’ve been omega-obsessed with Shugo Chara. オメガオメガ obsessed. It’s… stupid at times… but the non-stupid parts are either super-amazing, or super-moralistic, or super-hilarious.

I’ve been depressed, because Shugo Chara has been depressing after the first quarter-mark (26th episode). After the villain was defeated (or… reformed and became a good guy. it’s a shoujo anime, after all…), many of my favorite main characters left the main cast… and then the new characters are all stupid… and the new episodes are annoying. Hinamori-chan is being bullied and people are being mean to her, and her depression in the anime somehow carried over to me. However, now it’s getting better, and you start to see how all the new stuff ties together.

Anyways, sorry for ranting about Shugo Chara for two paragraphs. It’s taken up about at least 3 hours per day, every day, since I started it. I don’t know why Amu’s emotional state affects my emotional state in real life. Hmm. *science project topic!*

As for Fall 2009, things are going slow. Usually I only have one new episode to watch a day (of course, more on Friday-Sunday), so it’s not taking up much of my time, either.

School

Busy, busy! English H is a beehive of homework. Antigone questions, some annotation thing, Mists of Avalon essay, Antigone speech… Pleasantville extra credit, and the “signs” extra credit. For your information, I’m not doing this for your benefit. I’m just typing it out again so I don’t forget anything. (If you think that sounded “tsundere” you have been watching too much Japanese media.)

I find not logging into MSN or gTalk saves about 2~3 hours of time per day. Especially since 95% of the conversation involves “life sux” or some variant thereof.

Anyways, P.E. is awesome because we’re not swimming today or tomorrow (we will be swimming Thursday, but the weather will be nice by then). Orchestra 3 I have long since stopped caring about or worrying about, but we have a concert on Monday. Mandarin homework I finished in class, but I need to lookup a couple of words *note to self*.

Finally, AP Physics — we got our tests back, and ALL OF MY MISTAKES were stupid careless mistakes. I forgot to divide in half for the radius (when given the diameter)… and I lost like 12 points (out of 100) for that…

Luckily, Mr. Zhang is awesome! He immediately understood, and I think he’ll give me back most of my points on the free-response. As for my multiple-choice mistakes… しょうがないな?

Tomorrow — Precalc test, as well as Math Team. And~~ that makes six classes. Onwards!

Life

TIME FOR LONG WORDY PHILOSOPHICAL REFLECTION! No, just kidding. Like hell I have that much time.

… actually I do. Or, well, I would. If I could reduce my anime watc– no, wait, that’s not possible.

Also, people, somebody at least try the really really easy math problem from like Sunday. Because… it’s really really easy…

Lol, I always go on math-problem-posting-sprees after an ARML practice. I love getting a fresh set of problems to think about for a month. Except… well… I already have USAMTS… speaking of which, my Round 1 scores are not out yet (I’m now thinking I got more like 15/25… ;______;)

If you were to plot the hours of my life onto a blueberry pie graph, I want the “anime” slice.

On the other hand, I don’t like cheesecake.

Music
-turned-emotional rant

I miss composing. Lol, it was something I was obsessed with for spontaneous periods of time up until high school. Yeah, I know huh? High school ruins childrens’ dreams and aspirations. All your pleasures, all your desires– your hopes, the personality you wish you had, the things you want, the things you want to become. Why must it all be forsaken, all in the name… no, all under the guise of “seeking knowledge”?

If school was truly a venture meant for children to “seek knowledge”, why do they punish us if we don’t want to? Knowledge is a PRIVILEGE! If school truly wanted us to become great, healthy contributors to society, why do they make us sleep two hours a day? Why do they bar us from taking classes we are interested in?? What with “prerequisites”? What with “placement exams”? Let us take our own education, our own acquisition of knowledge into our own hands!!

—— STOP. Whew! Almost went out on another rant.

Music
for real

God Knows will always be a classic for me. If only Aya was a better person. What else is new in my iTunes… um, Sora no Manimani character songs. They were average, not too bad, but nothing amazing or anything. Other than those albums, and arrival of tears, I don’t really have anything new. This is mostly because I never have time to add anything to my library, nor do I ever have time to listen to my existing music. When doing math homework, I like to do it in another room, away from my computer (mostly cuz of MSN), and away from my iTunes too, as a side effect.

I guess I’ll list the contents of my “to be added” folder. I have… the four new Haruhi character songs… Bakemonogatari intro… Hashimoto Miyuki’s newest album (Double Flower)… a bunch of random albums I haven’t bothered adding, from things like CANAAN, Rozen Maiden, etc…

A couple of Hayate2 character songs (of characters I don’t really like, so…), a couple of OSTs… Kanamemo stuff that I don’t care about… Princess Lover! character songs… Gendai Mahou stuff… and ooh! Da Capo music. There’s something that needs to be added soon.

Tea

Public Service Announcement: don’t drink tea after dinner, unless you’re going to sleep at 3am anyways. I’ve been doing that every day lately, for maybe half a week (recently got back into being obsessed with tea), so I was wondering why I couldn’t sleep at 10pm… haha!

Anyways, time for Ben’s Tea Corner! According to my parents, the tea they sell here in America sucks really bad. My family brings back a suitcaseloadfull of tea every time we visit our home in China, normally I would lol, but tea is good.

Lol… I was about to add a tag named “tea”…

Personal Project(s)

You’ve heard Justin running around campus hollering “CAN YOU DRAW?? CAN U DRAWW???” right? Wondering what that was about? Interested in programming? Love art? Play games a lot? How would you like to be involved in creating, designing, and producing a real 3D computer game?

Basically, from what Justin and I have come up with during PE classes while waiting for O’Brian to wake up and come to school, the plot looks something like this:

  • Post-apocalyptic Arcadia High School. (?)
  • Teachers are zombies (?) or otherwise badguys (“DOOO YOOOUURRRR HOOOMMEEEWOOORRKKKK!!!!”)
  • Use pencils, pens, erasers, whiteboard markers, etc as projectiles (“Weapon Throwing” skill).
  • Baseball bats, binders, etc. as normal weapons.
  • “Skill system” that can be trained — e.g. train “Sprint” skill at track; can be used every 2 minutes (e.g. 120sec cooldown), doubles running speed or something
  • Inventory/item system of course.
  • The setting is Arcadia High School, of course. Construction still going on (?) or all/some buildings knocked down/destroyed?
  • We still need a plot/script writer! We need somebody to come up with a reason why Arcadia High School has become like this (time-space separation causing AHS to become separated from the real world? Zombie/alien invasion? 2012 apocalypse? Government disease quarantine, and the disease causes people to become zombies?) It’s all up to you! (no salary provided)

There are more details, but this is more than you need to know. We need a good artist to design the characters (that’s why Justin has been… yeah), and preferably a good programmer to help me with the framework, game engine, and all the techy stuff. Of course, a scriptwriter, as well, like I said above. I’m not sure if Justin wants help with his 3D work, but if any of you have any idea about Maya, he might appreciate the help.

Summary of needed positions looks something like this:

  1. 3D design, level design, cutscenes, animation, rigging, texturing, lighting, rendering, etc etc etc: Justin Yong (help would be appreciated)
  2. Program design, game engine design and integration, gameplay and gameplay system, controls, IT/tech support, etc etc etc: Ben Li (help would be greatly appreciated)
  3. Music: Ben Li (help would be appreciated)
  4. Art direction, character design: [available, preferably multiple people]
  5. Scriptwriter, plot, story, tone: [available]
  6. Menial chores: [available]

Justin is actually the one who will be doing the most work, even though it looks like I have a lot. I have a lot to do at the start of the project; after everything is up and running, I only need to add the new maps, characters, items, animations, and cutscenes. Of course, I’m in charge of music too, but if you have some compositional skills (like… Hanchan?), perhaps you could consider helping us.

This will be a single-player game (not definite yet however), not an MMO. We will produce demo versions at first, and then when we have a substantial product, we will meet together and consider the option of starting a company and selling the game. (However, we will need the permission of Arcadia High School to commercially use their name and school design, probably. We may have to pay those dirty counselors some royalties.)

Our first “demo” version will only be one level/map. I believe Justin has tentatively decided on modeling J building first, and we probably won’t be able to finish character design in time for the release of this alpha.

Justin, I hope you don’t mind if I come up with a tentative timetable:

November 2009 to End of December, 2009: Release of Alpha 1 (single map; testing game engine and controls)

February 2010: Release of Alpha 2 (single or multiple maps, testing character model, character rigging, and animation, as well as gameplay system)

May/June 2010: Release of Alpha 3 (multiple maps, connected, testing multiple characters/character select (possibly), weapons and projectiles system, enemy gameplay, HP, attacks, and animation, as well as advanced gameplay system (skills, HP/MP/SP, inventory). This may possibly be a public release.)

Summer 2010: Release of Beta 1 (fully functional: multiple connected maps, multiple selectable characters, weapons+projectiles+skills system, NPCs, enemies (various types), attack system + damage calcuation, death+penalties, special items (HP potions food, water, Gatorade, textbooks, etc), fully functional gameplay system)

Justin, does this timetable look too rushed?

Anyways, come join our project! And, along the way, come up with a smart name for us.

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32 comments

  1. Justin says:

    Yes, Ty Ben.

  2. Andy says:

    # Art direction, character design: [available, preferably multiple people]
    # Scriptwriter, plot, story, tone: [available]

    I would think that these are the most important parts to a game….

  3. Benji says:

    Maybe that’s why we need them? >_<

  4. k says:

    If Ben were in charge, I would have high expectations, but Justin is actually the one who will be doing the most work” (Li).

    Sorry, practicing quoting for English H.

    Of course, I’m in charge of music too, but if you have some compositional skills (like… Hanchan?)

    I like snorted out loud at that part. Not sure why…

    I miss composing. Lol, it was something I was obsessed with for spontaneous periods of time up until high school. Yeah, I know huh? High school ruins childrens’ dreams and aspirations. All your pleasures, all your desires– your hopes, the personality you wish you had, the things you want, the things you want to become. Why must it all be forsaken, all in the name… no, all under the guise of “seeking knowledge”?

    Amen.

  5. Benji says:

    I don’t have the time to be in charge, so…

    Lol, use blockquotes *edits comment >:]*

    I like snorted out loud at that part. Not sure why…

    Hanchan at least knows how to… um… write in-game music in Mabinogi. =D

  6. Benji says:

    You know, the title would be funnier if I made it:

    “A Haystack of Needles”

  7. k says:

    October 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm
    Andy says:

    Art direction, character design: [available, preferably multiple people]
    # Scriptwriter, plot, story, tone: [available]

    I would think that these are the most important parts to a game….

    Eh, not really. Especially not for something which will probably be another zombie Flash game-like thing.

  8. Benji says:

    Those games are horrible. Ugh. >< Anyways, it's going to be an actual GAME, not a stupid simple online flash thing. Also, zombies sound stupid, so how about they're just angry at you for not doing your homework?

  9. k says:

    Actual game? You mean, like console quality?

    Or like WoW quality?

    Or like Pokemon quality?

    And if you make a game where you assault teachers with baseball bats for yelling at you for not doing HW, there’s a good chance the FBI will show up at your door…

  10. Benji says:

    We’re not assaulting them… they want to eat us or something.

    And like, uh… it’s because in December 2012, alien zombies invaded and introduced a new disease that turned people into alien zombies…

    And you’re actually saving the world from the evil teacher-zombie-aliens! Not assaulting them!

    … maybe I should leave this to the plot scriptwriters. *nodnod*

  11. Benji says:

    It’s gonna be, maybe WoW quality at best.

  12. k says:

    1. I thought you were getting rid of the zombie idea, now you’re adding aliens…

    2. What scriptwriters?

    3. Yeah, WoW quality at best…

  13. Benji says:

    Why are we going back to numbering?

    Well, it’s up to the scriptwriters what the badguys are. We won’t start on the monsters/enemies/teachers until the scriptwriters pass the design onto the artists, who sketch it up. And then the work passes to Justin, who’s gonna model, rig, and animate them, and then finally to me.

    So… you really shouldn’t ask the guy at the end of the pipeline. Ask the scriptwriters (didn’t like Andy and Hanchan volunteer?)

  14. k says:

    Because I like numbering…

    1. No they didn’t.

    2. You have no artists.

    3. It will never get to Justin, and if it somehow did, it would never get past him.

  15. Benji says:

    1. Yes they did, see MSN convo!

    2. ………. thanks for the reminder.

    3. It will never get to Justin, and if it somehow did, it would never get past him.

    XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

  16. k says:

    1. Even if they did, they won’t actually do it. And Hanning would be a terrible scriptwriter. And Andy would be way too bust with chem to care.

    2. You’re welcome.

  17. Benji says:

    Hanning… I don’t know how good he would be with writing a fantasy/sci-fi script.

    Andy would do a good job… if he had time. Anything we can bribe/blackmail him with, guys?

  18. k says:

    Hanning would be terrible writing any script…

    Even if he did have time, I think he woudl rather sleep.

    And no, nothing. He’s too boring for secrets.

    And even if I did, I would save them for my own use…

  19. Benji says:

    Hanning would be terrible writing any script? If that was true, how does he survive English H? Or, why is he even in Honors? No, he’s gotta at least be able to do a decent job. It might not be dazzling, and it need not change the world as we know it, but it’s gotta be decent, right?

    As for Andy, you’re right, he’d rather sleep. You sure about that though, no secrets? Everybody has some good blackmail material lying around in the bottom zipper pocket of their backpack.

  20. k says:

    1. He doesn’t survive.

    2. I don’t know why.

    3. No.

    4. No.

    5. Yes.

    6. Nope. I don’t. Just calculator. And Hanning doesn’t have anything there. And Alfred’s stuff wasn’t in the bottom pocket.

  21. Benji says:

    Damn about the bottom zipper pocket.

    Hanchan’s not surviving Soph English H? Isn’t Mr. V supposed to be easy, relatively?

    I know for a fact, he’s 10 times easier than Barbour.

    You have the most experience digging out blackmailable secrets, Kevin. Can you give us some tips and tricks? =D

  22. Justin says:

    I like how this is live.

  23. k says:

    1. Yes.

    2. Idk for sure, ask him. But I don’t think he’s surviving.

    3. Yes.

    4. No.

  24. Benji says:

    Justin: Great. Now let’s change the topic. HAVE YOU STARTED DOING ANYTHING YET?

    Kevin: that doesn’t really leave anything for me to comment on…

  25. k says:

    1. No he hasn’t.

    2. Ok, I’ll try to write more next time.

    Wait, that’s right now.

    Oh well.

  26. Benji says:

    Juuusttiin~~ if you don’t start, I won’t be able to do anything~ ! <3

    @Kevin: Right.

  27. Justin says:

    Lol.
    Tmrw ill hav time, i just hav 2 read 80 pages of my book.
    At lunch come servey J building with me
    y am i saying this here, i can just im u.

  28. Benji says:

    ur grammr sukz; ur spalling tuu

    bt thx for restartmg te tpic, i rlyy aprciate it (no im nt bng srcstc)

  29. k says:

    i dnt tink ben wll acschualy servey ti wit u

  30. Benji says:

    y nt? srvy taim tmrw! o weit I dn fiil laik it, go awai

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