Mass Effect and Dragon Age have ruined me for other games. Like I just fired up Uncharted for old times’s sake, and I’m just like, meh. You can only play as a dude? And he’s not customizable? And you only follow one storyline with no choices???

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This comic is from an AU that we have… in which Marlowe and Talbot survive the events of Iram, but the end of U3 plays out similarly. Marlowe is still (nearly) buried alive, and Talbot, believing that she’s dead, still attempts to throw his life away in a final act of vengeance against Drake.

This, of course, disturbs Marlowe since Talbot was meant to succeed her as the leader of the organization, and it brings to light his self-destructive nature and how he cares for her over anything else… including her life’s work.  By putting no value in his own life, Talbot proves incapable. Essentially, he fails her, because he loves her so deeply.

 Marlowe becomes distant and cold, believing that her veiled romance with Talbot ultimately caused his lack of independence. Of course, it also means that it’s far too late to start over. What’s done is done, and she has to live with the consequences of having chosen Talbot as her lover as well as her second-in-command… a choice that she had difficulty with from the start.

Although they still live at her manor, Marlowe begins to ignore Talbot completely, unable to forgive what he’s done. It’s absolute hell on Talbot, as he’s left wondering if they’ll ever return to normalcy, or if he could make it up to her somehow. This comic occurs several months after Iram. 

anonymous said:

Hi! Love your blog! I was wondering if you could make me a list of upcoming games you're hyped for?

hey ! ah so glad you love it. <3 

so here you go:
silent hills
mass effect 4
dragon age: i
uncharted 4
ac : rogue & unity
rise of the tomb raider
little big planet 3
the order
the evil within
destiny
alien: isolation
until dawn
far cry 4

Look back in horror.

The joys of multiplatform development 20 years ago… or how to do everything more than once.

So imagine you’re doing all the art for a point and click graphic adventure by yourself. You’re doing it on an Amiga in Deluxe Paint 3 (which is actually a good thing for pixel art). Your backgrounds, all 110 of them, can have 16 colors specifically just for them plus the 16 locked colors used for the characters and UI. It’s workable since those colors can be from a palette of 4096. Oh and one of those was for transparency, so 31.

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Looking back at it there’s no way in Hell I’d consider doing something so mammoth - Also having to mention that I had to animate all the characters and special animations and UI and items. It’s the sort of thing you do when you’re in your early 20s heading into uncharted territory. Remember we started working on this not long after Monkey Island 2 came out and way before the internet while living in the arse end of the world. There was no way to learn this stuff other that trying to do it ourselves. Which we did. It was actually pretty cool now come to think of it. Trailblazing rocks.

Oh I shouldn’t forget the real horror. Once we signed with a publisher they wanted the whole thing converted to glorious 256 color VGA for the PC. So here’s the fun bit. PC games ran at 320 x 200 rectangular pixels while the original Amiga version was made in PAL which ran 320 x 240 square pixels. I’d allowed for the PC resolution when I did the original screens by just ignoring the extra 40 pixels at the bottom. Problem solved or so I thought. Except that on the PC the characters were the extra bit taller looking. After a bit of searching for a solution I just said “fuck it” they looked OK on PC and Lucas Arts games had the same issues between PC and Amiga too. Good thing I used grabs of Monkey Island to work out the right size for the sprites. :)

Then there was the issue of adding more color to every single graphic in the game.

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The first part of the solution to this issue was to keep the first 32 colors of each screen the same as the 32 color version so they would at least work. There was part of the 256 cols set aside for characters and UI which was locked. I think it was 64 colors. So to get some variation in the scenes I’d grab bits of the palette and move them around to another range and then change the colors there. That’s how I got the rocks, ground and jetty to be different colors. Where I could I’d try to smooth out the gradients as much as possible with extra colors. For example the sky. And as a bonus I’d use color cycling to add movement to the edge of the water. I’m amazed I got it done though we did spend 3 years on the project.

Oh there was one more issue I had to keep in mind. See all those bits in boxes at the bottom of the image? They were sprites for animation and depth cues. They had to be exactly the same size in both 32 and 256 color versions otherwise they’d be broken looking. Easy.

In the last half of the project I just did the 256 color versions of new screens first and cut them down with some software that worked like an early Photoshop. Though you’d have to wait for to process an image.

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So while I was waiting for my friend to get done with whatever she was doing, I decided to stop by game stop and got a little crazy. Starting with ‘The Last of Us’ first. So far so good! Probably will have nightmares for a bit lol.

Anyway now we’re (pup and I) getting ready for bed and I look over and the little brat is on my pillow. She usually does this every night that she sleeps with me but tonight she had the cutest little look on her face. I love my baby girl!

Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

I’m a big fan of the original 3 Jak and Daxter games. Although I really enjoy the great work that Naughty Dog is doing nowadays (The Last of Us, the Uncharted games), it’s their earlier games (Crash Bandicoot, Jack and Daxter) that hold a special place in my heart. If anything, I really wish they would go back and do another fun/cartoony platformer to maybe pay tribute to their roots.
So, I put this faux-movie poster together for fun. I enjoyed painting this so much that, who knows, I might do one for Jak 2!

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I did my Nate and Elena picture finally, but I’m not too happy with it because of how wonky Nate looks. Whatever I guess. But I imagine the two of them in their free time just lounging around in their pajamas together. And of course Elena has a subscription for National Geographic. Remind me to never try drawing when I’m half awake again.

As nominated by the dick nugget, dustwalker, these are my top ten video games… not in any order, that is.

  1. Deus Ex (series)
  2. Assassin’s Creed (series)
  3. Uncharted (series)
  4. F.E.A.R. (series)
  5. Mirror’s Edge
  6. Dark Souls (series)
  7. Saints Row (series)
  8. Dead Space (series)
  9. Bioshock (series)
  10. Mass Effect (series)

Now I nominate a bunch of cool people and strangers because, hey, you’re cool and I like you and yeah. :VVV

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You guys have maybe figured out by my few text posts that I live in an ultra-conservative, Roman Catholic household. As a result, I’m only allowed to play games with a T rating. My mom even turned down inFAMOUS because ‘You can chose to be either good or bad’.
I did some digging into the gaming world, and looked into M rated games for a ps3. What struck my eye was the first Assassin’s Creed, which doesn’t have much sexual theme to it and seems relatively clean in comparison to others.
Any ideas on how to worm this into the house?

Also I could use some other game suggestions, as I’m running out of good T rated games to play. I already have Batman: Arkham Asylum (as well as Arkham City and Origins), and Uncharted 1 & 2. What else is out there?

I was tagged by misexpress to list my top 10 favorite video games in no particular order (there are more…but these came to mind first):

  • The Last of Us
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Mass Effect (2/3)
  • Uncharted 2
  • Bayonetta

**Shoutout to Bravely Default which I’m playing right now and love dearly

I tag gardenslumberparty, toinfinityandbeyonce, afantasybasedonreality, paroles-de-sagesse

endureandsurviving tagged me to list my top 10 fav games so here goes

  • Legend of Zelda: Majoras Mask
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
  • Assassins Creed
  • Super Mario Sunshine
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Final Fantasy X and XII
  • Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Infamous: Second Son
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

theres so many more games but yeah these are the ones that game to mind first. I’ll tag noelkreist, prompto anndddd moooogle AYY

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