Game Preview: Splatoon

All footage and experiences of this Preview has come from Demo and Press outlets. The Demo was time limited to three separate 1-hour long play sessions over Friday 8th May and Saturday 9th May. As this Demo version is limited please do not use this as a review.

This is a First, a Nintendo-built over the shoulder shooter, that isn’t a demo or minigame. In the past, Rare Studios (Goldeneye & Perfect Dark) and Retro Studios (Metroid Prime trilogy) have made shooters for Nintendo in the past. This is the first that an internal Nintendo team has made a shooter as the primary focus of the game.

This game is very cartoony as they use ink instead of Bullets. As for Weapons use Super Soakers and Ink Rollers instead of guns and swords. Out of all the announced Multi-player modes as of yet, Splatoon does not include a “DeathMatch” Mode that most other Shooter games have.

You play as an Inkling, or humanoid-squid thing. In Squid form you can move around alot and refill your ink, while in Humanoid mode you can shoot with the Super Soaker or use the Ink Roller. Your Inkling has access an ink consuming Sub Weapon, usually a mine or a Paint Bomb of sorts, and also a Super Weapon that must be charged by using the other weapons.

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Small News update

Samantha’s Story, while I like doing it, just got in the way of other stuff. My Tech (and gaming) Articles also had issues. I was also trying to work on Soju 1. Doing these with other commitments was too much. In short, I just had too much on my plate.

Samantha story will continue at closer later date. I know where they’re going. One reason I was working on it was to flesh out a few characters in Soju 1. Samantha will appear along with her sister and a few other people. The 3D art as shown in Part 2‘s header is actually going to help Soju 1’s cover, at least for the early releases.

One thing that hurt my Tech and Gaming Articles was trying to make a useful post on a current post. The issue is that the other commitments just stopped research and work on it at all.

As for Soju 1.. I started 12 years ago, and it looked totally different:

Edited screen shot RPG Maker 2003 editor view of Soju 1 game.
Edited screen shot RPG Maker 2003 editor view of Soju 1 game.

Sadly, this isn’t what it suppose to look like. But it’s the nearest I can get with what files I’ve got left. All the assets you see Pre-built are taken from the Editor’s offering. But Yes, this is not a Novel, but a RPG. So Who’s here? Acaica, Timon, Niu, a Bar keep, a pianist, and icon for the player. In this case the player would have been Trey. Actually, all the character names are where changed between this version and the first draft of the Novel.

With the exception of Acacia, all the characters that have appeared in Samatha’s Story did not appear in the game, as I had not thought of any of them in 2003. I’ve mentioned Acacia in the past, mainly she is the main character of Soju 1.

The date of April 30th 2003 as the starting of Soju Masters series, is actually down to the fact that I made a back up on to CD in early May 2003, and most of the files that I had a date of April 30th. As I was about format the PC the CD backup was the only data I recovered. The format was also the reason why I stopped not much further in to the game development.

I would have liked to have release the two maps even in it’s original form. Due to damage to the CD several major files are now lost, and renders the entire game unplayable. Even if it was playable, I personally wouldn’t be happy about it today: The software, RPG Maker 2003, I made the game with was only released in English for the first time this year, and I’m not keep on promoting Piracy.

Anyway back to that re-write of Soju1.

Samantha’s Story 2

Continued from this post.

Samantha had cleared up her the training yard. As expected, several Arrows had been damaged and would need to be repaired before she could use them again. The ones that couldn’t be repaired, would be used as fire wood.

She slipped the bow around her, it was not as painful as it looked to others. It also kept her hands free to do what she needed. The local guards didn’t like people carrying swords unsheathed, or a strung bow in the hands. As a member of mercenary group forming in the city, she could be asked to assist the local guards usually during emergency cases. She carried her damaged arrows in her hands to make sure she didn’t pull a broken arrow out of her quiver in a serious situation.

The walk back to her home was quiet. Vivian was right, the heat was too much for most people. Most people who didn’t have a job to do, were trying to stay in the shade. She stopped to look at dresses in the tailor shop window, one of the new dresses sported a floral pattern. Samantha liked the look of the dress, but the pattern didn’t fit her. Given the cost to make, Samantha guessed it already had a owner. After a moment staring at the new dresses, she continued on. Even if Samantha could afford the a dress, she had no money on her.

Outside her home, a woman wearing man’s suit, and a mask standing by her door. Only one person in she knew dress like that, Shinora. Shinora was the nearest this city got to Mayor’s Assistant. There was no Mayor, but she worked for the man in charge of the city. She turned to Samantha as she approached, “Hey Sammy. Have you see Laliea Carla?”

Samantha sighed, Laliea was living in the same building as Samantha. Laliea had a habit of annoying local residents. Hoping that Shinora would leave her alone, Samantha said, “Not since breakfast. I’ve been in the training yard since then.”

Shirona lent over and sniffed, “I believe you. It smells like you’ve worked out hard. Did Vivian see you earlier?”

“Yes, I got an invite and a key to the changing room at the baths. I’m just here dropping off my gear,” Samantha said as she opened the door her home.

The Door lead to the dining room, and the nearest the building to a living room. It was huge for group of 4 people, it would however cater least 20 people. It was less of a home, it was barracks. The building in question had been built with it’s own training yard.

The training yard had been destroyed, as a single large crystal had grown in the spot for many years. It was not uncommon to see areas in this city to be completely turned in to crystals. The story was that about 1000 years before, in the incident that sealed magic away that this city got turned to crystals. There was a huge Crystal floating above one the squares that could be seen from her old home in Lufas. That was the short version that Shinora gave Samantha on the day she got to the city.

The only table set up looked like it seen better days. Samatha could still see breakfast still out. It was already in the afternoon and she had skipped lunch.

Shinora stepped up in and looked at the room, “What has Laliea been doing?”

A loud moan came from upstairs. Samantha covered her face in desperate attempt to hide.

Shinora seemed to pickup on Samantha’s embarrassment, “Ok, that good enough explanation for me. So Sammy, why don’t you show me what you’ll be wearing for your date tonight?”

“Date? I thought that I was going to have a meal with Lady Acacia,” Samatha objected.

“Well whatever, I think you need to look the best you can be,” Shinora smiled.

“Don’t you have something else to do?” Samantha asked, as she worked as she unstrung her bow.

“I am here to speak to Laliea. She needs a job to stay here. With the exception of Zinnia, almost everyone in this town is employed in some fashion,” Shinora explained.

Zinnia was a new name that Samantha hadn’t heard, “Zinnia is Megumi’s baby, right?”

Shinora smiled, “Yeah, she is. At 2 months old, all she can do is look cute. With Laliea, I do have a job opening for her. I’ll wait until she comes out of the room. No harm if down the hall. So shall we see what you’ll be wearing?”

“Fine, follow me,” Samantha relented, as she climbed the stairs to her room.

NEW 3DS Hardware Review

The NEW 3DS Hardware released by Nintendo is the updated version of the 3DS handheld. I recently purchased European version of the NEW 3DS, after becoming eligible for an early release copy. To comply with the rules: This blog post is not a paid promotion, and the NEW 3DS hardware received was not paid for by Nintendo or another third party.

The New 3DS opened up
The New 3DS opened up

For this article, I will cover the changes from the original 3DS. For the Majority of this Article the improvements introduced to the NEW 3DS, also added to the NEW 3DS XL. I will note when there are exclusive components. Continue reading NEW 3DS Hardware Review

Samantha’s Story 1

Samantha Eston let loose an arrow from her bow. The arrow flew through the air and hit the plank of wood her target was leaning against.

Samantha reached back to her quiver. It was empty. She had let loose all twenty arrows, and the target hadn’t seen an arrow. She used to hit the target almost every time. The training yard was empty, so no one saw how bad she had become. Continue reading Samantha’s Story 1

Taxes…. Gah!

Taxes… Normally I’d joke about this until April.

On Thursday January 1st 2015, a law in Europe has become active and many changes on how people do business internationally, within and outside the EU. As a UK citizen, I had to look at these changes. And only now, on the 3rd, that I’ve got my head around it.

In short, if you’re expecting a store on this website, it will not happen. I don’t want to be asking you for details that I now require to run a store built in to this site. I personally don’t think I can earn enough money to cover the new costs. On Stores like Amazon, and Smashwords, I’ve gotten price increases, and that’s even after I surrendered part of the possible profits.

Since 2001: A Big Nutter Oddity on Smashwords has been free for a lot longer than I intended, I’ve chosen to recently up the price. I will say that I should have done this years ago. Just to help you out, I’ve chosen to let you choose the price.

If you’d downloaded it already, or find the book for free. Great! Enjoy it.

I’ve chosen to release a new serial soon.

In the words of the Fab 4: "PaperBack Writer..!"