Persona 4 Golden: The shining star of the JRPG genre!

Persona 4 Golden

You know a story has had a meaningful impact on you when you immediately feel sad that it’s over. You know you really enjoyed a game when the first thing you do after completing it (over the course of sixty hours of play, no less), is to start playing it again from the beginning. These are both things that happened to me in playing Persona 4 Golden on the PlayStation Vita. To put that statement into perspective, I’ve not gone back and immediately replayed a game since Half-Life 2 came out back in 2004, and that was a considerably shorter game!

Over the course of the past five years, I’ve developed a deep appreciation of Japan and its culture, particularly the geek culture of anime, manga, and of course, video games. Japan has birthed some of the most iconic video game franchises and characters that continue to be hugely popular even up to this day. The case being that I’ve always been primarily a PC gamer, I can’t help but feel I missed out on some truly amazing experiences during the PlayStation 2’s reign as most popular console. I certainly had never played a Persona game before, so I didn’t really have any idea what I was in for when I started playing Persona 4 Golden for the first time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yup, I officially love HDR photography.

St George's Tce

So on Saturday I ended up wandering around Perth for a few of hours after my shift finished, using the opportunity to experiment further with my new camera. I have to be honest, I don’t find Perth that interesting a city to photograph. I suppose in large part it’s because of how utterly familiar it is to me. It’s a nice, but small and relatively uninteresting city compared to most others. It doesn’t have a long history, and it certainly doesn’t have much in the way of impressive landmarks. I generally prefer taking photos of things I want to remember, which is why I typically will take a lot of photos when on holiday, but almost never use my cameras when I’m at home.

Whilst the majority of the photos I felt weren’t really interesting enough to bother editing and applying the HDR pizzaz too, there were a handful that came out a great deal better than I had expected. Where on camera they had looked washed out and ruined, in Photomatix they absolutely came to life, rich with vibrant colour! I’m still new to this HDR stuff, but I feel I’m picking it up pretty quickly. So far I have typically kept things closer to the realistic end of the spectrum, at the very least I’d like to keep out of the clown vomit trap that most HDR newcomers tend to fall into. If it suits the photo, I’m sure I’ll cross that line sooner or later, but for now, I figure I should keep things looking relatively natural. Let’s see how I go!

A father and daughter enjoying a stroll along Hay St.

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It’s nice to spoil yourself sometimes.

Gandalf The White

I’ve been saving money for quite some time now, and I’d long been thinking of upgrading my camera to something higher quality, so yesterday I indulged and picked up a Canon 650D. I don’t tend to do a lot of photography at home, but when I travel I tend to go all snap-happy, and I figured since I’m due to take two trips in a couple of months, why not? I’ve spent the better part of my day playing around with it, getting familiar with how it all works and mostly trying to wrap my head around HDR photography. Read the rest of this entry »

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Starbound: Sharing the fun of April!

I told you guys I’d been working hard on the sound recently, and I’ve been granted permission to share a sample of my work with all of you. So here it is!

I kid really, this video was part of an April Fool’s joke I played on the Chucklefish team. I replaced all the existing gun sounds I had previously implemented with the sounds you hear in the video above, which is entirely consistent of me trying to impersonate gun blasts and explosions with my mouth. Rest assured I’ve done much better work than this, but I thought it’d be nice to share the fun of April Fool’s with the community, even if it is a day after the fact.

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