Another Year, Another Beer

“But Peter! You don’t drink?”

They say aghast at the title. Aye, sadly I didn’t and luckily I still don’t really plan to. Yet the corruption begins with the family!

It was a heartwarming New Years Eve, we ordered my new computer and trundled back to my place when it was my Brother’s idea to go out clubbing. It was here that I managed to have a little bit too much to drink for the first time. Thankfully it wasn’t a horrendous amount and I was still at least sane with quite a bit left before it would end up that way… As I found out the Wednesday after.

Having never been clubbing or drinking it would turn out that I’d be sent on a rather surprising rollercoaster of a two week period. First it was my brother inviting me, then an old friend whom I had not seen in a while, then my brother again, before he disappears off for months, and then finally my flatmates force me out.

We can only pray that the next few months I will be less troublesome!

On that note, happy new year all ye readers. You may all have had a bad last year but at least mine was good, not quite sure how this one can top it but it may just seeing as my brother has also now invited me to Uganda and organised a trip to Malta with my Gran in Easter. Then there’s the house moving into, the switch to Computer Games Enterprise and all the rest…

In all honesty however, after an amazing trip to Belgium, I missed my flat dearly so within two days of being at home it was time to head back and stay alone in the Portsmouth flat for a week, recovering from New Years.

The Monday of the beginning of University eventually crept up on us and prepared all of us for our first portfolio hand-in for Art and a coding exam. Yay.

Speaking of which, I am still very behind on Coding and unfortunately I was on a roll until my computer required upgrading leaving me without resources for another 6 days, making the road to the exam rather tense and difficult, but that’s off point.

The first lecture was, as usual, define games. This was really good actually as we discussed what pathway we’d be taking next year between Graphics, Programming and Design, or two of those. Mine definitely being Graphics and Design. We then did a highly amusing activity as we had to design a dance game due to the dying market. Our team agreed on a “Typing of the Dead”-style dance modification to modern shooter games which seemed to surprise our lecturer as it occurred to him that it hadn’t been done.

Tuesday kicked off with a late bed and an early wake which didn’t lend itself too well. This day was… interesting. I woke up, did the usual routine and then went to be my coat hook to find my new expensive, lovely and comfortable coat had.. gone. The 3D modelling lecture was also interesting but could have been learnt off the powerpoint. They were speaking of how Procedural Generation works using Fractals. Thinking it was a teaching fair I went to pick up my NUS card and go to this fair… Only to find the shop was closed just for today and the fair was another day. Thankfully I’m someone who, after two consecutively frustrating things, begins to find the whole process highly amusing and so the rest of the day came in rather good humour. On a better note I replayed Guitar Hero to find I wasn’t too bad after three years of not playing. Also I learnt that Harry potter and the Chamber of Secrets is an amazing game on PC and needs to be played! The evening involved finishing Art for the hand-in on Wednesday. Sadly the final piece did not turn out as entirely planned, with no time to change it, but still looked rather good so with pride it was handed in on…

Wednesday had the coding exam. This started with finding out my uni account had strangely been deactivated so with much faff we got it back up but during that I had to do my exam on moodle using an admin account. Still searching to find my coat I wander the building handing in my art portfolio on the way. Tonight though was the next night out with my Brother which was great as we discussed our usual pro-anarchist views and he met a lot of the Pompey people whom he enjoyed the company of.

Thursday however began with exhaustion but no side-effects aside from a bad sleep. Even so I made it to the new Photoshop focused Image Creation session which was great fun as we learnt the fundamentals. Dad then met us and took us to the excellent ice cream store “Sprinkles”, well known in the city. The later lecture involved discussing the next assessment which was actually to create a movie trailer or a showreel. This allows me to kill two birds with one stone as I can create that showreel for acting that I’ve been needing, having been turned down for a few things due to a lack of one.

Friday I was even more exhausted than the night before for some reason and so had to stay in bed before trundling home to take a great friend out for her Birthday. This turned into a lovely day as after involved returning home for a pleasant couple of hours, which was rejoiced mostly by the dogs.

So there we are, the start of a new year on strange but fun footing. Let’s see where this road now takes us all!

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