Another week of slow decomposition of the physical form, typical of the entity that we call “Student”. Yet thankfully enthusiasm and mental effort has not been lost. So despite missing a few more lectures other work has been advanced putting me forward in three units but behind in two. The goal then is to complete two units so that the last four can be completed at a good pace: Image Creation; Tools for Games and Animation; 3D modelling; Technical Game Demo.
Next week will be an extraordinarily busy one with every evening rehearsing and performing in the Shakespeare “As You Like It” with the wonderful “Southsea Shakespeare Actors” but the rehearsal process has been a little strain on time and therefore when completed work, boxing, fencing and all the rest can continue un-hindered. At least both the process and the company have been fantastic.
On to the juicy bit…
Monday I completed the ePortfolio unit a major breakthrough but one that will require a couple of minor updates over the year. Nevertheless this takes away a weight. Our first cancelled lecture was luckily none other than ePortfolio to so that suited the situation fine. The later lecture I unfortunately did also not attend due to a friend being rather unwell and unhappy and whom needed company. Thankfully this lecture in Define Games was once again self-explanatory meaning a 6 minute read of the powerpoint allowed me to memorise the various camera positions within games: 1st person and 3rd person with variations due to constraints or character. It was also a terrifying day because it was Halloween. First time in a club and it was alright. Perhaps because I typically don’t drink and have yet to be drunk it was not quite my scene however with some friends it was quite fun. Unfortunately by the time it got fairly late and the music didn’t ever get more interesting it was time for bed and thankfully it wasn’t so late as to inflict upon the morning anymore than most nights.
Tuesday is, like most weeks, a free day that involved a £50 shopping trip and getting a contact lens stuck in my left eye. Both of which were equally as traumatic. One to the wallet and the other to the owner of said wallet. Luckily the shopping trip will last me a long time and has barely been dug into in the first week meaning it should last another 3 making it almost a months worth of food. Meanwhile the hero of the contact lens dilemma was none-other than my mother who just so happened to be engaged in her weekly course which is situated opposite my flat. After one hour and a half of exhausting energy on poking my eye she managed it in two pinches. Mums are quite the miracle workers! This came after not being able to go to the local opticians as they had all closed at that time of night. Being my first month and a half with contact lenses it was only inevitable that this event would happen soon. A bonus to do the day was I got in some more “The Last of Us” in which I entered the chapter “Winter”. It was fantastic and well scripted, a much enjoyed romp that changed both the pace and the formula of the game for a short stretch.
Wednesday was back to coding. This did not go down particularly well as for some reason it did not make any sense to me, it was quite simple in some ways but I couldn’t quite work out how the computer was understanding what I was inputting. This stalled me from making progress as it just confused me. One lecturer struggled to explain it and even got quite frustrated, thankfully the lead lecturer did manage to get the message across. Unfortunately for some reason the computer failed to save the file properly so the template we created was lost meaning so is my memory of the knowledge. Back to the drawing room with that one I suppose. It’s all about mindset. Some people can do music, some people can do coding and we all work it out in our own special way. With this I have yet to tap into my ability to comprehend it, hopefully we’ll get there soon but it will take some work and motivation of which, for coding, there is little. After that things took a turn for the better with a Games Tech meeting where only two of us eventually got round to it. Luckily that meant pancakes, a bit of bailey’s irish cream and some playing of Nidhogg (A well designed fencing simulator which has an influence on our design for our tech demo) went a long way.
Thursday, even when missing the Art lecture, was a day of art. The Playstation Classic Medievil has been a great inspiration for me in gaming and therefore the concept design I am currently pursuing for the little art project we were tasked with is a variation of Sir Daniel Fortesque, the protagonist of the series. A much pleased Avastrat has finished the face design and now begins work on the body of Sir Dan. This was also the day which I began a new Halo playthrough to finally complete the series having only played Halo Reach and the first one due to an obsession with playing the games in order and not being able to get my mitts on Halo 2. Once again an amazing friend has another games console on which I am now able to get the chance to play these excellent games.
Friday was another 3D modelling session. In this the second workshop was completed and understood. Though being a week behind, which could perhaps be redeemed fairly easily, my comprehension of Week 1 and 2 I feel fairly confident in as the tool kit seems to make sense. Hopefully this wont be quite so bad as coding. To add to this productive day as a little team some of us organised a coursework group to finish the Define Games coursework. Many of us five are also not confident with coding but with the coursework out of the way, that for us being the far easier part to the course, we’ll be able to knuckle down and work together to finish the other units.
So to wrap up yet another slightly less appealing week motivation should pick up at some point. The pieces and parts are all laid out and so it is when time arises for it to be taken that a step towards more appealing weeks begins. In the meantime attention has been drawn to the incredibly well written, scripted, directed and shot Netflix series Black Mirror. Without spoilers, for that would entirely ruin the point of watching, it is a show with individual episodes, all of which are standalone, that reflect a potential future, both recent and far, with a twist on technology and the world around us. It can be moving, sinister, shocking or all of them together and with each episode different you never know what to expect. It is more than excellent. If you have the time that is my recommendation for the week. To be even more appealing the first season is 3 episodes long each episode only 35-45 minutes. If you like it then there’s more in season 2 and 3. If you don’t not much time has been wasted. Now, aside from the unfortunate consequence of Netflix prices, there should be nothing stopping you.