Aha! Another blog entry earlier than 6 months from my last. Hopefully this will continue.
Started The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks recently. I like it! Oozing with quality, exactly what I expect from the Zelda teams. It's also got some stuff that seems new to the series. Zelda (the princess) has a lot of character, and is quite funny. There's also a lot more voicework done for the game (though still no actual spoken words). They grabbed a new voice actor for Link, and he actually sounds like a different 'Link', than the other ones. The game apparently takes place around 60-80 years after Phantom Hourglass, as there have been a few characters pop up from that game and recognize you. It's cool
So, fireworks occurring at Activision. They came up with some bullcrap investigation into the two heads of Infinity Ward, developers of the video game with the biggest launch in history across all forms of entertainment, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. They managed to fire them, and announced the Call of Duty series would be taking a new direction, with another branch into another genre (action-adventure? third person maybe?), another Treyarch game, and another game developed by an unnamed developer. They also mentioned Blizzard's profit model in what they were looking at for CoD. Woohoo pay2play subscription-based CoD! We get it Activision, you know how to kill largely successful franchises. You did it to Tony Hawk, you did it to Guitar Hero, you really don't need to keep going. But boy oh boy do I want to see them fall from their frozen throne (LOLGEDDITJKLOL).
Oh, right, those two guys have announced that they're going to be suing Activision for unpaid wages, because believe it or not, apparently they didn't get paid much for making the biggest video game of the generation. I really, really hope they get every penny they can.
Found inspiration to really think about my future through an anime, oddly enough. It's called Honey & Clover. It's about a group of college students of varying ages, and basically follows them through their college careers, job hunts, and early adulthood. Really has me thinking about my future and what I'm going to do when I get out of college. It also has me realizing I need to get my butt in gear and start learning some actual skills that I could use at jobs.
At the same time, I still can't think of any profession that I really would like to do, especially that's feasible. I enjoy art, but I'm nowhere near a good enough artist to pursue any kind of career in it, and it's already too late for me to start practicing and getting better. I enjoy computers and am more than capable of learning different things in programming and whatnot, but I don't seem to find much of it enjoyable. Well really, it's fun when you know what you're doing and can really complete a project and see your creations go to work, but it all seems very difficult to me. I'm not terribly creative, and it often obstructs my ability to come up with solutions in programming, which is what it's all about.
Something I think I'm good at that could be halfway useful in the world, is managing different kinds of projects, and really putting together plans to get things rolling and make things work. The perfectionist in me really kicks in and makes sure that every aspect of everything involved is covered. Although, that's something else that's too late for me to really pursue. I'd probably need to be in some kind of business school. Although maybe not. I guess they have project managers for all different kinds of things. Blah, but does that mean people go to school to learn a profession, and also go to school and learn business and management and whatnot? Ack. I don't know.
For now I'm going to keep looking into web design. Interface Developer is an enticing position to me. Artists take care of all the creative work in web development. Programmers program all the little complicated gadgets and other things that might appear on the web page. Interface Developers (I think is what they were called...) just take all the pieces and put them together. It's a fairly uniform job that requires a certain skillset, and most of the work is straightforward, so I won't have to get stressed out and worry about not being able to come up with complicated solutions, or spend dozens of hours making sure some piece of artwork is perfect.
With that said, I think I'm going to get the ball rolling on learning more PHP and CSS. I just really want to find a good resource to learn from. I guess I have some 'for Dummies' books I can take a look at, but those always seemed so focused on small things like making a little website for your independent business using some exact set of tools, that won't end up being versatile or useful elsewhere. Yet when I look elsewhere a lot of times sites on the internet cater to those who already have a good idea on what web design is all about.
Bah, I'll figure something out. It's good that I'm thinking about it anyways.
Music: Passion Pit - Little Secrets www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxL9Ho…
If you haven't heard that song yet, go listen to it, I'm pretty sure it's impossible to dislike. Also been listening to some other stuff I grabbed, like Weezer and The Used's latest albums, Souls of Mischief's newest album, and Eureka Seven music