Nowadays I find myself juggling (not shuffling) different things on a daily basis. I’ve got my company, which is my priority. But aside from designing and making games (which I absolutely love doing), and acting as admin for the company (which isn’t fun, believe me), I also have other things to keep me very well occupied every day of the week.
I’ve had a PC since the summer vacation before my freshman year in high school. Since then I’ve been in front of a computer every day of my life. I’ve never had any (serious) eye problems, and I currently have a 25/25 vision. But lately, I’ve been having severe headaches when I’m in front of the PC for extended periods of time, and my eyes become strained to the point of it being unbearable. I’ve heard and read about the awesome Gunnar glasses that protect your eyes when using a computer or playing video games (and they look really awesome), and I wanted one for quite some time now but it’s only available in the US and I don’t have any means to get my hands on one of them. So I just tried to find the best alternative.
I’ve had an iPod Touch since 2009. I don’t buy a lot of apps except those needed for work/research. But I did buy some select apps that I use on a regular basis. If I were to choose my top 3 apps for my device, these would be my picks:
On my iPod Touch (iOS)
This app is an really useful expense tracker app. I bought this app on sale at $4.99, if I remember correctly. It’s quite handy for tracking all of my income and expenditures. It has a lot of nifty features like reports and charts. It’s also a bit easy to know what you’re looking for because of all the icons that you can use for every category.
The only downside of iBear Money is the cluttered interface. And there’s just too many layers of information before you can get to where you want to go. I guess that’s what you get for a comprehensive expense tracker software. But nonetheless, I was happy with this app.
Back in 1997, on a hot sunny afternoon in school, me and my friend were talking about an awesome game called Diablo.
Alan: Dude, ang ganda ng Diablo!
Carl: Syempre, Blizzard yan eh.
Alan: Hmm. Tingin mo, possible tayong makagawa ng game in the future?
Carl: Sige, mangarap ka lang.
Alan: Aba, malay mo.
Nine years later, I became a game designer.
That’s the great thing about dreams; the ones that you want the most tend to become reality.
Goodbye 2010! Hello 2011! Yeah I know, this post is already a week late, but then again this blog wouldn’t be Idlectic if my posts were on time. Anyway, we have again survived another year of ups and downs. We laughed, we cried, we felt pain, we caused pain, we triumphed, we failed, we have undergone the perennial phase of change. I can cram a lot of new year quotes and phrases but that would be monotonous. And I might find it too boring to write and boring to read. So I won’t. Instead, I’ll write about 2010 from my point of view, and my perception of 2011; It’s probably more boring but I’m going to write it anyway.
Just wanted to post something about our new game Puckerz, a game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It will be released sometime in the first quarter of 2011. Visit the official website here.
Puckerz is being developed by Groundbreaking Games.
Just a short background about the game: EVE Online is a sci-fi MMORPG set in space. Like other MMORPGs, you have your own character. But unlike the usual walking, running, and sometimes jumping avatar, you get a static portrait of your character instead. What you control in-game is your own space ship. You can have as many ships as you want but you can only control one at a time. Ships sizes vary from the small fighter-class ships called frigates to the grand daddy of all ships called titans. Of course, you have to have the right skills to control a particular ship and pimp it up with the right equipment. If you love sci-fi and space combat, then EVE is for you. Otherwise turn away.
I eventually stopped going to the arcades not because I lost interest in playing, but because my favorite arcade place closed down. Fortunately however, one of my schoolmates back then knew the owner of the arcade place and he was let in on a little scoop. He told me that the owner started a new business. It wasn’t an arcade place this time, rather, a shop full of SNES consoles. I have never played an SNES at the time, and thinking about having owned a NES a few years back made me excited about the prospect of doing so.
I’ve been playing FPS games semi-professionally (yes I played for money) since the advent of the popular Half Life mod Counter-Strike. I’ve had my fair share of tournaments and won myself and my team some cash and/or trophies. The last tournament I played was back in 2008 with a little game called Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, with my current clan CEBU (Combat Elite Battle Unit) – considered to be the best CoD4 clan in the country, sponsored by Razer. Though the days of playing semi-professionally may be behind me, my competitive nature still pulls me back in to friendly competition and skirmishes with my friends and online strangers. This helps me brush up on skills that diminish with age; younger players have faster reaction times and better hand-eye coordination. Through the years of playing FPS games, I’ve picked-up quite a few pointers (from friends and opponents alike) that I always adhere to whenever playing semi-professionally or even casually, and I’d like to share them with whoever is interested by posting it on my blog right here.