The Nintendo Project (Maya)

This post is going to be a bit different.  This not a top ten, or a ramble about gaming, this is something new.  Those of you who follow my blog and know me personally already know that I’m currently attending college for 3D Animation.  This is great and all, but over the past few weeks I’ve been a little disjointed by something.  Only one of my six courses actually even uses Maya, and that class is a little too slow for my pace.  In fact, the only thing due in class is one model in two weeks.  One. Model.  That’s a bit slow for me….it’s became clear that I need to supplement my course work with some goals of my own.  The good part? I can actually make it fun.  I introduce to you: “The Nintendo Project!”

My goal is somewhat simple, create at least 10 different Nintendo characters in Maya before the end of the semester.  Pretty cool huh?  But what’s the significance of Nintendo characters you may ask?  Well, two reasons.  One: they’re mostly simple models and should provide the appropriate amount of challenge, and Two: I love em, that’s why!

For each character, I will model them, texture them, and then most likely rig them.  Will an animation or two pop up? It’s certainly possible, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.  I’ve already planned out my characters, going from very simple to slightly more complex.  Here’s my goal list:

1. Kirby 

 

First off will be one of the most simple characters I can think of: Kirby!  In fact, vanilla Kirby might even be a bit too easy….so I might try out: Ice Kirby.

2. Villager 

We get a bit more complex here with Villager >:D

3.  Shy Guy

Again, a step more complex.  Now we add in stiff like robes,  which are harder to make look right.

4. Deku Link

Is it possible to get like a pet Deku Link or something?  No? well this is about as close as I’ll get them.

 

5. Mega Man

Steadily more, and more complex here!

6. Charmander <3

Starter Charmander…..for now (Maybe the next stages will be a future project?

 

7.  Pikachu 

I choose you!

8.  Yoshi 

Getting decently challenging here, already not looking forward to modeling those hands.

9. Dry Bones

He’s my spirit animal.

 

And last, but certainly not least….I think we all know who I’ve saved for last….the myth…..the legend….the big man of Nintendo himself….I give you

10. TINGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wait….what the hell…I thought it gonna be Mario….oh…well, I guess I’ll make Tingle.

 

That is my list!  These are the folks I’m going to create with computer magic and skills!  And when they’re finished? I’ll assemble the most bad ass custom wallpaper this world as ever seen.  The ultimate B-team of the Nintedo universe.

I’ll be posting updates I progress through my personal goals here, so be on the look out!  And thanks for reading!  Fell free to leave a comment :D

 

Top Ten Call of Duty Zombies Maps

Initially I was very excited when making this list.  After all I’m a big Call of Duty Zombies fan and shifting through the various maps was actually very fun at first.  The real trouble began when I had to actually start eliminating choices to narrow it down to ten.  I really enjoy most of the Zombies maps, and narrowing it down to just my top ten was hard! There were maps that I really enjoyed, but just didn’t make the cut.  That said, here are my top ten favorite Call of Duty Zombies maps!

Honorable Mention: Ascension 

I actually added this one after completing my list.  As I was looking over my choices, I couldn’t shake the feeling something was missing.  I just couldn’t manage to fit Ascension into my top ten.  Now I’m sure there’s plenty of people who’d argue that it deserved not only to be in the top 10, but in the top 5, or possibly even No.1….but I just couldn’t seem to work it in.

10. Green Run

I’ll admit, Green Run had a few design issues, but damn if it wasn’t iconic! It introduced one of my favorite dynamic map elements ever: the Bus!!  At it’s best times, Green Run was riding around on the Bus with friends shooting zombies….at it’s worst times it was demon babies from the mist clinging onto your head.  I feel it deserves a spot on this list,  for at least managing to change the way zombie maps were played and providing a fun time.

9. Buried 

One of the funnest things when waiting for zombies maps is trying to guess the theme.  With zombies maps, it’s always a surprise.  Shang ri La? Germany? Post apocalyptic future? A frozen wasteland?  Buried managed to blow me away with a theme I would have never guessed: Wild West! After Mob of the Dead, I was afraid whatever came next might feel pale in comparison, but Buried lived up to the legend.  Buried is a great example of how the Zombies experience can evolve across so many different settings.

8. Origins 

Origins not only managed meet the quality of it’s predecessors, but end the season with a bang!   What do you do when you want to step up your Zombie game?  Include the original cast and add giant robots. Duh.  Now there’s some controversy regarding where Origins actually took the story, but the map itself was really cool.  There was simply so much to do, from crafting magic staffs and fighting zombie Templars, to crawling around inside giant robot heads.

7. Verrukt 

Ahh, we’ve reach the first of the classic maps on this list.  Spoiler alert, all four are on here.  Verrukt added a lot to the zombies franchise, introducing Perk a Cola machines, electric traps, and the concept of turning on power.  Atmospherically it’s actually one of the most impressive zombie maps.  It is perhaps the most genuinely spooky map.  It’s a little eerie….

6. Kino Der Toten

Who could forget the epic return of zombies to Black ops 1?  Kino is just all things considered one of the most balanced zombie maps around.  No overly weird gimmicks, no complicated map,  it was simple, but still very well done.  It is perhaps one of the best “core” zombie maps out there.

5. Nacht Der Untoten

This is where it all started.  I considered giving Nacht der Untoten the No.1 spot purely out of nostalgia, but I decided I had to look at things a bit more rationally. It may be old school, but Nacht der Untoten is still a fantastic map.  It is the most simple form of zombies you can get.  No pack a punch, no perk a cola, no traps, just a mystery box and the most iconic map ever.

4. Moon 

The sheer absurdity of it was enough to grab your attention. Zombies….on the moon? What?!  Moon several knew elements to now well known zombies formula.  On Moon you had to deal with things like no gravity or no oxygen.  The map itself was very big, and very fun to explore and discover all of it’s little secrets.

3. Der Reise 

I would classify Der Reise as the first “modern” zombie map.  It was the first map to finally have all the basics. Perk a Cola, mystery boxes, electric traps, and the map’s newest addition: Pack a punch.  Der Reise is a very well designed map, and was a fantastic way to end the first season of zombies.

2. Shima no Numa

I strongly considered giving Shima no Numa the No.1 spot.  The third of the classics is by far my favorite.  I was almost embarrassingly excited for this map. Keep in mind, the only other two zombies maps at this point were Nacht der Untoten and Verrukt.  Both indoor only maps.  Shima No Numa was the first map which the player was actually allowed to go outside.  That was a pretty good deal.  It was easily the biggest zombie at the map, almost three the times the size of Nacht or Verrukt.  To this day this map still holds up very well, the map design is one of the best in the franchise.

1. Mob of the Dead

This map did so many things right.  First off the design and atmosphere is fan-freaking-tastic.  Zombies in Alcatraz was just a stroke of genius. Also, this new cast of old movie stars was easily my second favorite zombies group, second only to original.  The map itself introduced a perfect balance of new elements and old ones.  I could go on for quite some time explaining why this map is so awesome, but I’m out of time here folks!

Please feel free to let me know what you think of my list!  Or tell me your list! 

Best Video Game Trailers

So recently a new trailer has caught my eye, for an upcoming game from Gearbox: Battleborn. If you haven’t seen it yet you should take a look!

Now I don’t know if I’ll be playing Battleborn or not, but I really enjoyed the trailer!  The music, the feel, the visuals, it all melds together nicely.  It got me thinking about my favorite video game trailers throughout the years, and I’ve decided to make a post about it!  Here are some of my personal favorites!

Halo 3 

The hype after watching that trailer….Oh man.  It’s very short, almost more of a teaser trailer, but man it’s gold.  This was moment when you just knew Halo 3 was going to be something special . I also absolutely loved this one:

I still get goosebumps when chief looks up.

Halo: Reach

As long as we’re on the Halo side of things.  Best trailer music ever, in my opinion.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations 

I’m going to be honest…I actually didn’t get around to playing this game…or really any of the Assassin’s Creeds.  But damn if that trailer isn’t awesome!  The soundtrack and cinematography is just spectacular.

Left 4 Dead 2 

I’m not going to lie…this one is partially on here for nostalgia’s sake.  I love the narration from Coach and the cut to the reveal of the zombies, very cool.  The melee weapons reveal was awesome as well!….and the frying pan to the face at the end!

Batman: Arkham Knight

This one is actually really recent!  Just a fantastic trailer, visually, emotionally, just all around an instant classic.  The will of Thomas Wayne read over the Batman suit up was a simply fantastic idea.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 

Say what you want about the Call of Duty games, they have some pretty cool trailers! Mw2 was the height of the Call of Duty franchise, in a lot of ways.  It had one of my favorite campaigns, and perhaps my favorite trailers.   Also with Eminem:

Portal 2

Seriously, am I ever going to make a video game post without mention Portal 2 somehow? Probably not!  The epic confirmation that GlaDOS was indeed “still alive” made this trailer an instant favorite for me.  It also spawned one of my all time favorite GlaDOS quotes, at the end!

 Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

Skyrim had several great trailers,  but I think this one was my favorite.  The glorious in game footage combined with the epic score was such a win.  I also loved the life action trailer they did:

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron 

Okay,  honesty time, I didn’t ever play this game either.  But man alive the trailer was great! It did such a great job of showing the peril and despair on Cybertron and was actually surprisingly emotional.  And Grimlock is a badass.  This trailer is also a little depressing, because it make me wonder what an actual decent Transformer movie might be like!

Dead Island 

Man, this list has gotten out of hand! I never meant for it to be this long!  Of course, I had to add what is considered by many to be the best trailer of all time, the Dead island trailer.  I’d be an absolute liar if I said this game didn’t legitimately choke me up for a minute.

Honorable Mention: 

I’m not sure if the “Meet the Team” videos for Tf2 officially count as trailers.  If so, then all of them deserve a place on this list, they’re simply fantastic.  Above I’ve linked my personal favorite: Meet the Pyro.

Video Game Sequels I’d Like to See

First off I’d like to give a shout-out to a fellow blogger called Crazy Snake for inspiring me with his own game sequels post, which you can read right here: Clicky clicky.  Game sequels can be a bit of tricky matter.  There’s a fine line between the 10th Call of Duty and Half Life 3.  One has to tread carefully, you might just get what you wish for.  That said, here are the games I’d really like to see sequels for.

RAGE 2

For some people, RAGE may have just reminded them how much they wanted Fallout 4.  Personally I really enjoyed the game, I thought it was quite underrated in fact.  I thought the balance of driving and shooting was actually a really cool idea, and this is coming from someone who hates racing games.  Further more, the game ended on a massive cliff hanger….grrr.  Basically imagine if Halo 2 was the last Halo game they made.  That’s what it’s like.  It sent me into a fit of RAGE.

Dishonored 2

I believe this game was also on Crazy Snake’s list, great minds think alike I suppose? This one is a no brainer.  It was so good it even manged to sell me on a genre I wasn’t too crazy about. The combination of stealth, action, and strategy was near perfect.  We absolutely need more.  Also,  can you even imagine Dishonored’s art style and atmosphere on the next gen consoles? Oh man! That could potentially be one of the prettiest games ever made.

Republic Commando 2

 

When are we going to see the galaxy’s biggest bad asses return?  Republic was just a bad ass game, I mean you got to play as first person clone troopers.  That’s already reason enough to need another one of these.  The thing that was so cool about Republic Commando was the fact is was set in the back alley of the Star Wars universe.  It’s darker, grungy, dirty, bleak.  Such a cool side of the universe to see, that’s for sure.  Battlefront 3 is being made…so maybe…just maybe we’ll see something.

Call of Duty: World at War 2 

Even a lot of hardcore Call of Duty haters admit that World at War was a great game, maybe even the best Call of Duty game in fact.  We’ve beaten the  “modern shooter” theme to death, and the “Futuristic” thing is fading fast as well.  I think it’s time to go back to the start, with some WW2 action.  A grungy Call of Duty sequel set in World War 2 powered by Next-gen consoles? Yes please.  That’d be a Call of Duty game worth picking up, even if you hate the franchise.

Portal 3 

Portal 2 is the best game ever, I’ve said this many, many times before!  I love it with all my heart.  Is it selfish to say I’d rather see Portal 3 before even Half Life 3? Yes…..maybe….but I don’t care, because I need more Portal in my life!  Portal 2 wrapped things up with pretty neat bow, they could never make another Portal game again and it would still be a well rounded series.  BUT, they left open a lot of story potential as well. Remember all those humans we saved at the end of the Co-Op missions?

And Every Other Valve Game

TF3, Left 4 Dead 3, Portal 3, and of course Half Life 3, we need em all.

 

 

My Top Ten Video Game Enemies

10. Ghosts (Pac-man)

Whoa! Old school right off the bat! If we’re talking iconic video game villains, it’s almost impossible to exclude the Ghosts from Pac-man.  They may be 8-bit, but they’re deadly just the same.

9. Nazi Zombies (Call of Duty)

Make no mistake, zombies are a fairly common addition among most modern games. I could probably name a hundred different games that utilize them as enemies, if I wanted to.  But when I think iconic video game zombies, the glowing eyed corpses from Call of Duty are the first that come to mind.  Even more specifically: the Nazi Zombies.  They’re set apart from the rest of the zombie crowd not only due to their glowing yellow eyes, but by their interesting back story as well.

8. Cyber Demons (DOOM)

There are a lot of iconic Demons and monsters from the DOOM series, and it’s very difficult to single out just one as a favorite. Personally I’m going with the Cyber Demons, with the Imp as a close second.  The Cyber Demons usually serve as end bosses to the DOOM games and…well….you can probably see why.  They are a terrifying “unholy union of flesh and metal” and perhaps one of the greatest threats Hell can throw your way…

7. Tank (Left 4 Dead)

TAAANK!!! Hulking and grotesque, Tanks are perhaps the worst of the dangers you can find in the post apocalyptic world of Left 4 Dead.  They require the combined fire of all four survivors to take down, and have a knack for popping up in places you least expect them.  There’s no wake-up call quite like the howl of an approaching Tank.

6. Grunts (Halo)

While there are certainly a lot of candidates, the Grunts take the cake when it comes to the most iconic Halo baddies.  They’re not quite as menacing as any of my previous choices….in fact they’re kind of adorable.  Grunts are cowardly and weak, and will quite often simply run away instead of staying and fighting a losing battle.  Of course, if they’re in the company of a more powerful villain, they’re muster up the courage to shout hilarious insults at you, but that’s all part of why we love them so much. And sometimes they’re thirsty.

5. Dragons (Skyrim)

The badass level is over 9000! Dragons are always cool, but no video game handles Dragons quite as well as Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.  It’s hard to describe the thrill when you first meet a Dragon in the wild untamed lands of Skyrim.  They can swoop in at almost any time and are always formidable foes.   Not only are they immensely powerful, but they’re intelligent as well.  And they look badass…did I mention that?

4. Turrets (Portal)

With Turrets, it’s sort of a love hate relationship.  You get the feeling that they don’t necessarily want to hurt you, it’s just simply their job.  And they do their job well. Turrets are another enemy where it’s hard to not just fall in love with them.  Their shrill little robot voices and ever vigilant eyes are too cute…..ahem, I mean they are merciless killing machines. That’s what I meant to say.

3. Creepers 

 

Creepers are just the worst, they really are.  There are no other enemies in any other games that are capable of making several hours of work instantly void so quickly.  The dreaded hiss of a Creeper is one of the most easily identifiable, and hated sounds in all of gaming.  And to think that they were simply born out of coding glitch, when Notch was trying to make pigs.

2. Big Daddies 

These guys are easily one of the most iconic and most recognizable video game enemies of all time, and for good reason.  They are tough as nails, and a genuine challenge to take down…whenever you’re unlucky enough to stumble across one of their paths. And of course, their psychical appearance is legendary and one of the most menacing in gaming.

1. Head Crabs(Half Life)

If you’ve played any of the Half Life games, then chances are you know why I’ve picked Headcrabs as my top spot.  These are parasites that make even Xenomorphs go “ewww…” They latch onto their victims head, and transform into grotesque zombie like creatures. They may have originally came from an alien world, but the Combine has since weaponized them and used them to attack unruly citizens.  I can tell you one thing, Valve loves to hide these guys in air vents.

 

My Top Ten Teenage Superheroes!

 

10. Roy Harper 

Before he became one of the founding members of Teen Titans, or a member of Young Justice, Roy Harper was a junkie and heroin addict.  What’s the best way to get clean? Become a super hero of course.  After training under the famed Green Arrow, Roy Harper (Red Arrow) is now one of the best marksmen in the DC universe.  Turns out vigilantism was just the outlet he needed to begin dealing with his issues.

9. Colossus

Colossus is a damn bad ass! To this day he officially remains one of the strongest X-men out there.  Believe it or not, Colossus got his start as simple farm boy.  This was of course before Xavier brought him to his school for gifted youngsters.   Soon, the skills that once helped him farm as a boy, would help him fight injustice as a man.

8. Cyborg 

Speaking of bad ass and metal, here comes Cyborg.  Victor was only a young man when he suffered a lab injury that would threaten his life.  Victor’s father, a scientist, wasn’t about to let his son die.  So he created cybernetic components to help revive his struggling child.  Little did he know he was creating a founding member of the Teen Titans.

7. Ice-Man 

Unfortunately for poor Bobby, things didn’t go well in his hometown when he began to develop his mutant powers.  He quickly became an outcast and a villain to town members, who had him locked up.  He had to actually be broken out of prison and rescued in order to join Xavier’s school.  He would later become the youngest member of the original X-men team.

6. Armor 

Armor has one of the coolest mutant powers ever, in my opinion.  Like how cool is that Armor power?  One of my favorite aspects of Armor has to be her division between her two families.  On the one side she has her biological family, and on the other she has the X-men.  Her struggle to know where to stand is very emotionally engaging.

5. Kitty Pryde 

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What?! Another Mutant?! I’m sorry, there’s just so many great teenage characters from these comics!  Kitty Pryde(Shadow Cat), was only 13 years old when she was approached by Xavier.  Not only did she enter his school for gifted youngsters, but she quickly became the youngest mutant ever to join the X-men team.  Quite the rap sheet for someone who had only barely just entered her teen years.  Also, her best friend is a little purple dragon.  How awesome can you get?

4. Bat Girl 

It’s not easy to simply work yourself into a sidekick position with one of the most secretive and brooding superheros around, but that’s exactly what Barbra Gordon managed to do.  Perhaps it was in her blood, after all her father was police commissioner.  While Batman may have at first been hesitant to accept her, he quickly realized how much talent she had for someone so young, and knew he had to train her. Batman seems to be a big softy for skilled youngsters doesn’t he?

3. Nova (Sam Alexander)

15 year old Sam Alexander only ever saw the dark side of his father, who was always drunk, stinking of booze, and telling stories about space, guardians of the galaxy, and cosmic battles. Sam had always disregarded these stories as the ramblings of a drunk.  That is until his father went missing, and Sam was chosen to take up the Nova mantle.  Young Nova now protects earth from cosmic dangers, while searching for the truth behind his father.

2. Robin 

Wait….which Robin do I mean? Well…all of them.  Is that cheating? Maybe. To be frank, it’s hard to choose which Boy Wonder is the best, they all have very unique aspects to them.  They all share one thing in common: they’re all highly skilled badasses. Each of them started out as Robin, before moving onto their own futures.  Some good, some not so much.

1. Spider-Man

And at the top we’ve got my personal favorite superhero of all time: Spidey!!! Spider-Man is a no brainer for this list.  Sure in the current comic series he is an adult with his own company and everything, but let us not forget he started out as a geeky highschooler who was bit by a radioactive spider!

So that’s my list! What do you think of my choices? Let me know your personal top 10!

Highly Anticipated Games….That I’m Not Interested In

There are a lot of upcoming games to get excited about. Both the end of 2014 and all of 2015 are absolutely packed with games, and that’s a good thing. However with so many popular upcoming games coming out, there’s always bound to be a few that don’t interest some people, despite all the buzz. Again, this is a good thing. Choice is very important in gaming. Now having said that, I’m going to share with you the deepest and darkest secrets from my heart. These are several highly anticipated games…that I’m just not interested in!

*disclaimer* There are bound to be titles here that people are really excited for…that’s kind of the point. I’m not trying to diminish anyone’s joy, I’m simply sharing some uncommon opinions! :)

Witcher 3

Now don’t get me wrong, this game looks visually amazing. The graphics are simply beautiful. It’s more the gameplay that doesn’t interest me. Unfortunately, despite my best attempts, I’ve never really managed to get into the third person RPG genre. Which is strange, because the Elder Scrolls games are some of my favorite games of all time. I can’t really explain why the point of view matters so much to me, and realize how close minded this all sounds! Love it or hate, I just can’t seem to get myself excited for this game. Not quite my genre.

Rainbow Six: Siege

I can’t even use the “it’s not quite my genre” excuse for this one! I’ll say this whole “Siege” idea is pretty unique, and does look like it can be pretty fun. But can it carry an entire game? In my opinion it has the same issue as Battlefield: Hardline. The whole cops and robbers thing is a cool idea, but that cool idea alone can’t carry the game. Same with this. The idea is interesting, but I don’t see how they’ll be able to carry a whole game around it. Truth be told, everything else about the game looks mediocre. There, I said it.

Metal Gear Solid V

Now I want to say I have nothing against this game or this series. It’s just, well I don’t know a lot about it. Never played any of it’s predecessors is all. I know it’s a highly anticipated upcoming sequel…and…that’s kind of it. It had one odd $30 demo thing, and then a few really strange cryptic trailers…this game is honestly a bit of mystery to me. That combined with the fact that I’ve really only played one stealth game that I’ve really loved before, and that was Dishonored.

Mortal Kombat X

Now if you’ve been following my blog since the beginning, this one may come as a surprise to you. I mentioned in my first ever post that Mortal Kombat was one of the first games I ever owned, and I put Scorpion on my top ten favorite video game characters list! Make no mistake, I love Mortal Kombat. And when I heard there was going to be a next-gen Mortal Kombat I rejoiced! That was until I learned it wasn’t really a next gen Mortal Kombat. Mortal Kombat X will be on both Xbox One and PS4 sure, but it’s also being developed on last gen consoles. Why is this a big deal? Well, it means it still has those nasty last gen “chains” around it’s neck. I’ve seen gameplay and…well…it’s just not impressive. Graphically the game isn’t even close to what I think the next Mortal Kombat game should be looking like! To me it just seems like Mortal Kombat 9 with some of Injustice’s features implemented. Call me when we get a real next gen Mortal Kombat!

Evolve

I’m not a big fan of 4 v 1. The issue is those few little words make this game completely irrelevant! It’s multiplayer only, no campaign, and as far as I know only 4 v 1. It’s the type of game that you basically have to play with friends. Trust me I can already say this with absolute certainty: if you play Evolve online with random matchmaking you’re going to have a horrible time. What’s more, is I see a serious potential content issue with this game. I mean if this game is really just 4 v 1 on a couple different maps, with a couple different monsters, is it really going to be worth the $60 asking price? If it was a $30 arcade game, then it’d be a totally different story….but as it stands now: I’m afraid I don’t see the value.

Once more, my purpose isn’t to offend anyone!  These are just highly antipated games that aren’t quite my genre, or don’t quite impress me as much as everyone else! Not trying to be a Negative Nancy!  So what are some highly anticipated games you just don’t see the hype for? Let me know!