King’s Personal Musing 3/20/13: With Finals Come Changes and Shattered Havens and yet more…

Kabooom. I muse about Finals, Changes, Arcen’s Shattered Haven game released, Super Metroid Symphony and more…

My Life Musings…

Yeah, finals are finally final. Over. Done with. Complete. Now, I’ve got a week and a half of break time and I’ve been sprinting to get a lot of things done within that very short amount of time. There is some work I want to get done with before school starts up again. Mostly related to the blog and channel but a few other things as well. I’m going to be very busy, but then again, what’s new? I won’t be heading home for Spring Break because I have to go to work this week and next. At least they’re giving me extra hours next week. Even if they are all early in the morning (erk). Ah well, gives me the rest of the day to “play”. :P. I’m feeling 50/50 on the finals. Which, granted, is better than how I’ve felt about previous finals so that’s got to count for something.

Lately, I’ve been considering a lot of changes. After the whole Reader shutdown was declared by Google, I decided to take some steps back and rethink on how I enjoy my digital content and how I keep up on the latest Internet happenings. I moved my Google Reader account over to Feedly. It’s been weird getting used to the RSS service but they seem like a competent company so hopefully that works out well enough. I also moved my music out of iTunes tonight and moved it to its own separate library where I’ll handle managing it from now on. I’m uploading it to Google Music so I have a way to access it in the cloud again. It’s free so I figure, why not? The only reason I’m willing to go with Google on this service (after they declared Google Reader’s death) was because they seem focused on pushing Google Play as one of their primary services. Oh and I have a backup on my computer so even if they did pull something at the last minute, it wouldn’t be much of a loss. But this will be the last major service of Google’s I’ll be willing to put any trust into for the foreseeable future.

iTunes will stick around for the time being because movies & TV shows bought through iTunes or redeemed via Digital Copy have DRM. But it will no longer be my primary media player. It’s nice to get away from all of the restrictions for once. I haven’t decided what will eventually replace iTunes for my media player but I’m taking my time and looking around. Maybe it will be Google Music but I’m not too crazy on relying for the cloud all the time.

It’s not much of a secret that I’m leaving Apple’s iOS platform soon. I’m planning on upgrading my smartphone to an Android device in the next month or so. If not sooner. Still deciding on which smartphone it will be but it’s looking like the Samsung Galaxy S3. The iPad will eventually be replaced by something else but when and what has not been decided. It’s not a high priority on my financial list to replace it right now. Whether that’s a full-fledged laptop or an Android tablet hasn’t been decided. So yeah, I’m very busy with changes this week. And I’m not done yet.

Tech and Gaming News To Talk About…

Feels like just yesterday that I was talking about Shattered Haven and…well…dang, it was three posts ago that I talked about the public Beta. Arcen Games has released the 1.0 version of their new horror survival puzzle game onto the world at large. This 2D isometric game has been in development for a fairly long time but looks like a lot of fun. I haven’t been able to play much of it, thanks to finals, but I did get a little bit into it. The graphics are really quite neat and the story is interesting. Mechanics take me a bit to get used to but make sense pretty quickly. This environmental puzzle game is about a Family and their survival against the Grays. A more intelligent Zombie by what I’ve seen of them so far but its pretty early in the game. You’ll follow the adventures of Darrell and Mary Williams and their daughter and another boy. I’m looking forward to playing more of this game. I wish I could say more about it…so I’ll talk about it later this week. It’s available on Steam now. Check out the game at the official website here.

Steam launched a page on their story for games in their Alpha/Beta stage. You can buy the game and play it directly from Steam even in its unfinished state and I don’t see anything wrong with this. It’s more advertisement for indie developers and that surely can’t be a bad thing. So go check it out. “Pity” that the WarZ isn’t on that page…considering how very incomplete that game is.

Photos To See…

I went walking again and took some good photos. Here’s one of them with a bunch of flowers.

I need to go camping here soon.

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Not entirely sure which mountain this is…

Now that's a grasshopper! On our back wall this morning.

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That’s a big grasshopper from Arizona.

Come on Mr. Tulip!

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Tulip is nearly ready…

Audio of Note…

Some good electronic music on my feed this week.

Super Metroid Symphony was released this week and the album is really good. A bit more laid back than I expected but it has a great atmosphere and I have to give Blake kudos on a job well done. You can buy it here.

Cool Videos To Watch…

I found a new guy to subscribe to recently: LaserFrog. His laid back yet humorous look at older videogames is just hilarious. Check him out:

Moonshine Fox is playing FTL: Faster Than Light and is onboard the ISS Slicer this time. Dangit, now he’s getting me to want to play FTL again. You know, it’s not as if I’m not busy enough! Gah…

I haven’t seen a good machinima video in a good long time. A rather amusing take on the Lord of the Rings, “The Lord of the Blings” is a full movie parody using WoW. I think it’s rather well done.

I’m back and I hope you enjoyed! Until next time…

-KingIsaacLinksr

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