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August 28th 2007

Have you ever played Super Metroid? I must admit, I kind of missed all the good games because I've never possessed a NES, nor a Super NES, or SEGA Megadrive, or anything of that era (except the original Gameboy). But certain technology advancements make it possible to relive the past. As I strode through some files on my computer I noticed a certain game that was lying there, catching virtual dust. I've never really played it so I fired it up.

Before I continue, you should know that I'm currently in one of those phases everyone encounters during life. At the moment I have a few phases, one of those is the Metroid-phase. In such a phase you're confronted with various entities about the same topic all at once and you can't help but investigate further.

It all kind of started with me getting a Nintendo DS some time ago and the demo for Metroid Prime. The new stylus-first-person-shooter-control-scheme seemed promising and even though it took some time to get used to, it was getting fun - and then boring again. That was my first Metroid encounter.

Now Metroid Corruption is on the way to be released on the Wii - the final Metroid, as the developer claims. I couldn't say I was interested at all, remembering the thin level of excitement of the DS version. I consumed some screenshots and videos, but they all failed to impress me.

Later I read a Top 10 of 8-bit soundtracks. The NES Metroid was ranked 10th for its highly experimental use of technology and the fact that the music seemed to be part of the world.

Then I stumbled upon an IGN special about The History of Metroid. All that buzz around the Metroid series made me read it, because after playing the DS version I didn't get it why this was such a wanted piece of entertainment. The article about Metroid's history however changed my view. It seemed the DS version wasn't really the true Metroid. Not at all.

Then I've played Super Metroid. I suddenly started to understand. Metroid is actually about atmosphere, combined with platformer and exploration elements. I've been very inspired.

I think there's no way around Metroid Corruption on Wii now.

The next atmosphere-driven game on my list is Bioshock. I really can't wait to get my hands on that one.

Why am I writing all this? Well, let's just say atmosphere plays a main role in a certain game I'm currently working on...

I've received the second draft of Antaran's Journal. There are some minor issues that I want resolved first, but in about two weeks I'm sure I can offer you the option to order. If you want, you can tell me now if you're absolutely sure you're getting one (price will be about $12 including shipping, but I want to calculate it this time depending on wherever the order comes from), so that I can tell how many I'll have to order in advance. Just leave a note or send me an e-mail.

August 14th 2007

Exactly one year ago I had to fight for It seems like once again - after I thought the server issues were finally gone once and for all - the domain challenges me to a duel. Unlike last year however, there doesn't seem to be any other solution needed than a simple credit card transaction. According to the website the domain should belong to its master in less than 24 hours.

//Edit: It has been resolved about three hours after this news item was posted...

August 11th 2007

I kind of missed the old MS' Working History, just because of the ability to keep track of what I'm doing. While the Working History proved somewhat to be increasing the pressure because it was available for everyone else to see, it did keep my thoughts and projects a bit more organized. Also, a few people wanted a notes system for PHQ in the past. So I thought of kind of melting everything into one system that everybody on PHQ could use. I've worked on PHQ's Organizer the last three days, including the new Fellow Sadists section, that resembles a friend list.

Now that it's done, maybe some of you would like to take a look at it. It has a few different uses (notes, todo list, project history) which are all described in the current PHQ news, and in the Dragon Ass-istant's brain.

I have one week off now, so I should make some progress with my current projects.

August 07th 2007

And again the server is back online. Let's hope it'll stay like that for longer than just one day...

August 06th 2007

After two days of downtime the server seems to be back up! And speaking of "back up", I'll quickly make a backup before something happens again...

Just to throw out some minor projects news for you to devour, I have started one completely new project which I'll put on the projects list once it has reached a certain state of completion. Another yet unmentioned project has been picked up again and should be more or less finished in about one or two months.

And finally, one of my oldest projects seems to slowly crawl out of its dark corner...

Also, if you haven't done so yet, you should get Tanith Lee's Biting The Sun. It's simply beautiful in every way.




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