Shameless Twitter plugs!

I apologize for the lack of a substantial post – I’ve had quite a busy couple weeks since I’m trying to finish all my homework so I’m not cramming after The Big House 3, a national Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament I’m attending. So, today, I’m going to direct all of you to my two parody Twitter accounts!

Last Monday, while playing Smash with some friends, one of them came up with the idea to make a parody account of me as a super ignorant Smash player. Another friend made a version of it where I’m British.

DISCLAIMER: 300 Pound Kappy is extremely vulgar. I find it hilarious, but for those who don’t enjoy such language, you’ve been warned.

300 Pound Kappy: https://twitter.com/300PoundKappy

136.08 kg Kappy: https://twitter.com/136kgKappy

Enjoy! Expect a special post about my experience at The Big House 3 after next weekend and a review of the MMORPG Neverwinter in two weeks!

Just sayin’.

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The ebb and flow of Animal Crossing

I wanted to write about Smash today, but I didn’t do the research I wanted to, so I apologize for the late post. Instead, I’m going to write a small little blurb about Animal Crossing.

Two days ago, I got Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, and now I find that I don’t play Animal Crossing: New Leaf anymore. I love the AC series, but there’s one thing about it that always turns me off as I continue to play: there’s not enough to do.

I’ve upgraded my house to almost full completion, have almost 20 public works projects, all but one fossil, most of the fish and bugs, and my Nook store is one away from being the biggest expansion. In every previous AC game I’ve played, I’ve been able to “beat” the game by expanding everything to its maximum size and almost completing the museum (I could never get all those works of art…). And usually, games come out and I play them, but I was pretty rigorous in my routine to play Animal Crossing every single day until I had everything. Unfortunately, doing jobs for villagers, buying and selling stuff, digging for fossils, and farming bells on the island can only go so far. Even with multi player, the most you can do are tours and self-proclaimed fish and bug-catching contests. At some point, it gets boring (it would be helpful to point out that I am no artist, and so I have spent exactly 10 minutes making a flag design, and that’s it. I’m sure artists get way more out of the Able Sisters’ designing than I do).

Inevitably, though, my interest wanes. Everything becomes a little monotonous, and I eventually stop playing. Unlike in MMO‘s, where dev teams are constantly trying to update their game to keep players hooked alongside guilds forming and whatnot, Animal Crossing is a simulation game, so at some point it feels like you’re living life there, and not here. Or it would feel like that if there were more stuff to do. At some point, you only play for 5 minutes a day because there’s really nothing else you want to do in your town.

Now that that tiny complaint is out of the way, has anyone whom has experienced this notice that, after you’ve beaten the new games and have nothing to do, Animal Crossing suddenly becomes addictive again? It’s crazy how there’s almost a tide to my interest in Animal Crossing. Sometimes it’s very high and I enjoy it, and other times it feels like a chore and I eventually stop, only to come back months later with a fresh desire to play.

This is different than with MMO’s, which I tend to play heavily for a month and then stop completely. No, Animal Crossing somehow ropes me back in when I have nothing to do and becomes my new game of choice. There’s no real competitive value to it, no incentive for me to improve my skills (which there is little of) in the game, so why do I keep coming back?

Has anyone else ever felt this way about Animal Crossing?

Also, except a post about Smash or a review of something next Monday!

Just Sayin’.

2 week hiatus

My dearest readers,

I apologize for my two weeks of not posting, but I was working for internal Drive‘s programming academy, a two-week program where kids go to learn how to program while also experiencing a camp atmosphere. I have to say, being an instructor was challenging, but very fun. I now have a lot more respect for my professors in terms of physical endurance and patience. I walk to DePaul and back every day during the school year and I dance; I think it’s safe to say my legs have pretty high endurance. That’s not the case when I taught. The first day of teaching, I was giving lecture and after 3 hours my legs were killing me. It was painful to walk and they hurt the rest of the day. After a couple days I had to sit down and let one of my co-instructors give lecture because my legs just couldn’t take it. Professors have to have the legs of gods. It’s the only reasonable explanation! I don’t know how they do it.

I worked at Lake Forest College the past two weeks, and I can’t wait to work again in two weeks when I go to Princeton University! As a forewarning, I will not be posting entries for that two-week session, as well. I work almost 15-hour days, so there’s just no time for me to be writing. That window of free time is used for sleeping and sleeping only!

But let’s move on to something a little more relaxing… VACATION!!! It’s that time of year where I take a trip down to Florida with my family, and I couldn’t be more excited. To celebrate, I’ll be reblogging my Vacationing 101 entries from last year in the next couple of days.

Expect a review of Animal Crossing: New Leaf next Monday!

Just sayin’.

Blue Man Group

Over Spring Break, my family and I went to see the Blue Man Group. Apparently the show had been re-done to include new bits from the last time I saw it years ago while in Orlando, and when I saw it in Orlando I loved it, so needless to say, I was excited.

And, oh, did they deliver!

There were a few fan favorites: the PVC pipe drumming, paint drumming, and the classic dinner scene where they take a member of the audience and eat with them. Those were still great, and to be honest, those bits are always awesome to see (not to mention the eating bit is still hilarious), especially when the music they produce is fantastic.

The new stuff – the space PVC pipe drumming, the iPhone*, and the DANCE PARTY were all incredible additions. They said the show now had more WOW!, and I’m inclined to agree with that.

One of the most memorable parts of Blue Man Group when I first saw it was when the entire theatre turned ons tribe lights and toiler paper was thrown everywhere. They keep the strobe lights, they keep the toilet paper, but they add giant (I’m talking at least 12ft radius, here), glow-in-the-dark beach balls that people were hitting into the air. It was insane! The entire audience was dancing, screaming, throwing toilet paper around, and hitting giant beach balls, all to some super godlike dance music, plus strobe and colored lights flashing in and out.

It was easily the best show I’ve ever been to. If you’re a fan of Blue Man Group, or you haven’t seen them, GO SEE THEM. You won’t regret it!

Just Sayin’

* I saw Blue Man Group for the first time years ago, so I forgot if they had an iPhone section back then or not. It certainly looked new to me.

April Fool’s!

Okay, SO, my last blog post (for any who didn’t know) was an April Fool’s joke I played on my parents. It was a success (and to add icing to the cake, I got my girlfriend, too!). I actually passed all of my classes and got good grades. LOL.

My parents pointed out that, while the joke was very good, some people (potential employers, current employers, etc…) may see that blog post and take it seriously, so I’m making this special follow-up post to make sure no one believes that post.

That is all.

Just Sayin’

An apology

PLEASE READ THIS FOLLOW-UP POST: LINK

Spring Break is over, and with it comes a new semester of school, which I’m not very excited about, especially since I finally got my last two grades back. I had been struggling in a couple classes last semester, but was hoping to pull by with a C in both and move onto bigger and better things. Unfortunately, things didn’t go nearly as well as I had hoped.

Mom, Dad, I profusely apologize for the two D’s I received in my other two classes. I promise I’ll do better next time.

This means I’ll have to take an extra third semester on top of the two extra semesters I already have to take to get a C or better in those classes, because that’s what’s required for me to graduate.

Next week I’ll be reviewing the new Blue Man Group show!

Just Sayin’