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Volunteering at Supanova Day 2

June 26, 2010 •

I took a few pics, but they’re so blurry and bad that I don’t want to put them here. I’ll see if a few public ones trickle through at some point. πŸ™‚

Sitting in bed now… thoroughly buggered after official day 1 of Supanova. ^_^;

It was a pretty interesting day. I rocked up at 7:20am (became the mayor on Foursquare. Zing! XD) and stood around for a bit until I was allocated my task for the day. I was allocated to the main seminar room (where all the guests were speaking) where I would be responsible for managing the crowds of people coming in and out, making sure they behaved properly while they were in there, and keeping the place clean when they weren’t. As a side effect to this, I was able to see every single panel held at Supanova. XD

Just for the lolz, or if anyone is curious as to how each panel went:

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Day 1 of Volunteering at Supanova

June 25, 2010 •

Sorry for the bad photography. I only had my iPhone on me at the time. Can’t wait for iPhone 4. XD
NB: WTF! WordPress flipped my pics! I’ll have to fix that later tho, sorry!

Whew! Well, day 1 of volunteering at Supanova is over! Boy am I knackered! ^_^;The Supanova Opening Ceremony

It’s been a pretty interesting day, and although there were a few hiccups here and there, generally it was all good. πŸ™‚
Like I mentioned in my previous blog post, I’ve decided to document how the whole experience goes so there’s more information about it available online to other potential volunteers. πŸ™‚

So I thought I’d go about this in 2 phases. I’d document down everything that happened, and then write my overall feelings on the matter.

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Supanova this weekend!

June 24, 2010 •

The Supanova Logo!Sorry for the complete lack of updates. Busy busy work makes for hard blogging. XD

So, Supanova, the pop culture expo is on this weekend!I last went to Supanova in 2008, and had a pretty awesome time.

This time, I’ve decided to take things further, and I’ve volunteered to help run the event! πŸ˜€

I’ve heard a few varied things about volunteering at this event so far though… The majority of people I’ve talked to said it’s great fun and definitely worthwhile. A few others have told me that there are sometimes some hinks in the schedule, where you might end up not having anything to do on your shift. ^_^; But then again, considering the scale of the event, and the number of volunteers, this is understandable.

Either way, I thought to myself that rather than listen to the opinions of other people, I should go out there and experience it for myself. πŸ˜€

In any case, since the internets came up dry on people posting their own thoughts on how it truly is to be a volunteer at Supanova, I thought I’d have a go at reporting back here on how it goes.

I’ve been a volunteer for RFLAN for 3 years now, and I volunteered at this years WAICON as well, so I’d like to think of myself as having a pretty good range of experience at Perth events… so with that in mind, I want to try and contrast this event against the others…

In any case, there’s an awesome guest list and plenty of fun activities, so it looks like a totally fun weekend all round!

Hope to see you there! πŸ™‚

P.S: OMFG! Apple shop opening in Perth this weekend! XD

Tokyo Game Show ’10 Announced

March 3, 2010 •

From the TGS 09 Poster. GAMEγ―γ€ε…ƒζ°—γ§γ™γ£γ¦θžγγ¨ε¬‰γ—γ„γ€‚ ;DI was really thrilled to hear this. So much so, I think I might put it on my blog and break into the world of using my blog to comment on current gaming events. XD

So I’m a little behind the 8-ball here, but the Tokyo Game Show for 2010 was announced recently, and will be held from the 16th of September. Of all of the game shows out there, TGS is probably the best of the high profiling ones that I can actually afford to go to, and so this year, if all checks out, I’m seriously considering going. πŸ™‚

After a little bit of Googling the topic though, I’m a little wary of one interesting tidbit that Kotaku raised… it seems that being held in September, TGS is less than a month behind the Gamescom event in Germany, which will most undoubtedly force the majority of games companies to choose between presenting at either one or the other. Since Gamescom is much higher profile, it is quite likely that TGS may get shafted by a lot of companies as a result of this.

That being said, I’m still happy to give it the benefit of the doubt. Since I’ve been hearing that Japanese games companies do prefer to announce new projects in their own motherland events more often, I would bet that a lot of those companies will still be presenting at their main content at TGS. And even if many companies decided to pick Gamescon over TGS, I would still assume the event will be huge, and definitely worth the trip… especially since I can’t really afford a ticket to Germany haha. XD

And, there’s always the off-chance that all of this discussion about Gamescom might convince the TGS organizers to push the date back as well. To that end, I’ve decided to hold back and wait before doing any bookings. πŸ™‚

Either way, I’ve already spent my life up until now not going to any huge game development events. This is something I definitely want to change. XD

Is anyone else considering doing TGS or Gamescom or both?

Fare-thee-well Games Dev in Perth :(

February 10, 2010 •

No games in Perth for nowWay back in ye 2007 after I arrived back in Perth from Japan, I did some looking around for a job. One place I got an interview with was Perth’s ‘flagship’ game development studio Interzone games. The position was a junior programmer and the pay rate was going to be an epic 13 bucks an hour. Slightly small I know, but it being games programming, I didn’t care.
While the guys were all cool and they were impressed with my demo of RPG-X, they told me that without being awesome at Python scripting, there’s not a lot I could really do for the company. They said I could come back later after I’ve learnt Python and try again, but the very next day, I got a job at Tourism WA (which paid a LOT more) so I let it rest.

Turns out I dodged a major bullet there. ^_^;

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The iPad… hmmm

January 28, 2010 •

The iPadWell, after months of rumor and speculation, it finally got announced last night… Apple’s iPad.

But right from the get-go, sadly, I’ve found the whole thing totally underwhelming. I was expecting this thing to be totally awesome and to totally blow my world apart like the iPhone did… but sadly not so much.

Firstly is the name. I was really disappointed that they called it iPad. It is just too close to iPod. Period.With so many people out there, all with different and unique accents, I can so see myself having to clarify iPod and iPad at least once. πŸ™

In addition, as per the Twitter feed, I’ve noticed a lot of people think it sounds very much like a tampon name as well, which definitely isn’t helping (Possibly the Wii all over again XD)
I’m not sure what the branding marketing strategy was behind that, but it failed. Epically. The rumored name that was floating around ‘iSlate’ sounded so much cooler, and definitely did not suffer any of the above problems. XD

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