Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mao's New Bedroom!! ^.^ Ideas Welcome! ^.^

After years of not changing a darn thing, it is finally time to update my bedroom. I know, I know... I say I am going to do it every year and every year it never happens. This year, though? Its getting done. Right now Mom & Dad are updating their bedroom. After that, either Shawn or I will be next. I have a few weeks to decide what I want to do and right now I am trying to gather ideas. Here is the best one that I have found so far:

I'm calling this one " Tahiti "...

What do I like about this one?

-- The colors are bold, creative and distinct. My room would look totally different then any other room in the house. It would also be bright and high energy, which is good since my room is used just as much for gaming, writing, etc. as it is for sleeping.

-- It would work with things I already have. My deep brown dresser and nightstand would go good with the green, while my white bookshelves will pop against the deep pink. My wood floors and door would give it a more clean, earthy feel that will allow the funky colors to still have a way to logically connect with the rest of the house. And since we were already discussing white window-trim and floor border (another connective feature that we are aiming for in each bedroom) the fact that it would be emphasized against the bright wall colors would work with it, rather then against it.

-- The colors are not hinting at anything. They simply are. And yet they are bright, vibrant and powerful, rather then dark and heavy, which means they should not dwarf my room the way something like, say, forest green would. If I am getting rid of my border, I am not going to want to stay with 'hint-of-peach', 'hint-of-creame' etc., especially if we are going to be working in white trims and borders and I have white bookshelves. They would get lost amid the lack of color.

My concerns:

-- How would sleeping in this room be? I suppose that one cannot see when one's eyes are shut, and I tend to sleep with my head half under the blankets anyway being a night owl half the time, but it does need to be considered.

-- Choosing Bedding: Hard, Medium, Easy? I think that with colors this rich it actually leaves quite a few options in going with patterns, solids, etc. as long as I don't bring in, say, something deep red for example. Still, it is a consideration that I need to keep in mind.

-- Its a huge change. And I think that is the point. There is no real logic in doing this if it looks the same when it is done. Yet change can be a very scary thing, and redoing a room is something that is (to some extent, at least) permanent. Making the right decision is vital.

Other thoughts:

-- It does not have to be these specific colors or this specific color placement. It does need to be exciting, though.

-- The wall behind my bed is a huge blank canvas that is only going to be bigger. We need to find something to make that space come to life or it is simply going to loom. (The border is saving its butt right now.)

-- The sooner that colors are selected, the sooner various items can be purchased. New bedding? New laundry hamper? New (Full Sized) garbage can? New curtains / blinds? New alarm clock? New covers for my dresser, nightstand and the tops of my bookshelves? Posters, pictures, a calandar, etc? Nothing can be done until the main framework of the room -- namely, determining what we will do to the walls -- is completely decided.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

What do you think about Brink?

Give me twenty minutes and I'll make you a believer.

Been a while since "Precious Things" received an update, but I finally have a couple new things I want to talk about. Today's topic is the upcoming FPS "Brink" which is being developed by Splash Damage and published by Bethesda (the nice folks who make The Elder Scrolls and Fallout.) Please feel free to read on and see why I feel that this is going to be a must-buy title that should not be missed.

The Story: Who's Side Are You On, Anyway?

The Ark. It was originally bult to house 5,000 -- now it contains 50,000. With the ice cap near Greenland melted many areas have been flooded and people are desperately searching for a new place to live. Food, space, housing ... resources are at a high premium and its only a matter if time until all hell breaks lose. Well, this is the day and it is time for you to pick a side: Security or Resistance. At any rate, why don't I just let the developers tell you themselves? Got to be better then listening to my babbling! :p

Classes: Know Your Role

One of the interesting things about Brink, that initially got me excited, is that the game has various classes that you can play at. Are you a great shot? Then a soldier might be for you? Would you rather support your team mates rather then take the enemy head on? Then how about trying a medic? In total Brink has four classes: Soldier, Medic, Operative and Engineer. Here are a couple videos that will flesh out classes and what makes them so special.

Lots of Character Customization:

There is lots of opportunity to make your character unique. Each side gets distinctive clothing that can be mixed and matched, have its color(s) changed, etc. Want to learn more? Watch this:

Brink Cinematic Trailer: It just looks awesome!

Brink, how I love thee. Let me count the ways: four classes, skill trees, customizable clothes and overall appearance, items and weapons to purchase and customize, all bound by team based combat. In short: May 10th cannot come soon enough.

Only one thought remains: Who's with me and who should we support? One thing is for certain -- I can't win alone.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy Birthday To Me!

Well not -yet- but it is coming. And I am getting two very awesome things that I know about: a PS3 and a trip to Build-a-Bear Workshop. I am pretty excited! In less then three weeks I am going to be 29 (Oh goody.) but the cool new "toys" are definitely the main attraction. Today's post is just a quick jotting down of the games I am thinking of getting, a few video reviews of them and my thoughts.

DC Universe Online

Yes, I did just buy this for the PC. Yes, I do hate buying things twice. But Jay is saying he would like to play with rN and Shawn and RJ also seem fine with this, so to the ps3 it seems we are going. This is what has started this whole "buy a PS3" thing. It replaced my original "Buy a lifetime sub to DCUO" plan very quickly -- sorry, SoE. While the fact that I am getting this game is pretty solid, when I plan to pick it up is a bit up in the air. I don't really want to get this until Jay does.

Mod Nation Racers

I have been waiting a very, very long time to play this. I bought my first PS3 with this in mind and then gave that to Mike & Terrie (winning me the award for nicest sister of all time, no doubt. :p ) It is going to pay off that I gave it to them and that I waited to get this game though. Why? Amazon has it for $40, plus RJ only just got it. If it is good I could get Terrie & Mikey their own copy to share with Merissa as well. This is one of the games I will likely be buying right away.

Little Big Planet 1 & 2

The original Little Big Planet was *the game* when I got my first PS3 but I gave that to Mikey & Terrie when I gave them the system. As I am not an asshole, I am not going to go "Give it back". Rather, I am debating whether to get the GOTY version of the first game or to say screw it and get the new one. I am sure I will get a version of LBP 1 or 2 within the near future -- its only which one that is questionable.

Valkyria Chronicles

This was on my wish list when I got my first PS3 but I never had the opportunity to grab it. Its going to need to be an Amazon purchase and will likely be timed for when I see either Amazon or a local seller from Ontario selling a new copy at a good price. This is going to be exciting and I cannot wait!

3D Dot Game Heroes

I am curious about this one but its not so much of a 'must own' as some of the above. The idea of playing a tribute to old school Zelda on a much larger screen is appealing, as is getting to make my own little block hero. We shall have to see. For $30 on it is a pretty good deal.

Ratchet & Clank

I have one of these games that I loaned Mikey & Terrie and there is one that released that I have not played yet. I was really enjoying the one I had and will likely get that back since I doubt any of them actually use it. Buying the new one is tempting because it is already on sale at Amazon despite getting a 9 from IGN.

Heavy Rain

I've been told this is quite the experience. I am admittedly hesitant to get this since to me it really does seem like a giant rte with great writing. I adore good writing. Real time events, though? Not so much. Depending on how fast you need to hit them it might be okay, but it is still a game that I need to keep an eye on.

Demon's Souls

Yes, it appears I am secretly a masochist. I want to play Demon's Souls. And I will likely suck at it a lot. I doubt that this will be the first game I instinctively grab, but I need to be honest at least here on my blog. I want to see how I would do at this. Although, maybe Jay or Shawn should get it and I could try their copy. Even at $40 its a bit pricey for a frisbee. ^.^

Eye Pet

I love cute things. Anyone who knows me knows this. So its no surprise that I am in danger of being suckered in by Sony's too-cute pet game that utilizes their new move technology. I enjoy games on the Wii as long as they do not get too crazy so getting a move might not be a total waste. This is not something that I would likely buy right away, but it is on my wanted list.

And there you have it. I am sure there are other great games I will enjoy but these are the ones that have my attention right now. Any thoughts? What should I buy?