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Tuesday, August 8, 2006


   When there's no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Mall...
Hey everybody. Guess whatís released today. =)
Thatís right. Today is the day that Dead Rising gets released to the public!!! ^o^

Iím so excited, even though I donít have an Xbox360 (but, some of my friends do, so thereís always hope for that!).
Iím probably so excited merely because Iíve been anticipating this gameís release for so long. I first heard about it in the coverage of E3 in 2005, and when I saw that old prototype trailer for its earliest build I said to myself, ďMan, that looks awesome!!!Ē.
Then it was pushed back in its release-date from lat May to early August of this year, which had me rather disappointed at the time.

But now, free-roaming Zombie-survival is now here, and itís sure to be awesome.
Seriously people, I know Iím a tad biased toward zombie-related things, but my expectations are really high for this one. =) After reading gameplay descriptions, there looks like there may be a few things that might muck-up the gameplay a little. However, Iím hoping any problems the design might create (such as the odd idea for the gameís passage of time, as those who have been reading about the game might know about) will be small and easily smoothed-out by the gameís other good qualities. =D

I could talk your ear off describing all the aspects of this game thatíll make it so awesome, such as the graphics, mission-structure, premise, characters, photography system, free-form gameplay and creative design, but Iíve already talked loads about that stuff in previous posts. So, Iíll save my gushing for my next post or so. Plus, on the post before my last I talked a deal about the gameís creative idea for in-game photography, so if youíre interested and havenít read that yet please scroll-down to the bottom of my page.

Speaking of that post, I had a massive amount of awesome screen-shots from the game on it, but took them down because they were distorting my site and might have caused some loading problems for some of you. However, it seems I may have taken them down too early, because a lot of you seemed to get to that post and comment afterwards.
So, to rectify this, Iíll post those awesome pics again today. ^_^

Before you skip these, keep in mind that these are the most awesome pics Iíve seen from the game, gathered from the IGN website. Those of you with dial-up or slow connections would go nuts trying to check out the pics they have at IGN since you have to load, return and re-load each page, so this is a much easier way to see all the awesome pictures for the game.
Loganís always looking out for his friends that have to deal with dial-up. ~_^
So, here are the pics you may have missed. I want you all to tell me which ones are your favorites. ^_^

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(An example of how your camera will come into play.)


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Arenít those awesome!?!? ^o^
For more information on Dead Rising, you can go to IGN.com for actual information and a few cool gameplay videos (but again, if youíre on dial-up I donít recommend going there for pictures. Thatís why I posted all the awesome pictures here in one swoop. ~_^ ).

Speaking of Dead Rising, I wanted to show you this lovely web-comic Rosa posted on her site yesterday in commemoration of the release of this wonderful game:
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XD Thatís comedic gold right there. I just love seeing a piece of media that Iím already interested in being satirized and made the subject of humor. X) Thanks for posting this, Rosa-chan!

Allright, now that Dead Risingís out of the way (for today at least), here are some other art-related news updates for you:

-Erin-chan has posted another round of photos of her new room after redecorating. ^_^ You can check them out on her site.

-Vankala 86 has posted a positively lovely new drawing of Sora in her gallery. Votes, views and comments are of course always greatly appreciated, so feel encouraged to check out her newest piece of artwork here.

-As of today, deviantART has launched the newer, slicker version 5.0 site-build. The new build features larger thumbnails, automatic imbed and thumbnail HTML, more emoticons, new sorting and selection categories and a slew of other new helpful features. Hopefully these changes will be well-received by deviants and will make their art-surfing experience all the more enjoyable.

-As for me, I did a slew of drawing last night, hopefully signifying the end of my recent Art-Block.
Youíll have to wait until later for more specific details as to what I accomplished, but Iíll go ahead and tell you my work last night encompassed work on Erinís birthday-present, a zombie (thank you, Dead RisingÖ.) and the start of a new project I think the female fans will enjoy. ;) More on that to come.

Alright everybody, I need to let my little sister on the computer for a while (sheís been a really good girl today <3 ), so Iíll o ahead and end this post with todayís Art-Feature.
ďLanís New ObsessionĒ by Lan Ishikiori:
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This piece is just too remarkably cute and too familiar to not take notice of.
Here we have Lan (as a chibi, of course), expressing her love for Edward as a character. Fangirls have become an integral part of anime-culture, and are a vital pillar of anime society.
I can tell you right now, thereís nothing wrong with being a fangirl, so long as you do it right. Itís perfectly OK to have a love for something your passionate about, namely anime. However, many people take the fangirl occupation way, way, WAY too far. Many tarnish the designation of ďfangirlĒ by being truly obsessive and delusional about anime characters or smutting-up a respectable anime series and its fan-base with their twisted sick-fucker fantasies. It pisses me off when people like that call themselves ďfangirlsĒ, because their not. Theyíre ďfanfreaksĒ and ďfanfuckersĒ.

However, there is a right way to be a fangirl, and Iíve met many people who do it in such a way, Kylee (ďSonicRocksMySocksĒ) being a prime example.

Moving away from my philosophy and onto the piece itself, Lan seems to show some pretty serious digital skill.
The colors are extremely vibrant and bright, and the lining is clean and smooth.
Ed looks exactly as he does in anime, looking like he was drawn by a true professional who had worked on the show. His facial-expression is also wonderful. X)

This is a simplistic but professional-looking piece of artwork containing both charm and familiarity. Itís by a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist thatís about her love for Fullmetal Alchemist, namely its protagonist. XD

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