Hello y'all....It's been awhile since I wrote a journal, so I am here to assure you I am indeed still alive and kicking. We survived the end, so what next? Who knows, but pour me a drink eh?
A lot has happened this year, as evidenced by my lower than average quota of artwork. Work and life have kept me occupied to say the least. Some facets of me have changed, but in the end, I'm still the same guy you've gotten to know over the years (those few people who read journals that is
) School has been going well, and I'm pleased to have 1 year under my belt in my own place. Soo awesome to live on your own. I've been growing as a person, and that is always good. Got a few new tattoos as well which might eventually make an appearance on here (but who really knows...lol)(the Eye of Horus and the Night Lords emblem from Wh40k for anyone really curious)
As to events, the only big things I did this year were Motor City Comic Con and visiting a friend out of state. It was very awesome seeing old friends at Motor City (hung out with a buddy I grew up with...good times). Meeting Sean Patrick Flannery was the highlight of that event. Also debuted my Raiden cosplay from Metal Gear Rising:Revengeance to critical acclaim.
Which leads me to cosplay. Raiden turned out great, though I'm still tweaking a few things (read: the feet and adding a visor if all goes well). Plans for next year include a Night Lord Space Marine from Warhammer 40,000 and Damon Baird from Gears of War. Iron Man, Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2), and Dante's Majin Form Devil Trigger (DMC2) are further out, but definitely on the list.
On the gaming front, this was a fun year. I kicked off the year with Metal Gear Rising and loved it (even if it was really short). The cutting mechanic is truly something new, and in my opinion, sets the bar by which I will measure all future hack and slash games.
Gears of War:Judgement was a blast, as was Borderlands 2 (I'm counting it even though it was actually a 2012 game since I didn't get it until this year). I even got back into Devil May Cry 4 and found I enjoyed playing as Nero a lot more than the first time
After sitting back for awhile, I decided to give DmC-Devil May Cry another try. I am well aware of my initial opinions which I voiced with much fervor. That said, I am man enough to admit when I am wrong. It is a lot better than I expected it to be, and there are many subtle nods to the classic series. While not as good as the previous installments, it is still a decent game, and I have to admit I really enjoy the combat. They took the best aspects of Nero and Dante and blended them together rather seamlessly. Admittedly, my new favorite band Black Veil Brides maaay have something to do with my change of heart (new Dante does have a resemblance to Andy Sixx, who is freaking adorable). Am I going to force my opinion on anyone? Hell no...that's not me at all. But after all the hatred I spewed forth at this game, I feel like I went off half cocked. To anyone I may have offended, I apologize. To my friends who still hate this game, I get it...just don't hate me
Life is too short to get too wrapped up in trivial things. If you enjoy something, great. If you don't, let it go. Getting embroiled in petty arguments in the long run is no way to life.
That's about it....looking forward to Metal Gear Solid 5:Ground Zeros and the Jamais Vu mission featuring Raiden in 2014. Until next time...