Oats Studio: Some of the best Science Fiction I’ve seen in a while

Oats Studio: Some of the best Science Fiction I’ve seen in a while

In case you haven’t had a chance to see these shorts take a minute to check out these three amazing mini Science Fiction films from director Neill Blomkamp.  He’s the guy that directed District 9, Elysium and Chappie.  These shorts are his new project, working with big name actors on mini passion projects.  Each film takes place in a fully realized Science Fiction world and they are great examples of short films.  Each one could be made into an amazing feature film and leaves you wanting more while also feeling satisfied.  There are only three so far but there will be more to come.

Check out Oats Studios on YouTube.  Here are the shorts:

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Mental Toughness and Sacrifice

Mental Toughness and Sacrifice




This is something I came across recently during some googling about game development.  I think I searched “What you need to make a game”, more just bored in a waiting room and looking for an interesting article to read.  One of the top hits was a google book result for a book about “Mental Toughness”.  The book itself was geared toward athletes but I found it telling that this was one of the top results for something like video game development.

It got me thinking, what does it take to be successful in life?  What does it take to succeed in the endeavors we face in the day to day grind?  The answer really is Mental Toughness.  Well, that combined with sacrifice.  So what is mental toughness, what makes someone mentally tough? Continue reading →

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Tweepi – A Pi Powered Twitter Feed on a 16 x 2 LCD

Tweepi – A Pi Powered Twitter Feed on a 16 x 2 LCD

I was on vacation and as a way to kind of jump start my brain when I got back I took on a fun little project with one of the PI Zero’s I had lying around and an old LCD screen.  It took a bit longer than I expected and really got my gears turning again, that’s for sure.  I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not perfect, I soldered to the board in a pretty messy way and the layout is probably not perfect, so there is room for improvement, but it was a quick “warm up” project to get everything in my brain working again.  It took some google searching and reading a few documents for the modules implemented but it was a great way to get learning. Continue reading →

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Games as Art: A Creative Outlet

Games as Art: A Creative Outlet

I’m one of those people that believes video games are a valid art form.  They are a blend of visual storytelling that interacts with the viewer (player) in a way no other medium can match.  While not all games are pieces of amazing artwork and not all games are that perfect blend of story, interaction and visual effect, a lot of games are.

Sure playing “Call of Duty”, or “Battlefield” is not the same as painting a picture or reading a book, but there are pliantly of games that I would class as art.  I’ve made this argument on my (now defunct) previous blog.  A piece where I talked about how games like “SOMA”, “Mass Effect”, “Spec Ops: the line” and “This War of Mine” were perfect examples of the medium as an art form.  The argument has been made before by people much more intelligent than me and people much better versed in this kind of discussion, so I won’t go too far into it. Continue reading →

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Remaining Focused

Remaining Focused

As anyone who reads my stuff may have noticed, it has been a while since I posted.  I’ve been pretty busy, lots going on and lots to do and that is where the heart of this post lies.  A problem I’ve had since I graduated university and got healthy and that is a problem of focus. Continue reading →

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