Christmas is upon us and my gift to you (my 7 regular readers) is a slight update of my sidebar. After an hour and a half of messing about with tiny details in CSS (How do I hate thee, Internet Explorer 6? Let me count the ways…), I have finally managed to make my two link images to ROOC and TNM look the way they were meant to appear from the beginning.
This change was brought on by a sudden desire to feature my Xbox 360 Live Gamercard on my blog after I tore through a bunch of bonus songs in Guitar Hero 3 on Expert. I seem to actually be really good at GH3, which is a welcome change from being mediocre or even downright bad at games in general (hopefully I’ll make a better game designer than I make a gamer). Just today, I scored 100% on Closer by Lacuna Coil on Expert in my very first attempt – I think that’s worthy of my pride.
Anyway, it’s christmas, and the laws of General Internet Mass Materialism and Exhibitionism (GIMME) dictate that I post a list of this year’s loot here. I’ll keep it brief:
- Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals by Salen and Zimmerman
- Post-Mortems from Game Developer by Austin Grossman
- A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander
- Yellow Submarine on DVD
- The Witcher (so expect a post about that around the end of January)
- Dark Passion Play by Nightwish
I’m most happy about the books and Yellow Submarine, because if I hadn’t got the others I would have bought them myself. Of course this doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the last two gifts as well, I always appreciate gifts! Yellow Submarine was especially awesome because it didn’t feature on my wish list – I didn’t even know I needed it, but now that I have it, I don’t know why I didn’t put it on my wish list to begin with. Watching it in luscious DVD quality will be a welcome change from the old, worn VHS tape.
Well, that’s enough shameless materialism for today, I think. As usual it was a very nice christmas – we tend to celebrate christmas very discretely, with my grandmother as the only guest, a good meal, some singing (there must be singing) and of course the presents. The singing tends to be the best part for reasons I can’t explain.
Hope you all had a good christmas too and got lots of nice presents to distract yourself with until 2008