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Meta drawing. In 2013, when I got a new graphics tablet, I drew a pool party containing character requests from some Facebook friends. In 2014, I redrew that pool party to showcase my skill progress. Here I am 3 years later redrawing the pool party again benchmarking my progress. It has been an incredible journey and I can’t wait to keep going.

What’s also fun is how some of these characters have grown in that time period. Ellie is older and Dany’s dragons have gotten considerably larger.

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In the past two years, I’ve spent an almost upsetting amount of time and money catching up on the greatest of what the last generation of consoles had to offer.  On my PS3, I went into Uncharted territories, explored the BEAUTIFUL world of Ni No Kuni, fought the Reaper threat with a squad of my best fictional friends, assassinated political figures, saved the world by becoming electrifyingly inFamous, became the man in the lighthouse that took me into the worlds of both Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite, thought with Portals, fought my way through the west to get back to my family, slain Colossi beneath their shadows, became the Batman, went on a life changing Journey, slaughtered thousands of gang members and aliens as The Boss in the Saints Row gang, became a father in the zombie apocalypse, and felt a spectrum of emotions through The Last of Us.

I’ve played a lot of games.  In short, when I got my PS3 three years ago, I caught up on gaming greats from all the way back when the last generation first came out.  But my list of games to catch up on has grown incredibly thin.  Sure the list is still there because I haven’t played all the greats such as Heavy Rain and Metal Gear Solid games, but I think I’ve hit a threshold on older games.  I thought it was time for a change.  A time to instead of living the glories of the past, it was time to live the glories of the present.

So in the name of glory, I bought a PS4.

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To put it lightly, I think I nearly doubled my game library this year.  I had a well paying job that allowed me to splurge for myself in ways I really haven’t in the past.  With all this new disposable income [insert ‘Thanks Obama’ meme here], I managed to purchase a number of games I’ve never played before in addition to the many incredible releases that came out this year.  And as a year ends, it’s pretty obvious that every blogger in the world is going to be coming up with the “Best of 2013” lists.  So naturally I’m just doing my duty as another blogger, who doesn’t have the time or wit to come up with something more original.

Truth be told, the number 1 shouldn’t surprise you, it’s pretty much one of the greatest games I’ve ever played, but it might be interesting to see the other games I’ve taken a hand at this past year.  If you’re doubting my nerd cred, these games do not take into account the older games that were released in other times that I’ve picked up [These titles include Minecraft, League of Legends, and Shadow the Colossus, Sly Cooper, etc].

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joel and ellie final

 

Here’s a piece of artwork I’ve done in honor of The Last of Us.  It’s currently my background.  I absolutely love the game.  Feel free to leave me feedback!  And read my review on the Last of Us when you get the chance!

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All images are owned by Naughty Dog

If you follow video games at all, you must have heard about Naughty Dog’s most recent title, The Last of Us, which is shattering records in both the critical acclaim and sales aspects.  The Last of Us is a hyper realistic survival game set in an post-apocalyptic world, following an unlikely pair, Joel, an old and grizzled man, and Ellie, a young girl.  Together they go on a journey across country trying to find the key to humanity, or at least survive it.

This game is definitely one of the top contenders for the title, ‘Game of the Year’.  As ambiguous and generic as giving that title to any game may seem, The Last of Us had it all.  Great story, compelling action, beautiful graphics, and emotional depth.  We’re not going to go into story too much here as a matter of fact, we’re not going to talk much about any spoilers at all.  This is simply a review of the amazing things that happen in the game and some of the not so great [but kinda negligible] things worth commenting on.

I haven’t tried the multiplayer yet, so if you have any comments on that, let me know in the comments below in addition to any other comments you might have about the game in general.

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Alright, despite the fact that E3 2012 isn’t really over yet (at least, I don’t think it is), I’m going to go ahead and write this wrap-up article as the main performances and press conferences are already done with. With a star-studded line-up featuring the regulars such as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo as well as developers EA and Ubisoft, people were expecting an amazing E3. Feel free to read further to see what I thought of this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. (more…)

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