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Quote of the day #3

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My blood’s type B, which means I can be irritable and impetuous, and my intentions don’t always come across.

(Minister for Reconstruction Ryu Matsumoto)

I belong to the A blood type group so I’d be a good asset in Japan.


Written by David Osbon

November 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Quote of the day #2

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For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.

(George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm)

I’m glad for one that George is sticking to his word and not making, at least directly, any further Star Wars movies. Disney is an excellent choice to take over Lucasfilm based on their recent track record with Pixar and Marvel.

Other than what others had said, I for one would expect Disney to raise the look of the Star Wars movie franchise. To me that means far less Chroma Key and far more location-based filming. I think Lucas went way overboard in his use of this just to get the recent trilogy(episodes I-III) made quickly. I also believe that Disney do CGI better than anyone else which can’t be bad for the franchise.

I hope that Disney will give the generation that grew up with the original trilogy something to cheer. I remember how awe-inspired I was seeing my first Star Wars back in 1977 and Disney could do well by remembering those adults that still enjoy those original three movies.

Written by David Osbon

October 31, 2012 at 9:14 am


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(If you want to read the previous posts I’ve made on my play-through of The Walking Dead you can find them here: Brain Scramble(Episode 1), Moral Compass(Episode 2), Gambit(Episode 3) and discover why it’s my GotY).

And there I was thinking things for Lee couldn’t get any worse…

The Walking Dead comic book and subsequent TV series are set in an unforgiving Universe. Brutal deeds done in the name of survival and to see the sun rise on another day of hell on earth. Fun this is not but fascinating as a character study in a pot-boiler of a setting. Thankfully Telltale Games know how to spin these elements into a successful adventure game experience that is everything the comic book and TV series is. The added bonus is YOU get to feel the tension and live with the consequences of decisions made. Telltale Games have done what other media couldn’t. They made it personal.

Never before have I argued out-loud with the events playing out in a videogame but this happened to me in Episode 4: Around Every Corner. Assumption is a key ingredient to the characters lives within The Walking Dead and one such moment of assumption without proof by Vernon made me hit the roof. Man, I was involved. I wanted to swing a wild punch at Vernon’s head. Wanted to burn his accusations back across his eyelids. I got upset and let it get the better of me; I chose to spurn his poorly conceived offer and if I could I’d have swapped his place for the fallen Ben. Never has that intensity of feeling happened to me before in reaction to a videogame experience.

With just one episode to go before this ‘season’ closes out, I fear for Lee and Clementine. There’s no way to disguise the feeling of impeding doom. I’m certain theirs will not be a happy ending. I’m also certain that this experience will live long in my memory as the best forward step by a development team to infuse a sense of belief into an industry stifled with mediocrity.

Written by David Osbon

October 18, 2012 at 12:35 am

Better to write than fight?

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So we can all rest easier at night now that we know the magic formula to being a writer but does having a mental health condition make you a better writer? I know from my own past experiences that the last thing I ever wanted to do while entertaining the black dog was to put pen to paper. You may have a different experience and maybe I should try writing more when in a darker mood.

Something to consider at least.

While I’m again on the topic of writing, I’ve just stolen an idea from a fellow blogger, Clown on Fire. Like him and many, many other writers he keeps a notebook that gets filled with just about everything, including ideas for blog posts. He’s also shared a picture of his own notebook and encouraged others to do the same.

My current notebook can be viewed below. I use a Moleskine weekly notebook that runs for 18 months. The left-hand pages are the current week while the right-hand is a lined page that allows for notes. I tend to keep to my words separate; one side for events and planning the other for the ethereal musings of my mind. The below right-hand page has the beginnings of an idea for a post on time-travel and the initial plan for this blog.

Do you keep a notebook and if so how’s it shaping up?

Written by David Osbon

October 17, 2012 at 12:23 am

13 Essential Tools for Surviving a Zombie Outbreak

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13 Essential Tools for Surviving a Zombie Outbreak

Written by David Osbon

October 14, 2012 at 4:15 am

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