Turning Points.

A different kind this week.

I don’t reminisce much, I’d rather take each day as it goes and plan ahead for what needs to be done, but the rare time when I do it’s usually about a very prominent time. 2015 isn’t just about when hoverboards are due to arrive on October 21st, but it’s also 10 years to the day since I got the GCSE results.

You know when times like these happen, and you know that you’ve got a real chance to do something different that you’ve been hoping for, for a very long while.
You’ve probably had it in a different way, be it from meeting that one person to change your perspective, or that job you got the call for. But you remember the moment, and you don’t forget the turning point. It’s mainly why you’re where you are now.
I never felt that more than 10 years ago today, and sometimes I do ponder what the present would be like if the time of 2005-2007 never occurred.

I remember the whole day, from when I left to get my results, to working a shift, to going to a results party with friends, being on a total high, culminating with starting the time I’d long been hoping for the following week.
It’s as if it was a fork in the road, and you know that while it’s happening, it’s a time that you have to make the most of, more than usual.

25th August 2005 was one of two major turning points for me in the last 10 years, and not a day goes by when I don’t think about that period and the following year. It’s why there’s a picture of it in my front room, and why it’s in the centre of the frame it’s in. It’s how the other photos came to be in the following years.
I’d do a lot to visit that first year, even for a few hours, and it’s only now that I feel as content, if not more as I did back then.

And so today is a time where I’ll be reminiscing and appreciating what’s happening now, and what there should be to come.
Always take that leap of faith and see where it takes you. If you’re hoping for the result you want, you’ll do what’s necessary to obtain it, not just post a quote on your social network of choice, think those 15 likes will increase the chances and hope for the best.

If I could, I’d also tell my 12 year old self that it’s going to work out.
A hell of a lot of patience will be needed, but eventually it’s going to pay off. You’re going to have a time that you’re going to genuinely enjoy at last.
You’ll finally be with decent people throughout, of who you’ll still be in contact with ten years on. Some you’ll be at their wedding, one you’ll be a godfather to their child, and others you’ll happily see to talk to in passing even when you haven’t even seen them in 4 years. They’ll always be worth the time.
You’ll be laughing each day and not wanting them to end. It will also be a cause and effect which will lead to other things, and into avenues that you didn’t realise you had access to.
But most of all, everything will be fine, and what you’re hoping for each day is going to happen.

And to those who were there at that time ten years ago and didn’t know it: Thank you.

To the next ten years.

‘Two free Blocks Needed.’

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When it comes to games, we take the memory for granted these days.
I recently bought an Xbox One, and I didn’t realise that the saved games were saved to the cloud. So if there was an unfortunate fire, those 3% progress saves would still be safely protected for me to use.
It’s gone from passwords, to memory cards, to hard drives, and now the cloud.

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Something Old, Something New.

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Guinean: “You could feel it, wrap yourself around it.
And never have I ever been as content.”

As last week’s E3 proved, nostalgia is a very powerful thing.

Last Tuesday as I woke up, I checked Twitter to see what’s been occurring when I’ve been asleep.
I wanted to check it more quickly this time due to E3 and the announcements in the night from Sony.
Scrolling through the tweets, the same two names kept appearing.
Final Fantasy VII
Shenmue 3.
It turns out, not only were they announced, but deep in development. Rumoured games for over 12 years are suddenly reality.

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Interview with: Grant Kirkhope.

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The name may not be familiar to some, but the following games he’s composed, you’ve most likely played:

  • GoldenEye 007.
  • The Banjo Kazooie series.
  • Perfect Dark.

He’s also started composing work on Playtonic Games’ entry, Yooka-Laylee, which is being designed by a team of ex-Rare employees, wanting to bring a series similar to Banjo Kazooie, to the audience of 2015.

It’s being funded on Kickstarter, and with seven days to go before it ends, it’s already raised over £2.5 million in funding in only five weeks.

In the midsts of creating this, he’s been able to spare some time to answer some questions from me.

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Twelve Grand.

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That’s all I could think as I was wearing the Apple Watch Edition.

I was in London again for work, and as the meeting finished, it was close by to Regents Street. Me and a colleague thought to visit the Apple Store to see if they had any try-on appointments free.
After a ten minute wait and looking at the new Macbook, there was an opening available, and we were lead upstairs to a corner of the floor which only had one table.
This is where the experience changed from the one I had at Meadowhall.

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*Insert Coin*

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You’d be looking forward to it for weeks.
You’d be looking at the magazines to see what games could be in the arcade, and saving the pocket money for it.
When you’d become closer and closer to the place, you’d get that smell of the beach, and the faint sound of that fairground theme becoming louder, and louder, and louder.
Then you’d have arrived.

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Emulation on a Macbook Air.

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Nothing is more prominent then discovering something you haven’t seen in years, and as soon as you see it, memories long forgotten come back.

Games have the same effect, and with emulation, it only makes it easier.

Its been two years since I’ve owned my MacBook Air, and I’ve still been using an emulator called ‘Dolphin‘ throughout this time.

A very short article I did of how well it ran back in July 2013 is one of my most viewed pages, and without fail  there’s always a visit to the page each day.

Since the start of the year, it ascended to another level when the Rogue Squadron games became playable after forever being unable to, due to some unique graphics that the developer, Factor 5 created for the series.

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‘There’s an App for that.’

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There’s one question that I get asked every week without fail:

How do you know how to go about this? How do you make it look so easy?

I only answer that it’s the same as someone knows how to kick a ball, or how one knows how to play a piano, you just know.

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The Wrist.

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Anakin: “You know the Dark Side?

Palpatine: “Anakin, if one is to understand the great mystery, one must study all its aspects, not just the dogmatic, narrow view of the Jedi. If you wish to become a complete and wise leader, you must embrace, a larger view of the Force.

I feel this quote from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith rings true to the smart wrists of our current time.
I’ve been curious about smart devices on the wrist since I first came across them a couple of years ago. I even wrote a short article on how watches and televisions weren’t the next big thing.

But I think they are now.

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