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I've started a game company......

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 12:12 — ThePengwn

I've started a game company with 2 of my friends.  We are just doing it as a side project, but if things work out....you never know.  The end goal is to make Android, iOS, and PC games.  Heck maybe even Xbox Indie games someday.  But for now we are starting with Android because it is the simplest to learn (imo). 

We already have a game up and running and are maybe 2-3 months out from our first release. 

The concept of the game is that you are diving down what seems like an endless mineshaft, dodging bats that are trying to kill you, floating around trying not slam into walls, dodging rock out-croppings, and trying to collect all the leftover mining gold you can find. Along the way, you find shields to fight off bats and rocks, and unfortunate fog creating devices that make it harder to see. But you want the gold. You need the gold! MineShafted!

Link to intentnially terrible screenshots since art is just place holder art.

If you are interested in following and supporting a fellow 2o2per's adventure into app development, you can like our facebook page for updates:

https://www.facebook.com/PlasmaBeef

I think someday it would be cool to have a 2o2p centered game or app.  It wouldn't be for the money, but would be cool to have I think. 

I just thought I'd throw this out there.  The more support we get, the more motivated and excited we are about this new venture, and hopefully soon we can release this first game and move on to make an even better game!

ThePengwn meets Penguins.

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 10:02 — ThePengwn

I've always liked Penguins.  I don't really know why.  Part of it came from the movie "Billy Madison", and part from drinking Budice back in the day.  But I always liked them as a kid as well.  And I always wanted to meet a penguin.  I finally figured out how to do it.

Yesterday I went to the Newport Aquarium near Cincinnati and got to meet and pet and hang out with real African Penguins.  It was completely awesome.

I took a ton of pictures and this link should take you to them on my fb page.

 
And a link to a 7 video YouTube playlist of the cute little bastards:
 
 
 
I highly recommend checking out the Newport Aquarium if you are near it.  And do the penguin encounter.  You have to buy tickets onlione before-hand, and it is a little expensive, but for me, it could not have been more worth it.
 
On another quick note, my GT used to be "CoolPengwn", now it's just "ThePengwn".  I just wanted something different.
 
-Ryan

RIP KiowaChief

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 23:34 — ThePengwn

I'm kind of in shock right now and there is no where else to talk about this sort of thing. Friends I know in person still think it is impossible to be good friends with someone you never met in real life.....but people on here know the truth........online friendships are real.

A fellow Halotard, KiowaWarChief (KiowaChief), died recently. I just found out by checking his facebook page. He was one of my closest gaming friends. I never met him in real life, but we played countless hours of Halo and Borderlands and tons of other games together. He was one of the few gaming friends I had that liked fighter pilot games, so we ran through Ace Combat and HAWX together.

I never met Aaron in real life, but he was definitely one of my good friends. He was always down to play any game. He was one of the most easy going, light-hearted, nicest people I have ever met.

He had this infectious chuckle. Every Halotard knows the chuckle. He was an expert banshee pilot and would mow people down, and simply chuckle to himself. It wasn't a menacing laugh, it was the kind of laugh that made you know he was having fun, and you knew you were having fun too. Sometimes we'd get on Halo 3 and just battle 1v1 for while until other Tards showed up. It was always a blast. Finding creative ways to kill each other. Sneaking up and bashing each other in the back of the head. Always followed by the chuckle.

I'm really going to miss him. RIP Kiowa. I really hope you are in a happier and healthier place, playing Halo 4 already, mowing down noobs with the banshee.

 

I found this video on my computer.  There were tons of other people in the game, but me and him were just having fun trying to kill each other.

 

PAX/Halofest Vacation

Mon, 08/29/2011 - 11:47 — ThePengwn

I went to PAX/Halofest this year. I had a couple friends move to Seattle last year, so me and my buddy flew out, got extremely drunk, and made it to PAX on Friday. If I had to do it all over again, there would probably be less drinking/hangovers, and more PAX, but it was awesome anyways. So here's a bunch of pictures. We saw Xplay, played a bunch of games, etc, etc. The best part was Halofest though, by far. We played a firefight level of CE that is the second level of H1 and we played some multiplayer on Beaver Creek. And the Weta Warthog was there, which was one of the highlights of the trip. I'm standing in front of the warthog. Photobucket  Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Bah. Summer.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 12:13 — ThePengwn

Every summer I run out of games to play. The drought kills my wallet. I end up buying tons of older games, and then never play them that much. I bought Civ Rev the other day after playing Civ World on Facebook. It's fun, but only a small diversion. I bought a 3DS, mostly for Ocarina of Time, but I don't play it as much as I should. I like it for business travel mostly, and so I feel like I should save my games to play when I can't play my Xbox. I play Reach every once in a while, but still it's a small diversion. Brink was fun for a while, but the DLC has been in MS certification for a freaking month now, and even when the two new levels come out, it'll only keep me occupied for a week or so. There was supposed to be Portal DLC. Where is my Portal DLC?!?!?!?

And so the old fallback starts calling.........I want to play WoW again. But ........I'm a level 70 and just in the beginnings of Wotlk, and my computer can't handle it. So I would have to buy an entirely new computer. I'm not a PC gamer. I can't stand the upgrades, the specs, the driver installs....it just feels like a hassle to me. I'm sure I could do all the research, learn what is the latest and greatest, newegg it up, and end up with an awesome system, but that is so much freaking work just for WoW.....and some SW:TOR eventually. And I really don't want to spend upwards of $1000 for a 3-4 year future-proof PC for two games. Actually, I don't even know how much it would cost for a computer that could run WoW and SW:TOR at full settings. And how long would that computer last? I can't stand all that PC crap. I love my Xbox.

Even if I did do that and went back to WoW, I know I'd have to drop it in November when way too many games come out at once. I'm going to have to split my time between Halo:CE, AC:Rev, and Skyrim. That is a ton of gaming coming out within a week of each other. Why can't one of those games come out...like now....

I'm just bored out of my mind right now. It's too hot to do anything outside, and I have no games to play. Stupid summer drought.

Bah. Summer.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 12:13 — ThePengwn

Every summer I run out of games to play. The drought kills my wallet. I end up buying tons of older games, and then never play them that much. I bought Civ Rev the other day after playing Civ World on Facebook. It's fun, but only a small diversion. I bought a 3DS, mostly for Ocarina of Time, but I don't play it as much as I should. I like it for business travel mostly, and so I feel like I should save my games to play when I can't play my Xbox. I play Reach every once in a while, but still it's a small diversion. Brink was fun for a while, but the DLC has been in MS certification for a freaking month now, and even when the two new levels come out, it'll only keep me occupied for a week or so. There was supposed to be Portal DLC. Where is my Portal DLC?!?!?!?

And so the old fallback starts calling.........I want to play WoW again. But ........I'm a level 70 and just in the beginnings of Wotlk, and my computer can't handle it. So I would have to buy an entirely new computer. I'm not a PC gamer. I can't stand the upgrades, the specs, the driver installs....it just feels like a hassle to me. I'm sure I could do all the research, learn what is the latest and greatest, newegg it up, and end up with an awesome system, but that is so much freaking work just for WoW.....and some SW:TOR eventually. And I really don't want to spend upwards of $1000 for a 3-4 year future-proof PC for two games. Actually, I don't even know how much it would cost for a computer that could run WoW and SW:TOR at full settings. And how long would that computer last? I can't stand all that PC crap. I love my Xbox.

Even if I did do that and went back to WoW, I know I'd have to drop it in November when way too many games come out at once. I'm going to have to split my time between Halo:CE, AC:Rev, and Skyrim. That is a ton of gaming coming out within a week of each other. Why can't one of those games come out...like now....

I'm just bored out of my mind right now. It's too hot to do anything outside, and I have no games to play. Stupid summer drought.

Reach died for me very quickly.  It just doesn't have maps on par with Valhalla or Standoff or Guardian.  Or something.  I don't know.  The campaign was awesome, but the multiplayer got boring pretty quickly.  I bought the new maps, but I haven't even popped the Reach disc in to try them out.  Maybe I'll feel a sudden urge to play Halo again at some point, but right now I have no desire at all to play it.

I beat the crap out of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.  Finished all the single player achievements, and did almost all the missions except for a couple side missions that still go back and knock out every once in a while.  I loved the game.  LOVED it.  I hope they release some single player DLC soon.  The multiplayer is really fun too and I've been playing that a bit.

But other than Brotherhood, there just isn't much out there that interests me until Portal 2, I think.  So I've been trying to find something to play.

 

Option 1: Borderlands  -  I bought this when it came out and reached level 19 or so, but then I sold it.  I can't remember why exactly.  I liked the game enough.  It was kind of annoying trying to find a group with similar levels to play with, but other than that, I remember the game was pretty fun.  I'm thinking about picking this up again.  Still on the fence.

Option 2: Oblivion  -  A very old game now, but I still have a lot of guild quests and the entire Shivering Isles to work though.  I think the game may be a little too old now though.  I want the new one.  Can't wait for the new one.

Option 3: WoW  -  Yeah, I really kind of want to go back to WoW.  I have a level 70 hunter.  But there are a lot of things holding me back.  First I would need a new computer.  My laptop chugged in Burning Crusade and was near unplayable in WotLK.  And I'd want a laptop again, probably an Alienware.  I spec'ed a decent one out for only $700 today, but I only need the damn thing to play WoW...I don't play any other PC games, and I just can't justify that.  And then it would take me a lot of time and dungeons with a lot of randoms, most likely, to level up to 80 (and then to 85) to join up with anybody and raid.  And I'd have to learn to raid.  And with cataclysm everything has been completely re-vamped and I'd have to completely re-learn how to play my hunter.  I just don't think I want to invest that much time (and tons of money) to get caught up to enjoy stuff. 

 

Something needs to fill the gap here.  My tastes in games seem to be changing.  Right now it seems to be in the action/adventure/sandbox/quest type game, like ACB.  I don't really know if I feel like playing a FPS right now.  I'm thinking I may have to give Borderlands another chance.  I know it is an FPS, but it had enough questing and RPG elements that I think it might work to keep me interested.  And then hopefully there will be more ACB single player DLC eventually, and I can play the multiplayer in that every once in a while too.

I wish Fable or Fallout appealed to me, but I never could get into them.  Maybe I should think about giving Fable III a chance.....I just didn't particularly enjoy Fable II and sold it pretty quickly.

Is anybody else feeling game-stuck?  Or is it just me? 

Reach died for me very quickly.  It just doesn't have maps on par with Valhalla or Standoff or Guardian.  Or something.  I don't know.  The campaign was awesome, but the multiplayer got boring pretty quickly.  I bought the new maps, but I haven't even popped the Reach disc in to try them out.  Maybe I'll feel a sudden urge to play Halo again at some point, but right now I have no desire at all to play it.

I beat the crap out of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.  Finished all the single player achievements, and did almost all the missions except for a couple side missions that still go back and knock out every once in a while.  I loved the game.  LOVED it.  I hope they release some single player DLC soon.  The multiplayer is really fun too and I've been playing that a bit.

But other than Brotherhood, there just isn't much out there that interests me until Portal 2, I think.  So I've been trying to find something to play.

 

Option 1: Borderlands  -  I bought this when it came out and reached level 19 or so, but then I sold it.  I can't remember why exactly.  I liked the game enough.  It was kind of annoying trying to find a group with similar levels to play with, but other than that, I remember the game was pretty fun.  I'm thinking about picking this up again.  Still on the fence.

Option 2: Oblivion  -  A very old game now, but I still have a lot of guild quests and the entire Shivering Isles to work though.  I think the game may be a little too old now though.  I want the new one.  Can't wait for the new one.

Option 3: WoW  -  Yeah, I really kind of want to go back to WoW.  I have a level 70 hunter.  But there are a lot of things holding me back.  First I would need a new computer.  My laptop chugged in Burning Crusade and was near unplayable in WotLK.  And I'd want a laptop again, probably an Alienware.  I spec'ed a decent one out for only $700 today, but I only need the damn thing to play WoW...I don't play any other PC games, and I just can't justify that.  And then it would take me a lot of time and dungeons with a lot of randoms, most likely, to level up to 80 (and then to 85) to join up with anybody and raid.  And I'd have to learn to raid.  And with cataclysm everything has been completely re-vamped and I'd have to completely re-learn how to play my hunter.  I just don't think I want to invest that much time (and tons of money) to get caught up to enjoy stuff. 

 

Something needs to fill the gap here.  My tastes in games seem to be changing.  Right now it seems to be in the action/adventure/sandbox/quest type game, like ACB.  I don't really know if I feel like playing a FPS right now.  I'm thinking I may have to give Borderlands another chance.  I know it is an FPS, but it had enough questing and RPG elements that I think it might work to keep me interested.  And then hopefully there will be more ACB single player DLC eventually, and I can play the multiplayer in that every once in a while too.

I wish Fable or Fallout appealed to me, but I never could get into them.  Maybe I should think about giving Fable III a chance.....I just didn't particularly enjoy Fable II and sold it pretty quickly.

Is anybody else feeling game-stuck?  Or is it just me? 

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood is one of the best games ever created in the history of the universe and it is a shame more people on 2o2p don't play it.  At least it doesn't seem like many people play it.  It should be up there with all the must-buy games.  I think it might even be my game of the year, which is saying something considering how much I loved Reach and Red Dead Redemption.

Brotherhood even links with this cool Facebook game called Project Legacy that is kind of like Mafia Wars.  I recruit assassin's in the xbox game and can send them on missions to level them there, but I can also assign xp to them every 4 hours through the facebook game.  And I can also level them with missions through the facebook game.  I'm building an badass guild of assassin's that will come and help me in the xbox game with a press of a button.  There's other stuff I can unlock in both games by playing them too.

There is so much to do in Brotherhood it is mind-blowing. And I haven't even tried the multiplayer yet, I've been too addicted to the single player.

The combat is infinitely improved over AC2, but even in AC2 I thought it was fun.

I'm probably going to write a more thorough review once I try the multiplayer, but seriously, everyone should play this game.  At the very least, if you can find a cheap copy of AC2, buy it, fall in love with it, beat the crap out of it, and then move straight into Brotherhood.  You won't regret it.

It would help to play AC1 before AC2 to know the story a little better, but AC1 is repetitive as hell and kind of a slog to get through.  I thought it was kinda fun, but compared to AC2 and Brotherhood, AC1 is pong.  Maybe just read an AC1 wiki entry or watch some youtube vids to catch up on the story.  But then play AC2.  And then Brotherhood.  You will thank me.

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood is one of the best games ever created in the history of the universe and it is a shame more people on 2o2p don't play it.  At least it doesn't seem like many people play it.  It should be up there with all the must-buy games.  I think it might even be my game of the year, which is saying something considering how much I loved Reach and Red Dead Redemption.

Brotherhood even links with this cool Facebook game called Project Legacy that is kind of like Mafia Wars.  I recruit assassin's in the xbox game and can send them on missions to level them there, but I can also assign xp to them every 4 hours through the facebook game.  And I can also level them with missions through the facebook game.  I'm building an badass guild of assassin's that will come and help me in the xbox game with a press of a button.  There's other stuff I can unlock in both games by playing them too.

There is so much to do in Brotherhood it is mind-blowing. And I haven't even tried the multiplayer yet, I've been too addicted to the single player.

The combat is infinitely improved over AC2, but even in AC2 I thought it was fun.

I'm probably going to write a more thorough review once I try the multiplayer, but seriously, everyone should play this game.  At the very least, if you can find a cheap copy of AC2, buy it, fall in love with it, beat the crap out of it, and then move straight into Brotherhood.  You won't regret it.

It would help to play AC1 before AC2 to know the story a little better, but AC1 is repetitive as hell and kind of a slog to get through.  I thought it was kinda fun, but compared to AC2 and Brotherhood, AC1 is pong.  Maybe just read an AC1 wiki entry or watch some youtube vids to catch up on the story.  But then play AC2.  And then Brotherhood.  You will thank me.

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