Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Apocalypse POW!: Slow Month Edition

Hey everyone, I wanted to give you all an update on this blog's current status.

You may have noticed a lack of updates over the last week or so. There are a couple of reasons why things have slowed down, and will continue to be slow for the next little while.

To begin with, I have been SIIII-ICK. Started out as a brutal cold that's going around but developed into bronchitis. I started feeling under the weather last Wednesday; by Saturday it had developed into a full-blown misery storm. Thursday and Friday were a slog to get through, and then I had a long weekend which was utterly ruined. I came into work on Tuesday and lasted an hour before I had to go home, and while I'm back today and on the mend, I haven't much felt like updating (work itself has been difficult enough).

Secondly, though, and perhaps more relevant to how things will play out in the coming weeks: as you may have noticed, I use Photobucket as my primary image-hosting site. Paying customer and everything. I've had some trouble with them over the last couple of weeks, and today when I logged in, I discovered that I was being forced to abandon their 'Legacy' interface and move to their 'New' interface. This new interface, while promising "more control" in my image-hosting needs, has not yet implemented the ability to sort images in-album. Since I rely on this feature heavily to sort my pictures before and after posting them (primarily to ensure that I'm not re-posting anything) and there's no option to roll back to the Legacy interface, I am pretty annoyed. Not to mention the fact that my current library was "re-organized" in the transition, and there's nothing I can do about it.

I have it on good authority that this is a feature they're planning on re-introducing, based on the widespread demand. I have sent a very irritated ticket to Photobucket Support for good measure. But until I have the ability to sort my images properly, things are going to be slow around here. If I don't see any changes within a week or so, I plan on taking my business to Flickr or some other image host (whoever gives me the ability to sort things the way I need to). If I do that, though, we're looking at a transition time of a week or longer.

So basically, you might not see any updates here for a couple of weeks. Don't think that Apocalypse POW! is dead. We'll get back to our regular posting schedule soon.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Triptych: Nintendos, As Far As The Eye Can See

"Play Poster" by Sam Goldberg

"Game Girl In The Wild", Artist Unknown (Photo by dubie710)

"Super Gigan Vinyl" by Hannes Hummel

Hannes Hummel's piece up there is an actual, working NES emulator. Check out his portfolio for more pictures!

Triptych: A Boy And His Block

"Tetris Poster" by Gnoo

"Food Tetris" by Contraomnes

"Tetris: The Anime" by Ry-Spirit

Triptych: Fixin' Stuff

"Why Do I Fix Everything I Touch?" by Ry-Spirit

"Wreck-It Ralph" by Pablo Bustos

"Break-It Bane" by Miguel Camilo

Triptych: Time To Hit The Road

"Journey" by Kuro-Mai

"Journey (Fan Art Modelling)" by Pauline Pouchtajevitch

"The Wanderer" by Terry Mack

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Top 12 Games of 2012

(Sorry for the delay in getting this posted... It's been an insanely busy month, but I finally got a few hours today to get this compiled and out the door!)

There were some pretty huge releases in 2012: Far Cry 3, Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and presumably some other games that were not triquels. Other websites have cornered the market on singing the praises of the same handful of big-budget, high-profile studio games, so I'm not going to do that (additionally, I have not played most of those games). Instead, I'm going to take a look at the 12 games I did play this year that made an impact on me personally, that said something about the state of gaming this year, or that otherwise deserve attention.

Hit the jump to see the full list.

Triptych: Ghost-Repelling Properties

"Pac-Man: Halloween Edition" by Marija Tiurina

"Cave Raider (Inspired By Pac-Man)" (t-shirt) by XiaobaoSG

"Power Pellets" by HartmanArts

Triptych: Peach Saves The Plumber

"He Just Might Be In Another Castle" by Gary Bedell

"Plumber's Cupcakes" (t-shirt) by Bob Mosquito

"Super Mario!" by Sprits

Triptych: Radroaches In The Mist

"Playin' In The '70s: Fallout 1" by Margenal

"Fear and Loathing In New Vegas" (t-shirt) by Gordon Brebner

"That's All Folks!" (t-shirt) by Adho1982