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    Ossu! Very early morning here, so let's go!

    Episode 047 - Fulgid

    This week we're having a look at:

    Made By My 20yr Old Son - fourad
    ESCAPE - LemonCat324
    Tomb raider and the Jade Temple - toe-fu-fighter
    Adventures in Paperland 2 - Indomitus1973
    Year 10: LBP Anniversary

    It's a pretty cool set of levels this go about, which is particularly nice considering this is the 10th Anniversary weekend for LittleBigPlanet. Hopefully there's at least one in there that catches your eye and you can have fun with. Thanks as always for all the support and feedback, and have a great day!

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    This week's title card is another one i ended up quite happy with, though i don't really know why. i do think i could have angled the camera a little better to show the box-bug is supposed to be part of the Trick-or-Treating party. Still, i just kind of like how the scene came together in the end.

    Actually got a win on yeasterday's stream of Death Road to Canada. We also recruited an anime sidekick who later exploded on everyone. Look, it doesn't make anymore sense to type than it does to read. i'm thinking i might drop the dime for RE6, since it's on sale. i know it's a terrible game, but it's terrible like Friday the 13th part VI, which could make for a fun stream. At least it would have better legs for a long-form stream; i've the feeling Death Road might get old pretty quickly.

    Speaking of streams, the Saturday will be an LBP stream for the anniversary. Might go a little longer than usual too. Hopefully you'll be able to drop on in.

    Quick logic question. If you wanted a following object, for example a cardboard cut-out of a SackThing to rotate as the SackThing rotates (for example if SackThing runs up an attract-o-gel wall, the cut-out's head would point in the right direction), how would you go about logic-ing that up?

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    Ossu! Tuesday Takeaway time again!

    Made by my 20yr old son - fourad
    Err...yeah, this is certainly a level. It does have some interesting bits; there's a well-angled camera showing us some shutters opening and a creepy Humpty Dumpty looking out the window. It never really gels as a level, though, and some of the bits are just plain sloppy. Still, it was an experience. For some reason i particularly liked the bit where you're running down a hallway, and they've carved into the thin material of the wall "Now you're running behind this."

    ESCAPE - LemonCat324
    This is a pretty good first effort, to be honest. It has a clear idea what it wants the player to do, and the level is set up to make that happen. The black-and-white filter helps hide the fact that the visual design/presentation is otherwise really quite simple and bland, although it can make the spikes a little hard to see. Like i said in the episode, the only real improvement i could think of would be to incorporate a race or time limit to drive the players a little harder.

    Tomb raider and the Jade Temple - toe-fu-fighter
    Such a great level here. Presentation is solid on throughout, though the water areas could be a little tough to parse. A good mix of platforming and simple puzzling that keeps you moving at a pretty decent clip. We don't usually run into good levels that are based on or inspired by other games, so it's nice to see it pulled off well. This one should definitely get more love.

    Adventures in Paperland 2 - Indomitus1973
    There's not much more i think we can say about this one that we didn't cover in the episode. The actual level itself is quite clever in how it's presented, and there's a lot of inventive little gameplay elements going on. Don't know why we don't have a gun displayed when we pick up the power-up, but at least the shooty bits are fun. i just wish Indomitus1973 had done something with the character, maybe making a pixel-style or cardboard cut-out stand-in to better fit the theme. Having the actual sackthing there is bad enough, but to see their shadow floating along behind them is really distracting.

    Year 10 - LBP Anniversary - menke
    Yeah, this one's not exactly great, but menke's heart is in the right place at least.

    So that's the that for this week. Nothing exquisitely terrible, and a couple of really nice ones. Hopefully something here that tripped your trigger. Thanks as always for all the support and feedback, folks, and i hope you have a great day!

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    Ossu! Comin' back around again!

    Episode 048 - Ergot

    This week we're having a look at:

    Tower of Challenges - Rabesaris
    Happy Autumn - OctoberRose
    SackBoy In the Beach - king-birds
    Rainforest run - quid_55
    LBP Origins - The Gardens - GOGOSCOPE

    All around a pretty solid set of levels this go about. At least i had a fun time with all of them.Hope a couple of them look like something up your alley as well. Thanks as always for the feedback and support, and have a great day!

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    We're one month away from the end of the season, folks. i'm thinking of having a special LBP stream as a bonus the evening we put up episode 052 (though, seeing as we sometimes do LBP streams anyway, i guess it's less of a bonus anymore). So, if there's anything about the series you'd like to ask, and have me actually think about before answering (as opposed to me catching the question out of the corner of my eye and then getting distracted halfway through answering it), let me know in the next couple of weeks.

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    Morning, morning, Tuesday Takeaway time!

    Tower of Challenges - Rabesaris
    A bit of a standard platformer here. Competently put-together, but not really pushing the envelope, as far as gameplay. The play environment would probably have been improved by making everything two or three layers instead of four or five, but that does seem to come up with frequency. i don't know if Rabesaris made the track, or found it as a prize, but it was a cool little bit of music. This one's worth a play or two, but you probably won't come back to it all that often.

    Happy Autumn - OctoberRose
    This one's fun enough, and i really like the presentation (though the music can get a bit old by the end, the level is pretty beefy). The gameplay, though, leaves a bit to be desired. There's not a particularly good pace throughout, which is compounded by the gameplay/material interactions. Getting caught by a non-standard hazard loses you progress, but then also has you side-eyeing that type of material the next time it comes up. Still i did walk away warm towards this one.

    SackBoy In The Beach! - king-birds
    A relatively simple one here, as far as gameplay. The attract-o-gel usage was pretty-well done for once, so that's nice. i really liked the presentation and material/deco choices. There is a complete lack of music, but king-birds dropped a message on the 'Tube and said they really didn't like music, so i can't really hold that against them. i don't know if they meant all music in the world, or just the music available in LBP.

    Rainforest run - Squid_55
    This one's kludgy and kind of slow, but it's got an old LBP2 charm to it. i forgot to mention during the outro, but the fireflies were really neat. That wind effect during the race, at least, was cool. This isn't an outstanding level, but it's fun enough for 5minutes play or so.

    LBP Origins - The Gardens - GOGOSCOPE
    This one's the real keeper this episode. There's some real creativity going on in how they've re-imagined LBP1 through its concept art. The gameplay is pretty simple, but that's appropriate for the first level in a series. The intro and hub stages, as well, are quite nicely presented. i really wish GOGOSCOPE had kept with it and finished out the other levels in (what i assume was going to be) the adventure, but i can't really fault them; i've more than a few unfinished concepts and half-done levels scattered across my moon. Still, it is disappointing.

    So that's the that this go about. Hopefully you found something in there to have fun with. Thanks, as always, for the support and feedback, and have a great day!

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    i am behind on everything! Panic! Panic! Panic!

    Actually it's not as bad as all that. i am behind on everything, but i probably don't need to panic yet.

    Probably.

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    Ossu! We're back around with lucky number four in our countdown of doooooooom!

    Episode 049 - Deign

    This week we're having a butcher's at:

    Midnight Splash! - AcridMiles
    The Bomb Diggity - lego1109
    Frozen Atlantis - xAlaynax
    VR - MISSION ULTIMATE EASY - MaddinAkaBBK
    King of the Mountain Top - Salvation120

    It's not a bad set this go about, though a few of the levels didn't click for me until the second go around. i hope you'll give some of these an extra chance, and maybe find one you really like. As always, thanks for all the support and feedback and have a great day! [Editor's note: King of the Mountain Top is NOT Salvation120's first level. i made a mistake when i checked their lbp.me profile, clicked on the "videos" button instead of the "published levels" one when i checked before recording the outro. i don't think the mistake overly changes my feelings about the level, but it is referenced in my reasoning for the level's grading...so i feel kind of a dope]

    Behind the Curtains Stuffs
    i thought i might do a later than usual bonus stream today (basically weekend hours, instead of Thursday/Friday hours...though Thr/Fri is my weekend so...it gets confusing). Anyway, the fact of the matter is, i've spent the last month of free time (give or take) in the house. For my own mental health, i figured it'd be a good idea to get out, and not worry about getting videos done.

    So...i wake up and it's raining, because, of course it is.

    Well played, gods of weather, well played.

    Speaking of well-played and streams, though not, necessarily well-played streams, Biohazard 6 just does not give up once it gets started, does it? It might not have made much of an impression on me the first time, because i was just playing alone. Playing with folks has really highlighted the complete nutso absurdity of it all and i love it.

    i had to take a look at an episode from a few weeks back to check if i had a name spelled correctly, only to realize i'd had it spelled wrong (in a different way) in that one. Kind of embarrassing, that. Especially because i'm using my great-uncle's surname. To my, very small, defense, i don't think i'd ever seen the name written down...but still...sorry Uncle Steve...

    i'll have to tell his story in a stream or in an Isaac episode some day, it's pretty cool, and kind of nuts. Unless i've already told it..it gets kind of hard to remember sometimes.

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    Ossu! Tuesday Takeaway time!

    Midnight Splash! - AcridMiles
    This one's a good bit longer than it seems, but for the most part it keeps itself fun and moving along. There are a few breaks and bugs in it (one area where you can jump out of level, some of the floaty fluid is de-physicalized, the spikes don't always explod after dropping), but nothing that would really keep you from finishing. It doesn't really stretch the bounds of what Oddsock can do, but the interesting visual presentation elevates it and makes it worth a go or two.

    The Bomb Diggity - lego1109
    This one's got such a great level design and look on the front half. Some of the gameplay is pretty inventive, and it has the feel of some of the really good LBP2 community story-driven levels. The race bit, on the other hand, could stand another go over for fine tuning. The timing towards the end is really quite tight, and it can be tough to see just what you're supposed to be doing. Couple that with the timer counting down, and the frustration can really ramp up. The only other thing i could say against the level is i wish you could skip the story scenes. They're cute the first time you see them, but the first, in particular really goes on, and once you've seen it once, you don't really need to see it again. Still and all, i love the ambition in this one, and that deserves its own praise.

    Frozen Atlantis - xAlaynax
    The first areas, especially the bit we saw at the end of the video are probably the roughest and most frustrating, particularly in regards to checkpoint placement. Once you get past that, though, this is a really well-done, quite challenging old-school platformer. Like The Bomb Diggity hearkens back to a particular style of story-based LBP2 levels (though natively done in LBP3), this one is quite emblematic of the "it's a platformer, no bells, no whistles, no nods to a grander world, just challenge yourself and beat it" LBP2 style (fittingly, natch, since it's ported over from there). It's a good'un, and worth a few plays if you haven't seen it before.

    VR-MISSION ULTIMATE EASY - MaddinAkaBbk
    This one only has value as a showcase of poor-to-mediocre example of LBP1-era community levels; which is fitting because this is, again, a port of a poor-to-mediocre LBP1-era community level. Surely you have better things to do with your time?

    King of the Mountain Top - Salvation120
    Honesty time, folks, i got bored with this one pretty early on this one early on in my third play. It's...fine, really. Like i said in the video, i appreciate the work put in making a story that actually informs the world and gameplay. i liked the houses and offices you could enter. The pick-axe "tool" (you have to carry it with the power-glove, it's not actually its own power-up) is nice-enough, and utilized through most of the level once you get it. Still...the level's aggressively ugly to look at, and pretty dull to boot. If it weren't for the ambition of it, i'd have probably given this one an orange diamond, really.

    So that's the that. A couple of gems, a nice Oddsock racer, and a few clunkers. Hopefully there was at least one in there that looked good to you, and you had a good time with. Thanks as always for all the support and feedback, and have a great day!

    Behind the Curtains Stuffs
    Woke up this morning absolutely certain that it was Wednesday, and i'd not done the Tuesday Takeaway yet. It was actually a bit of a cold sweat kind of thing. Luckily(?), i'd only woken up an hour late. So now i'm rushing about all headless-chicken trying to get the usual Tuesday things done. See ya!

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    Ossu! Comin' back around again!

    Episode 050 - Cenotaph

    This week we're having a look at:

    The mansion of bloody hill - flan2007
    Toggle's Floating Platformer - mrsmartypants10
    Cheese n crackers - hall8653
    "Antarctic Caverns" - xXTomUrbz
    De fabriek - Basdewinter1

    It's an...interesting set list this week. There are, in my opinion, at least a couple of pretty good ones in there. There're also a few that are...questionable, to be best. Hopefully there'll be at least a couple in there that'll catch your eye and be a good time for you. Thanks as always for all the support and feedback, and have a great day!

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    Just two more episodes after this one...phew. i think this is the first episode we've actually directly addressed the fact, though it does put a bow on a plot thread that we brought up a couple of weeks back. i'd have to go back and look at some of the end of season episodes from last year to see if we followed the same pattern. At any rate, we've been tying off a lot of plot threads these last few months.

    Attendant to that, if you've got questions or particular comments on the series, send them my way in the next week or so. i think i'm going to have a non-live bonus episode along with the stream, and i can answer them in one or the other.

    Today is cleaning, the bi-monthly top-to-bottom type that's really kind of boring, but needs to be done. Actually, looking around, i guess the apartment never gets all that messy. Untidy, perhaps, but not really messy. Though, having said that, i guess the stove-top could use a good sandblasting.

    Today is almost a week without drinking. i think i talked about this a little in one of the recent Isaac episodes, but i can't remember if it was in an English one or a Japanese one. Basically, i woke up last Saturday not only hungover, but also deeply sick (and yes, they are distinctly recognizable states); it was pretty miserable. So i said to myself "self, why don't we not drink for awhile, see how that goes?" This was not a new thought to me, except this time, i actually carried through.
    Japan is an easy place to drink (and, if you worry you may have problems vis-a-vis drinking, i would say it's a terrible place to live), almost every social gathering revolves around alcohol in some way, there're no public drinking laws; and between thorough public transportation and the compact nature of most major cities, you don't have to worry about getting home if you get your liquor on after work. i'd say, over the past 15yrs, i could probably cobble together 3months (non-consecutive) where i hadn't had at least a few beers. So a week without is a pretty significant change.
    It's actually been surprisingly, and reassuringly, easy. When you drink every night, it's hard to have a metric to measure "is this a problem, or is this a just a bad habit?" i mean, if you never really have to go without, it's hard to check if you display, for example, withdrawal symptoms. i haven't really noticed any real changes, i still wake up logy (and my sleep schedule is still all over the map), my mood is still its usual blend of good cheer and deep depression, i'm not any more or less energetic than i was. i will say it's been really good for my wallet, so that's a win, at least. At any rate, it's a major (and i think positive) change that i've made in my life (as opposed to one imposed on me by circumstance); maybe the first real change i've made in years. That's worth spinning this experiment out further.

    Who knows, maybe i'll save enough money to finally get a new tattoo.

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    These levels look interesting I’ll definetly have to check em out this weekend. Drinking every night can be easy with access and public transportation. I hope you figure out that happy median or happy spot you want to be.
    Change is tough and scary and I wish you the strength to continue forward until your where you wanna be or at least see what’s on he other side.


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    I has levels!
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