Tuesday, November 23

Auditorium HD

Auditorium HD, developed by Cipher Prime, published by Zoo Publishing, Inc. is a brilliant new puzzle game that Alvin Muolic produced. Alvin also composes all of the original music for my YouTube videos, so his love and understanding of music really complements this particular product.

What is Auditorium? 

"Auditorium is an award-winning music puzzle game where players convert light to sound. A captivating game of discovery and play, Auditorium takes players on a visual and audio journey as they manipulate a constant stream of moving light and sound particles and guide their flow into Audio Containers to create harmony and unleash an orchestrated symphony."  - Auditoriumhd.com

The game is super cool and comes out TODAY for the PS3 via PSN. Which is nice, because one can play using the PlayStation Move Controller and it supports 3D HD Televisions as well, adding beautifully subtle 3D effects to the gameplay.


Additional Game Coverage and Interviews:






Cheers and happy gaming,
~Claudia

Monday, November 22

The Family Airplane

Flying with my family in Michigan.

 Photo by Carin Sutton. Photo editing and framing by me.
~Claudia

Friday, November 19

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 is great, great, great! I absolutely loved it. (Even though I drank too much tea before hand and needed to go to the bathroom almost throughout the entire movie!)

The film was very long, and it had a distinctively Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring feel to it. The main characters were like running the whole time and there were plenty of beautiful wide shots to make the world feel very expansive. I also enjoyed the fact that this last story is divided into two parts, because then the filmmakers could focus on every little detail. There were a lot of brilliant new set pieces that really helped one get acquainted with some of the supporting characters. Other than that, the dark subject matter makes for some really lovely visual work. Especially the color palette. Staying monochromatic almost the entire time, only slightly playing with bright elements here and there to add contrast. Reminding the audience that the world is still beautiful, despite the tragic events and that perhaps there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

So now I get to count down the days until the last part. On July 15th, I'll be there bright and early.

Happy movie watching!
~Claudia

Tuesday, November 9

Look of the Month :: Fall 2010 :: November

Because of my current obsession with Bayonetta this month, I have decided to do the November digital face chart based on her makeup.

I used what I had in my kit just for a challenge, mixing and matching products to get the correct colors. If I were to do this professionally, buying new exact colors would be essential. Specifically the eye shadows. I would be a bit more picky, not only with color, but texture as well. All of her eye and face makeup is pretty matte. Of course her look wouldn't be complete without a killer pair of black glasses as well. I have some Chanel frames that fit the bill, so I would definitely sport those as well.


The current look is:
N O V E M B E R  2 0 1 0


Color inspiration:
Black, gun metal, blood red, white, and gold

Current motivation for the look:
Bayonetta


Previous Looks this Year:
  

Please feel free to express yourself as well! Share links, tips, or any other suggestions in the comments. I would love to hear from you.

 xoxo,
~Claudia

Monday, November 8

Bayonetta: Late to the Party

 "Let's rock, Baby!"

I finally got around to playing Bayonetta and beat it in like three days. This game is Love Love Love! It was so much fun that I played until 6am in the morning. Which is crazy for me, because sleep is a must!

I first played it when it debuted at E3 two years back and totally fell in love, which took me by surprise because I didn't know what to expect. The gameplay was really compelling and streamlined. (Extra points for the Sega's cosplayer as well) The only reason it took me so long to pick up was that I didn't want to buy the game for $60. I rarely do that, and luckily Cheap Ass Gamer advertised some recent deals that couldn't be overlooked.


So here are my thoughts about the game:

Pros

- Bayonetta is such an amazing character design, despite the odd proportions. All of the characters and enemies are really great. They inspire me to create!

- Love the campy and sexually overt dialog. It was too awesome and made me laugh.

- Witches (second to pirates) are an absolute favorite of mine. So thumb's up for the Art Direction.

- The music was really fun and memorable. Very Japanese and it reminded me of Katamari Damacy a little bit.

- The gameplay is epic! The Jeanne battles were by far the best. Super fast reflexes are a must for the last encounter, and even though I didn't beat her the first time, I was super proud when I did. I could feel my little heart pounding when I was done.

- I'm glad that one didn't have to do any RPG-like activities, like talking to towns people or other monotonous exploration that would feel tacked on. The game was a good length and didn't feel like it drug on for too long.

- There is a new game plus and all your goodies carry over.

- Love the art assets that one unlocks at the end, including the model viewer. The models are absolutely stunning and I spent a ton of time going through them all.

- Above all else, the game is FUN.


Cons

- The game is majorly Seizure-rific. My eyes hated me after playing this one. The fast motion and flashing lights in some sequences gave me a good headache.

- Some of the mini games were torture. Like the one at the end with the guns...BLAH and the arcade shooters.

- It seemed like some of the big bosses were a bit overused. Perhaps creating others, instead of having so many repeats would have been nice.

- The story was a bit confusing at times.

- I wasted my halos on weapon alts at the beginning of the game because I thought that they were totally new weapons. Perhaps that was my fault, but it wasn't clear to me. From then on, I felt a little under powered because I didn't have enough to spend on other cool things. Buying them could have been saved for later down the line or for new game plus.


The pros definitely out way the cons on this one. So go play Bayonetta, if not already. If you did play it, what  were some things that you liked or disliked?

Happy gaming,
~Claudia

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