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Thought I'd Miss This Month

Yay, Winter is almost over, or I should say; Yay, the cold weather is almost over! Maybe, you never know with Texas. We can have 80F+ in February, which will continue for the next months and suddenly have snow in the middle of April.

The grackles have all come back from their travels and with the new batch of them this year, are a few that became super friendly in only a month and a half, and I'm not even working outside anymore. There's 4 of them now that will take food directly from my hand. Though one of them is the female grackle that I've known for 2 years. Another is a male with an injured right foot, who became friendly very fast. The others got that trusting after seeing the first two approach me that close a few times. I'll try to get a video of them all lined up about a foot in front of me. When I take my breaks and walk outside, it typically only takes up to 10 seconds for them to approach.

People are annoying with it, luckily it's rare though. Every so often there's that person that walks by and must inform me that what I'm doing is dangerous and I could get bitten, and that grackles should be shot. If someone walks by with the latter remark, my usual response is something along the lines of "I save my ammo for another type of biped." Oh I used to be such a nice and reserved person.

The first type of remark is another ignorance laden one, though that one doesn't really upset me. Wild animals can indeed be dangerous and birds carry diseases that we're susceptible to. I'm not too concerned with being bitten though. Not when I observe them being super careful with me. Not all of them are, and I take special care around those ones specifically. With grackles, I've noticed ways to tell if they're going to be careful with me or not based on body language. That and they're fairly consistent. The male grackle I mentioned above with the injured foot is always extra careful to not bite me. The smaller the piece of food I give him, the more careful he is, which is interesting to me.

DT3 Progress
Shit, this blog is about video games, not birds. Wait no, it's about whatever I want.

So DT3 is still going, though the last month or so was a bit slow. A THING DID GET DONE THOUGH.

The most recent level is a fair bit different and touches on things personal to me. It's short, and very simplistic gameplay, but I wanted to give something very different for DT a try.

I'm currently revamping a previous level, it's the last level I need to fix up before I work on the final one. I'd have done it later, but I know if I don't do it now, then I'll later say, "It's fine how it is." and I wasn't really all that satisfied. It isn't taking long though, the changes aren't super drastic, but they've had a good impact on the quality of the content.

Other Stuff
I know I've been quiet lately. There have been a few life changes the last few months that have kept me busy, as well as busy away from the game. I'm fairly certain I'd have the game done by now if not for everything going on, or at least all the content done.

Anyway, I'm not stopping the project for sure. It's almost done and the end is something I've wanted to work on for a long while. I think it's gonna be great.

Also the new Zelda for the WiiU is not coming out in 2015. Though I'm not bothered by that delay at all. I was expecting it.


Kurtis Haren said...

Your "careful" grackle sounds a lot like a hamster I used to have when I was little. He never bit anybody, only once by accident when my mother was giving him food by hand. Every other time, you could do just about anything you wanted to him and he'd enjoy it.

One time we stuck him in the driver's seat of my sister's Barbie car, buckled him in, and launched him at high speed towards our cat. He still trusted us and acted the same around us after doing that, with the added benefit of the cat eventually becoming terrified of the hamster, allowing him free access around the house whenever he got out of his cage, which was fairly often.

Anonymous said...

Nice line for the grackle shoothing thing! I get tired of person always speaking like human are the only living being that have the right to exist.

Take your time with the project, you've been working on this for a long time, there's no need to rush at the end!

ZephyrBurst said...

To Kurtis:
That hamster sounds adorable and the cat I would laugh at. Though I love cats, definitely my favorite domesticated animal as far as pets go. I'd like to have a crow, but I know I would not be able to properly take care of one, so that would be super unfair to the crow.

To Anonymous:
For sure, I've rushed projects at the end before and that doesn't go well. Definitely not doing that for DT3. The end of this (not the finishing part) is what I'm now most looking forward to. Of everything, the end had the most thought put into it during the planning stages. Chapter 10 was certainly a close second.

gpremier said...

You've been talking/hinting alot about the finale/last few chapters of the game. Count taken of the scope of everything, i'm sure it will both awesome and nightmare inducing difficulty-wise!

I first heard about your games at the mushroon kingdom fusion board, another massive project. Looks like you'll have suceeded in your ambition where they failed!

Speaking of which they are resurecting the project from it's cinder lately by porting it to a newer engine. It certainly won't be easy, let's wish them luck!