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Haven't posted for seems like ages, but haven't really done any game dev stuff for a long time. Seem to have gone a bit flat really. Working quite a lot of hours and stuff, so perhaps that is why.

I have started writing a sprite editor in C#, which continues to impress me greatly for writing Windows apps. Can't see me ever making the shift to .NET for actual games, but for tool development it is clearly the ticket.

Today is my 33rd birthday. My girlfriend bought me a second hand Playstation2 (note the 2). I flipping love it.

I do this with consoles because I am basically a cheapskate. I got my PS1 after the 2 came out and all the PS1 games were like GBP5 in the game shops. Now the 3 is out and established, I figure it is safe to get a 2.

I also got about GBP50 of other people so I drove straight up my local Blockbuster and spent the lot on pre-owned PS2 games and a memory card.

I have Tomb Raider: Aniversary, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, some Crash Bandicoot thing, Lego Star Wars, Resident Evil 4, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and some game I never heard of called Shadow of Collusus, that made up the five for the 5 for GBP25 deal.

TR:Aniversary is currently most exciting. For those that don't know it, it is kind of like a modern reinterpretation of the original Tomb Raider game, which I guess came out when I was about 20.

I loved the original Tomb Raider and am one of the old farts that hated Angel of Darkness and Legends. Aniversary purports to be all the best bits of the original with spanky new graphics and features and so far, so very very good.

It is wonderfully weird to be running round the first level and feeling a familiarity with the original game. I dread to think how shit the original game would look now, but I still say it was more fun than Angel of Dullness could ever be.

This probably doesn't bode to well for me getting much programming done this year. I'm too tired in the evenings at the moment and I'm afraid the PS2 is offering a far less strenuous way to unwind.

I go through phases like this. Just got to let them play out as they do.
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Shadow of the Colossus is an awesome game - from the same team that did Ico. The PS2 was/is a great console and there are still some great games appearing for it. As the PS3 is really taking off now you can guarantee a load of great pre-owned games coming on the market and Gamestation seem to have the widest selection right now with 4 for £10, 4 for £20 and 2 for £20 ranges. Check it out.

You do just have to ride the down times with trying to code at night. If you try and force it, in my opinion, it just prolonges the downtime, especially if you don't seem to be getting anywhere when you do sit down to code.

I'm going to have to look at C# as I keep hearing how good it is for Windows app development.

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I'm trying out your strategy with the PS2 currently, and I'm not sure if it's working. Problem is that a lot of the games I want to own (FF9, Worms, GT/GT2) are old PS1 games and thus out of print.

Strangely, it's harder to find old PS1 games than it ever was for me to find old Genesis games (even Gaiares). I wonder if the smaller size of the games makes it easier for people to just leave on a rack and forget about for decades.

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Yep - you definitely can't fight the downtime phases after a while - ends up less productive and then you get more pissed off that you got nothing done again, but sat there staring at the code for two hours... vicious circle :o

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