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I attended an event called ichi pixel. This is actually the second time I’ve been to this event. The first time was sometime in January. It happens to be the event’s first anniversary.

The event officially starts at 19:30 but after an hour or so, presentations by people involved with video games start. I actually wanted to try to give one too about the simple game I made but I missed the deadline. I’ll try again next time. I managed to talk to one of the people giving a presentation, and it was apparently his first time giving one. I got to try out a game he made himself called 海のカケラ (Fragment of Marine). He’ll be showing it off at the Tokyo Game Show this year, which I thought was pretty amazing considering he’s still a student.

The presentations were interesting and it’s nice to learn about what people are working on and their thought process in making a game.

After the presentations, I talked to a group of people who were actually university students learning about game development. After some chit-chat, I showed them the simple game I made, which was more like a demo. The person tried it and eventually made it to the goal. (I had to give a hint though). Before I let them try it though, I asked to give me feedback if they could. It was actually very enlightening to hear what they said, which involved some advice in level design elements. I then tried a game one of the programmers made and it was actually quite fun, I couldn’t beat the boss though. He was actually thankful that he showed it to me because he too learned about what he could improve too.

This experience helped motivate me in making a better game and think of new ideas (which I am currently experimenting with now). I’m glad I went and I’ll go again if I can.



Coming home

I watched Spider-Man: Homecoming today and enjoyed it. I loved how they were able to connect it to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Story-wise, this is another reboot of Spider-Man, with a new actor set in a new universe. I’m glad it’s not another origin story because it’s honestly unnecessary at this point since almost everyone knows how Peter Parker became Spider-Man. 

It’s also nice that they introduced a new villain, The Vulture, portrayed by Michael Keaton, who played Batman in the Tim Burton movies, and also starred in Birdman, whom I thought was a great casting choice. Oh and Tom Holland is pretty likeable as Spider-Man. I already liked his appearance in Civil War so I’m glad this movie made me like his version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man even more. It was nice seeing him learn how to use his gifts and getting used to them while learning about power and responsibility (sorry). I also liked how Tony Stark/Iron-Man acted like a mentor to Peter/Spider-Man.

I had mixed feelings when I watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2 despite being pretty hyped but Homecoming was a spectacular experience from start to finish and I look forward to future MCU Spider-Man movies.

Rating: 9/10

Riverside fireworks

The Yodogawa fireworks display. (Disclaimer: I just took a pic of the TV screen.)
The Yodogawa fireworks festival is one of the largest fireworks festivals in Osaka. This year it was held on August 5th.

Funny story, I actually wanted to go see the fireworks back in 2014 so I bought (rather expensive) tickets for good seats near the river to go with my then-girlfriend-now wife, but because of a heavy rain forecast, it was cancelled. I was luckily able to get a refund. I then learned that it was possible to see the fireworks from my in-laws’ house’s veranda. It wasn’t the best view, but it was decent enough. So since then, we just watch the fireworks from there. The fireworks display is actually broadcast on TV as well so what we actually do is watch the fireworks and then sometimes glance at the TV to see the fireworks clearer albeit with a slight delay. I personally think it’s a great experience because I don’t have to deal with crowds and it’s FREE! The fireworks themeselves are pretty to look at with some nice designs and colors and it lasts for around an hour or so. 

I’ve talked with friends that have actually went out and gotten good seats and said it was worth it so I may try going again in the future and if you’re reading this and you like fireworks and/or rivers you should check it out too.