First Year

I haven’t blogged in a while again, I am sorry for that. This is a quick update for anyone that even reads this. I finished my first year of Uni and can happily say I barely regret anything. The things regret is maybe not letting my hair down more and taking more chances. Not only that but I would have liked to finished certain work earlier than I perhaps did. Apart from that, it has been such an amazing experience and I am happy in knowing that I can settle down next year in my house and be able to do the things I have wanted to focus on this year next year. It will be such fun to live with my coursemates and I know they will teach me so much more than I have already learnt off them this year. Not only have a I learnt academic stuff off them, but also life lessons and how good life can be at times. Call it corny or gay, but it is really good to have people there for me/who actually want to spend time with me. I hope they feel under no obligation too, like because they are on my course and they have to see me. I know that I worry about these sort of things far too often. I try to impress too many people, and that is a mistake I know, but its something that I still have to go through.

 

Wow, this turned into something so much more than I was expecting. 

By theryangoodman Posted in My Life

Fast-Forward

It’s been so very long since I used this site and there have been oh so many reasons for this. Firstly I would like to say that I am so happy in my life right now. This can probably be accounted to the fact that I am now done with the assignments for the year and can now focus on the exams in the next few weeks. Another thing that makes me happy is the people I have around me. I have the most wonderful group of friends and girlfriend that I could ever ask for. To say I am not the most popular person is an understatement but that is fine. I would rather be disliked by many and have the select few of really good friends I have now. I like to think that the people who like me now are true friends and they just want to speak to me. No falseness, no lies – just friendship. 

Not much is really going on in my life for me to warrant telling you about it so for now, here is this update I guess. 

By theryangoodman Posted in My Life

Films to See

  • Dirty Harry
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Kill Bill 1 and 2
  • Blade Runner
  • The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
  • Jaws
  • Alien
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Sixth Sense
  • Die Hard (Seen but need to watch again)
  • Predator (Seen but need to watch again)
  • The Bone Collector
  • The Prestige
  • Corpse Bride
  • Fight Club
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
  • The Shining
  • Gangs of New York
  • The Godfather
  • Goodfellas
  • Taxi Driver
  • Raging Bull
  • Bullet
  • US Marshalls
  • Gran Torino

If you think of any more, please let me know! 🙂

By theryangoodman Posted in My Life

Grief

How do people deal with grief? I have experienced some, and seen other people go through it as well. It’s amazing how different people deal with grief and trauma in their life.

Let’s take a look at me and how I deal with things, which can easily be summed up in a quote from my mum. She lost a relative and was going to the funeral and took my brother for support and said that the reason she didn’t take me was because I “don’t usually show emotion”. I would have to agree with this, I have lost both the grandparents I grew up with and rarely showed emotion during those times. I wanted to remain strong and resolute and I believe that for me, that is still the way I want to be able to deal with things. When I lost my Nan I didn’t really believe it had happened, and I was close to her but having seen what suffering she went through, and this may seem bad, but I was content. I would rather her be at peace then suffer, so I couldn’t really cry. I did at the funeral, and I am glad I did but that was enough. I had said my peace, and I was in happy in doing so. I don’t like clinging on to things that happen, it’s still a sad fact of course but I have some amazing memories, and although she is gone, she still gave so much to my life and in a way, still does. At the wake I saw the cousins I hadn’t seen in years and it was nice to know I had a bigger family out there. I have those times where I think of her and I smile because of the influence she had on me.

I lost my Pap in what was at the time, the worst week of my life. Everything piled up on top of me and I felt at my most vulnerable, I let my emotions take a hold of me and it felt horrible. I have an amazing group of friends and they were so amazing during the whole time, always sending me there support and I have never felt more accepted. Emotions can be both the best and worst thing in our lives. I like being strong and not showing emotion, it makes me less vunerable.

Looking at how other people deal with it, I worry. I see people who take so much shit from life and it makes me sad to think that they are really struggling. I want to be able to stretch a helping hand out and just be supportive. Friends and family have struggled with the loss of someone, some like to drink, some like to hide away. Me, I love to reminisce, remember the amazing things about someone, and I love the stories of people are no longer with us. My Great Nan passed away at the age of 99, she had such a fascinating life and at the home where she was after the funeral we got chatting to someone who was friends with her when they were teenagers and fate had took a hold of them and brought them back together so many years later. That’s how amazing life is, and how much of an influence people are on my life. I regret not showing any emotion, I like being strong, silent and contemplative. I like thinking and remembering, I am not going to hold on to the past because I don’t need to, they still live on in my heart, and surely that’s all that counts.

Rounding-Up

Get ready, this is going to be a long one!

I have had a crazy few days which has involved me running around places, moving about and travelling to see people and get things done. I had an exam on Tuesday which was, by all accounts, fucking ridiculous.  It had a lot of complicated equations and BLAH! Enough of that though, ranting is one thing, colour coding swear words is another. After that me and P went out for a meal in Leicester which was amazing. The meal was nice but the company was better, hadn’t seen each other for two weeks after all. After a nice night in together afterwards, I returned to Birmingham to meet some of my friends from home who came to visit. It was nice to see them again as I really do miss just sitting there doing nothing with them, or having chats about things which are far too serious for our immature sense. I really appreciate the friends I have, not just here but everyone I have met. After a good day and a bit (plus a nice little win at the casino) I have come back home to Northampton to see some other people and catch up with the fam. I have a bit of time to relax and think about how good my life is.

*Queue awkward new paragraph* What I am trying to say is that I have met some amazing people in Birmingham who I don’t want to lose contact with in the future, I have re-acquainted old friendships to something more serious and grown up, I have tried harder to find out how other friends are doing on their travels and the whole experience has made me feel so much more grown up and mature because now the petty problems of school are gone. I can go have a coffee with someone for a catch-up, I can have chats with people who are interested in what I have to say, I don’t have to worry about what other people think, if they don’t like me, fuck them, I have plenty of people who do. I don’t mind being myself anymore, I like who I am. Plain and simple.

By theryangoodman Posted in My Life

THQ’s Troubles Blessing in Disguise

Continuous lay-offs, closing studios and a supposed huge pay cut to upper management, many could be blamed for thinking THQ may or may not be ok in the future. The company has distributed and produced some awesome games in the past and it would be a dark day in Gaming if they were to go under. However, they have been constantly restructuring and changing things to find the dynamic formula.

The dynamic formula is to produce future proof franchises and ip’s which engage audiences and have a fresh feeling every time they try to  hit the cash cow more they get away with it. They recently did this with the successful Saints Row 3.

Saint's Row sold 2.3 Million Copies on 360 alone

Saints Row 3 (developed by Volition Games) is a ‘core’ ip in which built on the successful first two games and marked a return to accessible adult games for THQ whose recent film and tv licences have seen them make the wrong games. Saints Row: The Third (as of 28th January) sold 3.68 million copies worldwide on all platforms with the Xbox 360 selling 2.3 million copies of the overall figure. Looking at the figures, Saints Row: The Third has sold the 3.68 million copies in just under 2 and half months of release. Saints Row 2 which debuted in October 2008 has sold over 4 million copies worldwide to this day. That is a huge bump in sales comparing the lengths of time the games have been on sale. It is interesting to note that Saints Row 2 picked up a 48% increase in 2011 from the sales in 2010 so much that the game sold over half a million copies a year and half AFTER relsease. The same sort of trend for Saints Row 3 could keep THQ and future IP’s in the limelight.

Following an annoymous letter to upper management from an employee, THQ are looking to ditch their tie in genre to focus on the intellectual properties like Saints Row to boost their overall revenue.

Will THQ survive strongly? Consider this a yes.

THQ In Trouble?

According to some in the industry, along with a slate of twitter rumours, game company THQ were apparently cancelling their 2014 line up of games due to financial concerns. Since then, THQ have denied these rumours and insist that their 2014 lineup is still intact.

It may however be a difficult few years for the company as they have closed a lot of studios recently to cut costs and their 2012 lineup is not exactly exciting. The main problem with THQ is they hold licences to minor franchises/properties that have a cult following here in the UK and more of a mainstream following in the US, but not at the level that THQ would want. Take the WWE series along with UFC series. Strong games in respects, they don’t have a big sales quota which most companies garner. However, the turning point came this year when as of December 2011, WWE 12 sold around 850,000 copies worldwide across three platforms. UFC Undisputed 3 will be coming out soon which might have strong sales, but across the internet there isn’t the most amazing buzz about the product. The same can be said for the upcoming Warhammer game which I didn’t even know was coming out until I saw it on the release list. Says a lot really.

Saints Row 3 was easily THQ’s biggest game last year, boasting strong sales and a great reception from the public. The game is beyond crazy and is an amazingly fun ride.

THQ also own properties in the TV and Film game genre with upcoming titles with South Park and Pixar film Brave. The South Park has the potential to pick up big cult sales in the US alone and a good garnering of support from Europe. Brave however may fall into the bin along with most video game/film tie ins.

There is a huge buzz abound for Darksiders II and Metro: Last Light the last of the main releases for  THQ this year alone. Both, being sequels, come off of critically acclaimed games and should be the saviour this company needs right now. Expect THQ to keep scrapping until the next major release comes out, Saints Row 4 anyone?

With everything that happens life it’s hard to miss the obvious things you have. It’s been a while since I blogged and I admit that I have had nothing of interest to say. I would like to be able to still be able to write article type stories. I wanted to vlog this week but was too daunted by trying to have a topic. Why can’t I just talk about my life and document what I do?

The point of this is just to say hi to whoever reads this or is interested in it in anyway, hope you are all good and I should do a proper one tomorrow.

2011

The end of the year happened a few days ago and I am in 2012 with very high hopes. I had an amazing few days with christmas and my birthday being massive smashes. Christmas was great because I got to spend it with P for once instead of having it just with the family. It was great to be able to share this experience with her, afterall, she hasn’t had one in England for a very long time!

My birthday was amazing also with having my amazing friends being around for the day and getting quite drunk. Twas fun.

2011 as a whole has been so good, Uni has been such a fantastic time for me already with meeting some great people and having some nights that I know I will never forget!

Such a short blog, I don’t wanna bore you with my year month by month, just believe I am so happy right now.

By theryangoodman Posted in My Life

What have I learnt?

We come to the end of 2011 and things are going very, very, very well! I have been at Uni now for around 3 months and I look back on this first term with happy memories but also about all that I have learnt. I have seen myself mature an insane amount by living away from home mainly because I have began being such an independent individual. No one nags at me to do anything and I take responsibility for my own actions like washing, cooking and tidying. I may sound spoilt in all of this but I used to be only independent with cooking back home, and being in control of everything now makes me so much more worried about going home. I want to go home and still be my independent self without the constant nag or restraints of being at home. You see when I was at home a few months ago I was pushed into cleaning up after my parents on certain occasions and being away and being responsible for my own processions has taught me that I need to be able to be completely clean when I go back home so I don’t feel like such a burden.

The other thing I have learnt is that I shouldn’t care as much about what people say. The world is full of ‘trolls’. I was asked by someone to do some vlogs because I keep saying that I want to, but the main reason I don’t is because I worry about what people say.

Is that really all I can think of? I suck.