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Arcade in the Sky Blog: March 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Finding something new in Finding Nemo

*in regards to the last post, I did spend all day making a new plan, and I'm feeling good about it. *

Last Sunday, I had a cold, and spent the day in bed.

To pass the time I put in some Pixar movies. I collect Pixar DVDs, as well as Disney and Miyazaki DVDs. I don't value this collection as much as my collection of comic book movies or horror movies, but I like it just fine.

It's rare I have the time to just sit and watch a whole animated movie from front to back with no interruptions. When re-watching Finding Nemo I found a key scene that was drastic different than I remember it.

When Marlin is holding onto Dori's fin as they are about to be dropped into the back of the whale's throat, She says "It's time to let go", to which Marlin replies "How do you know? How do you know something bad isn't going to happen?". As I remember it, Dori's reply was "You don't",but when I watched the movie she says "I don't."

This is a big difference. In terms of the movie, I was remembering Dori as having a very dogmatic role in telling the main character and the audience the message of the film. However, she used the first person, which gives her a a much less authoritative role.

In truth, you don't know that everything will be okay. People must move forward and take chances anyway. There are no guarantees in life and life IS pain. Anyone who tells you different is selling something.

I guess it stands that I remembered the line differently because I was reading the message of the film.
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Direction and Purpose

I've been sort of out of it these past two days. It's because the future of my first DS game is uncertain. I'm certain it will get finished, and I am also certain it will be a success, as least critically.

What I'm not certain of is what to do NEXT. There's much to be done, but making a game is not like paving a road. There isn't a set way of doing things, nor is there a pre-set direction to take.

I'm the kind of person who drives very slowly when I don't know where I'm going. When I DO know, however, I can drive quite fast.

What I need to do is sit back and make a plan of attack. Even if that plan falls through, having a plan always helps motivate me.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

For Love or Frogger

Sunday I made a bit of a mistake. I bought an old 1981 Frogger arcade machine on eBay. That wasn't the mistake, but thinking I could lug it home in my tiny PT cruiser and set it up by myself was a massive dose of hubris. I managed to get it home, but my back is killing me!

New pain!
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