Undercover Private Investigator Simulator

I did my first Creative Painting stream on my Twitch account

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Check out the vod here

I’m still trying out a few of the settings, but expect to see more art streams in the evenings. What I would like to try is teaming up with other streamers and see if I can eventually live paint with someone else streaming. It’s just finding the right people to work with where this would be effective, but for now these majorly chill art streams are cosy.

I had a game already picked out from my ancient list of Sega CD games I wanted to play ever since I was a kid. Most of them were all the available “graphic novels” that they had for the system and one of those on the list was Rise of the Dragon.

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Let’s play film noir detective simulator!

The back story is that were a Private Ditective who used to be a cop in sometime in the future LA. The Mayor wants us on this special case that involves the death of his daughter but it leads to something much sinister then just a murder. Along the way we are greeted by a bunch of seedy and undesirable characters that we either need to persuade to help us or take care of to help continue the story.This game was on DOS as well and I was plesently surprised people tuned in because of the game title. I really enjoy adventure games such as these and I took to it very fast using just a basic walkthru but as I progressed hoping I could muddle my way thru it like in Cobra or in Snatcher where I would only glance at the guide as needed, this game had game breaking situations where if you didn’t respond with 100% accuracy then you were taken out or the game would just not advance past that moment. If this was me as a kid in 1994 trying to figure this out I would be stumped like a dumb oak.

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Me making that guy’s face

Because of that this game is deemed “ruthless” by many who just want to pick it up and casually. There are also segments where you need to go as fast as you can as to not be caught by the bad guys as well as a few “arcade” segments that really shouldn’t have been in there. Still, this switches the game play up a tad and gives you something else to figure out other than who you still need to talk to so you can advance the story.

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ARCADE STAGE! Wait- why does this have arcade stages?

Overall it’s decent. I dug out my old Mean Machines magazine to see what they gave this game back in the day and to my surprise they gave this game an honest 89 because when it came to these style of games for the Sega CD they were few and rare compared to the library of interactive novels that found their way on the system in Japan. Play it for the experience and pick it up for an alright price if you want to collect it.

A Week of Dank Art

This was a hard week as I wasn’t feeling my best. I just got through it the best was I knew how and that was to draw. LordBBH is really good at keeping a consistent schedule with Monday night Arcade Randomizer and his Thursday night practice streams that on those two nights I like to hurry home from work so I can enjoy making some Dank Art. When I arrived there were a few technical problems which is where BBH’s quote, “I just wanna play some fucking video games” comes from. It was kind of silly way to start a rather silly instalment of the roulette evenings. I think when it comes to drawing Dank Art the best ones are when the streamer is enjoying the game and generally entertained. That is why you’ll see a lot of work for the most obscure of games simply because of how everyone reacted to it seeing it together.
I got to catch a bit of Macaw45’s PC-88 streams just before heading to bed. He was playing thru this game called D’ that gave me this major “Metal Gear” feel from the semi top down perspective, fighting thru hallways of obstacles and collecting weapons and key cards. It’s got one of those “demons are invading, save the world” plots where you’re this dude mowing down things with a machine gun. This game also has a giant smiling skull in the border art. It’s a real good look on this game.  It’s only there to look badass and to creep you out. Good job, skull.

As the week continued Macaw continued to play through War of the Dead which caught my attention due it’s really creepy premise. You are this girl whose part of the army’s secret fighting force and you’re trapped on this island with a whole bunch of other people trying to avoid all these deadly demons. You eventually need to get everyone into the church which is also the only place where you can save your progress. It looked very frustrating where you’d need a guide to help you along the way but the bad thing for Macaw was he was playing a version of the game that didn’t have a walk through. Though it was similar to other releases on different platforms that had walkthrus, the PC-88 port seemed to have its own sequences and trigger points to advance certain scenarios.
Fantastic_Planet was practicing his 1cc runs of Batman Forever so I popped in to wish him luck. He’s also streaming Zombie’s Revenge at the 1CC Marathon which I have been tuning into him doing runs of for well over a year. It’s kind of neat to me how my own connections and friends online are evolving their Twitch broadcasts over all this time I’ve been watching and drawing.
Batman Forever has a sound glitch where there is no sound. However, it’s still a playable game with an exciting challenge so I hope he does well. It’s a very ridiculous game, but it’s got a charm to it that’s so ridiculous that it works. The event is coming up in two weeks and I think it’s starting to set in so everyone has been upping their practicing.

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Mailing out Dank Art

I found some better looking envelopes to use for mailing out Dank Art. I like these ones as they have extra room to put extra things inside. It also has way more room for Gummrick drawings on the outside. I only have one special request left on my list for this week.

I spontaneously streamed 1CC Fishing attempts on Wednesday and stayed up a bit later to play games into the evening. I didn’t have a good night of fishing and was down 3-6 in attempts. All that week I was fatigued and very sore and it showed this evening. I just wanted to be very chill and casual and just enjoy playing games.

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I spent an entire Thursday evening painting up the image for my blog announcing the 1CC Marathon. I love flyers and I have quite the collection from when I used to be all about music going back a few years. I still need to get those scanned or take photos of them to share sometime as the artwork is really interesting.

Some people contacted me asking for a printed copy of the flyer- as long as it’s OK I don’t see why not. Let me check first!

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One of SRKFunkdoc’s choices for the 1CC Marathon is Pit Fighter and he was doing practice runs for it on Friday evening. Pit Fighter is one of those “Bastard” style games where it’s so bad its good, and Funkdoc can actually 1CC this thing. I own the Genesis port as part of a joke I had over twitter after watching iast stream it. I think everyone was taking a turn playing this game just so they could say they made an attempt but there’s a special kind of charm you get when you play a game such as Pit Fighter. Almost the same kind of special from this one game Fantastic Planet was streaming a bit later. I don’t even know so I’ll just leave that there.

It was very rainy Saturday and any chance I had leaving my apartment was unlikely. I was tied down because an event I was helping to promote had to be canceled over social media so I had to sit around my computer and transcribe information and post it as it came out. I was on call for most of the day so it was perfect for a big long day of painting.

Both Funkdoc and Macaw started streaming at the same time so I was checking out both streams every now and then as I was painting. Funkdoc was doing 1CC Attempts of X-Men and Macaw was playing through Valis II. I would go on to make more Valis art later in the evening when I had a test creative art stream. I made some really fancy looking X-Men art for Funkdoc as I decided he needed more X-Men love. I also caught a bit of Murphagator’s Final Fight stream and made some kick ass Poison art. It seemed as if everyone was having a really hard week practicing their games or 1CC’s including myself.

SECRET ART STRUM

Here’s the art from the Sunday morning Art stream! There’s some great moments in these and it’s really nice to sit back, relax and draw like this with the chat. I’m really looking forwards to having another though I’m not sure how often I should try one of these. If I could have it my way it would be everyday, as long as there were people who wanted to be apart of it. It’s nice doing what I like to do, but there is a certain desire to be kind and make something for someone. I love taking requests and it’s a big reason why I like to show up to streams and draw.

Getting colder

Michelle and I went apple picking

It used to be nothing but farm land all around here when I was growing up as a kid. The last time I was at this particular farm was around 8am in the morning after a very dewy spring morning for a ploughman competition taking photos for the news paper. That wasn’t even 10 years ago when I was right here yet someplace entirely different…

I was just happy to be doing something that I used to take for granted in my youth. I always loved going to the farms and picking food with my mom. One of the best memories I have of my mom is her packing me up with blankets and bushel baskets with a tape copy of Abbey Road on loop for the ride. I just remember how ruthless her effort was to get out there and do this stuff with me. I see that in Michelle cause she’s always trying to take her kids out to places like these for exactly the same reasons.

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I generally feel positive and content these days though I still feel as if I am recovering from a terrible nightmare.

 

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