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Octodad is one of those games that you can’t be good at. No matter how hard you try. Octodad is student-made by a team of 19 from DePaul University for the Independent Games Festival as an entry, it’s free to download for PC, and it’s possibly the (best) weirdest game I have played this year on both a conceptual and mechanical level.

To put it simply, Octodad is a game full of destruction, deception, and fatherhood, where an octopus (that’s you) has managed to convince his family, and supposedly, society at large, that he is just a normal guy in a rather dapper suit. A lot of the indie game appeal are the controls. Every leg and arm movement is controlled entirely by your mouse movement. These controls are intentionally difficult and lacks the precision a normal human has. Octodad has no fingers nor opposable thumbs, thus causing every object he meets into a frenzy, leaving you in a tangle with your own limbs.

If the controls didn’t frustrate you enough, you are also forced to wrestle with an uncooperative camera. The camera can be shifted to the left and right manually, but due to your erratic movements and the tight level design, the camera angle can suddenly shift, having Octodad covering up most of the screen (as well as go through you!). Coupled with an awkward lock-on that automatically places your arm… tentacle to the nearest object, grabbing stuff is less enjoyable next to the simple joy of knocking over furnishings.

To add challenge to the game (like it isn’t challenging enough), there is a Suspicion meter. Acting less like a human and more like the real octopus you are, will drain the meter until the jig of being the caring husband and father is up. The Suspicion meter puts pressure on you to put on a decent and convincing act.

The unique gameplay, visuals, and sound effects presented in this indie title is light hearted but funny humor is truly different to anything I have ever played. Although Octodad has its bugs, the overall experience of being an octopus disguised as the family of four is a concept hard to hate and not to laugh at.  The game is rather short, but do not fret! Octodad: Dadliest Catch will be out shortly… For anyone with an hour or two to spare, I totally recommend this game!

That damn badger.

Hey guys!

Yesterday I played Enviro-Bear 2000 Operation Hibernation. You just know it’s going to be a good name by the way how the title just rolls of your tongue. The point of this game is that you’re a bear and for some reason you’re driving around in a car collecting berries and fish to fatten up for hibernation in the winter. Why you have a car? I’m not too sure; presuming the bear just stole it from some unfortunate person. I know I wouldn’t want to mess with a bear. You can pull on the accelerator, brake, steer, and pull into drive and reverse to tear around and try to collect as much food as you can within a certain time limit. You have to watch out for the other bears too, who also have their own cars.

As you drive into trees, loads of pine cones and leaves will be deposited and smashing into boulders will result in large chunks of rocks come flying down. Be sure to constantly clean your car because it can obscure your vision and make you swerve into boulders and trees like a psycho, as well as obstruct your ability to reach parts of your car. Badgers can suddenly fly into your car and eat all your fish, as well as bees flying into your face making you roar with anger. A clock and a fuel gauge will give you all the information you’ll need. The clock counts down your time limit, and the fuel gauge tells you how much more you need to eat before “HIBERNATE” starts to flash on your screen. There are multiple caves in the distance (which strangely look like tunnels) that you can drive into and hibernate when the time comes. Remember you are not a winter bear, so make sure you make it within the time limit. After the end of every round, you are given new obstacles to overcome, such as a shorter time limit, only being able to eat berries because of overfishing, and even an overgrown forest thrown at you. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the game, it can be very stressful because it’s all about survival. Survival in the wilderness is hard work, even if you do have a car. But bears don’t have cars.

The graphics aren’t great, but it’s good enough for what it is. The game itself is pretty comical, so the graphics actually reinforce the silliness and sell the concept. You have one looped tune throughout the game but I’m pleased to say that it is very catchy. But the game has a serious issue on detecting collisions where it’ll let you drive straight through mountains and occasionally large rocks. Although it’s low on the graphics side, it’s high on the entertainment side. This game will certainly get you playing for longer than you’d like. I’d like to say that I’m pretty good at this game, but I honestly don’t think anyone can be good at this game.

This game is free for Windows so go ahead and download it and try it out yourself.

Enjoy!

http://gamejolt.com/freeware/games/action/enviro-bear-2000/211/

This last post on Fiona the Human will show you how to make the shirt and skirt.

1. http://imgur.com/Tsh7P,G77S5,yJ3bY,Lyf3p,J3Ftb,sdCed,ezqeV,BtRwo,Eu83T,mwYW0,YGzRm,emrwf,aKcMa,551o7
Lay out your dark blue t-shirt inside out and find a high waisted pencil skirt as your pattern to pin to your fabric.

2. http://imgur.com/Tsh7P,G77S5,yJ3bY,Lyf3p,J3Ftb,sdCed,ezqeV,BtRwo,Eu83T,mwYW0,YGzRm,emrwf,aKcMa,551o7#1
Cut it out leaving a 1 cm seam allowance and pin the right sides together and sew a straight stitch along the yellow dashes.

3. http://imgur.com/Tsh7P,G77S5,yJ3bY,Lyf3p,J3Ftb,sdCed,ezqeV,BtRwo,Eu83T,mwYW0,YGzRm,emrwf,aKcMa,551o7#6
Try on the skirt. It should be longer than necessary for which I purposely used a high waisted skirt as my pattern. The top part will be cut and will become your waist band.

4. http://imgur.com/Tsh7P,G77S5,yJ3bY,Lyf3p,J3Ftb,sdCed,ezqeV,BtRwo,Eu83T,mwYW0,YGzRm,emrwf,aKcMa,551o7#7
Fold the top band wrong sides together (you will end up with an fold side and raw side)
http://imgur.com/Tsh7P,G77S5,yJ3bY,Lyf3p,J3Ftb,sdCed,ezqeV,BtRwo,Eu83T,mwYW0,YGzRm,emrwf,aKcMa,551o7#8 and pin the raw side of the band to the skirt right sides together. It will look like this. http://imgur.com/Tsh7P,G77S5,yJ3bY,Lyf3p,J3Ftb,sdCed,ezqeV,BtRwo,Eu83T,mwYW0,YGzRm,emrwf,aKcMa,551o7#9
Straight stitch along the yellow dashes.

5. http://imgur.com/Tsh7P,G77S5,yJ3bY,Lyf3p,J3Ftb,sdCed,ezqeV,BtRwo,Eu83T,mwYW0,YGzRm,emrwf,aKcMa,551o7#2
Find a t-shirt that fits you and pin it to the wrong side of your light blue t-shirt. Make sure the sleeves are folded up before you cut leaving a 1 cm seam allowance.

6. http://imgur.com/Tsh7P,G77S5,yJ3bY,Lyf3p,J3Ftb,sdCed,ezqeV,BtRwo,Eu83T,mwYW0,YGzRm,emrwf,aKcMa,551o7#3
Pin the sides right sides together and sew a straight stitch along the yellow dashes. Remember to not sew up the arm holes!

7. http://imgur.com/c6Bbx
Let’s make the sleeve pattern. Take the t-shirt you used as a pattern and copy down the curves of the sleeve. The red line will be along the fold of the newspaper.
Trace out the sleeve and cut it. You will now have a pattern that looks like this when opened up. http://imgur.com/HV8FT
That’s just the first part! Next you want to take that opened pattern and lay it on top of another sheet of newspaper and follow these instructions: http://imgur.com/7EWFd

8. http://imgur.com/Tsh7P,G77S5,yJ3bY,Lyf3p,J3Ftb,sdCed,ezqeV,BtRwo,Eu83T,mwYW0,YGzRm,emrwf,aKcMa,551o7#4
Take your sleeve pattern and fold it in half lengthwise and pin it to the fold of your light blue t-shirt (I suggest lowering the pattern towards the hem of the shirt. That way you don’t have to hem the sleeves later on). Do this to both sides of the t-shirt, cut leaving a 1 cm seam allowance, and you’ll end up with two sleeves.

9. http://imgur.com/Tsh7P,G77S5,yJ3bY,Lyf3p,J3Ftb,sdCed,ezqeV,BtRwo,Eu83T,mwYW0,YGzRm,emrwf,aKcMa,551o7#5
Pin the edges right sides together and sew a straight stitch along the yellow dashes.

10. http://imgur.com/Tsh7P,G77S5,yJ3bY,Lyf3p,J3Ftb,sdCed,ezqeV,BtRwo,Eu83T,mwYW0,YGzRm,emrwf,aKcMa,551o7#10
Turn both your sleeves inside out so the right sides are on the outside and shove them right sides together into your arm holes.
Pin around the edges and you’ll get something that looks like this. http://imgur.com/Tsh7P,G77S5,yJ3bY,Lyf3p,J3Ftb,sdCed,ezqeV,BtRwo,Eu83T,mwYW0,YGzRm,emrwf,aKcMa,551o7#11
Make sure the seams match up and sew a straight stitch along the yellow dashes for both your sleeves..

After all those tedious steps, you’ll end up with this. http://imgur.com/Tsh7P,G77S5,yJ3bY,Lyf3p,J3Ftb,sdCed,ezqeV,BtRwo,Eu83T,mwYW0,YGzRm,emrwf,aKcMa,551o7#12

11. http://imgur.com/Tsh7P,G77S5,yJ3bY,Lyf3p,J3Ftb,sdCed,ezqeV,BtRwo,Eu83T,mwYW0,YGzRm,emrwf,aKcMa,551o7#13
Now all you have to do is pin and hem the bottom of the shirt and sleeves. All you need now is some white knee high socks and YOUR’E DONE!!!

http://imgur.com/a/YqmU9#0

This post will show you how to make the hat. The pattern I used is this: http://archives.frederatorblogs.com/adventure_time/files/2010/03/finn-hat.pdf

1.http://imgur.com/cEeSc,u4zh6,kBrTG,jQAIT,4Q4ji,XDoSV,oYxjW,aosx4,Q0ZXi#4
Print out the pattern and modify it (the ears for Finn is 3.5 inches tall and 3 inches wide).
Pin the pattern to your folded fabric where your head piece will be pinned and cut on the fold as seen in the picture.
These measurements are the ones I used and it’s about a size small in hats. If you have a larger head, go ahead and add an inch or two.
The ears will have to be traced twice giving you a total of 4 ear pieces.

After cutting, leaving a 1 cm seam allowance, it’ll look like this. http://imgur.com/cEeSc,u4zh6,kBrTG,jQAIT,4Q4ji,XDoSV,oYxjW,aosx4,Q0ZXi#5
You”ll get one head piece, 2 circle pieces, and 4 ear pieces. If you want to line the hat, cut out another head piece.

2. http://imgur.com/cEeSc,u4zh6,kBrTG,jQAIT,4Q4ji,XDoSV,oYxjW,aosx4,Q0ZXi#6
Pin your head piece right sides together and sew a straight stitch along the yellow dashes.

3.http://imgur.com/cEeSc,u4zh6,kBrTG,jQAIT,4Q4ji,XDoSV,oYxjW,aosx4,Q0ZXi#7
Pin your circle piece to the  top right sides together and sew a straight stitch along the yellow dashes.

After all that sewing it’ll look like this. http://imgur.com/cEeSc,u4zh6,kBrTG,jQAIT,4Q4ji,XDoSV,oYxjW,aosx4,Q0ZXi#8

Remember what you did with the backpack straps? Cutting slits and sewing a straight stitch along the back? You’ll be doing the same with the ears to the right side of the hat. Go ahead and stuff your ears with cotton or excess fabric and wires if you’d like them to stand before sewing them on. You will end up with this. http://imgur.com/cEeSc,u4zh6,kBrTG,jQAIT,4Q4ji,XDoSV,oYxjW,aosx4,Q0ZXi#0

If you are happy with it, you’re finished! If you want to line it continue reading.

4. You will need another head piece and a circle for the lining (you already have a circle. if you don’t have another head piece, go ahead and cut one out (remember to cut it on the fold!). All you have to do is repeat steps 2 and 3.

5.http://imgur.com/cEeSc,u4zh6,kBrTG,jQAIT,4Q4ji,XDoSV,oYxjW,aosx4,Q0ZXi#1
Flip your first hat inside out (the one with the ears) where the ears are on the inside and pin your two hats right sides together (shove your second hat right side into your ear hat).
Sew a straight stitch along the yellow dashes leaving a 4 to 5 inch hole to flip the hat inside out.

You will end up with this by now. http://imgur.com/cEeSc,u4zh6,kBrTG,jQAIT,4Q4ji,XDoSV,oYxjW,aosx4,Q0ZXi#2

6.http://imgur.com/cEeSc,u4zh6,kBrTG,jQAIT,4Q4ji,XDoSV,oYxjW,aosx4,Q0ZXi#3
Hand sew the hole closed.

I’ll be showing you how to make a Fiona the Human cosplay as my third blog post! (Guys if you want to be Finn the Human, simply buy a light blue t-shirt from Michaels and wear dark blue shorts. Follow part two to make your own hat!) It’s going to be my Halloween costume so I thought, might as well kill two birds with one stone by writing a blog post about the process! Some background of the character. This cosplay is a really easy costume for beginners because her outfit is really simple. Fiona the Human is the gender swapped version of Finn the Human from Adventure Time. She currently only has one episode, but Pendleton (the creator) does plan on making more with her.

http://imgur.com/ak4Wc,QjBrv,WdBLy,Gwl5p,13QIJ,3lBGE,XDPji,1McCy,9L1Ss,n9s7c,nUiF5,H5tW6,gQBYN,FC84b,3Pv6l,y598D#11
First off, gather all your fabrics.
A: Large dark blue t-shirt.
B: Two light blue t-shirts (one large and one size that fits you).
A and B will become your skirt and top. Buying pre-made t-shirts to cut out your pattern from is a lot easier to do because you won’t need to sew a neckline (which is really complicated)
C: Light green fleece (1 meter).
D: Dark green fleece (1 meter).
E: White fleece (1 meter).
C, D, and E will become your backpack.
I bought the t-shirts at Michaels and the fabric at Fabricana.

http://imgur.com/yNcjh
Materials you’ll need:
A, B, C, D: Sewing machine, White thread, Blue thread, Green thread with their corresponding coloured bobbins.
E, F, G: Tracing marker (or any writing utensil), Seam ripper, Fabric scissors.
H, I: Floral wire, adhesive velcro dots (optional for your hat), and a big lack button (on the backpack).
J, K: Measuring tape, Pins and needles.

We’ll start off with making the backpack

1. http://imgur.com/ak4Wc,QjBrv,WdBLy,Gwl5p,13QIJ,3lBGE,XDPji,1McCy,9L1Ss,n9s7c,nUiF5,H5tW6,gQBYN,FC84b,3Pv6l,y598D#13
Let’s make your pattern by first folding your fabric in half right sides together. By doing this, you’ll end up with two pieces each when cut out.
To make pattern piece C cut out a 12in wide by 8in long rectangle.
To make pattern piece D cut out a 4in wide by 25in long strip. These two patterns will both be pinned to your light green fleece.
To make pattern piece A cut out a 12in wide by 10in long rectangle.
To make pattern piece B cut out a 4in wide by 25in long strip. These two will both be pinned to your dark green fabric.
Cut them out leaving a 1cm seam allowance. 

After cutting all your pieces. You’ll end up with this. http://imgur.com/ak4Wc,QjBrv,WdBLy,Gwl5p,13QIJ,3lBGE,XDPji,1McCy,9L1Ss,n9s7c,nUiF5,H5tW6,gQBYN,FC84b,3Pv6l,y598D#14

2. http://imgur.com/ak4Wc,QjBrv,WdBLy,Gwl5p,13QIJ,3lBGE,XDPji,1McCy,9L1Ss,n9s7c,nUiF5,H5tW6,gQBYN,FC84b,3Pv6l,y598D#15
Round the corners of all your rectangles leaving the two top as corners.
Pin your light and dark green fleece pieces together, right sides together and sew a straight stitch across which is indicated by the yellow dashes in the picture.
Remember to do this for all 4 rectangles, one will be your front and the other will be the back. 

3. http://imgur.com/ak4Wc,QjBrv,WdBLy,Gwl5p,13QIJ,3lBGE,XDPji,1McCy,9L1Ss,n9s7c,nUiF5,H5tW6,gQBYN,FC84b,3Pv6l,y598D#0
Take your long light and dark green strips and pin right sides along the edges with one of your now large circular rectangle.
Make sure the colours match up! Sew a straight stitch along the blue dashes when you line your colours up and then sew along the yellow dashes. 

After all that you’ll end up with this. http://imgur.com/ak4Wc,QjBrv,WdBLy,Gwl5p,13QIJ,3lBGE,XDPji,1McCy,9L1Ss,n9s7c,nUiF5,H5tW6,gQBYN,FC84b,3Pv6l,y598D#1

4. http://imgur.com/ak4Wc,QjBrv,WdBLy,Gwl5p,13QIJ,3lBGE,XDPji,1McCy,9L1Ss,n9s7c,nUiF5,H5tW6,gQBYN,FC84b,3Pv6l,y598D#2
These two pieces that are pinned together are from your second pieces of D and B.
D and B will be biased to your own measurements which will turn out to be your 2 straps so measure how long you want your straps to be and divide by 2.
After figuring that all out, pin right sides together and straight stitch along the yellow dashes.

5. http://imgur.com/ak4Wc,QjBrv,WdBLy,Gwl5p,13QIJ,3lBGE,XDPji,1McCy,9L1Ss,n9s7c,nUiF5,H5tW6,gQBYN,FC84b,3Pv6l,y598D#3
Fold your two pieces lengthwise right sides together and pin and straight stitch along the yellow dashes.

After flipping it inside out, it should look like this. http://imgur.com/ak4Wc,QjBrv,WdBLy,Gwl5p,13QIJ,3lBGE,XDPji,1McCy,9L1Ss,n9s7c,nUiF5,H5tW6,gQBYN,FC84b,3Pv6l,y598D#4

6. http://imgur.com/ak4Wc,QjBrv,WdBLy,Gwl5p,13QIJ,3lBGE,XDPji,1McCy,9L1Ss,n9s7c,nUiF5,H5tW6,gQBYN,FC84b,3Pv6l,y598D#5
Take your second circular rectangle (this will be the back of your backpack where your straps will be sewn to) and measure out where your straps will go.
Cut out some slits and make sure you always cut small. You can always cut bigger, but you can never uncut.
Shove your straps into your holes on the right side of the fabric with the folds of the straps facing down.
http://imgur.com/ak4Wc,QjBrv,WdBLy,Gwl5p,13QIJ,3lBGE,XDPji,1McCy,9L1Ss,n9s7c,n7.UiF5,H5tW6,gQBYN,FC84b,3Pv6l,y598D#6
Flip your circular rectangle over and straight stitch along the yellow dashes and remember to do the same to the bottom of the straps.

You’ll end up with this! http://imgur.com/ak4Wc,QjBrv,WdBLy,Gwl5p,13QIJ,3lBGE,XDPji,1McCy,9L1Ss,n9s7c,nUiF5,H5tW6,gQBYN,FC84b,3Pv6l,y598D#7

7.http://imgur.com/ak4Wc,QjBrv,WdBLy,Gwl5p,13QIJ,3lBGE,XDPji,1McCy,9L1Ss,n9s7c,nUiF5,H5tW6,gQBYN,FC84b,3Pv6l,y598D#8
Pin your back circular rectangle (the one with the straps) right sides together with your front piece and straight stitch along the yellow dashes.
Make sure to leave a 4 or 5 inch opening when you sew so you can flip the whole thing inside out.

8.http://imgur.com/ak4Wc,QjBrv,WdBLy,Gwl5p,13QIJ,3lBGE,XDPji,1McCy,9L1Ss,n9s7c,nUiF5,H5tW6,gQBYN,FC84b,3Pv6l,y598D#9
Sew a big black button to your backpack and stuff it.

http://imgur.com/ak4Wc,QjBrv,WdBLy,Gwl5p,13QIJ,3lBGE,XDPji,1McCy,9L1Ss,n9s7c,nUiF5,H5tW6,gQBYN,FC84b,3Pv6l,y598D#10
The hole where I flipped it inside out is on the bottom of the bag. I used safety pins to close it up because I want to add a zipper later on. If you don’t, go ahead and hand sew the hole shut.

Hey guys. This is going to be my first blog post about one of my favourite, but expensive hobbie, cosplaying!

What:

Cosplay, or costume play, is a type of performance art in which people dress up to represent a specific character. Favourite sources of characters mostly come from anime, manga, video games, comic books, and movies. Costumes take months to complete and vary greatly that range from simple to highly intricate outfits.

Why:

Some people might see cosplaying as a mean of wearing costumes for Halloween, but that isn’t the case. Cosplaying is a form of art, where it shows off your craftsmanship and how much you know about portraying a certain character. Cosplay combines three types of arts; the skill of being able to portray the character, the skill of being able to personally craft the costume, and lastly posing for photographs. Cause face it, it wouldn’t be twice as memorable without capturing those elaborate costumes on camera and showing it of to your friends (check this website out for some of the most amazing photographs: http://browse.deviantart.com/photography/people/cosplay/?order=9). Many people like the idea of having the freedom of being who you want to become as well as having the chance to dress up as their favourite character.

Where:

The most popular form of showing off your cosplays are by wearing them to conventions. There are many conventions that are dedicated towards anime, comics, science fiction, and fantasy that are held all over the world. Three of the largest conventions are Comiket which is held in Japan during summer and winter that attracts thousands of fans. The second is Comic-con, held in San Diego. And the third is Japan Expo, held in Paris. Many local conventions are held in British Colombia as well! Try checking out Anime Evolution, Anime Revolution, Cos&Effect, Tsukino-con, and J-Fest.

If you’re not interested in learning how to start cosplaying, reading the rest of the post isn’t necessary!

How:

So you might think “How do I start?” I’ll be glad to give you some advice on how to start off and what equipment you’ll be needing. First of all, do you know how to sew at all? Sewing is a big part of cosplaying and if you don’t know, I suggest you to start learning because you’ll be spending a hell a lot of time at your sewing machine (or with a sewing needle)! Youtube provides many instructional videos that teach how to sew. Some channels that I often check out are ThreadBanger, SecretLifeOfaBioNerd, and aglanceatmyworld. If you plan on purchasing a sewing machine, don’t be afraid of the cheap ones. Often enough, the cheaper sewing machines are good enough for what you’ll be making. You can get one for under $100 at Walmart when they have sales. Some brands I recommend are, Brother and Singer, either one works great!

Fabric. Fabric, fabric, fabric! The fabric store will literally be your second home away from home, it sure is to me. Buying fabric can get expensive very very quickly, so make sure to go to during sales and to the sale section of the store. If you work with patterns, buy a pattern that can be easily altered. That way you won’t have to spend more money on other patterns. How much fabric will you buy? Well I’m going to tell you straight off the bat. Always, and I mean always, buy more fabric than you need! You don’t want to end up with less and head back to the store to buy more, because let’s face it, that’s a waste of time and can be really annoying at times. You’ll also need to buy a thread that matches your fabric colour. Fortunately notions are on sale most of the time so that’s a sigh of relief. Can I get a wootwoot for saving more money. The fabric store I always go to is Fabricana on Garden City.

Wigs and contacts are totally optional to cosplaying, but if your’e a perfectionist like I am, then they are an absolutely essential. Ebay is a great place to buy wigs from, and again, don’t be afraid to buy cheap wigs! Never buy wigs from sellers who receive bad feedback and don’t post pictures of what their wigs look like. But make sure the picture isn’t of one of a cosplayer, because they most likely stole that picture from a fellow cosplayer to advertise their own wigs which probably look nothing like the picture. If the seller does do that, it doesn’t hurt to try and email them to ask for some pictures of the wig just to be safe. Some wig sellers that I buy from are gamestart2009168, agree518, and okyi886. And lastly, make sure to buy your wig well ahead of the day you’ll be wearing it. I suggest a well 2 months ahead of time just to be safe! Online contact sellers I recommend is http://www.pinkyparadise.com/. You can even get good deals at the summer nighmarkets here in Richmond. Contacts have a two year expiry date if you don’t open them and can last up to one year if you do, so it would be a good idea to purchase a few different colours at a time just to stock up for the following year.

Props are another great way of showing off your craftsmanship. Buying and commissioning props can get very expensive so many people resort to making it themselves. Micheals, like Faricana, will be your third home away from home. Michaels is such a great craft store because they have different coupons every week to help you save a few bucks. The dollar store is another great place to buy supplies as well. But make sure you go through the convention’s prop policy before making anything. Metal props are a big no no.

And my last piece of advice is, always start making your costume(s) well ahead of time. I remember staying up until 5am the day before the convention finishing up one of my three cosplays, and frankly that was the worst day of my life. If anyone wants to see some pictures of my cosplays, just drop a comment and I’ll put some up!