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Maybe I’m the only one here who feels this way.  Maybe what I’m about to say is completely out there, and my sanity should be seriously questioned.  But I’ve been thinking long and hard about something lately, and I have come to the conclusion that Animal Crossing might just possibly be one of the cruelest series ever made.

Okay, I hear you all out there, looking at each other in confusion.  Yes, I can hear the noise made by mere glances.  Ducks have good hearing, doncha know.  And I also hear you saying, but Duck, Animal Crossing is the nicest game known to mankind.  All you do is relax and have fun.  And befriend cute animals.  And decorate your house with all manner of wonderful things.  And I agree, on the surface, Animal Crossing looks nice.  There are no battles to be fought.  No violence.  Nothing objectionable of any kind. View full article »

The Purple Rock

As the years pass us by, memories age and fade like old photographs.  Details fall away, leaving just a small snippet here and an unclear image there to mark our progress through life.  While it seems we remember less and less of our past the more years we have to look back over, there are certain memories that never go away.  They are like snapshots that remain as clear as the day they happened, like anchors tying us to the past.

I spent the beginning of my life in a tiny town that shall remain nameless, and had I mentioned it, there is a good chance you wouldn’t have heard of it anyway.  There was little to do there, but I did remember a few little businesses we would visit from time to time.  There was a bakery where my mom would buy me a donut sometimes, and I remember always wondering what the bags of bread crumbs on the counter were for (I couldn’t imagine paying money for the leftover scraps of bread you typically throw away).  There were some restaurants, such as one place that always had sugar on every table in the same way that most restaurants have salt and pepper, except this sugar came in all kinds of colors.  I also remember a rather tasty Chinese restaurant that had the most beautiful screens by the entrance, adorned with elaborate birds decorated with real feathers.  There was also this little store that sold some rather interesting items, like empty eggshells with cute decorations inside.  We still own one that contains a little hummingbird.  They also sold a phone that looked like a duck, which I liked at the time, but which seems rather silly now.  (Ironic, considering I am the Duck of Indeed, after all.) View full article »

Foxy Cosplay: The Hand

I’ve been hard at work on my Foxy cosplay, and after starting the arms, I decided to take a short break and make Foxy’s hand so I can ensure the proportions between the hand and arms is correct.  After creating his hand and enduring all the trials and toil described below, I became very grateful for the fact that Foxy only has one hand to begin with.  What a relief…

Okay, so his hand wasn’t really so difficult as it was tedious and frustrating, mainly when it came to the finishing touches.  A Youtube video tutorial showed me that wearing a silver glove was a great starting point for an animatronic hand, so I bought a pair of shiny, silver wrist-length gloves from Amazon, which were surprisingly easy to find (there is apparently an actual demand for these).  I then decided to make each segment of his fingers out of craft foam. View full article »

I am slowly making my way through the 30 days of video game topics I started…probably a few years ago, and today we have finally reached…number 12.  I’m not even halfway done yet!  Yikes!  Well, this topic involves a game everyone should play, and I had to put careful consideration into which one I would pick.  Not only do I have a lot of great games that I would definitely recommend to others, but I wanted to make sure my choice wouldn’t also be used in other 30-day topics in the future.  After careful consideration, I ended up going with a game that is very special to me, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. View full article »

Animal Crossing House Tours

I’ve been thinking, after all these years of blogging, that maybe it was time to share something a bit more personal about myself.  Let me tell you a bit about where I live…in Animal Crossing.  From time to time, my mom and I enjoy playing Animal Crossing: City Folk, where we have, over the course of several years, amassed and spent millions of Bells.  If you’re not familiar with Animal Crossing, this is a game where you, a human, live in a village of talking animals, earn money (usually by fishing, catching bugs, or receiving various strange gifts from the villagers as rewards for doing errands for them).  You basically spend the game earning money and eventually upgrading your house to three levels, which you can decorate to your heart’s content.

Recently, we accumulated so much stuff, however, that we each had to make use of the third and fourth houses respectively to store all of these possessions.  I know, that’s all quite silly, isn’t it?  But we got two new houses to decorate out of the deal, and two new characters, as well.  In the end, our Crossing houses turned out so delightful (and were filled with so many rare or expensive items from our years of playing) that it seemed like it was time to share them with you all.  Now, this console is not connected to my capture card, so I was not able to take any screenshots, but I did take some decent quality photos, so here we go. View full article »

Six Years of Being a Quack

Has it already been six years already?  Actually, it feels longer…  Okay, well, today is the Duck’s sixth anniversary of blogging, and it’s been a pretty busy year.  First off, let’s start with some stats.  I currently have 295 followers, a grand total of 24723 views, with my best day being 208 views on…December 9, 2012?  Huh, good to know my best day ever came about three and a half years ago.  You’re really moving up in the world, Duck….

Now, for the major events, and there’s been some big ones.  Well, one anyway.  This past year, United We Game, the other blog I write for, finally started a Youtube channel!  As a result, I finally got to begin a long-time dream of mine, learning how to record gameplay.  In that time, I have learned how to record gameplay with video game consoles and the PC, how to edit videos, and how to live stream using XSplit Broadcaster, with my first live stream thus far being my Five Nights at Freddy’s Halloween live stream.  Exciting stuff!  And educational, too.  If you like gaming and haven’t already visited our channel, please do.  We have lots of great gaming-related videos on there.  You’ll love it. View full article »

For next year’s cosplay, my parents have agreed to cosplay with me, which is quite exciting.  Accompanying myself as Foxy the pirate, my dad will be the security guard from the first game, Mike Schmidt, and my mom will be a human version of Toy Chica.  Most of the parts of their costumes are store bought, but there are a few pieces of mom’s costume that must be created.  One of those is the cupcake Chica is often seen carrying. View full article »

Foxy Cosplay: The Feet Part 2

Welcome back, everyone, time to continue my explanation for the creation of the feet for my Foxy the Pirate cosplay from Five Nights at Freddy’s.  Now we’ll finally get to start discussing the details.  The main “body” of the foot, so to speak, is complete, but how do I make it look like old, beaten up metal?  Well, I didn’t think painting my upholstery foam was a very good idea, so I decided to go with a tried and true favorite of mine, craft foam.

When I originally bought this stuff for Ghirahim, I got a bunch of sheets of multiple colors.  I’m nearly out of white foam, which is the best for painting, so I had to use colorful foam for the sides of my Foxy feet (it may take more coats of paint to cover this, but I didn’t have much choice at this point).  So I first cut out pieces of foam to cover every single side of the feet, and with a shape like this, there are a lot of sides.  With the narrow places, like between the toes and the notches around the toes, I cut out some little strips of tag board (it’s basically thicker paper) which I had left over from my Ghirahim costume, as well (I originally used this for the mold of his resin jewelry).  It’s not the best option out there, but since it’s thin, I thought it would be best for these narrow parts of the foot, as the craft foam was too thick and would have ended up closing up the narrow bits. View full article »

Foxy Cosplay: The Feet Part 1

Okay, I admit, at this point, you guys are probably starting to think I’m nuts, because I recently started yet another costume.  I’ve been cosplay-crazy lately!  After playing Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 (shameless advertising alert: I recorded gameplay for FNAF 2 on our United We Game Youtube channel, if you’re interested in checking it out…), I got super excited to try a cosplay of my favorite rickety animatronic, Foxy the Pirate!  I really wanted to do something different and learn new skills, plus I find the thought of dressing up as something scary to be quite appealing.  Fear me, I’m terrifying!

The concept behind Foxy is similar to the making of a “fursuit” (those costumes where people dress as fuzzy animals), so I did a lot of research both into making a Foxy cosplay specifically and into creating fursuits, as well.  I’ve always been interested in how those things were made anyway, and it looks as if the majority of these are made with upholstery foam covered in fleece (preferably stretchy fleece, if you can find it).  There are several methods for making the head, but the version I chose has a frame made out of plastic canvas covered in foam and fleece.  But, more on that later.  I’m putting off making his head, as it seems very scary. View full article »

Vanille Cosplay: The Shirt

This was a particularly busy year for cosplay, but I have finally done it.  Two costumes in one year.  And I never plan to do that ever, ever again.  Rosalina is done, and now Vanille has been completed, as well.  The last thing to cover is her shirt, and cover it we shall! View full article »

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