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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Spliced Magazine

I have been very scarce, I'm aware of this. Hopefully once you see the reason why I will be forgiven, because I've been working on an incredibly exciting project.

For the past month, together with some amazing creative people, I've been in the process of putting together and launching Spliced Magazine, a hybrid pop culture magazine that showcases gaming, comic books, movies, tech and lifestyle.

I could wax lyrical about the fantastic response we've gotten from the public and about the process that went into making this a reality, but instead I'm going to show you a picture of the awesome cover, and encourage you to go and take a look.

A large portion of my gaming content will likely now make it's way on to this platform along with our website which will work in conjunction with the magazine to provide additional content. I will still be using my blog to post content that doesn't fit in that space, so feel free to check back every now and again.

In the meantime - welcome to The Spliced Life.

Find us at www.splicedmagazine.com
On Twitter @SplicedMag
On Facebook /splicedmagazine

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Animal Crossing New Leaf - Blogger Challenge

With a few days left to go I thought I should do a round up of my ACNL experiences, and the progress my town has made.

As I've mentioned in other posts, my town is called Elioton, and my first ordinance that I instated was a policy of cleanliness and beauty. There's nothing I find sadder than a town that looks derelict, and in an effort to avoid this I wandered around pulling up weeds, planting flowers and trying overall to make the place look spic and span.

In fact, much as I love my house, I would say my focus is more on my town than my house, which largely ends up being a storage facility for stuff I don't want to sell but need to empty out of my pockets.

On the other hand, any money I earn is focussed on improving my town, although damn it takes a long time to do this, and Elioton's residents really don't contribute very much to the campaign overall.

The streetlamp I built, partially because it wasn't quite the cheapest thing on the last, but close to it, generated a fair amount of excitement, but the next project I moved on to was an additional cobblestone bridge so I didn't have to walk the entire length of the countryside to cross the river.

I haven't spent a great deal of time cultivating the "High Street" in my town, mainly because shops seem to be opening up and doing fairly well on their own, although I have no idea what I did to incite this kind of growth.

I can mainly admit to loving the island I visit with regularity, partly because of the challenges I can complete, and also because it's nice to have a change every now and then. Take a load off. Relax.

Animal Crossing is a game that requires a substantial investment of time, time that as a rule I generally don't have! That said I've attempted to make a real effort to grow and develop my town, and even though that progress has been slow at times, at least I've made headway.

I've developed relationships with the other residents of my town, cultivating friendships, visiting their houses, attending birthday parties, and see the town grow and expand has been very gratifying as new people move in.

On one occasion I had someone want to leave, and I'm not sure if it's because they were feeling neglected or if they just needed a change, but with a bit of encouragement I coaxed them into staying.

I may not win this blogger challenge. I may not have the biggest and best town of all the participants. But I've become invested in my town and in it's inhabitants, and sentimental as it may sound, isn't that the point? This is not Sim City, where you expand and grow into the biggest metropolis in the region. This is Animal Crossing. Small, but intimate.

Monday, August 12, 2013

ACNLZA Gallery - Blogger Challenge

So just in case you don't believe that I've been clocking in my hours on Animal Crossing New Leaf, I thought I'd put together a little gallery of my journey so far, including some of the more random moments...

Meeting friends

Town business

Catching butterflies

Trying on hats

Cherry picking

Exploring the town at night

Digging for treasure

Island paradise


Happiness is...


Party at Yuka's place

The town has a street lamp!


Fortune teller

Star Matrix

And the fireworks begin!


Fossil collecting

Meeting new peeps

Creepy Mario room... says me while I'm in someone else's house...

This pretty much says it all!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

ACNLZA Blogger Challenge

I've neglected my town. For a whole 2 days. It's true, I'm a bad mayor.

Ok, in fairness I've spent the last couple of days in bed with the flu, dosed up on meds and sleeping, but I was quite ashamed of myself when I arrived back in Elioton (this is my town's name in case you hadn't guessed), to find my towns folk telling me (in the nicest possible way because they're rarely grumpy) that they were feeling like I should pay more attention.

They are completely right of course, I can't run a town and then not put in any effort. Especially when I have bills to pay!

I'm busy trying to pay off the renovations on my house, as well as the public works project of building an additional bridge to cross the river that runs through my town because I was tired of having to walk the entire length of the town in order to cross the river.

Luckily of course when I can no longer collect stuff to sell during the day, I can still make a night time excursion to the island to go on tours and gather exotic fruit... to sell the next day when I get back to Elioton (at an inflated rate for imported goods of course!)

Oh! Also forgot to mention that you need to be careful when shaking trees! I dislodged a beehive and got stung quite badly so I'm currently a bit worse for wear with one eye swollen shut... Good thing I'm not allergic...

I've been taking screenshots regularly, so will post my town in pictures later when I get home for work...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


I recently became a brand ambassador for the nifty Acer Iconia A1 tablet. It launches in the country tomorrow, the 24th July 2013, and the launch event promises to be a tech geek's dream.

So my dream basically.

Well, mine and a couple of other lucky peeps who were also selected to be a part of the Acer family.

This not quite 8-inch tablet is run on Android, and is super fast with 1GB of RAM. In comparison to some of the other Android tablets I've used it doesn't lag at all.

As is the usual with Android it's completely customisable, but my favourite feature has to be the multiple user functionality.

This means I can load up all my stuff, customise how I want it to look, and then set up another profile for my husband or my kid, that is completely unique to them. It doesn't interfere with mine at all. Pretty nifty when you have a toddler who likes to move app icons around!

Looking forward to the launch event tomorrow!

Anyway, for more updates on the awesomeness that is the Iconia A1 (luckily I really do like this tablet!) make sure you check back, and follow the #MyAcerA1

Monday, July 15, 2013

Animal Crossing New Leaf Blogger Challenge!

I have to state up front that I have never really played Animal Crossing before. Sure I knew it existed, I'd heard all the rave reviews, but the idea of it never really appealed to me.

And then Nintendo South Africa approached me about taking part in their Blogger Challenge. They sent me a code, I tried it out and I've now been playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the newest game in the franchise, for around two weeks.

I. Am. Addicted.

It's undeniably cute. It's about building and expanding your town (of which you are the mayor incidentally), and there are a great many little tasks to complete in order for you to do this, but ultimately it's about building relationships with the anthropomorphic creatures that live in your town.

You can visit other towns (or go on state visits as I think of them) as well so you're not confined to a single location. 

And now, beginning on Wednesday the 17th July, the Blogger Challenge goes live in which 8 of us will compete for votes from you guys for the best town.

Plus if you vote you can also win a 3DSXL hamper. Pretty nifty right?

So make sure you vote for me! It would make me happy...

In the meantime, watch the trailer below :)

E3 2013 - Lost Planet 3 Developer Interview

This year at E3 I was lucky enough to be able to sit down with one of the producers of Lost Planet 3, Andrew Szymanski, to chat a bit about the upcoming game and discuss some of the challenges they faced in development.

What are your thoughts on Lost Planet 3? Are you looking forward to it or are you going to give it a skip?