Friday, February 15, 2008

Monday, January 28, 2008

Shark Laugh

Monday, December 17, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007

Field Experience

Well, I'm done with my field experience for this semester. It was really good, but I am glad to be done. Going to bed around 10:30 and waking up at 6:30 was getting difficult. I know I will have to get used to it next year but I think it's the fact that it's still dark out and I know I'm surrounded by people who are still asleep that makes me dread waking up. I can do it when I go home with ease probably because my parents wake up psycho early so I know I'm not waking anyone.

I did the experience at Norfolk which meant driving for an additional 30 minutes. That just reassured me that I don't want to live far away from my job as I do now. The teachers were very good and reassuring. I had some doubts going in about teaching (what a time to get them) based on my Ed Psych and Methods classes but seeing the teachers honestly care less about what those ridiculous classes say was very reassuring. They know what makes students learn more than a textbook and its high and mighty views.

Norfolk is a place that I could work at. Unfortunately, it's a bit low on my list of places I would live in. I love Omaha. You can find anything if you're willing to drive anywhere. Sioux City is high up there as well since most of the town is quite concentrated. Well, now I have to worry about my experience for next semester. That's a little more hours but my schedule is even more accommodating.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Third-Party Wii Games

I rented Spider-Man: Friend or Foe and Tony Hawk's Proving Ground for this weekend for the Wii. It's been a while since I played the Wii and since Live has been laggy, it's nice to try something else. Spider-Man is fun, it's like a cross between LEGO Star Wars and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. It's fun, simple, but far too easy. It's a game that's impossible to get mad at and a good rent because it's so short.

Tony Hawk is a different game. It's crossplatform so it's on other systems as well as Friend or Foe. However, the Wii controls for it are a bit freaky. Unlike every other game, you don't want to hold the control stick in an upward position. If you do, you'll manual when you go down and that's frustrating when all you want to do is slow down. The motions can be a bit non responsive, like aggro kick. To do that, you must move the remote down. Sometimes he kicks, sometimes he keeps skating along. I haven't figured that out.

So I've figured out something, something I'm surprised game publishers haven't quite grasped on to. Wii motion controls are fun but some games (I'm talking to you, Spider-Man 3) have horrid motion controls. Mortal Kombat seems to be one of the few to get what I'm trying to say. Along with tacking on motion controls, add classic controller connectivity. That way if you're controls suck, you can still play the game normally like on any other system. The controller has two analog sticks, 4 buttons in a diamond pattern, directional pad, two triggers and nearby buttons. It's a regular controller. That way, I could play Tony Hawk like it was on the PS2 if I'm not getting the hang of the motions.