Some Virtual Reality Bitmap Art Ideas

You may have read my previous post experincing virtual reality for the first time in terms of an experince beyond simply stereoscopic 3D. I was i spired to create some additional concept art of VR and gaming art or sci-fi in general as a result of this experience.

in my previous post I actually included some art or graphic design I created all on izpad using two apps, Artstudio HD and ProCreate, however here is some additional graphic design I’ve been creating since (keep in mind that I have logos I actually also created I may upload soon before I did this and after the VR post I wrote):9A15BD90-7E3E-4626-B1D3-73885BCD6BE3

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Hamster on Coke Games = Awesome Puzzlers

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Browsing the SlidetoPlay website this morning I noticed an interesting puzzle game features, showcased or advertised (don’t remember which right now) called Art of Gravity. I was right away captivated by the puzzlers aesthetics and voxel-based 3D level layouts so I had to give it a try.

I quickly looked up reviews on Google and found very few for iOS and a couple more for Steam where the game has also been released. Despite this, I decided to head on up to the App Store and give it a try. What surprised me was also the lack of user reviews, but not too surprising being a niche puzzler that came out a couple months ago or so. I decided to hit the buy button since it was only a buck and haven’t looked back.

Michal Pawlowski is listed as the created on the App Store, but once you open the app you get an amusing and pleasant “Hamster on Coke Games” logo displayed obviously showing Pawloski’s game studio that the game came out of. I must admit, I love the name and style of this Pawlowski (Polish it seems like me by the way) guy and think with such a name, if nothing else, the studio will go far.

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Anyway, as I opened the app up and started playing, the game needed to explanation as it spoke for itself. No turorial was shown or needed as you start using your thumb to click on objects and realize that you need to destroy certain voxel blocks in a row to pass onto the next level.

You do this by tapping on gray squares and dragging your thumb our to have a projectile voxel launched at the squares you are meant to destroy. However, there are also these mirror-like walls you need to move or slide up or down using a cyllinder-like icon so the projectile can pass through.

The game quickly becomes addicting, moves at a very steady pace and the challenge picks up. It is truly a puzzle game fan’s delight. The visuals are pretty catchy as well with a neon-light style to them and a Tron-like atmoshere.

I haven’t got far enough in the title for a proper review, but feel enough needs to be said that the game is a puzzler as puzzlers need be in a 3D space and a very unique spin on object orientstion. You will not be disspaointed if you like to think critically or are into great visual design on the App Store. Hit the buy button right now as it is only a buck.

I have also noticed that Hamster on Coke games has other puzzlers I haven’t had a chance to try yet like a game called Zenge. I have already hit the buy button on that title as well, being it is only a buck as well, and so far the impressions have also been positive. Like I said, I think Hamster on Coke Games has a good future going with such a name for a studio itself, not to mention the captivating puzzlers it is unleashing.

Check out their website here, you won’t be dissapointed.

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Introduction to This Blog

Hello fellow gadget-lovers, gamers, or potential employers. My name is Mike Lata and I decided to start this blog after I acquired some cool gadgets, like the iPad, as graduation gifts. It started out mainly focusing about games and apps, but it now offers more of a personal page full of my writing credentials. The site, however, still mainly deals with technology and computing. I recently received the 16GB Apple Ipad and the iPhone 4 as gifts for graduating College with a journalism Bachelors degree (minor in economics). I went to Chico State (took a semester at San Jose State as well) and now live in Cupertino, CA — where the Apple headquarters is.

I have never been a fan of Apple until recently because of my previous stereotypes of Macs. I was turned off for example by the thought of not being able to load popular games on a Mac; but now discovered a program called BootCamp that let’s you load both Windows and iOs on the Mac. This means you can get the best of both worlds – Mac OS X and Windows apps, programs, and games. Now that I have access to an iMac that has the latest Mac OS X and Windows (via the Bootcamp method), overall expectations of Apple totally changed. I became a pretty big fan, but still have use for certain Windows apps or programs.

I also heard many stereotypes about the iPad being just an oversized iPod Touch or iPhone. All these pre-judgments of course turned out to not be true in my experience due to the form factor being so much superior in my view.

What I also want to mention is I went through two different Windows laptops that got over-filled with viruses and spyware in the course of last year. I fixed one (with a clean hard drive reformat causing me to lose all of my data), but the other one is pretty much unfixable. In order to reformat that laptop, all the hardware specs woukd have to be factory defaults. I am looking into selling it for parts to tell the turth — especially since I only use my iPad for mobile computing.

Besides having access to an iPad, iPhone, iMac, and another older laptop, I also have the iMac with dual-boot Windows and Mac OS X (bootcamped). I am typing this blog and plan to type most if not all future blogs on my iPad using an app called Pages. The app is part of Apple’s iWork suite on the App Store. It is a pretty good for word processing, but laxks certain desktop features like tracking chanes. The app offers various fonts, spell checking, header and footer xustomization, and the ability to export (via various formats). It pretty much has what students and bloggers need for typing and I definitely recommend it. I also recommend the offline pages app for the Wi-Fi only iPad owners as it stores Web page data. I might go further into these apps in future blogs.

As for myself, I am a recent graduate with a bachelors in journalism and have been doing feature writing as of late for various sites. I am also getting better at video filming/editing using Apple’s Final Cut Pro. The Film creation process is another huge fascination of mine that I enjoy. I especially love historical films like ‘Kingdom of Heaven.’

Right now, I live in Cupertino — the place where the main Apple headquarters is. I am also trying to improve my Web design skills. When I update my websites, or create new ones, I will share it here. It will be interesting to see if Google’s Adsense turns profitable for me.

In regards to my history, I was born and raised in Poland and came to California at the age of 9. Most of my family is still over there and I visit every couple years. I speak Polish and English fluently and some German and Spanish. I think languages teach a lot about cultures by the way they allow people to express themselves or by looking at the tenses and formality rules. I also enjoy traveling and meeting people from all walks of life.

My older blog about the world wide web and online journalism that I wrote in my final semester of college for a course can be read here:
Technology and Journalism

I also wrote a Blogspot blog-post about student volunteers helping the homeless:
Peanut Butter and Jelly Time

I did an internship for Palo Alto Weekly and my stories can be found by searching my name.

I also wrote many good and interesting stories for the award winning Chico State newspaper ‘the Orion‘ but they are in the process of updating their archives.

As you can see I have some experience as a reporter and a journalist and it really is my passion no matter what subject or topic-at-hand I always seem to learn something new.

Do not hesitate to send me an e-mail at Virolak@yahoo.com

I also recently started a Twitter about App Store games and technology.