The Bathtub

Why a Bathtub? I've always liked the imagery. A space to play, imagining all sorts of aquatic adventures, or even simply gazing at how funny your body looks in and out of water. Navel-gazing. I've written a lot of painfully direct articulations on video games I've enjoyed here but I want my focus to be broader now. A lovely paradox. I'll still write but expect more varied interpretations of what that writing will be.
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Some old Pokémon Y photos I had on my SD card that I hadn’t done anything with yet. I enjoyed experimenting with the awful depth of field effect but hated how little freedom you were given in how far the camera could be moved away from your character.


Hey guys, remember us? We’re the MH podcast that says “um” and “like” way too much and talks about weird stuff like gourds and butts!  After our long hiatus, we SLOWLY get back into hunting by picking on small guys like the Royal Ludroth, getting killed by a duo of Wroggi, and ultimately taking down a Rust Duramboros.

Be sure to check out Adam Evanko’s tumblr if you haven’t seen it already for tons of MH4 news and loads of numbers-driven tips.

'Hey, have you ever heard of Monster Hunter?' is one of the best ice-breakers I've ever heard.

My friend started breeding Pokémon for IVs. The Departure.

I see a grand future in the way of documentary-style writing done with the use of Wii U’s photography feature.

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Koji Kondo & Toru Minegishi,
Majora's Mask

Probably 15 year old me playing on my keyboard awfully and passing it off as ‘music’. The things you find on your parent’s computer.


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Carly Johnstone,
The Moth (Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013)

One of my favourite stories from a recent episode.

Please do listen to The Moth. It’s gorgeous.

Things I’m learning:

  1. BW is beautiful for portraits.
  2. BW is difficult to work with in low-light environments. Dungeons are practically a no-go.
  3. Taking photos on the sea is frustrating with the waves constantly changing the frame.

Will be interesting when I decide to get the colour upgrade for the Picto Box as I’ll be taking very different types of photos with it. Probably lots and lots of environment shots.

This whole process is making me realise how great Nintendo are at designing characters. Beedle’s sullen eyes and the pear next to him scream a sense of history.

Haven’t found any other people taking photos like this in the game, yet. I’m positive more are out there. These are the few I’ve taken so far.



This is the transcript of a talk given by Marigold Bartlett and Stephen Swift at the 2013 Freeplay Independent Games Festival.

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