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Animating an Online Phantasy

As you may all know, I’ve played the MMORPG Phantasy Star Online 2 ever since its open beta. 

That makes it about 3 years full since the official launch of the title. 

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As part of the 15th anniversary project of the Phantasy Star Online series, an incredible announcement has been made recently… (more…)


Celebrating a Phantastic Valentine’s

It’s been a trio of years since I’ve started my immersive play on the MMORPG Phantasy Star Online 2.

I’m surprised I’m still in this game, logging in religiously, daily… despite my usual insistent solo/single play tendencies in my gaming habits, rejecting many online games all this while.

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Anyway since the regular update from latter half of last month, the game lobby has been filled with giant bears, hearts and frilly decorations in celebration of Saint Valentine’s Day. 

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The Hood of an Assassin

I have always been a follower of the Assassin’s Creed series ever since its début, fascinated by its parody use of historical facts to combine with the open-end free-running/parkour game-play as well as its colourful casts of real and fictional historical figures…

We get to explore the rich culture of each period in the guise of each protagonist of the numbered games, from the enigmatic pre-Mentor Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad of the Middle Age Crusades (Assassin’s Creed), to the charm of Ezio Auditore da Firenze of the Renaissance (Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations), to the conflicted Connor of the American Revolution (Assassin’s Creed III), and finally to the brutal Captain Edward Kenway of the Golden Age of Piracy (Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag)…

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There are several more main and sub games in the series spreading across various platforms like Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD, the live action short Assassin’s Creed Lineage, 3DCG Assassin’s Creed Embers or even Assassin’s Creed The Fall comic series…

In short, the world of Assassin’s Creed is ever-expanding, with more games and others to come.

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Enhancing an Online Phantasy

Ever since the introduction of my Phantastic new rig, many fellow ARKS have wondered how did I managed to turn the graphics option on Phantasy Star Online 2 up to the eleven, seemingly amazed at the sheer visual porn that is  the various screenshots posted in the subsequent look-back at the previous year I’ve spent within the free-to-play virtual world… w

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I’ve mentioned of the use of Ambient Occlusion, but I never did explained how I did it. So for here we are now we’ll look at how to tackle and change some settings that made all these beautiful screenshots possible. :3c

For the uninitiated, please read the wiki article on its origin and application towards computer graphics. 

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A Year in an Online Phantasy

It has been a full year + since my immersion into the online world of Phantasy Star Online 2, spending at least an hour daily to hone my skills and be one with my in-game avatar…

To learn more about this Free-2-Play Online Game, please click on the link above this sentence. w

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In the mean time, in celebration of the 1st anniversary of the game, SEGA will soon release the Episode 2 update later this month, introducing many new contents: a new Dewman race, a new Braver class, a couple of new weapon categories and rotsa other stuffs.

Dkdk wkwk suru ne~! Of course us ARKS are totally excited over the new stuffs!

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