Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Craft Time: Make A Thanksgiving Day Chocobo Hat

It’s 4pm on Thanksgiving Day. You’re probably stuffed with turkey right now, or in the process of stuffing yourself with turkey, or still waiting to stuff yourself with turkey. (If you ate ham, get the hell out of here.) You know what that means? It’s time to make hats! Making turkey hats is an old Thanksgiving tradition. It’s not hard to see why; turkey hats combine two of our favorite things: food and fashion. Hats also make your head look bigger, which will convince people that your brain is huge. People who wear hats are often the life of the party. Need proof? Check out this picture of Spock. Boy what a boring guy. Now, what if we throw a hat on him? Instant party animal! You too can be this guy. But instead of making the traditional Turkey hat for Thanksgiving, why not make a hat using gaming’s first bird: the Chocobo. Read on to find out how. Making Chocobo hats is a fun family affair. It’s also practical. If that annual post-meal brawl breaks out, you’ll already be armed with scissors. Here’s what you’ll need to get started: Construction paper (all colors) Scissors Glue (edible) The unspoken disgust of your older cousins Kenny Loggin’s Top Gun Soundtrack Begin by cutting a piece of yellow paper into a large circle (don’t worry it can’t feel anything.) This is what a circle looks like: Next, cut out a beak and some eyes. Here is what you’re aiming for: If your uncle begins screaming about how his ex-wife wrecked his boat or your nephews start a backyard wrestling match in the living room, crank up Kenny Loggin’s "Danger Zone" and shut out the sound of smashing dishes. Next: putting it all together. Families can be hard. Is your mom screaming at you to take out the garbage? Is your Dad yelling at you, because he doesn’t want you to cut off all the cat’s hair? Is some old man complaining that you broke into his house and stole his war bonds? Ignore them. They don’t understand you. You’re an artist. You need those war bonds to make your Chocobo hat. It’s time to put the whole thing together. Glue your beak and eye to your circle and then affix the whole Chocobo head to another piece of paper (or war bond) and wrap it around your head. Feel free to add a few little extra details to your hat. Really make it your own. Add some extra tuffs off hair or a ruffled brow. If your Chocobo is filled with friendship and magic, add some glitter. If you’ve followed our instructions carefully, you should end up with something like this: *Results may vary There you have it. You are now free to experience the true joys of Thanksgiving. Throw away the unused scraps of paper (ignore their cries for mercy; they weren’t good enough to make the cut.) Now, go have some pie and hug your grandma – not only will she be freaked out by your new hat, she’ll won’t know what to make of this random affection. And remember, if you get bored later, you can always make Chocobo hats for your pets.
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    • Working with a partner like Tony Stewart is a dream come true for Monster Games.
    • Monster Games have been making racing games and building a core fan base for over 20 years.
    • Get a behind-the-scenes look at how they approach their game design process and listen to their fans. 

    From the moment we launched our last game, Tony Stewart’s Sprint Car Racing, this past Valentine’s Day, we have been blown away with the support we have received from both the racing community at large, as well as our passionate fans! Not only were they thrilled to have a dedicated dirt racing game, but it was crystal clear they wanted a lot more! 

    It’s not every day you get to hang out and talk with a 3 time NASCAR Champion like Tony Stewart. But, even when we spoke with him… he would say the same thing. “Man, the fans just keep asking when we’re going to do more!” So, we were excited to get right to work on the next game and use all the feedback from both Tony and the fans to build that next-level experience with Tony Stewart’s All-American Racing

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    The first thing we wanted to address was the physics. More specifically, how the cars slide through the turns. In the Sprint Car game, we heard loud and clear that while we were headed in the right direction, fans wanted to be able to slide the car more freely through the turns without having to set the car up. It’s something that is a very delicate balance in racing games in general. You want experienced players to have a great time with the game and be challenged right out of the box, but you also want the casual and less experienced players to not feel intimidated or get frustrated with something that is too hard to drive. Sure, different settings take care of a lot of that, but this change was different because we really want you to FEEL that slide, no matter what level of difficulty to race on. It’s something we were really passionate about, and I think we’ve really hit a homerun on the physics this time around.

    Then, to show off all the work we’ve done on the physics, we really wanted to use radically different cars. Tony would tell us all the time… “Everywhere I go, people ask me when we’re adding more cars.” So, the new game will feature Big Block Modifieds, Street Stocks, and the US Legend Cars. We love these cars because they each have their own racing style and drive very differently from one another. Again, it’s about feeling those “personalities” in each of the cars. The horsepower differences, the dramatic weight changes, and just the style in which you drive them against your competition. We’ve spent a lot of time balancing the AI and making sure you can feel their personalities as well. 

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    Another big change is in how the Career Mode functions. Historically, in a lot of our games, you’ve sort of had a more “linear” experience where you work your way up a ladder through a set progression of series. But, with Tony Stewart’s All-American Racing, that is no longer the case. You get to choose how you want to compete, and in what series you want to start. You can even hire hot seat drivers to race for you, and a new management function helps make your team spending more efficient by hiring a parts manager and a marketing manager. There’s even a possibility down the road to add new tracks or series to your career. That is something that we just couldn’t do in the prior game. 

    I could go on and on about the passion this team has and all the cool new things we’ve changed and added. But, in the end, it all adds up to an awesome new experience that I hope everyone will take the time to give us a shot. We’re very proud of what we’ve built, and can’t wait to see everyone out on the track! 

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    Built in collaboration with 3 time NASCAR Cup Series Champion and 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Tony Stewart, All-American Racing features an all new physics engine with US Legend Cars, Street Stocks, and Big-Block Modifieds along with 26 brand new dirt tracks! For the first time, you’re in complete control of what you race and how you want to race it with a totally revamped Career Mode. Build your enterprise and become a racing mogul as you expand your team across multiple series and build your organization into a racing EMPIRE! It’s the racing game you’ve been asking for! U.S. Legend Cars International, is a registered trademark of Speedway Properties Company, LLC. All car images, driver names and likenesses, corporate trademarks and other intellectual properties are used under license from their respective owners.

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