Ask any writer in the world their favourite hour to work, and they'll probably tell you something ludicrous like between two and three in the morning. Or, something along those lines, anyway. Because, honestly, our finest time to crack knuckles and shovel bucketfuls of creativity out is usually when the sun has long set and the vast population of the world has tucked themselves in for bed.
If, like me, you had ranting and raving parents who looked down on those little virtual characters when you were younger, then join the club. Because, honestly, I can't tell you how many times I've heard things like, "Oh, your eyes'll go square if you play much longer," or, "You'll resort to a life of violence if you play that one!"
Okay, so it's been a bit of a hectic week here in the home studio. For starters, my kids have been driving me up the wall with their persistent whining for Peppa Pig montages. And my wife has been badgering me for a holiday like it's the only thing left to do before she can die happily.
Coke Music, also known as MyCoke or Coke Studios, was a virtual MMO game developed by VML and Sulake in January 2002.
If you were lucky enough to be a teen in the mid-two-thousands, then you'd most likely be aware of the absolute gem known to us as Bebo; the social network that captured the hearts of every emo, chav, and geek alike back in the day. And if not, well then you missed out on an incredible journey I must say.Bebo first launched in 2005 on web browsers as a basic social networking hub with a focal point aimed towards the tween generation and desperate kids looking for an output for their antics. A place at which they could unload all of their problems in ranty posts and vanity mirror selfies in hope of being seen or heard.Unlike anything we'd see on Facebook these days, Bebo wasn't at all afraid to go a little far fetched when it came to profile design and unorthodox methods for drawing in a crowd.With the ability to spice up your profile with special skin overlays or personalized theme tunes when clicking on your page, Bebo flicked formality out of the window and embraced everyone's inner child rather beautifully.There was a certain freedom a user could have with Bebo, and unlike today's social networks, Bebo allowed us almost free-reign over the majority of our page. From customizable modules to sparkling photo filters, unique soundtracks to artsy 'bricks' for your profile wall. Bebo had it all and more, and with a tweak or two, it was destined to make history in the eyes of every teenage kid from London to Toronto.
I'll proudly admit that there was once a time I'd be happy spending a whole weekend binging games like Habbo Hotel from the comfort of a dark and dingy room with nothing but a six-pack of Fanta and an illuminated monitor.