Ever read a book from back to front?


missk2Take a look at Nathan's book series - Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid! They're a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Coolkyoushinja. First printed in a magazine in 2013, the series has now also been made into an anime television series.

Manga are comics created in Japan or by creators in the Japanese language. Anime is a Japanese term for hand-drawn or computer animation. The word is the abbreviated pronunciation of "animation" in Japanese.

As you can see from the video below, the books are read from back to front and from top right to bottom left. 

In the series, Kobayashi meets a large dragon outside her apartment. The dragon transforms into a maid and introduces herself as Tohru. Kobayashi had removed a holy sword from Tohru's back, earning her gratitude. Having no place to stay, Kobayashi offers to let the dragon stay at her home and become her personal maid. Tohru works hard to serve her mistress, but there are lots of things she can't get quite right. The story takes a look into the daily life of office-worker Kobayashi and her novice maid in this comedy fantasy story.

Xander and Aiden made a quick film starring the legendary Chuck Norris! Aiden was filmed running towards a wall in front of a green screen. Banging his hand on the wall gave the sound (and impression) of an impact!

They used chroma-key software to remove the background colour, allowing them to place the footage in front of any background they wished. A dojo image was selected and placed behind a picture of Chuck Norris which also had its background removed. Using keyframes to animate Chuck, the completed film can be viewed below!


Nathan Explains Counter-Strike

Counter-Strike is a online FPS (first person shooter) game. It was first released as a mod for Half-Life in 1999 for PC. It is an online only game with no story arc. Players are divided into two teams playing on specific maps with objectives. The maps and objectives are created by the players themselves and hosted on servers imagesdedicated to hosting the game files or on a local machine using virutal private networks.

Objectives are varied and depend on the map in which the game is played. There are three main objective types: hostage rescue, demolition and assassination. Other objectives are made by the communities and includes zombies and paintballing. Zombie mode begins with one player being infected. His objective is to infect other players; survivors aim to prevent the spread. The game continues until the entire game population are infected or the survivors have wiped out the zombies. 

What makes this game enjoyable is the variety of tasks and the fact that no two games are the same. There are also four different Counter-Strikes which are all different in their own way; they are run on different game engines which allow a wider variety of mods for each one.

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