Posts Tagged ‘Video Games’

Return of the Reactor! After long last, I’m back. Mostly because their is just TOO MUCH GOOD STUFF to not tell you about it. So, here, in order of end date, are the Kickstarters that caught my eye.

Wayfarer Tactics ends September 28th. A toolbox miniature war game. Supports just about anything you want to throw at it.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 ends September 30th. Sequel to the award winning Divinity: Original Sin. Single player and multi player options. Heavy on the RP!

Mech Deck ends October 1st. Customizeable tabletop mech combat using dice, cards, and a hex based terrain system.

Burrows & Badgers Freelances ends October 5th. More anthropomorphic animal miniatures for a fantasy setting. An under served niche to be sure! This time, with a skirmish game.

Dark Age Outpost ends October 6th. A VERY reasonable price for some nice looking fortifications as well as historical minis.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar ends October 10th. I have to be perfectly honest. I have NO idea what this is based on. A lot of my friends are excited about it, though, and it certainly LOOKS cool. JRPG with action elements.

Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan ends October 20th. Sidescrolling action RPG inspired by African folklore. The unique setting is a great change of pace.

Warpath ends October 11th. Mantic. Sci-fi. You know what you are getting. Don’t know? Go download the free alpha at their website.

Battle Systems Urban Apocalypse Terrain ends October 18th. Modern/post-apocalyptic terrain for tabletop gaming. Easy to use cardboard punch outs. Excellent graphic quality!

INFINITY Role Playing Game ends October 18th. Tabletop sci-fi RPG in the same setting as INFINITY by Corvus Belli.

El Alemein ends October 20th. The latest deck building game from Arclight, makers of Tanto Cuore and Barbarosa. Published by Kamikaze. Arclight has a great history with these, so should be well worth it.

Pixel Noir ends October 21st. Retro inspired video game with JRPG elements. Reminiscent of Shadowrun SNES.

EXCEED-Card Fighting Evolution ends November 1st. From the makers of BattleCON and Pixel Tactics, a non-collectible, card fighting game for two players.

The Book of Starry Wisdom. This one has not actually started yet, but come October 1st, you should definitely check it out!

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Settling into my seat, I realized the show still wasn’t for a bit starting, so I wandered around. I marveled at how good my seats were because of the general admission. Funny thing about that. I went to settle back and I had been let into the wrong part of the theater. I hadn’t realized my ticket was for the balcony.  When I decided to go comfy the ushers sent me to the second floor and I thought about how much Kane would have hated this seat. I was a few rows from the front of the balcony and he would have had vertigo of the worst kind.

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You don’t really get the true feeling of vertigo from my photo here. I felt like I could just trip and be flying. The seat was really good though. I enjoyed the view, and as you can see, nothing was obscured.

Finally the lights went down and people rushed to get to their seats. I was sad to see that the theater wasn’t completely full because I adore Cibo Matto. The age demographic in the theater at the start of their set was mostly mid 30’s to mid 40’s. It’s probably because Cibo Matto took a break from 2002 till 2011. Their newest CD, only their third, is Hotel Valentine. All the songs are about a hotel, the rooms and surrounding areas. It’s adorably so much their shtick.

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When the lights went dark and Cibo came out, people crowded towards the stage. It was an amazing show. They danced, sang and partied playing to the crowd. I was excited because they played all the hits, Sugar Water, Know Your Chicken, Sci Fi Wasabi, and Birthday Cake.

They came out and danced during Sci Fi Wasabi.

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Sci Fi Wasabi is by far my favorite song of theirs. They do a little rapping on this track and it’s got some hilarious lyrics. I’ve always loved their nerdy references to Star Wars and science fiction tropes.

“What’s up b? wa-sa-bi

I’m searchin? the city for sci-fi wasabi
The start button has been pushed already

Obi-wan kenobi is waiting for me in union square
My wheel needs repair. The bike lane’s glowing all over the city
My bike, specializes in the nitty-gritty
New york city never had equality, it’s reality, economic duality
Where are my amenities
Tell me my sanity
Ain’t no analogy for individuality, I got immunity from multiplicity
That’s how we do it. we got your harmony.
Where’s you’re identity?
Our name is stereotype with an A
I got to get the shit straight
Your vision of stupidity’s made of vanity
Keep your quality up in the sky

There is a hole on broadway, no control, it’s in my way
I feel no goal. where is my soul?
I got no reset for this game

A.o.k. gotta find an alley anyway
My hair turns grey day by day
Don’t erase your points, you’ve got your pace
Don’t waste your days, get your innerspace
Don’t give me chase, I’m at st. marks place
Feeling stromboli, not ravioli
I’m charging my energy fresh as a daisy
Biologically let your system know what’s up
Here comes your twin hopper
Yuka honda knows her water, Pass the volvic?
No wonder her fingers are smooth like butter
It’s specific. no mind traffic
Cibo matto 1999!
I’m miho hatori straight outta purgatori
AI’ aI’ alright? I’m passing on your right
Don’t be snobby with me
Not aioli, surely not moby
Obi-wan kenobi told me in the lobby
Technically I’m free and I can find the key

Our name is stereotype with an a
I’ve got to get the shit straight. can you relate, my mate?
Don’t be late, my gate is open
Downtown still sends me up in the sky.”

Throughout the years, I’ve heard Cibo in movies and video games.  They used the song Birthday Cake in Jet Set Radio Future. If you haven’t played it you should find a copy. It’s the sequel to Jet Set Radio. You and your friends are roller blading taggers running from the police. Everyone listens to a pirate radio station that is a tribute to the radio station in the Warriors. It’s insanity. You have to roll around tagging things, fight rival blade gangs and avoid getting caught by the police. The levels get larger and crazier as the game goes on. They chose the song Birthday Cake, which is about a woman baking a cake for her son and his wife, on his 30th birthday! (Yeah, I used the lyrics there. 😉 ) You can usually find this game used for $5.00 or under, it’s worth it.

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I swear they used a Cibo song in Katamari but couldn’t find any internet references to corroborate my claims. If you remember this or can recall the song, feel free to comment.

They announced at the end of their set that they would be back on tour in 2015. I hope it’s true. I would love to go see them again.

Tune Yards was up next and as a special treat, they brought Cibo Matto out to help them with a final song. Maybe later I’ll write about Tune Yards.

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After they played I discovered the bathroom on the second floor. I wear it was made for hobbits.

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Kane and I are in a band called Post Rapture Party. It’s been keeping us pretty busy this past year, so busy we haven’t blogged much. Our band is very important to not just our selves but our fellow band mates, Spooky and Ashe. The first Post Rapture Party CD is almost done and should be out next month. The CD is a great accomplishment that’s taken a lot of work from our band mates, producer, our artist friend Raph and our fans. One of the things I love about our music is how it touches such a large variety of fans. Now, we may never be famous, but I hope that people can listen to our music and enjoy it. That’s why I am bringing it up in a blog today.

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VIPS: Very important people in my life. Right to Left: Ashe, Spooky, Noccie (me), Kane. Photo by Neil Jordan of Shadows Will Fall Photography

 

Our music crosses over easily into the geeky realm because about half of our songs were inspired by geeky subject matter. We have songs that are about life like Aurora, which is a suicide note. I was thinking about the Aurora Bridge, which is the saddest bridge in Seattle. They had to put up a fence to keep people from jumping. It always breaks my heart because it’s so beautiful up there. My mind reels at how you can end it all while staring so much beauty in the face. So, I tried to put myself in that place. Other songs were inspired by movies, television shows or video games. At first, we were just writing to get practice together. In the past few years though, I’ve had good fortune to write songs about some pieces of geekdom that are near and dear to me. We aren’t explicitly a geek band or nerd core but it doesn’t stop us from writing with our hearts. Although, that was part of what made the past year so difficult. We had a member leave and part of that was because he wanted songs to be about real things.

Why does there have to be a separation about my emotions over Wash and my feelings over heart break in real life? Those emotions are the same emotions. One does effect me directly but at the same time… “I am a leaf on the wind.” (::sobbing softly::)

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Let’s talk less about that and more about how we are some of the nerdier people you know, without having it branded on our CD. (Although… that might be awesome.) We have been together four years at the end of May and during that time we’ve written songs about documentaries, horror movies, vampires, Firefly and a video game. Post Rapture Party is not the first band to write songs about pop culture and we won’t be the last. Part of how this happens is our writing process.

As the singer, I write most of the lyrics. The guys don’t know until it’s too late what I’m actually saying because of the unusual way we write our songs. Our method starts with pure collaboration though jamming. One of the band starts off playing and I don’t sing without listening to what they are playing. As I listen, things will flash into my mind. Occasionally it’s Serenity and how Wash wanted children or Mal alone in the cockpit with River. Other times current events like right after the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown we wrote a song I call Ashes. There is no specific reason the songs are written but something plays on our hearts and we run. Energy fills the room when the song is right. Everyone in the band gets involved and we start talking about arrangement and composition till we’re happy. We can write a song in two to three sessions usually.

Our second album is currently in the works and we have three songs so far. Out of those songs is Miranda. (Listen to the song while you read.) That is why I keep bringing up Firefly. The song describes the internal struggle Mal must feel about keeping his crew alive. I’ve always thought he feels like he has to make up for losing so many during the battle of Serenity Valley. Mal is as loyal to his crew as they are to their captain. We’ve performed the song a few times and even when people don’t realize it’s named after the planet that Reavers came from, they love the feelings behind the words and music. You don’t have to be a fan of Firefly to enjoy the song, but if you are there is a different level of engagement. The most obvious references in the song are in the chorus, “If you go to the edge of the universe, you lose your mind.”  The line comes from a conversation the crew is having about the origins of Reavers. Someone says they heard they are people who went insane from seeing the edge of the universe and Jayne says, “I’ve seen the edge of the universe.” There’s a hilarious moment there where everyone is giving him accusatory glances. One of the verses comes from the fact that Mal is an atheist of sorts and they make mention that believers are the really dangerous ones. The lyric is, “It’s hard to believe in anything with so many believers around you. The kind that have something to hold onto.”  Here’s a link to that live performance of Miranda again.

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On our first album, out in May 2015, we have a song called Dust Devil. The song is named after the movie Dust Devil. This horror movie was written and directed by Richard Stanley, the brilliant mind behind the videos for Fields of the Nephilim. If you haven’t seen it, take the time to find a copy. He’s not just a serial killer, he’s much worse doesn’t even begin describe it. Wendy Robinson is being pursued by the Dust Devil because she no longer wants the spark of life she’s been given. The demon has sensed her willingness to cross over but she changes her mind. The winds of the desert stoke the fires as Wendy fights for her soul and the Dust Devil fights for his immortality.

Dust Devil is a cult classic worthy of hunting down.

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Let it Go was written very early in our band’s history and is the fourth song we wrote. That was around 2011, WAY before Frozen. Let it Go was inspired by the video game Flower by Jenova Chen and Nicholas Clark. You play as the wind in the game. As the wind collects flower petals you affect the environment by rebuilding a fallen city. Our song is the same, you should feel the wind blowing across a land without people. We want you to imagine standing where you are right now but after the fall of humanity. There is nothing but grass beneath your feet because the world has reclaimed the land.

Welcome Home, also on our first CD, was inspired by a documentary called Cropsey. On Staten Island, New York, there is an urban legend about a man that will come and take you in the night. Mothers used it as a way to make their children go to bed when it got dark. No one knew that a real man was making the urban legend true. Andre Rand was the truth behind the legend. This insane killer snatched mentally disabled and autistic children from the streets and killed them. He had been a janitor at Willowbrook State School which was an institution for the mentally infirm. Willowbrook was made famous by Geraldo Rivera when he exposed the patient abuses going on at the facility. Really, this was just a place for people to lock away their autistic or mentally disturbed relatives. The facility was over populated with patients and didn’t have enough resources or staff to keep the facility in good running order. When Geraldo went into the facility, he just walked in and found patients soiled and in some cases alone in dark bathrooms with no lighting. It was horrible. The facility was shut down and when people didn’t come for the last patients they were put out on the streets with nowhere to go. Some of the patients lived at the abandoned facility years later after it was forgotten.  Welcome Home is written from the perspective of a patient returning to the facility and confronting their ghosts.

I hope you enjoy this insight behind my band, Post Rapture Party. Keep an eye out for more songs. We have one we need to get back to inspired by Blade Runner. Keep an eye out!

Our next show is May 28th at the Rendezvous, Seattle. Here is a link for tickets!

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There was a LOT to see at PAX. If you don’t believe me, just go look at their schedule. Go ahead. I’ll wait here. Here are a few games that I spent time with or that stuck with me after the show.

Dragon Fin SoupDragon Fin Soup-This one is a rogue-like, plain and simple. But not so plain. Very beautiful art and a real sense of a world gives this game some surprising depth of character. Already ran a very successful Kickstarter, this will be one to watch for the dungeon-crawl fan.

Orcs Must Die

Orcs Must Die: Unchained-The sequel to Orcs Must Die 1 and 2, this one is a big shift for the series. This time, things are focusing on 5 on 5 PvP in a very MOBA-esque format, but with the distinct traps and tools of OMD. I’ve had very limited time with the beta and it is, to put it mildly, chaotic. Definitely will be spending more time with it. If you liked the first two or other MOBA games, worth a look for sure.

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!-Its more Borderlands. After two games, you know what to expect. Crazy FPS with RPG elements but this time in a low gravity environment. Looks like a lot of fun, as always!

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Tales From the Borderlands-Another Borderlands game? Yes and no. This one, as you might have noticed in the logo, is made by Telltale who is famous for The Walking Dead adventure games among other point and click masterpieces. This looks to be another in a long line of great, story driven adventure games.

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Pokemon: TCG Online-Its the Pokemon TCG and you play it online. Having played the actual TCG, I can highly recommend it! I’m looking forward to some down time spent playing it.

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The Evil Within-And now for something completely different! The latest horror game by Shinji Mikami of Resident Evil fame. Didn’t see much, but you couldn’t go anywhere at PAX without seeing it mentioned.

Chromancer

Chromancer-As it says, browser based card game. Also uses field positioning and tactical combat. Got to sit and play the tutorial and it is on its way to being one heck of a game!

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Super ComboMan-Retro action game with modern graphics. Combat depth would give Devil May Cry a run for its money despite this being a sidescroller. Very beautifully done hi-def 2D graphics.

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Swords & Soldiers 2-Side scrolling RTS. This is a rare breed. You don’t see many games in this genre and this one played fast and furious. Great art direction and animation with mechanics that work surprisingly well on the WiiU control pad.

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Darkest Dungeon-Despite seeing this at two PAX-es running, I still have no hands on time with this. It is, from what I can gather, a side-scrolling rogue-like dungeon crawl. The art is striking and definitely grabs you when you see it. I’m just going to have to break down and buy it.

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Never Alone-An absolutely stunning side-scrolling adventure game. Very reminiscent of Limbo, Braid, Trine or even Lost Vikings. Based on stories of the Alaskan Inuit, the game project was actually started by a tribal group looking to preserve their stories interactively. Definitely one to keep an eye out for.

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Shadowgate-Remake of a classic point and click adventure game. The new graphics are just beautiful. If you like these classic point and click games, you owe it to yourself to get this one! Absolute stunner.

Video Games Keep Me Up At Night

Posted: August 20, 2014 by Noccie in Noccie, Video Games
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A good video game is just like  good book. You pressure your self to keep moving forward but try to hold back to enjoy the magnificent view. As the plot moves forward, you find value in returning to a familiar setting over and over but also excitement over new views. Even when you think it’s over, you see there are still chapters to finish and you hope it will magically keep going. The characters become yours and your friends or enemies. Looking at the clock finally, you realize you need to go to bed but instead you try to finish just a little more. Feeling tired in the morning doesn’t matter because when you get home, you’ll find yourself playing it till the morning once again.

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There are games that grab you and shake you. WAKE UP! WAKE UP YOU FOOL!

FallOut 3 is one of those special games. When I play FallOut 3, I have to have at least a four hour block of time. I know that I won’t feel accomplished unless I’ve played at least that much. On work nights, I have to really watch myself otherwise it’s 1 am and I need to go to bed. The othernight I had Kane promise that he would help me. Then he went to bed and didn’t realize I played for a half an hour more. The next day he asked me how late I wound up being up. It was amazing it was only a half an hour more, so I considered it a promise kept.

Pokemon is another game I can play, lose track of time. If I don’t watch myself I wander the routes looking for stray Pokemon to capture. The sun will rise and set before I realize what I’ve been doing.

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Why are these games so addictive though?

FallOut has a compelling story, interesting quests and an open world. I am definately an explorer. Pokemon has similar elements.

I think these games keep me up at night though because I get so involved that time doesn’t seem to matter. I want to keep working, exploring and building on the story as it unfolds in my version of the world. Sometimes I plow through them really quick and then play through a second time, slowly, taking my time to enjoy and savore the flavor.

These games are both part of successful series. Both have good writing, interesting characters and plenty of things to discover. I guess that’s what it takes to get me to stay up at night.

What games drive you to insomnia?

Hey folks! Now that the holidays are over, more cool Kickstarters are starting to pop up again. Here are a few to keep an eye on.

Customizable 3D Printed Tabletop Miniatures! Made-to-order miniatures. This one has already blown by its funding goal and through a couple of stretch goals adding sci-fi  and mounts to the core of fantasy minis. They are a bit pricey, but for something that is basically print on demand, its hard to beat. Their really are no other options short of hiring a sculptor!

Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians! A tactical strategy game directed by the man behind Final Fantasy Tactics. Sounds promising, but not showing us much just yet. Definitely worth keeping an eye on if you like that sort of game, though.

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen! Fantasy MMO brought to you by a bunch of guys who broke away from SOE and were behind EQ, EQ2, SWG and on and on. Worth keeping an eye on if you liked any of those.

Project Nimbus! Open world mech shooter. Looks to have elements of the greats such as Zone of Enders and Virtual On. Only a few days left so go take a look!

Red Box Games Norse Warrior Miniatures! Tre Manor is one of the best miniature sculptors in the business today. Get some of his amazing work early by backing this one!

Earthdawn 4th Edition! I am a fan of Earthdawn and am VERY glad to see it coming back again. I’m not sure who is behind the new FASA, but looks like they have plenty of people convinced that they know what they are doing. Epic heroic fantasy with its own take on the genre.

The Mini Box – Simple Storage Solution! Affordable miniature storage. Glad to see an American company doing that as we don’t have many choices this side of the pond.

Last, but not least KUNG FURY! Just go watch the trailer on the Kickstarter. If that doesn’t convince you…I don’t have anything to say to you.

As always, if YOU know of a Kickstarter that everyone needs to hear about, let me know in the comments!

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Since it seems to be getting a BIG holiday push this year, its hard to avoid Skylanders. I have to admit I’ve been curious. I’m a miniature and toy nerd. I like video games. Whats not to like about this? A video game where your toys are on the screen? I recently found a copy of last years model, Skylanders Giants, on clearance at Target (now that the new SwapForce is out) for an insanely low price and decided to give it a go!

In the basic sense, my impression was correct. You put a toy on the Portal (included in the Starter Pack) and your character pops up in the game after a quick loading screen involving their catch phrase. You maneuver through well designed levels with your colorful characters fighting bad-guys with the unique abilities each character has. What I did NOT expect was the amount of depth that very slowly opens up as you make your way through the game.

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First off, your characters gain levels and you can buy them new skills as they level with coins earned in game. Not a new thing, but what makes it so amazing is that these upgrades are saved to the MINIATURE, not just your save game. This means that you can potentially bring YOUR copy of a character with you to a different console entirely. You can also switch characters out on the fly so you are never stuck with the character you started with and can even switch characters if the one you are using is low on health.

Second, the level layout. Their are all sorts of hidden areas and easter-eggs to come across. Many are locked behind gates requiring a character with a specific element to unlock. Others require careful exploration. Now, this does mean that you will NOT have access to every area of the game with just the models that are included with it, but all of these other areas ARE optional. The way things are laid out is simple enough for most kids (rated 10+, but probably safe a little younger) but with enough to keep an adult engaged for a good amount of time as well. I’m still trying to reach goals in the first level that I’m having trouble finding.

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One other thing I thought I would touch on is the quality of the models. I have seen pre-painted miniatures for tabletop gaming with less detailed paint jobs. These are seriously some of the better examples I have seen. They feel a step beyond toy quality for certain. I’ve honestly been debating finding a way to use them for tabletop gaming because they just looks REALLY cool!

I’m not far enough in for a full review by any means, but I thought having an adult perspective may be helpful for those of you thinking about gifting it to your kids or the kid-at-heart on your shopping list. Definitely recommend it to the toy/miniature enthusiasts and for those that appreciate exploration video games and even those that just enjoy interesting uses of technology.

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Lastly, let me just say its a very unique synergy that others have started to cash in on that may be the next step for video games. Free-to-play games that unlock content with a physical product are popping up a lot lately. Skylanders may not be free-to-play, but sometimes you get what you pay for. By no means do I feel that it was a wasted purchase and I would consider it a good buy even at full price.

There are so many ways to show you love people. During the holiday season people are focused on giving gifts. Well, if you have someone nerdy in your life, chances are they play or have played video games in the past. Maybe there is an old game they miss or a new game they want. You can’t always get out to Game Stop, or sometimes you just refuse to give them your money. There is an alternative way to give your friends and family a game, digitally.

Using Steam, Good Old Games and the Humble Bundle you can pretty much take care of every geeky nerdy need this holiday season. Not only is this convenient but environmentally friendly.

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Good Old Games has some hum dingers. They specialize in conversions and updates to older games. That way you can keep playing your favorites from the 90s or older.

1. Alpha Centauri – this was Sid Meier’s space version of Civilization. It had a cool back story involving different governments with opposing goals and back stories. I bought this and played it… alot. It’s actually the third time I’ve owned this game.

2. Septerra Core – An action RPG, Septerra Core stared a female lead character that has to fight through a world divided into seven floating rings around the planets core. It’s Sci-fi and steam punk before steam punk was really a thing. I love the story and game play. My favorite character was Led, a female engineer with robotic legs.

3.  Phantasmagoria and Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh – These were puzzle games where they actually filmed actors and then put them in digital environments. There was a huge industry that was involved with making these sort of games. They are not kid friendly through. The first one is about a married couple that moves into an old mansion. Her husband slowly gets possessed by the ghost of a former owner who killed his multiple wives.

The Humble Bundle

The Humble Bundle started as random charity for Child’s Play. They sold a bundle of games for whatever you wanted to donate. You could download them whenever. They started with indie games but they’ve had themed packs and expanded into a bundle, a weekly sale and a store. The main Humble Bundle is still pay what you want and goes to charity. It’s really heart warming. Keep an eye on this though, they change frequently.

Steam

Steam can be accessed two ways, through their website and through their program. Either way you can buy games online and download them. They constantly have sales and do a mid-week special on Wednesday. They added a feature when you buy a gift game, you can specify the date your friends can receive their gifts. It has a card where you can add a message as well. They have a lot of great big games like Team Fortress and they have indie games like Don’t Starve and Super Meat Boy.

1. Don’t Starve – You are stranded in the wilderness with nothing but the clothing on your back. You need to collect food, make tools, build fires and erect shelter before you starve. This is an addictive grinding game with random events and weather. Weather is vicious man, it doesn’t care that you have bad time mangement skills and forgot to build a tent.

2. Super Meat Boy – Super Meat Boy needs to save his girlfriend from an evil fetus wearing a tuxedo. This game is a fun physics platformer game. You can play it with a keyboard or a controller.

3. Deadly Premonition – Deadly Premonition stars Agent Francis York Morgan, of the FBI. You can call him Agent York. He’s brought to the small town of Greenvale investigating a brutal serial killer. On your way into town your car crashes and you find yourself stranded far from the highway and wandering through the woods haunted by ghosts. See my review of this hilarious game.

Dwarven Delve Kickstarter

Posted: November 28, 2013 by Kane Blaireau in Life in a Box, Video Games
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This one is very nearly over but also very nearly funded! Go help them get there! Its a great game.

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A friend of mine, who blogs for Enemy Slime, made a list of his favorite survival horror games for Halloween. I thought I knew exactly what was going to be on the list but there was one I game I wasn’t familiar with; Deadly Premonition. Michael’s review made the game sound hilariously bad, so I had to hunt down a copy of the game.

Deadly Premonition stars Agent Francis York Morgan, of the FBI. You can call him Agent York. He’s brought to the small town of Greenvale investigating a brutal serial killer. On your way into town your car crashes and you find yourself stranded far from the highway and wandering through the woods. All you want to do is get to town but you encounter ghosts along the way. You’re not sure if it’s the crash effecting you or if the ghosts are really there. Once out of the woods Agent York meets the hostile town Sheriff and his attractive deputy who will help you throughout your investigation. Agent York uses a combination of investigation and psychic visions to solve these mysteries. Wandering through the town and the surrounding areas you investigate as more paranormal activity pops up leading you to question what is really going on.

I will first say, they ripped off most of the story from Twin Peaks. Agent York even talks to someone named Zack the whole time. In Twin Peaks, Special Agent Dale Cooper talks to Diane all the time. You never meet her in the show. You never know if Agent York is taking notes for someone back in the office or if he’s just nuts. The story has the same small time environment, the same set up of a murder and the same weirdness of Twin Peaks. Eventually the story does diverge but it’s just so damn obvious.

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Deadly Premonition is actually an old game, they started working on it in 2004. It wasn’t published till 2010 though and is toted as the most polarizing game to be published. People love it or hate it. There are moments in the game where you question what the developers were really trying to accomplish but they just add to the game’s charm. I think that people were expecting a serious game. The developers realized they weren’t making a great game with an original story and so they made it funny and quirky. They took the game to that next level, on purpose because they knew it wasn’t going to be the best or greatest. That decision made this game worth buying.

I am really enjoying this game but not because it’s scary. It does have a few good moments so far but mostly it’s been hilarious. The dialogue is weird and often characters don’t make total sense. The voice acting is bad, very cheesy. The side missions are ridiculous. At one point I found myself looking for the Sheriff’s friend Arnold so he could finish his work out routine. Turned out Arnold was the name of one of his weights. I found it and reunited Arnold and Sylvester. 

Did I mention there is a driving portion? You get to drive around town and outside Greenvale. It’s rather hard to figure out where you are supposed to go, so I often referred to the map. Honestly, if you didn’t drive the game would take forever. I enjoyed these parts. They are way easier than Grand Theft Auto. You are still responsible for getting gas, which is amusing. You car makes this annoying ding when you fall below 6% on you gas tank.

The other characters you meet are also weird. Here is Harry Stewart. He’s an eccentric wealthy resident of Greenvale. He never speaks to anyone but his assistant.

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Anyway, play the game. I am enjoying it. I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface. I may have to play through several times.

It’s available on all XBox 360, PS3 and PC.

Here is a link to some cut scenes from the game that made me laugh and love this game.

Here is the game trailer.