I just felt like taking a different approach to this post. This is going to be just me giving my feelings on the game without the format I usually use. Terraria evokes a familiar friend vibe in me. And this vibe may in fact be a video game philosophy.
My Terraria review in summary would be a 8 out of 10. The gameplay in Terraria feels nostalgic. Aesthetically it’s full of pixel style goodness. Players will be crafting, mining, fighting monsters, and creating a world in a world. I keep finding myself coming back to my little worlds to continue to conquer parts of it from crust to corruption.
Besides that though, this game makes me feel good. There is this feeling of desire for more Terraria that naturally is welling inside me. I suppose it strikes a cord in me on some weird neo/retro level. It even reminds me when I used to write physical notes to beat games. But that’s where my reverence drops off.
I understand that this game is a sort of create your own world adventure-thon but it gives you little help. I’ve had to search through wikis and watch Youtube to understand the process of the game. It would be really helpful to have more clues. And while I’m being honest I’d like a bigger soundtrack, perhaps 1 more song per location would suffice.
Regardless, it’s a great style of game. Now I wanna know if Don’t Starve has player vs environment progression too. I wish there was a sci-fi version of Terraria. One where you could make a space headquarters and fight the gravity monsters of Omega Five. Have you played Terraria? Am I alone on this tether feeling from the old and the new? Let me know!
One reviewer I haven’t given enough love on this site has got to be Noah Antwiler aka Spoony. I’ve been watching him for years now for one reason. Spoony has passion in spades. He cares about his audience and his opinions. He doesn’t compromise to make people happy when he critiques and Noah demonstrates this massive passion for quality in gaming which I share with him. This is his take on a pen and paper game Cthulhu Punk although, he usually reviews more trendy media.
You can see him here.
A short but interesting question is what I pose to you today audience. What should we remake, revamp, or renew to the world through technology. There are plenty of trends that come and go. Even when they’re gone however, a good trend will usually find its what back to the contemporary spotlight. A great example of this would be “Chucks” aka Converse shoes. They frequently pop in and out of style. So here is my big question of the day, what old technology needs to reinvent itself? Comment a sentence or two below and let me know what should return from the scrapyard.
When Quentin Tarantino decided to make an action film about slavery, I knew I had to see it. If you’re not familiar with his movies, they tend to me unapologetically violent. Guts, blood, and bone fly past your eyes in this movie at a constant rate. Did he go too far this time? Is the plot lacking? Here are my thoughts about the good, the bad, and the ugly of Django Unchained.
What’s good about Django Unchained? All of the main characters feel tangible and real. This becomes increasingly noticeable throughout the movie. There are gun battles that keep you excited. A few funny moments that feel genuine. You will probably drop your jaw in surprise as the movie plays out. Lastly though, the music is top tier and I may go out to purchase the soundtrack.
What’s bad about Django Unchained? Dango’s plot is standard action movie. There is definitely a little more style than substance here. Quentin has a certain aesthetic that I personally love. But, if you’re not a big fan of his over the top antics it’s probably best if you didn’t see this one. The problem I had with this film is no one seems to have compassion in them. This makes sense on some levels, but it still feels a little far fetched to me. I do like my people to act like people at the end of the day.
What’s ugly about Django Unchained? Did you see Inglorious Bastards? The same style of violence is here. It’s gritty, gory, and painful to watch sometimes. This is not that “feel good” comedy you heard about. Regardless, what’s probably most important is the word nigger. They probably voice it about 50 times or so. It’s just Tarantino trying to create authenticity and tension.(I’m African-American and it didn’t bother me.) Don’t get blindsided if that’s something you’d like to avoid hearing though.
Django is smart, funny, and risque. You’ll find yourself rooting for Django in the end. The movie carries a subtle charm and looks like a spaghetti western. I want to see it again, it was awesome! The bottom line is this, if you enjoy Mr. Tarantino’s work than he will not disappoint you here. Although, it can be a bit of a gore fest. You have been warned.
I intend to have a fantastic weekend and I hope that you’r planning something similar. I’ve been looking at video camera because I might be in the market for one. Do any of you have suggestions on a brand that I should buy? You should leave a comment and let me know. And of course, next week will start a whole new stream of technology content. I’m looking forward to Monday. See you then!
Graphics have progressed to this sophisticated state nowadays. And lately I think the video game industry is wondering if we can make something that will push the envelope past what it is now. Can graphics get better? I’m not sure, but you should watch this video. It truly demonstrates just how powerful our technology has gotten.
I’m always looking for cool things to show you. Remember that time I showed you technology that could give you super powers? Well here’s another chance for me to introduce you to more neat gadgets. Although, this time they’re slightly more mundane and down to earth. These three items are things that you could definitely get your hands on.
Have you ever seen Boxee? The Boxee Box is a device that connects your tv to the internet so that you can catch your favorite media content. It links your tv to streaming hd shows and movies from Netflix or Vudo. You can also use it to play music, look through pictures, and connect it to your computer. You can see more of it here.
What about the Nest Learning Thermostat? A device full of genius. Nest Learning Thermostat clings to a wall in your house and learns how you like to set the temperature during your everyday routine. And it adapts to your schedule and changes your houses temperature for you. It will even figure out if you’re not home so it can turn the heat off. They have their official site right here.
In the future I’ll be buying the Logitech Washable Keyboard. The keyboard is exactly as advertised. It’s supposed to be waterproof and durable. We have finally made a keyboard that I can eat over. Small miracles never cease to amaze me. You can see this one here.
You have to enjoy knowing that our technology grows more sophisticated each day. We discover so many modern solutions for living it is uncanny. Now if only the Google glasses were available and affordable. If you have any items that you feel should be apart of this list comment below. And, if you liked what you read hit that follow button below!
Stealth Bastard Deluxe is one of the games I wanted to check out last year. I even wrote a post on it here. This game is a 2d puzzle platformer that keeps you guessing constantly. But is that kind of game style more of a gimmick nowadays? Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly of Stealth Bastard Deluxe.
What’s good about Stealth Bastard Deluxe? Let me convey this immediately. The music in this game is amazing. I’ve been happily humming the tracks consistently. Level design, puzzle design, and sprite design are all amazing. Bastard’s concepts are easy to learn yet hard to apply without fore thought. And the feeling you get when you’ve finally conquered a stage is deeply satisfying.
What’s bad about Stealth Bastard Deluxe? There isn’t much I don’t enjoy in this game. But some of the puzzle rules are a little harsh and once in a while you can’t quite figure out how to beat them. Because of this, they added a skip level feature. I’m just not sure I agree with that. Also, the bosses could do with some variation. I’ve played through half the game and the bosses thus far have all felt fairly identical. The themes are nice but it still feels the same.
What’s ugly about Stealth Bastard Deluxe? Actually, this is difficult for me. Pixel styles are usually easy sells for me. And I do love how this looks. However, I feel like they could make different styles of robots. Since I’m half way through I can’t judge but most of the enemies don’t change. It’s good for the puzzles but boring to the eyes. Just something to think about.
Stealth Bastard Deluxe is worth your money. Steam keeps surprising me though by how often it’s on sale. Buy it with the soundtrack though! It’s totally worth it. You’ll groove out to some of the best electro in video games I’ve heard. When you get there, tell them Chris told you about it.
Today I’m keeping it short Audience. I have a full day ahead of me. Fortunately for you, I have something very cool to show you. Behold, you now gaze at the ScanMarker. A highlighter that scans words on physical pages and sends them onto your computer into digital form. I think this technological marvel would’ve helped immensely in college. Think of how easily you could organize and create notes.
As for me, I have life to deal with now. I’m doing some freelance work this week, and doing some job searching. Since my dog’s unfortunate passing I’ve been slacking a bit. If not on here, than in my personal life. Now, would you please go out and have an amazing day. I would appreciate that.
Video games have some of the best soundtracks I’ve ever heard. Imagine watching a movie with no sound. You’d feel lost unless the film could still convey itself to you. Video games are very much the same way, music adds context and impact. When I was growing up there were a few tunes that struck me more than any others and I wanted to relate them to you. Here’s video game audio that brought me imense happiness.
Being new to video games probably helped form my opinion of this first choice, but the dungeon theme to Legend of Zelda creeps me out to this day. It’s the type of song a horror movie plays when the heroes are in unfamiliar, possibly haunted territory. Now just add monsters and a giant boss, (most likely an evil oversized centipede), that want to eat your face.
I don’t think my uncle would appreciate this next part of the post. Before My Uncle gave me his TurboGrafx I would sneak into his room since we were raised like brothers. He had an extensive collection of games but Bonk’s Revenge has some of coolest melodies ever. This pack of songs tickle my nostalgic side. they carry a party theme that encourages you through every level.
Last on my list is the theme of Super Smash Brothers Brawl. All of my friends who are reading this just collectively shot me a dirty look. (I used to beat everyone in my group.) I loved this soundtrack because this game carries impressive renditions of classic Nintendo themes. Although, this song is so important to me because it reminds me that, the developers finally took their fans more seriously. Instead of just throwing a generic menu screen song together, they made an epic theme you can hear just by going through the options.
Have a great weekend. I hope you enjoyed the week of music. Next week may contain surprises I’m not yet ready to tell you about. You’ll just have to hit the follow button below or come back next Monday to find out what’s up. Enjoy your weekend and go party with your friends!