So for the past two weeks I have been hopping on my Twitch channel (http://www.twitch.tv/spammyv) and playing through The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages with the intent of doing a linked game between Ages and Seasons and getting the true ending to the Oracle story. And after the break, you can see the Youtube exports! My thoughts are after the break.
Monster Pop is a cute little webcomic. In short, Monster Pop uses monsters like cyclops and gorgons in the same way that X-Men uses mutants: As a stand in for any and every oppressed or under-privileged group. There are monster communities and schools and human commuinities and schools and the webcomic takes place at an “integrated” college. It’s a cute X-Men, right? How could I have giant major problems with that? Continue reading
I was never really the type to call attention to myself. Or call things in to the police. I’d lived in the city all my life, odd sights and sounds were normal to me. One night I was walking home, because I believed in being eco-friendly and walking where ever I could. There was a cinder wall on the right of me, a lot that had been walled off for something. As I walked by I could hear muffled voices.
I didn’t pry.
I figured maybe they were two lovebirds getting it on. But no matter how far down the wall I walked the voices never seemed to get more distant. As I walked away from the lot, I could swear I heard a loud, angry “Tsk” coming from behind me, but I ignored it.
When I got home my apartment was dark, only lit from below with the streetlights filtering through the blinds. At first everything seemed normal as I stepped inside. Then once I locked the door I saw something on the far wall move. Two towering figures were bent over against the ceiling, deathly white from head to toe save for their ragged black hair and empty voids of eyes.
I was frozen in fear as they approached me, monstrously long hands grabbing at my shoulders, forcing me to stare at their mockeries of the human form. Finally they opened their wide, twisted maws and spoke with voices that sounded like words formed out of shrieking, wrenching metal.
“REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO THE POLICE!”
“IT’S UP TO ALL OF US TO KEEP OUR STREETS SAFE.”
Then they spoke together, their voices forming a horrible cacophony: “THIS IS A MESSAGE FROM YOUR LANDLORDS AND LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT.”
I fainted. When I came to it was morning, and I woke up slumped against the door. At first I thought maybe I had too much to drink, or indigestion, or both. But then when I stepped in front of a mirror I saw all across my shoulders and face these ashen grey outlines of horrifically large, bony hands.
I’ve never really been appealed to by MOBAs. There’s been nothing that really made me want to jump in and start playing. It’s not from lack of exposure. I’ve had friends both online and off who were big into League of Legends, and I was listening as they talked about their games. One of my favorite streamers/Youtubers used to play community games of DOTA 2, and some of his hosts multitasked and were in a Skype call with him playing DOTA 2 while he played Blood Bowl. Plus, I look through the Steam Community Artwork, and funnily enough there’s a lot of DOTA 2 (and CS GO) stuff uploaded there.
But none of it ever appealed to me. I never played the old Warcraft RTSes, and that Blizzard style of RTS never had any appeal to me. I’m not that much a fan of heavy-duty micromanagement like having to make sure to get last hits on your own minions implies. Not to mention that the zoomed-out RTS camera and click-to-move controls don’t get me particularly excited.
But then, and you may be able to guess what it is, a particular game came along… Continue reading
I like video games. And I like trading card games. I’ve spent loads of money on Magic cards, and although I’ve never quite had the time or money to really dive into Standard and keep up with the format, it’s always something I’ve wanted to do. To be in there, in the moment, refining my strategies after every Friday night, practicing against friends, keeping an ear out for The Next Big Deck. So then I hear that Blizzard’s released this free-to-play card game called Hearthstone… Continue reading
‘Twas the night before Payday, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, because the house had laid abandoned for years in the country and had turned into a dropping-off point for illicit trades. And that wouldn’t have been a problem except for that it was happening on Hector’s turf, and the Columbian wasn’t too pleased about that. Continue reading
Age of Mythology was a huge part of my childhood. It was one of the two games that ruined me for Starcraft when I finally bought a friend’s copy. The music, the story, and the unit responses are all ingrained somewhere deep into my mind. I knew that there was a board game, but had never followed up on it. But then… Continue reading