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A Digital Craftsman

Posted in Gaming with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2011 by Eyeless

I must admit I have been smitten by the grasp of Minecraft. A lot of people (Here, “a lot” is apparently equal to one individual) are seemingly confused as to why I; an adult -a grown-up- has suddenly fallen for such a childish game. I wouldn’t say myself that the game is childish, but then I guess the impression of a children’s game was given as my little brother has been playing it for quite some time… I find the poor (Or should I say Classic?) graphics charming and heart-warming in a nostalgic way.

Minecraft has in its own simplicity a way to grasp your creativity. Every day I come up with architectural plans on new buildings to construct, new projects to fulfill, and I spend a lot of time gathering new and exciting materials with which to build great monuments to the Gods… I am even starting to divide things of the real world into blocks and pixels…

Alan Wake

Posted in Gaming with tags , , , , on May 20, 2010 by Eyeless

What’s keeping me up at night is this brand new game (or should I really say brand new? It has been in production since 2004-2005 I think), called Alan Wake, made by Finnish Remedy. It must be one of the most; if not THE most hyped video game this year. Even a 6-part film series, Bright Falls, was on air prior to the games release, functioning as a prequel to the game.

The first time I heard about Alan Wake was somewhere around 2006-2007 I think. The developers had released a teaser (not the one above, if I find it I will show you guys), which was really mind-blowing! Never before have horror games been this cinematic, not even Silent Hill; not as far as I can recall. The gameplay is built up much like Bright Falls, with several episodes following one after another. Every episode is opened with the stereotypical “Previously on…” TV-series summary, which enforces the whole movie-feeling.

The game -as it shows- circulates mainly around light and darkness, mystery and a lot of twists! Also, it reminds me of John Carpenter’s The Fog, which of course is a plus. You will find yourself running like a mad dog through any dark corners just to reach the next source of light and safety, then looking back at the twisted shadows and think that you survived the darkness once again… I have been following up on the comments on Remedy’s Youtube channel, and this far they have only gotten very positive feedback on this game, so I guess I will have to recommend it.

Alan Wake is about a horror author whose inspiration has run dry. To cleanse his thoughts from the stressful big city he takes off with his wife to Bright Falls, a typical deer-fest town where everybody knows everybody. Unfortunately, Alan is barely able to settle in before weird things start happening. And it all starts with a nightmare…

Roleplay needs Foreplay?!

Posted in Gaming, Me with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by Eyeless

Sorry, I didn’t take any pictures tonight, so this random pic from last year will have to do.

Okay, in my last post I said I was going to tell you what kind of game we would play tonight. Guess what? Role-playing Games! (No, not role-play as in sexy role-play…)

I haven’t played Dungeons & Dragons for a very long time (obviously because I don’t like it), and the only reason I was invited was because my brother is in Thailand and the group needed someone to replace him. Usually I am just a spectator, throwing around insults and crappy jokes to disturb the gamers, but this time I was put right into an adventure I didn’t know anything about. Oh yeah, that reminds me – an adventure is, well -roleplaying is like theatre: you get a character that you’re supposed to play as, and the adventure is a story that you interact with, then there’s the plot and so on… I think you get it. If not, I don’t really care. Anyway, as I said, I didn’t know anything about the story. heh.

We ended up chatting really loudly about irrelevant stuff as always when I am involved. Every 10 minutes the dungeon master was like “aaanyways, you see this huge, disgusting spider, and it wants to eat you very badly” and as soon as the fighting began everyone started cracking jokes. All of a sudden we were discussing sex (mostly gay sex, since we are nerds and have no morals and think butt-sex is hell funny)…

So, it  has been a very entertaining, sexist and loud (nuh-uh, not THAT kinda loud!) night with close friends. We played for like 2 or 3 hours, well 25% of that would be considered as actual gaming, and at the end of that we started playing loud and noisy japanese music and watching Shane Dawson and upcoming movie trailers.