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Archive for August, 2012

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Lagerstein – Drink ‘Til We Die

Lagerstein - Drink 'Til We Die album cover

This album has really grabbed me and it doesn’t want to let go it seems. Why? Because it’s awesome! And it’s free! (Although I ordered a physical copy myself). Go check out their website.

So.. what is Lagerstein? They’re an Australian pirate metal band. But they’re quite different in sound when compared to other pirate metal bands out there (Alestorm, Swashbuckle mostly). That’s because their vocals are much higher pitched and their music focuses a lot more on the melody and atmosphere I feel, which I simply love.

The first time I listened to their songs I though “hmm, different.” Since then I’ve hardly been able to put it down or has been in the rotation at the very least. If you only want to listen to 1 song, I definitely recommend the song Dreaded Skies.

 

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Ensiferum’s new special edition album + tshirt: Unsung Heroes

Ensiferum’s new special edition album + tshirt: Unsung Heroes

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I may or may not have gone furniture shopping

I may or may not have gone furniture shopping

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3rd sword – Celtic leaf-styled

3rd sword – Celtic leaf-styled

Got my third sword recently – I think it’s a real beauty. It’s also one that pictures don’t do justice. I love the looks and it’s rather short’ish and light which fit the look of the blade.

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Bunch of new releases

It feels like it’s the big release season again as we’re seeing several big titles being released now. I’ve not been playing too many games recently other than some occassional drop in-and-out Rift Online, but now I want to really really play some of these new releases despite knowing I already have a ton of games I want to play. But they’re new and shiny, I suppose.

So it’s looking like I’ll be spending my weekend buying a new TV and Home Cinema Set and in the evening/night playing Rift Online/LOTRo, Darksiders 2, Guild Wars 2 and Dark Souls.

 

I’ve currently played Darksiders 2 for about an hour and a half and I have to say: It feels very familiar. This may sound like a criticism but it’s not- at all! Darksiders is one of my favorite games of recent years and having more of that, and even improve upon it is simply amazing! One thing I’ve noticed is that there seems to be more platforming, but I may be remembering that wrong. The added rpg-loot system is a really sweet addition, and it seems like they’re going to support the game with more content for a while since they integrated a whole online community system for it. So.. I’m expecting DLC. Also played around with recording the game since it runs like a dream, but that’d be weird since I didn’t do the first and the lack of time currently.

Then there’s Dark Souls, which I’m really curious about, but I feel like it may be one of those games I’ll be raging on for quite a while but keep coming back to. But that’s my expectation, I honestly don’t know much about the game. I’ve seen gameplay and I know you gotta be real methodical in everything you do, which might become a real hassle. But I’m really curious about how it plays. I might just do a first impression video or something for funsies so everybody can rage at my mistakes. That’ll be sure to infuriate just about everybody watching. :D

And finally there’s Guild Wars 2‘s headstart which starts on the 25th. I’m wondering if it’ll even be playable at launch since well, it’s an online game/mmorpg and the beta’s were bad, but that’s what betas are for of course. Well, I’m somewhat looking forward to the game, but I’m not going to dive in like crazy like some of my friends are going to do, but I might play an hour or two here and there.

Of course I’m hoping I get to record a set of Deponia and/or a second, or perhaps some more AFME with Worms as I’ve not done any community games in a while.

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Day spent on the water

Day spent on the water

So today’s been roughly 35c and really humid. Some friends invited me and a friend over to go sailing with them. It was a lot of fun and I got a pretty substantial sunburn. Luckily it wasn’t too bad thanks to one of the girls putting sunburn mainly on my back and giving me a massage meanwhile. Yum!

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Interesting question my dad asked me

I was out for dinner to celebrate me buying an apartment and at one point during the evening my dad suddenly dropped a rather serious question on my (rather drunk) ass. I figured that I’d share it here as it really stood out to me. We were pretty much just talking about random stuff when all of a sudden he turned to me and asked me the following:

Should I be worried about you? You own several swords, daggers, knifes. You go on holiday and fire automatic rifles for fun and you read these crazy mythology books and recently I saw you reading a book about serial killers. Are you going to be the next shooter or something? Because if they then ask me “Did you see it coming?” … I’m not sure what to answer.

That question definitely caught me off-guard a bit and I didn’t realize that it was meant rather seriously, hence I jokingly said “That’s up to you to decide, I’ll see the van with the people with the white suit coming”. But then I noticed the look on his face and explained that I merely like swords and guns and that I’m interested in psychology and want to know how those people think and act.

I also said “Well, if you do send people after me, I know I will have no problem with any psych-evaluation as I know I’m stable and not crazy.” But I can’t help but feel weirdly about even having to answer that question. What’s your take on this? Are my interests really so suspicious, or is he really exaggerating?

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Upcoming weekend / Apartment

So… I own an apartment now.  I just signed it over to be my property and received the keys. It took a little while and caused a lot of stress but.. it’s here now. It’s right in the middle of my town and whilst it’s not big, it just sat right with me and I think I’ll be quite pleased with it.

To celebrate I’m going out to dinner tonight with the parents. Tomorrow is an Amon Amarth concert which is one of my favorite bands. Then on friday  I’m going to Amsterdam with a friend and have some drinks at the metalbar The Cave, and saturday It’s time for the cinema to see Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. Should be a good couple of days! :)
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Thoughts on: Q.U.B.E.

I’ve recently gotten into playing another one of my indie games I picked up on the steam sale as I really liked the aesthetic and felt like playing a puzzler. Q.U.B.E. (Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion) therefore was the one! I had previously watched some gameplay of it before and it seemed quite wonderful. The aesthetic is very unique and it does somewhat reminds you of Portal, which definitely isn’t a bad thing.

So what is QUBE? It’s a puzzle game structured much like the Portal games as you’re faced with test after test which are oftentimes separated by rooms. What I really do like about it is that it doesn’t tutorialize you in any way, at least in the traditional sense. It will show you a new mechanic with a simple puzzle to show you what it is and how it works. Then it will immediately use it in a real puzzle and that’s how it’s done it all up to 2/3 of the game(chapter-wise) which is where I am as of this writing.

4 of the game's colour mechanics shown.
4 of the game’s colour mechanics shown.

The actual game mechanics involve you influencing colored blocks and switches to achieve something, which can be creating a way (up) to the path or moving a block somewhere. You do this all without physically pushing anything yourself, but by using the red blocks which extent, blue which make you jump, the yellow which extent like a stair, green which create a cube and purple which rotates part of the room. Other than those there have been moving balls, lasers, magnets and probably some other things I’m forgetting. Those are the mechanics that I’ve encountered thus far.

One example of the laser colour puzzles.
One example of the laser colour puzzles.

However there are exceptions to this and other ways the gameplay has “changed” as to not become stale. For example this has been to make you play puzzles in the dark and with you only being able to see 1 color of blocks and only whenever you see that colour could you influence them. This had a real striking look to it and made for some interesting puzzles. Another way was how it changed up the type of puzzles with moving robots that would only turn right and you having to lead them, or using lasers and mixing colours.

The game has quite a striking look.
The game has quite a striking look.

So far then I’ve been really enjoying the game, but I am reaching the point where the puzzles are definitely getting really tough, from which I needed a break. And then I decided to write this, to give an idea of how much I’m enjoying it. :)

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What mmorpg’s do I play?

I wrote a little text on what mmorpg’s I’m playing and why, for those interested. Also would love to hear which ones you’re playing.