That Friday Feeling

That Friday Feeling

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Who doesn’t love Friday. It’s a special time of week when nobody actually does any work. We pretend to type and make work-like noises in the office.

We look like we’re working but really we aint. Just look at Tom in the cubicle across from you. He’s typing like crazy and swearing. But really, he’s playing Video games. And Stacey? She’s planning her night out with the girls.

Even your boss, Mr. Dick(less) is pretending to work. What he’s really doing is trying to organise a dogging session in the woods for the weekend.

So to celebrate, here’s a gif of Wednesday Adams smiling.

Have a great day and weekend y’all. And remember, if someone hurts your Friday Feeling. Send them to me. I will beat them down with my positive mental attitude!

 

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Do Games Need Guns and Stuff to be Good?

There’s this game. It’s called The Hunting God. I downloaded it from Steam on a whim just because it looked good and also because I didn’t know much about Walking Simulators. Apparently you just walk.

For the first bit of the game, I was happy out just walking along, minding my own business. I was a bit confused. Not having any weapons or the ability to even run really was a strange feeling.

And then, out of f*cking nowhere, these crazy demon’s come running at me.

Now they didn’t harm me in any way but that’s not the point. You don’t have a weapon in the game and you can’t run. So when something creepy comes running at you out of nowhere, the effect it has on you is unreal. Especially considering you’re totally not expecting it. Because nothing had happened in the game right up until that point.

It really messes with your head. But in a good way. I don’t normally make videos of scary games because I don’t want my screaming like a 10 year old school girl to be captured on video for the whole world to see/hear. But I didn’t know this game had moments like that. I never suspected a thing.

I don’t know what I’m getting at here, but it might have something to do with the power of taking away your abilities or the things you normally rely on and then putting you up against adversity or something like that.

Is this game a social commentary or am I looking way too deep into it? Either way, it’s well worth the $3 I spent on it.

Who is Mario’s Sidekick?

Who is Mario’s Sidekick?

This is a question I’ve asked myself a number of times in the past. And no doubt it will rage on for a while yet. But who exactly is Mario’s sidekick?

For me, there are only two possible options. Luigi and Yoshi. Luigi has been around since the start and Yoshi has only sporadically been Mario’s accomplice (in the grand scheme of things). So which is it?

I think we need to really analyse exactly what a sidekick is if we want the answer. To me, and in most comic-book and video game lore, a sidekick is someone that aids the main protagonist. However, according to Wikipedia a sidekick is a subordinate and not necessarily an aid to their work, as in they can just be a companion.

“A sidekick is a slang expression for a close companion or colleague (not necessarily in fiction) who is, or generally regarded as, subordinate to the one he or she accompanies. Some well-known fictional sidekicks are Don Quixote’s Sancho Panza, Sherlock Holmes’ Doctor Watson, The Lone Ranger’s Tonto, The Green Hornet’s Kato, Shrek’s Donkey (and sometimes Puss in Boots as well), Sonic’s Tails (And occasionally Knuckles the Echidna as well) and Batman’s Robin. (DC Comics)”

Notice from the above excerpt from Wikipedia, it mentions Tails for Sonic but doesn’t mention Mario’s sidekick? Mario is an infinitely more recognizable character than Sonic so why not use him in this example?

Because nobody knows who Mario’s sidekick is, that’s why.

Yoshi is Mario's real sidekick

For me, I like to think that Yoshi is Mario’s real sidekick and this is based primarily on the fact that he helps Mario in his adventures. Whereas Luigi is always a second playable character that doesn’t interact with Mario or aid him in any way. In most, if not all, previous Mario games, Luigi has been either absent from the game or Player Two. Mario Bros 1, 2 and 3 and Super Mario World being prime examples.

And usually, this is turn based. Mario gets a go and then Luigi gets a go. Sure they can work together like this to complete the game but they don’t work side-by-side. This is why I don’t think Luigi is Mario’s sidekick.

The homie Yosh, however, aids Mario in his quests, even if that means being sacrificed for an extra bit of distance on Mario’s jumps. You actually need Yoshi in a lot of cases.

So for me, it’s Yoshi.

What do you think? Any ideas? Let me know!

 

Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

So it turns out that a something special is coming to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin, this Christmas. But what the hell is it?

Zelda? In a Theatre? What?

According to the description on the website, it’s a sort of musical?

“Brought to life as never before, witness as 30 years of video game history unfolds, complete with a stirring cinematic video presentation, synced with the game’s sensational, thematic and action-packed soundtracks played live by a full orchestra and choir!”

It’s basically a live performance of the soundtrack to the video game, The Legend of Zelda. How did I not know about this?

It takes place on December 11th at the Bord Gais Theatre in Dublin. You can get tickets here:

http://bordgaisenergytheatre.ie/index.php/artist/the-legend-of-zelda-symphony-of-the-goddesses

But be quick. It’s a one off show!

Why Has Bowser Not Got His Own Game?

Why Has Bowser Not Got His Own Game?

Both Donkey Kong and Wario have gotten their own games in the past. And before you go mentioning that it’s actually not the same DK that you play in those games. I’m referring to the first ever Mario game, which was called Donkey Kong and essentially, was about him and not about the little Italian plumber we all know and love.

Why is their no love from Nintendo for Bowser? I’d actually love to see how they would do it. What if they flipped the entire thing on it’s head and made Bowser the good guy in his own game and Mario the evil villain that is trying to kill him. It would actually work really well as a sort of Tower Defense game. Defend your Castle against Mario and his hordes of Toads.

Come on Nintendo, get on it. Give the people what they want! And by people, I mean me…

Third Level and Boss Fight | Stranger Things The Game

Ahoy mateys! Today I’m playing the third level and fighting the third boss in Stranger Things The Game on Android. It’s also available on the App store (IOS) I think. It’s a great little top down action RPG and I can’t really find any flaws with it. Tis a joy to play!

It was a tough enough level but the boss was super easy. You just have to lead him into the bins etc. Overall, the game is getting tougher and getting to see more and more of The UpdsideDown which is very exciting. I’m very happy to report there is a distinct lack of owls in this level!

So if you like old school top down Zelda and secret of Mana etc. then you’ll enjoy this game. It’s pixel art, 16bit, looks like snes game, it’s free and you can play it on your phone. and it’s awesome. What’s not to like?

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