Month: January 2016

Insomniac Games and GameStop Working On Game

(Shoutout to Ken Schaefer for becoming a patron! Thanks, Dad.)

It’s been a topic of discussion recently that  the games retail giant GameStop has teamed up with Insomniac games (the developer behind the popular Spyro The Dragon and Ratchet & Clank games) to develop Song of The Deep.

The trailer actually looks quite interesting. It’s a 2-D sidescroller following a young woman named Merryn, who is the daughter of a fisherman. She had been entranced by his stories about the sea and the things he’s seen in his travels. When he goes missing, she gets in a makeshift submarine to find him and embarks on some adventures of her own.

The art style of the game has a rather Miyazaki-esque quality to it, and it seems to borrow a lot from Irish mythology. Also, I’m always up for having more female game protagonists.

I’m not going to lie, though: GameStop’s involvement in making the game kind of bothers me.

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This Just In From “Shut Up And Take My Money” News

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I have recently learned that there is an Etsy store called GameGuardians. Why is this important, you ask? There are tons of Etsy stores, some more successful than others.

Well, my friends, what makes this Etsy store unique is what it currently being sold in the store. You see, the proprietor of the store is selling handmade plushies of Falkor the luck dragon, from The Neverending Story:

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That is what it looks like. I honestly thought it was a still from the movie until I took a closer look at it. Major props to the artist at GameGuardians who created it.

The artist, Laura Hosler, has apparently received about 1500 request from people wanting their own luck dragon; however, she can only put out about 15 per month, so the waiting list for one would be extremely long. However, for the more crafty among us, she will also be putting the pattern on the storefront for anyone who would like to make one of their own.

It’s worth checking out the rest of her store as well. She has some other dragon patterns up for sale that are both really cool and absolutely adorable.

Why I Play Video Games

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(Shoutout to Gerhard Jurgen for being my first patron! I know where you live.)

(Because we live in the same house.)

I have been doing some thinking recently about why I enjoy the things I enjoy, video games in particular. Unlike a lot of kids of my generation, I didn’t really grow up with them; I didn’t own a video game console until I was 18 (it was a PlayStation 2, which I purchased with my financial aid leftovers). We did have some games growing up, but they were mostly educational like The Oregon Trail (which was still pretty awesome) as well as floppy disk games from the local dollar store.

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A Bit of Administration

Hello, all!

I just wanted to announce that I have started a Patreon for this blog. You can click on that nice shiny link above to kick a few dollars my way, if you are so inclined. I am hoping that it would be a way to make some improvements to the blog, like getting my own domain name and to remove ads. I am also eventually hoping to start a YouTube channel for things like gameplay videos and vlogs.

Thanks for the support! I have an actual post about video games that I’m currently working on and will either be posting later this evening or earlier tomorrow.