Monthly Archives: November 2010

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Sharing This morning was rather dreadful outside. The rain was pouring down and it had to be below 0 degrees! I went about my usual morning routines. Got up, got ready for work, and started my trip into work. I … Continue reading

Gaming & Giving Back Challenge: Day 15

Play & Review an arcade game from the XBOX dashboard for at least 30 minutes.

Braid

I’m not usually a fan of the arcade games on Xbox or PS3 because I like to be stimulated with pretty graphics and other people online. However, it is one of my challenges to play and review an arcade game. I had intended on writing about Plants vs. Zombies because I played it and it was fun and addictive, but I’ve decided to write about Braid.

I was chatting with someone at work about video games and fun arcade games. He suggested that I might like Braid. At first I thought he was saying Brain, so I looked up the Brain Challenge game and found it to be rather boring! Sure people that like crosswords and Sudoku might like it, but it’s not for me. I asked if that was the game and he told me it was BraiD. Ah ha! He said that each mission was at most 45 minutes and that it was a puzzle type game, similar to Super Meat Boy (which is amazing!) and Portal.

So…I downloaded the demo.

It starts off kind of weird. I didn’t know if the game had started or if I needed to go into the main menu and actually “start” the game. I think that’s an interesting feature!

There are a bunch of different worlds with an assortment of levels and puzzles in each one. The trail actually gives you a lot of gameplay. I would highly recommend downloading it. It’s FREE! The game itself is only 800 points so if you have some microsoft points … it seems like a good investment. I am going to buy it 🙂

Braid is the kind of game that you can do a level and feel successful about finding all the puzzle pieces. It seems simple enough but actually requires thought and planning to get the trickier pieces.

The music is pretty cheesy, but good cheesy. Sort of classical Irish music!

The gameplay is clever! It’s simple enough graphics but you have to interact with the environment and creatures to help you progress through. Use the different options and controls you have in order to complete the puzzles. This includes holding X down to rewind a bit if you need to pick up a key and jump (hint hint).

Have fun!

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The Upcoming Holidays… I’ve decided it’s time to blog about fun stuff, and topics I’m interested in doing, in addition to the Gaming & Giving Back Challenge. I miss writing (or rather, rambling) about Rock Band and Left 4 Dead … Continue reading

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My Life & My Birthday It’s been crazy busy for the past week or so as I’ve been trying to get together with friends and family, and of course find time for my xbox! Of course there is a lot … Continue reading

Gaming & Giving Back Challenge: Day 14

Smile at 15 people today. Did they smile back?

I wonder if I look like a gibbled idiot when smiling at strangers. Perhaps it is easier to say “hello” while smiling. Why on earth did I create this as one of the challenges!?

But wait. If I say “hello” to strangers, they might consider that an invitation for conversation. I don’t necessarily want to have 15 chats in one day with complete strangers. Smiles are good.

This challenge was a lot harder than I could have anticipated. In order to ensure that my smile was received, I had to look at the other person. Making eye contact with strangers and smiling is very odd.

Within the rush of morning and evening travelling, people are often watching the ground in front of themselves or chatting on their cell phones. There are not a lot of people who just look around while they are walking. I wish that I could say I am always looking around, but I’m not. I am usually texting while walking, or chatting to mom on the phone.

For the most part, people smiled back! I got a couple complements for my TokiDoki rain boots and I wished a few people a good day! If I was able to give a smile to someone, they gave one back 🙂

Gaming & Giving Back Challenge: Day 13

Research an upcoming game and write a preview for it

On July 20th, 2010 it was announced that EA would be producing a new third person action game for the Xbox and PS3:

Thor

Thor is an action hero from the Marvel Comics (author Matt Fraction). Being the geek that I am, sadly I can honestly say that I haven’t read Thor comics and I don’t really know much about him. I can assume by the name that he is a rather big man? Perhaps a cave man? Simple minded? I really have no clue!

As it turns out, Thor is a God-like character. He uses a legendary hammer (the Mjölnir) and some elemental magic to kill his enemies. I was somewhat correct in my assumption 😉

According to the Sega’s initial release comments, there will be “melee combos, ranged hammer throws, tide-turning elemental powers, and an upgrade system to bolster Thor’s powers as gamers progress”. That sounds sweet! Similar to the Fable games and Dragon Age, but hopefully they will add something we haven’t seen or done yet!

It will be released on other consoles (Wii) and handheld devices (PSP, DS), but the platform and graphics will be slightly different.

The game, Thor will be released around the same time as the movie. This is still a few months away. We can’t expect anything until 2011.

Maybe I will pick up one of the comics so I feel a connection to the character during gameplay.

So far, there isn’t much more to tell you! I don’t know if it will be worth a purchase, or just a rental, but I will be playing it regardless because I know one of the people making it so I will let you know after I give it a shot! 🙂

Gaming & Giving Back: Day 12

Send a message to 10 friends online and tell them why you think they are fantastic!

I am not going to post everyone’s name that I sent messages to… but if you got one, then you know you were a part of this challenge. Here are most of the messages that I sent.

You’re one of the kindest people I’ve ever met (virtually included) :3 You would go out of your way to help a friend, and perhaps a stranger… and expect nothing in return. You have provided inspiration for my blog challenges, and you’re a lot of fun to chat with. You’re a beautiful person and I am so blessed to have you as a friend.

How to express the many reasons that I adore you! ❤ You are someone I’ve always looked up to and wanted to be like. You are so beautiful and you have such a positive energy. I love the glimmer in your eye when you watch the world. I am so blessed to have you in my life. PS. I love you!!

You’re funny. You always think I’m up to something, when really I’m just busy or signing in for a quick game. You wanted to be penpals, but sadly couldn’t. I think you read my blog, which is super sweet! 🙂 You are a lot of fun to play games with!

You suck. You’re never around anymore. I miss you like mad 😦

You’re a lot of fun to play Rockband with. I feel like it’s never a competition (unless we were battling, which we can’t do in RB3). I love getting Gold stars! They’re so pretty eh! You have an amazing personality and you’re so sweet 🙂

DUDE!!! Where are you!? Get off your camera and get on the xbox!! I hope you get Rock band 3 soon and I can’t wait to play with you! I still have loads of achievements to get… you’re so much fun to play games with! 🙂 Let’s make some gold!

You are my newest friend, brought about through weird circumstances. I am so happy to know you, and I can’t wait to get to know you more! I think you’re a lovely person. You are strong, kind, and wear your heart on your sleeve… I think we are a wonderful match! Plus, you kick butt on RB 😉

I think you’re a lot of fun to play with! I love the quirky little messages you send and you kick butt on Rock Band 3. You’re rocking the Batman 😉

Shake and Bake!! You had faith in my gaming for 24 hours, and sponsored me. We kill loads of zombies and with a good team we will conquer anyone! You’re a fellow Canadian so bonus points 🙂 I think you’re a genuinely wicked dude! I am happy to be friends with you (in case you didn’t know this already!)