Firewatch: Update

Hello, readers!

I hope your week is going well. Mine is. Mostly because I finally got to play Firewatch!

If you remember, I talked about Firewatch for the Destination: Wyoming post. It’s a first person video game from Campo Santo. You play as Henry, working as a lookout at a forest in Wyoming.


The game is gorgeous, full of suspense, and really engaging. There were moments when I’d be waking around bends in the path, heart beating furiously because I didn’t know whether there would be something there.

The developers did a really good job with it. They managed to create suspense with small, subtle elements. Not to mention all the little things, like the fact that you can adopt a turtle. Or the fact that you can take pictures and request for them to be developed!

My only complaint would be that the game is entirely too short. I’d been waiting for it for so long and I finished it in a day and a half. I still say the game is amazing, I just wish there had been more of it to be amazed by!

Have you played Firewatch? What was your experience like? Let me know, readers! Until next time.

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Rangent: YouTube Binge

Hello, hello readers!

Monday comes again like the promise of death and almost as cheerful. It’s been a weird, funk ridden weekend. I was meant to spend it with friends, but I had to work so I ended up spending it pretty much alone. I making it sound more depressing than it was, I promise.

I worked, which is always good when you’re as broke as I am. I got some reading done, the fourth book in The Hollows series is down and I’ve moved on to the fifth. Some studying was done. Most importantly, I’ve YouTubed. And having done so, I’ve decided to share my three favorite videos with you!

1. Affection – Cigarettes After Sex

I found out about this band because one of its members is the guy behind Short Story Thursdays. Now, if you don’t know what that is, SST is a weekly dispatch where you receive a short story from an often forgotten writer in history. Pretty cool stuff, if you ask me! I might start writing about them, so something to (possibly) look forward to. Anyway, they do cool ambient rock. Have a listen.

2. Unravel Gameplay Trailer

I’ve talked about video games before, most notably Firewatch. Which, by the way, came out last month! This is another game that came out recently and I’m really excited about it. You play as Yarny, a character made from a single thread that unravels as you move along. According to the website, the story unfolds entirely without words and the environment is inspired by Northern Scandinavia. It’s beautiful and somehow sad.

 

3. Joseph Speaks to Mary – Gage Wallace

This is an old favorite of mine. I really like slam poetry and there are certain poems I always return to like Accents by Denise Frohman and The Period Poem by Dominique Christina. And this one. This poem where Joseph speaks to Mary and promises all he is and all he has. Definitely worth a watch.

 

That’s it for today, readers. Hope you’re having a good day!

Destination: New Mexico

New Mexico

Good morning, readers!

Welcome to another Monday in my little corner of the internet! I’m excited to finally resume the Around the World in 250 books challenge. I took a break from it during the trip and it’s lasted longer than I ever intended it to, so it feels good to be getting back on track!

We’ve made our way over to New Mexico, known as the Land of Enchantment. And I have to be honest with you guys, part of the reason it’s taken me so long to get back to the challenge was the fact that I was having trouble settling on a book, finding something to introduce us to New Mexico. In looking for inspiration, however, I landed on something that blew my mind a little bit.

Apparently, at one point, Atari made a game that did so very badly that they ended up burying it in a Landfill in New Mexico. This game was none other than E.T, which came out in 1982 and was developed in a matter of weeks by Howard Scott Warshaw, the guy who created Yar’s Revenge. What was meant to be a million dollar product, collapsed in on itself and became a huge loss for the company. People hated the game so much that they started returning it and demanding refunds for it. Actually, when everything at Atari started unraveling, people blamed E.T. and Warshaw, something that destroyed his career in the video game industry. The game became known as the worst video game in history.

So, in 2014  a group of people set out to excavate the landfill and find out whether or not the stories were true. The entire process was made into a documentary called Atari: Game Over, which documents not only the excavation process, but also the story behind the burial itself. It’s really cool because people started gathering at the burial site, fans of Atari and their games waiting for video game history to possibly occur. And it did in the form of over 800 video game cartridges, not only E.T., but other games as well, which were put up on eBay and collectively sold for more than $100,000. The games that weren’t sold were kept in the town or shipped off to different museums.

I haven’t played the game, so I can’t say with certainty whether it’s fame is warranted or if it’s just another part of the myth. But It’s weird to think that for a really long time people thought E.T. and Warshaw were singlehandedly responsible for the demise of Atari. That maybe the game became known as the worst game ever, not because it was necessarily, but just because it was buried out of what people assumed was shame. Kinda crazy, right?

Here’s the full documentary, if you’re interested in watching it. I definitely recommend it if video games are a thing in your life.

Have a good one, readers! And stay tuned because on Wednesday we start with my pick for New Mexico!

Destination: Wyoming

Destination Wyoming

Happy Monday, you guys! Hopefully you’re having a cracking afternoon, but probably not because it’s Monday. I feel your pain fellow sufferers! As you read this I’m probably at work, photographing a cooking class because my boss decided I know something about photography. That actually is quite far from the truth, but she insisted…

We’re in Wyoming! Leave me a comment if you were born in or lived there for any period of time. I can’t say I’ve ever met anyone from the Equality State, as it’s apparently known. It makes sense because it was the first state to give women the right to vote. Four for you Wyoming!

As I was searching for books set in Wyoming, I decided to branch out and see what else was out there. I was met by well known movies like Bridesmaids and Brokeback Mountain. On the other hand, I found some lesser known ones like Cannibal! The Musical. Out of the three I’ve only seen Bridesmaids, which leads me to believe I might be a bit behind on my movie watching….perhaps movie posts are in order? (cue suspense music). Seriously though, a musical about cannibals? It sounds terrible, but also like something I’m dying to watch…

Anyway, strange movies weren’t the only thing I found. I also found a video game in the works that will be set in the Wyoming Wilderness!

Titled Firewatch, the game follows this guy who has recently become a fire lookout. His only connection with the outside world comes in the form of a radio which he uses to keep in touch with his supervisor. Here’s the actual description of the game, taken from the website:

In Firewatch you play as a man named Henry who has retreated from his messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched high atop a mountain, it’s your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. An especially hot, dry summer has everyone on edge. Your supervisor, a woman named Delilah, is available to you at all times over a small, handheld radio — and is your only contact with the world you’ve left behind.

But when something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the world, you’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making interpersonal choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have.

Firewatch is a mystery game, so there is definitely a small creepiness factor, but that just makes it all the better for me. This is definitely a game I’m looking forward to playing. The concept of the game seems interesting and the graphics look pretty cool, from what I’ve seen. Mind you I’m not an expert or a professional when it comes to these things, so I can’t give you any specific information about it.

 This is a screenshot taken from the game website. Doesn’t it look pretty?

Unfortunately, Campo Santo, the video game studio working on the game, hasn’t announced a release date. I read somewhere that it was due to come out in 2015, but that doesn’t seem likely. At least we have the trailers!

I was hoping that by some miracle the game would be out by the time we go to Wyoming, but alas, it’s not meant to be. Still, I’m pretty excited for this game to come out. It makes me want to spend hours playing video games, which means I might have to go find another game to play just to satisfy the craving.

What games are you guys playing right now? Any you’re really hooked on? Let me know! I’m always in the lookout for new games. Until next time, readers. Keep it cool!