Something For The Weekend

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Happy Friday folks, it has been a long dull week here in Ireland and the weekend is not meant to be any better, don’t worry though I have you sorted for things to do.

Watching

This week I spent sometime watching the making of games documentaries and somehow I found myself watching 45 min film on the making of Oblivion. For the first time it truly hit me how much work goes into games, every little aspect we take for granted takes so much time to perfect. Elder Scrolls are know for such high standard of RPG creation it is just so interesting to see the progress and the teams point of view.

Reading

I Was Homeless And Video Games Saved My Life

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http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2016/03/04/i-was-homeless-and-video-games-saved-my-life

This next piece is really powerful, homelessness is something that goes on all around us we take a lot for granted, we sometimes don’t realise how lucky we are to have a roof over our head and food at our tables. To read this piece from someone who has can through such an ordeal but had games to help them through it is inspiring, Games get such negative press in the media, piece like this show you that they help, they help you face problem and they help you escape you problems when needed.

 

listening

Daft Souls odcast is one of my favourites, I love the host who are the guys behind Cool Ghosts, Matt Less and Quintin Smith. The podcast is hilarious at some points ( especially the ones that have Gav Murphy from IGN on) it is informative as people that both host and guest on the show have worked or working within games journalism. If you like sarcastic and dry wit humour with plenty of informative and entertaining game chatter then this is the podcast for you.

Playing

I don’t know about you but I have been itching for a harvest moon and animal crossing game for my PC, I miss farming and talking to my little villagers whilst trying the charm the knickers off my childhood sweetheart. I no longer own any Nintendo Consoles so I haven’t had that itch scratched in a long time. UNTIL NOW!!  Enter Stardew Vally, I only found about this game a few days ago and I plan to spend my weekend playing this. Stardew valley is an open ended RPG farming game, similar to both Harvest moon and Animal crossing type games. The description reads as follows:

‘You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won’t be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town’s most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness!’  – stardewvalley.net

So if that sound like you sort of thing head on over to steam and get you farming on. Stardew Valley is a available to download now.

 

 

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One response to “Something For The Weekend

  1. As for the homeless story, there’s an inherent problem with it, because it masks the real problem. Games then are like the TV for the kids. Place them there and you don’t have to be parents. Escapism is what can sometimes barely keep you alive, but we also live in a time where nothing else but death seems to even make people give attention.
    I am currently experiencing how games can also have a very opposite effect, even unexpectedly.
    It all boils down to people and their mindset. The amount of egotism, mental convenience and uncaring in the world is horrifying and disgusting.

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