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The Dreamcast was home to a lot of amazing things: VMUs, Typing of the Dead, Online connectivity, it also had Sega Swirl. But we're not here to talk about any of that.
Before they were Q Entertainment, they were United Game Artists. And while they were United Game Artists, they only had three games. But to be fair, Rez and Space Channel part 1 and 2 are pretty well loved and received. They're bumpin and snappy, and one of them works pretty good with a vibrator. Space Channel 5 sticks out for me the most, which is funny because I don't particularly like it's memory matching gameplay. (LET'S TAKE THE SIMON CHALLENGE) My favorite part of this particular title is the Music itself. That feels pretty obvious though, because a game like this would be nothing without it's soundtrack.
That jazzy/big band/lounge music sounds so delightfully retro while being mixed with modern music touches. As the title of the blog dictates it's like an Overproduced retro dance Erotica. (At times it feels kind of Pizzicato Five, Go! Team, and maybe even Mint Royale on a good day) An exaggeration perhaps, but it just goes to show you how much they actually had fun with this music. Uki Uki takes music that is already well established and elaborates on the sound it's trying to accomplish.
I couldn't decide on what would be the best examples here because it's all pretty much amazing.
Let's actually talk about games now
Ok, so I've never actually played games much... I don't have any time for them.. except for maybe Minecraft. A hour or 2 before I go to sleep every night I just sit there and build a city... All to myself. Ok, so here's the thing. A long time ago when Minecraft was suddenly becoming super popular and everyone and their Grandma were becoming aware of it. I slowly trickled in to the fad. Although it was a lot of playing Classic. So it was a lot more free flow of everything at my disposal with a lot of things out of it. You know what classic is like, blah blah blah.
For the longest time, I figured that's all I really needed to do. What classic was is completely fine. Slow pace, just building.. no actual crafting, but there you go. So when a couple of duders were getting into the Beta they were essentially trying to sell it to me so I could jump on board. Sure the crafting part is better and more fun, you're actually building shit, which does make it cool. But it wasn't enough to take me out of classic. Fighting monsters off at night? Sorry, I would play a game like this to just build. So again, I'll just stick with classic.
Over time though, because I wasn't always being bugged about getting onto the actual game, I started thinking about it for myself. So finally I did get it, and I really do enjoy it! Sitting in my single player game I get a kick out of actually building a slew of all these houses and building a town and mining it's just, really cool. But the thing is, I play it on peaceful. I tried it with the monsters and the creepers but I just don't find the appeal. These creepers/spiders/zombies and what not feel like the weakest part of the game. Fighting that shit off just to have something to do, or defend your shit takes the fun out of it. Especially since creepers explode. I get neurotic when creepers explode. So then I have to find all the right blocks and put EXACTLY EVERYTHING back into place. So Peaceful, that's for me.
[Fun Fact: My Minecraft world is named after my home town Flin Flon, which is a mining town in northern Manitoba... it's a shame I'm not mining copper and zinc.]
The Funny thing about the PSN being down, is that it's really fun to value the idea of just playing a game by yourself. I'm not really a multiplayer all the time kind of gamer, I don't care for it. So to sit there and still play the PS3 totally unaffected by everything is really nice. I can't see what all the fuss it about. (But I hear it's slowly coming back up. “So,” To quote Alex, “There's that.”)
Castlevania: Mask of Scary, I started playing a little bit today. My first impression is that it's actually really cool. There's obviously some things that don't really work to well for me. The circle things for QTE things is bizarre and confusing, the Colossus battles feel tacked on. But the voice acting is really cool, and I wish I could see more of magical pony. I admit though, that I'm just playing through the game on casual, because I really just want to play through it, have fun with it that way.
I actually find myself being casual a lot lately, maybe it's because I've been spending less time playing video games, so when I do sit down with one, I don't want to fight with it. But I think it's debatable with the kind of game it is. How about you guys? I remember having a conversation about it before, and the person I was talking to seemed rather shocked that I play games on casual and wonder how I could possibly be having any fun. But I sit there thinking, how does playing a game at it's hardest make it fun? I mean if you want the challenge, that's fun and go for it, but to just sit there and play at your own pace with a game you want to play should be enough. Remember, I once blogged about how I play a lot of games, essentially not playing the game at all, and it's just hours and hours of dilly-dallying.
Virtua Tennis 4, is looking really cool and I really see myself buying that game. Anyone else? I'm going to be picking up the PS3 version and I've always been a Tennis enthusiast. Playing it on the court, in a game and Actually watching it. Tennis is fun, and relaxing. It's like that one sport I've always wanted to be good at, and I think playing Tennis video games is compensating for it. I was big on Mario Tennis and everything, but Virtua Tennis has been the most fun. After watching the Quick Look and playing the Demo... I'm pretty much sold. Yeah! Get hype!