Category: What I’m Up To

Viewing: Guardians of the Galaxy

Viewing: Guardians of the Galaxy

Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.

I wasn’t sure what to think when they announced this one, but I absolutely loved it 🙂

Playing: The Walk

Playing: The Walk

The Walk is a fitness game that came out in December. I picked it up right away, because it’s by Six to Start and Naomi Alderman, who also made Zombies, Run! (which I love). It’s got a similar philosophy behind it: activity and fitness motivated by story. That is, unsurprisingly, a motivation that works rather well for me. It also has many of the same voice actors, which gives it a nice familiar feel. No zombies in this one, but it’s a suspense thriller, so I’m still in.

Expectations are a little different for this game. Zombies, Run! is more of a workout app, where you set aside some time to go on a run. The Walk is more like a pedometer: it uses your fitness level for the entire day to progress through the story. One of the nice things is that you don’t have to listen to the story points right as they unlock. It works well for me, as I alternate between listening to them as soon as I can, and saving them up to blow through whole sections in one go.

iOS Progress

There are also game play elements based on the map: you can choose different paths through the mission to open up collectables which are extra images that add to the world. There are also landscape features, which appear as small squares on the map when you’re in range of them. They usually have little text notes for the scenery, but are sometimes sound files with additional stories. At first the landscape features annoyed me: if you don’t happen to open the app while you’re in range, you can complete the episode with some missing. I’m a bit of a completionist, so I found that frustrating at first. I’ve pretty much gotten over it. I don’t know if they actually increased the range at which the features appear (it feels like it), or I just started checking the app more, but I don’t miss as many as I did at the start. Apparently some of them also depend on the path you take, so I’ve accepted that I’ll have to do some maps more than once (though four times for the one I just couldn’t catch was irritating).

Read More Read More

Playing: Gone Home

Playing: Gone Home

Gone Home

A Story Exploration Video Game

Investigate the Greenbriar family’s house. Discover the story of what’s happened to them. Go home again.

I have to admit, walking around looking for the story points was a lot of fun. I enjoyed being about to search through everything without worrying about combat, and the house had a nice atmosphere. I played through the game in one sitting, which is not something I normally do ^_^

5-box Experiment

5-box Experiment

Recently, after a break of about two years, I started playing World of Warcraft again. A lot has changed, so I’ve also spent time on WoW-related sites trying to catch up. I can’t remember what I was looking for when I saw the changes to the Recruit a Friend program, but whatever it was led to a three month long distraction.

Back when Blizzard first introduced the RaF program, I had switched my main servers to play with some real-life friends. I didn’t move characters with me (because they were the other faction and I still played on the old server part-time). I didn’t have as many characters there yet, and hadn’t rolled either of the classes that I’d played for years.

I level slowly. I feel bad for my poor friends whenever they’re stuck waiting for me to catch up. The thought of levelling another priest and warlock wasn’t enticing, given how long I knew it would take me. The bonus experience from the RaF program was appealing. Not only would I be able to level two characters at the same time, but they’d level faster than usual. All I had to do was learn to dual-box.

My Original Dualbox Team

I loved it. I’m not the greatest, but I enjoy running my characters in pairs more than running them alone. I have a number of established teams, including that original RaF team, and I occasionally pull others together for different quests or areas. It has its frustrating elements (Horde cities have a serious obsession with spiral staircases), but it became my preferred play style.

Read More Read More

Playing: Zombies, Run!

Playing: Zombies, Run!

ZOMBIES, RUN!: A running game & audio adventure. You tie your shoes, put on your headphones, take your first steps outside. You’ve barely covered 100 yards when you hear them. They must be close. You can hear every guttural breath, every rattling groan — they’re everywhere. Zombies. There’s only one thing you can do: Run!

Exercise is a lot more interesting lately ^_^

Viewing: Galaxy Quest (1999)

Viewing: Galaxy Quest (1999)

Decades after the success of the sci-fi series “Galaxy Quest,” the show’s washed-up stars — Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen), Gwen DeMarco (Sigourney Weaver) and Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman) — are recruited by actual aliens to pull off an intergalactic rescue mission. At first, the actors assume the so-called Thermians are just another group of die-hard fans. But as the plot thickens, they realize they’re working with real-life extraterrestrials.