Friday, September 23, 2016

Blog: Favourite YouTube Videos (Volume (144)

In this volume of my Favourite YouTube Videos,  we get a little superstitious about song writing.

  • First, Pomplamoose rebuilds a song to create the Stevie Wonder Herbie Hancock Mashup.
  • Next we take a deep dive with Dave Bulmer and Brent Black where they talk about their collaborations to date and the new (then) Ocarina of Time with Lyrics Video. (It's two parts and total, about an hour and a half, just a heads up).

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Blog: Video Games of April 2016

April worked out to be a pretty stressful month for me, between being offered my first chance at teaching a Spring Semester course and moving. So, my game play fell into a couple of weird patterns mostly determined by how stressed I felt. For a while Pocket Planes was in my top five, and that's really a game I only play when I'm stressed.

My top five games (by play time) for April were:
  1. Stardew Valley - Stardew Valley is really comforting, and it's nice to have a game you can turn to without having to worry too much about what's going to happen. So it was nice to have as an anti-stress game. It also has enough depth that if you're slow playing it (which I mostly am, with a few exceptions) it feels like it will last quite well. My only complaint remains, as I said in March, is that you have to play it in 20(ish) minute chunks since it doesn't save other than over night.

  2. Super Mario Maker - I'm still playing more Super Mario Maker than I expected. I think, to some extent, this is due to it being the game with the disk in my WiiU, so it's easier to play than bothering to put something else in. It's also quite flexible, in that you can play for just a couple of minutes, or you can have a longer play session. 

    Nintendo has also done a good job in keeping new material coming and I've found it worth playing each of their new example courses since you get a new amibo sprite for finishing them. I'm still a little frustrated that there's not that many people playing new levels, but it's not enough to make me feel like putting the game down.
  3. Hearthstone - I'm not winning quite as much as I was in the first few days of the Old Gods expansion, and I'm slipping behind on cards and the meta again. Still I have a lot of fun for a game I'm not good at (and I get a lot of joy out of the games I do win).
  4. Chrono Trigger - I'm still touring my SNES collection and after Final Fantasy VI (3) this is the natural next place to go. I think my replay has convinced me that this is my favourite game of all time. 

    GameFAQs user MK8
    It feels beautifully choreographed, every fight and every conversation is placed in just the right place, and it feels like people worked very carefully on how players experience the game. Compared to how drawn out and unfocused Final Fantasy VI felt it's a real breath of fresh air.
  5. Mario Golf: World Tour - Wanna play nine holes over lunch? Over the years I've played hours and hours of Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and while I've never been an expert at it, it's up there on my list of favourite games (and probably the number one reason I turn the game cube). Even though it's been around for a while I didn't get Mario Golf: World Tour (on the 3DS) until last summer and didn't really play it that much until this month.

    GameFAQs user ollist

    Since I've been quite busy and trying to stay focused on work, I thought taking a good break at lunch and pulling out the 3DS was a good way to have focused fun. I think I'm even actually learning to be better at the game.
Other than that I haven't played too much worth talking about in April. I've definitely tried to focus a little better on the games that are important to me and play less of the games I have a harder time stopping (hi Mini-metro, although that may just be a natural fade).

Here's my total play time table for April 2016:

And here's my total number of times played:

And here's a chart of what I've played over the month:

Friday, September 16, 2016

Blog: Favourite YouTube Videos (Volume 143)

In this volume of my Favourite YouTube Videos,  we question our cats, prepare for winter and get a spring in our step.

  • First, let's all take a minute to appreciate that cat's don't have thumbs, because cat's are jerks and their thumblessness is really our only defence. Here Simon's Cat reacts to a door being closed, which we all know is bad news in cat world.
  • Next, let's take a minute to prepare ourselves for winter (it's coming, I hear) and make sure we have the power of love to stand up to the cold. To help us, Dael Kingsmill tells us about The Snow Queen.
  • Finally, let's take a minute to put an upbeat song under our wings to go on and take on what ever comes next. Mr. Smooth McGroove helps us out, with the Secret Garden Theme from Little Big Planet 3.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Blog: Favourite YouTube Videos (Volume 142)

In this volume of my Favourite YouTube Videos,  it's a music week, so grab your game boy, the internet and head to an Oasis for a listen.

  • First, Jimmy Wong has a little song about a particular brotherly video game.
  • Next, Pomplamoose would like to remind you that the Internet is Awesome (although we should probably have one of those the web is not the internet talks at some point).
  • Finally, Meine Meinung, play their original song Oasis.