Tomodachi Life Review

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Gambit swanning around in his pants, like a Gambit do.

I was wowed and weirded out by the Nintendo Direct advert for Tomodachi Life. On D+Pad Magazine I’ve posted my review of my experiences with the game itself. I warn you, I made the X-Men for my little fictional island so things may get a bit… fan-ficcy…

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Professor X is a creepy jerk.

You can find that here: http://dpadmagazinecom.ipage.com/2014/09/22/tomodachi-life/

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An average night at the Xavier School

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Game Review – Mountain

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I blame Monument Valley. It made me susceptible to arty-looking iPad games. Mountain sounded weird and potentially interesting. In truth… well, you can read what I think is my first one-star review of a video game here.

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Game Review – Monument Valley

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I have an iPad. I often forget this as far as gaming options go, but it’s there, occasionally being a thing I touch for gaming instead of The Guardian, Reddit and Google Hangouts. Mainly I play Lords of Waterdeep, but occasionally something interesting appears. I saw pictures of this game like the one above, ooo, look at it. The game wasn’t free to play, it did cost money but only the once.

I beasted the gorgeous Monument Valley and wrote this review.

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Game Review – Tower of Guns

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This game hit at an odd time for me. I’d heard enough news of upcoming shootybang games where I reached the point I felt I was pretty much done with games where the only method of interacting with the world is murder. Then this review copy appeared in D+Pad Towers and being someone who now has a PC which can run things, I grabbed it eagerly.

I approached this game at first like an errand, it needed A LOT of patching when it first came out. As I was slowly trundling through play after play, preparing for the review, I actually became less resentful. Just before I started the final draft of the review, a patch helped this game out in my eyes and I went back to the drawing board.

You can see my conflicted interest in this game here.

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Game Review – Jazzpunk

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I’m a fan of the works of Jim Sterling and it came to light that he was providing some voice talent for a gonzo spy adventure game. It had a bizarre art style and extremely vague-sounding mechanics.

It was fairly short to run through but a hilarious experience. Read my review of it here.

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Review – Weapon Shop De Omasse

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I’m a big fan of the 3DS, it was my console of choice for the last couple of years and has had some really interesting little games. Specifically the Guild 01 and Guild 02 projects which have you in some of the following roles: An airport luggage handler, a boy running errands in a town where kaiju attack every Friday, oh and where you’re the mech-flying teenage girl president of neo-Japan attacking robots who took over old Japan. That one was possibly the most lucid game made by Suda 51.

This game takes things into a bit more of a mundane realm. Weapon Shop de Omasse has you play the assistant to a blacksmith in a jRPG. Using simple rhythm games you make and repair weapons, then you follow the adventurers who rent them on a kind of high fantasy Twitter. Check out my review here.

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Still Alive

Hey there. It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything here, however I’ve not stopped writing. Here’s a quick update and then over the next few weeks.

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WHERE HAVE I BEEN?
Still writing, mainly. I’ve also taken up basketball. Yeah, I’m surprised at that one too.

 

WHY HAVEN’T I BEEN UPDATING FAKED TALES
My lovely netbook, The Netronomicon, is dying. It’s sad but it’s been this way for a couple of years now. I spend more time watching frozen screens while anything tries to load. The internet is the worst part of any interaction with my lovely writing machine, so that means I’ve been bulk-updating things when I can rather than actually going online regularly for this sort of thing.
I am doing something about this though. In August I’ll be getting a new netbook to replace this one. It mainly needs to run: Scrivener, something I can spreadsheet on, DropBox, maybe VLC player and it needs to be able to survive offline as I write everywhere. If anyone has suggestions of places to look for one, please mention them in the comments.

 

OPERATION LIGHTNING 2015
This is still on. I’m almost done with the penultimate chapter of the novel and already starting to look at the way of digitally distributing serialised fiction. I’ll be writing articles about the project here alongside creating supplemental material, proofing, editing and rewriting anything I need to do from Lightning itself.

 

GAMES JOURNALISM
I’ve still been doing this too. One of the first things I’ll start putting up are links to my games journalism. Sorry about that non-game people, but it and my comics are some of the more regular things I’m easily able to publish and show to people.

 

NANOWRIMO 2014
I may already be planning my NaNoWriMo for this year. It’s not related to Lightning mainly so that I can have a break from the cast. I also have two more manuscript ideas which I’ve noted down for once I’m done with the Lightning project. I also have… plans for this NaNoWriMo. Oh yes, plans.

 

I’M ON THE YOUTUBE!
As part of my games journalism fun there was a suggestion of doing something on YouTube for D+Pad Magazine. Fred Black and I have been posting videos to the D+Pad channel on a weekly basis and we’ve been proving our own lack of ability at games, despite making a lot of words about them. You can find the channel here.

 

Oh, and soon I shall explain my hatred of owls.

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