Welcome to the Year of Sierra.
And I have something
of a problem.
I love adventure
games. More specifically, I love the very old school adventure games
made by Lucasarts and Sierra On-Line. The trouble with Lucasarts is
that there aren’t very many games that are adventures that I can
talk about in a year. Oh. There’s probably a way I could do that,
but it would mean stretching twelve titles [or so] across the whole
year with some kind of filler for the other weeks where I need to
write something. And while I think I could make a case for writing
about the movies Lucasarts made, too, I’m not sure I have the
stomach for talking about the Star Wars Holiday Special.
So. That leaves us
with quantity and Sierra made a TON of games in the late eighties and
Let’s get to that, then.
It’s that time of
Time to dash through
four games on my giant backlog.
This year’s going
to work a LITTLE differently, though.
I’m going to be
STREAMING most of what I’m playing.
So let’s talk
Warning! There are MANY LINKS ahead. They will open in separate pages.
certainly been a while, hasn’t it? The last post I made here was
several years ago now, and that’s pretty bad. It means I haven’t
been writing about games and gaming and movies and music and all that
nonsense for two [and a bit] years!
it’s time to rectify that.
DISCLAIMER! This is a SUBJECTIVE, PERSONAL list.
I'll admit up front that I used to be a bit of a Blizzard fan boy. All the way back with The Lost Vikings, Warcraft, Warcraft 2, Starcraft and so on this is a game company that constantly kept me and my friends entertained. At the very tail end of 1996, then Blizzard North, introduced Diablo, and it very quickly became an obsession. Diablo was a game changer, a true original. The first of it's kind hack-n-slash dungeon crawler that 'spawned' (see what I did there?), an entire genre. Read more
Eight years ago in ages long past, the year of the Emperor 2011, came a grim dark shooter from Relic, THQ and Games Workshop about an event that takes place 38,000 years into the future. A third person action shooter where the greenskin Ork xenos have overrun the Forge World of Graia and threaten the existence of one of the great manufactorums of the empire. Untold millions of the Emperor's children are already dead. The Imperial Guard are outnumbered and outgunned. They have themselves suffered great losses including their senior commanding officer and are lead now only by a second lieutenant named, Mira Nero. If it wasn't for the great War Titan, Invictus, the empire of man may just cut their losses and abandon Graia. But the honored war machine's value is deemed absolute and it is decided that a small team of Astartes will be deployed to recover and secure the Titan at all costs. Captain Titus, of the Ultramarines, along with two of his trusted battle brothers are set upon the task and dropped into the middle of the fray. What comes is a battle of epic size, betrayal and bureaucracy along side more of a threat than even they imagined.
Gather round children and I shall tell you of my most recent play through of Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. Read more
One of the first things I wanted to do when I got my new high refresh rate Freesync monitor set up was play something I knew ran really smoothly to begin with in order to really feel the difference from a 1080p, 60 hertz, non adaptive sync panel and the new 144 hertz screen at 1440p. So I reinstalled Doom. At first of course I was pretty blown away by the glassy smoothness at high frame rates, but I was also reminded -Doom is friggin awesome. Read more
Oh boy. 2018 had some pretty awesome media to consume. So much so that it was really hard to narrow it down to just five for each medium. But I wanted to keep this somewhat brief. The lists here are in no particular order, other than that the mediums are gone through alphabetically.
Which means we start with my favorite Albums of the year. Read more
Hey everybody it's me, Scrooloose and the rest of us here at Twinstiq. How's it going? Good? You want a soda? No? Would you settle for a slap-dash list of games we liked from last year (and some prior) written in no particular order, some ranked and some not, hastily put together and edited in collaboration over the last few days with no real format? Yeah, we thought you'd like that. Read more
I love the ocean. In fact I once had an opportunity to work on an ocean research vessel that routed between California and Hawaii. I didn't take the job. I was too young and I wasn't ready to do something that big yet. But thinking back on it now I kick myself. I've swam with sharks and sting rays in Bora Bora. I've swam in the shallows in Tahiti. It was lovely to be there floating in that warm, crystal clear water. But deep -truly deep water, scares me. Earth's oceans are the least explored places on the planet. And for good reason. It's a beautiful place, romantic and mysterious. It piques our human curiosity and makes us wonder while also being a dark, hostile environment that would crush anything not meant for it's cold depths to dust without a moments hesitation. Subnautica is a story about an ocean. But also more. Stick with me and I'll tell you what I thought of my play through. Read more