• One More Step

    10 February, 2013 • 0 Comments

    I think I was quite spoiled, when it comes to adventure games. My love for the genre was kindled by playing some very good games at an early, formative age. Though the exact order is somewhat muddled now by the mists of time, I recall playing Pyramid: Challenge of the Pharaoh’s Dream in primary school, and while I suppose you might quibble a bit on the genre of that game, I certainly class it as adventure. It was marvellous fun. Then, picking through the PC games shelf in the library, I went on to play such excellent games as Pink Panther’s Passport to Peril and Riven. Although I didn’t understand a single thing on that first play, you all know how I’ve landed when it comes to that game. Eventually, I played Myst itself, of course. All great games, with fun and intriguing stories, and that’s where I’ve been spoiled – eating the best fruit first.

    And then, when I was 13 or 14, I played The Longest Journey.

    On the list of my favourite games, Riven holds the number one spot. The Longest Journey is on number two. Man, that game told an excellent story. It was one of the first games I actually bought, rather than borrow at the library. I don’t know how long it took me to get through it all, but it was a gloriously good time.

    The sequel, Dreamfall, was also a good game, but it did not measure up to its predecessor. Funcom decided to experiment with action-adventure, adding half-hearted combat and stealth sections to the game, and choosing controls better suited for the X-box than the PC, though PC was the main platform. The story was excellent still, and masterfully told, but the actual gameplay left quite a bit to be desired. And it ended on a god damn cliffhanger. Six years ago. And then Funcom began digging itself its MMO grave, and we hear nothing more.

    Until just recently! Ragnar Tørnquist, the mastermind behind these games, founded his own little studio and licensed the rights to finally make a new game in the series. And it’s up on Kickstarter right now, trying to fund the project. And they’ve said they’re removing the combat and stealth and going back to pure adventure! I am giddy with excitement! I have seriously been reloading that Kickstarter page over and over for the past two days, watching the number climb, ever slower, towards the goal. I pledged $50 myself, though I am debating going for the physical box, just to have it in my shelves. Will have to do some maths on whether the budget can take it.

    If you haven’t played The Longest Journey, I heartily recommend it. It’s on GOG for a pittance, and I believe it is available on Steam as well, for those of that persuasion. Dreamfall‘s on there as well, if you want to check it out. But the Kickstarter is the real thing here. An actual proper adventure game made by people who damn well know how. I only wish I had more spending money at hand.

    I Am Not a Blogger: A Look Back

    21 January, 2013 • 2 Comments

    Though we did the whole Year in Review business a few weeks ago, around the actual New Year, this is the day I choose to mark as the anniversary of this here blog – the third Monday of January. A good time to look back on that first post, a year ago, where I...

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    Cookery

    14 January, 2013 • 1 Comment

    I’m not an especially good cook. In fact, I think I’d call myself a boring cook. I tend to make the same small selection of dishes over and over again, and mostly just do those by following the familiar steps, without much experimentation. I like baking a good bit better than cooking – not so...

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    Sticky Stories: The Tolkien Legendarium

    7 January, 2013 • 1 Comment

    There are some stories that just seem to stick. Some stories that latch on, and stay with me, never leaving my brain, and resurfacing every now and then to make me ponder the intricacies and details and themes they explore. Stories that I periodically just have to read or see or experience again. The...

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    Small Skinny Quiz of 2012

    31 December, 2012 • 1 Comment

    It is the last day of the year, so it’s a good day to stop and look back at what has happened so far. If you’ve been reading my little blog, I hope you were paying attention along the way, ’cause here comes the quiz. If you haven’t been reading it and are just...

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    The Slump

    24 December, 2012 • 1 Comment

    It never fails. The last couple of weeks of the semester, as the exams loom overhead and the list of things that absolutely critically need to be done this very moment is always at least a few points too full, I get filled with creative sparks and a burning desire to do anything but...

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    Tools of the Trade

    17 December, 2012 • 3 Comments

    I’ve just finished up what I think is the most intensive exam period of my academic career, and good riddance to it. The exam period, that is, not my academic career – although the results are not in yet, so we’ll see. Prior to the exams, I had a quite full semester, with teacher...

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