22Oct '14
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A MST3K Halloween – Werewolf

I love bad movies. Not the ones that are so boring that they put you to sleep, but the ones are done so horribly that you can’t help but laugh at them. So it shouldn’t be surprising that I’m a huge of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

MST3K took bad movies and made them better (worse?) by adding jokes and hilarious commentary that make them worth watching. It ran for 11 seasons, totaling in 197 episodes, because there are a LOT of horrible movies out there. Since one of their favorite genres was “horror” (and I use that term loosely when describing these movies), I think it would be appropriate to feature some of them for Halloween. Let’s say 10 movies over 10 days. This should be fun. ;)

For Day 1, we have one of my favorites: Werewolf.

How bad is it? 1.6/10 on IMDB

Why is it so bad? The characters seem to be incapable of pronouncing “werewolf” correctly and even change how they say it from scene to scene. Despite the fact that the first werewolf is deader than a door nail (it’s just a skeleton), even getting the smallest scratch from it results in the person turning into a werewolf. Yuri’s hair style changes every time that he appears on the screen. Joe Estevez (Martin Sheen’s brother) appears for the first half hour of the movie and is never seen again. One woman being chased by a werewolf has plenty of time to get away, but she somehow manages to stumble into a shallow mud puddle in the middle of the desert and just lays there screaming instead. A car drives into a stack of barrels placed in the middle of an empty parking lot and explodes because…reasons. And finally, the phrase “sleeping nose to anus”.

If you haven’t seen Werewolf yet, you’re in luck! The entire MST3K episode is on YouTube. Enjoy!

15Oct '14
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Tune Den: Wurm Online

With the amount of Wurm Online-related posts I make, I think we all knew this was going to come eventually.

I mentioned briefly that I almost never turn off in-game music when I’m playing. Wurm Online is the one exception to this rule. One of the reasons is that it’s not a constant stream that plays in the background but instead tracks are played at random times that aren’t triggered by anything in-game. The other reason is that I often have multiple clients open when I play (multiboxing my characters). Overlapping music isn’t very nice to the ears.

So far, the soundtrack is made up of 2 albums with 7 tracks each, all of it created by Tom E Morrison. It’s not like the usual fantasy music, but instead seems to be some combination of meditation and contemporary/world genres. I’m really terribly at identifying music types. You really have to listen to some of the songs to understand. Which is why I’ll include my two favorite tracks here.

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12Oct '14
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Showcasing settlements in Wurm Online

On Friday, Wurm Online published a cool little video about the settlement of Newspring. It looks to be the first episode of a series called “Wurm World News – Emergent Stories”, which will be about the players of the game, also known as Wurmians.

I think this is a great idea. The devs have created some amazing tools and mechanics for this sandbox world, but it’s the players that come up with awesome ways to use them. Since there’s not much in the way quests, storyline, end game, or pre-made structures, Wurmians are a vital part of making the world come alive. They aid each other (or fight one another), make up the vast majority of trade and economy, and create their own events such as the ever popular Impalong. The devs provide us with wild lands to be shaped and developed, and boy do we do that.

I’ve never been to Newspring myself but I’m quite impressed with what they’ve accomplished so far. And having 200+ citizens in a game where the average population online at any time is about 1000…that’s pretty awe inspiring. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of a village that large. It is located on Xanadu which is turning out to be a very popular server, so if it would happen anywhere, it’s there.

The editing of the video was done rather well and they made the right choice when they picked Stormray to narrate the portion about Newspring. He does a fantastic job.

So without further ado, here’s the video:

08Oct '14
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The Fall – Take over a combat suit to save the pilot inside

I came across The Fall during the End of Summer Sale on the Humble Bundle Store and there was something about the description that really grabbed me. Not to mention that the trailer is really well done.

So I bought it and I wasn’t disappointed.

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06Oct '14
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Extra Life: Playing games to help kids

Hello again folks! Sorry it’s been so quiet after so many posts in a row. My vacation was over so I had to go from being my natural night owl self back to “normal” people hours and so the lack of sleep has left me feeling drained and blah.

However, I have something new and exciting to look forward to! I’m going to be participating in this year’s Extra Life event. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s an global game day to raise money for children’s hospitals, starting at 8am central time on October 25 and going to 8am on October 26. Combining 24 hours of gaming with a good cause, what’s not to like?

I’m going to be ambitious and shoot for a goal of $200, with 100% of the donations going to The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. If you can spare even a couple dollars towards the cause, I’ll give you all the virtual hugs you want. You can donate online through this link or through the widget on the sidebar to the right. It’s all For The Kids!

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