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Somebody needs to explain why this song is so painfully familiar to me.

Like…I’ve never played any of the Civ games, and the only other song I’m familiar with by this composer is his “Baba Yetu” for Civ IV, but that doesn’t sound anything like this.

It is seriously freaking me out. Why do I feel like I’ve heard this song many, many times before? I’m usually really good at remembering when I’ve heard a song, but I’m having hella troubles with this one.

There are aspects of it that are familiar to other pieces of music I know, yes. 1:54 to 1:56-ish sounds very much like part of “The Launch” from Apollo 13 (especially with the chimes). 2:13 to 2:16 is like part of that fanfare thing they play for the Olympics (edit: which is literally called “Olympic Fanfare,” sorry, John Williams).


It’s a fantastic song, though. Fantastic. I can’t get it out of my head.

Edit: apparently “Baba Yetu” was the first music made for a video game to win a Grammy. I think this song is way better, though.

Edit 2: Here’s a live version. Live versions are always better.


This is the same site on which I found Microsoft Pinball.

I was super into this game in 2008 when I first found it somewhere on the internet and downloaded it. I remember it being really freaking hard. Like, you’d finally have enough money to purchase a second zeppelin and your first one would nose dive into the Pacific, killing all passengers and making you Asshole #1 in the zeppelin world.

Edit: yeah, I tried to play it again. Just as difficult as I remember it being.




I played this SO MUCH when I first moved to Vancouver. For like the first half year. Mainly because my stupid internet didn’t work for like the first half year.

Hell, I even played the little Microsoft chess game despite not knowing ANYTHING about chess.

I also cried a lot and wished for death, but that was not exclusive to the first half year of Vancouver.

As someone who’s still obsessed with this game that came out in 1998, I enjoyed this immensely.

The ominous music makes this even more distressing. I love it.


The Idaho expansion pack for American Truck Simulator comes out NEXT THURSDAY!


I’m going to drive the Lewiston hill and you’re not going to be able to stop me hehehehehehe


Hahaha, oh man.

Buck Foss: Trucker Extraordinaire.

“All the boys…it looks like “About the Author” profile pictures from, like, math textbooks” is a fantastic line.


It sounds like the next state being added to American Truck Simulator is Utah.

That’s got to mean they’ll do Idaho at some point. I bet they’ll do Colorado too pretty soon. I’m not sure which one they’ll do first (or if they’ll do something like Texas instead), but I think it’s a good sign that Idaho will happen.


Hahaha, oh dear

This game makes me appreciate the relative realism built into ETS and ATS.

Maddie, does watching this guy’s mad pro bus skillz give you heart palpitations?




Gonna play this bad boy right now.

Edit: crap, I started my dude in Tucson, so it’s going to take me a while to get jobs that’ll take me to Washington. Darn, I guess I’ll have to truck more.

‘Murica Truckin’


American Truck Simulator is getting a Washington state expansion!
That means Seattle, Spokane, and…maybe Pullman??



It looks so freaking pretty, holy crap.

Next they need Idaho. I bet a lot of people would be like “lawl, why the potato state, there’s nothing there!”


  • Yellowstone
  • Craters of the Moon
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Shoshone Falls
  • Hells Canyon
  • The Lewiston grade (super cool for truckers?!?)

I think all of those things would be cool.



Zomg, do you like FPSs? Are you stuck in the early 90s? Do you think Quake is still one of the best games ever made?


It’s so good.

I’m not very far in, but—let me say it again—it’s so good. Most video games don’t hold my attention for very long for some reason. It takes a really special game to keep me actually engaged for any stretch of time. This list of games includes:

  • Quake
  • Half-Life
  • Fallout 3
  • Rock Band
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • The Sims*

I can now add Dusk to that list. I could play this for hours at a time.


*The Sims is…special. I will spend three hours making a family, but as soon as I’m tasked with building them a house, I “nope” outta there to go make a new family. I’m one of those Sims players.

Oh, The Sims…

HAHAHA, oh my god.

“Put ‘em in the Fun Pit.”

“Go back to Thanos. See what he’s up to. Oh, he’s playin’ football!”

I like to think this is how they storyboarded Infinity War.

Euro Truck Simulator 2, aka The Best Game Ever

Read the title.

You: “A trucking simulator? Really?
Me: “Really.”
You: “But that sounds boring.”


It’s very fun. Very relaxing. I delivered beets to Kiel. I only crashed into a few cars. Europe has too many roundabouts.

Have a video! Not mine, obviously.

Super fun, seriously.


Is an admirable bakery product considered a roll model?

I haven’t played it since 2012, I’m pretty sure. But I got the urge to play it again the other day and magically remembered my old Origin username and password so that I didn’t have to buy a new copy.

(Like that would have deterred me.)


Update: I made a dude named Dominic. He’s got a crap job and no money ($14 as of my writing this) and a house that contains the bare minimum furniture to keep him alive and somewhat happy.

Update 2: HE GOT FREAKING ROBBED. The robber stole his fridge. Seriously? The dude was so desperate for a fridge that he broke into the crappiest house in the neighborhood and made off with the crappiest fridge that had no food in stock? Why didn’t the robber steal Dominic’s last $14 to go on a McDonald’s binge or something?

Update 3: Oh good, the cops recovered the fridge. THANK GOD, THAT WAS ALMOST TRAGIC.

Update 4: Dominic was super lonely (he’s a social Sim), so I made him a roommate named Leon The Lion to keep him company.

Update 5: Aww, they’re in love now!

Update 6: Leon proposed! Time to plan a wedding. Unfortunately, Dominic wants a lot of people at the wedding, and as of right now him and Mr. The Lion are the only two Sims in the neighborhood. Time to build friends!

(Further updates to follow, most likely.)

The Cosmic Osmo Appreciation Post

So today I’m going to talk about this game:


This is the opening screen from Cosmic Osmo and the Worlds Beyond the Mackerel. It’s almost as old as I am (published in 1989) and is pretty much the only non-shooter game I grew up with (unless you count Spin Doctor as well).

Says Wiki: “There is no goal, no system of scoring points, and nothing that the player can keep in an inventory. A player can be said to have “finished” the game if they’ve explored every area and found every secret, but the game gives no feedback to indicate whether this has happened. Although this is unconventional, it allows finding new secrets to be a genuine surprise, while avoiding the frustration of endlessly searching the game for the last secret to achieve 100% completion.”

And it’s a big game, especially for 1989. And look at these awesome black and white screenshots:










You can buy Cosmic Osmo on Steam (for pretty cheap, I think). I totally recommend it.


And happy birthday, Matt!

Things that rule:

Muse. This video is surreal.

Half-Life. Even when condensed to 60 seconds.

Fallout 3. Because you should have just given him the sweet roll (probably only funny ‘cause I played it, but whatev).


Sorry. Not feeling very well and am also in a gaming mood.



Today’s song: My Humps by The Black Eyed Peas (shut up.)

More Fallout 3 Insanity

So I chose this perk called “Black Widow” for my new character. This perk unlocks special dialogue choices with male NPCs. I met up with this rather crazy lady who wanted me to go get her 30 Nuka-Cola Quantums. So I oblige, but before I can leave her wannabe “boyfriend” tells me to quit messing with his girl (does he assume I’m a lesbian?) and gives me the option of getting him the 30 Quantums so that she will “do the horizontal bop” with him. Things obviously aren’t too different in Post-Apocalyptia.
Well anyway, one of my dialogue choices is to tell him that if he gets me some Quantum, I’ll have a threesome with him and his girl. He goes for it, and he happily runs off with his little shotgun to the Nuka-Cola Factory. Within thirty feet he’s crippled by a Radscorpion and dies a few minutes later after he tries to punch a Mr. Gutsy to death. It was hilarious. I tried to get him to stop, but he says, “lemme go, beautiful…I’m gonna go get us some Quantum!
I really enjoy this game. It’s awesome. It’s as if Leibniz were Xbox 360 compatible, that’s how awesome it is.
Ahem. Anyway.

Shall I compare thee to a bed of nails?



Hi people. Today I shall provide you with (gasp!) a list of my favorite games of all time. I’ve been gaming a lot lately, due to the fact that school has yet to begin up here.


I grew up on this game, so it has become part of my soul. This is one of those retro early ‘90s FPSs with no story and horrible (read: awesome) graphics. I was so damn good at this game when I was a kid.

Rock Band/Rock Band II
This game is for crazy people like Sean and myself who take it way too seriously. This game is for all college students who, despite having way too much to study for, are able to somehow play in a fake band for 4 hours straight every Monday-Saturday. In other words, this game is awesome.

Fallout 3
The most recent addition to this list, Fallout 3 is half FPS, half RPG, and it is for those reasons that I love it. It’s also got a lot of humor (threesome offers from soda enthusiasts and love letters from people who want to blow up your city, anyone?) and there are a lot of different ways to “make” your character. Awesome.
Oh, and Button.
Button rocks.

Cosmic Osmo
OH GOD RETRO! Another of those early ‘90s/late ‘80s games, Cosmic Osmo is a Mac (Macintosh, back then, I guess, eh?) game that’s entirely in black and white, which allowed for the world to be HUGE, especially for back in those days. Totally a kid’s game, totally awesome. It’s really hard to find now; apparently eBay copies are selling for like $300. It also can’t be played on Macs nowadays, which blows.

The Sims 1 and 2
The Sims is great. I always made my Sims as replicates of people I knew in real life, then I married people that I thought would go well together, and sometimes I would kill my enemies. Then I got a metric ton of mods and my Sims became orange, giant babies, 500-pound fat guys, skeletons, floating torsos, and were able to have ridiculous amounts of children (FOUR HUNDRED BABIES!). Fun times.

Gordon Freeman is like the Chuck Norris of video games. Alternate univerise alien creatures show up, Gordon’s all, “not in MY research facility, bitches!” Then he whips out his crowbar and weilds it in a way only an MIT graduate could. I wonder how bad his PTSD was after this incident? Like, every time someone mentioned the word “rotors,” did he start spazzing and chucking crowbars at fellow scientists?
That would be a great alternate sequel. “Half-Life 2: Mental Breakdown.”

The Neverhood
So have you ever seen a game made entirely out of clay? Well then you’ve obviously never played this. It’s sort of a puzzle game, in which you play Klayman, a clay dude (durh) who has to somehow get the true king Hoborg’s crown back from the evil Klogg. The music is rad, and the little touches this game has make it awesome.

Gears of War
Because “I ON DA COLE TRAIN!” is the best thing to shout in any situation. And because I like shooters.

The Best Part of Fallout 3 (so far)

So I was having a really crappy day today so instead of being useful I decided to play Fallout for a few hours.
I was on the “Stealing Independence” quest, which meant that I had to go into the ruined National Archives and retrieve the Declaration of Independence for Abraham Washington (a guy in Rivet City) so he could add it to his history collection.
So after killing about 30 Super Mutants I finally get to this room in which I find a Protectron wearing a powdered wig. This alone had me laughing for like ten minutes:

This robot claims that he is Button Gwinnett, the second signer of the Declaration, and that it is his sworn duty to protect the document with his life, even if that means fighting me to the death. My dialogue options included:

– Killing him (more of an action than a dialogue, but still…)
– Finding some ink to forge a copy of the Declaration, proving that I’m not one of the “red coats”
– “I’m Thomas Jefferson and I’ve returned to liberate the Declaration!”

Luckily, I have a high Speech score so was successful in convincing him that I was good old Thomas (after just sitting there and laughing for another ten minutes). He relinquished access to the document without much trouble and, since I told him he deserved a rest, just sat there while I also took the Magna Carta.

And the last thing he says to me is: “Do give my regards to Sally.”

This freaking made my day.


Oh, and I also have Button’s wig now.

Freaking Sean

I guess I have to concede and say that he was right on this one: Portal is an amazing game. Play it. It’s incredibly funny. It’s also a very spatial game, so that makes it even cooler.

I can also see why Sean wants to marry GLADoS.


And the Aperture Science vs. Black Mesa presentation slides going on in one of the rooms makes me happy.


So today Aaron and I were playing Guardian on Gears of War. I was Cole, as usual (of course).  His character is usually really talkative, but for some reason he was unusually quiet today. So I go, “you okay, Cole Train?” And INSTANTLY he goes “Good to go!”



Yeah, this goes on for about the rest of the month

Because I just beat Horde and Gears of War-related comics are few and far between.

Or possibly non-existant.

Those are Grinders, that’s why it’s funny.

More Gears of War blithering

I love how now that I have formed a special bond with Cole, the actual train that runs through Tyro Station (one of the maps on which Aaron and I always play Horde or Guardian) always mows over the Locust when they’re chasing me and always seems to pass through when they’re about to kill me from across the tracks.
It’s freaking great, I love this game.

Cults are fun

Hahaha, oh GOD, what have I done?

Now I know about twelve people who now love to shout “I ON DA COLE TRAIN!!” whenever I see them.
This needs to become an internet phenomenon. It NEEDS to.

Do whatever you can.

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