Re: Games

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Monument Valley is well known, yeah. I thought it was fun but short. I forget if I ever got the follow-up levels. I think I did?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 7:37 AM
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Yes: Monument Valley
Yes: Well known
Yes: Fun
Yes: Short


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 7:42 AM
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This thread is really supposed to be about Greece, right. I think the moral of the story is to default sooner rather than later.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 7:44 AM
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Monument Gralley


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 7:56 AM
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I dunno, I'm just tuning in to real life again after ten long tiring days. This was all I'd managed to accumulate as a queue. I think there were some Supreme Court decisions?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 7:59 AM
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You sound like you need a vacation.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:00 AM
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Solo hiking has been good for the 99% of me that isn't my right ankle.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:04 AM
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Instead of a vacation, I'll just suffer while Jammies goes out of town for another work trip week.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:12 AM
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Maybe an au pair from Greece would help?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:14 AM
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Anyway, my mom had four kids with about the same spacing as yours. Even though the oldest of those kids was absolutely perfect, she always had either part-time help or her mother living two blocks away.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:23 AM
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Of course, that was before the rise of capital cut the purchasing power of middle class families.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:27 AM
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I mean, I do have daycare, which is huge. The vacation was super tiring though, mostly because Jammies flew home for four days to go to work.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:27 AM
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That's probably also at least partially because of late capitalism.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:32 AM
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I think so.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:35 AM
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How did your mother like her birthday in beautiful non-hot Orlando? Will you tell the story SOMEWHERE of when people behaved badly?


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:37 AM
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Speaking of the crisis of capitalism, I think the solution for Greece is to elect a fascist leader who starts a huge war. That's how Germany got debt relief.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:38 AM
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Are we sure we're in late capitalism not just later -than-it-used-to-be capitalism?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:39 AM
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We won't really know until the revolution comes.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:42 AM
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Basically, my mom wanted a family photo. This is a well-known trigger for East Coast SIL, so it set in motion a bunch of ostensibly bizarre but well-trod territory about whether or not this would happen. (Things like: whose camera will be used? who will have access to the digital photo? Who gets to control the hard copies? These details sound semi-reasonable in 2015, but they were much stranger in 1995. Answers: ECSib's shitty underwater camera. No one. ECS will mail out hard copies as they see fit.)

ECS were asked to pick the time for the photo. They picked "before dinnertime". Around 4:30 pm text messages went around that it was time to do so. Everyone put on real clothes. Then we got no information from ECSib until about 7:30, when they did actually show up and the photo actually happened.

WCSib only behaved badly if they use this, in the future, as ammunition to label the weekend as a disaster. On the playground while we were waiting, they were sufficiently furious that I'm worried about that as a possibility, but if they were just venting, then no problem.


Posted by: L. Johnson | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:51 AM
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Thank you for sating my curiosity!


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:53 AM
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Monument Valley is very well known, yes. Not only for being a great, beautiful game, but there was also an internet kerfuffle when they charged for the add-on levels (the cheek!).


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:53 AM
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My mom did not behave badly, I found her request very reasonable. It was just 3 very, very tense hours when no one was sure whether or not all hell was breaking loose off-camera, or whether the evening would somehow pull itself back together, which it did.


Posted by: L. Johnson | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:54 AM
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Wait. The picture was taken underwater?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:56 AM
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Also, how is 7:30 "before dinnertime" in a group where many have small children?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:57 AM
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23: Yes, and the entire family was holding their breath for 3 hours waiting!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:58 AM
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Why don't pictures get taken with everyone's cameras?


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 9:52 AM
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Some combination of vanity, insecurity, and need for control.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 9:56 AM
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but there was also an internet kerfuffle when they charged for the add-on levels (the cheek!).

I think there was less of an actual kerfuffle than a successful milking of the backlash toward a perceived kerfuffle.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 10:03 AM
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27 - Enough about Greece, let's talk about family photos.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 10:29 AM
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I think before we do more photos in my family, I have to switch my hair style to account for the receding hairline. Or get a piece.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 10:32 AM
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Gun or toupee.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 10:37 AM
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Perhaps you could simply re-frame the issue. "Receding hairline? Oh, you must mean my proceeding forehead. Progress: always on the march!"

See how rosy and upbeat that sounds?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 11:02 AM
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Still, I think I need to cut my hair a bit shorter.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 11:05 AM
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33: It may finally be time to ditch the ponytail.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 11:09 AM
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You know who else didn't have a ponytail?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 11:10 AM
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27: Moby is all of ours Uncle Cletus.


Posted by: L. Johnson | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 11:28 AM
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Since we're still on the video games topic, I will link to this short NYer piece discussing video game music. Somewhere in the archives I had ventured a thought on the genre but had no real words or ideas, so am outsourcing to a guy named Andrew Schartmann with whom I agee (the linked piece is a basically a review of a 33⅓ book he wrote on the subject).


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 1:15 PM
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35: Flipper.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 6:42 PM
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I've been thinking about buying a Logitech G27 to help me play Euro Truck Simulator 2, but I've come to the sad conclusion that, unfortunately, $239 is too much to pay for a video game controller.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 7:26 PM
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monument valley is THE BEST but I just need them to make 50 more sets. lyne is nice, too.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 07- 6-15 8:12 PM
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I do love me some Monument Valley. My kid likes it too.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 07- 7-15 7:17 AM
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In fact, I've said as much on this very blog!


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 07- 7-15 7:25 AM
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Ditto++ 40.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 07- 7-15 7:26 AM
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I've been thinking about buying a Logitech G27 to help me play Euro Truck Simulator 2, but I've come to the sad conclusion that, unfortunately, $239 is too much to pay for a video game controller.

It plays fine with an Xbox controller and keyboard, once you fiddle with the settings a bit. If you're going to spend silly money on something to enhance ETS 2, get an Oculus Rift.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 07- 7-15 10:54 AM
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I loved Monument Valley as well.

I have been enjoying Alcazar a lot for solitaire puzzles on ios.

I deeply enjoyed Half-Life 2 about a year ago-- postsoviet apocalyptic immersive platform game, in some places a driving game in others a shooting game. A friend got it for me as a retro slightly ironic gift.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 07- 7-15 10:58 AM
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Crusader Kings 2 and Europa Universalis 4, Kerbal Space Program, Cities: Skylines, some Euro Truck Simulator. Skyrim, although not so much recently. I used to play narrative Japanese games almost exclusively; now it's almost all European or otherwise Western non-American sandboxy games. Dunno what changed.

37: As a cultural phenomenon, I most appreciate it raising the prominence of incidental music. Often it's great music to work to. Still a big fan of Mitsuda, Uematsu, and Sakamoto.


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 07- 7-15 11:15 AM
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I deeply enjoyed Half-Life 2 about a year ago-- postsoviet apocalyptic immersive platform game, in some places a driving game in others a shooting game. A friend got it for me as a retro slightly ironic gift.

If you didn't already, play the Episodes. They're even better than the base game (Episode 2 especially). Also try Stalker if you want a retro post-Soviet genre bending FPS.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 07- 7-15 11:35 AM
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46.2; the music from Braid, for me. And its ensemble have also worked as lawn buskers - at Ashland, so rarefied, but live and every day and competing for the attention of the audience. Vivid like the big band radio bands are, or good regular bar bands.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 07- 7-15 11:37 AM
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Stalker if you want a retro post-Soviet genre bending FPS.

After Tarkovsky?


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 07- 7-15 12:33 PM
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Ooh, 46 and 47 look like good info for later, thanks.

Fortunately, I am not in Greece, because no itunes or Paypal there any more.

http://bigbrowser.blog.lemonde.fr/2015/07/07/la-grece-sort-de-la-zone-apple/


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 07- 7-15 12:43 PM
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If you're going to spend silly money on something to enhance ETS 2, get an Oculus Rift.

I have already begun plotting this, but I need to start with a bunch of upgrades to my computer. I just shelled out for the stupid-powerful graphics card. The Core i7 chip and new motherboard will have to wait for the fall. And then the Rift a few months later (or, alternately, whatever VR platform Valve comes out with in the meantime.)


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 07- 7-15 3:08 PM
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Games I have completed, because they're great and I could not stop playing:

- Grim Fandango (I see you can get this on iOS now!)
- Half Life 2, plus episodes (although I disagree with 47)
- Plants vs Zombies (multiple times)
- Portal 1&2
- Hotline Miami (extremely violent, extremely great soundtrack - I have the sequel now but haven't had time to play it)
- Monument Valley, plus exorbitant extra levels

There are also other games that I've completed that aren't necessarily great (e.g. Half Life 1), and other games that are great that I haven't completed for various reasons (too long, too hard, or too scary, in the cases of Skyrim, Super Hexagon and Amnesia the Dark Descent, respectively).

Games are a bit like US TV shows for me, in that I'm extremely picky, so not likely to get addicted to something, even when other people think it's great. But occasionally... Something like Hotline Miami happens and I'll start playing something and not stop until nine hours later, eyes bloodshot and watering.


Posted by: Seeds | Link to this comment | 07- 7-15 9:04 PM
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Is it even possible to complete Super Hexagon? Does it have a kill screen or something?


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 07- 8-15 12:49 AM
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