Twenty year old Neri was a glass-half-full kind of person. No matter the problem, I could convince myself that it wasn’t the end of the universe, that things could be so much worse, and that there is always a silver lining to even the hardest of issues. But, now that I am rapidly approaching 30, I have noticed that I have lost that spark and I’m just plain old negative about everything.
The free Playstation Plus titles for February 2016 came out last week, and included amongst the PS4 games was the PixelJunk title, Nom Nom Galaxy. To my surprise, it was this quirky game with beautiful art and quirky objectives that captivated my boys and devoured most their weekend time.
Think about this for a moment: only five years ago, the idea of mobile gaming barely extended beyond the likes of Tetris and Solitaire. Sure there were plenty of additional arcade-style offerings available for mobile phones, but in the time since then, the entire concept of mobile gaming has been transformed into the most varied and inventive branch of gaming industry. Thanks to the rise of smartphones and the app market, there are now hundreds of developers churning out innumerable titles in every category imaginable.
In large part, it’s simply technology that’s driven this transition. As soon as apps became popular it was inevitable that the gaming market attached to them would explode. However, there have also been some specific developments and innovations within app gaming that have helped these games become not just prolific, but in some cases cutting edge.
Organising a local gaming event is no small feat, and low attendance can feel like a real slap in the face.
My husband and I run a local Blizzard fan group, and on 26 January, we ran our first proper public event. Usually our events are done in a private room in the local library or online, but this time we were a part of a much larger festival that was held in an open space.
We put together a fantastic schedule, we sought out sponsors who provided some epic prizes, and we tried our best to promote the event, but it wasn’t enough.
Out of a group of 85, only 10 of us attended.
January marked the last month of the summer holidays here in Australia, and as a family, we spent a lot of time enjoying our favourite pastime in the climate controlled confines of our air conditioned house rather than being roasted in 44°c/111°f temperatures outside!
Read on to see what video game titles we’ve been loving this month:
As I mentioned in my resolutions post a few weeks ago, my number one goal is to really get stuck into my writing course. I have until the end of this year to complete it, and six months into it I have only managed to hand in a pathetic five assignments! However, I have finally bumped it up the ol’ priority totem pole, and in the process I’m discovering a new issue that I’ve never quite experienced before.
It’s like Writer’s Block, but…not?