Ice, Ice Baby

Happy Weekend TAY!

I’m heading to Toronto today (Saturday) to see my mom on her 70th birthday. The weather is supposed to be a little treacherous, but it is Canada in the winter...snow happens.

My big gaming news last week wasn’t actually game related but is linked to how I enjoy my games. I finally replaced my old sofa in my nerdcave with some new furniture. We switched the 3-seat couch for a two-seat loveseat and a recliner. The recliner has an adjustable headrest and lumbar support which I am hoping will reverse the damage the old seating had done to my back. Beds and chairs people! Not fun things to spend money on but your body uses these for a good chunk of your daily life and they will directly impact your health.

Last weekend my son and I had our traditional “Game Night” for my son’s birthday. We ate tons of bad food and played loads of games. We enjoyed Halo 2, Death Road To Canada, Knuckles Chaotix, and Cuphead. The biggest hit was Never Alone which neither of us had played previously.

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I was struck by the beauty of Never Alone and the respectful way it portrayed the culture and lives of Native Alaskans. The game contains educational documentary shorts throughout which were entertaining and relevant to the game’s content. My son barely realized we were learning about another culture while we were having so much fun.

I’d highly recommend the game to anyone who hasn’t played this Limbo-esque co-op game. It is sometimes a little rough around the edges, but the overall experience is something you’ll never forget.

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Other than our game night, I soldiered on in The Witcher 3 last week. I’ve finally mopped up all my outstanding secondary missions (aside from the DLC) and am now concentrating on the main storyline. I’m growing slightly tired of the game but, at 120 hours in, this is somewhat to be expected. While I enjoy the combat, it does get somewhat repetitive once you’ve fully evolved your character to play the way you want. The game also maybe suffers from too much content. While each mission is wonderfully written, the tasks themselves can become a little samey. I think I’d rather a little less content and have them drop the cut-and-paste dungeons that you occasionally run across.

I have a busy weekend, but hopefully, I’ll have some more time with The Witcher 3. My son and I are almost finished Never Alone and I imagine we will be able to wrap that up this weekend as well.

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So, what are you playing this weekend?