Hello everyone, and welcome to the Graveyard Shift, which is hosted by Kotaku's reader-run blog, TAY. This is a place to talk about life, video games, or anything else you want, so feel free to hop in and join in the topic discussion, or anything else you want. Then, when you're done, feel free to peruse the articles on TAY and TAYCLASSIC. Is this your first time on TAY or the Graveyard Shift? Then check out this handy TAYtorial!
October's awkwardness is what makes it so memorable for me. It's in this strange place between two very opposite seasons. The whole month is a lengthy transition, with the weather finally managing to slip away from summer's heated grasp, allowing the fall to gingerly settle in. The rather carefree activities of the summer fade in anticipation for the creepier pastimes for Halloween towards the end of the month. It's undeniable that there's a certain vibe that the entire month of October gives off. It's always a vibe that I enjoy; it's one that I look forward to.
The main problem with October is that ... it's October. It's just a month long, but the atmosphere is so addicting, especially with the build-up to Halloween, that it never seems like there's enough time to truly enjoy it. So, to make up for it, I resort to enhancing the feeling with as many October-themed things as I can.
Since this is a gaming site first and foremost, I'll start with my October games! Two of my favorite games to play in October are actually Double Fine games, both of which, as odd as it may seem, came out in October. One of them is Brütal Legend, a game where you follow Eddie Riggs (Jack Black) and his guitar, Clementine, into a world that's such a charming mish-mash of Nordic fantasy and heavy metal that it's impossible not to grin at. The only problem is that humanity has been enslaved by demons, and our strange traveler sets off to free humanity from their shackles with the only power he has - the power of rock.
While it's not strictly about Halloween, or even really about October, the game's interesting blend of genres and somewhat dark setting totally give me the October vibe that I crave. It just oozes the feeling of October, and even turned heavy metal into a strictly autumn genre of music for me.
The other game Double Fine game is, of course, Costume Quest - a Halloween themed romp with a rather adorable setting and even more adorable cast of characters. Like most games in recent years, it's a pretty interesting mixture between the roaming and trial-and-error feel of an adventure game with the character progression and leveling from a role-playing game. You can play as either one of the fraternal twins, Reynold or Wren, who soon discover one night during trick-or-treating that Halloween isn't quite what they thought it was. In order to save Halloween, and themselves, the characters must fight off the wrong-doers with the magical powers of their Halloween costumes. It's a game filled with adventure, monsters, and candy, but best of all, it's all done before curfew.
I also have a few memorable drinks that never fail to remind me of October. Now, I'm not sure if you all know this, but you can't go around telling everyone, okay? There's this really cool hole-in-the-wall coffee shop called Starbucks, and they have this fantastic coffee flavoring that they sell under the name of "Pumpkin Spice." It's basically cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, but it's still ridiculously delicious, especially with the pumpkin pie spices they put in. I would honestly drink them all the time except for the fact that they aren't that great for you.
Another one of my fall favorites is a drink called Chicha Morada. Admittedly, it's not that good for you, either, but it's pretty hard to find in comparison to Starbucks, so I think it evens out. It's a purple corn drink with some pineapple, cinnamon, cloves, and lots of sugar added in, and it's totally delicious. There's just something about cinnamon and cloves that make it seem extra autumn-esque, but the pineapple can't help but remind me of summer. It's a little bit of both, which makes it seem perfect for October.
So what about you, TAYers? What do you do to enjoy the unique feeling of October? Any sorts of rituals or games you play? Trips you take? Things you eat? Let's talk about it below!
Did the topic not interest you? Do you hate October and fun? Well then, feel free to use this to talk about your day, share some interesting news, or whatever else you desire! The Thursday Graveyard Shift is now open!
Also, be sure to check out some of TAY's fantastic features, such as:
- The TUTorial for posting on TAY!
- The TAYlendar
- TAYClassic, our main source of TAY nostalgia
- The conTAYct list, to get in touch with me and tell me your deepest darkest secrets!
- The recent and ever-growing Game Night and mulTAYplayer community!
- We also now have a Steam community for Game Nights!