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Game Progress 4/12/17
April 12, 2017

Pokemon Go (Android)
Slow week. I caught a Shuckle, and I decided to evolve my only Tyrogue. It evolves into one of three other Pokemon, based on its stats and somewhat on RNC. I was afraid if I did so, I'd end up with my fourth Hitmonlee. Fortunately, it became Hitmontop.

Arc Rise Fantasia (Wii)
Man, has this game gotten nuts in the last few sessions. I first ventured into a bandit camp inside of a coastal cave, where I fought Paula and Luna. They gave me a run for my money, but I managed to persevere and defeat them. With two of them using multiple attacks per turn, they were really ripping into me. Once Paula fell, though, Luna was easy prey. It just took a lot of chipping away...

Some story events followed, leading to a village full of tiny, benevolent creatures and eventually to a jungle dungeon. It was an interesting place, where massive flytraps blocked routes. You had to kill certain enemies to acquire event items that closed their mouths. At the end of the dungeon, I fought Malboro crossed with Ochu Vifrons, a huge plant monster that occasionally shifted its weakness between physical and magical. Though it was a knock-down, drag-out, I overcame the creature. Currently, I'm in a town called Antrax, where I'm farming gold so I can afford new weapons.

Hungry Shark World (Android)
My basking shark is about halfway maxed. I haven't been playing much, but that's okay.

Terraria (PC)
I started this and really like it. For those who don't know, it's basically a 2D Minecraft clone, but with an actual campaign. I've done lots of exploring, built three houses and found two heart crystals. I'm not going to use the second one just yet, because I want to make sure I have good armor and weapons first. My weapon right now isn't bad, though. I got a legendary zombie arm from one of those walkers one night.

Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4)
I started this recently, but didn't get too far. I'm still in the tutorial, more or less. Right now, I'm out on my first hunt with Rost. I threw a stone to distract a watcher, then Rost pounced on it from the bushes and killed it.

Recent Viewings:

As Above, So Below (2014)- A found-footage fusion of adventure and horror, wherein a group of independent explorers enter the tunnels below Paris to locate the Philosopher's Stone. Unfortunately, the only way out is through a hellish alternate reality, where they all must face a combination of their deepest regrets and random demons.

It's not a great horror movie, but it is entertaining. There were some things that made me roll my eyes, like an ancient Aramaic tablet that rhymes when translated to English. The scary bits also weren't always scary. There were some creepy things, like arms reaching out of pools of blood and a part where a human mouth on the floor bites the protagonist's foot. Ultimately, it's a fair horror offering.

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dementedhut dementedhut - April 13, 2017 (01:15 AM)
Is that Terraria image of your house? If so, you certainly have better decorating senses than I did when I played it back in 2013. Mine started out as a simple, small, wooden house that morphed into a weird fort with a looooonnnnng, top corridor that skipped over a chunk of the overworld. It was ridiculously time-consuming, but my generated world had a lot of mountains in it, so I thought it was worth it.
JoeTheDestroyer JoeTheDestroyer - April 15, 2017 (08:03 PM)
That's no my house, unfortunately. That's a screenshot offered by the publisher. I haven't taken the time to flesh out my house as much as I want to, because I've been spending more time exploring. You gave me an idea, though. Since my town sits next to a big hill, I've decided to build a tower with floors that extend to various openings in the ground, where the major caves lie. Right now, I've got one that almost extends to a cave in the tundra.

That would be nice, so more people could experience it. I don't know if it'll happen any time soon, though. I don't know how far Sony's exclusivity extends, or if the game will be forever theirs, since they published it. I don't own an Xbox One, but I do know there are some titles for that platform that I wish would get PC ports (as Ryse and Alan Wake did). Sunset Overdrive seems like my thing.

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