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Game Progress 4/21/17
April 21, 2017

Pokemon Go (Android)
Evolved Phanpy into Donphan, then hatched a Stantler and caught a Yanma. There was a big Easter event, but I didn't get anything new out of it. I did, however, obtain almost enough Togepi candies t get Togetic. I only need one more...

Alien Shooter 2: Reloaded (PC)
Started this and I like it almost as much as the original. My one complaint is that it's a bit laggy, which causes the screen to jerk when scrolling. Currently, I just finished the fifth mission.

Arc Rise Fantasia (Wii)
Hit a huge plot point where the party became divided, both physically and philosophically. It was a pretty cool scene, because it shook up the game enough to make it more interesting. Prior to that event, I delved into two dungeons, both of which were average in terms of structure. One of them had ended with a challenging boss battle against a monstrous shrimp (that sounds ironic, I know). Right now, I've landed in the Turemilian Empire and recruited Cecille. I'm supposed to stay at the inn while the senate there decides whether or not I'm trustworthy (the previously mentioned event casts doubt on my party's integrity).

Terraria (PC)
I'm currently building a tower atop a hill that will allow me to travel to some of the tunnels without much difficulty. Each floor of the tower will have an extra long bridge/hallway that extends to each tunnel. Right now, I'm building one that leads to the ice caves. I thought it would be a nice touch if the bridge itself were made of ice, so I've been farming ice blocks like crazy. I also need to add a background wall. I haven't decided if I'm going to make that out of ice or snow, though. Probably snow...

Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4)
I completed The Proving and witnessed the events thereafter. After that, I engaged in a hard fought battle against my first Corruptor, which takes control of other machines and enlists them to fight along with it. Right now, I need to head to Meridian to uncover more of the plot.

Recent viewings:

Altered States (1980)
A way out there blend of sci-fi, horror and surrealism. William Hurt plays a man who wants to know the one truth about human origins, and thinks he can do so by tripping balls on a very obscure hallucinogen while in a sensory deprivation tank. With each experiment, he devolves more and more, frightening his colleagues and endangering others.

Oh man, this was an intense, far out film. I can't even describe the hallucinations, which are worth the price of admission alone. The scene where Hurt finally becomes a proto-human is pretty wild, too. I will warn you that the beginning is slow, such to the point that I questioned if the movie had a plot. This movie is also based on a novel, and I want to read it to see how they compare. From my experience, film adaptations are usually less downbeat than their written counterparts, and I wonder how this story would fare without its ending.

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