The Perfect Game for Christmas

Christmas Guide – The Perfect Present for Every Type of Gamer

 

Tea: Cocoa Shells Tea (try it)

 

You know how hard it can be to find the right present for someone. Especially when Christmas is this close, and you are completely out of ideas. Well, fear not, I am here to help. I have compiled a short list of games that should suit different types of gamers and even something for non-gamers. This way everyone should find their perfect last-minute gift in time for the big celebration. Continue reading

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How to do insanity

How to do insanity

 

Tea: China Lung Ching

 

Having recently played Amnesia: The Dark Decent for the first time, I could not help but cringe at the terrible way insanity is handled in that game and afterwards I could not stop thinking about how other games deal with it. Which is why I will take you on a tour through the halls of insanity and show a few ways the breaking of the mind materialises in games and why they – in most cases – suck. Continue reading

The Importance of Weapons in Survival Horror

The Importance of Weapons in Survival Horror

 

Tea: Health Tonic

 

I already hinted at this topic during my review of Mother!, so now I am going to talk about it in full-length. Not only do I want to make a point about how weapons, or the means to resist in general, are key to the experience in survival horror, but also how they fundamentally heighten the experience of horror itself rather than diminish it. Continue reading

Preparing the Gallows for “Interactive Dramas”

Preparing the gallows for “Interactive Dramas”

 

Tea: Assam

 

This one is a bit overdue, isn’t it? I have often critiqued “interactive dramas”, like Telltale games, in my articles, but never quite taken the time to explain my immense disliking of them. Therefore, since it is far too warm outside for my taste and I just had a strong black tea, I will focus that energy and give my hatred written form and explain why exactly these “games” hardly qualify as such in my eyes. Also prepare for a lot of quotations marks, I am going to get as much mileage out of them as possible. Continue reading

Atrocious Art Design – Darksiders Series

Atrocious Art Design – Darksiders Series

 

Tea: Vanilla Black Pepper Tea (goes together a lot better than you’d think)

 

Remember last week when I mentioned the amazing minimalistic art design in 999? Well, it was all a clairvoyant taste of this week’s article made possible by the release of Darksiders 3’s footage. You don’t believe me now, do you? You have every right, but as a matter of fact it is a welcome opportunity to talk about art design in games and the absolute abomination that is the Darksiders series in this regard. And I might as well kill any hype for Darksiders 3 in the same breath as it looks to be the worst offender yet.

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Embracing the Gimmick

Thoughts on Gimmick Horror Movies

 

Tea: Rooibos Lemon

 

After recently watching the more than mediocre Hush, a movie about a deaf and mute writer being stalked in her small house in the woods by a redneck hunting enthusiast, I thought hard about those kind of horror movies with a certain gimmick. In this example, the deafness of the main character, or you can think of others like the monster from It Follows, the self-awareness of Cabin in the Woods and so on and so on. Therefore, I thought a few notes on what these movies are capable of doing that others may be not or where they sometimes fall short would be appropriate. Continue reading

A Kingdom Hearts Christmas Reflection

The Magic of Kingdom Hearts

 

Tea: That awful Christmas Blend

 

Christmas time is always filled with magic and nostalgia. Memories of holidays long past may return to one while sitting next to loved ones and a nicely decorated Christmas tree. The smell of the food alone may open the floodgates of childhood memories. Not that I would know, of course, I spent my life buried in books and games, never ceasing to consume one or the other in a gluttonous and very un-Christian kind of way. Joking (or nor joking) aside, I often have to think about the Kingdom Hearts series when Christmas draws near. Not that I got the first game this way or anything like that, I assume it is the magic of a childish mind that links these two. Looking at the game from a distance, one could reasonably wonder why such an aesthetic mish-mash could ever gather such a great following. Return thus with me to my childhood, to find out why the aesthetics of Kingdom Hearts do not obstruct but rather further the game’s central message (yes, those are exactly the things I did in my childhood). Continue reading

For the Night is Dark and Full of Terrors

The Intricacies of Horror

 

Tea: Pumpkin Juice

 

A happy Halloween to all my beloved readers! The dark season is finally upon us and we have to make sure all the evil spirits are scared away, thus we have to play some truly scary games, watch frightening movies, and read horrifying books. Over the last month I have recommend some pieces of media to you, if you are looking for something chilling. Today, however, we take a close look at what makes good horror tick. Don’t worry, there will still be some recommendations buried among the word-corpses of this article. Turn off the lights, snuggle up under a blanket, because the most horrifying thing yet is about to come: Theory! Continue reading

Mr Teatime visits the Gamescom 2016

Mr Teatime visits the Gamescom 2016

 

Tea: Sencha Mango

 

With a huge game event in my country, I simply had to visit the Gamescom this year after not having done so all the years prior. Though the fear of the masses of people had originally terrified me, I am pleased to say that they were not as numerous as I originally expected, in return though the event sure as hell was a lot louder than I had thought. Ubisoft really doesn’t like people’s eardrums it would seem. Anyway, I visited and played a lot of game and the following lines include my highlight. Take note, however, that I was far more interested in seeing a lot of things rather than playing them and I sure as hell wasn’t going to wait two hours or more in line to play a game like For Honor or Battlefield 1. I watched and sometimes tried what peaked my interest. I will try to link trailers or any other material in the title of each section, so make sure to click on those. Now let me tell what those special few were: Continue reading

The Dark Knight Trilogy v Superhero Movies – Dawn of Hatred

The Dark Knight Trilogy v Superhero Movies – Dawn of Hatred

 

Tea: Aniseed-Fennel Tea

 

Often I rightfully accuse superhero movies of being as lacklustre in content as McDonald’s meals are in nutrients. Yet, there are superhero movies I actually like, three in fact: Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is a superb series of movies and while I will not analyse them here and now (but maybe in the future), I want to examine what sets these movies apart in respect to the garbage that floods the cinemas these days. Continue reading