Category: Culture

Posts not about a game itself but something that gaming has inspired. Art, mods, tributes, that kinda stuff.

Jack O Lantern ArcheAge

My favorite time in MMOs: Halloween

Jack O Lantern ArcheAge

I’m not a big MMO gamer. I played a bunch of ArcheAge and loved it, and I have played a few free ones on console like Neverwinter. I played Final Fantasy XIV on my PC for a while, but when I tried to activate the same account to play on PlayStation 4 instead, it said my birth date was wrong. I recently started over at what I consider the best time of the year in MMO games, Halloween!  I love Halloween more every year in general, partly because more stores such as Target are supplying the gothic style decor I want. I also love the Disney Haunted mansion ride if that frames this better.

Back to ArcheAge, the first MMO I really dug into.  I have a fond memory of decorating the house Shawn and I had with our friend MinKyung.  I thought I had photos of that, but I only found one.  I did get very nostalgic looking through all the posts on my tumblr though.  Good times.

Decorating with Minkyung

I got on this kick recently when I got an email about all the Final Fantasy XIV Halloween stuff on sale.  This may all be last year’s stuff but it’s new to me.  Strongly considering that broomstick mount and maybe the outfit with the bent tip witch’s hat.

My favorite time in MMOs: Halloween

[Editor’s Note: Oh wow those outfits are adorable! The chocobo especially!]

Behold the Nintendo SwitchCube!

Behold the Nintendo SwitchCube!

Be it official or fan-made, we see a lot of new consoles dressed up as old ones, combining our desire for new hardware with the nostalgia for tried-and-true favorites. Nintendo is the biggest offender here, painting Game Boys like Famicoms and the 3DS like an NES, along with dozens of character-specific flavors of their hardware over the years.

But what I remember seeing far less of are old consoles made to mimic their successors. That’s what caught my eye about this custom painted GameCube that does an admirable job of looking like a Nintendo Switch. It’s only slightly less portable than an actual Switch and with a small upgrade it can play all of your Game Boy Advance carts too. That’s better than a Virtual Console right? Bonus points, the guy who posted this to Craigslist is right here in Indiana!

Now I want to see other retroactive mashups: a Genesis colored like a Dreamcast, an original PlayStation with the black and blue tones of a PS4, and a Game Boy in the gray and purple colors of a SNES.

Get Final Fantasy XIV Free, from Domino’s Pizza, in Australia

Get Final Fantasy XIV Free, from Domino's Pizza, in Australia

I love a weird gaming cross promotion. They typically come out of Japan but this collaboration between Square Enix and the Oceania division of Domino’s Pizza makes for a random regional mashup. To ncoincide with the recently released Stormblood expansion, gamers can get a free download of Final Fantasy XIV Complete Edition on PlayStation 4 or PC by buying the gut-busting “Pizza & Gaming Bundle” for $49.95. That includes the game and a combo of 3 pizzas, 1 garlic bread, and a 1.5L drink. Nothing says “hot friday night” like sharing three pizzas and watching the download bar slowly creep across the screen! Just kidding: download codes delivered within 24 hours.

But which three pizzas do you order? For the promotion Domino’s has renamed some tried-and-true topping combos to make alliterative allusions to the game. The Meatlovers pizza is now Moogle’s Meatlovers, the veggie is Curious Cactuar, the supreme is Stormblood Supreme, and the Hawaiian is Heavensward Hawaiian. There is one unique creation, the Chocobo Chow which implies that chocobo tastes like chicken. The toppings include chicken, pineapple, capsicum (peppers), mushrooms, onion and spring onion (scallions).

All told, that saves you about $10 over buying everything individually on top of getting the game. Any Final Fans in Australia or New Zealand up for the deal? Anybody else wish they could get the offer in their part of the world?

When asked for their thoughts, GameLuv’s Heart1lly said she’d “prefer stuff from the Eorzea cafe in Japan” and Katy added “it makes me want to have pizza.” Think it over and leave a comment, I’m with Katy and super hungry for generic pizza right now.

This PlayStation 4 Theme sums up America’s Summer 2017

Ever since Sony added themes and avatars to the PlayStation 3 there has been a steady flood of hilarious, questionable, and downright litigious offerings. As someone who has been looking at the PlayStation Store almost every week for the last nine years I’ve seen it all: sports team themes, sleazy model themes, all manner of generic “abstract” themes, and questionable licensed themes.

The latest player in the game of prolific production has to be Top Rated. There isn’t a way to search by publisher on the PlayStation Store but I feel like the majority of offerings I’ve seen since the PlayStation 4 launched are from Top Rated. And one of their latest creations is a blissful amalgamation of America’s Summer 2017.

There’s a burger, there’s a red Solo cup, and there’s a hand that is endlessly spinning a USA fidget spinner. You can look upon it forever all day for only $2.99 which in some cases is more than the cost of an actual USA fidget spinner. The description is also pretty much perfect: O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming. Get yo fidget on.

Fidget on, you entrepreneurial content creators. Fidget on.

NieR: Automata invades Spelunker World through August

NieR: Automata invades Spelunker World through August

Tozai has revealed the latest Spelunker World cross promotion after a long break from new content and naturally it features Square Enix’s most goodwill-garnering title of 2017, NieR: Automata. The details page is broken at the moment but all you really need to see is that new loot that lets you dress up your hapless spelunker as 2B, 9S, A2, and Emil.

The promotion begins July 27th and runs through August 24th in both the U.S. and Japanese versions of the game. I’m not sure if I’m ready to return to the grind just for some chibi gear but I might pop in to see if they did anything clever. NieR subverts a lot of video game conventions and if they squeezed something like that into Spelunker World I’d hate to miss it. Video probably coming soon!