Gaming Backlog Countdown: 50!

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Back in April I wrote a post listing my backlog of 54 games I need to play before I feel like I can buy any more games.

I have since managed to make a little dent in my pile, and I decided to chronicle my journey to the bottom of it.

 

DOOM

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I already wrote a full post in which I covered DOOM 2016 pretty extensively, but it still bears saying how absolutely amazing this game is!

Here’s hoping that the sequel can live up to this awesomeness.

 

Bioshock 2: Minerva’s Den

Minerva’s Den

I never played the downloadable content for Bioshock 2 when it first came out, but I’m glad I went back to play this seven-year old DLC, as ‘Minerva’s Den’ is a marvel in gameplay and environmental storytelling.

The DLC takes place in the central computing of the failed underwater utopian city of Rapture, and you have to face the mechanical marvels and horrific people that were spawned there.

 

Thimbleweed Park

Thimbleweed Park

This point-and-click adventure game from 2017 was designed by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, legends who defined the genre in the 80s and 90s with classics like ‘Maniac Mansion’ and ‘The Secret of Monkey Island’.

Point-and-click adventure games have long been declared dead by the big game industry, despite indie titles of the genre generally selling well.

So I am glad that this game was successfully funded on Kickstarter, as the charm and pixel-art of these kinds of games always gets me in a good mood.

This particular game is filled with meta-jokes, references and clever puzzles, a welcome reprieve from the wast majority of action-focused games.

 

Transistor

Transistor

This cyberpunk game is a mix between an action beat-em-up and a turn-based strategy game, as you can at any time pause the combat to plan out the actions of the main character, who will then quickly dispose of your foes before you regain control of her in real-time.

But the game is also a tragic love story between a woman with no voice and a man with no body, who’s consciousness now inhabits the titular Transistor, a giant electric sword.

 

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And now I only have fifty games to go!

 

Ant-Men and The Wasps

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Back in April, I stated that I had written something about each Marvel movie that had been released since I started this blog, and that I would try to continue doing so.

But while I enjoyed their most recent film ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’, I could not find much to say about it.

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While the film had a lot of very fun action-sequences that utilizes the heroes size-changing abilities in incredibly creative ways, I liked the heist-movie parts of the first Ant-Man film much more than the story of the second film.

 

And since that is pretty much all I can think of to say about the movie, I figured I would write a bit about ants and wasps.

Yeah.

 

Ants

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When I was (let’s say) six years old, I was out playing with some friends.

It was me, a neighbor-girl the same age as me, her older brother and one of his friends.

 

The older boys had found an upturned log and a large rock With a huge anthill in-between them, and they were jumping between the log and the rock.

Possibly in an attempt to impress the girl, or maybe just the older boys, I decided to join in.

One, or maybe more, tried to tell me that it was too far for me to jump, but I proudly insisted.

A second later I was up to my neck in biting ants.

 

I don’t remember entirely how I got home, but I imagine that the others just pushed me along.

One of my parents threw me in the shower to get rid of all the insects, who had gotten everywhere.

 

I never developed any strong phobia to bugs, but I do have a fear of heights.

Not sure if this is one of the causes.

 

Wasps

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Wasps are my least favorite pollinators, with bumblebees being my favorites.

Wasps are often incredibly aggressive, and easily drawn in by sweets.

I have been chased inside by wasps multiple times this summer, simply for daring to bring soda or berries with me out to the veranda.

And the glass-recycling outside my local store is teaming with wasps, as a result of people not washing their jars before throwing them in there.

 

But I do not have as much of an issue with wasps as my mother does, as she had a similar type of experience with wasps as I had with ants.

When she was six she stepped into a ground wasp nest.

Similarly to me, she got them everywhere, but when she got home a shower was not enough to take care of the problem.

A doctor had to make a home-visit, and pull out each of the stingers, one by one.

 

She understandably does not care much for the creatures.

 

NSP’s Ultimate Sandwich Recipe

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This summer I have made a fair amount of posts featuring ‘Ninja Sex Party’ songs in anticipation of their new album ‘Cool Patrol’, so I decided that this months geeky recipe might just aswell be NSP themed.

 

This sandwich recipe is based on the explicit lyrics of the early NSP song ‘The Ultimate Sandwich’.

I have wanted to make a recipe based on this song for quite some time now, and now I finally feel like I’m ready.

So please, step into my demonic kitchen of pain…and feast your eyes!

 

The Recipe

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I did admittedly have to scale everything down, so if you want the authentic Ultimate Sandwich experience you’ll have to scale it back up again.

 

1. Cut two big slices of “wheat bread made from thirty thousand separate grains“. I went with a muesli bread, as the sweetness of the dried fruit matched well with all the meat in the sandwich.

2. Place one bread slice on a plate and cover it in salad and sun-dried tomatoes. Salad was never mentioned in the song, so this may be a bit sacrilegious, but salad on sandwiches is a must for me.

3. Pour over “an explosion” of clams.

4. Add “a dickload” of “weapons-grade ham“.

5. Place slices of “a shit-ton of chicken” on top of the ham. Chicken breast needs to be cooked in the oven on 200 degrees celsius (400 degrees farenheit) for about 15-20 minutes, depending on the size.

6. Add some cherry tomato slices. Also sacrilegious.

7. Add some slices of baked yams. The slices need to be baked in the oven until they start softening up, for about 20-25 minutes at 200°C/400°F.

8. I did not even try to find panther here in Norway (and I also like cats too much), but after some research I learned that pork loin apparently tastes a lot like panther. Pork loin needs to cook in the oven at 175°C/350°F for about one hour with a thermometer inserted into the center, until the internal temperature of the meat is 63°C/145°F. Slice that up, and add it to the sandwich.

9. I also had to find a replacement for bear, and since bear meat is supposedly very gamey, I figured moose meat would work. Cook the meat in the oven at 125°C/260°F until the thermometer for the internal temperature of the meat reads 65°C/150°F.

10. Duck breast was much easier to get a hold of. Cook the breast according to the specifications in my McDuck Breast recipe, slice it up, and add it to the pile.

11. Place some fried bacon on top of the duck meat, along with a handful of walnuts. While you fry the bacon in a pan, add the nuts in at the last minute, so that the bacon greases the nuts.

12. Top it all of with man’s hottest peppers, before placing the second slice of bread on the tippy-top.

13. Serve with “a bucket” of ranch dressing on the side.

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14. …then slide in a sausage.

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This bad-boy weighted in at just under one kilogram, or two pounds!

And you won’t belive this, but it was actually really good!