Why You Should Play Games

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‘Rayman Legends’ is just pure light-hearted fun! It’s easy to learn, and can be played alone or with others.

 

There are numerous physical and mental health benefits to gaming, but these are seldom on my mind when I decide to sit down with a game.

Instead, what motivates me is to experience other lands, other worlds, even other identities. All from the comfort of my own living-room.

 

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‘The Witcher 3’ is not one of the easiest games to learn for a beginner, but absolutely worth the initial learning-curve. This game has one of the best stories I have ever played through, set in a beautifully realised medieval fantasy-world. The game is really long, so once you got the controls down, you are set for a long time. And the downloadable expansions are great! Don’t worry about that “3” in the title, I have never played “1” or “2” either.

 

Playing games scratches the same mental itch for me as books do.

Both make me feel like I am inhabiting another life, in a way movies do not.

Movies and television lets you see the experiences of other people – games and books lets you feel them.

 

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Fallout: New Vegas’ is another game where story trumps accessibility. Make your way in the post-apocalyptic ruins of the Mojave Wasteland, and decide who to side with in the war between The New California Republic and Caesar’s Legion.

 

So why not just stick to books? Interactivity, that’s why!

While a book can portray other people from within their very being, only games lets you be that person.

A tragic choice takes on another meaning when you are the one who has to make it.

A scary or safe environment feels even more so, when you are the one who are inhabiting it.

 

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‘Mass Effect 2’ lets you step into the shoes of Commander Shepard. As the first human Citadel Council Spectre, it is your job to stop the robotic Reapers from wiping out all life in our galaxy. While I really enjoy the first Mass Effect game, I think the inaccessibility on that one may be too much to handle for many people. Mass Effect 2 is considered the best in the series anyway.

 

If you have not yet given gaming enough of a chance, I think you should.

You deserve to experience what it has to offer.

 

Goomba Gumbo

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Lately, I’ve been playing a lot of Super Mario Odyssey, and that has inspired me to make a dish based on Mario’s mushroom enemies, The Goombas, for this month’s geeky recipe.

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The Goomba’s looks are based on shiitake mushrooms, and are some of the most common enemies in the Mario games.

So what’s the best way to deal with baddies such as these?

Eh, throw ’em in a stew!

 

The Recipe

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For four portions:

1. Measure up 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 35 grams of flour, 1 yellow onion, 1 green paprika, 2 celery sticks, 2 cloves of garlic, 200 grams of smoked italian sausage, 1 tablespoon oregano, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, 1 bay leaf, 800 grams of diced tomatoes, 1 liter chicken broth, 3 spring onions and 500 grams shiitake mushrooms.

2. Chop the vegetables, and the sausage, in whatever size you want.

3. Melt the butter over medium heat, then add the oil and flour. Stir constantly. After about 10 minutes, the mixture should be dark caramel colored.

4. Add the mushrooms, fry them until they shrink a bit.

5. Add all onions, the paprika and the celery sticks. Fry for another 5 minutes.

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6. Add the sausage, spices, herbs, bay leaf, diced tomatoes and chicken broth.

7. Bring the gumbo to a boil, then reduce the heat.

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8. Simmer for about one hour, until the gumbo has thickened

9. Cook some rice, to the specifications on the packaging.

10. Peel and devein 600 grams of shrimp. This should add up to about 300 grams of peeled shrimp.

11. If you are using raw shrimp, add them to the gumbo in the last 10 minutes of cooking. If you are using cooked pink shrimp, like I was using, add them in at the very last minute.

12. Plate up! Serve the gumbo in a bowl, with rice in the bottom.

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Take that, Bowser!

It’s-a me, SindrElf!

mario explorer

This weekend, me and my girlfriend finished Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch she got me for Christmas.

Well, finished is not quite accurate, as there’s a huge amount of extra content and collectables available once you finish the game. Along with all the collectables we did not find from earlier in the game, this will take us a looong time to actually finish completely.

 

I do however feel like I have experienced enough of the game to share my opinions on it here, while also giving it a glowing recommendation.

This game is just pure light-hearted fun, and a wonderful celebration of the Mario brand and legacy.

 

It is jam-packed with references and easter-eggs.

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Some of our favorite parts were going into traditional 2D-levels in the geometry of the 3D world. You can see a Mario-stage on the side of a building, then go two-dimensional and enter the stage, seeing yourself as a moving piece of pixel-art on the wall.

 

The game is also super cute!

You main ability in this game is to take over control of enemies, making them sport Mario’s iconic red M-hat and his mustache to indicate that their brain is being hijacked by an Italian plumber.

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Seeing a behatted moustached little mushroom bouncing around at your command is incredible adorable.

 

If you have ever liked Mario, and have not played Odyssey yet, get yourself a Switch.

It is so worth it!