Save Point: October 2022
There’s something about this time of year which makes me nostalgic.
This was the subject of a post earlier this month about the games I seem to return to. The sentimentality that autumn brings with it always makes me want to play the classic video games I completed when I was younger, or newer releases which have the same kind of cosy retro vibe.
It’s no wonder then that the Monkey Island series featured on the blog a couple of times in October. First up was an explanation of how LeChuck should be viewed more as a role model than a villain, followed by a round-up of the life lessons we can learn from Murray. I’m sure nobody is surprised by the fact that point-and-clicks came out massively on top in an analysis of my preferred genres.
Unfortunately, we can’t spend all our time gaming because work must be done. I’ve recently been learning Python for my data apprenticeship and, although it hasn’t come to me as naturally as SQL, I’ll get the hang of it eventually. I’ve started working on the format for my project portfolio and it’s slowly coming together in a way I’m happy with, so some real progress has been made in October.
The same can’t be said about the UK though. After finally getting rid of Boris out and Liz becoming the shortest-serving prime minister in the history of the county, Rishi now finds himself in charge. He has a tough job ahead of him with the cost-of-living crisis still raging on. The only good thing about the whole situation is that companies have held off on their campaigns and the influx of festive adverts hasn’t yet started. Maybe we’ll reach December without being sick of Christmas carols for once.
|Most viewed:||Cosy blankets and controllers: games for nostalgia|
|Most liked:||Cosy blankets and controllers: games for nostalgia|
|Most discussed:||My natural attraction to the adventure genre|
|My favourite:||LeChuck: role model more than villain|
|Escape rooms and experiences:||The Detective Society: The Cursed Exhibition, episode four|
|Board games:||Amelia’s Secret|
|Kickstarter campaigns:||Foolish Mortals|
Game of the month
Choosing between Tinykin and Unusual Findings was tough, but I’ve picked the latter because the nostalgia factor is fitting for October. This point-and-click is set in the 1980s and contains so many references which will bring a smile to the face of those who grew up during that period. The soundtrack is awesome, particularly ’85 Again by Robert Parker which plays after a sweet ending. As protagonist Vinny says about the decade: “It was an age of discovery. The world smelled brand new, and everyone was alive.”
Event of the month
After going to Phantom Peak in September, we couldn’t wait to return for the Halloween version this month: Hallowed Peak. It was one of the most surreal yet best experiences I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. One minute you’re solving puzzles, the next you’re attending a sermon at the Church of the Cosmic Platypus where the priest decides to drop a dubstep track and the whole place goes crazy. There’ll be a full post and photographs coming soon, and I really hope the organisers are planning a Christmas version.
Photo of the month
Our tabletop game collection began after receiving a recommendation from friends and really kicked off when we attended the UK Games Expo in June. The photograph opposite is of our library and was taken for a round-up of the board games we’ve purchased so far. I’m quite partial to a Chronicles of Crime case while Pete likes how frantic Zombicide can get, and The Night Cage is a great one for Halloween. No doubt there’ll be a few more games added to the wishlist when we visit a few board games this weekend.
Plans for next month
After finishing 16 demos at October’s Steam Next Fest, ten more titles have earned a place on my wishlist. The Case of the Golden Idol was one of my favourites from the event and has since been released so I’ll likely end up purchasing it soon. I need to complete Lucy Dreaming first though, a retro-style point-and-click I backed on Kickstarter in April last year, and make some more progress in A Plague Tale: Requiem after starting it with Pete last weekend. Hopefully I’ll find time for The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) too.
As for events, we’ve got our tickets for AdventureX ready and are looking forward to the scheduled talks. I’ve already played the demos for most of the games due to be displayed but there are some good releases there, so keep your eyes peeled for a round-up in November. This will be followed by a trip to the London Gaming Market where we’ll be meeting up with Luke from Hundstrasse for gaming talk and coffee. We always seem to return home afterwards with another console, so let’s see what we end up with this time.
Volunteering for SpecialEffect at EGX in September reminded me of just how much this charity has my heart. Arrangements for GameBlast23 are well underway and we’re going to do our best to ensure the event’s tenth anniversary is a success. More details on what we’ve got planned will be shared towards the end of November and before then, there’ll be a post on how I feel about returning to streaming. As you can see from the photograph above, Zelda is keeping an eye on proceedings so everything will run smoothly.
Now over to you guys: what have you been up to lately, and what have you got planned for the coming month? Enjoy your spooky Halloween weekend and go play some horror games.