Blowing Off Steam

Missed my one post a month quota by a little bit here, but better late than never I guess. Things have been going pretty slow these last few weeks. I’ve been taking a little bit of a break from developing Shibboleth to relax and release some stress.

I’ve recently just played through a couple of Daedalic Entertainment‘s point-and-click adventure games set in The Dark Eye universe. These games would be The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav and Memoria. Both games are fantastic art pieces. Other than being visually appealing, I really loved the writing. Specifically Memoria’s writing. Memoria is the sequel to Chains of Satinav, and left me with many feels at the end of the game. I’m finding it harder and harder to find games with a story that leaves me wanting more. While it does make me feel a bit sad that there’s nothing else involving Geron and Nuri in The Dark Eye universe, I’m also glad. The guys over at Daedalic did an incredible job with both games, and it’s clear that they intended to have two games from the beginning. This is actually what makes Memoria so great. I guess what I’m trying to say is, if Memoria wasn’t an intended sequel, it wouldn’t have been as good. Chains of Satinav does some great setup for the plot of Memoria, then Memoria caps it off, leaving you with all the feels.

If you read reviews of Chains of Satinav, you will most likely read about how Geron is a whiny protagonist. These reviews are correct, he is whiny. It didn’t bother me too much, but if you get through Chains of Satinav, you most definitely will not be disappointed with Memoria. I urge you to stick with it and see it through.

If you enjoyed Daedalic’s The Dark Eye games, you might also enjoy the Deponia trilogy of games. Deponia is a bit more of a comedy series with a touch of feels splashed in. Not as good as The Dark Eye games, in my opinion, but still worth your consideration.

Okay, moving on from the digital world for a second and into the real world. One thing I’ve been doing to relax is riding my Honda CRF 250X. A couple weeks ago, my co-worker and I started hitting up some local trails and tracks. So far we’ve been to the Reiter Foothills in Gold Bar, WA and Oak Harbor MX in, you guessed it, Oak Harbor, WA. I’ve started to get a bit better at jumping. I’ve gradually been taking bigger and bigger jumps. I just have to keep on going out and get those legs in shape. :)

Before I sign off, I have resumed development of my projects. I just needed a little break. I creep ever closer to getting something tangible on screen with Shibboleth. Hopefully it won’t be long now.

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