The Humble Bundle is Back!

Gamer friends: support these four awesome indie games by purchasing the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle.

You can pay what you want and also decide how your payment is dispersed between the developers of the games, charity foundations and even organizers of the Humble Bundle. I’ve only tried Trine & Shadowgrounds but both are very well produced and the graphics are entirely slick.

The fantastical side of me LOVES Trine:

You play as three characters, the first being an elfish looking thief, a sneaky looking wizard and a rather large warrior. She’s agile, gorgeous and relatively easy to control. The game in general is physics based and as far as I’ve gotten entirely enjoyable. The world within the game is amazingly beautiful. It kind of reminds me of how I felt the first time I saw Avatar. People may have their qualms with the plot line of the film, but you can’t deny the absolute detail that went into the creation of Pandora. Obviously Trine is not the same as the million dollar virtual world created in Avatar, but it’s spectacular in it’s own right.

Shadowgrounds on the other hand is one of those hearts stopping games (at least for me) in which I’m afraid to turn the corner lest some alien jumps and bites my head off. The game isn’t as terrifying as the usual shooter games since the angle of the camera is overhead as opposed to first person. If you’ve ever played Solomon’s Keep on the iPhone or Zenonia on the android, the movement is similar though much more polished. The graphics even more so.

Like I said you can pay what you want, so support this multi-platform, DRM-free collection of great games. If you only have a Mac like me, be aware that one of the games—Jack Claw—is only available on PC. Splot is still in development and will be available for download as soon as it’s finished.

If you’re a cheap-o and don’t want to pay for them, just send me a message and I’ll give you a download link to my dropbox because even if your stingy, I still want you to try out these games. They’s the bomb, yo.

For more information about the Humble Bundle, you can read more about them on their wiki page.

My Childhood in Consoles

I was digging through the closet in my old room looking for a 1950s hat I used to rock in my college years when I came across a box that completely brought me back to my childhood days. Back then, I was far more likely to be found in basketball shorts, playing Starcraft than putting on make-up and making eyes at the cute boys at school (usually I was beating them at Street Fighter instead).

Anyway, the box had my old gameboy, my N64 and the family PS2 [the Nintendo, Super NES and Sega Gen are no longer with us unfortunately]. I brought them all down to my room and have every intention of reliving my glory days as the best Mario Kart player in the world.

Growing up, my brother, sister and cousins hated playing with me because I was always extremely competitive (still am). Just ask my sister who says that as soon as there’s some sort of challenge involved, my game steps up at least 5 notches. I’m not a sore loser and will humbly relent to someone more skilled than I, but I definitely do not like to lose. It was much worse back when I was a stubborn little tomboy (in both aesthetics and mind). I always thought that turning my fingers into bloody blisters was a far better option than losing at Tekken—especially to smirking, snarky boys. Fortunately, I rarely lost. No joke.

In any case, my glory days will have to wait. I’m tired and I have another early morning. But man are my fingers craving that joystick action.