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Gouge

This is a really great UK documentary from 2002 about the Pixies, that you can watch on YouTube. It’s pretty neat seeing David Bowie, Radiohead, and PJ Harvey (and many others) wax poetically about their love for the band, and the parts from the London show you see (from a 1988 London gig) are so fantastic.

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Devs Play

I truly loved watching the first episode of the new Let’s Play series by Double Fine and 2 Player Productions (makers of the fantastic Amnesia Fortnight and Adventure documentary series). My first Let’s Play love has been the terrific Lo-Fi Let’s Play series by Leigh Alexander, in which she plays old Apple II games from the 80s. This is also really great, in that it offers up some great talk – they have one of the makers of the game as a guest – while you’re watching the game being played. And it really is impressive to see a complete playthrough of the original Lion King game on Genesis, in such a short amount of time. Can’t wait to watch more.

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Escape Goat 2

This is a game I’ve been wanting to get ever since it came out earlier this year, and seeing it on sale this week on PSN finally got me to pull the trigger. I’ve only played a couple of sessions so far, but as expected, it’s a pretty fun puzzler, although I’m starting to get a taste of how challenging it may get. I hope it doesn’t get too challenging, because I would like to be able to finish it.

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Peggle 2

What is there to say, really. It’s Peggle, it’s fun. It feels good to get “Ultra Extreme Fever.” I had a hell of a lot of fun playing the first one, and was bummed when the second one only came out on the Xbox One (the one console I don’t own). I’m glad it finally came out on PS4, and am even happier that I only had to pay just over $4 for it (it’s currently on sale).

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Race the Sun

You may remember this as the game that came out as it was announced by Sony during its keynote at E3 earlier this year, and I finally picked it up this past week, incentivised by the fact that it’s currently on sale. I didn’t really know what to expect, other than I dug the aesthetics and figured I’d be racing something – the sun maybe? – and was a bit surprised to find out that it plays like a runner. But it’s certainly one of the prettiest runner I’ve played, and I’m still having fun expanding my arsenal of abilities. I don’t know how long I’ll keep playing this though, considering that the runner genre is a bit played out for me, but I’m still glad I picked this up.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Oh, I never posted about getting Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U? Don’t be silly, of course I got it. Of course I’ve been having a blast playing with friends over. Of course the graphics are astoundingly beautiful and colorful. Of course there are more modes than you can shake a stick at. Of course the amiibo stuff is really neat. Of course I’m buying amiibo because they look really nice and I love having them. But you all knew that, of course.

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Bayonetta

The other game I got myself on Christmas day was actually two games, in the form of Bayonetta 1 and 2. Since I’d never fully completed the first one (back on the PS3), I decided to start by playing that, and oh boy am I getting a kick out of playing her with the Link costume – and it’s great that she keeps wearing it during the cut scenes too. I don’t know if it’s the effect of the costume or what, but I’m also finding myself having more fun that I remember having when I last played it, and although I’m mostly playing with the regular controls, it is neat what they’ve done with the touch controls, letting you play using the stylus. Already getting excited to finish this so I can play my copy of Bayonetta 2.

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EarthBound

I got this on Christmas day through the Virtual Console, and I felt like a kid, holding up my Wii U controller and entering this Super Nintendo-powered world. Smaaash! I kinda feel like I should be wearing my Mother t-shirt when I’m playing this.

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Blood & Laurels

Another one of those games from earlier this year that I somehow didn’t post about here, but that I highly enjoyed. You like text adventures? Well, then you’ll want to get this. The interface is great – all touch, selecting from choices – and more importantly, it’s very well written. I hope we get more of these.

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Run Sackboy! Run!

An iOS runner using the LittleBigPlanet aesthetics, and it’s free? Yup, definitely worth a download, and although you probably won’t be playing it for that long – just the nature of the runner now, considering how many of them we’ve played over the years – but it’s well worth a play if you dig on the LittleBigPlanet games, like I do.