Sundays are for using a gyroscope to rehabilitate your ailing wrist. Before you spin, let’s read this week’s best writing about games (and things related to games).
Over at Eurogamer, Robert Purchese asks: Can we only be impressed by something once? Immediately, walking into World Of Warcraft for the first time sticks out as a “wow” moments. Recently explored the Elden Ring’s opening area for the first time and clocked the full scope of it all. However, I think “wow” moments can come in many different forms, but maybe that’s a discussion for another time. Anyway, read the article , it is good!
It seems to be the same with everyone I talk to: their strongest gaming memories always tend to be in the past, often far in the past. And all they have done since, really, is to chase such experiences, perhaps in the hope that they can have an equally strong experience again. But can they – can we? That’s the question.
For The Verge, Sarim Abbas wrote about the pirates at Khadda Market. A semi-lengthy read that takes us through Sarim’s formative years growing up in Karachi, Pakistan, and the eventual decline of piracy as online gaming took over.
We found him after much searching. In a narrow alley packed with stalls selling everything from dried fruit to bathroom accessories, shadowy steps led up to the second floor of a dilapidated building. We stepped up carefully to avoid stepping on splashes of paan. He was a cranky man, just returned from afternoon prayer. As he stroked his gray beard and blew away smoke from his soldering iron, I was indeed reminded of a wizard: Gandalf the Grey, puffing on his pipe in the Shire. I grimaced as he disassembled our pristine white Xbox with greasy fingers, but it was a necessary operation. While our mother negotiated with the cashier, my brother and I walked in circles, fantasizing about the moment when we could finally sneak across the rooftops and take our leap of faith as Altaïr.
At Polygon, Nicole Clark asks: What does a Minion taste like? No seriously, what would a Minion taste like? I imagine their guts resemble a Magnum. Crisp outer shell, then a nice vanilla paste inside, maybe a layer of chocolate between the two. Mmmm.
I wouldn’t have singled out any final brand collaborations that touched me and made me think: Yeah, I’d eat that Minion! In 2017, some of Singapore’s McDonald’s franchise outlets sold Minion-themed menu items. Some of these were, understandably, Happy Meal toys. I wouldn’t eat them. There was also a banana pie. But you could also get special fries, which were actually hash browns cut in the shape of Minions. I would absolutely eat it, as I would eat just about any kind of fried potato. While the McDonald’s promotion is over, IHOP is currently serving up a Minion-themed menu of “banana pudding” waffles, along with other classic breakfast items like bacon and sausage, which are decidedly not made by Minions. Minions are not made of real flesh. They are made of animation.
I enjoyed this video that goes through some great sidequests in the game. Some of them bring back very good and funny memories. Obvious spoiler alert!
Music this week is Morning In Deira by Above And Beyond. Here is the YouTube link and the Spotify link. A meditative number from producers better known for their trance and progressive house.
The track is even more beautiful when played from the top of Piedra del Peñol in Guatape, Colombia. Here is the YouTube link to the set.
That’s it for now, see you next week guys!