To start Striderisms, I'll start with something I asked my girlfriend to write out to help me as I got off work late last night. I asked her to write about anything and she decided to describe our Christmas together and probably why it was one of the best Christmases she's ever had.
"Yet another year has passed and my yearly trip to Anaheim was underway. I was hoping for an awesome and peaceful weekend with Marcel in celebrating our fifth anniversary. This year did not disappoint. Not only did Marcel treat me to free Disneyland, he showed up with a new puzzle game for me to try out. Puzzle games have always been my favorite, but I have not obsessed this much over a game since Tetris.
Crashmo is a block puzzle game. The main story is that a small grandfather made a contraption for birds (ed. note - the contraption belongs to Grandpa Blox's grand niece). The main character, who looks like a tiny sumo wrestler, disturbs the contraption and the birds fly away. The grandfather becomes upset and the tiny sumo wrestler swears to retrieve each and every bird for the grandfather. The tiny sumo wrestler and the grandfather find that each bird has found nesting atop of a block puzzle which the small grandfather help the tiny sumo wrestler figure out. After a while, you and the tiny sumo wrestler are left on your own to figure out the puzzles in order to climb up and retrieve the birds.
I took every opportunity to play this weekend, and Marcel was more than happy to oblige, making sure his system was fully charged. Of course, his system was always on to gather more street tags. It always amused me when his me continually bragged to his new street tag companions that he works at Disneyland. When it looked around and confirmed that there where no more people street tagged, it amused me even more.
Then we went to Disneyland. His sister and her friend came along, as well and I had to share my time with Marcel since her sister and I both had limited time in Southern California. However, for most of Disneyland, he was all mine. Other than its historic characters, Disneyland is famous for its eternally long lines. However, thanks to this game, the lines were almost non existent. Thanks to last Saturday, Disneyland lines will be special moments which Marcel and I can bond over 2 things that are special to me, our relationship and puzzle games."
To sum it up, our relationship is a strong one. Built on a solid foundation. A foundation made primarily out of colorful blocks.
So what did you guys get for Christmas? I didn't get much physically, but I did get plenty of money to otherwise get myself a few things I wanted. I got VVVVVV and Bit.Trip.SAGA with the 3DS eShop points I got. I also got Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 with the $100 bill I got for Christmas. So my 3DS should be full up on games for awhile at least. I can't believe I have sort of a backlog on it now.
Otherwise, I'm just glad to have my girlfriend's help, as back to back shifts are certainly a thing that Disney likes to do to me after I use up my regular days off for the holidays. Hope you guys are having good holidays too!
It feels like it's been a decade since we've seen the rise of the crowdfunded game. I'm always surprised when I remind myself that crowdfunding has been a thing long before the first crowdfunded video game, but nowadays a crowdfunded game seems like a dime a dozen.
Of course such a phrase is an incredible disservice to some of the great games that have come out thanks to websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Games like FTL, Shovel Knight, and even Undertale are around thanks to crowdfunding; thanks to people gathering around and literally putting their money where their mouth is, a game they want gets funded and inevitably the greater landscape of gaming benefits from it. Most of the time the landscape gets to benefit from it anyways.
Don't worry though, this month's bloggers wanted prompt isn't an exploratory thesis on the effects of crowdfunding on video game development. We just want you to talk about your favorite games, as long as they were crowdfunded. This topic can be simultaneously broad and narrow, because you can talk about whatever game you want, however you want, as long as it was crowdfunded.
For me, FTL is the original crowdfunded game, and it was great. It was somehow minimalist and incredibly detailed at the same time, and it was all done because a man wanted to do it, but needed the money, and thousands of other people wanted to see where his idea would go. Shovel Knight to me feels like this natural evolution of the classic 8-bit gaming of yore without also throwing myself back to a time when gaming was honestly comparatively archaic. And everyone's talked to death about Undertale, so we all know where I'd go with that.
To participate in this month's bloggers wanted, just start a blog! Oh, and title it "Crowdfunded: [your blog title here]." I bet this month is going to be pretty diverse, since it's basically writing about your favorite crowdfunded game. So I hope to hear about some good games revisited or amazing games no one has heard about.
Remember: Persona 5 was not crowdfunded, but excuse me as I plow through it.
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