I wrote about how much I love soda, and by extension, gimmicky seasonal soda in my review of the wretched and vile Pepsi Fire last year so I’ll save you all the foreplay on this one. Mountain Dew has a new summer soda this year and I tried it, because of course I did.
Mountain Dew Liberty Brew replaces last year’s DEW.S.A. as the patriotic soft drink of the summer, and while it’s a huge step down in terms of clever naming it’s definitely a step up in taste. DEW.S.A. (that’s so much more frustrating to write than to say) was a mixture of red, white and blue Dew (Code Red, White Out and Voltage) that was supposed to represent the colors of AMERICA, but the soda itself was a weird shade of purple which is not very AMERICA. It tasted fine, but wasn’t anything special.
I have a lot of video games. My wife has a lot of video games. When we moved in together we had a LOT of video games. Before we had a kid and our money could be used for fun things we got MORE video games. The number of video games we have is very high!
Well, HAD is probably the better word at this point. We still have a lot, but noticeably less than we had before. I say noticeably, but it’s probably only noticeable to me and not to, say, my stepmom who looked at me and said “holy crap” when she walked into our living room and saw our shelves for the first time.
Anyway, I’ve been getting rid of a lot of games lately and I have to be honest, it feels great. Really, truly great. My anxiety and stress levels have been all over the place lately and games were making my problems worse, not better. I was starting to feel owned by my games rather than the other way around. I’d feel guilty playing a game when I knew I had others sitting there I hadn’t gotten to yet or stopped halfway through. Something had to give. So a couple of days ago I got a box and started pulling stuff off the shelf.
It’s Konami’s 50th anniversary apparently, which has them feeling a bit sentimental for the bygone days when they released video games. As a result they’re re-releasing collections of some video games they’ve made over those 50 years, including a nice little bundle of Castlevania titles, one of their most well-loved franchises.
None of this has anything to do with what I’m ACTUALLY talking about in this here blog post, which is a snack produced by Brad’s Plant Based. I was walking through the grocery store when my Video Game Sense started tingling. What I saw was a bag of dried kale emblazoned with VAMPIRE KILLER right on the front. I was intrigued. I buy stupid snacks all the time but usually they’re garbage food because I’m a garbage person. Would I buy a Healthy Snack just because someone at the company named it after the legendary weapon of the Belmont Clan?
I’ve loved games for as long as I can remember, and I’ve loved collecting things I don’t need for basically the same amount of time. As you can imagine I’ve wound up with a lot of cool gaming stuff around my house over the years, so I decided to share some of that stuff with you guys! Let’s start with…
One thousand twenty-eight hours and thirty-three minutes. That comes out to just shy of 43 days, or almost a month and a half. That’s how much time I spent playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS over the course of about five years. Why did I spend so much time in a single game, much less one that’s reviled as hardly a game at all?
Animal Crossing, for those who may not know, can best be described as a series of life sim games. You play as a young human who moves into a small town full of animal villagers and spend your days fishing, digging up fossils, decorating your house and making friends with your neighbors. There’s no end to the game and no set goals to accomplish. It goes on forever, and it moves along in real time. If you start playing at 3pm, it’s 3pm in your village. It’s designed to be relaxed, easygoing and something that doesn’t demand very much of you.
Animal Crossing is my favorite game series. I’ve played and loved them all ever since the original game hit the GameCube back in 2002. It’s a story for another day, but I owe some of my best friendships and my marriage to Animal Crossing. It’s incredible how much it’s steered my life.
I don’t really know how to get this post started. I’ve written so many parts of it in my head the past couple of weeks, but stupid ol’ me kept forgetting to imagine the beginning. I guess that’s how most of my projects go in my head: think of the cool parts but don’t bother with how to get there.
BUT. This isn’t about me not following through with something and ending it. Oh no. This is about me following through after a long time of not following through!
Let’s be honest, unless you’re an asshole 2018 hasn’t had very much good news to go around. All most of us reasonable people can do while we wait for either things to get better or for the universe to mercifully implode in on itself is to bury our feelings in creature comforts that make us feel as safe and warm and full of pizza as we did when we were naught but children. My friends, I am absolutely delighted to inform you that my, and probably someone else’s, prayers have been answered and we can relive the wild 90s with the return of Pizza Ranch. …
My daughter is 15 months old now. Things like time and money are at an all-time premium in my life, which is not a situation that lends itself well to playing lots of video games, my pastime of choice before I fell in love with chasing a screaming gremlin around my house so she doesn’t slam her fingers in the kitchen drawer again.
It’s funny how quickly you can adapt to huge life changes like this. Sure, I’m exhausted all the time and broke most of the time but I’ve really come to love and appreciate My New Normal. I don’t really miss all the time I used to spend playing games, which probably sounds crazy, especially if my mom is reading this. What having so little free time and money to spend on games has done has actually gotten me back to a point that I’ve been wanting to get back to for years – really appreciating everything I’m playing.
Today, five years to the day of when I officially launched the first episode of The Backlog, I’m publishing my final video and hanging it all up.
I know this is confusing based on what I’ve been saying on Twitter since I posted that teaser a week ago. I said The Backlog was BACK BAYBEE and we’d have a new channel and be kickin’ butt all over again. Unfortunately, this was another instance of me getting overexcited and announcing plans before they’re really thought through. You’d think I’d have learned my lesson by now.
The plan was to start it all over again, right where it originally began with Trog! for NES. Instead, I’m ending back where I started and to be honest I like how that feels much better. …
Summer is in full swing and we’re all looking for ways to beat the heat. Brands are our friends, and our pals at Pepsico have our backs with a new soda that’s the equivalent of someone shoving a hand grenade stuffed full of Hot Tamales candy into your gullet and pulling the pin.
A little bit of background info on me: I’m a huge soda guy. It’s my biggest vice. I don’t much care for alcohol and I’ve never smoked or done drugs. When I come home from work on a Friday night soda is the thing I want to crave to help me unwind and relax. Does that make me sound super weird and lame? Probably. Who cares. Let’s move on.