Saturday, March 29, 2014

Beauty Bomb- Tokyo Milk Dark

I am not a beauty blogger. Far form it. I am never the first to find a great new product. But I do love hunting down great stuff. In this case, I found something great in the products made by Tokyo Milk. 
I like perfumes and scented lotions, but I have to admit I am not much for traditional scents or anything too expected. So I was thrilled when I discovered Tokyo Milk Dark products. A lip balm that smells like my favorite clove cigarettes? Yes! 

The whole line is filled with interesting scents in things like lib balms, lotions and traditional perfumes. They aren't too cheap but they are worth it for the amazingly unique scents and the gorgeous packaging. 
My recommendations- 
Clove Cigarette No. 18 lip balm. Feels nice on, makes lips soft, and has a rich, somewhat spicy smell.
Truth No. 85 rollerball. An easy to carry perfume wit notes of cedar, citrus fruit and a touch of vanilla.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Praise The Helix!- Twitch Plays Pokemon

So lately my life is all about the pokemon. The thing that got me started again? Twitch Plays Pokemon!
TPP is crazy. Twitch is a an online streaming service, and someone was crazy enough to hook it up with an emulator to play pokemon games, where the commands are typed into the chat box on the side. What makes it great is that anyone at any time can join in, so thousands of people can be playing at once, all typing in different commands. In other words, total pokemon chaos! The poor player walks into walls, accidentally releases good pokemon form the PC and has trouble navigating menus in battle.

However, it's sort of like that saying about a thousand monkeys with keyboards accidentally writing Shakespeare. It worked! Twitch has already beaten one game and is now progressing through different generations of pokemon. It's been fun to watch the actual game being played, but even more fun to see the community that has been built up around it. Early on in the first game the players received the Helix Fossil, which can be revived into an Omanyte. While still a fossil, it can be selected form the inventory and examined, which happened a lot despite it doing nothing. This caused the fans to joke the fossil was a god they needed to consult. The Helix God. The whole thing got pretty silly and intense, with a whole mythos rising up around it, complete with artwork.

There's even a subreddit dedicated to following the game. Check it out HERE.
Are you a fan of twitch plays pokemon? Have you played?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Game Spotlight- Pokemon Snap

I recently found out Pokemon Snap is available on the Wii via the virtual console. For $10 I was able to reclaim one of the most amazing games of my childhood. And oh god it held up well.

I played the game using an old GameCube controller, and was surprised how easily game play came back to me. I remembered the basic layouts of the courses and even the special items you earn as you play. The graphics, while old, are still enjoyable, and the music is fun and feels very familiar.
My only real complaint about the game? It's too short. I was able to complete the whole game in only a few days, and while it does have a great replay value (you can multiple runs through courses to get better and better shots and discover new poses and Pokemon) I really just wanted more.
I haven't bought a Wii U yet but I have been thinking about it, and what would really push me over the edge is a new Pokemon Snap game. In fact, the Wii U seems to be made for such a reboot, and the recent additions of new types of Pokemon would mean a bigger and better game experience, perhaps with the ability to share photos and maybe even take short videos in game. It would even work well on the 3DS since the system has an internal gyroscope, meaning you could tilt it and take pictures like you would with a real camera.
Actually, searching online, there has been a lot of people wanting a Snap sequel over the years. Why does Nintendo keep holding out when they know Pokemon is always a money maker, and that a new Pokemon console game could help boost faltering Wii U sales? I don't know, but I continue to hope for more awesome poke photo fun. And in the meantime, I can always try and beat my own scores.

Anyone else a fan of Pokemon Snap?