Saturday, July 20, 2013

What I've been up to (in games)

Earlier this month the run of the show I was working on finished (finally), giving me a little extra time to catch up on some games...and also right on time for the Steam Summer Getaway Sale!

Since I have excellent taste in video games (this is a lie, but I love them so whatever), here's a little rundown on what I've been playing lately. Starting with the most important...

Dynasty Warriors 8 This is my favorite video game series ever and has been since...well, forever. I love a good hack-and-slash game, and I find the (albeit not entirely accurate) feudal China storyline really fun. My birthday is coming up, and as soon as I noticed this was available for pre-order and that the release date was exactly a week before my birthday, I lovingly informed The Yeti that this is what he would be getting me (<3). So when it came out four days ago we marched into GameStop the minute they opened and picked up my game. I would have insisted picking it up at midnight, but unfortunately there was no midnight release on this one. Ever since then I have spent most of my time rampaging through The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The only thing I don't like is that Xiahou Dun doesn't have Evil Long Haired Asian hair anymore.

Dynasty Warriors 8 Xiahou Dun
But he doesn't need long hair to still be the ultimate badass

Monaco: What's Yours is Mine I was lead towards this game by my younger brother. Last year The Yeti and I introduced him to the world of PC gaming and now he's showing me all sorts of stuff. Monaco is a heist game, sort of like if Clue was an action game where everyone is the bad guy. What really draws you into Monaco is the cast of characters (taken from the website):

Your Crew

The Locksmith: Blue-collar infiltration expert
The Lookout: She can see and hear everything... a natural leader
The Pickpocket: A hobo with a monkey and a penchant for crime
The Cleaner: A silent psychopath... John Wayne Gacy in pink
The Mole: Big and dumb... likes to tunnel
The Gentleman: He doesn't always wear a disguise, but when he does, he looks fantastic
The Hacker: Armies of viruses shut down security... a modern day warlock
The Redhead: Manipulative and murderous... a lady always gets what she wants

Monaco: What's Yours is Mine
Sneaky sneak...
From what it looks like, for ultimate enjoyment you'll want to play this on co-op, which I haven't done yet but I'm pretty excited. The beforementioned brother is on a camping trip, but when he's back you know I'll be bugging him to play with me. I bought this on the Steam sale. It's normally $20.00 but they had it for $7.00. Monaco is an indie game, and even if you don't have a good gaming computer setup it'll still probably work on your computer just fine.

Saints Row: The Third Saints Row is for those people that kiiinda like Grand Theft Auto, but secretly find it all pretty overrated. This game takes place in the fictional city of Steelport, where you are the leader of The Third Street Saints. Your wear a lot of purple and get into crazy and bizarre shenanigans as you work your way through gang wars. I don't really know how to explain it as it is COMPLETELY ridiculous and I promise it is different from every other game you've played. So just check it out ok? I also got this during the Steam sale on an AMAZING 8 hour flash sale. This game has been out for over a year, but if you go to GameStop or wherever it's still about $50.00. The other day I woke up for work at 3am and saw that I had less than ONE HOUR to get it on Steam for just $5.00. I'd be a fool to say no to a deal like that. I'd been wanting this game for a really long time, so I bought it on the spot as it took priority from getting ready for work.

Saints Row the Third Genki

So that's me. Has anyone else been keeping their eye on Steam sales? The flash sales are always the best, but you need to act quick since they only last a couple hours. Personally I find it very overwhelming, but it's worth it so I deal. Yesterday I convinced my older brother to buy Torchlight II, as it was also on sale for $5.00, so he could get in on the action. The Yeti, my younger brother and I have have been playing Torchlight II co-op for a long time now and have been trying to convince him to join us ever since ;)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

When a Regular Watermelon Just Isn't Enough

So, I know I just posted about the wine tasting, and I swear I don't spend every day drinking, but 4th of July just happened so I'm going to talk about my rum melon.

Basically, it's a watermelon filled with rum, all soaked up inside and delicious. The perfect summertime snack! I'd like to say there's some fun and cool DIY for this that will impress your friends at your next BBQ, but really it's just like this for a million hours:

rum melon

Just cut a hole in your melon (a few inches deep), get your favorite rum (I've read that people also use vodka, which I have not tried but sounds A+), prop it up nice and cozy, and wait. You want the watermelon to soak up as much of the rum as it can. When you notice it isn't taking any more of the rum, take the bottle out of the melon and put the melon in the fridge overnight. That's it! When you're ready to eat, just slice it up and eat it like you normally would.

This year Andrew and I went to my families house for a low key 4th of July BBQ. Bringing a rum melon was his idea after seeing it on Food Network or something. so I can't steal the credit. I also feel like a loser because I didn't even think to take pictures while we made it :(

Our melon didn't turn out perfect, but it was our first try and now we have a good excuse to try it again. It didn't soak up the rum all the way, so you could only taste the rum in parts of it, and the rest just tasted like normal watermelon. I know this because we ate the whole thing. So, problems:

First of all, the melon we picked was HUGE, which was not a good idea, now that I'm thinking about it. We used strawberry rum (which smelled amazing), but only a third of the bottle would go inside. I'm thinking the melon had too much of its own juice inside to begin with, so I think our downfall was not knowing how to pick a good watermelon. Bleh.

Next time we try, I think instead of slicing it up, I want to get a melon baller and make it all fancy and shit. Like this:


So that was my 4th of July weekend. Did you have any weird/new/different/delicious things during yours? Would you be interested in trying a rum melon? Do you even like melons? (I only like watermelon! Honeydew and cantaloupe are gross.)

P.S! As I mentioned, I was dumb and didn't take any pictures. So these photos are not mine, nor do I want anyone to think they're mine.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Castello di Amorosa (or, I Went to a Winery for the First Time & Forgot my ID)

This past weekend Andrew's family flew in for some family time and sightseeing (ooooh, alliteration!). In the middle of a heat wave. On their last day we went wine tasting in Napa at winery called Castle di Amorosa. It's an actual castle and is pretty badass.

Since Andrew and I had work later that evening, we started our adventure early. The original plan was to hit up three wineries, but the first one on the list wasn't open by the time we got there. I mean, I guess it makes sense to assume people aren't going wine tasting at 9am on a weekday. Luckily, the next (and most anticipated) stop was open.

Me with Andrew and his momma

So we get out of the car, snapped a few pictures (because did you LOOK at that place?), when I realized I probably shouldn't have forgotten my purse in the car, because my ID was in it. The chances of not being carded when your 5 feet tall is usually pretty slim. So I walk back to the car to grab it, only to find that I forgot my wallet at home. Because of COURSE I would forget my ID when going to a winery.

After a minute of panic, Andrew's mom fishes out a different ID of hers, "they won't even notice as long as you throw the right number of cards on the counter!" We look nothing alike, but what other option did I have? Home was an hour away. Fortunately, she was right. She threw down 5 ID's and I looked the other way, you know, all nonchalant and chill.

The tour was mostly in their underground cellar (complete with torture chamber, obvi), where it was a natural 58 degrees. After our tour was when the drinking began, and, well, I'm not really a wine person. I'm more of a "this fruity thing filled with triple sec sounds good" person. We tried about ten different wines and I liked two of them, bringing one bottle home. I also understand the whole eating chocolate with your wine thing, now.

Castello di Amorosa is very huge and incredibly beautiful. It's too bad that it was 108 degrees outside, otherwise we would have explored a lot more of it. I guess there's always next time?