Remain Insane

Ramblings of an animal loving, people hating, game enthusing, book nerd :D

How Minecraft is ruining my life February 14, 2014

First I heard whisperings of it, then gamers raving of it, but as it was a computer game, I disregarded it and blissfully ignorant was I. Then, it became available on PS3. Oh, I told myself I would just try it out and that I wouldn’t play it much. I told myself it is only a silly, ‘play-once-in-a-while’ game, and so I logged in for the first time and sold my soul.

For those of you out there who are unfamiliar with the game, let me give you the run down. Prepare to have your mind blown. Ok, you ready for this? You break and place blocks. Yep, that’s it. You break a motherfucking block so you can place a different motherfucking block. The people, the animals, even the clouds, are all in cube form. It is the most simple concept which was most likely born from someone who also coincidentally had ready access to marijuana. But for reasons even unbeknownst to me, I can’t stop playing the fucking thing.

Minecraft 360

My addiction was formed through a two part process. The first was Survival Mode. When you begin, you start with absolutely nothing but your character Steve. However, there are beasties lurking and your hunger to be taken care of, so you have to begin to collect resources. So, the first course of action is to break down a tree only using your fists. I’m not even joking, you have to beat trees into submission with your bare hands. This is how an action as such would go down in real life:

/walks up and confidently punches tree expecting it to break

FUUUUUUUUUUU

So after you have broken every bone in your hands and wailed on the tree, you can now make a wooden axe, pickaxe and sword. You can even start building a house and killing animals for food. But, wooden tools are pretty shit, and after breaking about 50 of them you head off to find a mine to collect some stone. Once you have stone, you can make stone tools. Now you need a way to light up your house, so back off to the mine to collect some coal. By now you have encountered many beasts and probably died quite a few times, and think it is worth investing in some armour. So you return to the mine to collect some iron. Then you need more stone to make a smelter to smelt the iron ore into ingots. Then you need more wood for a crafting table to make your armour. Then you need more iron to make iron tools. Then you happen to come across some obsidian (a very valuable stone that can be turned into a portal to another world), which shits on your iron pickaxe because it can only be mined with a diamond pickaxe. So you go back into a mine and search 826598726 hours for diamond, all this while taking  regular breaks to find some food before you die…….. AND THERE IS NO END TO THIS CYCLE. You get so absorbed that this would be your reaction if someone interrupted your game play to tell you that you had won $50 million:

Reaction GIF: don't care, Morgan Freeman, The Shawshank Redemption

But this would be your reaction if you found one damned block of that damned pixelated diamond:

Elf

Enough is never enough. When you first begin, collecting resources is about survival. By the time you have collected your first piece of iron, it is about collecting anything and EVERYTHING. Your addiction compels you to keep collecting shit you don’t even need, ‘just in case’.

Me: 1542 wood, that should be plenty!

Obsessive compulsive Minecraft-crazed brain:

The second part of my addiction was developed through Creative mode. In this mode, you don’t have to collect anything, your inventory is already packed with unlimited supplies of everything. Which means you can let your imagination run rampant and you can build whatever the hell you want. My brother, boyfriend and I lost 3 days to this mode. We made towns, ships, volcanoes, rockets, statues, arenas, tree houses and more. I was even compelled to re-create shit like this:

 Next on my list is to recreate Middle Earth, from the Shire to Mordor. This is how entrenched I am in my addiction. Even though I realise my next project will take me weeks, I AM STILL GOING TO DO IT. By the time I leave the house again, I would have forgotten that the world isn’t actually made of cubes, will most likely become scared and confused, and run back inside to the familiarity of Minecraft.

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I COMPLETELY RECOGNISE THAT I WILL HAVE TO GIVE UP THE REAL WORLD FOR A VIRTUAL WORLD MADE OF BLOCKS, BUT I AM STILL OK WITH THIS.

I have an addiction ladies and gentleman. An addiction to collecting 2673 pieces of wool. To slaying cubed zombies and dragons. To building useless shit in block form. I think it is time to check myself into Minecraft rehab…….

…..now, what would the rehab centre be made out of? Wood, definitely wood. But I need to go collect some more, I don’t want to eat into my supply of 5690 wood pieces. A fireplace would be perfect as well, better swing by the mine and get some stone, may as well grab some coal while I’m there too, maybe even some iron……..

😉

 

Why I will always be a bookworm May 24, 2013

When people see my packed bookcase or find out I devoured the new book I was reading in a single day, some ask: Why? Why the obsession with books?

My answer?

Why not?

As much as I love video games and a variety of different hobbies, I will always be first and foremost a book nerd. From the age of 6 when I read ‘The Rainbow Fish’ about 50 times, to the age of 10 when I discovered Harry Potter (and was devastated on my 11th birthday when my letter didn’t come) to the age of 15 when every week I would come home with 15+ books from the library and try to read as many as I could over the weekend, books have always held a special type of magic between their pages for me. They can whisk you off to far away lands where dragons and hippogriffs are lurking. They can turn our own world into the place of some mystical and wonderful happenings. They can let you experience great love stories and tales of old that only once existed in folklore. Simply, they let you escape your reality. They are a small window into another world, and by opening that cover and turning those pages, you are able to experience that world, grow attached to the characters, feel their pain and joy as your own and can even make you laugh or cry (I still miss Dobby!).

Personally, my favourite genre is fantasy, I love diving into the different worlds they paint and situations they can offer you, and of course, the stories that exist among them. While the overlying story is obviously what draws you in, if you take the time to delve just that little bit deeper, you can find the true messages of the story, subtly but not so subtly (if you get my drift :P), running deep beneath the pages. Unlikely hero saving the world, a single person going on an unfathomable quest to save the ones they love, exploring how the single beat of a butterflies wing can change the course of time, books and their stories can be happy, sad, thought provoking and inspiring.

What set off this post was the series I just finished reading – Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver: a world where love is classed as a disease. This story was one which showed you can not be happy without knowing pain, nor experience sunshine without a bit of rain, by facing the worst it will bring out your best. You cannot build yourself happiness behind self built walls of doubt, hate and negativity. Taking down these barricades is scary and embracing life fully is to embrace the unknown, but your happiness is within reach, all you have to do is grasp it with both hands and never give up on yourself. This story also contained what I believe to be one of the best thought provoking and inspiring paragraphs I have ever read, and I highly recommend this series to everyone. The paragraph is as follows (don’t worry, it doesn’t give the story away :)):

‘Take down the walls.

That is, after all, the whole point. You do not know what will happen if you take down the walls; you cannot see through the other side, don’t know whether it will bring freedom or ruin, resolution or chaos. It might be paradise, or destruction.

Take down the walls.

Otherwise you must live closely, in fear, building barricades against the unknown, saying prayers against the darkness, speaking verse of terror and tightness.

Otherwise you may never know hell, but you will not find heaven, either. You will not know fresh air and flying.

All of you, who ever you are: in your spiny cities or one-bump towns. Find it, the hard stuff, the links of metal and chink, the fragments of stone filling your stomach. And pull, and pull and pull.

I will make a pact with you: I will do it if you will do it, always and forever.

Take down the walls.’

It is this reason; the stories, the worlds, the characters, and absolutely wonderful pieces of writing such as this, I will always and forever be a bookworm 🙂

Until next time lovelies 🙂

 

The Review: The Dark Knight Rises July 22, 2012

Batman. The Dark Knight. The protector of Gotham City.

And the reason I will never EVER be able to enjoy another movie as much I enjoyed this one!

(Note: This is a completely spoiler free review, I just need to rant and rave :D)

After breaking our hermit code (to barricade ourselves inside our little house once it hits 6 o’clock :P) and deciding to go to the movies, my boyfriend and I ended up seeing what turned out to be the pure definition of epic, The Dark Knight Rises. Words can honestly not describe how amazing this movie was. For the whole 2 1/2 hours I was on the edge of my seat in suspense, desperately wanting to find out what happens, but at the same time not wanting it to end. It made me gasp in horror, it made me cry, it made me absolutely terrified, and made me want to jump out of my seat and cheer.

I have always loved Batman as a superhero. In fact, I’d probably go as far to say that he is my favourite. He isn’t from another planet like Superman, or obtained his inhumane powers from a freak accident like Spiderman. He is just an ordinary guy (as ordinary as a billionaire can get :P), a normal person, that became a brilliant detective and hero through a whole load of hard work. He saw his parents murdered at the hands of a mugger when he was a child, and was left an orphan. He swore from that moment on to exact vengeance and clean up the city of Gotham. After having a fear of bats, he conquered his phobia, and decided to become fear itself (one of THE coolest concepts of ‘Batman Begins’ :D). Through countless years of vigorous mental and physical training, through intellect, technology and wealth, Batman was not gifted with his amazing powers, he damn well EARNED them.

Throughout the movie Batman never ever loses his admirable determination to save the city that he loves and that most would have abandoned long ago. When he is broken, whether it is physically or mentally he gets right back up again, and no matter how long it takes him, he rebuilds himself from the inside out. When Commissioner Gordon stops him and says ‘I never said thankyou…’, Batman replies with: ‘And you’ll never have to.’ When Catwoman states that he has already given everything he has to save the people of Gotham, Batman simply answers: ‘No I haven’t. Not yet.’Even in the most dire circumstances, Batman is willing to give his life, without any recognition for his sacrifice, to save the city that has hated him to become an icon, a symbol, for those who have lost hope.

Batman Begins was wonderful. The Dark Knight was fantastic. But The Dark Knight Rises was something else all together. While it was the end of the trilogy, it was definitely the best of the three. It was dark, shocking, full of suspense and epic beyond belief. In comparison, I will never be able to watch another movie and whole heartedly say it was amazing. The Dark Knight Rises is, in my eyes, the pinnacle of all movies, and one that I will never tire of watching 🙂

‘Batman is the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we will hunt him….because he can take it. Because he’s not a hero. He’s a single guardian, a watchful protector. The Dark Knight.’

 

15 games that you should play right this instant! July 6, 2012

 After growing up with a computer, a PS1, a PS2, a PS3, an Xbox, an Xbox 360, a Wii, a Nintendo DS, a Nintendo 3DS and a brother, I think its safe to say that I like video games quite a lot 😛 While being a girl and liking video games used to mean you were placed up in the mystical category (along with Unicorns and Griffins) these days it is rare you find someone who doesn’t like partaking in the wonderful world of gaming at some point, so much so that when I hear someone say that they HATE video games this is the reaction they get from me:

 After trying to trawl through my memory of all the games I have had obsessions with (not an easy task let me assure you :P), I finally managed to narrow it down to a reasonable sized list that isn’t going to bore the pants off of you all 🙂

15) Sims 2 (Computer)

  While I’m pretty sure everyone (at least most girls) have played this game on some console at some point, the PC version of Sims 2 was a HUGE obsession of mine from about the age of 14. Playing God of the Sim world was awesome, the choices of how to make your sim live their life was endless. While making good things happen to them was great, making bad things happen to them was even better >:D My favourite method of killing them off when I got sick of them? Making them go for a seemingly delightful dip in the pool, then deleting the ladder >:D

14) Spyro (PS1)

Though I actually never had this game myself (because my parents obviously wanted to deprive me of a childhood :P), luckily my friend that lived 2 houses away from me owned it. Oh, I spent so many weekends over there, she probably could have started charging me for the amount I played her Playstation 😛 This game is a stand out for a single reason: You get to play as a freaking dragon 😀 ‘Nuff said.

13) Zoo Tycoon 2 (Computer)

You get to make your own zoo, however you want it, with what ever animals you want! Not only can you make your own zoo, but you can also be the zoo keeper rather than just playing the whole thing from an outside bird’s-eye view! Walk around your zoo and view the animals as a customer, or go into the enclosures to see your animals up close, feed them, pet them, bathe them, or play with them! Not sold on it yet ladies? I’ve saved the best till last…… you can make your animals have babies, and I assure you, THEY ARE ADORABLE 😀

12) The Lion King (PS1)

The title itself explains why it’s one of my favourites 😉 As much as I love this game though, I certainly got sick of hearing Simba’s dying screams as I continuously (and accidentally) made him roll off of the top of Pride Rock in the first level . . . . . . over and over again 😐 I would use the excuse that it was because I was young and every youngster sucks at video game coordination, but I still own this game and Simba is still quite regularly plunging to his death 😛

11) Halo 2 (Xbox)

This is literally the only first person shooter that I am good at, therefore the only one I like 😛 Playing as Master Chief and Arbiter was epic, fighting the Flood scared me silly, and the Scorpion tanks were the shit. While the main mission was awesome, the multiplayer maps were my favourite, where my brother and I would abandon the Rocket Launchers and Sniper Rifles, and would prefer getting in a Warthog each and smashing the shit out of each others cars 😀

10) Mass Effect (PS3)

An epic RPG! (RPG = Role Playing Game, for those who are not familiar with the abbreviation 🙂 Pretty much means while there is obviously a story line, it is not completely set in stone and you can really personalise your own character, form friendships/relationships with other character and make the game a different experience each time by making different decisions. So in other words….. RPG = AWESOME!) You are Commander Shepard (you can be male or female . . . . . . a really butch female :P), the first human Spectre appointed by the Council. Your mission is to not only save Earth, but save the whole flipping galaxy from a group of beings called Reapers, a huge ass alien race who wipes the galaxy clean of life every 50, 000 years so that the planets can be cleansed and new species can form. Epic? You bet your sweet ass its epic! 😀

9) Dynasty Warriors 3 (PS2)

 Set in Ancient China, in this game you take control of a war officer and have to fight your way through the enemies armies to take control over the area. Pretty much a hack and slash game 😀 Yet another game I played a lot with my brother (usually on the same team, as opposing him was suicide :P), and it was a good game to take your anger out on. Had a bad day at school? Why not hack at a few thousand soldiers? guarantee it’ll make you feel better 😛 Lu Bu was my favourite character (the fact he was the strongest has NOTHING to do with it…… I swear /shifty eyes :D)

8) Skyrim (PS3)

 You like complete freedom to do literally what ever you want? Want to be able to explore hundreds of caves/mountains/towns over an ENORMOUS map? Want to fight dragons? If your answer is no, get off my blog 😛 No please don’t go, I joke I joke! D’: But seriously, this game is amazing. You are Dovahkiin, the Dragon Born, and have the ability to absorb a Dragon’s life force and use the Thu’um, which are words of power used by Dragons. To defeat Alduin, you must go on a journey to the Throat of the World (and beyond) to where the Grey F*CKING beards reside (sorry about the outburst, it took me about 10 attempts to spell ‘beard’ right :P), and learn the ways of the Voice. The amount of other missions is insane, there is literally no finishing this game, as there is so much to do! Also, the Thu’um Fus Roh Da is awesome. I mean, using it to fight enemies is ok, but taking someone you hate to a huge mountain, and Fus Roh Da-ing their ass off of the top is so much more delightfully evil >:D

7) Age of Mythology (Computer)

 If you are fascinated with Greek, Norse and/or Egyptian myth and lore like I am, this is the game for you. Rather than being based on actual events, this strategy game is played within the context of the legends that existed in these wonderful ages. What makes this game even better is the expansion:

Not only does it add a new civilisation to play: The Atlanteans, but after you have built up your town, trained your units, built your Wonder, and chosen to worship a god, you can summon a mighty Titan to do your bidding. If you are lucky, the other civilisations on the map have summoned their Titan too, and you can sit back and watch the epic battle unfold of two almighty Gods beating each other silly 😀

6) Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)

Batman has fallen into Joker’s trap (yet again), and is now stuck in Arkham Asylum, a looney bin full of the worst criminals Batman has locked up. With Joker in control of the whole asylum, criminals such as Scarecrow, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Bane and Zsasz have been set loose, and are thirsting for blood. But being Batman, he is never unprepared. Nothing is cooler than being able to control the awesomeness that is Batman and be able to take on a groups of 30 thugs and come out unscathed! 😀 Spooky at times (especially when you are in Killer Croc’s lair) but really fun!

5) Spiderman 2 (PS2)

 Ok, I know I just said nothing is cooler than playing as Batman, but Spiderman is just that little bit more awesome, game-wise anyway 🙂 I spent way more hours than I would like to admit playing this game. Rather than doing the main mission, my favourite thing to do was to simply swing around the city! You have the whole of New York at your feet, and its pretty darn fun to explore it all! Climbing to the top of the Empire State Building and bungie jumping off of it was also pretty entertaining 😀

4) Mario (Wii, Nintendo 3DS)

I currently own Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Mario 3D Land, Mariokart and Mario Tennis. Apart from having to save his useless woman time and time over, Mario never gets old for me 😀

3) Kingdom Hearts (PS2)

The Heartless are taking over the Disney worlds, and you, Sora with the power of the Keyblade, must save them! I love Disney an unhealthy amount, so being able to go into the world of Tarzan, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid takes me back to my childhood. The bosses can be very challenging at times, and I am yet to finish the game because the last world is a complete and utter BITCH, but my love for this game outweighs any annoyances some of the enemies can present 🙂

2) Anything Lego (PS3)

Lego is easy to play, funny and highly entertaining! It is one of those games that rarely presents too much of a challenge, so it is a very relaxing game to play with lots of great humor thrown in throughout all the games. I own Lego Star Wars Saga, Lego Harry Potter years 1-7 and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, all of which are fantastic! And for those of you who have that annoying habit of continuously dying in a game (because we/I suck :P), the best thing about Lego is that YOU CAN’T DIE! 😀

1) DRAGON AGE (PS3)

This my dear friends, is what I believe to be the best RPG . . . . EVER. Made by the same developers as Mass Effect, it actually never fails to disappoint me. Whether you choose to be a human, elf, dwarf, warrior, rogue or mage, you are hand chosen by Duncan to enter the ranks of the Grey Wardens to face the oncoming Blight of Darkspawn, with the dreaded Arch Demon at the head of the horde. You and your fellow Grey Warden Alistair (who I can guarantee all of you ladies will fall in love with) set off to create an army of elves, dwarves, mages and men to help fight in the oncoming war. Along the road, you find a huge array of different companions to join your own personal party, and while the story line is absolutely fantastic, it is these party members that add one of the best elements to the game. It is with these people who you can create friendships, relationships, learn their back story, and complete their own personal quests to gain their favour. They come and talk to your own character on their own accord, they give their own input on different quests, and they even interact with each other (which often results in hilarious conversations to listen in on!) It is one of those games that you can play over and over again and have a different experience each time, and I promise you, no ending you encounter will disappoint you. I wasted a good part of my day yesterday playing this game for 5 hours straight . . . . . . I REGRET NOTHING! 😀

So there it is, part of my nerdom laid bare, hopefully it was more enlightening rather than boring 😛 So what is your favourite game of all time? Any one who has also played and loved these games? 🙂 Any particular recommendations? 😀 Now if you’ll excuse me, after writing about it, I have an overwhelming urge to play Dragon Age 😀 DIE DARKSPAWN! >:D

Until next week lovelies 🙂

 

We be nerds, hear us roar! April 25, 2012

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Past definition: Nerd – An act of complete social suicide. A geeky and antisocial individual doomed to spend their entire lives at the lower end of the popularity scale, never feeling the warmth of another human beings touch. Can be located in library, laboratory, or equally ‘uncool’ place. Will probably end up owning 30 cats.   

As I have mentioned and will probably continue to mention, I am a nerd, and darn proud of it! Growing up, I was far more interested in video games, books and science than I was parties, makeup and relationships. Of course, this meant a lot of torment was directed my way by those considered popular. At 20 years old, while being lucky enough to have found an amazingly wonderful man who loves me for my nerdiness, I am still far more interested in having my nose in a book or a controller in my hands than I am in the superficial aspects involved in the ‘popular’ lifestyle. However while my interests have not changed over the years, the way nerds are treated in society has quite significantly. The social ladder has dramatically (but awesomely) been altered, and who has come out on top? Not the jocks or cheerleaders, that era has been and gone. It is none other than THE ALMIGHTY NERDS! 😀

Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? It is cool to be geeky. Many of us haven’t had to change our ways and can now openly embrace all that is fantastic and nerdy without the fear of a wedgie, noogie or toilet flushing, but all of those once considered popular have now been left a little out of the loop. Now they are forced to embrace their inner geek, or it is then THEIR turn to be considered unpopular! I have seen lots of people letting go of their inhibitions and turning to the ways of the nerd, and its wonderful! Finally, there is a world of conversations you can have with people outside of what party they’ve been to, which person they hate for no reason, and who they have had sex with!

So the pressure is on to become a nerd, and to do it fast. Many people are doing a great job at gaining a bit of substance to their life, and are loving their new-found dork! Recently though, while looking through Facebook and other blogs, I have come across a few cases where a few girls people  have really been struggling to go with the nerd wave. These are a few examples of what I have found that have really grinded my gears. Sorry ‘cool’ people, but you are in the nerds playing field now, and if you are going to embrace the inner nerd, there is a few things you need to understand before you make a ninny of yourself!

Being a nerd ‘YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG’ Exhibit A:

Ok, I’m only going to say this once. THESE GLASSES DO NOT MAKE YOU A NERD. Sweet baby jesus, the amount of pictures I have seen on Facebook of Barbie type girls saying ‘Teehee, oh ma gawd I’m such a nerd!’ is mindblowing. Personality and interests define you as a nerd, not a cheap ass piece of black plastic you put on your face 2 seconds to get a photo! If you are going to embrace the geek, for the love of god please pick up a book or a video game, NOT THESE GLASSES!

Being a nerd: ‘YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG’ Exhibit B:

Saying things like ‘I’m a pretty girl in a nerdy world’ or ‘It’s so hard being pretty and smart!’

Holy flipping fudge nuts. What are you trying to say, that we original nerds aren’t attractive? Well excuse me, but I think we are an absolutely stunning bunch:

Hehe 😀

But seriously, what?! If it’s really ‘so hard’ for you being pretty AND smart, please go back to being just pretty, god forbid that you have a difficult life juggling both! And for your information, there is plenty of nerds out there who are down right attractive as well as smart without even trying, so don’t act like you are privileging the nerd world by gracing us with your ‘pretty’ presence and that even in OUR field that you are above us because of how flipping gorgeous you are. If you are going to be arrogant and still try to belittle nerds when you are trying to be one, go back to your own world, this Nerdtopia doesn’t want you!

 Apart from these brain farts some people seem to be having over the whole concept of being a nerd, I am loving this new social move. It is the age of the nerd my friends, so embrace it and get geeky!

Current Definition: Nerd – A complete social stud. An interesting and entertaining individual that is at the peak of the social ladder and loved by all. Can be located in the library, laboratory, or in an equally awesome place. Will still probably end up with 30 cats.

WE BE NERD, HEAR US ROAR! 😀