Yesterday I was in a funk and I think that the photo-a-day reflected that. I couldn’t get out of my own way, I couldn’t get myself motivated to do work and so I floundered. I really thought that I would be getting much more done now that I was home full time. I look around at all that we have to do before we move and I got a bit overwhelmed. I look at the posts that I need to write for different commitments and I get overwhelmed.
When I get overwhelmed I turn to a couple of things. Food for one. Video games for another. Growing up I spent a ton of time playing Nintendo. I liked it because even though the games could be hard and frustrating at times I knew that I would get through them and win. It felt really good to save the princess, it felt really good to have some small victories as I leveled up along the way. Video games reinforce the player big time by giving them coins or points or special armor and more. The more you play the better your character gets and by proxy, the better you get.
So, when things get a little to much for me I play a game and lose myself for a little while. I certainly don’t play for days on end like I did as a kid. I don’t stay up all night trying to beat a game like I used to when I was younger. I play for a while and then put the game down.
Today I bought Army of Darkness for my iPad. The game was $2.99. If this had come out when I was a kid it would have been $50 at least. Of course had it come out when I was a kid I’d have been first in line to pick it up. I discovered the movie Army of Darkness through friends of mine in college. They were into horror movies and I wasn’t up for watching a horror movie, I don’t like them. However, this was different. This was more of a horror/fantasy/medieval/comedy. The movie also stars Bruce Campbell and well, that was my first introduction to the man. He was so awesome in the movie. His character, Ash, was brash, bold and he had some of the best lines ever. I’ve been a fan of nearly everything that Bruce Campbell has done ever since.
So, I bought the game and spent a few hours playing it. The game is so simple yet highly addictive and so much fun. You play as Ash and the undead horde of skeletons, mini Ashes, flying demons and such come toward you to capture the Necronomicon, the book of the Dead. You have to prevent them from having that happen. You are armed with your shotgun and fist at first. You can summon peasants with rakes and brooms to help and also some light foot soldiers. These are basically cannon fodder for the horde to attack. As you progress through the game you upgrade the defenses that can help you keep the horde at bay and then you can summon characters like Arthur and Henry the Red.
As you progress so does the advancing horde. Sometimes silly sometimes scary but always advancing. All throughout the game you get many of Ash’s signature lines from the movie and even a few funny on screen things that happen to Ash, especially when he speaks the words of the Necronomicon incorrectly.
this is a very fun game and work every bit the $3 bucks it cost to buy. Here is a trailer for the game. There is an add before the trailer. And actually the trailer is not that good. I would have liked to have seen some effort put into this trailer than just scary monks chanting.
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