Saturday, 13 December 2014

Ten Terrific Tunes

For the past weeks I have been incredibly busy writing papers so my plan to post on Mondays is still failing miserably. That also means I haven't had the time to write extensive posts or take pretty pictures, sadly. However, Sary's latest post has given me an idea; it reminded me of the fact that I rarely talk about music on this blog. That is why I am going to post ten songs that I love for you to discover and (hopefully) enjoy so you will know at least something about my musical tastes.
Without further ado, ten songs that make my ears happy, in no particular order.

IAMX - Animal Impulses


Deine Lakaien - Nevermore


Sneaker Pimps - The Chauffeur (Duran Duran cover)


The Cure - Where the Birds Always Sing


NÄO - Glad


Chelsea Wolfe - The Warden


Rasputina - Gingerbread Coffin


Abney Park - Neobedouin


Switchblade Symphony - Gutter Glitter


Yasmine Hamdan - Hal (Only Lovers Left Alive soundtrack)


Picking ten songs was hard. Goethes Erben didn't make the cut, and neither did David Bowie, which makes me sad. I suggest you give Bowie a listen anyway, to make up for me not including him.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Goth-Friendly Games

I've done a post on board games before, but this is the first time I will be talking about computer games. Why? Because I am an idiot savant when it comes to gaming. It is one of my favourite ways to waste time, but I rarely play a game as it comes out, I am not a very skilled gamer and the only devices I own are a laptop, a PS2 and a couple of old gameboys. Nevertheless, I enjoy gaming a lot and that is all that matters (or should matter); I've gotten away with it so far.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
I am not going to spoil the plot for you because, as the name suggests, in both games you wake up and discover you suffer from amnesia. As the game progresses, you gain clues and slowly start to remember again. 
Personally, I think the Amnesia games are the absolute creepiest games ever brought into existence ever so if you like horror, these are a must. Admittedly, I haven't finished The Dark Descent yet but I can tell you that A Machine for Pigs has a fantastic plot as well - it is slightly less terrifying though.
Protip: play on a big screen with a group of friends. I promise it will be fun. No really, trust me.


Alice: Madness Returns
Most people will have heard of American McGee's Alice; Alice: Madness Returns is the sequel. I haven't actually played the first one but I am enjoying this one an awful lot. You play as Alice Liddell who is being plagued by visions and has ended up in an asylum. The game begins when Alice is finally free to go, but of course the visions begin again and she needs to regain her memories in order to save Wonderland.
The images in Alice: Madness Returns are absolutely stunning at times and freakishly disturbing at others. There is a wide array of fascinating creatures and characters, many of whom you might remember from the original Alice in Wonderland. I do find the gameplay to be rather difficult which makes the game frustrating at times, but mostly the images and storyline make up for that.
 

Don't Starve
I have seen people jokingly call Don't Starve 'Tim Burton's Minecraft' and to be honest, that is a pretty decent description. The goal of the game literally is not to die. You hop around in a world you don't know, collect resources and food, build a camp and basically try to survive as long as you can because literally everything will try and kill you. Well, almost everything.  
Don't Starve is one of the funnest, silliest and surprisingly, most challenging games I have played in a while. It is full of dark humour and references and the imagery is, well, very Tim Burton-y. Honestly, I can't stress enough how fantastic this game is. I am also immensely looking forward to Don't Starve Together, because dying on multiplayer is just that bit more fun.

Source: Don't Starve Game
Eldritch
The way Eldritch looks might put you off at first - the visuals are much like Minecraft's - but it really works while you're playing. The goal of the game is to get through three levels (every level consists of another three levels - I know, I know) and claim the soul of Dagon, the soul of Nyarlathotep and the soul of Cthulhu. You could also visit the Mountains of Madness somewhere in between or save a couple of souls from the asylum. I haven't been able to finish it yet because it's incredibly challenging but it's perfect to play for short periods of time.
Here, have a hilarious traile that explains it better than I can.


The Secret World
The Secret World takes place in a world much like our own, only much, much darker. It is full of secrets, conspiracies and evil. First of all, you must make a choice: will you join the illuminati, the templars or the dragon? When you make that decision, your storyline is determined and you can start uncovering secrets and fighting... well, who knows?
The gameplay is a bit tricky at first - The Secret World is an MMO but the leveling works entirely different from most other MMO games. The conversations are full of humour and even references to (pop) culture. As I have only recently begun playing this game (as in, yesterday) I can't tell you much about the plot yet but it all looks very promising so far - this game has been on my Steam wishlist for almost a year so I am very excited to discover more. And anything labeled 'Lovecraftian' just has to be good, right?

Source: The Secret World
I hope you've enjoyed my list of goth-friendly games - be sure to let me know which titles you would have included.