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New Obsession: Camp Camp

tumblr_ou48m1uHBR1wwmhuzo1_400Like many of my obsessions, I stumbled on Camp Camp while browsing through YouTube one boring afternoon. After watching the first episode I ended up watching both seasons in two days.

The sad thing is that isn’t even my personal best.

Camp Camp follows the misadventures of the campers and councillors of Camp Campbell. Most of the time focusing on the cynical Max, outgoing Nikki, nerdy Neil and the enthusiastic councillor David.

The show also stars two other Camps who get their own time to shine, The Wood Scouts and the Flower Scouts.

While the focus is usually on the trio of campers I mentioned earlier, the rest of the cast have defined and unique personalities that play off each other very well and brings a lot of contrast and comedy through their interactions.

My favourite character is the lovable optimist David. He is genuine and tries his hardest to get the campers to have fun in the camp where he spent many happy years himself. However, while he is well-meaning in his endeavours he can be annoying and dense.

I will admit that I see a bit of myself in him. I try to make people happy but more often then not I end up annoying them. On top of that, I can be very dense at times.

Max_CoffeeMax is a close second, namely because the ten year old’s pessimistic attitude and foul language contrast brilliantly to David’s personality. Max is also the one who gets the most development over the series. He is a bitter boy and I love him for that.

Do not be fooled by the art style and plot, this is not a children’s cartoon. Outside of the cursing, the jokes are very adult. Unlike other adult cartoons, there isn’t a lot of gross-out humour. Most of the jokes take advantage of the camp setting and the personalities of the campers.

Part of the appeal of this show for me is nostalgia. I was a Girl Guide when I was younger and adored camping. So a show that both mocks and celebrates camps is just my cup of tea. Not to mention the characters who make this show worth watching.

At the time of writing, they have confirmed that Season Three is on the way and will be aired this year but there is no official date, making it the perfect time to start watching the show. In addition, all the episodes bar the second season finale are eleven minutes long. I highly recommend you check it out.



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New Obession: Pyre

PyreHeader-700x967What do you get when you combine a sports game with an RPG? Apparently, Pyre.

Developed by Supergiant Games, Pyre is a game unlike any I have played before. Exiled from the Commonwealth, you are found by a group of travellers who need someone with the ability to read, like you.

Together, you must defeat your opponents in an ancient ritual knows as Rites to regain your stolen freedom. In doing so, you travel around the Downside meeting friends and foes alike.

Sounds like an RPG alright, but where does the sports element fit in. Well, remember the Rites? To put it simply, imagine three versus three basketball. But instead of hoops, you must throw the orb into the enemies Pyre. Oh, and you need to throw yourself into the flames as well, taking that character out of the game until the next person dives into the fire.

There are a tone of different strategies to learn, but my favourite is to use the Cur Rukey to sprint past my opponents and dive in as quickly as possible. Thing is, you can’t spam techniques which means you need to learn how to use each character.

Speaking of characters, outside of the intense gameplay, one of the reasons I fell hard for Pyre is the cast of characters you meet throughout your journey.

previewfile_1184101881I am a self-confessed sap but it is hard not to get attached to the Nightwings. During the course of the game, you get to chat with them and learn more about your companions and the lore of the world.  The more time you spend with them, the more invested you become in their fight for freedom.

Everyone who has played this game goes on and on about the art and the music, so much so it even put me off playing the game for a while. Having played Pyre, let me tell you that they are not overhyping it. I dare say this is the most beautiful game I have played in a while. From the character designs to the backgrounds, everything in this game is incredibly detailed.

Do not get me started on the music, this ramble will turn into a full-blown rant as I go on and on about the gorgeous soundtrack. Let’s just say its amazing and there is a good reason that you can buy the soundtrack.

At the time of writing, I have not finished this game, so for all I know the game might take a sudden drop in later parts but from what I have played so far, Pyre is one hell of a game. Just like how I couldn’t give the best indie of 2017 to Night in the Woods because I hadn’t completed it, I don’t think I can recommend this game.

However, I love it. I adore the characters, lose myself in the music and lose my mind during the trials and Rites. I think its safe to say Prye has burned its way into my heart.


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New Obsession: Don’t Starve Together

Don't_Starve_Together_LogoI was given a copy of this game a while ago but I didn’t start playing it properly until recently and now I have fallen head over heels for this game.

Don’t Starve Together is a survival game that can be played alone but is best experienced with others. You and your fellow survivors must work together to survive as long as possible.

You need to keep an eye on your health, hunger and sanity as you create a base, find food and defend yourself from the monsters that roam around.

On top of that, if you aren’t by a source of light by nightfall you are a goner as Charlie will kill you.

I have to admit it, I am horrible at this game. At the time of writing, my personal record in solo play is 15 days. Pitiful I know.

One of the elements that drew me into the Don’t Starve Together community was the lore surrounding the game and its predecessor Don’t Starve. There are a lot of unanswered questions from the games that many fans have attempted to answer through theories.

Wilson_Resurrection.gifMy go-to survivor is Wilson. Why? I just like him. I’ve tried to play as other characters but Wilson is my favourite. Mainly because I like his design and his personality that has been hinted at in the cinematics.

I have played a fair amount of games with strangers and for the most part, it has been pretty fun. However, I personally prefer to play with friends. Particularly my best friend who keeps teasing me because of how bad I am compared to her and her boyfriend. I swear, I’m trying!

During the Autumn Steam sale, I got Don’t Stave as I felt that I needed to play it. While I enjoy it, I prefer playing with friends. Although that is mostly because they keep me alive.

Don’t Starve Together is a fun game whether you play alone or with friends. Not to mention the seasonal events. I highly recommend it.

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New Obsession: Friday the 13th

jason.pngWelcome to Camp Crystal Lake, happy campers!

Okay, maybe that isn’t the right name for those who visit Camp Blood, I think the correct term is dead meat.

For the past couple of weeks, I have been binge watching not only the Friday the 13th movies but as much Friday the 13th content that I can find. Why? Well, I have become a tad obsessed with this franchise.

This is not the first time I have gotten hooked on a film series, but it is the first horror movie series I have fallen in love with.

There is an odd charm this series has which has won me over. So much so that for Halloween this year I am going as a murdered Camp Crystal Lake Counselor, complete with slit throat (bloody choker).

Thing is, the top I bought for this costume is two sizes too big for me. But hey, after Halloween it will make a great nightshirt.

Back on topic, one of the reasons that I love these films is how the characters are killed. I know that in the horror world Freddy is credited as having the most unique and creative kills, but I still prefer Jason’s as they are slightly more realistic.

66685f92a888f0d6d06e2426d33d45b7--lake-signs-hand-madeYou know these bland characters are going to die, but the fun part is how.

I will be the first to admit that these films have dated and certainly have their cheesy moments, but that is why I love these movies so much.

My favourite film has to be the first, while Jason himself doesn’t become the star of the show until the second, the first one has a decent twist and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

While Jason is an icon of pop culture, it is interesting to see how the lore around him developed from movie to movie. With each film, more elements are added to the lore but not all questions are answered, leaving just enough room for fan theories to spring up.

Like I said, Jason didn’t become the antagonist until the second film and it wasn’t until the third that he donned the hockey mask for the first time.

I love this series, and my special, special boy.

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New Obsession: Restaurant to Another World

10b117017d07aa836665f0608ef46ad11498501171_fullThis is one hell of a cute anime!

Restaurant to Another World (Isekai Shokudō) is about the staff and customers of the Western Cuisine Nekoya Restaraunt.

However, there is more to this restaurant than meets the eye. Six days a week this restaurant operates in the modern world, but every Saturday doors to the restaurant appear in a magical fantasy world.

At the time of writing, there are five episodes available with more on the way. Each episode is split into two different stories. With each story, we learn not only about the new characters but we also are shown more of the fantasy work and the history of the Western Cuisine Nekoya Restaraunt.

The animation is bright, colourful and full of life, and that is not mentioning the food. Word of warning, do not watch Restaurant to Another World on an empty stomach, you will suffer major hunger pains. Trust me on that.

tumblr_osjneuzben1wt5xqro1_500My favourite character is the darling demon Aletta, who works as a waitress at the restaurant. She is sweet, gentle and well mannered. Not to mention cute!

A close second is Tenshu, the chef and owner of Western Cuisine Nekoya. A firm but a fair man with a compassionate side. He inherited the magical eatery ten years ago after the former manager, his grandfather, passed away.

The story isn’t just about food, but rather how food makes us feel. How it can cheer you up and remind you of home. How it can give you strength to face the tough challenges life has to offer. With each character the show introduces, we are shown the different ways food helps us to live, in more ways than one.

s4Restaurant to Another World is cheerful with a lot of heart and a few laughs are thrown in for good measure. I am head over heels in love with this show. If you want a fun show that leaves a good taste in your mouth, this is the anime for you.

Enjoy your meal!

Restaurant to Another World is licenced by FUNimation and is available on Crunchyroll (sub) and the FUNimation website (dub)

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New Obession: Killing Floor 2

games_kf2_logoThis is why I love having a PS Plus membership, you get games like this for free! Well, sort of.

Killing Floor 2 is an FPS game that came out last year and was one of this month’s free games for those with PS Plus memberships.

In the game, Europe has been overrun by deformed clones known as Zeds. Most of the remaining survivors of the outbreak have fled or hidden, but a group of unlikely heroes have stepped up to fight the hordes.

You have three choices when it comes to how many waves you dare to take on. Your options are four waves, seven waves or ten waves. After defeating a wave, you have one minute to buy and upgrade your gear and prepare for the next wave.

After you have taken out all of the waves, you go up against a boss.

There are ten different perks to pick from. These perks determine what weapons you start off with and give you different bonuses. As you level up your perk you unlock more bonuses and skills to give you an edge. You can change your perk anytime you want, but I have stuck with Berserker for no reason at all.

aussieIn terms of the characters, they are all likeable in their own ways but I have two favourites. The first is Rae Higgins, an Aussie Rockabilly. I love her design and her voice.

The other character is Reverend Alberts. Why? Because he has answered my prayers, he is Scottish! This is a pet peeve of mine and I know it might sound silly, but I have always been annoyed by the lack of Scottish characters in games. There are a lot of English characters, but few Scots.

I started playing Killing Floor 2 a few days ago and I am now hooked. Funny thing is, I don’t exactly know why. Ever since I started slicing up Zeds the game clicked with me.

If I had to guess, it’s probably because of the rapid fire gameplay that forces you to pay attention or get ripped to shreds. The references to Shawn of the Dead and Monty Python And Holy Grail are a nice touch.

If you have a PS Plus membership, you need to play this game, its a hell of a good time!

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New Obsession: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

unnamedDammit, Shiloh! Stop getting me addicted to stuff!

Back in Highschool, I was really into Yu-Gi-Oh! I loved the anime, the manga and the card game. However, with every new series, the rules kept changing and it confused me. So I stopped playing the card game and eventually stopped watching the anime.

Then on Tuesday, my dear friend Shiloh asked if I had the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links app. When I said no she recommended it.

Now, I am hooked.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is a lot of fun. I am still a bit rusty but thankfully I’m picking it up fairly easily. At first, I was worried that you would have to pay to get cards, but that isn’t the case. Well, you can, but it isn’t necessary as you can use gems you win.

jou.pngI’m hardly the king of card games. I’m pretty unlucky, so I tend to get a bad hand and I tend to draw cards that aren’t any use at that point in time.

At least the app gives you hints and keeps count of your LP. Back in Highschool, I had to have someone coaching me every time I played, I was that bad.

If I had to nitpick, I would have liked the option to use a customisable character. You can customise your deck so why not have a customisable character?

However, I can’t really complain. After all, they did bring back the original voice actors to reprise their roles.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links had also reignited my old love for the franchise as a whole. I recently found my old Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and started to rewatch the original anime.

Side note, why isn’t Yu-Gi-Oh! GX on Netflix? That was my favourite series, but they only have the original and the newest at the moment. Oh, and the Bonds Beyond Time movie.

While Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links will appeal to a new generation of Duelists, I think it is safe to say that it was made with the original fans in mind. Because of that, this app is perfect for anyone. I recommend it if you are looking for a free way to play the card game or just kill some time.