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May 2015

Addicted to Spelunky!

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Spelunky time!

Spelunky time!

I’m at a stage of my life where I’m learning an awful lot of stuff.. a lot of stuff relating to completely different aspects of my life. I’m going as fast as I can but things have again seriously been held up by an addiction of mine..and that sadly is an addiction to the game Spelunky. I’m supposed to be driving ahead and forging on with my career as a Digital Marketer and Web Developer, instead I’ve become obsessed trying to make a little cartoon ‘Indiana Jones’  styled character (strangley with a massive weird shaped red nose) get ‘To Hell and Back’. Damn those Steam achievements!

I don’t think I’ve ever played a game that is more addictive than Spelunky. It has the “I’ll just have one more go” appeal in absolute spades. The game has got rave reviews on Steam and rightly so. The game is constructed so well. It is extremely challenging and when you first begin to play you’ll struggle to pass the first couple of levels. You learn something new every single run though and when you die you always think you can do better next time, and that’s the simple reason why you can’t stop playing. It’s the same principle as with games like The Binding of Issac, another game that I got hopelessly addicted to and had to 100%.

The Spelunky ghost

The ghost is a real nuisance until you get used to the game

Spelunky is not a stylish game, the visuals are cartoony, the game is colorful and visually child friendly, barring possibly the giant spiders but it’s just so god damn addictive! It’s an ‘arcade’ type game. My personal favourite type, you can just pick it up and play without worrying about any story. It’s just the gameplay and you can almost go in to a trance like state.  Spelunky reminds me of when I used to play Doom as a kid. That was acceptable of course because I was a child back then. The worrying thing though.. is that I’m still doing the same thing now! Instead of fully concentrating on making money and forwarding my career I’m worrying about my ‘average game completion rate’ and ‘crafting badges’ all of which have no bearing or benefit on my life and result in no profit what-so-ever.

It’s not this game really that’s the problem it’s the Steam achievements themselves. I’ve made the mistake of signing up to Steam now and it’s taking it’s toll on my OCD type personality. So just a note to anyone thinking of creating a Steam account, I definitely wouldn’t recommend Steam to anyone with OCD type tendencies, unless you have all the time in the world to dedicate to it. I think it’s just a phase for me. Hopefully.

Me playing Spelunkey

Like me playing Spelunkey or Doom as a kid

All my life.. watching America

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Guns & Roses, Paramore, Blink 182, Nirvana, Fall Out Boy, great bands from a vast, expansive country. In places energy and hustle and bustle but mostly lonely out in the wilderness. I’ve never even been to the United States but I’ve spent so much time watching and listening to what comes out of the place it feels almost like a second home (admittedly a very large and diverse second home). I have an obsession with the place that is inexplicably linked with music and bands, be it reading about Slash growing up partying on the Sunset strip in Cali -providing the birth of Guns and Roses- to hearing of Kurt Cobain’s roots in the anonymous logging town of Aberdeen or Hayley Williams’ origins in Franklin Tennessee. I love the Harry Bosch Detective novels that chronicle the famous Hollywood homicide detective’s exploits which have since been adapted for TV. I am a Mixed Martial Arts fan of which America has the largest and most popular organization in the UFC. In the past I’ve experimented with making my own whiskey and regularly used to watch Moonshiners for inspiration. I would love to be out Moonshining in the Appalachian mountains! Being British I’m also obviously influenced by the culture of America and watch hundreds of their TV shows and really enjoy their music, lastly I simply love great weather and scenery. All these things combined meant that I always would have a bit of a thing for the United States and Canada.

Baseball game at Fenway ParkAs a young kid there was talk in our household of emigrating to North America – specifically Canada – for my dad to receive a much higher wage within the mechanical engineering industry. I was more than happy and jumped on the idea immediately and told everyone at school that we would be moving, it would only be a matter of time.. well it never happened unfortunately. My family never took the plunge! It was seen as too much of a risk I guess. It’s a dream I still hold to this day though and I would still seize the chance of being able to spend time abroad if the opportunity was to arise! I am currently learning French. The language was kind of forced upon me at school but I’ve decided to finish what I started and learn the language properly. The UK is part of the EU and because of this, people can freely move around the EU countries. I’m sure France would be a great place to visit and spend time! I was much too young to appreciate the place when my family visited as a young child. Learning French could also obviously be of a great benefit if I ever do manage to make it to Canada, depending on what parts I visit of course. Canada is kind of my version of the promised land!

It’s often the case that people tend to want what they can’t or don’t have. It seems many Brits want to live in America or Canada and likewise many Americans in particular would love to live in Britian! I know I live in a beautiful county of England in Yorkshire and I try my very best not to take the scenery for granted, it’s often just a shame about the weather :).The beauty and History of Britain