So Real I Can’t Touch It

Is Realism Important in Video Games?

Gone Home – Photo by The Fullbright Company /CC BY-SA 3.0

A thoughtful discussion by Paul Gestl

People play video games because they want to experience things they can’t do in real life. But contrary to popular opinion, that doesn’t seem to be the path the current gaming industry is heading towards. This is probably a response to the outcry by mainstream journalists and feminists alike who want to see more relatable female characters.

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Cake Mania Main Street Review

Cake Mania Main Street

Developer: Sandlot Games
Publisher: The Same Guys
Released on Feb 16, 2010

Ah, the Cake Mania series, it truly brings back memories. Little did I know, they would create a fourth game, not after Jill got married and everything was tied up in a neat little bow. This one is an old-school time management game for the girls and their moms. The story takes you back to the Evan’s Bakery in Bakersfield. 

Genre: A Casual Game for All Ages

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What is the Steam Music Player?

The Steam Music Library

I may no longer be new to Steam, but I still haven’t found a use for the Steam Music Player. It’s supposed to be a music library meant to store your video game soundtracks. The music files are stored as MP3 files. It shares many similarities with iTunes. You can listen to soundtracks from your favorite games.

This may sound pointless, but it is a good way to listen to the OSTs without being under pressure from fighting a hard boss or trying to overcome a timed stage. If it is copyrighted, then it might not stay on YouTube. Buying soundtracks is the safe, legal option.

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Virtual Villagers – The Secret City Review

Virtual Villagers-The Secret City

Developer: Last Day of Work
Publisher: Same Company
Released on May 28, 2008

Virtual Villagers 3-The Secret City is now available on Steam! An old-fashioned simulation game where you are God and it’s your job to raise a tribe of villagers by helping them survive on a seemingly deserted island. Embark on a new journey to the island’s northern shore, with a small group in search of new areas to populate.

Genre: Casual Simulation

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Website was down on Monday

EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

To my fellow readers, I have some bad news to share. Last Monday, PC Games for Steam suddenly stopped working. The main URL directed to someone else’s blog and the site was no longer secure. It gave me quite a shock. 

I tested the links on my pages and the images couldn’t be viewed. It’s been frustrating trying to fix the database files.  Unfortunately, I lost two of my latest posts and was told by my host provider they won’t be able to recover them. 

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