A Million Games Out There, and I’m Playing Plants vs. Zombies?

How long has Plants vs. Zombies been out?  At least seven or eight years I would guess.  And yet, instead of playing Halo – I’m playing PVZ.  Even more strange, I’m not even playing the main game!  I’m spending my time cultivating my little zombie Zen Garden.  Why is it so appealing?  Probably for the same reason people enjoy Farmville or Minecraft.  It is fun to build and create.  It is fun to make something that actually works.  I promise you, my real life attempts at gardening would never be so successful.

Garden happiness

Garden happiness

Yet here I am, adding water, fertilizer, and some music to make my little plants happy.  I want them to be happy because when they are, they produce lots of little coins.  So many coins that I’ve had to purchase a snail who goes around collecting the money.  It is not a very reliable snail because it frequently takes naps and I have to wake it up by pouring water on it.  I’m a pretty mean gardener.

There is something satisfying about taking care of something and watching it grow.  The same thoughts can apply to friendship, to parenthood, to your career, to your calling.  After all, according to Genesis, there was a garden from the beginning.  A garden can be a place of wondrous happiness.

“He – I came to my garden, my sister, my bride, I gathered my myrrh with my spice, I ate my honeycomb with my honey, I drank my wine with my milk.  Others – Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with love” – Song of Solomon 5:1

Video Game Chair Review – X Rocker Triple Flip 2.1

I recently was the recipient of a chair specially made for playing video games.  It is called the X Rocker Flip 2.1.  A chair, an ottoman, and a storage box.  I conveniently had it on my Amazon wishlist and my wife surprised me on Christmas.

A Chair!

A Chair!

As a chair, it is relatively comfortable.  While it does have plenty of room, it could use some more padding in the seat cushion.  That said, it may not be a bad thing that it is not the most comfortable chair in the world.  It can help limit how long I want to play.  I like the nice wide arms because there is plenty of room for remotes or controllers.  The chair does have built in speakers, but I have not tried them out fully with a game.  To make it work, I will need to have left/right audio cables coming from the game as well as a power adapter.  It came with appropriate cabling, but I don’t know if I will set it up.  I prefer the clean wireless appearance.  Plus, I love the great sound I get from my Xbox One headphones so I will use them most of the time instead.

Storage!

Storage!

Lift up the seat cushion and there is plenty of storage for many games and peripherals.  It is pretty handy for stowing items.  What else can I say about storage?  Oh yeah, there’s a subwoofer down there as well.

Otto, man!

Otto, man!

This is one of my favorite features.  I like how the back folds down and turns into an ottoman.  It may not be the most attractive ottoman on the planet, but I love the function.  I wonder why it is called an ottoman anyway?  Does it have something to do with the Ottoman Empire?

I give the X Rocker a 7.5 out of 10.  It would have a better score if it had more cush for my tush!

You can check it out on Amazon here:

http://www.amazon.com/Rocker-0717901-Triple-Storage-Ottoman/dp/B00CTIA5LU/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1422058482&sr=8-8&keywords=video+game+ottoman

Wild Man Ted Update & What I’ve Been Playing

Greetings!  Wild Man Ted here, responding to nasty rumors of my disappearance from the internet.  No, I did not perish from a Dramamine overdose and neither did I have to check myself into a clinic for video game addiction.  In fact, it has been something far more mundane – just life.  I don’t know if you have ever felt like this but sometimes just having a full time job can sap most of my strength.  When I would come home, I just wanted to relax and play a game – not try to think up something to write about, find appropriate images, and publish.  So for now, I’m just going to write a little something and see if I can get back into the groove.  I appreciate all my friends from the Theology Gaming University Facebook page for being patient with me.

I have a new piece of equipment in the video game room.  It is one of those video game chairs.  What is cool about it is that it folds over into an ottoman.  It is relatively comfortable to play in.  It has built in speakers but I have not tried them out yet in the game room.  Just a quick test on Christmas morning with my Surface RT plugged into it.

The game I have been playing the most lately is HALO: The Master Chief Collection.  I had never played all the way through so it has been fun getting the whole “HALO” experience.  Plus, it is hard to beat a deal like four full games all in one package.  I am currently on HALO 4, on the fourth chapter.  Here are some of my the Master Chief Collection thoughts:

HALO One was fun to play because it was the only one I was playing as a repeat from the original Xbox.  It did have a new HD remake so it looked better.  I noticed how far game design has come since this game.  I can’t run!  Boy, I thought all FPS’s would let you run!  Second, I remembered how much back tracking I had to do throughout the game.  The best part of the game though is the driving sequence at the end – intense!

HALO Two was the most recent game to receive the HD treatment.  It truly looked stunning and the cut scenes were spectacular.  I liked having the ability to go from the new look to the original look with the press of a button – even the cut scenes.  Game play was more of the same although I personally enjoyed playing as the Arbiter.  I understand some fans didn’t like that very much.

HALO Three almost felt like a graphical let down after playing all the way through Two.  It had a great storyline and the same consistent game play. It had another fantastic driving sequence at the end and wow, what an ending.

At some point I watched Forward Unto Dawn on Netflix, I was told it would help me understand the events from HALO Three and Four a little better.  I guess it did, a little.

Finally, I have been working my way through Four and it has been challenging.  When I am playing alone I have to be very patient or I will die.  I am very motivated to finish the game.  I want to get back to Earth and save Cortana.  I’m going to try to complete another chapter tonight.

When I have completed all four, I can move on to the next game that sits unopened on top of my Xbox One…