Knit Me Something Video Game Style

This is a special posting for a certain group of ladies who informed me that they regularly click on my blog posts even though they often have no idea of what I’m talking about.  I know they love to knit and create.  So today, I dedicate this to them as I search the internet for anything related to knitting.  My main resource is Etzy, because I don’t know of any others.  Click on the photo and it will take you to the actual site where the item is for sale.

Item #1: Journey Scarf – I’m not much of a scarf person but I would be proud to wear this scarf that has the unique design from the game Journey on the Sony PlayStation 3.  The scarf is a huge part of the game’s mechanic.  It helps the player to literally float or glide in the air.  That would great if they could add that feature to this real world scarf.

Hand-Knit Journey Inspired Scarf

Item #2: Pac Man Drink Coozie – It would be really cool to have a favorite beverage wrapped in a classic retro video game coozie.  My spell check hates the word coozie, it keeps trying to change it to cookie.  I hope I’m spelling it correctly but you get the idea.  I would love to have these for drinks if I had friends over to play some games.

Knit Pac Man and Ghost Beer Coozie

Item #3: Legend of Zelda Knit Cap – What else can I say.  Take Nintendo’s legendary game series and make it something real and tangible.  I would love to wear this cap on a cold winter day.

Knit Made to Order: Link Hat from any Legend of Zelda Game

So those are my top three items!  Ladies, I hope you enjoyed it (and all you other game lovers too).  I also want to mention that I found this Flash-based knitting game: (although I believe it is more like cross-stitch).  Click on the link below to give it a try.


Shadows of Mordor – A Really Dark Game

I'm not very much fun

I’m not very much fun

I’ve played Shadows of Mordor for an hour and a half on my XBox One and so far it has not appealed to me.  I would love to be convinced otherwise.  I love Middle Earth.  I love Tolkien.  I dislike this game.  Why?

Reason #1: This is a really dark game.  I shouldn’t be surprised because the title makes it clear, but Mordor is not a setting that I enjoy.  There is no sun.  There are orcs and goblins all over the place.  There are humans who are bound in slavery.  I would much rather be sitting on a bench in the shire with pipeweed in my bowl.

Reason #2: This is a really hard game.  I don’t feel like there is a learning curve.  The only games I can think to compare it to are Demon Souls and Dark Souls – but those games were at least rewarding in their own way.  In Shadows of Mordor, I find myself failing again and again, but I’m not learning anything from it.

Reason #3: I don’t enjoy the controls.  Maybe I have played too much of the Assassin’s Creed series but I keep holding down the right trigger to run and climb.  In Mordor, it makes me sneak slowly.  The A button is the run button.  I am still getting used to the combat but it is just not enjoyable to me.  I have been told the combat is similar to the Batman games – but I never played any of those.

Reason #4: Stealth.  I am on one of the first missions and I have to be stealthy.  If I alert the guards they raise the alarm and the mission is over.  I don’t even really know how to do a stealth kill move.  I think it is right trigger – X.

Reason #5: I’m not sure how this really fits into the Tolkien worldview.  The Lord of the Rings trilogy always has a glimmer of hope, “That there is good in the world and it’s worth fighting for.”  In this game, I’m some guy who is a ranger.  His name is not memorable.  He is somewhere between life and death (since Tolkien was Catholic this part may actually fit in as a kind of purgatory) and revenge seems to be his motive so far.

So please.  All of you out there who may love this game.  Help me find something to love in it.  I want to like it because…Tolkien….

Halo 4 has me too stressed out man!

I'm Master Chief.  I don't even eat or go to the bathroom

I’m Master Chief. I don’t even eat or go to the bathroom

It feels like I’m crawling through Halo 4.  Right when I was almost finished with level 8, my wife popped her head into the game room to tell me she was home.  I was so focused on the game that I nearly jumped out of my chair and hit my head on the ceiling!

Is the game a hard game?  I guess it depends on what kinds of game you like.  I usually play a game in order to relax.  So far, playing the role of Master Chief definitely keeps me on my toes.  It’s not enough to be running around shooting space aliens like the covenant, I also have to face these “anti-matter” type foes.   Then,  since I am the “Master”, I also can drive any vehicle, walker, or spacecraft in the repertoire.  I was flying some kind of spacecraft when my wife surprised me.  I was shooting at turrets and squeezing through tight spaces.  Dying again and again – because I stink.

I may have had the shakes – but at least I wasn’t seasick!

Honestly, I have been enjoying the game and part of me is sad that it will be coming to a close.  At least until Halo 5 comes out…

I going to try to beat the game tonight

LATER .  .  .

Note:  YES!   Finally complete at 10:59 pm!  Master Chief is headed to bed at last.