Have you ever played an amazing video game, but no one else seems to have heard of it? There are some great popular games out there, but there are other equally deserving titles that don’t get as much exposure. These gems deserve some attention and some more fan art made for them! I discovered there are artists out there making art based on these games, but I would love to see more. I’ve asked Mom’s Basement members and other avid gamers about their favorite obscure games and created a gallery below of their picks.
Torin’s Passage is a fantasy/adventure computer game from 1995. Despite being made by Al Lowe, creator of Leisure Suit Larry, this game is a family-friendly game I have fond memories of playing when I was a kid. You embark on a quest to find your captured parents, travelling through unique, nested planets and solving puzzles along the way.
After playing this game as a kid, I always loved the name Torin, and decided if I ever had a son, that’s what I would name him. And I did!
More Torin’s Passage by sweet-pea-soup
The Lands Below by zazumii-chan
Nier is a SquareEnix game from 2010 that definitely doesn’t have the exposure it deserves. This beautiful, melancholy game features a gorgeous soundtrack, a storyline with twists and turns, and interesting replay value. I can’t tell you more or it would spoil it. Just go play it!
Nier Replicant by semsei
Nier – Kaine by Dice9999
Since my last few articles have been about Christmas, I thought it was high time that I wrote an article dedicated to the New Year in Japan and the Japanese tradition of sending nengajō (New Year’s cards).
Photo by Lawrie Hunter (rolenzo) via Flickr
Called shōgatsu in Japanese, the New Year is one of the most important holidays celebrated in Japan, and has been a fundamental part of Japanese culture for centuries, with many important customs created around it.
Let us look to the ever-wonderful JICC for some insight into these customs:
Oshogatsu, or the New Year’s holiday, is a very special time in Japan. Perhaps the most honored and celebrated of the Japanese holidays, preparations begin long in advance as people clean their homes from top to bottom (osouji), prepare traditional food to be eaten during the first three days of the new year (osechi ryori), and write New Year’s greeting cards, or nengajo. (JICC)
While one of the most important customs at the New Year in Japan is visiting a shrine, another important (and fun!) part of the New Year is sending New Year’s cards called nengajō. Continue reading
Hello faithful readers! Yes, all two of you. Hi mum, as well. It occurred to me today that most of my reviews have been geared towards the littlest of geeks. Well, what about the slightly older ones? The ones who have firmly established their geekiness and are searching constantly for their next nerd fix. Today, my review is dedicated to them.
Avengers; Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is a cartoon series by Marvel that chronicles the assemblage of one of the comic book universes’ most loved super hero teams. Along the way they battle famous villains (MODOK and Absorbing Man to name a couple), and team up with other famous super heroes such as Ms. Marvel.
The basic premise of the story is that S.H.I.E.L.D.’s four super-prisons have all failed simultaneously and the World must now rely on Iron Man, Ant Man, Wasp, Black Panther, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Hawkeye to recapture the escaped super villains and figure out how exactly the prisons were breached to begin with.
I think the best part about this cartoon series, is it’s awesome enough for parents to enjoy with the kids. The story is strong and well voice-acted and the animation is dynamic and fun. This series is definitely a family affair, and with the second season now starting, the entire first season is available for streaming on Netflix instant queue. That’s right, nerds, you can enjoy this super hero masterpiece commercial free and without a pesky trip to the video store.
My favorite thing about the series is that the Hulk really gets to shine. Not Bruce Banner, the Hulk. Bruce has to make a deal with his Gamma irradiated alter ego to give Hulk control permanently on the condition that Hulk helps the Avengers. It’s fun to watch the big, green lug get more fleshed out than he does in most television productions.
So pop some popcorn, grab the kiddos and curl up on the couch for some addictingly good cartoons. Ages 5-10 will be most likely to enjoy this cartoon, but if you have an animation enthusiast, it is enjoyable to a much later age. Personally, I’ve never grown out of the cartoon ‘phase’.
Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.
Happy Hump day everyone! Its the redhead here, with a little off topic Wednesday for you. Wednesdays are still weird no doubt, but this week Id like to show off a few artists from Deviant Art.
Whats weird about this you ask? Well Honestly Melvin likes us enough to invite us to go upstairs ad meet the family. I think the thought of getting this serious with Melvin is weird enough for one week. So here we go!
Everyone Needs a animal to love and hold. Even Melvin. Lets name him Bernard, the glasses give him a Bernard look.
Photo Taken By Doncewa At DeviantArt.com
Ever Wonder how old Melvin is, we have discussed this in the forums, but I think I know melvin’s Secrect…..
Cake created by JellyBunny At Deviant Art
Well Happy Birthday Melvin, Whenever it is!
And It seems Ive stumbled onto a Deviant that has pretty much created what we saw when we went upstairs to play Super Smash Bros with the family.
"Gary" was Stuck trying to figure a mathematical pattern from the white noise on the TV
"Zula" Was trying to cook something using her I phone application that Radio transmits to the Oven
"Tim Tim" was playing DnD
We want to thank each of the deviants featured here, and also, If you are new to Moms basement Please feel free to Join the Craft Contest where all you have to do is depict Melvin in Your own style for a chance to win!