Whats Up – Week 29: Fantasia Takes Me On a World Tour

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Another week has passed by in 2019 and its been a crazy week. For this and next week, I’m going to promise that life is going to revolve a lot around Fantasia. I probably got through one of my more intense weeks as a lot of things contributed to trying to get as many films done as possible. We’ll talk more in depth in the Watching section. Let’s just get to it!

READING

Within

Currently reading: Within by Clare C. Marshall

Between constant movie review writing with any free time I have, reading is a bit slow. I’m only a quarter into Within and so far, I’m liking it quite a bit. Definitely looking forward to get finish this one.

PLAYING

rullo

  • Rullo
  • Bonza

I’m going back to some of the mobile games to clear my mind. Surprisingly, during these moments, what destresses are puzzles and number games. Hence why I’m back to Rullo to do some math. Its probably the contrast  between the writing and the gaming that makes it feel more like I can just let it all go as I get immersed into calculating and working out the logic and such.  The same applies to Bonza, which I play a little less mostly because its a very wordy new style of crossword puzzles.

WATCHING

The Wretched

Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Spain, USA, Cambodia, South Africa are all the countries that I’ve been through this week’s Fantasia screenings. Talk about travelling the world through movies, right? If you want to see the ratings, you can check out my Letterboxd account HERE.

I haven’t disliked any of the films that I’ve seen to be honest just like them on different degrees and some I acknowledge the flaws but then it really works in their unique way. Its what makes Fantasia so fun to cover. Hands down, the movie that adds a unique twist to an under-explored horror subgenre is The Wretched who had the world premiere at the festival.

BINGING

Go Go Squid

Currently binging: Go Go Squid, The Coming One III, Rivers Flows To You, Love Signal 2, Queer Eye Season 4

You all know that I can’t stay away from Queer Eye when it lands so I have already started Queer Eye Season 4 and am about 3 episodes in or so. However, I’m taking it easy because I also know that its my companion series as I write plus, I truly love binging it. The few episodes that I’ve seen, its still very great so I’ll probably finish that up before Sugar Rush Season 2 lands on Netflix. Plus, while I’d love to say its my series of the week, the obsession for Go Go Squid is legit right now. Its on the way to being Top 3 TV series of this year or at least in terms of Chinese drama. I actually saved up a few days of episodes just so that I can binge a few episodes as a reward after I catch up with the reviews that were backed up on the weekend.

That’s it for this week recap on What’s Up!
What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?

What’s Up Week 27: Slowing Down

As the coverage season (at least for me) approaches, things are slowing down mostly because time becomes less and its the process to just not burn out on certain types of writing before getting to the main thing.

READING

Lifelike

  • Lifelike by Jay Kristoff

Currently reading: The Serpent-Bearer and the Prince of Stars

Its been a long time but I finally wrapped up Lifelike (and got a mild sunburn in the process). I have some pros and cons to Lifelike for sure. Putting obvious fatigue and and being preoccupied with other things aside, Lifelike did take me a little while to get into so I have some issues with it but at the same time, its a good comparison for Jay Kristoff as a solo author writing sci-fi and his ideas while comparing them to when he teams up and co-wrote the Illuminae Trilogy. That review is coming up soon-ish.

PLAYING

Seeing as it was an event coverage weekend, gaming was not really that much at home. Instead, I did try out a few games at Montreal Comiccon. You can find the recap of the Indie Game Zone HERE. Below are some games that we had a chance to try out:

I linked up the Steam pages in case you ever are interested and wanted to check it out!

Other than that, its been pretty much the same as I’ve been on the move mostly so playing mostly mobile games:

  • PinOut
  • Two Dots

I’m going to be honest that I don’t think gaming is going to be too vibrant. But I have skipped two mobile games roundups for Game Warp so the hope is to get one of those up by the end of July as I have been playing a lot of mobile games.

WATCHING

the virgin suicides

  • Lick the Star (short)
  • The Virgin Suicides

Movies and Tea is still in its After Hours episodes with only one of three episodes released. Due to my busy schedule, Elwood and I had decided to get the first episode Season 3 recorded to just get things started. Our next author, in case you don’t follow the Movies and Tea Facebook page, is Sofia Coppola. We chose her for multiple reasons. One of them being that her movies are more dramatic which definitely is a change from Paul W.S. Anderson and Guillermo Del Toro. We kick off with The Virgin Suicides, which I had seen only a few years ago but I don’t think I reviewed because I couldn’t quite grasp how I felt about it overall. This time though, I tried really hard to make sense of it all and notice the little things. I’m not going to talk too much about it as you can hear it all on the upcoming episode.

BINGING

Stranger Things S3

  • Umbrella Academy (Season 1, 2019)
  • Stranger Things (Season 3, 2019)

Currently binging: Love Signal, River Flows To You, “My Highness” The Class Monitor

Back to some Netflix TV binging for us this past week as the husband was on his vacation (well, staycation). I wanted to check out The Umbrella Academy for the Montreal Comiccon and wrapped that up during the beginning of the week. Maybe on Canada Day. Then the husband got really excited about Stranger Things Season 3 launching on Thursday and started that up right away so despite media coverage season, I still found some energy to watch it and I think, we binged it over evenings. I’m prioritizing the TV binge for Stranger Things and Umbrella Academy so it should come out over this month some time. Its already in the works.

As for the currently binging stuff, My Highness should end next week whereas River Flows To You and Love Signal is still in early stages. For the moment, I’m not starting anything new until after July. At thats the plan…but you never know with a new season for Queer Eye, Sugar Rush and Orange is the New Black coming up in July, its going to be hard to resist.

That’s it for this week’s Whats Up!

No time for writing..how about some videos?

Happy Friday everyone!

I’m sure hoping all of you are having a fantastic and awesome day! The fact that I managed to get posts up almost every day of this week is a miracle in itself but today, I’m out! This is the 5 minutes on my break I have to just get something quick together.

I had a beautiful book review in the works but just not time to wrap it up and I’m not in the habit of posting subpar material (since I’m already not that skilled).

With limited time to get this together, let’s see…*thinking*…what to share?

How about some fun facts for Game Warp and my gaming habits!  Since I only post up the podcasts here, maybe this stuff will peak some interest and I can get some new subscribers over there as well. That would make my weekend.

  • I started up a new series doing monthly roundups of mobile games that I’ve checked out! This is the latest one!

  • Life is Strange is what started up the podcast even if we didn’t look at it as our first game to debut the show. With that said, last year’s prequel Life is Strange: Before the Storm is our April featured game and here’s the first episode of the game. Its heavy on story and choice-based. If you want to watch a movie-like game, this is a nice choice for the most part, plus you can laugh at how I make bad choices and decisions. There are five parts to the video making it into digestible morsels of viewings because its like 3 hours (to my surprise) for one episode.

  • All our gameplay/Let’s Play/playthrough (whatever you want to call it) videos are no commentary so you can experience the game for yourselves and act as walkthroughs as well.
  • My husband is also part of the Game Warp team. While he started out just helping out with the first person shooter games, he started running a racing simulator games series for both Gran Turismo Sport and Assetto Corsa this year. Project Cars 2 is in the works and should make an appearance later this year. Here’s the latest video!

  • I have an addiction with rhythm games and story driven experiences and am absolutely horrible at first person shooters because I can’t multitask in gaming to save my life but am a fantastic multitasker with everything else. Not sure why….

That’s it! Some shameless promotion here, I know!
Its a fun little Friday posts and reminds me that I’ve worked hard on something this week other than my job.
Building a Youtube channel is super hard and we’re at that beginning phase where its just pushing through, but its still a lot of fun!

Are you a gamer? What type of games do you play?

Game Warp Podcast: Interview with Mirum Studio!

On the next episode of Game Warp, we invited the co-founder of Mirum Studio, a game development company located in Quebec city which released their puzzle game, Rise of Balloons earlier this year in June on both iOS and Android. Rise of Balloons is their first game and features an original and uplifting story about a little girl that has to weave through obstacles to hand out balloons to the depressed children in the city to give them hope and happiness.

I was lucky enough to meet the founders of Mirum Studio at Montreal Comiccon back in July and finally scheduled in an interview to talk about their company and their game. If you head over to check out their latest update, they are working on an exciting project for a huge franchise.

We’ll be reviewing Rise of Balloons over at That Moment In soon! 🙂

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Thanks for listening! Hope you enjoyed!! 🙂

Game Warp Podcast: Interview with Maitop Games

The new episode of Game Warp is here! This month we were lucky to invite an independent gaming company Maitop Games to join us. One of the developers, Jonathan Gelineau joins us in this interview to talk about his latest mobile puzzle adventure game, Bomb Conflict as well as his previous game, Gravity Bounds. However, we didn’t only about his games and also discussed with us about the mobile game market and more specifically the indie game market. We even have a chat about the retro inspiration behind this game.

Bomb Conflict is a mobile game where you play as the God of Gravity which has descended upon the invaded world to try and aid the citizens in detonating the scattered bombs in different areas to rid the world of danger. Enjoy gameplay footage of Bomb Conflict and Gravity Bounds as we have our chat.

Thanks again to Jonathan for accepting our invitation to the interview and sharing his thoughts! We wish him the best of luck and look forward to what else to offer in the future.

In the meantime, let me get back to beating this next puzzle on Bomb Conflict. 😉

Geometry Dash Meltdown Video Game Review: Finger Tapping Mayhem

I’m on top of my game (no pun intended). Geometry Dash Meltdown just got released on December 19th with 3 levels and I managed to complete them miraculously. Check out my little review! 🙂

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Have you heard of Geometry Dash? Of course you have. You’re probably playing it right now. Well, if you beat it and/or are craving more of this insanely additive mobile game, then good news, it’s time to get those fingers rapping one more time.

Geometry Dash Meltdown is the follow-up, from RobTop, to the one-button platform rhythm based game called Geometry Dash. It was recently released on December 19th, 2015 right before Christmas offering the mobile game users with 3 free levels:

  • The Seven Seas
  • Viking Arena
  • Airborne Robots

Geometry Dash was a game that has proven to be extremely challenging and many would associate it with potential rage quit games. However, I am quite different. I prefer simple gameplays like this one. It is a challenge in itself to react fast, plan ahead and enjoy the energetic music playing in the background that builds throughout the level but…

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