Thimbleweed Park

Stay for all of the credits. A classic adventure game that is fun and has just the right amount of challenge and absurdity. The cast is well-written and provided plenty of laughs. I would award you bonus points if you can spot all of the adventure game references. There are many. Some players have complained about the ending; however, I think the designers did a good job with wrangling the loose ends as the adventure game conceit is that there is a ridiculous denouement. In any case, buy the game and enjoy it. Also, game design is a noble profession. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

What Remains of Edith Finch

This was more of a gaming experience or interactive novel than a strict game, but it does not disappoint. This game falls squarely on my list of top games for this year. It is a well told story of a family tree that has a solid ending with feeling. The progression is guided without being obtrusive, and the in-game hints for controls on certain segments is equally subtle and easy to parse. This game has some of the best designed credits of any game I’ve played. There’s a Pixar level of polish here. Buy it.

Relax

“Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.”

—Ray Bradbury

The Best VPN?

After researching and testing multiple VPN services for my iPhone and home computer, I have settled on Mullvad for their dead simple account creation, extreme privacy, use of OpenVPN, and the ability to pay with Bitcoin. And yes, they are fast as well. 

Contemplation

If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things — that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more.

Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before.

—Steve Jobs

Pardon the Mess

I have decided to use WordPress.com to host Indigo Spot. Please pardon the mess while I clean up some old mark-up and mistakes. The decision was prompted by the need to focus on writing and get away from screwing around with self-hosting tools and other backend tools. Time to return to content creation.