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Girls Love Halo Interview with Maria

It has been too long since the last Girls Love Halo Interview. That is for sure. But now we are back in the game with an absolute die hard Halo fan. Maria aka The Lone Gun Girl was so kind as to answer the usual 10 questions. I have been following her for a long time now and I am always full of joy to see new items in her collection. Her carefully arranged pictures are a must see. Enjoy!

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1. When did you start playing Halo?

Even when I first played Combat Evolved in 2002 along with my cousins I never felt any interest in the franchise until 2012 when a guy that I used to date told me about its story.

I’m a Sci-Fi fan since Kinder Garden days, so it was love at first sight between Halo and me when I first read about the Halo Array, the Forerunners, the Spartans and even the Flood, lol.

I like to say that I’m a Halo fan since 2012.

2. If you could choose to be one character of the Halo universe, who would you be?

No doubt I choose Catherine Halsey.

After reading the Kilo Five Trilogy I found out I feel strongly connected to the character in ways I never experienced before with any other character from any other franchise, that’s saying a lot.

But don’t be scared I’m not going to kidnap children to turn them into soldiers, lol.

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I played – 7 Days To Die

This is the first game I will be giving a review on that I played on Playstation 4. I am playing this game with two friends and we are having a blast every single time. It is like Minecraft for older people. And I would never have thought of myself as a Minecraft player.

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7 Days to Die was developed by the Fun Pimps and came out in 2013 on PC. In 2016 it was published by Telltale Publishing on Playstation and Xbox One. It is called „The Survival Horde Crafting Game“.

In 7 Days to Die you build/craft and you fight zombies. During the day the zombies are slow and easy to fight but at night they are pretty fast and numerous. Your goal is to survive as many nights as possible. So you best search for shelter fast or build one yourself.

The three of us play very differently and that is what makes it so extremely funny. I am the gardener and builder. I love to plant potatoes and trees and I want our house to look great. Kathy is a mix of an explorer (most of the time she just runs out into the wilderness without bandages and food) and a builder. She creates explosives and weapons. She sweats a lot in the game. Her character is constantly close to a heat stroke and so she runs around half naked. As does Ben, the thorough and well organized explorer. He never leaves our house without proper gear. Most of the time without saying goodbye as well.

Our first move in the game was to occupy a random house and start to fortify it slowly. It really was so random. I think Kathy said „Oh, look guys, there are a few houses. We should pick one.“ Ben and myself: „Hell yeah.“ But as the game progresses we realized that we need a more advanced fortress. I have to admit that we are not very good at the game. So far we haven’t mastered the art of crafting weapons or more precisely ammunition. We are working on that at the moment. I think our final goal is to finish the new bunker, Ben’s baby. We dug a tunnel that connects our main house with the bunker. And we are very proud of said tunnel. Then we need to craft ammo and shoot the hell out of some zombies. We believe that after we accomplish that, we can call it quits and move on to Wildlands. Recon the shit out of those drug infested cartels.

The trailer below is pretty cool. I first saw it while writing this article. It makes the game look way better than it is though. I still love it. It really is best when playing with a group of friends.

I played – Virginia

I heard about Virginia on the Girl Tribe Gaming podcast (Great listen if you are looking for a game review podcast).

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I had not been playing a lot of Indie games until recently. After games like Valiant Hearts or Child of Light I was certainly interested, but now I am hooked. Virginia helped a lot to fuel my enthusiasm.

It was released in 2016, developed by Variable State and published by 505 Games. It is available on all platforms.

It took maybe four hours of gameplay to finish the game. It is hard to tell though because I could not finish it in one sitting. If I remember correctly I played it on three different nights. So maybe around four to five hours.

Because I cannot, for the love of god, create a tight summary of a game, I went to Major Nelson to get a nice short tease for Virginia:

Virginia is a single-player first-person thriller set in a small town with a secret. Experience a missing person investigation through the eyes of graduate FBI agent Anne Tarver. Together with your partner, seasoned investigator Maria Halperin, you’ll take a trip to idyllic Burgess County and the secluded town of Kingdom, Virginia, where a young boy has vanished and nobody seems to know why.“

The game is really weird. It is not like any other game. You hardly act as a player in it, you rather lay back and experience it. For the most part you can not interact a lot. If you can interact with a person or an object you see a circle forming on the screen where you look. That way you know you can do something. The game is mysterious and confusing and to me it seemed like a trip. As the gamer I was hopping on a train and took a ride. I got off and was very confused and happy. Happy, because I love mysterious things. I love when you don’t quite know what the hell is going on. Like in a Kafka book.

Lyndon Holland’s  music helps create a mystifying atmosphere. It is really beautiful music! Especially „Sojourner’s Truth“ is hauntingly beautiful and reminds me of Twin Peaks. Lyndon Holland is also the co-writer of the screenplay.

I don’t want to tell you more about this game because I feel it probably plays best if you know as little as possible. I can only recommend that you play it with an open mind and a bit of time on your hand. I wish I could have played it in one sitting. Afterwards you will have many questions. But there is help for that. There are a lot of answers/interpretations in several game reviews I found. The only question is…do you want answers and interpretations? Or is it sometimes best to let your mind spin for a while?

Next up in „I played“: 7 Days To Die.

 

 

To Teabag or not to Teabag

I am back from the holiday hiatus! It took me quite a while to adjust into this new year and find a good rhythm but now I am here again and I want to talk about the teabag. The iconic disgracing of your killed opponent is done by a quick succession of crouch and stand on their body, preferably the head. Reminds you of dipping a tea bag into a cup, hence the word teabag. Just yesterday I was teabagged while playing an Arena Slayer match. I was furious. I felt like he had no right to do the teabag on me. He didn’t do anything great, just managed to kill me. I told my bf and he was like, ok who’s this piece of shit, we’ll teabag the shit out of him. We did exactly that. Like the worst douchebags we both teabagged this guy constantly. After the game I took a look at the stats and saw how much better we had been than him and his team. Then I felt really bad about our behavior. And it got me thinking about when teabagging is actually a valid and ok thing to do. Here is my opinion:

When it is ok:

  • When you defeat an opponent with a ground pound after he unsuccessfully tried it on you beforehand. Meaning whenever you defeat your opponent with his own ‚weapons‘. Not sure if I am making myself clear here.
  • When you kill a camper. Really, you can just sit on his face for a long while for all I care.
  • When you defeat a team of 4 with only 2.
  • When you are out of tactics and you want to try the ‚I’ll make you so mad you will run blindly into the fight‘ tactic.
  • When its your friend. After every kill if you want to.

I am not sure if teabagging is ok when you are not as good as your opponent, but finally manage to kill him. I don’t think it is…

I almost never teabag anyone really. I might do the punch on the body when I am very hyped about my skill and it was a close fight. When I think about it I only teabag when I was teabagged beforehand. What I really love though, is when you get teabagged and the dude is teabagging the ground next to you. Like come on! Do it right! ON THE BODY. ON THE BODY.

On that note: Happy teabagging folks.

P.S. Say teabag one more time, one more fucking time…

 

I played – Firewatch

Since I don’t only play Halo I want to add game reviews and recommendations of other games I played to this blog. Mix things up a little. I just finished playing Firewatch, so here we go!

Firewatch is kind of an adventure game with an interactive story. The protagonist, Henry, starts a job as a Firewatcher…is that a word? Well you know what I mean. It’s 1989 in the Wyoming National Forest.

The game has a very emotional beginning but I don’t want to give away anything of the story. You establish Henrys backstory with choosing from 2-3 different story options. Just one example: Your wife wants a dog. It can be either a german Sheperd or a Beagle. I chose the Beagle because it says she loves it. My boyfriend said he would’ve picked the Sheperd, so he can protect her. The decisions you make don’t really affect the game itself but it’s a nice touch.

The beginning really brought me to tears and I was sucked into the game immediately. You start in the forest and instantly meet Delilah who talks to you via walkie talkie. She will become your guide throughout the story in giving you several tasks and overall talking to you while you run around solving problems. At first you do small things like finding a supply cache or looking into some disturbance. You are equipped with a map and compass to find your way through the wilderness. The controls are pretty easy and I used the map quite often. The whole game has an orangey tint, as if there was a constant sunset and the landscape is just beautiful.

Soon the game changes. Mysterious things happen and Henry and Delilah try to find out what is behind all this. I won’t get into the story any further in case you want to give this game a try.

I can highly recommend this game. The story isn’t very long and it is something different than your shooter or RPG. I wish there would’ve been more music because when there was music it was beautiful and well placed.

Firewatch first came out in February on Playstation 4 and then in September on Xbox One. It costs around 20 $ but I think I got it cheaper on some Xbox One sale. The studio behind this lovely game is Campo Santo.

 

 

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