Thursday, October 30, 2014

Make the most of your Halloween with games, vocaloid, and anime


So uh *shuffles feet* sorry about that whole two week absence between posts!

Obviously my plan to stick to a strict two-post-a-week schedule hasn't really worked out - but hey, I'm still here and have every intention to roll out some quality posts as 2014 draws to a close. Look for regular updates to resume next week.  Now then!

There's been a lot and more to talk about lately - the whole Gamergate scandal, my deep-seated love affair with Hyrule Warriors (and Bayonetta 2), the obscenely priced $69.99 DLC costume pack for Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd... but that can all wait, because - hey - today's Halloween!

Once upon a time, when I was at the fringes of the games industry and had more time to update this site every day, I came up with a few Halloween-themed lists to help you make the most out of the holiday season.  There wasn't much need to update these lists this year (although Costume Quest 2 is certainly worth checking out), so I'll provide the links to last year's recommendations in case you missed them... or are looking for last minute ways to soak up all the glitz, glamor, and candy corn that this weekend has to offer.
  • Need some new music to rock out to this weekend?  There's a surprising number of great, Halloween-themed Vocaloid songs if you don't mind replacing "Monster Mash" with some of the chirpy, vocal stylings of Hatsune Miku & Co.
  • If you prefer vidya games over Vocaloid, you're also in luck since there are a bunch of great horror games to play on pretty much every platform.  Also, if you have a 3DS, you can pick up the critcally-panned Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir - new - at GameStop for less than $5.00.  I managed to find it new for 99 cents. Sure, the game's kinda terrible... but it's worth it for the Club Nintendo points alone at that price!
  • Finally, if Vocaloid and video games aren't your thing (shame on you!) there are a few great animes out there that are absolutely perfect for some Halloween horror.
...and that's about it for this Halloween catch-up!  If you need some more sweet treats to hold you over until the end of the work day, be sure to check out the adorably twee trailer for Costume Quest 2.