Archive : fun

Discovered No Man’s Sky in 2020

I vaguely remembered hearing about No Man’s Sky in 2016, but at the time I was constantly/contentedly playing Terraria. In a lot of ways, I’m glad I waited until 2020 to try No Man’s Sky (abbreviated “NMS”) since it’s initial release was so fraught. But now I’m hooked, and NMS reminds me of Terraria in […]

Resumed playing Terraria mid-2020

Like so many households, we played more video games than usual in mid–2020. I loved playing Terraria in years past, but had put it on indefinite hiatus to free up more family time. But now that family time is more indoors due to COVID-19 isolation, we decided to resume, but with a strict policy of […]

A Car Trip Down Memory Lane

I’m not as much of a car enthusiast as some friends of mine, but I do put significant thought into my choices, as eccentric as they may be. I love comparing tech specs and reading reviews. The earliest car I remember admiring was the Fiat X1/9, and then the DeLorean, then the BMW 850. But […]

Why I had to quit playing Terraria

I liked the original 1.0 design of Terraria just fine, but they kept updating it, and I kept choking it down. At first they just made cosmetic changes like fancier sprites, which I thought seemed counter to the original retro/primitive theme, but I lived with it. My original plan was to finish, or get reasonably […]

Why is Terraria my [new] favorite video game?

In short, Terraria is an 8-bit gamer’s ultimate mash-up. I fondly remember playing these games from the Golden Age of Arcade Games: Centipede (1980) mushrooms, linked-sprite snaky mobs, shooter Defender (1981) side-scrolling combat Donkey Kong (1981) jumping platformer, tool-using Dig Dug (1982) digging/terraforming, boulders Joust (1982) flying/physics combat Jungle King (1982) side-scrolling jumping, vine-swinging Moon […]