July 2019: Trying not to Die in the Heat

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Greetings fellow internet travelers and vaporwave enthusiasts alike. Another month of severe heat waves, BBQs, and time at the beach is drawing to a close as August is almost upon us. Hope you’re all staying cool and enjoying your summer. Mine has mostly been rain, scattered thunderstorms and one weekend of sauna levels of heat. I’ve become a hermit at this point with my air conditioner becoming my best friend.

Lets start with some video games updates (both personal and for the blog). Summer is not usually a major time for big releases as we mostly get sales like the Steam sale we had a few weeks ago and several games here and there. This month I think was sort of an exception as some big titles were released recently including the next installment in the beloved Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem: Three Houses. My friends and I played it all together on the release day after work and we were all very impressed by the changes and the characters seem far more personality based then Fire Emblem Fates. Overall I’m super happy with it and excited to play more.

It seems we also have another two games that could potentially make the list for vaporwave themed games, Wolfenstein: YoungBlood just came out on July 26th along with Wolfenstien Cyberpilot. Just to clarify, YoungBlood is a spin off from the Wolfenstein series. Cyberpilot is also a standalone spin off but it’s VR only. You’ll need a virtual reality headset to play it. In this case the majority of ones already on the market will work such as the Occulus, the HTC Vive and a version was released on the PlayStation VR system. As of now I actually acquired a PlayStation VR system recently so now I can cover a VR game. From initial impressions the game ticks all the boxes. It takes place in the 1980s, its about a hacker and there are cyberpunk-ish robots. Same with Youngblood as it also takes place in the 1980s and has cyberpunk themes.

Basically Bethesda pulled an Ubisoft when they made Blood Dragon several years back.

Although, the reviews as of the release date tell an interesting story, that apparently both games are not that great. Cyberpilot has been getting scathing reviews on both steam and by critics. This only has me more intrigued to try them. I’ll be working on these games for an article in the near future as they will fit well into this blog. Normally, I try and be very mindful of games that are reviewed poorly as I don’t want to drop a lot of money for something everyone says is pretty bad but as they are cyberpunk games, I’m going to take the plunge and try them.

Press F to pay respects for my wallet. (Hopefully if the games are THAT bad I could get a refund).

As for music, there is always new albums coming out. The few I have been listening too is the latest album by 2814, Lost Fragments which released in early July this year. I’m in love with the song Arcadia, it feels like a song you would here in a mall in the 1980s. As always 2814 captures that dreamlike vibe of the vaporwave genre extremely well. I highly recommend this album for an overload of ambiance bliss.

The other album is from PORT RGB called Going Online and was released on July 26th. I’ve been listening to it all weekend and so far its been fantastic. Even now as I write about it, I’m jamming out to this album. It uses a lot of sampling from retro video games and inspired from computer sound effects, the opening song Today, I’m Going Online reminds me a great deal of the startup chimes for the Apple Machintoch computers. I also really like A Week in Palm Coast as it has a pleasant topical vibe to it. Overall a fun album for the summer.

As for blog related updates, I’ve been working on really getting this site going with 1-2 monthly articles along with a monthly update on whats going on and what I’m up too. I think progress has been going well. I plan to finish the “Game List” page and make it as flushed out as possible. I have many games on my schedule, don’t want to give them away to keep you in suspense *wink, wink*. It will be a mix of AAA games as well as plenty of indies as those are more plentiful in the vaporwave aesthetics and themes.

Thank you all so much for your support and interest in the blog and please feel free to send me an email through my contact page if you have any questions or recommendations. If you are producing or have developed any games or interactive media you feel would fit the vaporwave aesthetics or cyberpunk sub-genre please also feel free to reach out to me. I would be very interested to hear from you.

Stay cool out there and don’t forget your Fiji water before going out in the heat.

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