After watching TotalBiscuit’s video for There Came an Echo I wasn’t really into playing the game, but when the soundtrack went up at Big Giant Circles I couldn’t pass it up. Bought it some time ago and still love it, especially “Ignite Defense” and “LAX” (those are great Audiosurf tracks, BTW).
You should really listen to the soundtrack.
- Audiosurf 2 (Steam, formerly Early Access)
- Deponia (Steam) - Hard to like the game given that none of its characters is written in a likable way. It does contain some rememorable scenes though. “Rufus has stolen the screws from the children’s merry-go-round.”
- Dragon Age 2 (Xbox 360) - Playing again with all the DLC to show the girlfriend how constrained the team was making this, as well as how great the dialogue was.
- Guild of Dungeoneering (Steam) - Yes, you can actually sell games based on their trailer soundtrack.
- Halo 1 (Xbox One, Master Chief Collection) - Bought this one together with my Xbox One in order to relive the old times. Have fond memories of ploughing through the actual Halo 1 with Martin.
- Halo Spartan Ops (Xbox One, Master Chief Collection) - Unless I got something wrong this seems to be the multiplayer replacement for Firefight. I loved ODST’s Firefight and am deeply disappointed by this. I used Firefight as a kind of training ground for the campaign, but the Spartan Op I played solo was boring.
- Ironcast (Steam) - I couldn’t resist buying a new “match 3” game, especially one with elements of a roguelike. It was marked down during the Steam Exploration sale. Like this one quite a lot. I wish I had found the ‘skip’ button in dialogues earlier though. I accidentally clicked away quite some choices.
- Kingdom (Steam) - Beautiful indie title which is deeper than one would expect at first sight.
- Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories HD (Playstation 3) - Last time I played this game was a pirated version of the Game Boy Advance edition some years ago. Still, the later boss fights were as tough as I remembered them and I tended to switch off the PS3 due to rising anger at least one per boss fight in the mid-section.
- Life is Strange (Xbox One) - While I am not as heavily into Life is Strange as my girlfriend, I can acknowledge it for the interesting and original game that it is. Its contemporary theme struck a nerve for the both of us.
- Rune Factory 4 (Nintendo 3DS)
- Secret Files 3 (Steam) - Disappointing. Feels incomplete, almost like sentence.
- Starbound (Steam, Early Access)
- Startopia (Steam) - Felt nostalgic. Initially played this title years ago when I borrowed it from Lukas.
- Terraria (Steam) - Terraria has arrived on the Mac. I don’t need to say more.
- The Witcher 3 (Xbox One) - Holy… I adore the Witcher books and absolutely, wholeheartedly recommend The Witcher 3 to anyone on the look for a gritty, mature and sarcastic fantasy adventure RPG. I played this with the girlfriend on a completionist run. The game and its awesome first expansion Hearts of Stone kept us busy from June to November.
- Spider’s Bite - Jennifer Estep
- Tangled Threads - Jennifer Estep
- Venom - Jennifer Estep
- Web of Lies - Jennifer Estep
- Zeit des Sturms, Die - Andrzej Sapkowski
It’s a Witcher book aside from the main five books which was an entertaining read. Then there’s Jennifer Estep’s series about an assassin which had the usual fault of her books: She is explaining everything in every book in minuscule detail again even though many people will either still remember or read the books a binge.
Books by Richard Schwartz
I bought a stack of books from the friend of a friend who wanted to clear house. Those turned out to be very entertaining fantasy novels by Richard Schwartz. I haven’t read the single titles in this universe yet, but due to traveling I spent some iTunes credits on the later books in order to avoid packing more. I even turned on data roaming and bought one book in the train in Germany - that should give you a good impression how much I enjoyed the series so far.
- Das erste Horn
- Die zweite Legion
- Das Auge der Wüste
- Der Herr der Puppen
- Die Feuerinseln
- Der Kronrat
- Die Rose von Illian
- Die weiße Flamme
- Das blutige Land
- Die Festung der Titanen
- Die Macht der Alten
I’ve suggested watching the Fast and the Furious movies since I like them and in turn I watched the Harry Potter ones since I didn’t know them. Due to conflicts of time and interest we haven’t seen the last two Potters yet.
I recommend Inside Out. I can’t remember when I’ve had such a nice time in cinema. It’s easily my favorite movie of the year. Yeah, don’t go and watch Minions - it’s disappointing and weak.
- Fast and the Furious, The
- Fast and the Furious, The: Tokyo Drift
- Fracture (Netflix, DE: Das perfekte Verbrechen)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Inside Out (cinema, DE: Alles steht Kopf)
- Jumper (Netflix)
- Minions (cinema)
- Transporter, The (Netflix)
- V for Vendetta (Netflix)
- xXx (Netflix)
Videos on Netflix
- Chef’s Table season 1, episode 1
- Elementary season 2, complete
- Sherlock season 1, episode 3
- Grimm season 3, episodes 1-8
The Netflix series consumption has been more or less the same. Some Grimm, some Sherlock, a lot of Elementary. I have also checked out a documentary series about famous chefs which proved to be interesting.
- Dan Tentler (@viss): How not to Infosec - This presentation is the one I recommend for your leisure viewing. It’s helpful though it teaches basic things and viss has made it very amusing too.
- Mikko Hyppönen (@mikko): Losing the Game
- Peiter Zatko (@dotmudge): Unexpected Stories - From a Hacker Who Made It Inside the Government - Oh dear. The story with the gold ATM is just pure comedy.
- Laurent Ghigonis and Alexandre De Oliveira: SS7map : mapping vulnerability of the international mobile roaming infrastructure - Legacy and undocumented crap wherever you look.
- hannes and David Kaloper: Trustworthy secure modular operating system engineering
- Wil Shepley (@wilshepley): Git as a Document Format
- Olivier Deriviere (@oderiviere) - How did I do: Remember Me - The Fight
- Virtual E41: E3 2015: Microsoft and Sony