The Job Away From Your Real Job

I got to play Job Simulator in VR the other night at the mall. It was a blast! They had an HTC Vive set up.  In the game, I was working in a small kitchen at a restaurant fulfilling orders. You can move around the small room and the motion is all realistic. I put my head into the freezer and started eating the food in there. I picked up some food and moved it to my mouth and started eating it. I moved things around with my hands to cook whatever was ordered. On the last order, I’d done something wrong and was about to run out of time so I just started playing around and throwing things on the stove, causing a fire. The display was a little more pixelated than I was expecting. And afterward, I was using my phone and had this weird feeling like I was still playing the game.

Deceptively difficult games

Why do games that seem to be kid-friendly suddenly ramp up the difficulty to an insane level?  Super Mario Galaxy, Rayman Origins, and Ori all have this friendly cartoony look to start…by the end of the game, you’re lucky if you’re getting through the game just by luck, trying the same level over and over again.

Well, anyway, as we just finished Rayman Origins, here’s the best song in the game.  Catchy

Black Flag Sea Shanties

Some Black Flag Sea Shanty mp3s from Ubisoft

Drunken Sailor
Leave Her, Johnny
The Rio Grande
Fish in the Sea
Paddy Doyle’s Boots
Randy Dandy-O
Stormalong John
Homeward Bound
Johnny Boker
The Worst Old Ship
Roller Bowler
‘Way Me Susiana
Lowlands Away
Padstow’s Farewell
Where Am I To Go M’Johnnies
Hauley Hauley Ho
Derby Ram
Running Down to Cuba
The Coasts of High Barbary
Bully In The Alley
Spanish Ladies
The Dead Horse
So Early in The Morning



Ingress phone game

I’ve been trying a game on my phone called Ingress.  It’s a GPS game where you gain points or energy by walking around.  It doesn’t work at driving speeds…you have to walk.  (It was initially developed by Google to get people  to photograph monuments and public things they were looking for images of.)  There are 2 teams.  At some monuments or public areas there are “portals” that can be captured by either side.  To capture a strongly held portal, you’d either need to walk around a lot to get energy or bring a lot of people from your team.

I joined the Enlightenment because it seems to be the losing side and I wanted a challenge.  🙂  Everybody picks the Resistance.

Eyepets and Friends

Here’s my review of Eyepets and Friends…a game we recently found on sale for about $5.  You might think from the name that this game is about virtual pets or something.  Surprisingly, this game is actually all about helping the game find the floor.  You start up the game and place your PlayStation Move controller on the floor to help the system figure out where the floor is.  We played the game last night and were unsuccessful in getting past this “level”.  I’m guessing that the game is best played 3 inches from the sun so that it has enough light to actually get past the calibration phase.

Sean having some floor-finding fun

Everybody Dance

For winter exercise, we got Everybody Dance.  It’s a Playstation game where you hold light bulb controllers and mimic dance moves on a camera.  It has the embarrassing option to record your dancing and upload it so that others can see it.  (From what I hear, Just Dance 3 is a better alternative for kids, without risque videos and songs.)  Anyway, it accomplishes the goal of getting some exercise nicely.  It teaches you more than Dance Dance Revolution did, since you’re not just stomping in a square pattern…not to say that I actually look like I’m dancing.  Here‘s a video of Mia and Sean.


We happened to be near an R/C hobby shop yesterday so we went in.  They had a PC with RealFlight R/C flight simulator set up.  It was really neat to be able to fly an R/C plane, crash it,  reset, and try again.  It had a real R/C controller.  I assume it can simulate harsh New Mexico desert winds.  Unfortunately, the price is $100 for the most basic version.  I think you can get a cheap battery-powered plane for that much.  As long as you don’t crash it, it’s more cost effective.  I wonder if those trick R/C helicopter pilots practice with this software.

Rock Band keyboard verdict

Well, I’ve had the Rock Band 3 MIDI keyboard adapter for a while now and have really enjoyed it. I still play on easy in most cases, but I sometimes turn up the sound on the keyboard to hear what I’m actually playing. You’re generally just doing some easy harmonizing on easy mode, but it’s great fun. The only drawback I’ve seen is that I probably have some really bad finger placement and don’t know really know where best to put my fingers. I try to play with the right hand, since you’re only playing the right-hand part of the songs. In other Rock Band peripheral news, they’re discontinuing the really real guitar controller, so buy one at Best Buy if you were planning to.  An alternative would be the cheaper, somewhat realistic 100 button guitar.  The music game genre is generally dying out, it seems.  If you wanted a game of that kind, you probably already have it…so what’s the point in another? It was fun while it lasted and at least I have this stuff to learn from.