I had an 800+ day streak in Duolingo broken last month. I'd been having a lot of times where I'd skip a day for a reason or another, use the bonus that allows you keep the streak, and just double up on it the next day, which does seem to make the whole thing a little silly to begin with. I guess I forgot to use the streak freeze this it. It's given me notifications in the past when I was in danger of actually losing it, didn't this time, and I didn't even realize until I couldn't figure out until a few days later when I saw a "2" in the streak counter box.
I've really had a hard time getting back into it; I think I haven't opened the app in three weeks. I think I'm must be obessive about being in routines. Get in them, and I can do the same silly stuff forever. Get out of them, and it feels impossible for me to start back up. I got out of this routine and it's nearly a month before I'm going to post again. I've got Link & the last Uncharted games, which all sound pretty good, and I can't get myself to care about doing them. I think I'm back on track here, but maybe this is the usual dying call of a late 00s blogger, turning up once every nine months to pledge they're really going to start posting more.
more positive thoughts: I read the Game Informer preview of Spider-Man on a trip. If the preview is accurate to how it plays, it's going to be the 'AAA' game of the year. Easiest explaination is it's the Batman Arkham games in a Spider-Man world, but seems like it expands on the open world concept instead of just being a clone. Even a clone would be good enough for me but I think this game is going to be great.
Deep Ones - PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Out 4/11) - a retro arcade-platformer with multigenre parts
Dusty Raging Fist - PS4 — Digital (Out 4/12) - Fight rogue villains, encounter ancient powers, and face life-or-death battles.
Extinction - PS4 — Digital, Retail - Face massive brutes and their minions across a sprawling countryside, defending cities and rescuing refugees torn from their homes.
League of Evil - PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Out 4/11) - an action game where you, as a bionic super agent take on a mission to defeat the League of Evil.
Masters of Anima - PS4 — Digital - Battle against the forces of evil in strategic, action-packed battles, where making tactical decisions quickly is vital
Operation Warcade - PS VR — Digital (Out 4/11) - a shooter specifically designed for virtual reality, inspired by the late ’80s classic war arcade that now uses the latest technology to convert it into a unique experience.
Owlboy - PS4 — Digital - a story-driven platform adventure game, where you can fly and explore a brand new world in the clouds!
Project Nimbus: Code Mirai - PS4 — Digital - an exciting mech-based flying game inspired by the Gundam, Macross and Ace Combat series
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs - PS4 — Digital - a tactical RPG about the restoration of a fallen kingdom to its former glory
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality - PS VR — Digital - Play as a Morty clone as you explore Rick’s garage, the Smith household, and alien worlds.
Rogue Aces- PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Out 4/12) - Will you be able to face the fiercest of foes with only one life and three planes?
Starlit Adventures - PS4 — Digital - Play 64 amazing levels in story mode!
Super Amazeballs - PS VR — Digital - Using both hands: tilt, spin, and rotate a giant 3D amazeball to roll a pinball through multi-axis, mind bending tracks.
Super Daryl Deluxe - PS4 — Digital - an RPGvania with brawler-style combat set inside of a perfectly normal, sprawling, multi-dimensional high school.
Time Carnage - PS VR — Digital - a frantic VR survival shooter.
Assetto Corsa: Ultimate Edition - PS4 — Digital (Out 4/20) - "the most complete version of the universally acclaimed driving simulator"
Casey Powell Lacrosse 18 - PS4 — Digital - "lacrosse"
Drive on Moscow - PS4 — Digital (Out 4/20) - "a strategy game from the award-winning makers of Battle of the Bulge, invites you to take command of the pivotal battle of World War II"
God of War - PS4 — Digital, Retail (Out 4/20) - "Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father."
Gunhouse - PS4 — Digital - "Gunhouse is part puzzle, part active tower defense, as you make big combos to launch a hail of bullets and special attacks at the alien invaders who would like nothing better than to consume your delicious orphan friends."
Phantom Trigger - PS4 — Digital (Out 4/20) - "a Hardcore Neon Slasher with RPG elements."
Slyde - PS4 — Digital (Out 4/20) - "a classic sliding tile puzzle with 100 high quality images and three difficulty modes."
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "Three years after the events of Yakuza 5, Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, returns in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life with the dream of living a quiet life."
Cluster Tumble - PS4 — Digital - Complete over 100 puzzles as the pieces tumble down the screen rotating and moving them into the correct position.
Code 51: Mecha Arena - PS VR — Digital - Fighting for very limited living resources, World War III had broken out among the major forces.
Cosmic Star Heroine- PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) - Cosmic Star Heroine is an exciting new RPG from the creators of Cthulhu Saves the World.
Dead Secret - PS VR — Digital - a first-person horror mystery set in rural Kansas in 1965.
Death Road to Canada - PS4 — Digital (Out 4/25) - Everything is randomized: locations, events, survivor appearances, and personalities. There’s a different story every time you play, set in a world that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Devious Dungeon - PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) - Devious Dungeon is a medieval focused action platformer title
Dream Angling - PS VR — Digital (Out 4/26) - By completing a series of angling challenges, players experience the inner feeling of the main character.
Emily Wants to Play Too - PS4 — Digital - new survival horror gameplay and strives to creep you out.
Jolt Family Robot Racer - PS4 — Digital - a fast-paced racing game
Just In Time Incorporated - PS VR — Digita - With the power of our hyper-glove technology, you can move at ten times the speed of a regular human.
MLB Home Run Derby VR - PS VR — Digital (Out 4/26) - the most immersive and authentic Home Run Derby VR game presented by Major League Baseball
Pic-A-Pix Color - PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) - exciting logic puzzles that form whimsical pixel-art pictures when solved
Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly - PS Vita — Digital, Retail (Out 4/27) - To survive they must hunt black butterflies and claim kaleidoscope shards from the horrific monsters surrounding them.
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality - PS VR — Retail - Solve puzzles, step through portals into strange dimensions, get yelled at by Rick, fight aliens, drink detergent, press buttons, and more!
Spacejacked - PS4 — Digital (Out 4/26) - Can you, Space Technician ace Dave Paprovsky, defend your spaceship against a relentless horde of aliens?
Survive Mr. Cube! - PS4 — Digital (Out 4/26) - an rogue-lite action game with the story of a man called Mr. Cube who has to escape from an unknown world in order to get his life back.
The Swords of Ditto - PS4 — Digital- a compact action RPG that creates a unique adventure for each new hero of legend in the relentless fight against the evil Mormo.
To Leave- PS4 — Digital - To Leave is a hard game. Every element in To Leave – from its very opening all the way to its conclusion – has been crafted to challenge your skills, your wits, your intuition, and your perceptions. Most importantly, To Leave seeks to stir interpretations. Although much will be indecipherable to you from the onset, be assured that everything in this work is deliberate, everything is relevant.
Pay what you want and get: - Dead Rising (PS4) - Crazy Taxi (PS3) - Dustforce (PS Vita) - Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (PS Vita)
Beat the average (currently $11.56) to add: - Resident Evil HD Remaster (PS4) - Resident Evil Code Veronica X (PS4) - Mega Man Legacy Collection (PS4) - Alien: Isolation (PS4) - Sonic Generations (PS3) - Binary Domain (PS3) - PS Store coupons for deals on Dead Rising 4: Frank's Big Package, Resident Evil 7 Gold, Valkyria Revolution, and Yakuza 0
Pay over $15 to add: - Dead Rising 2 (PS4) - Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (PS4)
Ars Technica (via Deadspin) has a source saying the magazine is coming to an end. The magazine had been outsourced to Future Publishing: Like many others, I read it when I was kid, only vaguely was aware it was still around, but am sad to see it go.