Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Garry's Mod: Sandboxing Your Way to Strangeness

If you're a frequent user of the Steam PC application, then chances are you've come across Garry's Mod at one point or another.  Garry's Mod (or Gmod for short) is a sandbox game built on Valve's Source game engine, which uses assets from their most popular games.  By this I mean you have full access to characters, props, and maps from these games, and you may combine them in any way you see fit.  Have you ever wanted to take characters from Team Fortress 2 and place them into the Half-Life 2 universe?  Gmod has got you covered!


Garry's Mod has no real purpose other than letting you have fun messing with game objects; there's no true "game" here (although if you're crafty you could use it to code up your own online multiplayer game). 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Happy Three Years of Strange Gaming!

Wow, how the time flies by.  Three years ago today I created Strange Moments in Gaming in order to talk about all of the weird things I've encountered in videogames throughout my life.  I have certainly experienced many cringe/shudder-worthy moments in games (and I'm sure you all have as well), so I figured I might as well share the pain with everyone!

The evolution of the beloved (at least to me) site logo.
To celebrate the three years of this blog's existence, let's go for the totally not gimmicky approach of summarizing three of the strangest game character articles I've posted on this site.  If you're interested in reading the original articles in addition to the summaries, just click the title header of each section.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tingle Island Revisited: The Horror Returns

A few years ago, around the time Strange Moments in Gaming was created, we talked about Tingle the man-elf.  Tingle is easily one of the creepiest, if not the creepiest character in the Legend of Zelda series, so it was fitting that he made an appearance in this blog.  However, looking back on the article I feel like I had not done justice to Tingle Island in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker due to my somewhat brief mention of the place.

Because of this grievous mistake, and because this current entry marks the 100th post in Strange Moments in Gaming, I have decided to once again face the terror-who-wears-green-spandex by giving a more in-depth look at Tingle Island.  Join me on my adventure to the land that makes Lost's island seem like Disneyland.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Aggressive Inline: An Unexpectedly Haunted Game

Well Halloween is over guys, and some of us are having a harder time getting out of the Halloween spirit than others.  That's why I'm going to be fitting in one more ghastly post even though it's no longer October.  Today we're going to take a look at some supernatural elements that unexpectedly make an appearance in the extreme sports game Aggressive Inline.


Well I probably shouldn't have said they would be unexpected, the extreme sports genre is known for some pretty whacked-out moments (ever play Toxic Grind, or a "little" game series featuring Tony Hawk?).  Anyway, we're going to cover some aspects of the first level in Aggressive Inline, which is the Movie Lot.