Interview: Music and Video Games with Dommin

Interview: Music and Video Games with Dommin

I love music. I flit between gothic rock to 90s rap to 80s power ballads. What I rarely do nowadays at the ripe old age of 34, is get hugely into bands. My MP3 player is full of random songs but I don’t often get into an entire album by one artist any more. There’s not many bands that make me ‘fangirl-out’, that make me churn out cliches such as, “Their lyrics speak to me”, or, “Their music has helped get me through difficult times”. Dommin is one of those bands. I first discovered them on MySpace, close to fifteen years ago, and felt an instant bond to their music. A rare moment when a song punches you in the gut from the first listen and you desperately want to hear more. I played Mend Your Misery on repeat, started up a Facebook page for fellow fans and finally met the band on a tour supporting HIM. In the queue outside, HIM fans were wondering who the support act was and I gushed about this Californian band called Dommin. On the way out after the gig, I overheard echoes of my own thoughts, that they were a support ¬†who blew away the main act. Sorry, HIM!

May 18, 2015  |  1 Comment » Read More
What's The Deal With... Candy Crush Saga?

What’s The Deal With… Candy Crush Saga?

A couple of weeks ago I had an idea for a series of blog posts. Why don’t I try games I’ve never played before? Games that have been hugely popular but that have passed me by. Unless you’re a gamer who’s filthy rich, with all the time in the world, then there’s a high chance that big franchises or popular, quirky indie games, have passed you by too. I have two constraints though. The first being money. I can’t splurge cash on games right now. The second being time. I think some family and friends may be under the impression that because I’m off work ill, and have been for the past few months, that I can spend my days in a bubble of gaming joy. That would be lovely but illness doesn’t work that way and my time is often spent resting or napping. My first game for this potential series had to be something I could work around those conditions. Something fairly chilled, that’s free, that I can dip in and out of for a few minutes, and something that’s massively popular that I’ve never played. One game sprung to mind and that’s when my descent into darkness began.

May 12, 2015  |  No Comments » Read More
Running A Country Is Difficult

Running A Country Is Difficult

Things have been heating up over the past year. Some of us, myself included, have been patiently waiting for this time. A time of change. A time to build the country in to something greater than it currently is. This country, a small island, has limited resources and a limited budget. Hard decisions have to be made, with sacrifices, and often the poor, elderly and unemployed bear the brunt. These people are useless to the inner workings of a country. They’re leechers, scroungers, parasites, taking from the economy and giving nothing in return. Sometimes the doors need to be closed and immigrants denied. There’s only so much room on an island and priority needs to go to those born and bred here. Sometimes there’s a requirement for compulsory contraception to decrease a birth rate. Or a police state enforced. Or residents really must contribute towards the cost of healthcare. Or votes must be fiddled to ensure the ‘right’ outcome. Things that are unpopular with the people but I know what’s really best for them.

May 05, 2015  |  No Comments » Read More
No British Bulldog On The Playground! - A Look Back At Primary School Games

No British Bulldog On The Playground! – A Look Back At Primary School Games

This morning I woke up with the oddest ‘earworm’ for a while. I can’t recall what I was dreaming and it’s nice to finally replace the “DUUUN DUN DER-DER-DER DUUN” of the Game of Thrones theme that’s been lodged in my head since the start of season five. The simple tune looping around my brain this morning is, “Orange balls, orange balls, here we go again!“, a playground chant from my days at primary school (1985-1991, although I have no doubt the game dates back earlier). It’s triggered a morning of childhood memories flooding my mind, all the different games we used to play at break time, and whether these games are still played or if they, and the often accompanying chants, have died out.

April 15, 2015  |  1 Comment » Read More
My Alternative Gaming Awards 2014

My Alternative Gaming Awards 2014

After a hiatus in 2013, my Alternative Gaming Awards are back! For clarification, this is based on games I’ve played this year, NOT games necessarily released this year. My new years resolutions for 2015, if I could be arsed with them, would be to remember to blog a little more often and to be able to spell ‘necessarily’ without having to spell-check it. I hope you’ve experienced some video game gems this year and have a geektastic 2015. Now, on with the ceremony!

December 31, 2014  |  2 Comments » Read More
My Latest Netflix Addiction Is The End Of The World

My Latest Netflix Addiction Is The End Of The World

Last week I was idly flicking through Netflix following a frantic Destiny session. I’ve reach the stage of knowing pretty much everything Netflix has to offer but was after something light, perhaps comedic. The last time I fancied an airy, carefree hour or so, I ended up going with Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’ which is a perfect example of how I defy myself.

I plumped with ‘Doomsday Preppers’. Probably not the cheeriest subject but I was delighted to find a series on something that has fascinated me for a while now. It began airing in 2011 (so I’m a bit late to the party). Each episode follows three people who are prepping for a major disaster. To a lot of people they’re ‘crazy’ and I tend to agree every so often.

October 14, 2014  |  No Comments » Read More