Courtesy of Playcrafting, New York City received it’s first full fledge video game convention Play NYC. *Yells* “Hell Yeah Man, Game On!!!” Unlike the many other convention NYC has, this is full dedicated to games, specifically indie games. I love indies games. Developers come up with some of the most creative/crazy games or turn something very simple we do in everyday life into an amazing thing. I remember Microsoft giving developers the opportunity to upload their games into their arcade section through Xbox without much hassle. Of course they had to follow a few guide line but the turn out was amazing. I remember one game was pretty much was sperm zooming its way pass/though obstacles to reach the glowing orb which in reality was an egg. No, there were no babies born in the game but the masking of just that act in game form was both hilarious and entertaining. Play NYC took over Terminal 5 which contained 3 floors of nothing but games. Even in what is normally the coat check area was VR stations. There was even one of the cutest set up and game in the nook of one of the stair cases. I would have never found it if it wasn’t for my friend * Thank Jason*. “Brenda Lee Backer It’s Time To Clean Your Bedroom” created by Jenny Jiao Hsia is an insanely cute game about cleaning up Bredna’s room.She likes to takes a bit of a different approach with gaming by making them relative to real everyday life. The concept for the game stems from a larger game she is working on called Consume Me. It started off as a prototype to be a mini game within Consume Me but Jenny decided to turn it into a full game just for Play NYC *Yay Exclusives!* . The goal of the game it to pick up all of the selected items which can range from teddy bears to dirty laundry and place them within their prospective location before time runs out. If you make it pass the time Bredna earns some allowance. My goal when playing was to earn her $1.00. I made it all the way up to 84 cent but then got stopped by the dog. Jenny developed the game in roughly a month, creating all the artwork as well as making from scratch, a fully operated plushy controller. I look forward to seeing all she had to offer the gaming world. When you have a chance check out Jenny’s site to get a glimpse of the making of the game and look for her at Fantastic Arcade where she will be debuting a fresh new game for the masses.
I gravitate to anything bright & colorful and that is exactly Neon Wasteland. Influenced by japanese cyberpunk, Neon Wasteland is a3D futuristic racer game developed by Rob Shields. He drew reference from animes such as Akria, Neo Tokyo, Bubblegum Tokyo and more, to infused his game with a glam punk feel. He started with making the characters which turned out to be two groups of kid who are rival gangs: The Gutter Punks and The Pixel Kids. His art style is captivating. Full neon cities are your back drop as you race through 8 worlds, with 8 different beautifully designed characters, while dodging and speeding pass obstacles that stand in your way. I was so entertain by the artwork that I purchased the combo pack before actually playing the game. Once I did play the game I was fully sucked in. A cool thing that Rob did was created a comic that is linked directly to the game. When completed it will be a 500 page comic. For each volume of the comic released, a new world for the game will be released as well. I’m really excited about this. For more visuals and game check out Neonwastelandgame.com or to become a patron of the Neon Wasteland click HERE.
As I walked around I came to a group of people at a table. Being the nosey human that I am, weaseled my way in and I stumbled upon The Ultimate Clap Back Game. Now for those who don’t know what a clap back is, here’s a simple definition: To respond to an insult or criticism, sometimes in a vengeful manner. The Ultimate Clap Back Game is the brain child of MaryMartha E. Ford-Dieng who began creating the game after someone at an establishment tried her patience. We’ve all been tried at some point by someone so this game is relatable and funny as hell. The goal of the game is to win 5 hands by responding to an insult/criticism with the best clap back response you have in you hand. If the clap back is strong you win the hand. If the clap back is weak you lose and on the next. By chance if you or others disagree cant decide you get to vote. Now when I began to play I was stop. Why? Because you can just read the card like a regular card. You got to put some feeling behind it. You got to make the insult or clap back sting. A good clap back will make you turn your face up with the expression of ” OH HELL NAH!” OR ” OH NO THEY DIDN’T”. MaryMartha definitely achieved it with this game! Sadly I didn’t get a chance to speak with her but her colleague informed me that she wrote every single clap back & insult card for the game. There are a total of 550 card for the game. If that’s not dedication I don’t know what is. If you need a fun new game for game night The Ultimate Clap Back is surely a must. You can purchase the game HERE. May your clap backs be with you.
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My journey to foreign territory aka the Bronx in search of The Greatest Day Ever and I shall say it definitely lived up to its name. DAY 1: To my surprise it really that bad of a travel to get to the festival. Although it took 2 hours it was totally worth it. Once though the gates you were greeted with the site of carival rides, beautiful people and bass thumping music. The line up consisted of Tropkillaz, Westside Gunn & Conway the Machine, They. , Dj Esco, Kyle, Anna Lunoe, Mr. Carmack, Bro Safari and Dillion Francis. I miss half of Tropkillaz set because of travel but was I did catch was pretty good. Westside Gunn & Conway the Machine gave us some hip hop. They. were awesome. Dante & Drew’s performance was just as hype as their videos. DJ Esco had the crowded turned ALL THR WAY UP! There was not one body that wasnt moving during his set. By this time I made my way up close to the front for Kyle. He never disappoints. He and Super Duper Brick were so energetic. They busted out some dance moves from the 90’s and giving nothing but Super Duper show. Next up was Anna Loune. Droves of people began to pour in as they set up for her set. I had never heard her play before and she was beyond everything I expected. Words truly can’t described how in Aww I was of her and on top of giving the crowd 1000% she did it 7 months pregnant. That was just the cherry on top of the sundae for me. After the amazing Anna was done I went to some grub. With the amount of jumping around I was doing I needed to refuel. Snack of choice: Loaded Tots *drools*. With the line being so long and how slow I was eating *savoring every piece of bacon* by the time I got back inside Bro Safari was providing the tunes. Whoever is sidekick was that was dancing on stage for him was hilarious. They definitely got the crowd up and on their feet in preparation for one of my new faves Dillion Francis. I immediately fall in luv with him one year ago when he opened his set playing the Pokémon theme song * he knows his was to a girls heart*. Of course he was blessed us with greatness and gave the crowd a lil 00s throw back tunes. It truly was great way to end the night. DAY 2: I made the trek back to the BX thinking I was late because i got there at 4:15pm and I was just a little bit but it started at 4pm. The line up consisted of: Fight Club, Tunji Ige, Tokimonsta, Green Velvet, Gold Link, The Internet, Post Malone, What So Not and the main attraction Diplo. I caught was was left of Fight Clubs set then decided I would get on some of the rides. Ya gotta take full advantage of all the was given. There was the calm Ferris Wheel, the Zipper which would be recommended to ride on a empty stomach, Himalaya and Alien Invasion. When I was done Tokimonsta was starting to play. She is one of those artist I like to put on my Groove Train list. She takes ya on a ride. Nothing too hard but nothing soft or mellow but pure groovy baby. Green Velevt kinda put you in a trance. So much so that a spin the bottle dance circle started. If the top points to you, ya get in the circle in show your moves. When he stopped playing we all looked up in confusion like “Damn that was it? Why he stop?”. Gold Link made me become a fan on the spot. His vibe, his clothing of choice, and his lyric pulled me in. It was one of those moments when I thought “Damnit! I should have Googled him before so I knew the words to his songs”. I felt so left out with everyone singing along but trust I’ll know them for next time. I was super hype when The Internet took the stage. The group recently all did solo project and I hoped they’d sing a song from those albums and they sure did. Both Syd & Steve Lacey performanced songs off their project and it made me so happy. After they finished I went to get some food and sit for a bit so I missed Post Malones performance. I needed that refresher because What So Not got the wharehouse bumping. I danced so much I almost couldn’t catch my breath. They were awesome. Glady right after What So Not finished, there was no time wasted getting Dilpo to the stage. He never lets ya down. My shirt was fully socked with sweat by the time he was done. Luckily I brought another one for back up. If this was the replace or a hold over for Mad Decent Block Party, I ain’t mad at it. I defiantly had a great time even thought it was so far I’d travel back for another round of The Greatest Day Ever.
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It took my a while to figure out what to say about thailand and not be a super tourist but in all honesty thats exactly what I was. Coming from one city to go to another was a nice eye opener and gave me a great appreciation for where I just visited and where I live. First of all their transit system is awesome! The BTS and MRT run flawlessly, they are on time and clean as hell. All signs in each station are printed boldy with arrows pointing in the direction you want to go. This made travel about the city extremely easy depending where I wanted to go. Their trains shut down around 12am and coming from NYC were the transit system runs 24 hour thats the only downside I saw. The food is amazing! Sadly I wish I ate way more food than I did but I was so excited to just be there I forget to eat a few times. I know few people who are a little touchy about eating street but have no fear thats what malls are for. Yeah I spent a decent about of time in malls window shopping but if your a person who isnt to keen on street food Thailand has the most impressive food courts I have seen to date. So many options and styles of food, you’ll want to walk around and get a bit of everything. The street food scene comes more alive at night so thats when I decide to indulge. Of course I got some Pad Thai and this *see pic* tasty desert banana thingy well as boat noodle which were delicious. At some point I got a craving for fried chicken and surely enough there was a vendor making fresh fried chicken two blocks away from my hotel. I thought to myself “God is good”. It was some of the best I had in a very long time. Just like the street food scene pretty much very thing else began to come alive at night. While there I attended a Couch Surfing Meetup and hung out with some cool locals and fellow travelers. From there a group of us headed to Kaosan Road. Ive seen videos about its but way better in person. A whole entire block with bars to the left and right blasting music with hunreds of people dancing in the street and bar hopping along the way. I got one of those buckets everyone talks about and was a bit disappointed that is wasnt as strong as imagined. I could have drank a whole one by myself and been absolutely fine. Upon my last night in Thailand I decided to grab a beer at an outside bar. While there I chatted a bit with the bartender, a few very entertaining lady boys and a fellow staying in Thailand for school from Africa. We all talked, craked jokes and just chilled there till it was closing time. I mentioned I hadn’t been to any clubs or got the full experience of the night life there, he decided to take me to a club. Sadly they were all closing but he knew of a lounge they stayed open pretty much till the morning. While walking he gave me the scoop on the area and let go of some shocking information. Well not really shocking but a bit surprising. He told me that there were a lot of women of color who come to Thailand to do prostitution *my mouth immediately drops*. I think to myself isn’t this true or maybe someone told him this story too but low and be I witness it with my own eyes. On our way to the lounge the was a man and a woman who I thought was a couple were walking in front of us. He was feeling all over her and talking in ear. Im guessing she said a too high of a price to him because seconds later he was pushing her way and she keep trying to get him back. Conveniently there was a group of 3 girl walking across the street in our direction. Once they made it to the block, he squeezed right between two of them wrapped his arms around their waist and they all proceeded to walk with each other. He grabbed one of their asses whispered in her ear and no sooner then she responded they were walking off by themselves in the opposite direction leaving the other two girl on there own, *Drops Mic*. Now if that wasn’t the quickest I told you so I don’t know what it is. Before leaving the states I was extremely hype about getting Thai massage but not only did I get that but cute lil love affair. Okay I’m being way to dramatic so ill say it was a cute lil LUST situation. So before receiving my massage *thankfully the shop was right next to my hotel* the beautiful people who worked there pretty much hung outside attracking customers for business. I saw them everyday upon entering/leaving the hotel so we’d always said Hello to each other. When I finally decided to get my massage the guy who I thought was the cutest of them all stepped forward to rub me down. I was dumb hype on the inside because I got to stare at him for an hour and some change. We exchange what little dialect we could while just smiling at each other like teenagers. It was all so adorable.We bonded over having tattoos. So of course nothing actually happened passed the actual massage beside me really feeling up his arms when told to. Yeah he knew what I was doing and we laughed after. He also gave my butt a nice rub and squeeze. Yes, he asked first *who doesn’t love a butt rub* and we both know what he was doing because upon doing the first squeeze I looked back at him and he said “Nice” with a kool aid smile. After the massage I went back to my room and just melted to sleep. Melting to sleep is a thing cause I said so. LOL!As the days went by everytime we saw each other he course he asked me if I would like another massage and I declined but we always gave each other lusty eyes and smiles like we had a secert no one knew about. On my last day coming back to the hotel to get my things he ask one last time did I want a massage and when I mentioned I was going home, his face dropped. I feel like he thought I was joking until a cab pull into the driveway. As the door man grabbed my bags there he stood just watching…Looking at me in the distance. And there I stood looking back. We literally stood there and stared at each other until everything and one was tucked away in the the car. No waving good bye, just our eyes watching each other till I got into the cab…..
So that was my time Thailand. I have intentions on going back within the next 2 years but for now I get to live in the memories and pictures of that time.
Maybe I’m just way to calm, accepting, relaxed or open minded. I try to find the positive in mostly everything, even 20 hour air plane flights. When I mentioned my journey to the land of smiles the first question I got was “How long is the flight?” And after replying “A Day” (it was really 20 hours but that was way to many syllables to keep repeating) the reactions were “Oh no I can’t do that, that’s way to long to be in one spot, why you going so far, and blah blah blah”. I look at any flight especially a long flight as a blessing. Why might you ask???? Because your one and only obligation to the world is to stay in your seat. You have nothing else in world to do. You dont have to worry about work, school, home or anything really. You dont even have to think if you dont want to. You are provided food, beverages and even alcohol on some flights. You may not like it but hey you can’t it wasnt offered. I faithfully bring a few of my own snacks from home for those just in case moments if the food is totally inedible. Many airlines also provide entertainment. My flight leaving the US had better options than my returning flight. Departing I was able to play a language game that helped my brush up on my newly learned Thai words. I played poker as well. If im correct it was an in-flight battle to which I had the pleasure of dominating. I started with $1000, won with $62,385, I took everyones money and Im proud of it lol. There were also a variety of movies and TV shows to watch. This particular flight didn’t carry the newest releases but had a solid amount of choices. I watch xXx : Return of Xander Cage and a 3 episode special of African wild life. Over all my beyond favor part about flying especially on a long flight is sleeping. You get to sleep for however your flight is fully uninterrupted * unless someone has to pee* . I normally aim for the window seat not only for the sites but because no one has to climb over you for anything. I caught up on all the sleep I missed, wish i had, and needed. So enjoy your next long haul flight. Think of it as time to get you internal battery recharged. Catch up on all the sleep you messed. Beat everyone in your cabin in a poker game. Watch some new and entertaining movies or just chat with the person next to you. Positive thoughts people, positive thoughts!!!