Long Day

Yesterday seems to have been one of those wild, time/space anomalies.  While it was a 24 hour day, with an 8 hour work period thrown in, the entire day seemed to last an entire week.  Yes, it was a long day!

Meanwhile, I discovered a cool site.  Good Reads is a site for book lovers.  You can “build” your own library, offer reviews, create a “to read” list and tell others what you are currently reading.  There are even a few widgets that you can post on your site that will display these various catagories.

It’s not an earth-shattering discovery, but something I found interesting.  Check it out for yourself if you still practice the dying art of reading.

A Fading Melody

Available from the Xbox Live Marketplace: A Fading Melody

I haven’t played many "Community Games,” nor have I bought any out right.  Just demo’d a few here and there.  It’s a big pool to wade in to with little known developers and some amateur looking games.  But, as we should all know by now, you can’t judge a book by its cover!

I downloaded the demo for A Fading Melody today to try it out.  The first thing that struck me is, “This is like that Braid game.”  Minus the reversing of time.  Melody is a 2-d basic side-scrolling platformer.  Very little environmental detail, but a story and action to keep you moving.  Basic controls and straight forward gameplay. 

The game takes place in a dream.  You are Melody, lost in a forest in your dream with monsters wandering around.  The only bigger issue is that you are dreaming this from a hospital bed, hooked up to monitors and IVs in a coma.  The story unfolds between levels, Melody reveals bits and pieces of her life in text form.  Your dream world is dark, but as you jump on the monsters to kill them (very reminiscent to the original Mario Bros. on NES) the world slowly begins to brighten.  The premise of the story is: you are fighting your way out of the coma’s dream world.

Very calming music, somewhat repetitive gameplay but very creative on behalf of the developer.  Like I said, reminded me of Braid, in how basic the gamestyle was and brought back memories of my early days with Super Mario Bros.  I plan on buying the game, and I’d recommend anyone to download the demo if nothing else to give it a try.