Video Game Review – Minecraft

We might be digging ourselves a hole with this review, however we almost forgot to do a proper review of the indie sensation. From Creepers that pop out of the middle of nowhere, to Skeletons and Zombies, you can be sure to have yourself a fun survival game. Witches come out at this time of the year too, so there’s more to Minecraft than just a sandbox game – But how do all of the modes play out? Timlah checks out the mighty Minecraft for a full review.

We might be digging ourselves a hole with this review, however we almost forgot to do a proper review of the indie sensation. From Creepers that pop out of the middle of nowhere, to Skeletons and Zombies, you can be sure to have yourself a fun survival game. Witches come out at this time of the year too, so there’s more to Minecraft than just a sandbox game – But how do all of the modes play out? Timlah checks out the mighty Minecraft for a full review.

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A Work Which Becomes A Genre In Itself

Is there any greater accolade for any piece of work than to call itself the beginnings of a new genre? Find out what Joel thinks is the beginning of a new era for Minecraft-like games.

Though Minecraft has earned many awards across it’s many, many years of active gameplay, is there a greater accolade for any piece of work than to call itself the beginnings of a new genre?
Minecrafts‘ biggest appeal is the construction toy taken to infinite proportions. It’s limited of course, but considering it’s now over six years old that’s not exactly surprising. Despite vast numbers of updates, a battery of additions made to the format and a host of new features, it still remains the same open-world, survival, castle-building trap crafting game that emerged from the vast planes of flat creative surface that first captured the internet’s imagination in 2009.

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Kickstarter Highlight – Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared The Series

Do you like being hugged?

Do you like being scared?

Do you not like being hugged because you’re scared?

Then look no further, it’s time for another Kickstarter Highlight!

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Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared the Series


What is it?

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared consists of a small group of people who put together some very unique videos on YouTube. Here’s one of them.

You might have noticed just how serious that video gets suddenly. This video alone, as of the time of writing has slowly creeping towards 18 million views! 18 million is a crazy number – But that’s how many people have seen this video.

They then made Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 2, which discusses time and what it does to us/the world.

So these could be considered shock videos which discusses a theme.

This Kickstarter campaign has been made to help them on their way to making a whole series of these videos, which are clearly very popular already! This campaign has been made to teach those puppets the 6 meanings of life… What meanings they are, we’ll just have to find out.


How much are they asking for?

£96,000 is the target funding goal! Quite a high target, however with their following they might be able to make it. As of the time of writing this article, they have over £37,000 raised with 21 days to go. It’s a high target as they want to be able to produce these last episodes properly.

Aww, aren’t they a lovely bunch?

They project each episode will cost around £24,000!! Woah! But they have given justification for it and it seems to make a lot of sense, plus it would help them work full time on Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared.

The money goes into the following stages:

  • Pre-production: Writing, storyboarding, creating an animatic, characters and concept designs.
  • Audio: writing and recording the music, all the voices and sound design.
  • Production: Building all the sets, puppets, props, models and the cost of all materials.
  • Shooting: Studio time, location costs, crew, lights, camera and lots and lots of stress.
  • Post production: editing, compositing, adding 2d or CG animation and lots more dull digital work.

Now, who wants to go and contemplate the damage that time does to us?

What are the rewards?

As per usual, an important aspect for a successful campaign on Kickstarter is down to the rewards… So, what are the rewards that the average person could potentially afford?

  • Pledge £1 or more

    ==== GOOD EGG =========== THANK YOU! You are a wonderful creative person and a new friend!

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
  • Pledge £3 or more

    ====== DIGITAL EGG!=========== Digital Downloads of each film we successfully fund as soon as they come out, plus the first 2!

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2015
  • Pledge £5 or more

    ======MUSICAL BOY========== Digital downloads of each episode + the Official DHMIS album with all songs from each episode, karaoke versions and a few extra songs! ( digital album )

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2015
  • Pledge £10 or more

    =====MYSTICAL FRIEND======= Digital downloads of each episode + the Official DHMIS album + Become a member of the Official DHMIS Fandom and your name will go down on the new DHMIS site, you will receive a Thank You video form the Creators and have access to special behind the scenes footage!

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2015
  • Pledge £15 or more

    =====THE NEW BOY!========== Digital downloads of each episode + the DHMIS album + Become a member of the DHMIS fan club + A2 DHMIS poster signed by the creators !!!!

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2015
    Add £3 to ship outside the UK
  • Pledge £25 or more

    ======CReATiVe WIZKID======== Digital downloads of each episode + the DHMIS album + Become a member of the DHMIS Fandom + receive a beautiful handmade frame from a stop motion sequence in the next episode. ( roughly 28cm X 20cm)

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2015
    Add £4 to ship outside the UK

I’m personally interested in the £15 pledge as there is a poster involved… And I quite like having something physical!

What? You want to see the poster? It’ll be as crazy as the series is proving to be!

Here it is!

I seriously hope you don't hug him, he's scared.
I seriously hope you don’t hug him, he’s scared.

 

What did you all think of this Kickstarter campaign? It’s quite a unique one in that this was an established video series on YouTube which has done so well, they wanted to do better. Both me and Joel are excited by this campaign as we both love the two released videos, as bizarre as they are!

Are you as intrigued as we are? Do the videos scare you in any way, or are they just a normal day on the internet? Give us a comment, let us know – and back that campaign!