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DNF Video Game: The Medium

THE MEDIUM

Discover a dark mystery only a medium can solve. Explore the real world and the spirit world at the same time. Use your psychic abilities to solve puzzles spanning both worlds, uncover deeply disturbing secrets, and survive encounters with The Maw – an entity born from an unspeakable tragedy.

The Medium is a third-person psychological horror game that features an innovative dual-reality gameplay, unique art style inspired by painter Zdzisław Beksiński, and original soundtrack co-composed by Arkadiusz Reikowski and Akira Yamaoka.


In my sometimes less-than-humble opinion, there are two kinds of games in the world: Game-games and games. Look, I’m joking, well, kind of. Let me explain: there are games where you actually have what seems like free choice. If you want to go all in and fight the high level characters, you most certainly can have at it and get humbled, like the zealous adventurer you are. Unfortunately, The Medium is the opposite of that: a walking simulator that tells what button to push and when to push it, where to walk and when to walk and also when to talk. I don’t like it. I want to run, jump, slash and meander. I want action and intensity, not to aimlessly walk in circles looking for a queue to push the X button.

Is anybody out there? Just nod if you can hear me.

Most interactive travels in the game present you with a setting viewed with a fixed, third-person camera as you walk from room-to-room and a Resident Evil type inventory system with the ability to combine items for puzzle solving and possibly more.

Something that did particularly catch my eye and make me go “hmmmm . . . ” was the fact that when looking in the below mirror, there was a strip on the rug that seemed to twinkle and glisten, no matter which angle I moved the camera, which gave me evidence that it wasn’t the mirror causing the anomaly:

See that funky strip on the rug?

That’s not saying The Medium is a bad game, it’s just not for me. I was stunned by some of the visuals that were displayed before the split screen duel-reality play, then the visual appeal seemed degraded ( which I vaguely remember an article confirming that degradation ). I played for a decent 3 hours on the game up until I reached the duel reality view at the camp. The whole premise of the game, being the main character is a medium named Marriane that exists in two different realities at once. Just after the start of the game, we are led to a funeral home and we meet Jack in the dark reality, that has recently died in the normal reality, then we are led to some kind of camp for investigations. This is where I stopped playing the game. I won’t go into any more details about the story, while the elements of the story did seem mildly interesting, it wasn’t good enough to keep me rattling my joystick and looking for a queue to hit X without it being dreadful and a chore. Luckily this game came with my Xbox Game Pass subscription. No love lost, no love found.

Recommendation:

★★☆☆☆ The Medium, an Microsoft Xbox Exclusive gets two stars out of five for lack of excitement and personal preference, however seems solid enough for story-game enjoyers to savor. If you want some, from what I saw non-wretched and light on actual vulgarities like lack of jump scares and gore then it may work even better for you in a search for a psychological survival horror game with class.

Intro video w/ credits

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Video Games: Immortals Fenyx Rising – First Thoughts

After having one of the busiest days in a long time. I really, really enjoyed playing this title, Immortals Fenyx Rising. The visuals are stunning and controls work almost flawlessly.

I didn’t even have one potion or upgraded armor . . . Then, I got in a fight with a bear and barely won:

Spoilers in the form of bear ☠️ death, cut scenes, descriptions of stamina system and resource farming.
This glowing Bear got slung into oblivion. I love watching the boar disappear, too, flying into his demise. 🤠
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Victory: Racing is My Dig

First race jumping back into this game, and I humbly scored a win. My mentor is proud. 🤠

Game: Forza Horizon 4. Car: Subaru WRX ’05. Victory! Platform: Xbox Series X. Resolution: 4K
Then, I raced the train and won at the last second, with a difference of .4 seconds. 🤠

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Friday Fun Trifecta #5 / Xbox Series X Woes

If you remember a while back, we did a segment here on SDMcKinley.com called Friday Fun Links. It has evolved into Friday Fun Trifecta, where I will feature one thing of each – music, book and visual arts. Welcome to Friday Fun Trifecta #5, in appreciation for artwork.

Book:

I really liked this book titled Showdown by Ted Dekker, main element being the writers in the monastery in relations to the town below.

“Live to discover, as long as discovery leads to a love that comes from the Creator… writing was the mirror to life.” ― Ted Dekker, Showdown

[ Quote Source: Good Reads ]

Music:

[ Lyrics @ Genuis.com ]
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Friday Fun Trifecta #2

If you remember a while back, we did a segment here on SDMcKinley.com called Friday Fun Links and now it has evolved into Friday Fun Trifecta, where I will feature one thing of each – music, book and visual arts. Welcome to Friday Fun Trifecta #2, albeit a day early. Because, you deserve something early today.

ALI - No Excuses, Women's Lives Matter | The Elephant
This post is dedicated to all the women in the whole world, fighting for true equality. [ Image Source ]

Book:

All Systems Red by Martha Wells [ Image Source ]

I haven’t quite got the chance to dive into this series, yet. Hopefully, St. Nick can bring a copy in through the chimney. I’m even more interested after reading some of the other, zany quotes. Have you read any of this series?

“I liked the imaginary people on the entertainment feed way more than I liked real ones, but you can’t have one without the other.” ― Martha Wells, All Systems Red

[ Quote Source: Good Reads ]
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Gameplay: Far Cry New Dawn – Bear Battle

This section of the game is called “For Whom the Bear tolls”.

If you want to see me drive crazy through the woods like a drunk sailor on a unicorn trike start at the beginning. People battle starts at like 5:20, almost three minute bear battle after shooting the bell twice at 9:20 with . . .

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Friday Fun Links #8

As another week comes to a close, here are some curated links. Got anything to add? My goal here is to bring you something interesting, hopefully that you haven’t seen before, something outside the norm, outside the narrative -and- because there are so many places on the internet not to share the link love.

The Thoughts of a SpiderwebThe Pentagon Wants Elon Musk to Yeet Cargo Around the Planet In an Hour5 Atmospheric Strange Books To Read That Will Keep You HookedThe Conundrum of Clueless ChangesContemporary Movies Transformed Into Old Books CoverDrawing with nail varnishOn the Weird…The Benefits of Writing Flash FictionFan of ‘Alien’ Movie Recreates Iconic Spaceship Locations in His ApartmentAmnesia: A Machine For Pigs is free on Epic right nowGuest blog – How To Write A Novel In Three Months by Seraphina Nova GlassCookies: a poem-recipeThe MandalorianRay Bradbury on Writing, Emotion vs. Intelligence, and the Core of Creativity via M.C. TuggleAn Interpolation/Extrapolation Process For Creative Designing

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Review: First Thoughts for Phasmophobia

If you were paying attention to my Friday Fun Links #7, I posted a link about a new Twitch and Steam sensation called Phasmophobia ( this game is currently PC only ). I purchased the early release game to see what all the rage is about and intended on doing a full review ( should be easy, right? ), but as a matter of factly, I didn’t even make it past the training section because it scared the lights out of me and I couldn’t figure out how to follow the steps in the TV slideshow.

Phasmophobia is a 4 player online co-op psychological horror. Paranormal activity is on the rise and it’s up to you and your team to use all the ghost hunting equipment at your disposal in order to gather as much evidence as you can.

Phasmophobia on Steam.
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Friday Fun Links #7

As another week comes to a close, here are some curated links. Got anything to add? My goal here is to bring you something interesting, hopefully that you haven’t seen before, something outside the norm, outside the narrative -and- because there are so many places on the internet not to share the link love.

I’d like to give a special shout out to Unbound Boxes, Limping Gods for the illustrated, short story content there that is amazing in it’s own right. Does anyone know any other illustrated story blogs like this one? I attempted to search for resources, but in my quick attempt I came up empty.

Read posts on Reddit by an AI bot that went undetected for a whole weekPixel artist Jason Tammemagi shares his love of cyberpunk, retrowave and 1980s culturePoem Brut #108 – A Case of HysteriaUnbound Boxes Limping Gods: Disconnected Stories: Issue # 473: Alexand Merek Part 20How to tell Personal Stories Through Blogging (And Avoid the Narcissism Trap)Giants IIVIDEO GAME STAPLES THAT DISAPPEAREDXbox Series X Horror Game, The Medium, Gets A New Release Date And TrailerRoland brings its classic TR-808 and TB-303 synths to your browserFan-Made Sci-Fi Short Has the Best CG We’ve Ever SeenPhasmophobia Is a New Steam and Twitch SensationSold: 53 Letters Deciphered by a Groundbreaking English CodebreakerWilliam Gass: The writer really doesn’t build the truth into the sentence, the reader does, especially if the sentence is well constructed.

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Review: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Welcome to the Baker family dinner, Ethan. Grandma won’t be eating, well because she is in a state of ever-resfulness ( not quite dead ) – BUT YOU HAVE TO EAT ETHAN!!!

I don’t recall very many, if any, level structured video games I have played through a second time ( okay I’m probably lying, but I was trying to come up with something that made this article sound important ). I’m currently on my second play-through of this masterfully crafted, truly horrifying video game. During the first play through around 3 years ago, which was obviously less intense than the first, there were times when I genuinely just had to take a break to give my mind some solace, some peace of mind and a short vacation away from the subtly grim, desolate, but beautiful experience that is Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.

Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Official Launch Trailer

My main reason for firing this game back up was to show it to my beloved ( which is birthing our daughter in just a couple of days !!!😁!!! and also shares a liking to horror with me ) and I fell in love all over again. However, my true appreciation didn’t settle with me until I started playing it the second time. Yes, I realize I must now visit a $400 dollar an hour shrink twice a week if I must recover from my love for this horror video game.

Resident Evil 7 is the very first game in the long string of RE ( Resident Evil ) games that presents a first person perspective and also an attempt to bring the series back to it’s survival horror roots and it resurrects the series quite well. RE7 follows the classic survival horror, RE play style of puzzles, navigating through labyrinth type settings along with self defense and killing of mutated beings, boss monsters and some sort of story on how everything has gone to complete hell and a hand basket.