Unraveling the Mystery of the Ps3 Exclusive Title ‘The Last of Us’

Thursday is finally upon us. This has been an extremely busy week for me thus far, but I’m looking forward to finishing up my classes on Friday and enjoying my break. I don’t really have much planned for my break except for continuing to hit the gym like crazy, finalize and publish my book, and of course chill out and play video games. At the end of the day, I’m an artist, a writer, and a gamer.

I will always been a fanatic when it comes to video games, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m anxious to watch the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards on Saturday. I usually watch the awards show every year because I love video games, I love badass geeks that create the games I love so much, and it’s spectacular seeing what games are in the running for the Best Game of the Year. I’m not really sure which title will win game of the year, but I’m anxious to see which title will take the award home for best multi-player game. On the website you can vote for your favorite game, and the choices for best multi-player are: Battlefield 3, Gears of War 3, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Notice a pattern there? Everything seems to be the third game in series (well not for the entire COD franchise, but in the Modern Warfare division it’s the third game.) I happen to own all three of those games and I’d have to say that Gears of War 3 would be my top choice, but I play my Ps3 online all the time and not my 360, so then I’d have to go with Battlefield 3. The ending sucked, but the graphics are insane!

A lot of great games came out this year, so we will just have to wait and see what games take home awards this Saturday. This year will be Spike TV’s ninth annual celebration of all things video games, but it will also be the day in which the mystery behind “The Last of Us” will be revealed. Have you heard about this upcoming title? If you’ve got a baffled look on your face, then fret not. Honestly, there isn’t much about information surroudning this game. The only thing we know so far is that the game is a PS3 exclusive title, it’s rumored to have an amazing engine, and it has something to do with ants, an outbreak, and a quarantine. That’s really not much information to work with, but the game is still creating quite the buzz. Oh, did I forget to mention that even the developer is a mystery. Yeah, we have no idea who is even developing this game.

The lack of information and the “hush, hush” tactics involved in marketing this game are what make it such a big deal. It’s like a striptease (a good one, not a cheap drunk one.) The website keeps taking off one piece of clothing at a time, which will hopefully lead to the full exposé on Saturday at the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards. It’s exciting not knowing what this game is about, but the screenshot below does look quite promising. Believe it or not, that’s actually a screenshot from the game. Mind-blowing….seriously, my mind was just blown. That shot indicates that these ants and quarantine must take place somewhere sunny and pleasant, but then it’s immediately turned into hell by gigantic mutant ants. That could be the story, right?

Ugh…I want to know what this game is about! People have been rambling back and forth on message boards that it could be zombies, but eh doubt it. “The Last of Us” doesn’t feel like a zombie first-person game, it just doesn’t. I’m not going to sit here and assume because my mom always taught me when you assume you make an ass out of u+me, but I will say that ants and zombies don’t go together. It goes against the rules of horror tactics. Giant ants and zombies? Nope, that’s not allowed, it’s just not right, especially for a game. But I have no idea what this game is about, but I tell you what, the entire world will hopefully know on Saturday December 10th, 2011. So if you are curious about this uber mysterious title in the works, then be sure to check out the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards. And if there is any chance this ends up being a lame game (I highly doubt it) then at least you can see if some of your favorite titles of the year take home any awards.

Winning an award is always good I suppose. Yet at the end of the day it’s really about each individual gamers preference and not the industry leaders. So don’t be upset if you thought a game was totally epic and it doesn’t even get nominated. Sometimes all you can do is just hold your own video game awards with your buddies and nominate it your damn self. Yup, that works. But remember it should be in all fun and games, so don’t get all nerdy and upset over the games chosen. Anyways, the best thing about the VGA’s is the World Premieres. Now that’s is what it’s all about! I can’t wait to see what they have in store this year. It’s going to be epic! *fingers crossed*

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Life at a Slower BPM: Reef Project – “Adrift”

Moments in life filled with uneasiness often deserve a dedicated moment of silence. Yet I find it hard sometimes to sit down in a silent room and just reflect on my thoughts. Perhaps I’ve been conditioned by noise, which diverts me from being able to completely spend a silent moment alone. Unabridged silence makes me nervous. I don’t get nervous when it comes to meeting new people, first dates (that’s never a big deal,) performing on stage, or performing a “difficult” task, but lack of sound does put me edge.

I can sit in silence for awhile, which gives me time to reflect on life, but at a certain point I’m rushing to turn on a soundtrack for the moment. Every moment in my life is accompanied by music. There is something so intoxicating about the combination of sounds and rhythms that produce the basic essence of music. It’s nice to turn off the television, log off Facebook, turn off the phone, and just chill out listening to an artist that connects their soul to the world via their music. But when it comes to relaxing and truly tuning the world out, I find that down tempo music really aides in the relaxation.

Cafe Del Mar is a name you’ve most likely heard of. It’s known throughout the world, perhaps the entire universe(including the newly discovered Kepler 22-B) as a record label and club that has the best in down-tempo, lounge, and chill music. They’ve got a lot of good down-tempo music, but I recently ran across an artist by the name of Reef Project, and he isn’t even associated with Cafe Del Mar. Reef Project is the genius work of Thee-O (Jacob Oflias) and a majority of his music is downtempo, ambient, and chill room.

Reef Project has a lot of surreal songs that truly slow down time and focus on the beauty of emotion. Life can be so fast paced, and as humans we can become so detached from ourselves, our dreams, and are emotions. But tracks like Reef Project’s “Adrift” remind us to enjoy the beauty of life. It’s okay to slow it down and not always be hyped up. As Reef Project’s motto says, there is nothing wrong with enjoying “life at a slower bpm.” Slow it down sometimes and don’t stress out over convoluted misfortunes. If you can’t relax in complete silence, then find what works for you. Some ambient music, the sounds of nature, soulful house, and gospel always work for me, so have options. But if you need something to wash away the stress of this past week, then listen to Reef Project’s beautiful track “Adrift” and fall in love with the breathtaking video featuring vocalist Erin Powers.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com