Recommend Me Some Holiday Entertainment

Kingdom Rush

Kingdom Rush, the perfect holiday game. Just a shame I've already finished it.

I’m away on holiday next week and, frankly, I can’t wait. I’ve been working flat out these past few weeks and the idea of escaping from it all for a short while is very appealing. Plus, y’know, the sun and warmth of somewhere other than Scotland won’t go amiss. Someone told me we had a sunny day here once but I quickly disregarded that as an old wives’ tale.

Anyway, of course me being the complete technocrat of Generation Y that I am, as much as I wish I could, I’m simply unable to lie on the beach and contemplate my naval. No sir, I need something to keep me constantly entertained and distract my befuddled mind in-between swimming, napping and stuffing my face hole with the local cuisine. Meditation is not my strong point.

So this is where you fine people come in. I’m desperately scratching my brain for some decent entertainment to keep my occupied during my sunbathing, travel periods and other miscellaneous downtime. I’ve got a Kindle to use, an iPhone music library to overload and an iPad to show off to everyone I meet so please, help me fill them up with lots of entertaining goodies.


I’m in serious need of some reading material right now and I’m at a loss as to what to move onto next – I’m currently re-reading the entire Wheel of Time saga (I’m on book 11) and I’m getting a bit tired of it. I like to take a break from WoT and read something else and, whilst I do quite fancy something science fiction, I’m completely open to suggestions. Fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, anything at all. So long as it’s not Harry Potter or Twilight.


I’m pretty terrible when it comes to music although my trial subscription to Spotify premium means I can download pretty much anything to my iPhone to listen to offline. Currently I’m enjoying the latest Linkin Park album along with a bluegrass cover of Metallica’s greatest hits by a band called Iron Horse. Seriously, it’s amazing and well-worth checking out just to hear Enter Sandman played on a ukulele.

I know this is a long shot as music taste is very subjective but if you have any suggestions then I’d love to hear them. I’ll pretty much listen to anything other than reggae or Justin Bieber.


I’m currently hooked on Kingdom Rush on the iPhone and iPad and it’s definitely one of the best games I’ve played in a while. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it’s basically a fantasy style tower defense game and very, very addictive (I’ve lost hours of life sitting on the toilet playing it). Highly recommended. Unfortunately, I’m just about to finish it and thus need something else to satisfy my gaming itch.

Anyone able to recommend some good iPad games? I’m obviously a fan of tower defense games, strategy games and RPGs but, like always, I’m open to anything. Also, although I don’t really want to game on a laptop, it’s looking like I’ll have to take mine with me to do a little bit of work whilst I’m away so any suggestions for light-weight, non-online PC games would be welcome too.

Anyhow, suggestions aside I guess all that’s left for me now is to pack my bags, do some last minute shopping, tell my wife she looks great in a bikini and ponder if I’m the only weirdo on the planet who needs to take a sack-full of books, games and music with him when he goes away anywhere. Does anyone else do that too?


If you liked this post, why not subscribe to the RSS feed.

Related Posts

  1. Please Recommend Me Some Books And Games
  2. Would You Get An iPad If It Could Play World Of Warcraft?
  3. iPhone and WordPress

Should I Get The Secret World?

The Secret World

Katanas and guns, everything a person could want in a game.

I’m really struggling with this one. Usually I know long in advance of any MMO being released whether or not I’m going to buy it. I knew I was going to get SW:TOR way before its released date was ever announced, I know for certain I’m going to be picking up Guild Wars 2 when it comes out in August and the forthcoming Mists of Pandaria and Storm Legion expansions are total no-brainers but The Secret World? It really has me on the fence.

Read more →

Geeks vs The World


Is it wrong that I can decide if I'm a Star Wars geek or a Star Trek geek?

The following is a guest post from fellow blogger B.J. Keeton who, apart from writing a great blog, is also trying to bolster support for his dreams of publishing a novel via Kickstarter. His article here ponders the age old problem that faces all geeks at some point. No not acne, or poor hygiene, or even predictable sterotypes but rather if being a true geek will ever be accepted by the mainstream.

Read more →

How Hard Is Hard?

Wolfenstein difficulty level selection

Ahh, remember when games used to insult you for picking the easiest difficulty setting?

First up, apologies for the porn film style post title. Finding a suitable image wasn’t easy either.

Anyway, today I want to talk about difficulty in games as, although it’s not a MMO, I’m sure most of you have read that Diablo 3 has now been completed on Hardcore Inferno setting. This means that those guys played through D3 several times in a row to get to the hardest setting, a setting that Blizzard touted has being insanely difficult, all without dying a single time. Not once, not ever. Having played the game on Hardcore myself (I’m still on Act I), I have a little appreciation for just how difficult this feat is.

Read more →

Gimmicky Features, Promises And The Things That Really Matter In MMOs


Class stereotypes in this image? Don't be ridiculous.

Watching the latest video from Carbine Studios about Wildestar (see below) made me realise two things: one, Jeremy Gaffney sounds eerily like Alan Alda from M*A*S*H and two, developers really like to sell us gimmicky features with the claim that they’ll radically change our MMO experience, rendering everything that came before shallow and obsolete. Whether it’s mechanics like ‘battlefield control’ in Wildstar or the ‘missing 4th pillar of story’ in SW:TOR or the incredulous manifesto from ArenaNet that Guild Wars 2 is literally going to reinvent the entire MMO landscape (I can’t wait to find out), we really do get promised a lot of fantastical guff.

Read more →

The MMO Industry Isn’t Dying, It’s Just Evolving


I've already evolved passed this diagram

I gotta agree with Syp on this one - I don’t think the MMO genre is dying out. Although one could easily point to abundance of new titles and expansions on the horizon as clear proof of this (which Syp did), I actually think what we’re witnessing these days is simply an evolution of the industry. In fact, I’d be more worried if the genre was just sitting still and stagnating. Sure, 38 Studios went belly up and SW:TOR isn’t exactly proving to be the huge success BioWare was hoping (there’s a shocker) but that doesn’t mean the genre is crumbling. It just means it’s changing.

Read more →

Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is (And How I Made Diablo 3 Fun Again)

Hardcore Barbarian

So hardcore I don't even need to cover my nipples

I went through a spate of not logging into Diablo 3 for a few days and was going to write some ranty post about how I was utterly bored of it due to it’s exceedingly trivial easiness. I mean, playing with my level 28 Wizard is quite alike the good old days of activating god mode in Doom (iddqd) and walking around blasting everything without a care in the world. Quite literally I cannot die. Even boss fights are a breeze as all I do is wonder up to chaps like Belial, stand right in front of their drooling chops, activate Diamond Skin, and spew forth Disintegrate right into their ugly gobs. Hardly tactical.

And then I remember something Tobold mentions a lot – he usually points out how people who complain about games (or feel nostalgic for old ones), never do anything about it. So I thought I would. So I rolled a hardcore character.

Read more →