Listen: Garmarna

GarmarnaSince the band’s founding in 1990, Garmarna have been one of the most prominent names in Swedish folk music. Their modern take on traditional Swedish folk tunes and ballads led them to moderate success in Sweden throughout the ’90s. However, they — and the Scandinavian folk scene as a whole — have remained relatively unknown elsewhere in the world. I discovered Garmarna completely by accident, during one of my frequent escapades down the YouTube rabbit-hole. I’ve become a pretty big fan of their music since, and today I thought I’d do a little spotlight on three of their albums: VittradGuds Spelemän, and Vedergällningen.
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GOTY 2015: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Well, if you saw our post from a couple of weeks ago, you’ll know that The Witcher 3 was one of the five contenders for Kantaloupe’s Game of the Year 2015 award. It was a tough decision between The Witcher and Bloodborne, but ultimately the sheer scope of CD Projekt Red’s take on the Western RPG trumped the focused tightness of From Software’s Japanese one. I spent more time in The Witcher 3 than I have in probably any other single playthrough of a game, and though there were some slumps in the action, there was a certain satisfaction I got from the gameplay that kept me going. The world of The Witcher is so fleshed-out that it’s never a chore to poke your nose around corners and sniff out some lore. And though the main quest in interesting enough, it’s really the sidequests that make you feel like a part of that world. There’s just an abundance of things to do in The Witcher 3, and if you’re at all interested in fantasy or action RPGs, The Witcher 3 should be at the top of your to-play list.

I haven’t gotten to playing much recently, what with army training (I’m currently in NCO school) and Netflix, which just came to Singapore two weeks ago. But I just got the Banner Saga, Bastion, and Three Fourths Home, so I might review one of those if/when I finish them.

In the meantime, check out the rest of our videogame-related stuff right here!

Kantaloupe’s 2015 Game of the Year Contenders

In 2015, I played and beat more games than I have in any other year in my entire life (and I’ve been in the army for the last 4 months, too!). These are all the games I beat, in the rough order in which I beat them:

The Unfinished Swan, The Swapper, Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, BioShock, Mega Man 2, Killzone Mercenary, Borderlands 2, Suikoden, Grim Fandango, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Final Fantasy IV, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Home: A Unique Horror Adventure, Guacamelee!, Spec Ops: The Line, Resogun, BioShock Infinite, Dark Souls, Sound Shapes, Catherine, Murasaki Baby, Lone Survivor, Journey, The Last of Us, Bloodborne, New Super Mario Bros., Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, The Witcher 3, Wild Hunt, Super Mario Bros., Undertale

Yeah. But of course most of these games aren’t 2015 games and are therefore irrelevant. I’m just showing off. But there were a handful of this year’s games that I got to play, and it’s finally the time of the year when we reflect upon them and their mark on the world of gaming. So without further ado, these are the contenders for Kantaloupe’s highly coveted Game of the Year award!
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Tutorial: How to fix the PS4’s disc-eject problem (UPDATED 13.06.16)

I’ve had a PS4 since June this year and I love almost everything about it. However, about a month in, it started ejecting discs on its own, especially in sleep mode, which is really annoying because my PS4 sits in my room where I like to sleep at night! I experimented with many different ideas I saw on the internet and they all had varying degrees of success for different people, but I finally found a strange but effective solution that has prevented my PS4 from randomly ejecting a disc for nearly two months. I’ll go through all of these potential solutions in the rough order you should try them, but feel free to scroll to the bottom for the solution that finally worked for me.
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Review: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Developer: CD Projekt Red | Year: 2015 | Price: $42.99 | Buy from Amazon

tw3coverWell, it’s finally over. After nearly four months of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt dominating my outside-of-army life, I’ve finally gotten to the end credits. I bought it right after I got my PS4 in May, but before I’d done my finals, so I actually wasn’t allowed to play it until a month later, when I moved to Singapore. In the six weeks I spent waiting for my enlistment into the army, I played Wild Hunt obsessively, often well into the small hours of the morning (although that was probably also a product of jet-lag!). Since enlistment I’ve had to slow down my progress, as I’m only allowed out of camp on weekends and have lots of other things to accomplish during that time. But last weekend I made a final 7-hour-long push to the finish and defeated the game’s final boss. And I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it, so cop a seat and enjoy the ride!
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