10 Non-Horror Games For Halloween

It’s Halloween! If I hadn’t spent this month drowning in assignments, there would have been a lot more content to celebrate this fact. But yeah, I thought it was time to indulge in one of my main interests: gaming. As I’m not a massive fan of modern horror games (jump scares ain’t my thing), I thought I’d create a list of games that aren’t designed for this holiday but still fit the mood. There’s something off or creepy about these games that I truly appreciate.

  1. Don’t Starve.
    Don’t Starve is a wonderful little game that is insanely difficult. You’re dropped off in the middle of no-where, no idea how you got there, and you need to survive. This game deals with issues like isolation, psychosis (your character will hallucinate at one point or another), fear of the dark, and insecurities about the future. Everything is a potential threat, you know you can die at any moment. This is a game that’s easy to learn but almost impossible to master. If you haven’t played it already, it’s time to pick it up.

2. This War of Mine
This War of Mine is one of my all time favourite games. A civil war has broken out, you’re a civilian trying to survive until a ceasefire is put in place. This is very much a real life horror scenario and the developers did not shy away from difficult questions. If this game doesn’t get an emotional reaction out of you, you probably don’t have a heart. This game examines a very unusual perspective of warfare that most games never even acknowledge and it is very much a game for adults.

3. Contradiction
This little gem is a glorious experience. It’s over the top, has FMVs, hints at satanic rituals, and features some of the most awkward conversations ever. This is a murder mystery and you’re playing a police officer who is trying to solve the case. You do this by interviewing people, searching for clues, and finding contradictory statements. This game is almost like an extended demo or showpiece for the studio and it is truly unique. You’ll be laughing your ass off at the deliberate overacting and it’s truly a wonderful few hours you’ll get from this game.

4. The Wolf Among Us
I’m a big fan of Fables, the comic book series this game is based on. This is another murder mystery game but set in New York during the 1980’s (?) and the characters all come from Fables. The art is fantastic, TellTale truly succeeded in bringing the comic to the screen. The dialogue is great, the voice actors are good, the final battle is epic, and if you’re afraid of urban legends you’ll probably find yourself avoiding looking in the mirror afterwards.

5. Dead In Bermuda
Another survival management game. A plane crashes on an isolated island and it’s your job to survive long enough to figure out how to get off this tropical paradise. The characters are memorable, it takes a few tries to figure things out, the game is at a perfect difficulty level, the plot is not what you expect it to be, and this is essentially what Lost could have been like. The cons include the fact that there’s a few translation errors (the developers are French if I’m not mistaken) and if you don’t like resource management games then this is probably not for you.

6. Grim Fandango – Remastered
This is the remastered version of the truly classic game Grim Fandango. I only just bought it, so I can’t give a full review but I have only heard good things about it. The graphics have been updated but the core of the game is kept intact. If you’ve yet to discover one of the truly iconic games in well, the history of gaming, then now’s a good chance.

7. Hatoful Boyfriend
This is one of the weirdest games ever made, and yes, it’s Japanese. Somehow, birds have taken over the world and you’re a human female who becomes the first non-bird student at a prestigious high school. This game is meant to be a dating sim, but it keeps dropping hints of something more. If you can get past the insane exterior and complete the game, you’ll discover one of the most epic mindfucks ever written. This game claims to be a cute and quirky dating sim, but it’s lying and I’m so happy it is.

8. Plague Inc: Evolved
Feel like playing something casual? Something where there isn’t much of a plot? You’re trying to create a plague to eradicate mankind. That’s pretty much it, it’s a great game for road trips or when you just want to keep yourself occupied without making too much of an effort. This was released around the time when the big Ebola outbreak occurred and the thought of a disease being able to erase our species is pretty scary.

9. Serena
This is a short, free, point and click game. If you’re on Steam you can just download it straight away. I played through it in half an hour and it creeped me out. This is probably the game on this list that comes the closest to actual horror. You’re playing a man who is in his cabin and something doesn’t feel quite right. It’s your job to find the clues in the cabin to unlock your memories to find out what’s really going on. If you have a very limited amount of time, this is a good option to still get you in Halloween mood.

10. Portal & Portal 2
This was a triumph. These games are modern classics for a good reason. They’re essentially physics puzzles with the single most memorable villain to ever speak out of metal. If the idea of AI and machines taking over the world scares you, this series will be a great option. The creep factor is high, they will make you smile, and they’re quite tricky.


How Long Does It Take To Apply Makeup? A Project

Currently doing a little project here at Polished Cryptids, namely speed makeup.
wpid-20151022_102424.jpgIn discussions with friends it has often been disputed how long it actually takes to apply makeup, especially in the morning. So I thought I’d time myself when applying makeup on days where nothing special is happening, because I do spend more time on my face when I’m going out or have a reason to dress up.

Here’s a brief preview of the project.

An unusually natural look for me compared to the photos I usually put on here, but one that’s fairly common for me on a day to day basis. I think I’m wearing concealer, foundation, powder, lip balm, and a hint of mascara.
This look took 4-5 minutes and I included skin care in the timing.

wpid-20151030_065916.jpgThe photo on the right is me today and as you can tell, the light is very different and that’s the difference between open and closed blinds in my bedroom. This look took 6 minutes 2 seconds without including skin care (I forgot to start the timer). It includes primer, foundation, powder, lipstick, two eyeshadows and mascara.

Body Confidence Issues – The Discussion

Over the last 2 years or so, I’ve been gaining weight. I suspect this is linked to my contraception since weight gain from this specific contraception is completely normal and my lifestyle hasn’t really changed otherwise. In fact, it’s extremely unusual to use this form of contraception and not gain weight during the first 1-3 years.
Anyhow, since about June or July, I’ve been struggling with this issue. My clothes range from a size 6 to a 14, so I cover pretty much the entire spectrum. However, during a debating tournament there was this pool party and like everyone else, I was in swim wear. Because that’s what you do at pool parties. I love wearing swimwear for the simple fact that it’s associated with swimming and I fucking love swimming. Never before have I felt self-conscious in swimwear. Enter one fucking bitch. “You’re so brave for wearing a bikini around all the skinny girls”. Fuck you.
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The Vintage Tag

Questions in the tag
1) Who is your style icon?

I can’t say there’s one single icon that I have, but there’s a number of people I draw inspiration from. Dita von Teese is of course the queen of the burlesque revival and she does know how to dress. Veronica Lake is my spirit animal when it comes to hair. Peggy Carter is a fictional character I adore, same thing goes for Morticia Adams.
2) What’s your favorite way to get inspired? ( i.e. mags, catalogs, photo’s, YT, movies, books, the internet, etc).
Youtube and Pinterest are my primary sources, but it can be anything that catches my attention on any given day.
3) What’s your most used hair tool(s)?

My hair brush, I guess.
4) What’s your favorite hair tool/ gadget?
Assuming I don’t get away with mentioning my hair brush again, I’ll go with foam rollers.
5) Up-do, down, or half and half?
Anything goes, it depends on what I’m wearing and how much time I have.
wpid-20150624_105110.jpg6)Is vintage styling something you do daily, weekends only, or just special occasions?

I seldom do a full on vintage style but there’s almost always some elements of it in what I’m wearing.
7)Your favorite blush/ lipstick?
I’d probably advice you to have a look at some of my other posts and you’ll find it immediately since I can’t shut up about it. That lipstick will survive anything and look flawless far longer than the rest of you on a night out.
8) Let’s talk fashion: dress/skirt or pants? heels or flats?
Dresses all the way. I quite often hear my male friends talk about the tragedy that is having to wear pants all day, women’s fashion has found a solution to that and made it socially acceptable. Win.
I wear both heels and flats depending on what I’m doing and what I feel like wearing.
9) Homemade or off the rack?
I can’t sew, so off the rack it is.
10) do you swing dance?
11) Small subtle touches incorporated into everyday wear ( flavor of vintage, if you will) or all out extreme?
A flavour of vintage is a nice way of phrasing it.
12) Favourite perfume/ skincare? ( as ladies back then were very studious about their faces)
A fantastic cleansing powder from Fancl

13) What does the rest of the family think of your “style”?
I don’t really have a family.
14) Favourite accessory ( signature piece, hair accessory, bag, jewlery, gloves, stockings, shoes, pin, hat, belt, sweater, nail polish, lipstick, perfume, parisol, glasses, scarf… whew! did i forget anything)?
Wrap dresses and lipstick, it’s pretty much my uniform.

15) Do you find the vintage community warm and inviting, or cliquish and snooty? ( include your personal home state)
I can’t claim to know a lot of people, but the ones I’ve met have been nice.

16) What drew you to this style?
The simple elegance.

Retro Essentials: YouTubers

YouTube is a fantastic resource when it comes to vintage styles, makeup reviews, and pinup hair. If there’s something you’re looking for, chances are YouTube is where you’ll find it.
I thought I’d share videos from some of my favourite YouTubers when it comes to vanity related issues. These are all people that I’ve found reliable, genuine, and people who contribute something unique to my subscription feed.


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The Gender Tag

So I thought I’d do something a bit different today and do another tag, what’s different is the theme.
As many of you know, I’m an active debater and in debating we spend a lot of time discussing issues that relate to gender. So yeah, why not?
This is a tag that’s been floating around youtube for a while and I must confess I don’t know who the original creator is.
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Undergraduate Life: First vs Last Year

I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that I’ll have a degree by the end of the year (unless something goes very very wrong). Here’s how some aspects of my university life has changed over the last few years.

Reaction to classmates then: “I can’t believe he thinks Australia has a president”
Reaction to classmates now: “Surely he must be trolling. No? We give degrees to these people?”

On picking an essay topic: “I’m going to really think about which of these questions I’ll choose”
Now: “I’ll pick the one where I can get away with writing about aliens”

On picking essay titles: “This needs to accurately reflect the content of the essay”
These days: “I need a joke. Or at least a reference to The West Wing”

What caused anxiety: “I don’t know what to do with my life”
What causes anxiety: “I’m not sure how to get to where I want to be”

Thoughts on referencing: “There are so many systems, I’ll never learn any of them”
Current issues: “How do you reference a video that’s in a Facebook update from a minister?”

On stress: “I have so many readings to do”
When adulthood interferes with student life: “Between full time studies, several part time jobs, and an internship, I’m not sure when I’ll be able to do laundry”

What tutorials used to be like: “This requires my full attention”
Current concerns: “Do I need to stop typing this essay when I answer a question verbally or can I get away with working on two courses at once?”

Perceptions of common knowledge: “I hope I don’t need to reference that the UN is a thing”
vs: “Surely everyone knows what the second amendment is about”

On Marxism: “I hope I won’t have to study this too often”
A number of years later: “Ah, time for the annual encounter with good ol’ Karl”

When discussing academic writing with first years: “I’m not sure what level of formality this needs to be”
In 2015: “You might not want to use LOL in something you’re graded on. No, I’m not joking.”

Encountering 17 year olds: “I can’t believe they’re so immature”
When meeting them these days: “We cannot possibly be from the same generation”

Campus fashion: “People sure do dress casually”
While putting on lipstick: “I refuse to become one of the shoeless hipster plebs”

When planning for next year: “I want to pick interesting courses so I can raise my GPA”
At the moment: “So I have to write a thesis that contributes something entirely new to this field of studies, get really good marks on all of my courses, and do so while juggling multiple jobs to even be considered to be allowed to keep studying?”

On mistakes: “I’m so terrified about having used the wrong referencing system”
Now: “So I should probably email the convenor to apologise for this mess”

On knowledge: “I’ve learned so much already”
Near graduation: “I know nothing about this field”