Unwrapped Wednesday: Pixie Sticks

Oddly enough, Pixie Sticks where never very high on my list of candies to try. I had poor memory’s of kids on the playground daring each other to snort them and being glad I had an excuse not to give into the taunting. Why would anyone put sugar voluntarily up their nose?  It sounded painful and uncomfortable and kind of stupid. I can’t even recall if any of the kids actually did it, or if everyone had chickened out and just eaten them but I never really wanted them very badly after that day.

 

Now of course I have an even better reason to be uninterested. Those are disgusting. A month or two ago my sister decided to eat a packet of Koolaid right from the little package, and this is what I pictured it tasted like. Then again, I don’t like strong sour flavors at the best of times.  Why would I work so hard to open up that impossible little sleeve when there is no reward?

Unwrapped Wednesday: PEZ

This week after much excitement I get to try Pez.

Pez was one of those candies that taunted my child self by being fascinating and brightly colored. My dad loved Pez back in those days and would often get fun superhero ones. However I always begged to get ones consisting of BluesClues, Hello Kitty, or any of the many other fun characters I knew and loved as a child. Never being victorious in such arguments lead to much curiosity and excitement to actually get one of my own.

 

Unwrapped Wednesday: Peeps

Some of the cooler people in the world may have noticed I didn’t make a post this last Sunday. I just finished my move to Pennsylvania from Texas. So, I spent my Sunday recovering from a 48 hour bus ride and the following days integrating into my new studio for Unwrapped Wednesday!  So I am very proud to post my very first full video. This week: Trying peeps.

I owe a huge thank you to everyone who has been giving me candy to try over the past couple of weeks. I had no idea there where so many different kinds of candy in the world!

Unwrapped Wednesday: Pop Rocks

 

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This week, I pull Pop Rocks out of my candy box. Which is awesome because this is another candy I have been looking at lovingly for over a decade. The weird popping noises my childhood peers would taunt me with this haunting me to this day.

If you have missed why I haven’t ever tried pop-rocks, or anything else in my box of candy, I suggest you go back and read this post first.

 

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I am a little bit afraid. What if they don’t live up to my expectations? What if this is a world-wide practical joke and they explode in your mouth?

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Nevermind I got this man.

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Wait this is weird. I’m not sure if I like this.

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I understand.

 

All in all, Pop Rocks are really weird. and hard to find. Kind of a let down after all these years, but you can’t win ’em all.

Simsplified

Here we go, the post I have been dreading, I have needed to make this post for three months now and I have been procrastinating on it. Because I’m embarrassed.

I love the Sims 4.

The Sim 4 got a lot of bad press at release, angry people mad they had to pay for pools. Toddlers didn’t exists, color wheels are a thing of a past and so much more EA related nonsense.

Now it is often judged on its original press and ignored by any good self-respecting EA mocker. See also: decent people. People look at the bad reviews and figure, EA will always be EA, how could it be better?

But almost all the things complained about day one are gone now. And it’s the best goddamned Sims game yet.

I have probably put an embarrassing amount of hours into The Sims. Because while EA is a shameless, money-guzzling, soul thief’s, they are also creating one of the most sandbox, casual games on the market.

And let’s be clear here, I’m not saying it’s an amazing game, I’m saying it’s better than the others comparatively by EA standards. So, not incredible but you can choke it down if you like this sort of thing.

They still overcharge for expansion packs. And the in-game ‘community’ where you see other peoples’ sims and creations is still slow and broken. But if you look past that, it’s actually really fun.

For once thing it runs faster. Yes, it’s because they got rid of a lot of stuff. But a lot of the stuff they got rid of was unnecessary clutter and the smoother game experience is worth it. But also they went back to roots a bit, and don’t load up the whole world at once, just whatever home or venue you’re visiting. Which, yes, adds loading screens. But all those times your game got down to 5 FPS trying to watch ‘Thomas McButthead’ go to work on his little bike were not that much better. This way, sure, you have loading screens, but once its loading is done, no more slowness, you no longer have to worry that your game will crash and burn because it tried to load your neighbor’s house for no fucking reason.

But also they made cheating a lot easier, which seems silly but actually really opens up the game to be more sandbox.

Because, let’s be honest, how many people among us play Sims over and over to have them work up the career ladder or put in a Sims lifetime to learn an instrument? While these people exist, they are not the main Sims consumer and making cheats easier to access in no way ruins their experience. Cheats are shorter, easier to access, and there are more of them to allow you to have the exact game experience you want with just a few short commands.

These things may seem simple and more technical than game-play. But they both play a huge roll in creating a game that simply feels better in your hands.

 

 

 

Unwrapped Wednesday: Twizzlers

So last week I had the extraordinarily sorrowful misfortune of deciding it would be fun to try out all of the candy I missed out on during my allergy riddled childhood.

All of the brightly colored candies that had taunted me as a youth, now available at my very fingertips. This sounded incredible…until the moment I popped a warhead into my mouth. Its a week later and I can still taste it. So this week i’m hoping my choice in candy is a little kinder.

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Twizzlers! Now, this one isn’t entirely true to form because I was given one of these once as a child. However, I was two, and have no recollection of it. Seeing as it was going to be my last one for the next seventeen years you would think I would remember such a momentous event. Curse you two year old me.

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I am so excited right now. This is the candy I have waited for.

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I don’t know what it tastes like yet but this is super fun.

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Wait, how do you actually eat this?

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NEVER-MIND I GOT IT.

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I will suck your delicious cherry flavored blood. Bluh Bluh.

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Candy AND toy. I love Twizzlers.