Hi there from the sunshine state! =]
This is mainly a blog full of screenshots ive taken from games like Bioshock/Bioshock Infinite, Dishonored, Portal, Fallout, Dead Space and Skyrim as well as a few others. Plus a little bit of stuff i like, and even some me. Anything not tagged jlbiggs isnt mine. If you would like me to credit you, just send me a quick message and i would be more than happy to.
I often feel that games aren't given enough credit. To me, they are works of art. They contain engaging stories like books and beautiful visuals like movies. The music can give you chills just like your favorite band. But my favorite thing about them is the atmosphere they pull you in with and before you know it, you've stayed up till 4 in the morning, eyes all blurry with a controller in your hand.
You can get so caught up in playing (which of course is a good thing!), that you might zoom by a detail, area or even a level that probably took months to put together. So my goal with this blog is really threefold. To showcase as much as i can, the time and effort that went into a game, to hopefully bring back a fond memory of playing it and if im lucky, to get a few people to try out a game they havent experienced yet.
There's nothing special about me or the screenshots i take at all. I just like to explore game worlds and snap some screenshots along the way. Whether you're taking a picture of a game on a black and white TV with your Indestructible Nokia, or you're taking a screenshot on a beast of a computer, they are both equally as amazing. When taking shots (as well as playing), i have to say the thing i love the most is finding all the little details the game designers put in a level. At the end of the day, they did all the hard work, im just along for the ride.
Bioshock is very very special to me. It came out at a great time in my life, and in my opinion, was an amazing game. The atmosphere, the music, the setting, the look, the gameplay. It all came together to form a masterpiece. For christmas one of my best friends got me the pc version and the second i noclipped through the lighthouse and flew through the city down below, i saw Rapture (and every other game afterwards) in a whole new light. I was able to see how they put it together, how they added the tiniest details in to make it a believable world. I could almost feel the time, love and effort they put in to it. I started taking screenshots and posting them on the Bioshock forums and a few years later, they wound up on tumblr. Since that christmas in 2007, ive played through Bioshock more times than i can even count. I know every inch of every level. And i still cant get enough. There are games where i put the controller down after 5 minutes. That Rapture is still this interesting after all this time, is a testament to what the developers created. Now that Infinite has been released, that has shot to the top of my list as well. Its absolutely one of the most beautiful games ive ever played. Columbia fascinates me just like Rapture does. The art direction, texture work and 3d modeling blow me away.
One of the most wonderful human beings ive ever met, Audrey, is the reason i have this tumblr. She pointed out to me one day that my pictures were on FYeahBioshock and that led me to make my own page. Thank you Audrey!
And thank you for taking the time to check out my page!
Mario Galaxy Orchestra - Egg Planet
The music was so good in Super Mario Galaxy!
Hey, I was wondering how scary Alien Isolation actually is? I love the movies but Im not really a horror game fan, it seems to be a bit different to most horror games so I was thinking of getting it. How have you found it so far?
Well last night i got to the part where the alien really starts hunting you and i was playing it late at night, in a dark room, with the sound blasting and i have to say ive never been that scared/on edge, ever. Not from a game or a movie. For a moment i even thought i might not be able to continue playing because it was too stressful. lol Ive never felt that vulnerable before in a game. However, im sure that scariness will come down a bit as i play it more and get used to everything.
It was definitely more thrilling than horror though. Im usually not into those types of games either, but having the lore of the movies (which im a big fan of) plus the amazing atmosphere of the space station and the incredible sound design all come together to make an awesome and unique game imo. It can be tough at times, but once i got used to really sneaking and not running and gunning, the difficulty wasnt bad.
If you like that tense, suspenseful feeling you get from the first alien movie, i think youll like this. The quality of the game as a whole is top notch and i would absolutely recommend it!
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Hypatia was kind enough to let me try out her upcoming Mario 64 texture mod and it is simply fantastic. It feels like playing the game for the first time again. If youre a fan of Mario (especially this one), please check it out when she releases it!