Monthly Archives: March 2023

Half Life: Alyx & A Fisherman’s Tale

I’ve been getting back into VR with my Oculus Quest Pro after not using it for a while.

I had started doing some exercise with Beat Saber and Dance Central and Eleven Pingpong, but decided to branch out.

I originally started playing “I expect you to die!” but after half an hour or so had to run and get the groceries delivered to the front door. When I got back I spent about an hour trying to get it to launch but it kept crashing out. I’ve reinstalled it since, but that afternoon I wanted to test it on another game to make sure everything was still good with the headset.

I clicked on A Fisherman’s Tale. You play a puppet inside a model of a lighthouse. Above you is a puppet copy of you in a bigger copy of the same lighthouse with the same objects in it. Below you is another smaller puppet copy of you in a smaller model of the same lighthouse with the same objects in it. In fact, you can interact with the other puppet versions of yourself. You will need to in order to complete the puzzles in this game. Maybe you need a larger version of an object which is stored in the upper-level bigger model. Maybe you need the same object shrunk down in size which you can reach into the small model of the lighthouse on the table in the room you’re in. Tons of fun! I completed the game and really enjoyed it. It probably would have taken a lot longer if I had turned off hints (which only occur if you’re really, really stuck anyway) but I’d have been too frustrated if I didn’t figure out the puzzle!

Once I finished that I decided to see what all the fuss is about with Half Life: Alyx. This is a part of the original Half Life game story. I’m playing it in Story Mode as I haven’t really played the other games and didn’t know what I’d be in for. There’s still enough difficult puzzles to figure out and scary action, but it’s not too frustrating as higher levels would be. The controls are great and the graphics are amazingly high-quality and life-like. You get to talk to other ‘people’ in the game to move the story along. I’m not really into alien or zombie games, but this kinda combines them into a fun adventure. I play about 3-3.5 hours at a time untethered. My Oculus Quest Pro still has about 29% charge at the end of 3.5 hours and the controllers still retain 82% each — which is AMAZING! People were sure it’d last maybe 2-2.5 hours from what I read. The first time I played this I had already been playing The Fisherman’s Tale above so I did need to plug in my long USB cable, but it’s powerful enough to charge the headset while playing. I really recommend this if you like some fun action games.

I have completed about 21% of achievements so far and so still have quite a ways to go, but that’s no issue.

The Crypt radio show 29-03-2023

This week’s playlist:
Solar Fake – Sick of you
ALUCVRD – Nail fetish hate god
Boy Harsher – Give me a reason
Tycho Brahe – Dislocation (Travesty Dub edit)
Amelia Arsenic – Homewrecker
Angelspit – All hail the hustle (Pill brigade mix)
I:Scintilla – Taken
Night Club – Gossip
DK-Zero – F U $
Junksista – Problems
Studio-X – Butene Machines
Lederman De Meyer – Atoms in fury
Mach FoX – A sickness
Combichrist – Hate like me
MATT HART – I am overlord
Aesthetic Perfection – American Psycho
Covenant – 20 Hz
Pure Obsessions & Red Nights – A lovely day
Psy’Aviah – On my mind
Sobriquet – Skyline
ExoKult – Ready to blow
Zheani Sparkes – Tarantulas
Brioni Faith – Cyborg mix
Dirt Factory – Violence
Mesh – Kill your darlings
Puscifer – The Mission
Empathy Test – Monsters

The Crypt Radio show 22-03-2023

This week’s playlist:
The Evil Dark (EVVL DVRK1) – Dead world
Neuroticfish – Velocity (Solar Experiments remix)
GRENDEL – Hate this (X-Fusion remix)
Solar Fake – I despise you
ESA: Electronic Substance Abuse – One missed call (Empirion remix)
[aesthetische] – We follow blindly (feat Mari Kattman)
Goo Munday – Anti-life
Vargil – Scare city
The Crystalline Effect – Blue sea (Dave Forman remix)
Amelia Arsenic – Live slow Die old
Studio-X vs Simon Carter – Solar Flare (feat. Bridgette)
AND ONE – Timekiller (Project Pitchfork remix)
MONO INC. – Children of the dark
Night Club – Schizophrenic
Diffuzion – Still believe (Aesthetische cold mix)
Psy’Aviah – OK (M.I.K.E mix)
NeuroWulf – Submerge
Termınal – Crackdown
Karoshi – Monster
Ponyloaf the band – Lost heartache
AD:keY offical – You can’t fuck me
Boy Harsher – Machina (feat Ms Boan – Mariana Saldana)
Tycho Brahe – It’s not enough (The Garland cult remix)
Sirus – Neuroleptic (Final mix)
Warp Music Community – Humans
Mechanical Vein – Feel your noise

The Crypt radio show – 15-03-2023

This week’s playlist:
Simon Sebastian – Antigravity
felix marc – Hysteria
Komor Kommando – Music is my religion
Neikka RPM – Tease me disease me
Circuito cerrado – What’s your emergency?
Sobriquet – Not everything I believe is true
Mildreda – Bright side
Mari Chrome – Here I am
Dirt Factory – Crash landing
UCNX – Sleep when you’re dead
Halo In Reverse – The windy city
Lovelorn Dolls – After dark
Studio-X – Lonely
Gusano – Sangre eternal
Kant Kino – Owner of this house lives here
Zheani Sparkes – Napalm
ESA: Electronic Substance Abuse – I detach
The Psychic Force – Die in the clinic
InfraVision – Anne Clark – Our darkness
Angelspit – Stand in line
The True UnioN – Purousthai
VNV Nation – Fearless
Prozium – Lay my vengeance
[aesthetische] – Back to life
GINGER SNAP5 – Waiting for
MATT HART – To the core

The Crypt Radio show – 08-03-2023

This week in honour of International Women’s Day we have the following playlist:
Night Club – Gossip
Amelia Arsenic – RX Love
Junksista – Life is unfair
Brioni Faith – Human
Patenbrigade: Wolff – Follow me
Rave The Reqviem – Ofelia
Sobriquet – xls
Cosmic Armchair – Conversation
Miranda Cartel – Amethyst
Eva X – Your kind
Helalyn Flowers – Kamikaze angel
Super Massive – We’re taking over
Neonsol – Manipulation
Sin.Sin – Moving sands
Unter Null – godless
The Crystalline Effect – As long as you need
Nyxx – Voodoo (with Aesthetic Perfection)
I:Scintilla – Melt
Ayria – Blue Alice
HER OWN WORLD – Happiness Imperative
Lovelorn Dolls – The thrill
Suicidal Romance – Touch
Mari Chrome – Toxic
Krystal System – Official – Elektrostal
Night Club – Scary World