Re: Vegemite, it has an extremely salty, yeasty burnt taste. I don't really like it ordinarily, but on a toasted cheese sandwich it's quite nice. A few years back they tried that 'let's give it a new name' thing here to drum up some appreciation for the existing brand (the replacement name was 'iSnack 2.0 I believe). I regard the Tim Tam as a better culinary cultural export than Vegemite.
RANDOM GAMING TALK:
I hope everyone is having fun with their Thanksgiving holiday. The one thing that I bought as part of this sales period (even in Australia we have sales right about now and retailers are trying to create a kind of 'Black Friday' type scenario in these fair lands) is a bunch of games on Steam and an XBox 360 controller for my Surface Pro 2.
It's actually remarkable how versatile a little gaming machine the SP2 is with a gamepad. I was playing Skyrim for a while, but I don't know how long I can keep playing it. One thing I really hate about Bethesda / Elder Scrolls games is how the entire color palette of all the games seems to come from a Pantone swatch named "mud and eh", all the character animations are incredibly poor, are and how the NPC faces seem like they've been randomly generated and then kerb stomped. Skyrim seems to continue this wonderful tradition. I know this seems superficial and for some people they'd rather have a super open world to explore, but I personally would prefer the developer to spend time crafting a visually rich environment, even if the overall game ends up being smaller. But I'll keep playing and see how it goes.
I actually forgot to say, but I finished The Last of Us a week ago and I really enjoyed the game very much. It took me a bit of time to get into it but once I realised that it was actually part of the gameplay of the game that almost every combat encounter in the game can easily go horribly wrong (and it wasn't JUST because I am terrible at stealth games) that I got invested into it. Regarding the ending:Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I actually liked the ending and didn't find it all that depressing or Joel's actions all that selfish, considering that a) there's gotta be another way to study Ellie without slicing her brain up into bits and b) it's not as if humanity at this point is doomed to extinction, and it isn't as if I am particularly enthused about the continuing survival of the species as depicted in the game considering that 99% of the people remaining in the world are murderers / psychopaths /fundamentalists. There aint no cure for that.
I spent some time playing the Stanley Parable last night. I played the original mod of the game, and the 2013 shiny version is even better. I love it to bits. I heartily recommend it to everyone. http://www.stanleyparable.com/
It's hard to describe, but it's a very funny game and unlike art games like Dear Esther and The Path it actually takes advantage of the interactive medium to good effect. (Rather than just making a kind of semi-interactive virtual installation experience which personally I find a pretty mediocre experience).Edited by a_recording - 11/30/13 at 2:47pm