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Stealing Design

On Gorilla Tactics

Kind of a blunt way to put it, but I'm blunt like a used pencil.

Steam currently has some fantastic deals running, and so I picked up some great looking games: AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity, Gratuitous Space Battles, Altitude, Trine, World of Goo, and Braid. As I played through them, I started doing what I always do, which is to jot down some great design choices they made, and some bad ones. Here are the results of my investigative analysis, starting with the first two listed games.

### AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity ### Dejobaan Games (http://www.dejobaan.com/) Available on Steam

Out of all of these games, this is my favorite. It is, as far as I know, a truly unique game design. The basic premise is that in the future, buildings float, leading to some truly gnarly base jumping. You spend the whole game looking down as you fall, trying to score points by accumulating kisses (getting close to buildings), hugs (spending time close to buildings), giving the thumbs up to your fans and flipping the bird to your detractors, and spraying graffiti on government municipal buildings. At the end of each level is a landing pad, on which you must deploy your balded parachute and land safely.

Depending on how well you do in each level, you receive a certain number of Teeth (I know, weird) numbering in the thousands. You use these teeth to unlock new levels, videos, and tools.

Adoption Journey, Day 1

On The Lunde Adoption Blog 2014

Today was my last day of school before our journey.

At the end of the school day, all the kids in my class hugged me and wished me a safe trip. They said they are looking forward to my return. That was nice to hear! I'm going to miss them, too.

My soccer coach said he doesn't like to let me go, especially now in the middle of the season. But he said it was fine if I promised to import some Latin-American soccer talent to my school and to teach my team some new tricks with the soccer ball when I return!

Then we were off! We left my dog, Vita, at my aunt Trine's house. Vita understood what was going to happen and refused to get out of the car. In the end aunt Trine had to carry her from the car to the house.

My uncle Thomas works at Flesland. So he met us at the airport to say goodbye and to drive our car home for us.

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