Horizons: Pirates, Vikings and Knights II

July 30th, 2011 by | No comments

If you’re looking for a game like Team Fortress 2 that’s also based on Valve’s Source engine (like Garry’s Mod), but you find that to be lacking in the pirate department, here’s something you’re sure to enjoy: Pirates, Vikings and Knights II. The game is a lot like TF2 in that you play against others online (or on a local network), but this time you’re not using guns. Well, one or two, but only if you’re playing as a pirate. As a Monkey Island fan, you’ll probably want to do so, in which case you have several other weapons at your disposal, including a homicidal homing parrot. The other two classes, Vikings and Knights, are fun to play as well, and word is that all of them are getting a few extra characters to play with soon. Best of all, it’s free to play on Steam!

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Horizons: Pirates and SciFi

May 1st, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

This week’s Horizons may be a bit weird. I must confess, I became a big Doctor Who fan (thanks to Majus)…

Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious and eccentric timelord known as the Doctor who travels through time and space in his time machine, the TARDIS (an acronym for Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space), which normally appears from the exterior to be a blue 1950s British police box. With his companions, he explores time and space, faces a variety of foes and saves civilizations, helping people and righting wrongs.

Having that in mind, next week’s episode of Doctor Who will feature Pirates! Not the usual SciFi Pirates aka Space Corsairs or…whatever… but actual 1700s buccaneers faced with future technology.

You can check out the trailer for the pirates episode here. It doesn’t feature spoilers, in case you’re a fan of the show.

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Horizons: The Crimson Permanent Assurance

April 16th, 2011 by | 2 comments

This week’s Horizons comes from a tip by Harris McMahon. In his own words: “For those who do not know, this is a short film directed by Terry Gilliam that appeared before the film Monty Python and the Meaning of Life. (I didn’t like the film compared to other things by Monty Python, but the Crimson Permanent Assurance completely stole the show.) The film is about pirates, but not exactly the kind of pirates that you expect. Just watch it and you will understand!” It’s a great, funny comment on capitalism and corporate culture. I suggest you just watch it (I’ve combined the two videos into a single convenient playlist, which you can view below). Read the rest of this entry »

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Monkey Island – RPG ?!

April 14th, 2011 by | 5 comments

Arrrrgh! I wanna be a pirate! …oh, you do too? Well, now we both can!

Okay, okay, so it’s not Monkey Island… but it’s got pirates, guns, swords AND Voodoo Dolls! The game is called Risen 2: Dark Waters. For those who don’t know what this is all about, here’s a quick definition of this genre:

A role-playing game (RPG) is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. In most modern RPGs, the player can complete quests in order to gain experience points which can be spent on upgrading the character’s stats (such as strength, dexterity, mana etc).

Now add pirates to the recipe and you’ve got yourself a Guybrush wannabe. Oh, what’s that? You’ll believe it when you see it? …fine by me! (take note, the trailer may be a bit violent).

Continue reading if you want to find out more! (pics of artwork and actual gameplay screenshots included)

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Horizons: Muppet Treasure Island

March 26th, 2011 by | No comments

Muppet Treasure Island is a film that combines two things we all love: Muppets and pirates. So if you haven’t seen it yet, you should! And if after seeing it you want more, you’re in luck, because there is also a video game of it, and it’s an adventure game too! Of course, since it’s aimed at kids it isn’t very hard, but it’s an enjoyable enough experience, and it features live action characters and a bunch of jokes that weren’t seen in the film. In fact, this game, along with Muppets Inside, were among my favourites in the golden age of CD-ROM gaming.

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Horizons: Fashion in 1700

February 26th, 2011 by | No comments

Now why would we choose such a topic for “Horizons”?

No reason! Shut up and read!

Fashion in the period 1700–1750 in European and European-influenced countries is characterized by a widening silhouette for both men and women following the tall, narrow look of the 1680s and 90s. Wigs remained essential for men of substance, and were often white; natural hair was powdered to achieve the fashionable look.

Distinction was made in this period between full dress worn at Court and for formal occasions, and undress or everyday, daytime clothes. As the decades progressed, fewer and fewer occasions called for full dress which had all but disappeared by the end of the century.

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