type:rider review

In December, my roommate decided to play a new game she had gotten from the PS store. “Oh, that looks education and kind of boring for me?” I thought. I assumed it was just a game going through the history of fonts.  As an animation major, I took a course on typography and worked in design so I already knew some of the back history of type. I couldn’t see this game being too appealing to anyone outside of the design field.

Screencap from Envy_Me_1_Forever_Till_Death
Then she started playing the first level and I couldn’t help but peek over from my computer. The first level was boring. It was just a tutorial on how to move the Colon (your character) around. The tutorial provided a deep back history of writing that gave you the option to read about or just skip over it.
Screencap from LMSU7
As soon as she hit stage 2, I was out of my chair and on the floor yelling about how Gothic font was German origins (half right, not exactly), re-learning the real origins and 3 hours later we were guessing at what time Times New Roman came around, where Helvetica would have been used and why Didot has so many fonts in its family. Literally, Didot, wtf.
We were enamored by the color pallet used for certain levels, the creative use of loops, tails, serifs and just general anatomy of each letter.  The anatomy of a letter became part of the background, having to roll off a loop onto a terminal or being blocked by stems only having to use a T for momentum to jump onto a rotating U and hope you don’t fall through. Each level becomes progressively more diverse and unique once a new font is introduced, collaborating alongside the time the font was born.
The game is relatively short. We finished the whole thing in three to four hours (secret level included) and it was a pleasant way to spend our evening. If you have money to spare I would suggest this to anyone who enjoys casual platform games with a few puzzles mixed in.

“This must be where pies go when they die”

Early 2016 I became a tad obsessed with a TV show that came out a month shy of my birth year. I felt awful after passing the first season because I had no one to talk to about it. I was flailing around, gushing to friends how great this old show, Twin Peaks was while not knowing it had a strong cult following that was still thriving.
I was excited over this as it was dark, curious but also had dabs of funny here and there to break up the seriousness of the main plot. If you think you know who killed the centric character, Laura Palmer (I assure you, no spoilers here), it’ll take you in an entirely different direction. The show is accompanied by a vibrant cast that ranges from characters who have done terrible things to the common folk-types that we can easily identify with.  I know everyone really loves the log lady but I’m more taken by Nadine and her brain injury. A 35-year-old woman thinking she’s young girl then chucks a kid across the field to everyone’s horror? Sign me up.
Or the awkward romance between Andy and Lucy that is totally relatable (to me at least)? You can feel the awkward smack you in the face every time they appear which can be both endearing and frustrating when they clearly want to do more but don’t.
My sudden obsession led me to just gently browse Twin Peaks related subjects. I ended up finding a vegetarian café in Vancouver that was inspired by the show so hell yes, what a perfect excuse for me to go back to the land of beavers.the black lodge, black restauraunt sign with white hand written text and drawings of trees and a saw
The café was situated at the corner of a slow but tight intersection. Inside was quite dark but filled to the brim with memorabilia. From the front end to even the bathrooms you could spot something that came straight from the old David Lynch show. The tables were thick, wooden half stumps that were slightly uncomfortable to sit at and the café could only fit maybe six-ten people, a bit more if you really squeeze seats.
Being the adult-kid that I am who can barely eat vegetables, I was wary of being able to eat anything from there since it was vegetarian only (they even have vegetarian beers!). But as a knowing adult I pushed myself do eat something new.  I don’t think pushed myself too much out of my safety net but I’m still amazingly pleased with their menu options.
vegetarian coconut sandwich
The B.A.L.T.
 Veggie coconut bacon, avocado, sprouts, cheddar cheese, garlic aioli, Dijon mustard but dear Lord no tomatoes, thanks. It was an amazing sandwich that I still vividly remember the taste of because that’s how good of an impression it left on me.
If anything, I’m glad I found Twin Peaks when I did. It lead to finding a really neat café and being more interested in visiting Washington state for a random road trip when I have the chance. Plus the new show has been released and while original fans have been waiting 30 years for the continuation, I’ve only waited a year. I consider myself incredibly lucky as a new fan to not have to wait so long. It have been absolute torture and I would have been in the same boat as everyone else yelling ‘MORE!’