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Club Diamond is a series for frivolous video game and movie chatter, and related discussion.

I Built an Unethical Zoo Where Nobody Is Safe – Planet Zoo…


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Date: February 19, 2020

01) I Built an Unethical Zoo Where Nobody Is Safe – Planet Zoo


“Buckle up everyone! It’s time to have TOO much fun managing a zoo.

I Built an Unethical Zoo Where Nobody Is Safe – Planet Zoo – Let’s Game It Out

ABOUT THIS GAME

Build a world for wildlife in Planet Zoo. From the developers of Planet Coaster and Zoo Tycoon comes the ultimate zoo sim, featuring authentic living animals who think, feel and explore the world you create around them. Experience a globe-trotting campaign or let your imagination run wild in the freedom of Sandbox mode. Create unique habitats and vast landscapes, make big decisions and meaningful choices, and nurture your animals as you construct and manage the world’s wildest zoos.

Meet a world of incredible animals. From playful lion cubs to mighty elephants, every animal in Planet Zoo is a thinking, feeling individual with a distinctive look and personality of their own. Craft detailed habitats to bring your animals’ natural environments home, research and manage each species to allow them to thrive, and help your animals raise families to pass their genes onto future generations.

Manage an amazing living world that responds to every decision you make. Focus on the big picture or go hands-on and control the smallest details. Thrill visitors with iconic exhibits, develop your zoo with new research, and release new generations of your animals back into the wild. Your choices come alive in a world where animal welfare and conservation comes first.

Planet Zoo’s powerful piece-by-piece construction tools let you effortlessly make your zoo unique. Every creative decision you make impacts the lives of your animals and the experience of your visitors. Let your imagination run wild as you dig lakes and rivers, raise hills and mountains, carve paths and caves, and build stunning zoos with a choice of unique themes and hundreds of building components.

Join a connected community and share the world’s most creative habitats, scenery and even whole zoos on the Steam Workshop. See your own designs appear in zoos around the world, or discover fresh new content from the Planet Zoo community every day.”

I haven’t laughed this hard watching a YouTube video in a long time.

This doesn’t technically qualify as a game review…I think.

I’ve been eyeballing this game for a while, as I have a bit of a history with the Zoo Tycoon series…I have the complete original [which wont play on a modern system]…and about a year ago, I purchased the most recent installment of the Zoo Tycoon series.

To be honest, it feels way too structured…in that kind of “we sold out to the casual gamer trend” way…I’m glad I only spent $20 on it.

I still need to spend some quality time with it, but I don’t know if I’m ever really going to be able to get into it deep…It just feels so different from where the series began…and not necessarily in ways that I like.

Planet Zoo, on the other hand…this looks like it’s really open to your whims.

I’ll pick this up when it goes on sale…on Steam, likely.

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Brahms: The Boy II – Official Trailer (2020) Katie Holmes…


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Date: February 16, 2020

01) Brahms: The Boy II – Official Trailer (2020) Katie Holmes


“Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.

Katie Holmes stars in STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment’s Brahms: The Boy II, alongside Christopher Convery (“Gotham”), Owain Yeoman (The Belko Experience) and Ralph Ineson (The Witch).

William Brent Bell returns to direct Brahms: The Boy II. The producers are Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Eric Reid, Gary Lucchesi, and Richard Wright in addition to Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa and Roy Lee.”

Whether The Boy was a great movie or not is debatable…but I quite liked nearly everything about the movie, because…I just like the sort of things it brought to the table.

The ending was unimaginative…but aside from that, I really enjoyed it.

Not sure what to make of this sequel…or is it a prequel?…

…Is the doll actually haunted, this time?

I’m going to have to watch this one.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator In-Depth Preview (4K)…


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Date: December 24, 2019

01) Microsoft Flight Simulator In-Depth Preview (4K)


“I had the opportunity to meet with the devs and play the upcoming revival of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Set to release in 2020, this sim has sparked a lot of questions in the flight sim community, so in this video I’ll present all the key info and give you my first-hand experience with.”

I’ve had a few different flight simulators for my Commodore 64…but I won’t likely play those ever again…who knows…

I’ve put a good bit of thought into buying a copy of the Microsoft Flight Simulator [I think ten was the last one]…I’m just not sure I’d play it much. Seems super cool, though.

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The Unfulfilled Potential of Minecraft – Assuming a Different Perspective…


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Date: October 12, 2019

01) The Unfulfilled Potential of Minecraft – Assuming a Different Perspective


“Video essay that uses frame analysis to examine the player’s relation to Minecraft’s virtual environment, and to explore how the game design would be different if that relation were changed.”

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Free Steam Game: how do you Do It?…


Date: September 16, 2019

01) Steam Game: how do you Do It?…

This has got to be one of the single most peculiar things I have ever found on Steam [https://store.steampowered.com/].

Strictly speaking, it’s not really a game. From what I’ve gathered, this is a short, silly program that serves as a catalyst for discussion about sex, for parents who have young/small children.

…A conversations starter, of sorts.

I played through it three times, hoping to get the ending where you get caught by the mother [she has a facial expression for it], but that never occurred…and this isn’t interesting enough to do a fourth time.

I’m sharing this because of it’s crazy novelty.

Paralives: An indie life simulation game…


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Date: August 25, 2019

01) Introducing Paralives

“You live and then you die. But at least do it in a nice house!

Paralives is an upcoming life simulation indie game.
Build your dream house, create some characters and manage their lives the way you want! The game is currently in development and will be released on Steam for PC and Mac.”

Sounds like The Sims might just get some competition. Hopefully, it is serious competition.

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