Game Cocktails: Dirty Wastelander

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails Fallout 4 Dirty Wastelander

Ain’t post-apocalyptic life just grand. Gambling away at New Vegas casinos, chugging irradiated beers, advocating for ghoul rights, scavenging for toasters… I’ve taken shady jobs, sure. Stole a thing or ten until I couldn’t fast travel. But baby, there’s no denying. I’ve crawled out to the fallout and rejoined society! So come down to my speakeasy and have a Dirty Wastelander. It’s on the house, if you let me rant for once…

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Game Cocktails: All-Mother’s Embrace

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails Horizon Zero Dawn All-Mother's Embrace

Nothing beats the thrill of the hunt. I’d tracked my prey for weeks, picking up on its earthly scent and losing it again in the valley of scattershot ideas. I’d kept chasing it as it grazed away my herb garden. Many dawns had passed. I’d paused. Nay, I let go completely. I held my breath to reflect on the vast landscape of the Sacred Lands. And there it was. My new cocktail recipe walking right into my trap… Gotcha.

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Game Cocktails: Gorący’s Brew

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails Disco Elysium Goracy's Brew

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Disco Elysium is one helluva game… it’s just disco, my absolute GOTY 2019. It’s a slow-cooker stew of hilarious writing, tabletop RPG mechanics, and political commentary. You play as Harry Du Bois, an addict detective trying to solve a murder he’s too hungover to recall. It’s a breath of fresh air for dialogue choices, characterization and even its depiction of alcohol. So today we’re brewing a tribute cocktail to a side quest called “the *special* borscht”.

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Game Cocktails: Lemnos Sour

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails God of War Lemnos Sour

Focus, boy. These runic inscriptions guard a recipe desired by every soul from Midgard to Helheim, dead or alive. They speak of an unearthly beverage that ignites courage, charisma and an occasional dad joke. Many have fallen in pursuit of the Lemnos Sour, pecked to death by Odin’s ravens for seeking its taste after 8 p.m. But here, it’s a sanctuary. A safe place to learn how to mix my God of War tribute cocktail.

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Game Cocktails: Isabelle’s Whisky

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails Animal Crossing New Horizons Isabelle's Whisky

The bobber twitched and her heart sunk. Duh, it’s a sea bass. It’s always just a sea bass. It was meant to be a spring of true escapism. An end to all her consumerist impulses and the rat race. But now they come knocking. Reminding her about the loan and so, so many errands. And just as politely, they manipulate her into replanting flowers… for five hours. For five stars. For the pursuit of every damn item in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. And just like that, she mixes a cocktail based on a conspiracy theory.

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Game Cocktails: Noble Pursuit

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails Noble Pursuit Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

Ah, the freedom of emergent cooking! Mixing toads, mushrooms, bokoblin horns, apples, and producing a foul mess. The brilliant Breath of the Wild features dozens of gastronomic and potion recipes to discover. But what about the booze? This week I’m paying tribute to a mysterious drink I’ve encountered in Hyrule. Psst…Just don’t tell Link about these delights. He should stick to milk bars for now.

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Game Cocktails: Saint Denis Sazerac

PIKUBYTES // Video Game Cocktails Saint Denis Sazerac Red Dead Redemption 2

A tumbleweed rolls by a deserted saloon, its doors creaking slowly as if yearning for better days. Dust has long settled on the ornate glassware, covering the traces of many poker games lost and even more drunken shots fired. A rider appears at the prairie’s horizon. She’s determined. She has to keep at it. She’s got to START WRITING HER BLOG AGAIN. She pulls up a chair at the saloon and scans its shelves. You lucky devil. There’s just enough for a Saint Denis Sazerac. Wouldn’t you want to know how to mix one?

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AI Has Feelings Too: Three Adventure Games to Try

PIKUBYTES // AI Has Feelings Too: Three Adventure Games to Try
Autumn has a strange effect on my pace of life and game library. I’ve been spending more time on adventure games, walking simulators and just good ol’ stories. Exploring abandoned space stations has been a running theme. Just me, the cosmos, and tons of other people’s things to snoop through… But wait. There’s always an AI. Watching, judging, persuading… Is it friend or foe? A machine to bark commands at or a friend to confide in? Will robots improve or take over our flawed civilization? Here are three indie games with their take on AI consciousness: Tacoma, Subsurface Circular, and Event[0].

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Augmented for Perception: 50 Easter Eggs in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

PIKUBYTES // Augmented for Perception: 50 Easter Eggs in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
As I set foot in the cyberpunk world of 2029, it certainly didn’t look like the promised paradise for humanity. The tension between augmented humans and “naturals” was mounting, segregation and overt discrimination was a norm, privacy was just a hazy concept, and me… Well, I was just screenshoting easter eggs! Make no mistake, I thoroughly enjoyed my non-lethal playthrough of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (side missions > main ones, imho), and its themes gave me food for thought about our modern world. But this time Jensen was also tasked to capture references to popular culture, so we’ve scored about fifty of them. Are you are fellow explorer too? Then let’s dive head-first into the world of Mankind Divided. SPOILERS INCLUDED!

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