There's a new online game that's captured my interest. And the more I read about it, the more excited I become.
The game, Love (as in For the Love of Game Development), is designed entirely by one person, Eskil Steenberg, and I think he has demonstrated a very unique vision for this game. This was displayed at GDC, and reported on by Kotaku, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun.
Part FPS, part MMO, and part adventure, this game will allow gamers to both create and explore the world around them. And what makes Love so compelling is the art style. It creates such a rich canvas that makes the gamer want to wander around, and become part of the environment.
One of the key ideas for the game is that is a not a massively multiplayer game; it is a moderately multiplayer one. Gamers interact intimately with a small, close-knit group; Friends who you would take with you on an adventure.
Moreover, gamers are given the tools and the freedom to create and modify the world that they are in. One could build walls to defend their cities, or dig tunnels. I'm not sure what are the limits to this freedom, but it all sounds so intriguing.
Art + interaction + creation = a winning solution to me.
The whole lot of us had dinner last night at Oomphatico's, and it was a very pleasant experience. I think that overall, it is a very nice restaurant, and definitely worth another visit.
Decor The decor and overall layout of the place is very nice. If I had to use adjectives to describe the overall feel, it would be lush and whimsical. The room was brightly and warmly lit with ceiling and wall mounted lights. The walls were colourful with very pretty wallpaper. Tables and chairs were well spaced so one would not feel cramped. The furniture was very comfortable with thick cushioned arm chairs, in a myriad of colours and tones. There's a chic casualness about the place, without being pretentious, and it gives the guest a very relaxed atmosphere to dine in. Most of all, just sitting there is a delightful experience.
Service Service was excellent, with plenty of friendly staff to attend to our needs. We didn't have to wait long to be served, and the staff were very attentive. One lady (I assume she was either the boss or the service manager) made sure to go around each table and chat with the guests, which made me feel very welcome. In addition, the staff were more than willing to do separate bills for each person around the table, so we didn't have to wrangle with who had to pay who at the end of dinner. Two thumbs up.
Food The food overall was of a good quality, with many interesting items on the menu. You really need to give the menu a good once-over to fully understand the kinds of items available to delight your palate. I had a very delicious pizza topped with mushrooms, bacon, greens and egg, and a very yummy juice of pineapple, mint, ginger and lime. The risottos were quite yummy, the salads looked fantastic, the Thai green curry was flavourful and the pancake lasagna was very good. The sandwich was a bit of a mixed bag because the bread may have been over toasted, but the fillings were ample and fresh. We didn't have any dessert or coffee after, so I hope to go back to try it soon. And we barely scratched the surface of the menu; there were so many different items on it. And we also didn't have a chance to sample the breakfast menu.
Overall I think the restaurant is definitely worth a visit, and I will be going back there again; I'd really like to sample the rest of the menu. Guests will feel very comfortable there, and will be delighted by the food. It's a great place for a relaxed Sunday morning lunch, or an afternoon coffee, or a casual date. I highly recommend Oomphatico's, and I hope everyone will give it a try soon.