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New Game Obsession: Terraria

My family and I have gone throughout several Minecraft obsessed periods where we would sit down and pretty much continuously play Minecraft for weeks at a time. Since we’ve been waiting for an update for what seems like forever, we have been looking at a few different games to all play as a family. A few months ago one of the Xbox gold games we got for free was Terraria. My husband, daughter and I started playing and quickly began to enjoy all the possibilities available in the game. The only thing we didn’t much like was the split screen and how small everything was on there. I had to sit close to the screen to see. We found out shortly after we started that the PC version had a lot more things and exclusives, so we slacked off building on the Xbox version until we were able to get in on PC.

Once summer began and all the sales started going crazy we quickly snatched up a bundle of 4 Terraria games so that we would each be able to play on our laptops and desktop. I found it easier to play on the PC, and we quickly began to build up our village and explore much quicker than before. We like the wide variety of items you can craft and things you can harvest and collect. It’s cool to welcome all the villagers and find people here and there throughout the world. The boss fights are exciting and crazy, and you always get some great loot.

It is an addicting game, and it is super fun to play with family and friends. Check it out and let me know what you think of it! Have you been playing it already? What are some of your favorite things about the game? Tell me about it in the comments!

Watermelons in Japan

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You see a lot of watermelons in Japanese anime.  The characters are usually eating them at the beach and playing a game called “Suikawari” or “watermelon smashing game”. To play, the goal is to smash the watermelon with a stick while blindfolded.  It’s a fun summer game similar to piñata smashing.  The best part is eating it after!

Japan does not grow many watermelons since farm space is limited, but among the ones that are grown in Japan are the special  Densuke watermelons grown in Hokkaido. Only about 10,000 Densuke melons are grown and are about $300 each, though the very first one of the season can cost several THOUSAND dollars o_o.  An imported normal watermelon of a medium size can easily run you about $20 and up which is super pricy considering the same melon over seas in China is just a few dollars.

Japan has also started growing various shaped watermelons by growing them in box molds to get cool shapes as you can see in the above pics. It may take years to get the melons shaping perfectly and a lot of work goes into growing them. These special watermelons will run you well over $100 easy. I don’t know about y’all, but I don’t think I could ever have enough money to spend a few hundred on a melon =_=.

Do you like watermelon?  What shape would you want to buy if you could?  Let me know in the comments 🙂

References


http://www.exploringtokyo.com/living-melons.php

http://kotaku.com/japan-has-more-than-just-square-watermelons-way-more-823476111

http://www.bizarrefood.com/blog/japanese-heart-shaped-watermelons/

http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2012/06/28/picture-japan-square-watermelons-tepco-shareholders-meeting-cosmetics-expo/tab/slideshow/#slide/1