Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
Mumford & Sons
I know it’s cool to hate on Mumford & Sons, but I’ve always enjoyed their folk music. Wilder Mind, the band’s latest album, came as a surprise considering it’s no longer folky. It’s not even close. The group’s project is a rock album, and I have to say they pull it off pretty well. I wouldn’t be surprised hardcore fans of the band’s folky tones probably raged and cried over Mumford’s sudden tone change, but if you keep your mind open, you can tell these guys’ talents aren’t limited to banjos and acoustic guitars. Listen to Thompson Square Park, Believe, and Only Love.
E3 2015 came and went this week, and it was one of the best shows I’ve seen in years. Check out some of the highlights here.
Left 4 Dead 2
Left 4 Dead 2 is probably my favorite cooperative game of all time, and it’s constantly working its way into my video game rotation years later, even after beating each level probably 100 times each, so I figured it’s finally time to talk about it. For those who never experienced the wonder of L4D, it’s a four-player cooperative FPS where you and up to three buddies run through zombie-invested levels, killing literally thousands of the undead in your quest to make it to the end. Item, weapon and enemy spawns are randomized each playthrough so you never know what you’re gonna get, which keeps the game enticing each time you boot it up. The characters and writing are hilarious, the combat and exploration are fun, and teamwork is absolutely vital to survival, making this an excellent game with friends on a rainy night. It’s no wonder I’m still playing it on my 360 to this day.
Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine
Keeping with the cooperative fun, my girlfriend and I recently picked up Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine, a four-player cooperative game in which you control one of several criminals as you complete crimes together. It’s an indie game, so there aren’t mind-blowing 3D graphics to behold, but the style is still great: Levels are laid out like blueprints, and you control your character from a top-down perspective. Each criminal has different abilities, which makes finding the right combination of skills for each level a fun challenge in itself. The game gets pretty difficult (especially when not playing with a full time), but it’s a fun ride nonetheless.