Game on Display
The game at the booth is “Just Shapes and Beats” on the Nintendo Switch in party mode. It’s a rhythmic bullet hell with an exceptional soundtrack.
Time on Console
Minecraft ~14k Hrs
This monster has its own booth because he played it so much. This is just an estimate. It doesn’t include time before schooling (when he was homeschooled). It’s back of the napkin math.
From his book:
Is it true? Does it take 10,000 hrs to become an expert? Do your own research.
What I do know is Asher wasn’t a master builder, but he was probably a mod expert and loved the game.
Steam 3,950 hrs
Pulled this in from https://steamdb.info/charts/ which also told me
Some caveats I discovered post-event:
- This doesn’t actually cover all play time. Time spent borrowing another library is not counted. I have a massive Steam Library and he definitely borrowed many much of my games.
- This account used to be my wife’s. I didn’t think that would matter, but going WAY BACK in the history, I see the Stardew Valley time actually mattered a little.
- It only covers when he was “online” and there were times he’d go offline so someone else could borrow his library.
Google Play Time ~ 1,268
Pulled this from his phone stats. Doesn’t cover games on the tablet.
Favorite Mobile Games
House of Da Vinci
Enter The House of Da Vinci, a new must-try 3D puzzle adventure game. Solve mechanical puzzles, discover hidden objects, escape from rooms and dive into the authentic atmosphere of the Renaissance. Use all your wits to find out what's behind your master's disappearance.
Bloons TD 6
Craft your perfect defense from a combination of powerful Monkey Towers and awesome Heroes, then pop every last invading Bloon! Over a decade of tower defense pedigree and regular massive updates makes Bloons TD 6 a favorite game for millions of players.
Dive into the dark fantasy world of the Shattered Realms and join the battle against evil. Build your deck as a cunning rogue, a brutal warrior, or a mysterious Seeker wielding arcane magic. Or create your own class and play as who- or whatever you want to be!
Baba Is You
Baba Is You is an award-winning puzzle game where you can change the rules by which you play. In every level, the rules themselves are present as blocks you can interact with; by manipulating them, you can change how the level works
The Battle Cats
Command your Cats with simple controls in a battle through space and time! No need to register to develop your own Cat Army! BATTLE WITH ALL THE CATS!!
Shattered Pixel Dungeon
Shattered Pixel Dungeon is a traditional roguelike dungeon crawler RPG that's simple to get into but hard to master! Every game is a unique challenge, with five different heroes, randomized levels and enemies, and hundreds of items to collect and use.
Video Game Recommendations
Asher would like you to play these games. Some of them are hearty oldies he played for a million hours. Some are a one time experience. Some were newly discovered obsessions.
I still have his Steam Account and have enabled sharing to the family. I think I’ll visit him from time to time by playing some of these games. I’ll miss him the most in Satisfactory. He was excellent at making literal spaghetti code in the form of conveyor belt hell. It was the most delicious noodle to unflubbermuck.
Oldies but Goodies
Dig, Fight, Explore, Build: The very world is at your fingertips as you fight for survival, fortune, and glory. Will you delve deep into cavernous expanses in search of treasure and raw materials with which to craft ever-evolving gear, machinery, and aesthetics? Perhaps you will choose instead to seek out ever-greater foes to test your mettle in combat? Maybe you will decide to construct your own city to house the host of mysterious allies you may encounter along your travels?
In the World of Terraria, the choice is yours!
Blending elements of classic action games with the freedom of sandbox-style creativity, Terraria is a unique gaming experience where both the journey and the destination are completely in the player’s control. The Terraria adventure is truly as unique as the players themselves!
In Starbound, you create your own story - there’s no wrong way to play! You may choose to save the universe from the forces that destroyed your home, uncovering greater galactic mysteries in the process, or you may wish to forego a heroic journey entirely in favor of colonizing uncharted planets.
Settle down and farm the land, become an intergalactic landlord, hop from planet to planet collecting rare creatures, or delve into dangerous dungeons and lay claim to extraordinary treasures.
Discover ancient temples and modern metropolises, trees with eyes, and mischievous penguins. Make use of hundreds of materials and over two thousand objects to build a sleepy secluded cabin in the woods, a medieval castle, underwater arcade, or even a space station.
Heroes of Hammerwatch is a rogue-lite action-adventure game set in the same universe as Hammerwatch. Encounter endless hordes of enemies, traps, puzzles, secrets and lots of loot, as you battle your way through procedurally generated levels to reach the top of the Forsaken Spire.
A rogue-lite with a lot of persistent progression. You will start each run in Outlook, a town which you can upgrade to grant your heroes with various enhancements that will further help you in your quest. The heroes themselves will also remain persistent, you can even bring your own heroes to your friends game!
‘Be a robot mechanic’, they said. ‘Easy money’, they said. We’re pretty sure the job description didn’t mention crash landing on a far away planet, with thousands of crazed worker robots out for blood! You’re stranded on a faraway agriculture planet where the Farmbots working the fields have gone haywire. With your tool belt tightly fastened, there’s only one way to survive: using your quick thinking, creativity and a wily knack of turning your surroundings to your advantage!
In Survival Mode mechanics explore a dynamically generated open-world environment filled with enemies, treasure and dangerous robots! Team up with friends and build bases to protect yourself and your valuables. The most creative will survive! Or use creative mode to have full access to ALL THE THINGS!
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is the full and complete edition of Shovel Knight, a sweeping classic action-adventure game series with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic! Run, jump, and battle as Shovel Knight, wielder of the Shovel Blade, in a quest for his lost beloved. Take down the nefarious knights of the Order of No Quarter and confront their menacing leader, The Enchantress.
But that’s not everything! Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove also features four additional games all unto themselves! Take control of Plague Knight, Specter Knight, and King Knight on adventures of their own or battle each other in a local four player Showdown. Together, they form a grand and sweeping saga!
Forager is a 2D open world game inspired by exploration, farming and crafting games such as Stardew Valley, Terraria & Zelda.
- Gather, collect and manage resources.
- Craft useful items & structures.
- Build and grow a base out of nothing. Buy land to expand and explore.
- Level up and learn new skills, abilities, and blueprints.
- Solve puzzles, find secrets and raid dungeons!
- Achieve anything you want! The choice is yours, you set your own goals to work towards!
SURVIVE AN ALIEN PLANET
Over a dozen handcrafted locales await, each packed with challenging monsters and enormous bosses that oppose your continued existence. Fight your way to the final boss and escape or continue your run indefinitely to see just how long you can survive. A unique scaling system means both you and your foes limitlessly increase in power over the course of a game.
DISCOVER POWERFUL NEW ITEMS
More than 110 items keep each run fresh and full of new challenge. The more items you collect, the more their effects combine, the more surprising some of those combinations might be. The more items you encounter, the more lore (and strategy) you’ll discover through the logs.
Wizard of Legend is a fast paced dungeon crawler with rogue-like elements that emphasizes dynamic magical combat. Quick movement and even quicker use of spells will allow you to chain spells together to unleash devastating combinations against your enemies!
Battle your way through each challenge by defeating powerful conjured enemies! Collect valuable spells and relics and build up your magical arsenal to fit your playstyle! Achieve mastery over magic by chaining spells together to create devastating combinations! Face and defeat council members in magical combat to become a Wizard of Legend!
Unlock over a hundred unique spells and discover powerful spell combinations and synergies! A wide variety of elemental spells allows you to create a hand best suited to your playstyle.
Satisfactory is a first-person open-world factory building game with a dash of exploration and combat. Play alone or with friends, explore an alien planet, create multi-story factories, and enter conveyor belt heaven!
Conquer nature by building massive factories across the land. Expand wherever and however you want. The planet is filled with valuable natural resources just waiting to be utilized. As an employee of FICSIT it’s your duty to make sure they come to good use.
Construct your factories with gracious perfection or build intricate webs of conveyor belts to supply all your needs. Automate trucks and trains to reach your faraway outposts and be sure to handle liquids properly by transporting them in pipes. It’s all about minimizing manual labour!
Deep Rock Galactic is a 1-4 player co-op FPS featuring space Dwarves, 100% destructible environments, procedurally-generated caves, and endless hordes of alien monsters.
Work together as a team to dig, explore, and fight your way through a massive cave system filled with hordes of deadly enemies and valuable resources. You will need to rely on your teammates if you want to survive the most hostile cave systems in the galaxy!
Pick the right class for the job. Mow through enemies as the Gunner, scout ahead and light up the caves as the Scout, chew through solid rock as the Driller, or support the team with defensive structures and turrets as the Engineer.
Destroy everything around you to reach your goal.
Slime Rancher 2 is a sequel to the award-winning, smash-hit original that has been enjoyed by over 15 million fans worldwide. Continue the adventures of Beatrix LeBeau as she journeys to Rainbow Island, a mysterious land brimming with ancient technology, unknown natural resources, and an avalanche of wiggling, jiggling, new slimes to discover.
As Beatrix attempts to unravel the island’s secrets and uncover its true purpose, she’ll build, ranch, and farm within a beautiful conservatory, whose sparkling glass walls give her full view of the prismatic paradise she now calls home.
Continue the slime ranching adventures of Beatrix LeBeau as she journeys to a mysterious rainbow-hued island.
You have just arrived in Sun Haven… only to find it’s been struck by dark magic! With only a handful of money and some rusty tools in hand, it’s up to you to build the farm of your dreams. Grow crops, raise livestock, craft items, mine ores, defeat bosses, catch fish, cook recipes, decorate your farm, complete quests, fall in love, and explore what lies beyond the forests of this medieval town. Can you become the hero of Sun Haven and stop the darkness before it’s too late?
- Tend to seasonal crops and flowers or focus on raising livestock and other fantastical animals
- Share a farm and play with up to 8 friends online
- Utilize over 40 unique crafting stations for smithing, baking, gifting, and even jewelry making
Unique visuals inspired by medieval manuscripts and medical books.
Hyper satisfying physical interactions with ingredients and equipment.
Sandbox style gameplay where you have many different avenues available, and it’s up to you to figure out the best way to complete each task.
Sell your potions to the townsfolk while roleplaying as a noble artisan, a greedy weasel, an occult dark master, or whomever else you may wish to be!
Leaves, flowers, berries, roots, fruits, minerals, and a plethora of mushrooms are at the ready for your mortar and pestle. Just like espresso, the fineness of the grind matters!