Category Archives: Discover

Ready Player One

Ready Player One is a book written by Ernest Cline in 2011. It tells the story of Wade Watts, a teenager spending all of his free time in the OASIS, a virtual reality station. Wade is looking for an answer hidden by the creator of the OASIS, James Halliday, in the form of an Easter egg.

Where this book is interesting is due to the huge amount of 90s references. I can’t pretend I found them all, but if you are interested in the subject or simply like a good read, this is definitely an excellent distraction to read.

The movie is coming up next year, and I cannot wait to see how it will be ruined.

But else, this is still one of my favorite books that I red in 2016.

The Final Station

The Final Station is a pixel-art platform video game developed by Oleg Sergeev and Andrey Rumak. It is published by tinyBuild and is available on Steam. I got this game as part of the Humble Monthly Bundle and I really liked the story and art design involved.

The pixel art design is beautiful

You are a train driver, going through a country where things are quickly turning sour. What was a simple assignment at the beginning quickly takes on a more dramatic turn when the army requires you to deliver a specific package. But how could they predict that the second visit was already happening?!

You will fight countless enemies

So you will do what you do best: survive! And explore the different stations that your train will stop to. Find any survivors? Take them onboard and ensure they are properly healed and fed, they will surely reward you when you take them to a safe harbor.

A safe place, for now…

I really liked the story and the exploration that let you, slowly but surely, uncover the truth about what is happening. The end game definitely opens more questions than it answers, but I have not (yet) played with the The Only Traitor DLC so we will see. But as a great mix of The Last Of Us story telling with great pixel-art, this game is a hit for me. 10/10 would recommend!

/r/personalfinance

Since it’s one of the default subreddits (as of July 2017) it is normal that /r/personalfinance has over 12 million of subscribers. However, I only started reading this subreddit regularly for the past two years. But it is a great resource for everyone out there who wants to learn more about their finances.

Since it’s on Reddit, you can expect the average post to be about student debt and other financial problems encountered by young people (no, I won’t use the term millennial here). It can also be a scary peek into problems that people either:

  • put themselves into (car debt);
  • got tricked into (consumption debt);
  • are misinformed about (credit card debt);
  • or tied themselves to because of society expectations (student debt).

Yes, it is scary. Thankfully, some great posts provide a fresh perspective, like this one: A veterinarian’s perspective on personal finance and your pets. And Reddit being Reddit, most of the top comments are helpful, non judgmental, from people that seems to really care about helping OP (Original Poster). To everyone who participate in /r/personalfinance with such a mindset, I want to say thank you!

Have a read, you might learn one thing or two, starting with the sidebar!

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Comme convenu

Note: article is in English, but the linked resources are in French.

Comme convenu” is the true story of a French couple who leave everything behind to move to California and work on their video game startup. What a dream! But not everything turns out as planned.

As you read through the story of Laurel and Adrien, you will discover a behind-the-scenes of what it’s like to get something started, and how it’s not necessarily the success story that happens to the Dropbox, Lyft and other (now big) technology startups in the Silicon Valley.

I read through the story with a huge interest and absolutely loved the drawings by Laurel. The story hits close to home too, especially regarding the Visa situation, the feeling of being trapped into working for the same company with no or very little opportunities to home.

I’d highly recommend you to have a go at reading their story. And worry not, just like every American movie, it has a happy ending!

Illustration by Laurel.