This is sparkle poi! Poi was created in New Zealand by the Maori people. It is the rhythmic spinning of weights on string. Modern versions include glow poi and sparkle poi. Glow poi uses LEDs or glowsticks to create colorful patterns, and sparkle poi uses lit steel wool. As the steel wool burns, parts fly off causing the effect seen above. I would guess a blue filter has been added, as it normally looks like this
it may be steel wool mixed with like copper chloride or something. still pretty cool
I know not all of my friends are as interested in game design or in Extra Credits as I am, but I know that quite a few people I know love video game remixes. I have a feeling y’all will love this show.
New episodes will come out on Tuesdays, and they’ll be hosted on Extra Credits’ YouTube channel. I recommend taking a look—they’re bound to bring some game remixers to your attention you didn’t know you’d love!
I recently got an email saying that if I try playing League of Angels for free, I could get a $3 coupon in the email. I’ve seen a lot of ads for the game, and they’re pretty much all “male fantasy” kind of ads, which usually tell me a game isn’t worth even taking a look at. Still, I figured it couldn’t hurt to spend one hour on it to see what it’s all about.
When playing this game, it quickly becomes apparent that’s it’s just another extortionist Facebook-esque game that tries to pump you for as much money as it can with the illusion that you’re playing a game. There are a number of energy systems that allow you a number of free attempts or rewards per day, then you have to pay if you want more of them. There are just as many things that require premium currency (diamonds in this game’s case) which I never earned one of in the game during my hour of play.
It would be one thing if the “freemium” model was all that was wrong with it, but it’s something I wouldn’t even call a game. Gameplay for me consisted of clicking on things the game told me to click and watching things happen. And when I say I was clicking things the game told me to click, I mean that literally. When you unlock something new, it often makes that object glow on the screen and the icon moves a bit until you click it. Or an orange box with the word “Click” in it appears with an arrow pointing at the obvious thing you should click.