Fictional World: The world of Limbo (The game)

Limbo, the Game screenshot

Limbo, the Game screenshot


Ah the world of Limbo! (the game), this is a world i wanted to share with you all bloggies!, for it’s mysticism and visual aspect.
Limbo is a video game developed by Playdead in 2010, it’s a game with an extremely strong concept, to always be on the “edge”
Limbo, the Game screenshot

Limbo, the Game screenshot


You take the place of a nameless child searching for his sister, you’re introduced in a macabre, monochromatic, misty and nearly post-apocalyptic world.
Between forests, caves and plains of an unmatched confusion the environment of this game tests us physically and mentally and gives us an insecurity that just a few indy thriller games can achieve.
Limbo, the Game screenshot

Limbo, the Game screenshot


Limbo, the Game screenshot

Limbo, the Game screenshot


Limbo, the Game screenshot

Limbo, the Game screenshot


What do you think of this world bloggies? for those of you who haven’t tried Limbo yet i highly recommend it! just give it a shot and you won’t regret it!.
World alchemist out!
P.S. feel free to tell me about your favorite video game worlds, cities or places!

Review Monday: Power Plant IM Cooling Tower, Belgium

David Baker Photography

David Baker Photography


Hey there Bloggies, so a couple days ago i was surfing the net when i came across this place! a cooling tower for an abandoned power plant in Belgium, i think it’s worth sharing with you guys!
David Baker Photography

David Baker Photography


A brief history about this place: the IM power plant is located in the town of Charleroi, province of Hainaut, Belgium, it started operations by 1930’s and supplied electricity for over 6 million people.

This was a cooling tower for the carbon-powered energy generator and ceased functions by 2006, as of today it is in demolition queue.
David Baker Photography

David Baker Photography


Personally i like a lot seeing these man-made structures consumed by nature, it almost feels like they’re going back to where they came from, and as a matter of fact i´m not a big fan of emissive fuels such as oil and of course, carbon.
David Baker Photography

David Baker Photography


That doesn’t turn off for me the hype to admire this place, which by the way is annually visited by many photographers and urban explorers, so tell me bloogies, what do you think of it??
David Baker Photography

David Baker Photography

Late PhotoPhriday: The Arch

The Arch, Cabo San Lucas Photo by Enrico Avila

The Arch, Cabo San Lucas
Photo by Enrico Avila

So… you see bloggies, i’ve been in Cabo for like three weeks, maybe more, but i’ve been really busy, you know… living the hard life.
I wanted to share this pic with you guys, this awesome rock formation is called “The Arch”, it’s in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, México.
Also i wasn’t able to upload photophriday on friday, as you can tell, but i did it now, so no biggie, let me know what you think of this photo! (i’m no photographer, but i do want to learn!) and feel free to share awesome photos with me so i can post them here!
See you around!

Fictional World: the city of Bevelle from Final Fantasy X and X-2

General view of Bevelle with it's bridge

General view of Bevelle with it’s bridge


Ahh! the city of Bevelle!, this will be familiar for Final Fantasy X fans, but for those who aren’t (why?!) no worries! for i’ll explain this place to you Bloggies! and i’ll make sure to let you know why i find this place awesome!.
Stairway to the High Temple, Final Fantasy X

Stairway to the High Temple, Final Fantasy X


Bevelle, religious capital of Spira (the world of FFX and FFX-2 for playstation 2, and soon for PS3 and PS Vita), is a city that stands on the sea, consequence of an ancient an highly technologic society.
View of Bevelle from Final Fantasy X-2

View of Bevelle from Final Fantasy X-2


Construction materials for this one aren’t really explained in the game but we could just assume reinforced concrete and stainless steel should do the trick, inherited construction technologies perhaps?.
The top of the tower, Final Fantasy X

The top of the tower, Final Fantasy X


This is a one of a kind city, with a butterfly scheme (viewed from the top) with sharp edged walls for defense purposes, no doubt. Being a religious capital, obviously the high temple is at the top of the city, in the highest tower, a place in the checklist for every soon-to-be summoner.
More Stairway to the Temple, Final Fantasy X

More Stairway to the Temple, Final Fantasy X


In an urbanistic sense, Bevelle reminds me a lot of the trace italienne or Venetian star fort, mostly because of its sharp corners on the outside walls, upgrading the city defense +10! and of course, cannon an turret vision +10 also (in a somewhat videogam-ish explanation). This trace evolved in Italy by the XV century during the age of gunpowder and proved to be highly effective against attacking enemies.
Bourtange fortification, Groningen, Netherlands Example of Trace Italienne

Bourtange fortification, Groningen, Netherlands
Example of Trace Italienne


Here i leave for you a cinematic from Final Fantasy X, where you can see a lot more of this city!
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—–End of Spoiler—–

In short what i can tell you about Bevelle is that it’s one of those imaginary environments that make me wish humanity could build something as awesome as this.
That is all from me today Bloggies, feel free to comment, discern, and of course recommend me more places to review, see you on friday!

Place Review: Cave of the Crystals, Naica, Mexico

Photograph by Alexander Van Driessche

Photograph by Alexander Van Driessche


Hey there Bloggies!, today is monday and that means that i will make a review of a real place for you! Let us begin then.
The place i’m gonna be talking about today is the somewhat famous “Cave of the crystals” in Naica, Chihuahua, México; its 300 meters below the surface in the outskirts of Naica, a miner’s city. Discovered in 2000 its one of the largest crystal formations known to mankind.

As a matter of fact i had the chance to be there a couple of years ago, it was one of best experiences i’ve ever had, almost like a surreal cave and near my hometown by the way!.

The temperatures inside the Cave of the Crystals go up to 59ºC (122ºF) and its humidity varies from 90% to 99% until its discovery the cave was filled with water at 50ºC allowing the formations to grow to these immense sizes, it was stated that the cave would eventually be resealed and the water level allowed to rise again, the main reason for this being the air entering the chamber deteriorates the crystals.

The crystals are made of Selenite with a max height of 12 meters, Surely reminding me of the Psyenergy caves in Golden Sun! anyone remembers??
Screenshot from Golden Sun Game for GBA

Screenshot from Golden Sun Game for GBA

Let me know what you think of this place in the comment section! and feel free to tell me about places you’ve visited too!
Have a great Monday ;D!

PhotoPhriday: Tsingy of Bemaraha, Madagascar

Photo by Stephen Alvarez for National Geographic

Photo by Stephen Alvarez for National Geographic

Hey there bloggies, from now on on fridays i will share with you a photograph of a place i find incredible, today it is Tsingy of Bemaraha in Madagascar “a City of Limestone Towers”, what do you think of it? Feel free to comment and to share with me whatever place you find incredible!, i’ll make sure to post it here! have an awesome weekend!

Fictional World: Aincrad, the world of Sword Art Online

Aincrad as it is presented to us in "the game"

Aincrad as it is presented to us in “the game”


Hey there bloggies! happy wednesday! i thought i had to show you one of my favorite worlds inside fiction, that is of course the world where the Anime Series Sword Art Online (here you can watch all episodes free!!) takes place: Aincrad

Aincrad floating in a yellowish sky

Aincrad floating in a yellowish sky

So… what is it i find amazing about this world, you might ask? Aincrad (short name for An Incarnating Radius) is a world inside a video game (in the series) its a ten-kilometer radius tower with one hundred stacked floors, and each and everyone of this floors has maybe a couple of cities, a bunch of towns and of course some dungeons, mountains and forests; so we’re talking of a really really huge tower, which is part of its charm. The design for the flying tower its based on time expressed by its vertical axis and space expressed by the circular floors.

It is supposedly made of iron and stone on the outside, and every floor counts with only one stairway leading to the next, obviously you have to defeat the boss of each level to get through. The objective of the game is to reach the 100th floor by defeating all levels and all bosses (don’t worry, this is no spoiler you get to know this on the first episode). By the way i just read that it is possible “in game” to climb the outside of the tower, but when entering a floor that hasn’t been unlocked will result in being blocked by a barrier.

A temple inside the tower

A temple inside the tower

The main Heroine, Asuna and a lake inside Aincrad

The main Heroine, Asuna and a lake inside Aincrad

You can even see the pillars sustaining each floor

You can even see the pillars sustaining each floor

This is the 22nd floor inside Aincrad

This is the 22nd floor inside Aincrad


For me it’s not only about the size of this world, it’s about all the sorts of locations inside, varying from caves, lakes, cities and even some sceneries outdoors containing a beautiful level design, floating platforms and reinterpretations of graveyards and temples.
I encourage you to watch this series even if you’re not really that into Anime, for it’s environment can inspire you like few others, and of course if you enjoy Video games, specially MMORPG’s (i think you already know what it stands for) this will blow your mind off!

So tell me what do you think of Aincrad bloggies!, you like it? you don’t? why?