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Squanchtendo Inspired Holiday Virtual Reality Nail Art

I didn’t think it could be done but… I did it… My first… “Virtual Reality” inspired nail art. I used the characters from Squanchtendo’s ‘Hanging Out‘ shirt on Zen Monkey Studios and put Santa hats on them, as well as making the headset cords into Christmas lights. (Full confession: before VRMY of DARKNESS, I ran a nail blog. I’m entering this nail art into Nail Polish Canada’s Holiday 2016 Nail Art Contest. Vote for me?)

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Is it stupid?
Yes.
Are they still awesome?
Yes. (Sort of.)

Squanchtendo is Justin Roiland and Tanya Watson’s Virtual Reality Studio. In the last few months, they teamed up with Crows Crows Crows to create Accounting VR – one of my fave VR experiences to date. Think you’re ready to crunch the numbers?

If you’re a Rick and Morty fan, you gotta play Accounting VR. (Like right now.)

(It’s free. Who doesn’t like free?)

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Do you want to get this hawt look?

Here’s how I created this work of art:

  1. Apply base coat.
  2. Paint nails with pale blue/periwinkle polish. Let dry.
  3. Using a white polish, lightly sponge a slight gradient from the base, half way. Let dry.
  4. Using a dotting tool, create small snowy dots. (Don’t go too crazy!) Let dry.
  5. Using two different pastel colours, paint the “shirts” of the guys on the tips.
  6. Using a nude/tan colour, paint the faces.
  7. Using a darker grey colour, paint the two headsets.
  8. Using a red and white colour, paint the Santa hats.
  9. Using the same darker grey for the headset, paint the cord across your nails.
  10. With your patience, steady af hand, and some 90s background music, outline EVERYTHING with the TINIEST brush you can find ever. Not even joking – GET THE TINIEST BRUSH. I started from the headsets, to the Santa hats, to the faces, to the face details (nose, mouth), and then outlining the cords (UGH.)
  11. Using a dotting tool, make light/bulb shaped lights on the cord, and if you are feeling brave enough, you can use the dotting tool for tongue and teeth details on the mouths.
  12. Let everything dry, then apply a thick af top coat of Seche Vite for that extra glossy, smooth finish.

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Products used:

  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat
  • Nail Inc. – The Thames
  • Nail Inc. – Hyde Park Base Coat
  • Color Club – Chelsea Girl
  • Color Club – Nomadic Nude
  • Color Club – Almost Famous
  • Color Club – What a Shock
  • Joe Fresh – Cherry
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – Black Out
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – Mint Sorbet
  • Essence – If I Were a Boy
  • Fine tip brush (could have been finer…)
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Dotting tool

Happy Holidays from me and my left hand!

Accounting VR by Crows Crows Crows and Squanchtendo – Experience and Game Review

I’m a fan of Ricky and Morty and I’m also a fan of weird friendships forged through chance so with that said, I figured Accounting by Crows Crows Crows and Squanchtendo (new VR studio from Justin Roiland) would be something I would look forward to.

… That feeling couldn’t be more right.

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So, what’s Accounting all about?

You’re an obedient office worker who gets instructed into doing tasks that aren’t your usual TP report. You may or may not get somehow roped into uncomfortable scenarios that involve meeting the King of VR, stomach acid, and tiny lawyers… That escalated quickly.

On the Accounting VR website, it describes this application as a “game”.

I’m always reluctant to calling virtual reality experiences as ‘games’ because I feel like it would involve some form of problem solving or activity, but the thing with these experiences (and the same goes for Accounting VR) is that you are actually living it… So in that sense, maybe life is just a game… Just maybe. There’s some minor problem solving in Accounting VR, but it’s no more challenging than finding where the bagels are in a CostCo. (Sorry that was the best example I could come up with…)

Regardless, Accounting VR throws you into an intense world – the strange limbo that bridges the gap between Office Space and well, literally Hell. It all seems reminiscent of the same humour that Rick and Morty fans are used to. (And as a warning, if you aren’t used to it, it’s probably best to watch the show as a pre-requisite as the presence of some of these characters can be overbearing to the unfamiliar.)

Think you can handle it?  Take a look at the trailer for yourself. I personally couldn’t stop watching it – perhaps this says too much about me as a person but my immediate thought was, “finally – someone is using virtual reality for the things I want!”… Yup. That’s what I said.  Take a look for yourself:

The Verdict

Did I play Accounting VR, or did Accounting VR play me?

This game might be an experience without major objectives, or mechanics, but I found this to be enjoyable – It’s one of my favourite virtual reality experiences to date: it’s whimsical, chaotic, and unique. I’ve never seen anything like it, or been a part of anything like it for that matter.

Definitely an intermediate experience, I wouldn’t advise anyone to go into Accounting VR as their first VR experience as the characters you meet are quite intense.

Also if you ever wanted to see which of your friends you’d want to hang with you on a deserted island, maybe this would be a show of what exactly their moral compass is.

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Advice?

Recommended play time: Approximately 20 minutes.

Take. Your. Time.

I’ve seen several folks go into this experience, really enjoying it but perhaps because we are using it holding down buttons on our controllers, we aren’t really listening to the characters. The script and dialogue in Accounting VR is absolutely hilarious. Some dialogue doesn’t happen at all if you move too quickly, and I would urge everyone to not miss out.

If you hate Rick and Morty, you might not appreciate the humour in Accounting VR, but on the other hand, I would probably still put someone who doesn’t like Rick and Morty humour in the Accounting VR world because it would be funny to me.


Accounting on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/518580/

Official Accounting VR website: http://accountingvr.com
Crows Crows Crows: https://crowscrowscrows.com
Squanchtendo: http://squanchtendo.com

Photos courtesy of Crows Crows Crows’ press kit