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Black Desert First Impressions

17 December 2015 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

BDO30My cat woke me up last night in the wee hours of the morning. He likes to sleep on my feet, and sometimes, as last night, he flops across my ankles in such a way that I wake up with both feet on fire from cut off blood flow. 3:17 on the dot – I know this because I looked at the clock and had an epic battle with my willpower not to get up and run to the office to boot up Black Desert Online. I’m up now at 5:27 am, with my husband looking at me askance, wondering why I’m out of bed – the answer is quite simple, really. I want nothing more than to run to the office to boot up Black Desert – and since I can’t yet, here I am, sitting to write about it instead.

I only got in a few hours yesterday after the servers came online, but what a glorious few hours it was. This is the sandbox heaven I have been looking for. It’s not my perfect, ideal game, but finding that is an impossibility and this game comes pretty close. Continue Reading

Video Games in Cuba: Piracy

14 December 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

IMG_7408 In December 2014, Barack Obama and Raul Castro gave simultaneous speeches to their countries announcing that the United States of America and Cuba would, after decades, finally be normalizing relations. We jumped at the chance to see how video games exist, if at all, in the island nation that’s been, at least legally, so cut off from American cultural influence. We bring you LoreSabueso.

I’m not sure about you, but when I was younger on the prepubescent Internet I dabbled in piracy. It was juvenile then. Both the Internet and piracy. You had little idea what you were getting. Perhaps it was what you expected or perhaps it was a deltree script set to destroy your Windows installation. And it would take hours for anything over a few megs. A crapshoot for most endeavors, but like real crapshots, it was interesting nonetheless. Yes, many people pirated because they were too cheap to pay for their items or actually couldn’t afford it. Others dipped into the original black market Internet not out of greed but access. That’s exactly why Cubans practiced and have become well-versed in piracy. International piracy to boot Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Chiron

10 December 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_deities_demigods_god_explained_chiron_Default_CardSMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a column dedicated to introducing prospective players of SMITE to its massive backstory of lore. From the Greek to Hindu, each week we’ll look at two characters from a major pantheon and provide a quick recap of their history and in what capacity their digital incarnation will represent on the field of Hi-Rez Studios’ new MOBA.

Lore: Chiron is an old god, born of a union between the titan Cronus and the nymph Philyra. A simple union wouldn’t make a centaur-like being. Chiron is half horse, half man because Cronus entered the union under a guise. The guise of a horse. Unlike other centaur, known for debauchery and violence especially when indulging, Chiron was of the utmost intelligence. A healer, astrologer and oracle he was raised by foster parents Apollo and Artemis who instilled the most noble of values. Living in Mount Pelion most of his life, he had three daughters and a son with nymph-wife Chariclo. His offspring didn’t make him the revered teacher that he is. That distinguishment comes from his pupils. His many pupils. The likes of Ajax, Medusa’s killer Perseus, Achilles, Theseus and Heracles were all under his tutelage. Despite Chiron’s best intentions, those known most famously for being under his training are so due to their violent proclivities. None are known for the more passive teachings of peace, poetry and diplomacy. Continue Reading

Black Desert: New Community Manager

3 December 2015 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

bdocmStaff turnovers at a gaming company always spark uncertainty among those who follow a game. At least they do for me. Why is someone leaving? Is it personal choice? If so, is it because a more exciting position elsewhere has opened up, or because they don’t want to be working with the current company in question? There are never any answers to these questions, so I always end up hoping that the staff member in question is embarking on a new and exciting adventure rather than departing an unpleasant land.

Hot on the heels of the closed beta registration announcements, CM_Oli has posted that he will be stepping down next week, and CM_Jouska will be taking his place. Continue Reading

Video Games in Cuba: Access

3 December 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_videogames_in_cuba_handheldsIn December 2014, Barack Obama and Raul Castro gave simultaneous speeches to their countries announcing that the United States of America and Cuba would, after decades, finally be normalizing relations. We jumped at the chance to see how video games exist, if at all, in the island nation that’s been, at least legally, so cut off from American cultural influence. We bring you LoreSabueso.

My expectations of Video Games in Cuba were all over the place in terms of accuracy. The occasional idea was spot on quickly followed by gross inaccuracy. More often than not it was a wash, some aspects of a shred of a thought panned out and the other aspects went sideways. Perhaps the most accurate was the assumption that handhelds, such as 3DS and PS Vita, would be widely used. This was clearly evident in the community piece. Not only were a few of the Cubans I talked to actively playing that night, mostly Monster Hunter Ultimate 4, but it was effectively a unanimous platform. Both of them. Continue Reading

Black Desert Beta Registration

3 December 2015 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

BDOThe page for the closed beta of Black Desert is open! They are now taking applications to join in the fun. There is a limited window to apply, so if you’re interested, head on over and sign in.

As I mentioned previously, the closed beta will be running during the following times:

• Start: Wednesday, December 16th – 07:00 a.m. UTC
• End: Tuesday, December 22nd – 07:00 a.m. UTC Continue Reading

Video Games in Cuba: Community

2 December 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
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True gamers read and play at the same time.

In December 2014, Barack Obama and Raul Castro gave simultaneous speeches to their countries announcing that the United States of America and Cuba would, after decades, finally be normalizing relations. We jumped at the chance to see how video games exist, if at all, in the island nation that’s been, at least legally, so cut off from American cultural influence. We bring you LoreSabueso.

Earlier this week, I speculated on what I would find in Cuba as it pertains to the favored entertainment of this website. Having recently been to a full-fledged third-world country I possessed a grounding in reality that I lacked when I ventured to Italy in 1999. There was a particular aspect around video games in 2015 in a country struggling to leave the 1950s that irked me. It continued to gnaw at my lizard brain while I wrote the Expectations, seeping into a handful of those paragraphs. Continue Reading

Blade and Soul First Impressions

1 December 2015 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

Screenshot_151125_001Normally when I am previewing a game I like to throw up a quickie writeup after my first day of playing. Just an outline of the first things that grab my attention for good or bad. I’m a few days late on this one, however, and it isn’t due to Thanksgiving or health concerns – no, it is simply that I am having a difficult time forming an opinion of this game. I really want to say I’m not enjoying it. That’s what I do say when asked how it is – nope, I’d rather be playing something else.

Six hours in on day 3 of my Thanksgiving marathon play session, not even I believe that even as I’m saying it.  Actually, I have very little that isn’t positive to say about it. So let’s have a more careful look.  Continue Reading