Let’s Blow This Thing and Go Home!

Posted by on January 27, 2016 - No Comments »

swtor_goodbyeIt’s been too long since I last updated this thread of TOR posts, so I feel like I’ll just say it – I’m done with Star Wars: The Old Republic. I was over the moon, I wanted to love it. I played the hell out of it for a short amount of time, and despite repeated let downs and lack of real interest or connection to the story, I kept playing because it’s Star Wars, and Star Wars HAS to be good, right? No. No, it doesn’t. The more time I spent inside of the galaxy, the more it really started dawning on me that I was walking around in the gross, sterile, blue and green screen laden Star Wars galaxy seen in the prequel movies, not the roughshod space fantasy I knew as a child. Read more…

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Amaterasu

Posted by on January 21, 2016 - No Comments »

lh_deities_demigods_gods_smite_amaterasu_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.

Allow us to introduce you to a whole new pantheon. One that has been teased by Hi-Rez Studios for months. That’s right lore junkies, the Japanese pantheon is now live and playable with the recent release of Amaterasu (not to be confused with Amatera)! Read more…

Blade and Soul or Black Desert?

Posted by on January 20, 2016 - 1 Comment »

BSBDmashupThis is the question that I’ve been asked the most lately. Blade and Soul or Black Desert? I only have time for one game, so which one is better? The short answer is due to health concerns taking up much of my time lately Blade and Soul will be available to play  by the time I finish this. It is also free to play, so if you are looking for a game to play right now the only choice between the two is Blade and Soul. The longer answer is that they are both very solid games, but they do very different things, so the real question is which one is better suited to what you enjoy.

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What Trash the Heart of the Swarm Campaign Was

Posted by on January 17, 2016 - No Comments »

starcraft_swarm_campaign_reviewBlizzCon 2015 got me pumped for a Blizzard Entertainment product. Shocking, right? I mean, it’s not like it’s ever done that before. However, it’s normally a World of Warcraft expansion. Not this go around. The celebratory event was only days ahead of the impending launch to the conclusion to StarCraft II. Sadly, I hadn’t finished the Heart of the Swarm campaign yet. Ahead of Legacy of the Void’s launch I vowed to wrap that campaign before revisiting Zeratul and the rest of my favorite interstellar telepaths. There’s was one major hurdle to overcome.

The reason I hadn’t finished the Zerg campaign was because it’s terrible. Wings of Liberty spoilers ahead (do I even need to warn you of that years after release?). Read more…

Video Games in Cuba: Development

Posted by on January 7, 2016 - No Comments »

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Rebuild a controller? Sure why not! Build a game? Why, there’s so many to chose from!

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.

There’s absolutely no doubt about the core aspect of my childhood that led me into the world of software development, information systems and project management. It was the  subject of this here very community, video games. Growing up in an age of pre-Steam world of .INI edits (aka modding), massive retail boxes and computers that cost a small fortune meant that PC gamers had to either know a fair amount about hardware and software or have a friendship they could abuse. My older brother had little interest in learning and friends tended to stick with consoles. The activity fell to me. It put me into the tech industry right in adulthood eventually leading to actually contributing to successful video games. Sweet, right? Read more…

Black Desert: CB1 Preview Part 2

Posted by on December 29, 2015 - 1 Comment »

BDO34My salty tears continue to fall.. the servers are still dark and will be for some time. Last time I talked about quests, contribution and knowledge, so today I’ll begin in that vein and discuss building friendships with the NPCs of Black Desert. I love systems that let you interact with NPCs of a world. Very strange for someone who doesn’t like quests, I know! And yet if there is any such system, I immediately spend time with it. Even if there isn’t a fleshed out system, I can get compulsive with my need to max out factions in games, and will happily sit for hours and hours slaughtering mobs just to raise faction. In fact the one game I rage quit was over factionish farming – remember the original language quests in EQ2? I turned off my XP gain and spent 2 weeks farming for gnoll and orc drops … only to have those drops patched to drop even from grey monsters within the next month. Read more…

Top Five Posts of 2015

Posted by on December 24, 2015 - No Comments »

case17_2It’s always interesting as bloggers to see what the community most connects with. Sometimes you spend hours articulating a post, or weeks developing a column idea only to see them fall flat. Maybe initially, possibly forever. Occasionally, that same disappointment will magically be resurrected weeks or years later. Such as our ultimate necropost. Then there’s the left hand. When you throw together something little more than a rant, love note or news piece and it explodes in popularity. To be honest, it can be a little enraging. Read more…

Black Desert: CB1 Preview Part 1

Posted by on December 22, 2015 - No Comments »

BDO8Let the salty tears begin – the first closed beta of Black Desert is over. The servers are shut down and dark … and I cannot play any more. It’s the season of gift giving, Daum! Turn them back on! :)

In case you haven’t guessed it, I am in love with this game. I spent a large part of it in ferret shock, running around from one shiny thing to the next. Fishing, trading, cooking, alchemy, hiring workers and building a manufacturing/trading empire, farming, hunting, making friends with the NPCs … and don’t forget standard monster killing, questing and PvP. There are sieges, guild warfare … have I forgotten anything? I’m sure I have.

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