Video Games in Cuba: Piracy

Posted by on December 14, 2015 - No Comments »

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 Read more…

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Chiron

Posted by on December 10, 2015 - No Comments »

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. Read more…

Black Desert: New Community Manager

Posted by on December 3, 2015 - No Comments »

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. Read more…

Video Games in Cuba: Access

Posted by on December 3, 2015 - No Comments »

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. Read more…

Black Desert Beta Registration

Posted by on December 3, 2015 - No Comments »

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 Read more…

Video Games in Cuba: Community

Posted by on December 2, 2015 - No Comments »

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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. Read more…

Blade and Soul First Impressions

Posted by on December 1, 2015 - No Comments »

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.  Read more…

Black Desert Diary – Beast Tamer!

Posted by on November 26, 2015 - No Comments »

nzgvPNsI have to say, Daum is really starting to impress me. I was randomly flipping through my various gaming reddits today when I saw there was a new post from PM_Belsazar on the Black Desert forums: The project manager y they mentioned as a possibility last week is already up and running! And what a diary entry it is. We have specific dates for the first beta test, screenshots of new faces going in to the game, new skin tones and hair colors – even new beard styles for the men. And even beyond that exciting news – Belsazar delighted many with the unexpected news that they have seen the feedback and have changed their plans and will be introducing the Beast Tamer class at launch due to its popular demand! And not only that, but the class will be playable in the closed betas and it will even be getting its own version of the unique costume being designed for the master founder’s pack.

That is what I call going above and beyond. Read more…