Wednesday, December 08, 2010

WoW Problem

No matter what quest text they have before, the end result is always "go pick some berries"

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Grand Theft Auto 4

The thing that impresses me is the traffic patterns. The cars react to each other. They are separate entities running different processes. It impresses me for some reason.

Edit: I take that back. Fuck these traffic patterns. They just change lanes willy nilly without any real regard to what is around them. I'm been into some serious accidents because of these damn idiot drivers. Idiots, all the way down.

I'm deep into the mob. I'm digging the story. The other characters are no longer annoying. I'm interested in them. And damn it's funny.

Holy shit. "Lost in the World" is playing as I come out of the comedy club. Really good timing. Nico Belik is really just lost in this world.

So I was thinking about how technology influences art. At first the concept was strange to me, but then I understood it. How could a game like Grand Theft Auto 4 exist without technology? Besides the fact that it's on a computer, a modern invention. And despite the fact I'm driving around in cars, another modern invention. Let's take the cell phone for example. The cell phone is a very recent invention. The proliferation of cell phones really only came about in the past 10 or 11 years. Before then, only a couple people had phones. Now, almost every single person has a cell phone. This influence is felt in Grand Theft Auto as well. You get most of your missions through your cell phone. No more annoying running back and forth to turn in missions or anything. You can do everything from everywhere. This is a pretty modern connivence. Without this invention, the game would be very very different.

The phone also allows you to contact almost any character at any time. The ability to call a character to see them is pretty cool too. Unlike anything they had done before. Again, any character, anytime. What a modern concept.

I took the subway around for a while. I got where I needed to go. Eventually. It works, but why ever use it. Other than "immersion".

And the winner for the most annoying character ever is: Bernie Crane. God. Way to give gay people an awful reputation. Flaming to be flaming. Seesh.

  1. Grand Theft Auto 4
  2. Mount and Blade: Warband
  3. Dirt2
  4. Borderlands

Monday, October 11, 2010


I'm Sorry

World of Warcraft as ruined gaming for me. Probably forever. I've been spoiled by it. I no longer see the point of any other games. Why would I play something that doesn't add up to something. Games can't just be fun. They have to mean something. You have to play with people. Single player games became irrelevant long ago. Why would I ever play something that would ever only been seen by me and playing against the computer just felt hollow. Unfortunately, I've developed a condition. I don't like playing against people. I get competitive. I don't like always having to be on top. I don't like that feeling. Having to always win.

So World of Warcraft did what I wanted. I wanted to play with people, not against people. It allowed me to play something that meant something and required investment. It required by intellect and my attention. It had a massive depth. It was a giant math problem. A constant computation.

I cant never go back Kate. I can't.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Fuck Yea

Love it when Steam puts games on sale.

Sure, I'll pay $8 to have CoH forever on my steam account.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What Have I Been Playing

I mean, not that it's really important or anything. BuT. Basically I'm a bad person and I've been playing lots of World of Warcraft. Lots. The sad part is, it's just as action pact and fun as TF2 is. I was in a raid yesterday, and it required a lot of concentration, experience and constant movement, on top of healing. I had to be paying attention to lots of things at once. Then, when I'm not in those battles, I have to be preparing for the next encounter. This takes a lot of meticulous research and forethought. This I also like. The fact that you can have such minute details about a game to leads to the sentence(s):
"WotLK makes yet another sweeping overhaul to the regeneration model. In 2.4, we all became used to the regen formula of:
5 * 0.0093271 * Spi * \sqrt {Intellect}
which made spirit very valuable, and intellect slightly so. Not only was the coefficient lowered as we leveled to 80 (as expected), but Blizzard made the decision to lower the coefficient yet further in an attempt to remove our ability to 'regen infinitely'"

The fact that this sentence means a lot in the end game content is mind blowing to me. I love it.

But, unfortunately, Tuesdays I have section at 8am and the WoW servers are down from 5am to 11am every Tuesday has forced me into other games. Such as Mount and Blade. This game is basically just a Medieval combat simulator. It's basically the game mechanics of Dynasty Warriors mixed with the graphic engine of Morrowind. Which I happened to adore. So I like this game. I picked it up for $5 (I think) on Steam one day, and it's definitely worth a play. I also grabbed Torchlight. Haven't started it yet.....
  1. WoW

Monday, March 29, 2010

Open World Games

Maybe it is just me, but I don't particularly find the new wave of open world games a whole lot of fun. I mean, yes, I can do lots of things that I can't do in other games, but they are so big and daunting that I usually just lose interest and start goofing off.
I think that there is also something to be said for a well crafted linear game. The people who make games are, for the most part, not idiots and can make good story-driven games. I don't see anyone complaining when Infinity Ward releases Call of Duty games with linear stories because they are so well orchestrated.

Drop 7
Just Cause 2

Monday, February 01, 2010

Oh Hello

How's it going? It's been a while.

I just wanted to come by and tell everyone (me, me and me) that I bought Pyschonauts for $2. I'm excited to play it. I've heard very good things about it and I've wanted to play it since I read about it in like 2002 in Official Xbox Magazine. Ha, back in the day when I read it cover to cover. I miss those days. I also got Two Freedom Force games for $2. I'm really excited to play Freedom Force versus the Third Reich. Should be fun.

I'll fit that in between the WoW sessions, yea?
  1. WoW
  2. Psychonauts