I have it on good authority that the Japanese characters here read ‘Haiku’
As part of Newbie Blogger Initiative month Syl (the MMO Gypsy) threw a poetry slam. I’m no poet but I also have no shame. I came up with these three haiku. They refer to three different MMOs which are, hopefully, very easy to guess.
For Scordite and dense Veldspar
Wasted time of mine
With no tanks and no healers
Just damage dealers
There were twelve million
Now it’s almost half that much
Pandas didn’t cut it
It’s a miner’s world
Undock the station. Warp to within 0 m of suitable asteroid field. Fly to Scordite filled asteroids (or Veldspar if Scordite is scarce). Turn on the Civilian Shield Booster. Launch my Hobgoblin I drones. Click on nearest asteroid. Lock on target. Activate the XeCl Drilling Beam I. ‘The asteroid is depleted’. Click on the next asteroid in my overview, lock and drill. Rinse repeat till the ore hold is to full capacity. Warp/dock to station. Sell ore. Restart process. That more or less describes my experience of EVE Online in the last week. Continue reading
I grew up reading video games magazines. I would spend hours on end reading the legendary Amiga Power or the more sober PC Gamer (and occasionally CVG) and dreaming that one day I would become a games journalist. For the longest time my journalistic pipe dreams lay dormant within the dark recesses of my brain. That is until I dipped into the internet back in 1997. My first endeavor was to make my own website. It consisted of a series of articles on random fictitious interest. Among other things I can remember the Clean Elbow Club – an organisation with the sole purpose of promoting clean elbows the world over and a mini series on how to take care of your Mighty Viking Hamster (a particularly rare and dangerous rodent). I also had a section dedicated to gaming and another one which dealt with reviewing music albums (got to crudely review albums by Radiohead, Modest Mouse and the Super Furry Animals if memory serves) . I did not do it for any particular reason other than the joy of writing and learning about creating my own website. I did zero promotion for the site and have no idea if anyone ever visited it since a) I never looked at any statistics and b) had no way for visitors to leave feedback or contact me. Continue reading
God forbid developers accentuate the sexual beauty of women in videogames
The topic of sexism and misogyny in videogames has been coming up quite a lot lately. A week or so ago we had Dragon’s Crown which caused an uproar in feminist circles. And now Suda51 goes and shakes the hornet’s nest with Killer Is Dead and its ‘gigolo mode’. For the uninitiated this is a mini game which has the player ogling over a sexy woman and giving her presents in order to win her over and eventually bed her. The reward for carrying that out correctly is weapon upgrades. The game has been criticized and given bad scores by many websites because its ‘sexist’ and ‘misogynist’. Certainly these are damning words so it would benefit everyone to go over some definitions taken from Merriam Webster. Continue reading
My Maurader looks totally badass
As so often happens I ended buying Final Fantasy XIV on a whim. I was not following the development of the game and did not know it was due for release. However Liore mentioned the game in her twitter feed and I did feel like experiencing a launch MMO. Going in I knew very little about the game other than it had a terrible launch some time ago – so much so that the game was scrapped and re-released as a new game. I have no experience of playing FFXI Online either after reading somewhere its an extremely grind heavy and grouping dependent game. Not sure if that is true or not but I guess that ship has sailed at this point.
Everquest 2 brought back the joys of exploration
I finally decided to do a quick post in this here blog hoping that I get back into the routine of posting regularly (or semi-regularly). This time I cannot blame my decreased output on the summer heat so I will assume full responsibility. I’m a lazy procrastinator and it shows in my blogging output. I’m also the victim of a common blogger dilemma - do I spend my time blogging on games or actually playing them when I have some free time? Many bloggers I follow claim to have the same problem although, unlike me, they seem to be able to manage both eventually. Continue reading
So, E3 has come and gone and the majority declared Sony winner. The Japanese company made fun of Microsoft’s DRM restrictions and stuck one final nail in the coffin by offering a machine that is significantly cheaper. Despite these two (albeit important) points, if one had to forget the whole DRM debacle and overlook the price, it would be hard to argue that Microsoft didn’t blow Sony out of the water where it really counts – the amount of exclusives they managed to garner in their initial line up. The tally went 15 – 6 in favor of MS and some of those exclusives are huge names (Halo 5, Forza 5 and Titanfall come to mind). However my belief is that the next gen war will be less reliant on exclusives.
Titanfall is a feather in Microsoft’s cap – but it is exclusive or a timed exclusive?