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1:46 PM on 03.22.2011

Torchlight, the diamond in the rough.

What image is brought to mind when you hear the name Torchlight ? The first time I heard the name I thought to myself “Oh no, another budget RPG that's going to fail.”. I could not have been more wrong.

Torchlight is many things and one of them is certainly not bad. Aside from being what I find aesthetically pleasing it has a good storyline and is extremely open to modding meaning hours of custom content can be created at the drop of a hat. Instead of ranting and raving about the games perks and downfalls I have prepared a breakdown of Torchlight to present this in a more clear and concise manner.

The Good Points:
1) It's graphics are quite cartoon like which makes a nice break from the more serious looking games as well as the anime style RPG games which you see a lot of. At this point can I make it clear that I am a fan of both these graphics styles.
2) It has a very good all be it slightly cliched storyline which consists of you taking down the good guy turned bad who seeks to awaken an ancient evil. Obviously the story line is slightly more complex than this but for the sake of you poor readers I shall keep it as short as possible.
3) The title of this blog entry explains this point pretty well but I shall go on to explain anyway. The game comes complete with a folder named “Pak” in its installation directory which contains all the game files. You can extract this folder to anywhere on your computer and edit the files to your hearts content then place them in the mods folder and it will use your files instead of the games original files. It also has an accompanying program named “TorchED” which allows you to edit all of the games files in a more user friendly manner.

The Bad Points:

1) The modding tool “TorchED” can take a long time to load and runs quite slow making it quite a long process to create a mod for the game.
2) The “TorchED” tool can be quite daunting and confusing for new users and this often deters them from utilising its full potential.
3) To manually edit the files via a text editor the files do need to be converted from one format to another meaning that it can be a pain at the beginning until you track down a converter but luckily one can be located here. “”

To conclude my not so concise post Torchlight is a Action RPG game which after a very low profile release has maintained a strong modding community and is very cheap so is definitely worth your money. I believe it is only £12.99 on Steam so log yo' ass on and buy this shit.

Thank you for reading and please comment below.   read

2:52 PM on 03.21.2011

Backwards introduction.

Hello Destructoid !!! After posting my first article ever on a blogging site I realised (or rather it was pointed out by my good friend Lord Death Of Murder Mountain) that I had no introductory post. Meaning that I had just suddenly appeared to the Destructoid community like a spot on the face of a teenager.

So here and now I would like to formaly apologise for my terrible mistake and for commiting what most Destructoid veterans would class as a cardinal sin. How did I come across this glorius site I hear you cry ? Well it was very kindly pointed out to me by my friend Lord Death of Murder Mountain and after reading some of his bloggs and those of various others I decided to take the plunge and create my first blog. Already I had made a mistake, It was not an introductory post. *facepalm* I had only been registered on the site for 10+ minutes and I had already screwed up. Anyway up and onwards, I am a shall we say "well built" Scottish teenager with 0 and I mean 0 interest in Rugby. I feel safe saying this as from careful outside observation I can tell that I can trust everyone on this site but if this secret should be let loose I shall be deported iminently :(.

Since the dawn of time man has found games to entertain itself, unfortunately I only started in 1999. I was 4 and the Sega Mega Drive controller was welded to my hands with a mixture of baby food and drool. But alas it was not meant to be, the mega drive was swiftly removed from my hands via a screaming mother as I had beaten her high-score at Sonic The Hedgehog. When I had sufficiently matured I was given a Playstation 1 for christmas. It was the greatest gift I had ever recieved and I relentlessly played the Disney Dinosaurs game until one day it was found cracked, in a pool of its own blood on my bedroom floor.

The next christmas I was given a Playstation 2 and it lasted for 9 glorius years it entertained me with many games including FF12, Resident Evil: Code Veronica X and Tekken 4. Sadly this too died eventually and I was forced to migrate to Xbox360. I stuck with the Xbox 360 for 2 years but then I made the brave decision to migrate to PC. This year I abandoned the safety of the console world and moved to the cold harsh PC world.

Here I remain spending endless day and night cycles trawling the internet looking for any reason to stay up longer, perhaps in hope that I can finally find a cure for my poor game playing skills.

I hope this has been an alright overview of myself and how I cam to be here. If you would like to find out more about me read my bio and please if you have made it this far down the page without dying of boredom leave a comment and read my first article dubbed "Cataclysm, the double edged sword".

Oh yeah, Thank You for Reading.   read

1:29 PM on 03.21.2011

Cataclysm, the double edged sword.

WoW Cataclysm, the newest instalment from Blizzard to the WoW series. Cataclysm has received a lot of mixed responses from "Wooh this is awesome !!!!!!" to "This is shit they nerfed it way too much.".

Both of these statements are true but your reaction to the changes depends on your play style and time playing the game. If you have been playing WoW for a long time (possibly even from the beginning) you WILL be a tad annoyed to say the least that in the previous expansions you had to work for your epic raid or PvP gear. Specifically in vanilla WoW and The Burning Crusade where you had to raid to get the raid worthy gear (This usually involved running a raid 5+ times to get the piece you wanted). This also meant that Heroics WERE being ran for the gear that dropped unlike now where Heroics are just used to farm points thus meaning someone who has never set foot in any raid can be sporting full raid gear. This has 2 downsides, 1) It completely removes the learning curve from raiding as the player wont see the point in doing the easier raids(By this I mean easier game mechanics) and 2) A raid could find themselves with a extremely well geared player but unfortunately they have no idea what is going on. It is true though that sometimes raids will explain the tactics before hand so everyone knows thus eliminating this problem but unfortunately few such raid groups exist and most demand you know tactics without them being explained (There are some things which can't be learned from You Tube).

On the flip side of the coin however for new players and players who joined in WotLK this seems like a brilliant idea for many reasons, e.g. They have brought the XP needed to level down, it is easy to get raid and PvP gear and with all the Guild bonuses lvls 1-60 takes only a few days. However this may seem silly but all these benefits are not good for the player, for example the super fast levelling time means that they will probably have very little dungeon or PvP experience which leads on to the next problem. When players reach lvl85 and mindlessly farmed HCs for points what have they learned ? The answer, nothing. At the end of the day what the expansion has rather unwittingly done is allowed players with a low level of knowledge and understanding the supposed ability to do end-game content or have they ? Actually they have unwittingly given them a deeper hole to climb out of than in WotLK. This has come about for two reasons:
1) Most experienced raid groups can see these people coming from a mile off and won't let them join the raid.
2) The player doesn't realise that it's because he has no raid experience and because he has full 359 gear (most crafted or bought on the AH) he believes that he doesn't need to do the beginner raids (All raids drop 359 gear but some have harder game mechanics than others) so is endlessly trapped in a endless cycle of rejection.

With these last few word I would like to summarise my feelings on Cataclysm, thank you Blizzard for making the game easier for newbies but for all the good you have done you have done twice as much harm. Please don't get me wrong Cataclysm is a great expansion with great content but I feel the way it has been designed and presented is bad, specifically the aforementioned reasons.

P.S. I know this post is out quite a few months after the release of Cataclysm I just thought now would be the right time to make this blog considering the new content update that is imminently approaching.   read

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