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I swear I had something for this...
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of gaming for several hours with a fellow Dtoider, and I have to say, it was one of my best gaming experiences in a while now. It really makes a difference, regardless of what game you are playing, when you have a friend to play it with. So I’m going to take my lunch hour today to briefly talk about our Saturday afternoon together. Adorable, right?
This past Saturday Dreamweaver and I finally managed to connect, because we’re both just so busy and popular, and sat down for a few hours making stacks on stacks on stacks in Payday 2. The game was his suggestion, and I couldn’t have been happier to oblige. I’ve owned Payday 2 for a while now, but because I never had any friends to play it with, most games online just devolved into frantic chaos. Typically, random teammates tried to secure objectives, handle hostages, and deal with police while I was yelling obscenities and haphazard instructions through my microphone. Because obviously that works.
Playing with Dreamweaver this weekend gave me a chance to have another person on a microphone to strategize with. And his level 98 (to my level 16 when we started) provided a lot of much needed tools and expertise that I was frankly lacking. He recommended a couple builds and weapons he had prior success with, and showed me some new routes for jobs that I hadn’t considered. All in all, playing with even one other person allowed Payday 2 to function slightly more like it was meant to.
We did decent in a few missions, even clearing one in around 45 seconds before cops showed up, but generally speaking shit hit the fan. And. Got. Everywhere. But you know what? It didn’t really matter. When I was playing with randoms and this happened, I usually got annoyed, because the game turned into one massively annoying grind. But with Dream, we had fun rolling with the punches and determining the best ways to un-fuck ourselves. We also found out that I would not be a successful meth cooker. Damn it all to hell, I blew it up. So, maybe I’m part of the problem. But Dreamweaver was great about it. #notwalterwhite.
On top of playing Payday and enjoying the ensuing hilarity, we got to chat about Destructoid, other games, and life. It was great to have a chance to talk one-on-one with someone who I would consider one of my closest friends Destructoid, and I hope that we have many more chances to game together, and that I am able to have this same experience with many of you.
Some games just lose their “oomph” when you play them alone, such as Payday, Destiny, LEGO games, Mario Kart (really any Mario game), Smash Bros, to name a few. They are decent games and still fun if you play alone, but the true joy comes from the strategy and hilarity related to playing with a friend.
And that makes me a sadddddd panda
I think it’s really important for us to not only discuss gaming together as a community, but take the opportunities that we can to play together. Friday Night Fights are the best incarnation of this ideal, and I’ve had the pleasure of gaming with some great people on those nights.
Unfortunately though, Xbox FNF has been on a downswing since I’ve joined Dtoid, so I’m hoping to put some effort in to try and breathe a little more life into that. I’ve hosted numerous games, both AAA and less-popular, and not once have I had a single person join me on Fridays. Now, either I smell so bad that it’s permeating through Xbox Live, or there is a solution yet to be discovered. Part of this could be the game choice, but even on the nights I hosted Destiny, I was met with empty rooms. Maybe you just all hate Xbox. I get it.
Except it's never calm.
Either way, I am going to try and figure something out to form a little more cohesion with game choices for the games I host on Fridays (although I may start doing Saturday/Sundays as well, as sometimes people have better availability then.) ChillyBilly, if you’re reading this, let’s chat! Maybe I’ll put a shout out for suggested games the week before in the forum/c-blogs, to have an idea of what people want to play the next week.
I know that when I started, often I would quickly read the FNF post, but if nothing was there that I owned, or wanted to play, I often wouldn’t bother. I want to try and make it so that people can put forth their opinions or vote towards my game choice(s), so that I can ensure people are playing the games they want to play, with the friends they’ve made on here. Yay community!
Long story short, I had a blast on the weekend gaming with Dreamweaver, and I’d love to continue this trend, and game with more fellow Dtoiders. And I suppose Dream again, but maybe only once. He made fun of the fact I said “Eh?” So next time Mr. Dreamweaver, we’re going into the Thunderdome. Eh?
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Man I'm Punny.
Now, I know you are all probably already looking at this c-blog thinking I am crazy, but up here in the Great White North, we celebrate our Thanksgiving during early October. I’d get into the specifics of it, but let’s just say that we have to get our celebrations in before the maple syrup stops running and we’re forced to build our igloos for the season. Winter is coming, you know.
Bring on the Wargs.
Anyways, as most of you know I’ve been crazily busy for the past couple of months and haven’t been able to contribute towards the community, so here is my catch up c-blog. Because want to know one of the things I’m most thankful for? You guys. And maple bacon. Do you even get that down there? If not, I’ll hand-mail you each a package. It’s phenomenal.
I was reminded of this (missing you guys, not the bacon…) when I was a guest host on Radio Destructoid this past Saturday (look for the episode coming out this week), and after taking some listener questions and discussing recent c-blogs, I realized how much I miss all of you. Except Andy. I got enough of him Saturday night to last me the next 3 new game releases, which by the time of posting this, will have already came out…so…I miss you Andy.
In all seriousness though, being on Radio Destructoid was amazing, one of my favourite experiences with the site so far. Although after my crazy week of work (apparently international crises don’t stop when I have other plans), and starting recording at 12:30 am, I was pretty beat. So don’t expect me to be my typical sassy self. And Gaj…I’ll meet you under the stars, with the pic-i-nic basket.
Hey there, Gaj Gaj. Keep your eye out for Ranger Andy.
So what am I most thankful for? Pretty much everything. I’m thankful for having an amazing fiancée who puts up with all of my gaming and other crap. I’m thankful for my ferret and my cats, even though one of them insists on sticking thumbtacks between my nails and my toes every morning. Asscat. I’m thankful for my new job, which may only be temporary but is one of the most interesting experiences I’ve ever had in my life; Department of Foreign Affairs with the GoC. FTW.
And last, but never least, I am thankful for gaming, and for all of you being a part of my life. I have only been part of the community for a little while, and you’re all probably sick of me saying this, but you are all amazing. I miss the times when we used to hang out every day. Making fun of bigots with Elsa and Occam, discussing NSFW with Dreamweaver, talking real world news with Riobux, Caim, Zero, and others, Russian affairs with Tonich. I know I haven't covered everyone here, but you all know I love you. Say my name ;).
It’s like hanging out with your friends at recess on the playground, except with tons of sexual innuendos. So…it’s exactly like hanging out on the playground.
I don't even have a caption, I just loved this show.
Oh right, games! I’m super thankful for them as well, but also remembering why this time of the year always made me the poorest.
Destiny is still a blast, and haters can eat me. As long as you’re with some friends, and know that it’s a shooter-MMO, with shooter coming first, the game is a blast. To each their own, right? Right.
Shadow of Mordor may actually be sitting near the top of my GOTY list. Pretty pissed about those skeezy marketing tactics, but oh man is this game satisfying. Whereas combat gets repetitive in many other similar games, the combat in Middle-Earth only improved as you progressed through the game. Middle-Earth setting, Nemesis system, satisfying and visceral combat, amazing skill tree, stayed mostly true to the canon while giving a new story? Checking all the boxes on this one.
Sidenote: You guys know how I’m a pre-order nut? I actually ended up with 3 brand new copies of this game in my attempts to secure DLC. Was not intending this to happen, but was able to get all the DLC, and return two with no hassle. Hey Charlie Sheen, now I’m the one #Winning.
Hyrule Warriors is the best fusion game I’ve ever played. It’s like Gogeta…or Vegeto. Actually no, it’s Gotenks. That’s how badass this game is. I was afraid of too much DW vs. Zelda, but it’s a perfect mix. The narrative has done an amazing job of staying true to Zelda canon, while explaining the parallel universes/games for all those who didn’t read Hyrule Historia. Gameplay is DW at its core, but the moves are great and varied by character and still maintain a Zelda feel.
So...this is Hyrule Warriors.
Alien: Isolation is terrifying. It’s not the perfect survival horror game, but one thing it does exceptionally well is atmospheric tension. The environment, the music, the NPCs; the atmosphere has been exquisitely crafted and instills constant terror into the player. Or, I’m just a giant wussy.
That’s all for my most recent games. I won’t go any farther back, because this could take a while. Stoked to be picking up The Evil Within after work today though, from all the reviews so far it seems to have actually brought the survival horror everyone was expecting it to lack. Come on people, trust Bethesda.
And lastly, but actually most importantly, I’m thankful for life, and for living in Canada. Even though it means I have to be the hat to your ass. Get it? Good.
We should be a fedora. At the very least, a touque.
The world is a scary place right now. ISIL has been wreaking havoc in Iraq and the Levant, Ebola has not been curbed and we recently had a suspected case in my city of Ottawa, human rights abuses continue in a vast number of countries, and people are still dying daily from preventable diseases. Even if you spend most of your days playing video games and surfing the internet, I know I do sometimes, don’t take your life for granted. Things can change so quickly, so be thankful for everything you have.
This has ended up very long, and on a serious note, so I’m stopping it here. Miss you all, and hope everything is going well with all of you! I know it’s early, but in the spirit of (my) season, what are you all thankful for?
You probably haven't noticed, (although I sure have) but I have been away from the Dtoid community for almost 3 weeks now. I just wanted to take a few minutes to tell you all that I already miss you more than some ridiculous gaming metaphor that I don't have the time, or mental capacity, to come up with right now.
I've started my new job with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development, and so far it's been whooping my ass. Don't get me wrong, I am absolutely loving it so far, but it's been 10-11 days almost every day so far, which has been severely limiting my Destructoid and gaming times respectively.
As such, I probably won't be posting that much in the next little while, as my weekends are also booked solid DJing events. So I haven't forgot about you; quite the opposite if anything. I think about you guys all the time while I'm doing my work, because you used to be my friends that I could always visit for 15 minutes while taking breaks at work.
Anyways, that is all. I'm still here, but will most likely be commenting and ghosting around for the next little while, rather than contributing my own blogs. AFK News has also taken a bit of a hiatus because of this, but we are looking to get an issue out next week still. Feel free to add me on Xbox or PSN @ REDterror1938, and maybe we can game a little!