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8:15 AM on 01.06.2009  

Goodbye Azeroth...

This is it; I’ve finally had enough of WoW. I quit.

After playing for around 6 months and spending way too much money, I have decided to give WoW the boot. It’s not that I’m tired of MMO’s, I love them. They can provide an immersive experience most games could ever hope for. But I see what other people have been saying now; WoW is one of the most repetitive games ever.

For a time, things were good, perfect even. There were a lot of nice people to quest with and just hang out with, you would look up at the level 70’s and hope one day you too could look that awesome.



But after maxing out the level cap (before WOTLK) things started getting really boring, doing raids constantly and always sitting in the “looking for group” channel got really old, really fast.

But I ploughed on, thinking that this was just a phase and I would soon get passed it and start enjoying the game again.

I was wrong.

After WOTLK was released I managed to get to level 75 without spooning my eyes out in sheer repetitive boredom.

These days, every time I turn on the game, I cringe. I don’t know exactly why, But the thought of playing wow for even 5mins more sends a cold shiver down my spine.

Maybe it’s the constant lack of tank’s and healers, maybe it’s the constant sitting in LFG waiting for more party members to join, maybe its just male blood elves. Either way, I quit. I’m done. I’ve paid for the last 2 months thinking I would play it again soon, which never happened.

So goodbye, old friend. We had fun while it lasted, you showed so much promise, I thought I had found THE mmo for me…

But there’s someone new in my life, someone younger and prettier, I call her Star Wars: The Old Republic…
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6:58 AM on 12.05.2008  

Where is the PS3 advertising?

Just a quick post on an observation a friend of mine made a few days back; Has anyone noticed the complete lack of any PS3 advertising on TV?.. (where I live at least, in Wales, UK)

Granted, I dont watch a hell of alot of T.V. but when I do I see a shit-load of Wii adverts for all of their products.

I even see my fair share of xbox 360 advertisments.

But where are all the PS3 adverts? Did they kinda just decide to pull back on the UK advertising on TV or somthing? I haven't exactley been a close follower of console sales numbers and the like, but I am aware that the PS3 is lacking in sales pretty much golbally?

Even though I'm not a fan of the PS3 (PS2 kicked ass) It just kinda strikes me as strange, the complete lack of advertising for PS3.   read


9:38 AM on 12.04.2008  

I heart L4D - My Imaginary Boss

Been playing left4Dead pretty damn hardcore lately. I've made up this boss i think would genuinley add alot of new gameplay elements and elements of suspence to L4D, to all who play; read on...

Name:
The Daddy/Puppet Master (undecided)

Special Ability:
An infected that can raise any corpse with impaired movement and half HP (tank, witch, normal infected etc.)

Description:
The Daddy/Puppet master is not much different to a regular looking infected, although they’re stomach must be very oversized. His stomach is huge in proportion to the rest of his body.

He is very fat for a reason. When killed, the puppet master explodes only to release dozens of infectious “worms” that were lying dormant in his “womb” in his massive oversized stomach.

The worms have little HP, maybe as much as a normal infected or less, But the worms have the unique ability to enter the corpse of ANY dead infected and re-animate them with about half the HP as usual, also the re-animated do not move as usual, they move a lot slower than when they were “alive” almost limping or crawling towards the survivors.

I chose the name “Puppet master” not just because of his ability to revive undead corpses, but also because he could have some of the worms protruding out of his back and shoulders kind of like Puppet Strings. The name “The Daddy” comes from him giving “birth” to these worm-like parasites from his big oversized stomach.

I think this can lead to some really awesome in-game moments. E.g. you’ve just been confronted by the horde and a tank, let’s say the horde also alerted a witch. Now, after you’ve killed all the infected you think your safe only to realize that The Daddy/Puppet Master has just walked around the corner… You need to take him down before he gets close enough to infected corpses so that his worms can bring them back to life.

If you notice and kill him before he is close enough to corpses, you will also have enough time to kill the “worms” before they can reach any corpses.

Let’s say when he’s killed he releases around 15 worms from his gut or “womb”. These worms could enter the corpse of a dead tank and revive him with half hp but he can only limp (maybe just movement speed reduced by 50% or something) and is also not as strong as before, as his body has already been destroyed by the survivors but the parasitic worm is just controlling his corpse like a puppet.

So you’ve killed the witch, tank and the horde, only to notice the daddy/puppet master walking around the corner, you kill him but his worms manage to re-animate the witch, tank and a few of the horde. I think this could work very well and add a new element to boss infected.

Please comment on whether you think this’ll be a good idea or not!   read


7:47 AM on 11.07.2008  

WoW, they weren't joking.

Yes I realize I’m kind of late to the Warcraft party, but they really weren’t joking about WoW. I’m hooked. With just over 21 days played, I got to level 70 about 2 days ago. It's all i do lately.

I feel my social life fading away….

Heed my warning, I fear it may already be to late for me. Be wary of the WoW shaped mmo...

Pray for me, friends. May Blizz have mercy on my soul….

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4:28 AM on 11.07.2008  

I never finish anythi

Games. We all play em’, we all spend our hard earned cash on em’ ….but how many of the games that you buy/play do you actually complete?

Personally I’d say I complete about 5-10% of games I play. (much to my own disappointment) The last 2 weeks I’ve picked up Dead Space, Fallout 3 and Spiderman Web of shadows and haven’t completed any of them, I’ve hardly even got Ľ of the way into these games.

Not to mention I still want to complete Fable 2, Gears2 and I wanna get Left4Dead . . . . .

I don’t consider this a waste of money as such, because I guess in my mind I am going to finish them off, but whether I will is another story. The last few games I’ve completed were Halo3, Gears, Bio shock (this is going back last year). I will complete smaller games such as DS titles and XBLA games ( Omega 5 <3 )

This happens a lot with me, for whatever reason I just keep telling myself I’ll play this game or that game soon but I’ll never actually get around to it…Also the last 3 months it doesn’t help at ALL that I’ve started playing WoW and recently dinged 70.

Ultimately, I guess it’s all down to time at the end of the day. I’m 22 and work a full time job, I just wish I had more time to play the games I want to play…

How about you guys? Does anyone here splash out on games only to find you rarely get around to finishing them? And of all the games you play, how regularly would you say you complete games you intend to.

If you find yourself never getting around to finishing the games you want, why do you think that is?

Opinions, give them to me :D   read


4:44 AM on 05.21.2008  

The Games Before Time: Sanitarium

One game I will always remember is a little PC game called “Sanitarium”. Originally released in 1998, The game uses a 3rd person point and click system for exploration.

The game features some of the freakiest levels I've seen in my life. Basically you follow this dude called Max, who one day wakes up in an insane asylum with no recollection of who he is or where he's from. There has just been a riot and all the alarms are sounding and the inmates are running around freely.

Every level is unique and each one has this atmosphere about it that is really freaky....I can't say I've played another game that had the feel Sanitarium has. That's why it holds such a dear place in my heart. This game is a rare gem that everyone should play.

Every level of the 9 total chapters carries a distinct atmosphere that takes place in either the real or imaginary world of Max. The fact you can never really tell what's going on or if what's happening is real, really adds to the psychological horror of the game. The music perfectly compliments each level which only helps in making the game more freaky.

All I can say about the levels is they are awesome...REALLY twisted and macabre. The characters are some of the most twisted you will ever come across...from the deformed monstrous children of “The Innocent Abandoned” to “The Circus of Fools” where the employees of a circus located on a little island are being picked off and devoured one by one by a giant squid. Every level is awesome in this game though, each one is so different.

I cant say enough good things about this game and its design. I CAN say that this is honestly one of the best games I've played in my life. And to be honest it's shocking to me that this game isn't as well known as it should be. If you'd ask me to write a list of 3 games I feel should have sequels, this would be on of them.

If your into horror games (Hell, even if your not) GRAB THIS GAME !!! Actually, if you into GAMES then pick this game up. If you have learned to harness the awesome powers of the internet then acquiring a copy of this game should not be a problem at all.

I hope this has sparked an interest in this game for anyone who hasn't played it, because if you haven't then you missed out, kids.

If you have played it....What did you think of it?? Do you have good memories of playing?

Thoughts?
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4:15 AM on 05.16.2008  

Potential fun slayer : Online Ranking

10 years ago, the thought of a ranking system or a level based experience system in a FPS - let alone online play, was mind-blowing.

Today its all to common to see level based ranking systems in games (ala Halo, CoD etc etc) Me and my brother were talking yesterday and I got to thinking....Being a high rank in a level based FPS is rarely fun. Some people get sucked in, I've seen it in friends before and it almost happened to me too...If you let it; it can ruin the game for you.

It's supposed to be a game. But for many, many people the ranking system BECOMES the game... They play the game ONLY to rank up.

I can say this because it started happening with me a few times. Particularly in Halo 3 playing level 43+ ranked slayer games were just draining and I wasn't enjoying the game for what it was...

I feel the simple addition of a ranking system in an online game increases the chances of addiction by ALOT. I say this only from my own experience in these types of games.

At one point I stopped playing all together for about 40 days...Playing Halo just felt like work...like so much effort it was super draining and wasn't fun anymore. When you start getting to this point in a ranked game, losing is the worst thing anyone could do to you. The disappointment I have felt loosing a level were emotions not of this world....emotions dragged from the depths of hell on the back of Satan's mythical dragon beast and then shit out over my very soul.

Then I started thinking to myself "Oh my god, what have I become!" I took a step back from the intense world of competitive ranked matchmaking and put Halo and CoD away until I could figure this out.

I didn't play for about a month and a half...now I'm back and kicking ass. I had to step back from all that bullshit for a while...Now I love the game again. Ranked or unranked, it's all good. I know what to expect when you start to care too much about a stupid number next to your name - don't get me wrong, I still try to level up and play ranked - But I will not let myself get worked up over it.

Because when you care only about a number next to your name your gaming performance is affected, at least in my case. These days, I play the game for the game itself...just enjoying it, which is the way it was meant to be.

I know it sounds like I'm bitching about ranking systems...But the truth is far from it. I love ranking systems for what they add to a game...a new layer of depth is added when a feature like that is put in, which is awesome for gamers, it kind of validates the time gamers invest in a game, and your skill (or lack thereof) is reflected in your rank (some would say).

In short, Ranking systems are awesome. But don't let your self get sucked in! Remember: "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."

Beware the four headed beast that is ranking addiction! Don't let it ruin the game for you.

How about you guys? Ever found yourself stressing over a rank? Is my blog starting to get a bit negative? What ever happened to the rest of the Jackson 5? Will I ever find true love?

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1:33 PM on 05.13.2008  

Why I've given up on Wii

It honestly makes me sad to say, but I feel I have officially given up on Wii. But I am no where near giving up on the DS or Nintendo, not by far.

I've always loved Nintendo, even though I never actually owned a NES or a SNES as a kid (because my parents choose to buy me a Master System then a Mega Drive on Christmas) But a few neighbours and friends had them when I was growing up. One Christmas my brother got an N64, I got a Dreamcast.

I ragged the shit out of that N64 playing Maio64, Golden eye, perfect Dark, Super Smash Bros, OoT, Majoras mask.....Basically I loved it, as for the dreamcast...Uhh, not so much..i owned it for about 2 months. Then we got a gamecube each and I loved that even more. I spent so much money on that thing and still think it was the best console of its generation.

When I first bought the Wii, my imagination was going crazy thinking about the kind of games Nintendo would release on this holy beast, the possibilities seemed endless. I knew the console itself was much less powerful than either of its competitors. But my faith in Nintendo was strong.

But what I felt we got was far far less than what I expected. The whole “I'm sick of seeing Mario in the same fucking games for the last 20years” thing doesn't even come into it, and I know Nintendo are making a shit load of cash from its newest console.

I guess one of the reasons I feel I'm giving up on the Wii is the lack of the top games from years past...if that makes sense...I mean, will we be seeing Resident evil 5 on Wii? Soul calibur 4? MGS4? I'm talking about the top tier games. These are games that we all know and love.... We KNOW they are going to be awesome, before they are even released.

The gamecube had awesome games including Res4, MGS, Soul Calibur 2 and many others. I realise the Wii has resident evil 4, but see my next point about that. Instead the Wii gets games like soul calibur legends and other half assed, toned down versions of games and PS2 ports with Wii controls slapped on.

But when it comes down to it, the main reason the Wii just doesn't set in stone with me as an awesome console, are the controls. Yeah they are fun, new, fresh, innovative But its just not the same. Not the same as holding a controller in your hand, where your thumbs can freely move to any button quickly. Also, precision is a major issue for me the on the Wii,...Can you honestly tell me the wii remote is just as precise as say, an xbox or playstation controller?

The fate of my Wii remains unknown, even to me. I could sell it, but its an import...may be hard to sell. Or maybe I might hold on to it for a few more months and see how it goes...

I'm not biased in any way. I play the shit out of my 360 and DS. And like I said earlier, I have no where near given up on the DS or Nintendo, not by far.   read


9:31 AM on 05.12.2008  

5 reasons why I miss Halo 2

Yes. i play Halo alot. Without trying to stir things up, these are my reasons that most times i play Halo 3 it just makes me miss its predecessor like that one girlfriend who was totally slutty and would do anything in the sack. Now...TO THE LIST!!

5 - Physics engine.
Ahhh, sweet old super jump how I miss thee... Yeah, I know ALOT of people hate super jumping but that’s why this list is called “5 reasons why I miss Halo 2”. Also remember how awesome the melee lunge was in Halo 2? I swear, it took me months to stop trying to melee from so far away when I bought Halo 3.

4 – Clans.
When the clan system was introduced into Halo 2 it was pretty cool. But you know what, in hindsight that feature was so awesome and we took it for granted…and now it’s gone.

For those of you who played halo 2 pretty hardcore you will remember how intense clan matches could be, and the abuse that was exchanged in the pre/post game lobby was hilarious (If you won).

I guess I just loved that competitive element, which was way more competitive than any Ranked matches I play on both Halo 2 and 3.

3 - Halo 3’s weapons.
I have to admit I am not a fan of most of halo 3’s weapons…I miss the good ol’ days of dual wielding a Plasma rifle and SMG or whatever dual wield gun you could get ahold of….GOOD. BALANCED. FUN.

The magnum in Halo 3 is more or less a Nerf gun.

2 – MAPS
God I miss lockout...Yesss blackout is fine, but it doesn’t feel the same, I miss the snow. Miss you too Midship…you too Relic….Acension….Ivory tower….*sad pirate noise*…Arrrrrrr
:(

Zombie on Foundation……Ohhh such happy times!

1 - Glitching/Exploration
Remember the butterfly jump?? Sword cancelling? Getting outside maps? I had such an awesome time with friends and randoms trying to find ways outside the maps, I guess the difference with halo 2 and halo 3 is that halo 2 had all the little tricks I mentioned above….So it was up to you to use those tricks in the right place at the right time to get through that invisible wall or barrier.

Halo 3’s equivalent to all that is just forge.

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For what its worth I still love Halo 3…maybe one day I will look back too on Halo 3 with fond memories as I have with Halo 2. But for now, I goddamn miss Halo 2!


Thoughts. Got any?   read


6:33 AM on 05.12.2008  

Yowzerz!

Shit. I've wanted to blog now for months but couldn't find the right layout, colour
(*british) scheme, let alone actually thinking up content to post.

But then i realized...

NOBODY IS ACTUALLY GOING TO READ THIS AND NOBODY GIVES A SHIT WHAT I
POST!

The net is flooded with shit like this, therefore i've decided to post a few tidbits here and there
on my gaming antics, mainly to help ease my boredom during work hours (heh). I mostly
play my 360 with a dash of Halo 3, but i also own a PS1, Mega Drive, Gameboy, DS and Wii.

BTW, the names Luke a.k.a XYU.....a 21yr old IT Technician....Blah Blah Blah...

Stay tuned over the next few days kids!! Same Bat-Time, same Bat-Channel!!
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