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Jul 29 // James Internet Ego

An Afternoon with the Star Wars Galaxies Emulator

The other day I wrote this blog about crafting, and used SWG as an example. When writing that I realised that SWG, that old Star Wars MMO that splits opinion like a knife-edge, had an emulator. As a massive fan of Star Wars,...
Jul 28 // Pixie The Fairy

Pixiedust #2: Promotions, Bloggers Wanted & Band of Bloggers.

July has been very strong as front page promotions go, leading to at least a dozen promotions thus far. I've been very happy about the response to the "Bloggers Wanted" prompt this month, "Better with age." I had pitched...
Jul 27 // James Internet Ego

Some Written Word on Game Design: The Craft of Crafting

This image terrifies me. Ah, crafting: the process of taking some bits and pieces, chucking them on a workbench, and turning them into one bigger bit. Note that this is not an analysis of building mechanics – though I ...
Jul 26 // Pixie The Fairy

A fae falls to the dark side...

Bleh. It's been that kind of week for me. Not only did I get to enjoy the stress and tedium of job interviews and filling out more applications, (because what the fuck is my resume for again?) I had some sort of reaction to a...
Jul 25 // James Internet Ego

What Are Your Most Satisfying Gaming Moments?

Satisfaction is something most games try to create. And a lot of them fail. Such moments tend to be either too easy to accomplish, such as defeating Alduin in Skyrim, or they do not leave the player time to appreciate their ...
Jul 21 // James Internet Ego

Some Written Word on Game Design, Ambivalence and Not Caring

Some minor spoilers for SWTOR lie within. Lately, I have been playing Skyrim and Elite Dangerous. In both, I find myself confronted with a problem. There are many occasions where I wish to express ambivalence - I want to tel...
Jul 20 // Pixie The Fairy

The juggling act

So here I am doing that thing I do after beating a game. I like to call it my "post-game juggling act." It's what happens when I finish a game and can't make up my mind what to play next. I replay a lot of older games and thi...
Jul 17 // James Internet Ego

Unity Has An Image Problem, But It's Mostly Our Fault

Ah, yes… Unity, that free little game engine that has opened up game development to any Tom, Dick and Harry that wants to have shot at making the next Call of Duty. Apparently, Unity has an image problem. Snobbery say...
Jul 15 // James Internet Ego

How to Buy a Game in 2015

So far 2015 has been a great year for gaming; so many good games have come out. GTA V came to PC and Valve finally follows the law on digital refunds thus giving gamers a shred of power against bad developers. A lot of great...
Jul 11 // James Internet Ego

A Small, Polite Vent on Journalistic Research

As one of those scruffy little oiks known as ‘a student’, research is damned important. Mostly because good research will hopefully give me some juicy A grades come 4 weeks’ time (that soon!?) but also beca...
Jul 10 // James Internet Ego

A Fallen Empire: How Bioware Is (maybe) Returning to Former Glory

Bioware is certainly one of gaming's heavyweights. Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect, Baulder's Gate, Dragon Age. These are things that define Bioware, but arguably it is equally defined by DLC, greed, and most of all...
Jul 09 // James Internet Ego

I'm Sorry Homeworld, But This Is Going Too Slowly

Spoilers for Homeworld 1 within. Listen to this as you read: I want to love Homeworld. I want to declare that the RTS genre is just done, and has reached perfection. I want to say that a space odyssey is now a redundant plot...
Jul 06 // Pixie The Fairy

My last day with Lucy

Hey guys, I've really been trying to get back to the monthly recap and finish it, but I'm also in a little bit of a sad situation so it may be late tonight or tomorrow when it finally goes live.  I've never had a pet of ...
Jul 04 // James Internet Ego

Even the Most Virulent of Internet Scuffle-starters Can (Maybe) Be Reasoned With

So today I had an argument on the internet… about GamerGate. First a little bit of context: I don't usually pick fights on the internet and I have never been nor ever will be labeling myself as GG or anti-GG at any po...
Jul 03 // James Internet Ego

June 3301 In Elite: Dangerous

One month ago Elite: Dangerous got an update called Powerplay. It introduced galactic Powers, 10 of them, each holding control of regions of space that lend it Command Capital, the arbitrary unit of influence. CC is brought ...
Jul 01 // James Internet Ego

Before You Get Excited About Total War: Warhammer, Give Attila Another Chance

Total War is going fantasy, and that has a lot of people excited as of late. I, however, don't give a toss about fantasy - I'd rather play Attila. You probably should give it a go, but a lot of the strategy fans among you ma...
Jun 29 // James Internet Ego

The Pain of Playing Old Games

Recently I tried to play Knights of the Old Republic. My PC said no. I then tried to play Imperium II. My PC said no. I tried to play Battlefront II. The PC said yes, but only if I plug something into the microphone port &nd...
Jun 27 // James Internet Ego

'The Point of A Citybuilder is Not to Build A City'

This may seem confusing. For many, citybuilding games are primarily about aesthetics – taking the time to meticulously lay out their settlement with parks, paths and pretty buildings. On the other hand, metrics te...
Jun 25 // James Internet Ego

On Target: Archery in Chivalry

I was playing Skyrim recently, having modded it to hell (and well beyond what Windows 8.1 will tolerate), and noticed just how lackluster the archery is. Great for stealth, a damp squib for anything else. I went in sear...
Jun 23 // James Internet Ego

Holy Framerate Batman! Some Lessons From Arkham Knight

Batman is so depressed in this screenshot that he's even dragging the framerate down. Steam’s refund system will be put to the test today. Arkham Knight, by most accounts (65% of accounts going by Steam reviews at...
Jun 21 // James Internet Ego

What Did You Buy In the Steam Sale?

Alas the Steam Sale is about to end. Gamer’s Christmas will return next year, all things considered I found this year to be disappointing. I only bought one thing – Homeworld Remastered, a write up of which ...
Jun 20 // Pixie The Fairy

Hype: Arrivals, departures and Shenmue

So Shenmue III is now a real sequel and no longer an urban legend. On Monday I got so excited I couldn't really think of anything to say in my Sunday recap but "Shenmue III!" so I guess I should do some explaining w...
Jun 18 // Pixie The Fairy

The Agenda: Twisting the knife

I believe developers should make what they want, which is why I'm ecstatic Konami announced a new 2D Castlevania by Koji Igarashi at E3 2015 this week. After eight long years of waiting after Order of Ecclesia, ...
Jun 17 // Pixie The Fairy

The complications of Final Fantasy VII's remake

When it comes to remaking games, I think Eiji Aonuma and Shinji Mikami may be masters of revision. These are two guys that were willing to look at their celebrated classics and looked at them critically, considering a fa...
Jun 15 // James Internet Ego

Band of Bloggers: A Republic Far Far Away

The first open world game was Elite. Released in 1984 it presented a galaxy full of choice, but heavily reliant on imagination, capturing its audience whilst being crude. By 2003, games like Morrowind had advanced the g...
Jun 14 // Pixie The Fairy

The cards have spoken: Your E3 2015 wishes predicted!

Welcome back to the Velvet Room - a place between mind and matter, between dream and reality. I have called you back here because you left an E3 wish with me and I wanted to let you know what the cards revealed regarding...
Jun 12 // Pixie The Fairy

Tell me your E3 wishes and let us see what the cards reveal...

Welcome to the Velvat Room. This is a place that exists between mind and matter, between dream and reality.  My, there sure are a lot of you here. This is a momentous occasion indeed! You seem like rather unusual g...
Jun 11 // Pixie The Fairy

Pixie is evolving! Let it continue?

These last several months have seen a lot of change for me at Destructoid. Pretty much every Sunday since around or just before September 2014 I've been recapping cblogs. Then I got intriuged by the idea of assembling mo...
Jun 10 // James Internet Ego

Valve, Refunds, and Running From the Law

So Valve, that lovely company that gives us Summer Sales and Portal has been philanthropic once again and given us the gift of refunds! That’s right – Valve has now thrown open the gates of kindness and offe...
Jun 05 // James Internet Ego

How Cities: Skylines Screwed With My Exam

Damnit Cities: Skylines! You almost cost me a mark. Today I sat a Statistics exam, Statistics 1 for the exam board Edexcel in the UK. I knocked it out of the park, but there was this one little question that bugged me f...

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