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Aliens and the Industry

I've been following the whole Aliens: Colonial Marines controversy, and honestly it just seems like a bunch of industry BS got dragged out into the spotlight. I mean, it's my understanding that hiring a smaller independent studio is not un...


The Limitations of Kinect

The problem with Kinect - and pure motion control in general - is that such control must be within the following limitations: 1. The only control is movement. 2. The movement control is supposed to be intuitive and therefore must mirro...


Software Moves Hardware

I've said it before and I'll say it again: it's the software that moves hardware, not the other way around. Sure, software has to be built on hardware and is limited by the hardware, but as a consumer I can care less about what is possible ...


The Emptiness of Red Dead Redemption

I have come to the conclusion that I don't like Red Dead Redemption. That isn't to say I hate it per se. I did spend a good ~30 hours wandering around doing stuff, and I enjoyed the story twists and all. But, I dunno, it didn't feel like a...


Kinect, Move, and Console Add-on Failures

Call me a pessimist if you want, but I don't think these console additions will be successful. Sure, there's a lot of hype surrounding them right now, but even still I remain dubious of its success. (Well, Microsoft is going all out - read:...


About Competitive Online Gaming

Response to this article. (I was writing up a comment but it was too long. So I decided to blog a blog blog, I mean response.) This article hit the nail on the head as to (one reason) why I dislike Halo, as well as that little browser gam...


About pneuma08one of us since 2:38 PM on 02.09.2010

Hello, I am a gamer.

Wait, you knew that already, didn't you? Was it because I frequent news sites dedicated to gaming like those "Destructoid" and "Escapist Magazine" places? Or is it because everyone and their mother is a "gamer" nowadays?

Well, in any event, that is who I am. I play games, I read about games, I think about games. Not just these newfanged "electronic video" games, neither. Board games, card games, tabletop roleplaying games, the whole shebang. Even live-action roleplaying games, I helped to run one for a time, and not the semi-"cool" ones where you hit each other with foam swords and such. Yeah, how's that for nerd cred?

As for the newer, flashier stuff, I tend to hang around the PC mostly, although I do have (and frequently use) a 360, a DS (-iXL), and a Wii (which I use mostly for retro gaming and Cave Story...which is like new age retro gaming). I prefer high-action twitch fests (read: first/third person shooters), preferably with slow and ponderous tactical elements (read: cover system, ability to pause the game), as well as dialog-ridden number-crunchers (read: turned-based strategy games and RPGs where you build your own character, typically anything western). I also enjoy JRPGs (read: masochistic, confusing slog-fests) - perhaps more than I should. I rarely finish turn-based strategy games with roleplaying elements, as I spend all my time leveling up my characters until I grow sick of it and wander off. Oh, and I enjoy adventure games and platformers to a lesser extent (although I particularly enjoy 3D Mario).

I guess what I'm getting at is that I do not care for real time strategy games. Although I will play them from time to time.

All of that said, I find my tastes can wander about, although in broad strokes, I have a soft spot for military jibber-jabber, and I tend to enjoy the offbeat.

Now where was I going with this? Uh.....real life sports are games too and anyone who can rattle off players and statistics is a NERD. Yeah.


Favorite Games: Team Fortress 2, Mass Effect Series, SMT: Persona 3, Chrono Trigger, Deus Ex, Hackmaster 4th Ed, A Game of Thrones board game

Currently Playing:
(PC) Mother 3, Starcraft 2, Team Fortress 2 (always); (Queued): GTA 3, Red Faction: Guerrilla; (Recently Finished): Recettear, VVVVVV
(360) Fallout: New Vegas; (Queued): Splosion Man, Fable 3; (Recently Finished): Castlevania: LoS, Comic Jumper
(DS) SMT: Devil Survivor, Etrian Odyssey 3, Zenonia; (Recently Finished): Shantae RR
(Wii) Arc Rise Fantasia; (Queued): Muramasa; (Recently Finished): Metroid: Other M