Thursday, 29 November 2012

Lara. I just don't get it.

Iv'e been milling about the internet now, pretty much ever since I got that 14.4 BPS Modem for a birthday present. So, you can tell I'm not not new here. My sorry butt was digitised before the eternal September started.

In this astonishing amount of time I used a web browser for many things. Not least of them gaming. I have played everything in a browser window from Rotox to Quake live. But today I saw something strange. Lara Croft and the Guardian of light in a browser.

This was a featured item in the Chrome webstore today. Here is the link if this is something that makes any sense to you.  I cant understand it. I just see no purpose for any game as whole as this one to exist inside a browser.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Ops I did it again

Ok, yes, fine,  I started playing World of Warcraft again,  but it really isn't my fault,  it's my wife's. She gets an email from blizzard saying that she can try Mists of Pandaria free for 10 days, so we decide to check it out (heh worse case scenario I could squeeze a blog out of it). We log into our only level 85 characters and head off to Pandaria. My first thought we're of how good Blizzard have gotten at their scripted stuff,  full in game cut scenes with voice acting. In fact there seems to be quite a lot of voice acting,  not up to TOR volumes but still a decent chunk.

So there I was running around completing quests, exploring the world, and it suddenly hits me,  I am having a whale of a time.  The quests are funny,  they have a very smooth flow and the combat is as fun as it ever was.  Hell I even like the changes to the talent tree, which uncomplicates  things significantly.  Much to my concern I could feel myself falling in love with WoW again.  You could argue it was me being nostalgic, and I am not sure I would argue too strongly against that.  Never the less I was eager to see and play more, and even looking at levelling some of my level for 80's up to 90, going through the Cataclysm and MOP content.  

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Upgrade: PSU - how to choose one.

The other day my PC went 'BZZZzzzzzzzzzzz' and then it went 'Plink!' and it was off. I did what every good technically minded person would do in my case, I flicked the desk lamp on and off to see if there was a power cut. Sure enough, my Geek dungeon had the lifeblood of electrical joy that it needed to operate. So, with no delay I jammed my finger onto the power button of my precious rig and it came back to life for an hour. After the third redo of this story I decided that there maybe something a miss. Upon opening my case I could smell a less than satisfactory smell, I remember describing it at the time to myself as an 'icky stinky nasty smoky smell'

I investigated the issue further to find that my power supply had developed a 'loose connection' inside the main cluster and although for the most part was still working every time it powered down it released its unpleasant smell. I could either burn incense inside my case and tape down the power button or just buy a new power supply. My adventure began....

Let me begin the master class for power supply selection:

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

I order you not to, erm pre

I hate pre-ordering stuff, really I just don't see the point. There have only been a couple of times in the last 3 or 4 years where I have pre-ordered a game, and these are games I have been especially excited about. So the rise of pre-order bonus on games has always kind of irked me. The last game that I pre-ordered was Battlefield 3, and I got the first map pack for free when it came out (which as it turned out was about two months after launch). As a bonus is concerned it was a decent one, the maps being ok and I was not
missing out on launch content when the game came out.

Interestingly Borderlands 2 had a similar offer, with a whole new character becoming
available after launch if you pre-ordered, which I didn't. Do I feel I missed out by not
pre-ordering Borderlands 2? No not in the slightest, I got a decent sized game at a great
price by waiting a week of so after launch. I am sure had I waited a couple of months for BF3 I probably could have gotten the game and the DLC at the same price. So we are clear then that I essentially am not a huge fan of pre-order bonuses.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The Old republic is now Free to Rage

I have jumped back into The Old Republic a couple of times since it has gone free to play, so I thought I would share my thoughts.  I booted up my Sith Warrior, who is level 41, so plenty of levelling left to do,  but not miles from Max,  to see what the changes are like. On the character select screen I get a message that some servers have merged to increase population (a major problem for TOR previously ) and I might have to change character name (which I didn't have to,  the reasons why will become apparent).

So I log in first time on a Sunday morning and my character is on Hoth. Hoth is a really big map,  I glance  at the corner of the screen to see how many people are on this planet.  Oh yeah 28, that's not many at all for a map the size of a couple of WoW's zones, that's a bit concerning. I log in the following night and see Hoth's population top out at 41. It is entirely possible that the lower levels are much busier,  however I couldn't really check this as I only have two character slots,  both of which are taken. I should point out at this point that I am Bioware refer to as a Preferred customer. This basically means that I have been a previous subscriber, so get various bonuses.

Monday, 19 November 2012

A Gaming Geek ramble.

A few weeks ago I chose to pick up Windows 8. As a veteran Windows user I didn't want to risk grading my already flaky windows 7 install so I chose to 'keep nothing' when I installed. Aside from a new issues the new OS had with my hard drives SATA slot selection everything went swimmingly.

Having only a crappy ADSL internet connection it took me a few days to re-install all my games and get everything working as I like it. Since my re-install I've only really played two games, Minecraft and Guild Wars 2. At any given time I have a stack of games installed but this re-install of my system made me suddenly be aware that as long as those two games are installed then everything else is really just filler for me.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

It is great not being charge for no playing

I have pretty much had the last two weeks off, and I have been playing a lot of video games. However what I have not been playing is Guild Wars 2. I love GW2, I really do, however in between Dragon's Dogma, Dishonored, Doom and The Last Story (unexpectedly fab JRPG), I have not felt the inclination to touch it. I find this interesting, as I am pretty sure that if GW2 was subscription based, I would be considering cancelling my subscription by now. Not because the game is bad, but because I have something more, well, compelling I guess, to play.

I have gone through the same cycle with other mmo’s that I have loved, Age of Conan, DCUO and TOR. I really enjoy them, but some new and shiny games come along (particularly a problem around this time of year), and I get distracted. As I have freely admitted previously, I have a spectacularly short attention span, so as much as I enjoy GW2, more action type games tend to get my attention. So with a subscription mmo I hit the point were I have £9 coming out of my bank for a game I have not played for a couple of weeks, and have no strong desire to play in the near future, so I cancel my subscription. 

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Cosplay advice from noob



fish[2]The last weekend I ventured back to the MCM Expo in London, only this time I went dressed up in a costume, or as many know it cosplaying.  It wasn't the most extravagant of outfits but I was pretty happy with it. As you can see from the photo I dressed as Kaneda from the Akira film/comic. I got asked for pictures a couple of times and, very much to my satisfaction on two occasions someone yelled KANEDA!!!! at me (if that means nothing to you,384937_296180297161556_535795938_n go watch the movie, it's great). So  I thought I would share some thoughts I had on cosplaying.

The first thought is a very simple one. Some effort is better than no effort at all. At the Expo I saw several zombies with truly excellent make up and outfits (including one that was texting on her phone but never once broke her zombie shuffle). However I saw others that had done little more than dabbed a little fake blood on there face. Regardless, you have make an effort and that is to be admired. I understand that there is a little anxiety to overcome when dressing up, and I certainly can't assuage that. However I can say that certainly that at the expo a good 70% of the people who go to the Expo dress in in some form, so you will be far from alone in cosplaying.

304366_296185103827742_342157576_nWhich leads me to my second point. It doesn't matter how elaborate or complex your costume is, someone will have created a more impressive cosplay. For instance I saw a woman with wings so big that she had to go through doors sideways and the Witch King who had to be escorted about as he couldn't see where he was going. By all means try for an elaborate outfit but don't in anyway feel that you have to. There were several Slenderman wondering around, which is little more than a suit and bit of white cloth for a hood. Likewise there were plenty of store brought spider-man and deadpool cosplayers. Also just because you didn't make your outfit by hand from scratch doesn't discount you as a cosplayer, as far as I am concern the fact that you turned up in a costume is the important thing.

While I had a great deal of fun in my Akira costume, I was more or less dressed for the weather. As it was the last weekend in October, the temperature never got into double figures. This wasn't to bad once you got into the expo but there was still a lot of people hanging about outside chatting,665474_296185473827705_815793389_o acting and dancing (inevitably gangnam style broke out left, right and centre). So my advice is dress for the weather, of course this didn't stop people dressing up in skimpy outfits, both men and woman. Likewise the same goes for the summer months, that massive suit you created may look badass but think about how you will feel after wearing it for 3 or 4 hours at 25 Centigrade (I don't do Fahrenheit, it is stupid and makes no sense).

This leads me (probably) my last point. This is more of a personal one than any real piece of advice. If you are man, dress up as a man, and if you are a woman dress up as a woman. Don't get me wrong I saw some pretty good cosplayers, including a really good Loki by one really tall woman, this is just a personal opinion. It's not like there are not thousands of characters to choose from, and as a woman you don't have to pick something skimpy. Heh in fact I saw a few women who did dress up in something skimpy and I wished they hadn't.

That's about it, if you have any other pearls of wisdom I would love to hear them.