Monday, 28 January 2013

I let the Mists veil my view for long enough




Last night I made the choice to quit WoW (sigh yes,  I know,  again). This was following a ten man raid and prior to that a conversation with the guild leader that my dps was not all it could be. Don't misunderstand me,  she was lovely about it and everyone in the guild is really nice, made up of a mixture of people I used to know and new people. However it brought home for me that the underlying problems of WoW (and the genre as a whole I guess) are still there. I can't just log in and play the way I want to and happily continue to progress.  Up to this point I had been pretty much just guessing as to what was right, and I certainly find it easy to believe that I had been playing,  well wrong.

But I think that's what bothered me,  the idea of playing right or wrong.  This was my game and I should play it the way I want. The thought of reading up on theorycrafting and the right enchants and bonuses was not appealing.  Of course I could have just taken the step of stopping raiding or playing another character, however I had become a little disenfranchised even prior to last night.  I kept feeling compelled to complete daily's, do dungeons and grind reputation,  even though I knew that I was literally completing tasks as an excuse to keep logging in.

Monday, 21 January 2013

The future is not mono




I had a weird conversation with the leader of our guild in WoW. We were talking about the game and she referred to herself as a monogamer, and her partner as a polygamer.  Theses terms,  which I don't think are very flattering,  are quite interesting.  I, as a gamer, arm willing to play pretty much anything as long as it is interesting,  even if I think I won't necessarily like it (Crusaders King 2 is a prime example). But here is a woman who just plays one game. Don't get me wrong,  there is a lot to do in WoW, particularly if you have multiple characters,  which she does.

As I thought about it, perhaps there is more of a sliding scale then one or many games.  Through the period of a week I usually play about 7 or 8 different games,  whereas someone like Hex will happily play just one or two games over a week.  I think to a certain extend the success of WoW is due to the fact that a lot of it's players are monogamers. This seems to be the case with a lot of people I have come across in the game.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

PC Gaming on the rise?

Be it a result of social media immersion or be it an irrefutable fact. The perception I have is that PC gaming is on the rise. When I browse /r/games I see nothing but comments about the joys of PC gaming. When I search the web I get nothing but PC results for gaming titles (and I use DuckDuckGo so its not ever a bubble issue) With so many PC centric blogs, sites and youtube newcomers as well as the strives forwards in hardware its a great time to be a PC gamer.

PC gamers have the best back catalogue, the best indie titles, the best graphics and the fastest load times (rig dependant) but I have to wonder is this good fortune a direct result of the console generations growing long in the tooth or is this the new renaissance of the PC gamer?

this hasn't exactly been a blog post as much as a joy filled shout, too many blogs last year banged on about the death of the PC gaming platform and I wanted to put on record that PC gaming is in a great place after all we have our gods watching over us and they are mostly indie developers at the moment.

Stay classy fellow PC gamers.


Monday, 14 January 2013

The Piston Post


With CES 2013 in full swing the internet is a fire with talk of new hardware and interfaces. There is major hype around the Piston box (the so called Steam Box prototype.) So far though other than the The Orbweaver Mechanical keyboard from Razer I have seen very little that has peaked my interest. 

Sure the Steam Box is awesome but until I see a Valve badged box it may as well be pure fiction. I find it strange how hyped we are for the new announcements at these sorts of shows when the actual hardware wont be available until next year most of the time. 

Anyway, I digress.. The Piston is a tiny and beautiful box that houses an AMD APU as well as 8GB of RAM.  Past that we know very little about the little box other than it maybe one of the proposed deigns to end up with a valve logo on the side. Personally I hope they use more proprietary hardware like an ITX/micro ATX based motherboard in a custom case so I can upgrade it with old hardware. The thing I find fascinating is that everyone is so busy discussing how wonderful it is that it will run Linux that no one has asked what developers other than Valve will be porting games over to the platform. What exactly will the release line-up be for the tiny wonder? 

Sunday, 6 January 2013

The final countdown (of games)




As I have just finished my first game of 2013 (The Last Story, it’s fab, go buy it), I figured now would be a good time to looks at my list. For those of you that don’t know I have been listing all the games that I have played and more importantly finished this year. I counted finished as seeing the end credits or completing the main story line. So how does the list stack up?

I played a total of 67 games and finished 45, which gives me a completion ratio of 67.2%, which is pretty good going I think. You have to bare in mind that some of these games I tried and were just bad games, like Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City or Armoured Core 5, or indeed I could see that they were good games, just not for me, like SSX and Marvel vs Capcom.