League of Legends
Okay, so why didn’t anyone tell me about Defence of the Ancients before? A Warcraft III multiplayer mod that focuses on controlling a Hero character instead of micromanaging units and build orders? Or, more importantly, why didn’t anyone tell me about the free1, standalone League of Legends? Free with micro-transactions not-so-massively-multiplayer games are really the trend...
Ten Things That Are Dead to Gaming →
While the whole slideshow is mostly a nostalgic circlejerk, it has couple of things right. Magazines, in hindsight, were quite inefficient way to deliver information. And sure, with some games I was stuck until even a year later on I’d learn how I was supposed to get around the obstacle. But do I miss any of those things? Not really. Things are way better now.
The Physics of Angry Birds →
Apparently the slingshot is 5 meters tall and the red bird is 70cm tall, assuming Earth physics.
Left 4 Dead: The Sacrifice
Tumblr updated their queue system this week, which apparently meant that all my nicely and carefully queued messages were published en masse yesterday. So, I have to write new material - enjoy! The kind gaming gods created a slice of time-space continuum yesterday for me so I could play the new DLC for Left 4 Dead1, unlike I thought previously. The comic ties really nicely with the levels,...
Ars Technica figures out inflation →
An inconvenient truth: game prices have come down with time Of course, comparing the retail prices in relative value isn’t the whole picture but it’s enough to make a point1. In an earlier post’s footnote I already did the math for the golden advice given in The Secret of Monkey Island, namely that in the last 20 years that “never pay more than 20 dollars for a...
Just kidding, like I had the time. It’s still impressive and brings back memories of all the wasted hours on Nethack.
FarmVille - the casual RPG
In my opinion, FarmVille is a role playing game (RPG). And pretty bad one at that. Like most RPGs, you don’t actually need any skills or develop any skill playing it yourself as your success is solely dependent on the amount of time you sink into it. You can get pretty good at FreeCell, but no matter how much time you spend in FarmVille, you won’t get “better” in it. But what most RPGs have at...
Need for Speed World
Technically, EA’s Neeed For Speed: World is an MMO, but it’s not really the World of NFS-craft. It’s a bit too boring and it seems grinding is the only MMO element they bothered to implement. The non-race portion of NFS: World is rather silly, and consists mostly of a bunch of cars lying around. The only thing you can do is initiate chases by crashing in to police cars that...
Playing Mass Effect and with its NPCs' emotions
I think I’ve created a monster, a stone cold heart-breaker. There’s a serious relationship drama going on right now on SSV Normandy. So, I might have lead Lt. Kaidan Alenko a bit on. In turn that made Ashley a bit jealous and bitchy towards me. Only later did I realize that Ashley had a thing for Kaidan and Kaidan thought I, or rather Jane Shephard, was interested in him. So,...
Left 4 Dead: The Sacrifice →
So, Valve’s Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 are getting a new DLC next week. And L4D is coming for Mac1. And I’ll be so busy doing shit I won’t have time to play it on any platform. Yay! The blog and the trailer only mention that the DLC is coming to OS X, so I’m guessing it’s just L4D1. Or, who knows? ↩