I have some people that read this, and I hate the idea of simply vanishing, so I should talk a bit here. I really like doing this. Writing about games. Honestly…I would love to figure out how to do it more, and learn to attract more readers in doing so. All I know how to do however at the moment is write, and honestly my writing tends to be all over the place, and I don’t sit down enough to just do it. Even if I did, there would have to be a ton of other things I SHOULD be doing as well. Like Twitch streaming, video stuff. I don’t know really how to do any of this, but I want to learn, and I will do so. I do have a Twitch account, and I will be talking to people as I start using it to stream out video games. I will suck at doing this at first. But I am actually a somewhat smart guy, and learn how to do things quickly.
I also need to write every day. That is the first thing any writer will tell you about developing the craft. I currently do not do this, even though I typically have more than enough time to do so. It shows too, at least to me when I don’t post something for a few days. The first article back, no matter how big or small reads like garbage to me. I saw tonight an outfit who knows what they’re doing, and has their system down, and they are not one of the Joystiqs or Giant Bombs of the gaming world. But they have their fans, and I have no doubt they worked hard to earn that sort of following. I need to step back and develop the proper tools to be able to build myself and what I want to do here. I will return, I suck at keeping my mouth shut for too long, and frankly the internet is the best place to talk about this stuff, as I am pretty sure my friends are sick to death of me babbling on about it.
I need to round out my game, but to do that I need to break it down and start over. I learned quick and dirty and that won’t serve me going forward. So I hope to write here again very soon, among other things.
Well it’s finally out in the wild. After months of beta testing, and really smooth game play, Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now officially released. While nothing big has been changed in the release patch, Blizzard has made a few changes that aims to make Hearthstone a game literally anyone in the world can play, against anyone in the world. Past that, WoW players who also play Hearthstone will get an easy mount, and there are new card backs to be earned. But really, what matters is that it is a truly free to play, great game that offers a near-endless amount of enjoyment. I plan on writing something longer about this game, but I have a simple message that overshadows the details of a review. I can say to anyone: Go try it.
Source: Hearthstone Website
Final Fantasy X/Final Fantasy X-2 comes out next Tuesday in the United States. I cannot wait to get my hands on the Vita version of this game. I know I have not posted anything in a few days, expect that to change tomorrow, but I just wanted to remind everyone of this for now.
I play League of Legends…very occasionally. Normally it is when my better half wants to play, and I spend the entire match trying not to embarrass myself around all the level 30′s I am playing with (I am only level 17). I only know a small portion of the characters, and I really don’t get why on a conceptual level, you only get gold for delivering the last hit on a minion. Really, it seems like weird design to me that we’re supposed to actively throttle ourselves. Well it seems Blizzard agrees, as that is something the Blizzard MOBA, Heroes of the Storm has done away with. Couple other streamlining elements like that with my innate familiarity of Blizzard characters, and I am set up to finally find a MOBA I really want to get into. This video…also helps. A lot. Looks so good.
Even though I didn’t buy it, I feel like Arkham Origins came out very recently. To that end, it almost surprising to see the trailer for a new Batman game already. However, I had to sit down and actually remember Rocksteady didn’t make the last one, WB Montreal did. The difference really shows as Rocksteady seems to have what makes Batman great on lockdown. This may be one of the best trailers I have ever seen for a video game, even though it shows absolutely no actual gameplay. Despite the fact this is coming out only for the newer systems out there, I am pretty certain the gameplay aspect will be very similar to what we have seen before, which is not a bad thing at all. If the stuff that comes out between now and release keeps up the level of quality shown in the trailer, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a big system seller.
It finally happened. What started as an idea for a whole TV channel devoted to WWE and its assorted libraries, has finally come out into the wild as an online pay by the month on demand application. Now a few days removed from buying it and going through some of the archived footage, it is safe to say that this is a very solid service that I am actually quite happy to make the commitment to. It’s obviously not perfect, and there are things that can use improvement, but for now let’s go into what I think of it in its current state.
I actually managed to snag my subscription about an hour after the service came out, which was apparently hard to do. WWE didn’t seem to adequately prepare itself for the rush of people wanting to purchase their access to the service at launch. The servers were slow, when they even worked at all, and I had to refresh and enter my information in several times. Even when I finally did manage to purchase my sub, the confirmation crashed. So I was not really sure at first if I had access. On top of all of this, my confirmation email did not come to me for several hours after the purchase did indeed go through, forcing me to worry if I was going to be charged more than once. Continue Reading
What the hell. After 16 days of straight walking into walls, and taking the extremely long way to the Elite Four, and failing to cut a bush, Twitch Plays Pokemon is finally complete. The bizarre social experiment, which garnered according to Twitch some 36 million views, is seemingly the most socially-pervasive thing to ever come to Twitch. Sure, people may watch the tournaments, or even stream their games themselves. But the number of people who flocked to this silly stream is truly impressive. I wish I watched more of it, and the stream is now currently playing some other, random games while hosting a countdown to what seems to be the next Pokemon adventure. Also for those of you who wish to waste the time of lawmakers everywhere, there is a petition up on the White House site to make March 1 Helix Day. In honor of the people who typed things into a chatbox.
Let’s look at some of the stats Twitch released.
Time from start to finish: 16 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes and 30 seconds
People who participated: 1,165,140
Commands issued: Over 122 million
Onlookers: Over 9 million
Total views: Over 36 million
I say it again. What the hell.