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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Crack... zzztttt..pffttt.

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That's the sound of my PSU frying as I turned on my gaming PC last night :(

Have a new one ready to be fitted later tonight, but just crossing my fingers that the cpu and motherboard have survived. If not it's going to be an expensive week and no Civ 5 or AoC to see me through either!

Update: All is now working fine. Replaced the psu and luckily everything else seems to have survived!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Just one more go!

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Big news of the past couple of days is the arrival of Civilization 5 at last. I'll come on to that in a bit.

First of all I just want to point you in the direction of Adurj le Bard's discussion on the different ways to play mainstream MMOs, with a focus on the various types of roleplaying. He makes some interesting points about the different levels of roleplaying that can be found, and as I've been a member of various types of roleplay guilds over the years I'm going to be offering my thoughts on the subject in a future post.

I've also been listening to the soundtrack to The Social Network (a new film by David Fincher about the formation of Facebook which has been getting rave reviews). The soundtrack is by Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross (NIN producer and fellow member of How to Destroy Angels) and is well worth a listen. It's pretty intense and dark and makes me wonder what on earth the film will be like. You can grab a free five track mini version of the full album here if you are interested.

Right, on to the main news. Civilization 5 has arrived.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Story time

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Gah, it's so frustrating! Civilization V had been sitting on my pc for a few days now and I still can't play it! The game has been available in the US since yesterday but doesn't unlock in Europe until Friday! Curse you Sid Meier! The game looks great (currently sitting at 91% review score on Metacritic) and having been a massive fan of the other games in the series I really can't wait to get started. Oh well.

In bizzaro-news of the week it seems there is a Michael Jackson MMO in development called Planet Michael. Seems a bit tacky to me. It's like April Fools day 7 months early.

Right, on to the main reason for this post...
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Sunday, September 19, 2010

AoC - So how is it?

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As I promised in an earlier post here are my thoughts on Age of Conan, the MMO that is currently taking up the majority of my play time.

I first tried AoC when it was in beta, and it was a mess quite frankly. Very buggy and the graphics engine was a real chugger - it looked great but was like watching a slideshow. I played for a couple of days and then uninstalled it. So why did I go back?
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Age of Roleplaying?

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I've been playing a bit more Age of Conan the last couple of days after a hectic week that had cut my playing time down.

I visited Sanctum of the Burning Souls for the first time with a couple of guildies (shout out to Clan Koragg if you're reading!) and had a blast and got some very nice new items as well as completing a few quests and dinging to level 41. Thanks to Sunsia and Aubrecht for the fun!

The other thing I've been doing is some in-game roleplaying. When I decided to try out Age of Conan again, thanks to their free trial (free up to level 20), I decided to start on the Aquilonia RP-PvP server for a couple of reasons.
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Monday, September 13, 2010

Coming attractions

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Thought I'd drop down a few thoughts on forthcoming games I'm following closely for one reason or another. These are games I'll almost definitely be purchasing when they are released, and will probably be blogging about from time to time. In no particular order...

Star Wars: The Old Republic
I have to admit that I'm not a great Star Wars fan, which may seem odd considering my age and general interests. I have warm, nostalgic feelings towards the original trilogy, which I loved as a kid, but think the prequels were awful and actually made the original films worse (not even taking George Lucas' efforts to completely tarnish his legacy into account). I'm generally pretty ambivalent towards all things Star Wars. Why the hell am I awaiting this game more than any other right now then?
1. It's by Bioware.
2. I loved Knights of the Old Republic, which surely contains one of the greatest story twists ever.
3. It's an MMO.
4. It's an MMO with fully voiced dynamic cutscenes like Mass Effect, with a full unique story lasting 250 hours for each character class.
5. It's by Bioware.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Female avatars and you

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Came across an interesting read about what makes the female Shepard avatar so much fun in Mass Effect at Gamasutra. The article and comments turn into a more open discussion about why men especially play female avatars in games and it contains some interesting insights.

For those who don't know, Mass Effect and it's sequel are some of the best roleplaying games out there, combining an epic story with great characters and incredible gameplay. Time Magazine called Mass Effect 2 "the Avatar of video games - except it's better written." If you hadn't actually played the game however you would be forgiven for thinking that the main protagonist is male; all the advertising, trailers and even the game box only show the male hero. However, in the game you create the hero character yourself, and are able to choose your sex, career and appearance.
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You have to start somewhere

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Well I guess this is one of those difficult introductory posts where I'm supposed to explain who I am and why I'm writing this blog. It's not going to be that simple however.

This isn't my first blog. I've written one before with a focus on a specific topic, which was a mod for Neverwinter Nights that I was developing called Seahaven (if you don't know what Neverwinter Nights is then you're probably not going to be interested in the kind of things I'll be blogging about!). That died a death due to a lack of development time available following the birth of my son. This time however I don't have a specific aim in mind.

I've partly been inspired by my the blog my brother writes (Le' Bard Connection), and partly by the feeling I should be recording some of my thoughts and ideas. So, I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to be posting about, but I expect it will centre mainly on my gaming hobby, with a few other random things thrown in.

As for me, I'm a family man in my forties and have been gaming as long as I can remember. I'm a member of FunkSoulBrothers [FSB] on STEAM; hell I was the founder of the clan way back when it first started as an Action Quake 2 clan. Until recently I've mainly been playing Lord of the Rings Online, but a full discussion of my relationship with MMOs can wait for another day.

So, here we go, stepping into the unknown. If anyone happens to read this please feel free to leave your comments, and I hope you enjoy the journey.