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Friday, April 29, 2011

SWTOR Updates

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There have been several great updates on the Star Wars: The Old Republic front this week.

First of all the initial embargo on the recent SWTOUR event has been lifted. This event was hosted at Bioware Austin, and saw many of the major fan-sites invited over to sit down and play the game for two full days straight. The impressions overall have been very positive indeed.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

EQ2 Shopping List

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So, here is the list of things I still have/want to do before I unlock my level (currently set at 70) and carry on with the Kunark expansion.

It's a big list.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Potato Cake

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"Speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out."

"We're a lot alike, you and I. You tested me. I tested you. You killed me. I—oh, no, wait. I guess I haven't killed you yet. Well. Food for thought."

"Oh, in case you get covered in that Repulsion Gel, here's some advice the lab boys gave me: [sound of rustling pages] "Do not get covered in the Repulsion Gel." We haven't entirely nailed down what element it is yet, but I'll tell you this: It's a lively one and it does not like the human skeleton."

"The bean counters told me we literally could not afford to buy seven dollars worth of moon rocks, much less seventy million. Bought 'em anyway. Ground 'em up, mixed em into a gel. And guess what? Ground up moon rocks are pure poison. I am deathly ill. Still, it turns out they're a great portal conductor. So now we're gonna see if jumping in and out of these new portals can somehow leech the lunar poison out of a man's bloodstream. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. [cough] Let's all stay positive and do some science. That said, I would really appreciate it if you could test as fast as possible. Caroline, please bring me more pain pills."

"Alright, I've been thinking. When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons! What am I supposed to do with these?! Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons!"

Yep, Portal 2 is as mad as a box of mad scientist frogs.
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F-U Sony!

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It's been all over the news, so I'm sure you will all now be aware that Sony have officially stated that the recent Playstation Network downtime was due to a massive hacking of their database.

That's up to 77 million accounts hacked worldwide (around 3 million in the UK)!
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Cults and Claymores

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A quick roundup of what I've been up to for the last couple of weeks since I finished Dragon Age 2.

I have been playing Portal 2, and have almost finished the game. Look for a full write up soon. If you liked the original game you will absolutely love the sequel.

The rest of my gaming time has been spent back in Everquest 2. I've finally hit level 70, meaning I am now at the maximum level I have ever got a character to in the game (I hit 70 with my bruiser shortly before I quit the game for the first time back in 2007). So I'm basically going to be heading into brand new content from now on, and I'm especially looking forwards to running the Kunark content (Kunark was my favourite area in the original EQ).

Before I head off to Kunark however I have level-locked myself again so that I can finish up a few things first, like my hat quest in Kingdom of Sky and getting my warg mount from Echoes of Faydwer. Plus, I also have the Qeynos Claymore questline to complete.

I've spent the majority of my time in the level 60-70 range running this massive questline with my good buddy Voltaan, and it is a truly epic endeavour.

"Also known by its proper name, Enoxus, this longsword has a mysterious past. Some claim it to be planar in origin. Regardless, the Qeynos Claymore is a very powerful weapon. The length of its magical blade is engraved with Void Glyphs - a form of written language dating back to the dawn of time. The sword was brought into the world of Norrath by Vallius Bayle and presented as a trophy to the ruling human clans of the Plains of Karana long before the founding of the city of Qeynos."
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"The things I do for love..."

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Finally, after months of waiting, Game of Thrones has aired. Whilst I only started reading the books around five months ago (you can see my original post on them here) it seems like an age since HBO first announced their adaptation of George RR Martin's books.

So was it worth the wait?
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Winter is here!

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Just a quick reminder that Game of Thrones premiers tomorrow on HBO (and on Monday on Sky Atlantic for UK viewers). The series has been getting phenomenal reviews; it's hard to wait!

HBO have posted an interactive Viewers' Guide to the show, which is a great starting point for those who haven't read the books and might want to explore some of the background to the series.

Should be a good week next week! Game of Thrones and Portal 2 are both going to be fighting for my attention.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fun with science

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Portal 2 is currently pre-loading on my PC through Steam, and is scheduled to be released on April 18. There are even some rumours that it may get released early. Fingers crossed!

Anyway, in order to build up my excitement level for the game I've been watching Valve's advertising campaign for Portal 2. It is based on a series of adverts for products made by Aperture Laboratories (which will be familiar to players of the first game).
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Saturday, April 09, 2011

Skynet fights back!

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1. Skynet: In the Terminator movies, an artificially intelligent system which became self-aware and revolted against its creators. Source: Wikipedia.

2. Skynet: a UK military communications system. Source: Wikipedia.

3. Skynet: A program created by the developers of Star Wars: The Old Republic in order to obtain telemetry on everything players do in the Game Testing program. Source: James Ohlen, Game Director for SW:TOR.

*blinks* what was that last one?!

Read on to find out more about Bioware's evil plans!
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Friday, April 08, 2011

First Mass Effect 3 details, SWTOR reveals, and how to build a dragon

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The first details of Mass Effect 3 have been released thanks to an article in the latest Game Informer magazine.

It seems that my assertion in my review of the Arrival dlc that there would be a huge cost to Shepard has been borne out. ME3 starts with Shepard back on Earth, on trial for the events at the end of Arrival. During the trial the Reaper attack finally begins, and Shepard has to escape to go and round up his friends and acquaintances and persuade them to join him in saving the galaxy from annihilation.
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Monday, April 04, 2011

A little treat from HBO

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Only two weeks now until Game of Thrones, HBO's adaptation of George RR Martin's awesome books arrives. HBO have been good enough to put the first 14 minutes of episode one up online as a teaser, so go have a look! As a fan of the book it looks fantastic :)

Embedded below but you should really click through for the HD version.


Edit: A quick update. HBO have also released a 30 minute making-of documentary. It's definitely worth a watch! You can see it here.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Farewell 2 Mass Effect 2

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With Mass Effect 2: Arrival the story told in Mass Effect 2 is finally complete. The latest downloadable content for ME2 from Bioware is the last for the game, and ties the story into the forthcoming Mass Effect 3 in a subtle manner.

I love Mass Effect 2. It's one of my favourite ever single-player games, and I just can't get enough of it. So, it was with mixed feelings that I started up the game to play the final content. I was pleased to get a new dose of ME2 action, and sad that there would now be a 7 month wait until the sequel arrives.

So, how did the final dlc for ME2 turn out?
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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Dragon Age 2: Is it's roar worse than it's bite?

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Well I've finally finished Dragon Age 2 so it's time to clarify my thoughts on the game. It's been an interesting experience, and the game is both better than I originally thought and also a little more frustrating in certain areas. Overall, I would still recommend it highly to anyone interested in a party-based single-player RPG.

This post will probably be full of spoilers. It's the kind of game that is difficult to give comprehensive thoughts on without spoiling some things, as it is so story-driven. I'll drop the biggest ones into spoiler tags, but you may well read the odd thing outside of those that might spoil some of the story for you if you haven't played the game.

Having issued the warning, read on for my final thoughts on Bioware's latest. You can find my original, spoiler-free review of the game here.
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Friday, April 01, 2011

Fool me once...

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Here are a few gaming related April Fools from around the web. It's become a bit of a tradition for MMO publishers to have an April Fools joke, and some of them have become quite complex over the years.

Here's my pick of the best from 2011.
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