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April 17, 2014

Dark Souls: Prepare To Diary

Oh, hey, a character class called "Deprived". Sounds like a good all-rounder!

Hey man, chill. Be a Dark Soul, not an arsehole.

Hey man, chill. Be a Dark Soul, not an arsehole.

It’s with no small degree of shame that I have to admit that I’ve never played Dark Souls. I know. I’ve heard so many great things about it since it came out, but what with one thing and another… one of those things being Games For Windows Live, which gives me hives… I’ve just never gotten around to playing it. I’ve never been very good at these games, to the point of playing Bayonetta on the easiest possible mode just to watch the craziness without my utter incompetence getting in the way. But, y’know, when everyone I know tells me that I’m missing out on the game of the generation, I listen. To the ones who don’t dribble when they talk, anyway. And even they seem to dig it.

So, in readiness for the sequel, it’s finally time to dive in and get damned. Evil, be ye warned!

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April 15, 2014

[Video] Moebius: Empire Rising

Have you ever felt a strange sensation of deja-you?

They say the next big thing is here. That the revolution’s near. But to Malachi Rector it seems quite clear. That it’s all just a little bit of history repeating. And in Jane Jensen’s latest adventure, that’s absolutely right! (Note: Sorry about the nasty reverb. Didn’t become obvious until it was too late to re-record. Next time, better audio!)

Want the game? Buy Moebius DRM free on GOG.COM / On Steam

Spoiler Level: Safe. Lots of footage, but mostly things seen in trailers and the like, with discussion of the premise, but nothing that should spoil the story or main mysteries, and some careful cutting and blurring where needed.

Edits/Errata: When talking about Malachi and his bodyguard’s relationship, it’s really more ‘bromance’ (to use a horrible term) rather than anything actually going on. But a bit like A Certain BBC Program, the subtext is very much intended, referenced and reinforced at several points, even if the truth is more of an unusual friendship. Also, I said Vlad Dracul rather than Vlad Tepes/The Impaler, even though I know which one was the father, because I was a very sleepy idiot at that point in the recording. That’s my excuse at least, and I’m hiding under it.

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April 8, 2014

Hearthstone, Anxiety And Me

Busy night... but there's always room for another! Yes, even you, person supporting the back wall!

I still love that Blizzard released a soundtrack disc called "Taverns Of Azeroth".

I still love that Blizzard released a soundtrack disc called “Taverns Of Azeroth”.

Hearthstone is my favourite multiplayer game right now, and it has almost nothing to do with the game itself. The game is great, which definitely helps, but CCGs have never really been my thing before and I doubt they ever will be again particularly. Never say never, but things like deck building and worrying about the metagame of it aren’t really my idea of a great time and the added complexities that excite others in things like Magic aren’t things that particularly excite or interest. Though unlike football, I can see why others would enjoy them.

Instead, what keeps me hooked on Blizzard’s game is that it’s one of the few multiplayer games I can both drop into on a whim, and play to relax and feel good. That’s something I don’t get very often, and a big reason why I tend to prefer single-player games. Making the world virtual doesn’t make the aching social anxiety any less real.

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