27May '15
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Screenshot Safari: The Scariest Place #NBI2015Safari

It’s time for my last entry for the Screenshot Safari and I thought it would be nice to go with one from Dying Light that I took just this week. Of course, it falls under The Scariest Places.

Dying Light: Power station

This was taken at a power station that was chock full of zombies, at least 200 of them. My gaming partner Lord Crumb died once when he accidentally fell among them and there was no way I could save him, especially since night was coming at the time. I didn’t want to get eaten by Volatiles during the night so we came back the next day armed with firecrackers to draw them into packs and Molotovs to set them alight. We spent the better part of an in-game day clearing them all out. It was a little nerve-wracking to jump from box to box to avoid 200 pairs of hands from grabbing at us. At least we didn’t come here in the middle of the night like the quest suggested.

26May '15
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Talkback Challenge #4: The Seven Deadly Sins

For this week’s Talkback Challenge, there’s not one question but seven, based on the seven deadly sins. Here we go…

Lust – Do you enjoy games more if they have scantily clad and “interestingly proportioned” avatars? Do you like playing as one of these avatars? Why or why not?

Ugh. No, just no. I enjoy these games a lot less, even actively avoiding them. I have a tendency to lean more towards realism so it bothers me to see bare midriffs and inexplicable boob windows combined with metal/leather armor. I have a hard time feeling a sense of respect or connection to a character that’s suppose to be this epic fighter yet has forgotten her vital organs exist and need protection. The fact that it’s overwhelmingly the female characters who suffer from this that REALLY bothers me. If you want bare skin, at least make it equally bare on both sexes. It’s disheartening to get some leg armor that looks like pants on a man but magically changes into a platekini on a woman.

While I do not like scantily clad characters, I do not begrudge other players for liking them. To each their own. What I’d like to see is having the option to do either. Which is why I love games that have some sort of cosmetic system so you can style your character the way you want. Or better yet, have outfits with no stats so you can wear whatever you please.

Gluttony – Do you have a game backlog of unfinished games but still buy new games regardless? Why or why not?

Oh god yes. I have 237 games according to Steam and several more that are not on Steam, and I am nowhere near finishing the vast majority of them. I have a tendency to pick them up on sale and play them when I feel like it. And then in a few days, I’ll feel like playing something else so I’ll switch to something else. To be fair, some of them don’t have a “finish” (such as sandbox games) so I’m not sure how you’d count those. Read more →

23May '15
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Screenshot Safari: High Fantasy #NBI2015Safari

My third submission to the Screenshot Safari is in the High Fantasy category and is from the game Divinity: Original Sin.

Divinity: Original Sin - Void

Here we are in the divine realm, having just defeated a void dragon thing with the help of a goddess. That swirly blue thing in the background is The End of Time, which is the end of everything really. It doesn’t get much more high fantasy than that!

For some bonus screenshots, we have:

My character Adelaide manifesting as air,

Divinity: Original Sin - Air form

Engulfed in flames that somehow protect her from fire damage,

Divinity: Original Sin - Fire shield

And finally, on the balcony of her home that’s somehow floating in space.

Divinity: Original Sin - Space balconey

21May '15
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Talkback Challenge #3: What Made You A Gamer?

This week Talkback Challenge is an interesting one. Well, they’re all interesting really, but this one has been leading me back down Memory Lane.

I imagine I don’t have your typical background for a gamer. Before we had anything video game related, my family would sometimes play board and card games. I would only play them begrudgingly, preferring instead to read book by myself or play Lego/dinosaurs with my younger brother.

ColecoVisionMy parents have never been much in the way for technology adopters so our very first video game system was a ColecoVision that my dad picked up from a guy who was going to throw it away. The ColecoVision was discontinued in 1985 and it was at least 1991 (I was 6 or 7) when we got the system, so it was already dated. The console itself seemed to work fine but not all of the games did, and some of them were missing labels so it was anyone’s guess what was on them. I recall playing Frogger, Donkey Kong, and Smurfs Paint ‘n’ Play Workshop on it, while there was some wrestling game that my dad and my brother would occasionally play. But the ColecoVision didn’t really capture my interest. Read more →

20May '15
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Screenshot Safari: Landscape #NBI2015Safari

It’s time for another Screenshot Safari post! This time I picked the landscape theme and immediately ran across a problem. Namely, I love taking screenshots of beautiful landscapes. So the majority of my screenshots are of landscapes and boy do I have a lot that I love. So first I had to whittle it down to one game. After much debate, I decided to go with The Old City: Leviathan for a couple of reasons. One is that the landscape is so flawlessly and lovingly created that you can tell that the design team put a lot of effort into it. They did this because of the second reason: The Old City is what some people would call a “walking simulator”. There’s no combat, no NPCs, and very minimal interaction with the environment. It reveals its story to you using only the voice of the narrator and the landscape that you walk through, so both had to be superbly done, and they were.

Of course, I then ran into another problem. I took 85 screenshots in the 5 hours I played the game from start to finish and almost all of them are beautiful. It was really hard to pick just one to feature, so I had to enlist Lord Crumb’s help once I narrowed it down. Here’s the final choice, taken in a place I like to call the Minotaur Village.

Minotaur village

And because I can’t resist including more, here were the other two that almost made the cut, also taken in the Minotaur Village.

Minotaur Village

Minotaur Village at night

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