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

16May '15
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Talkback Challenge #2: Early Access and Kickstarter

Four posts this week. The Newbie Blogger Initiative has sure gotten me on a roll when it comes to blogging. I’m going to finish off this week with the latest Talkback Challenge: Early Access and Kickstarter – Do you support unfinished games?

The short answer would be “sometimes”.  I will say that I’ve never backed a game on Kickstarter, not for lack of wanting but because I usually don’t learn about the game until after the Kickstarter has ended. (I’ve mentioned before that I’m often out of the loop.) As a result, the majority of the games I have backed were Early Access games on Steam that were already in the alpha or beta phase.

Making your own helicopter is fun!

Making your own helicopter is fun!

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15May '15
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Screenshot Safari: Selfie #NBI2015Safari

I am once again behind on the latest news and only found out recently that Murf Versus posted a Screenshot Safari challenge for NBI 2015. The idea is to post one screenshot for a theme a week for a little contest. I already missed last week but I’m determined not to miss the rest. So without further ado, here is my screenshot for the Selfie theme.


Featured is Aveline de Grandpré in Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD, just after she saved a slave named Thérèse who had been kidnapped. I’ve been playing AC: Liberation on and off for the past few weeks and Aveline is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. I like this screenshot in particular because it shows of her kindness and her fighting spirit to right any wrongs she comes across, and she’s dressed simply in her slave outfit. There are also so few non-white female protagonists in games (and not that many women in general really) that I feel she deserves some recognition. I haven’t finished the game yet but I’m very much looking forward to play her more in the future.

13May '15

Blog backups: some more ideas

Newbie Blogger InitiativeRoger of Contains Moderate Peril posted some great tips for backing up your blog (and why you should do it even if you’re just starting) as part of this year’s Newbie Blogger Initiative. As someone who has gone through the pain of losing blog posts and websites, this is something that’s important to me. So I’d like to expand on some of the suggestions Roger posted.

Automate your backups

There’s nothing wrong with manually backing up your site from time to time. But if you have a memory like mine where it’s akin to a sieve, you’re likely going to forget to do it over long periods of time. And then if something happens to your site, you’re going to be kicking yourself for not making those backups. So if at all possible, find some way to automate the process so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting it. I’d suggest dailies if possible, otherwise at least once a week.


For free online hosts (WordPress.com, Blogspot/Blogger)

Unfortunately, there is no way (that I know of) to automatically backup WordPress.com and Blogger blogs. Though the good news is that WordPress and Google likely have backups of their backups so if something happens to their servers, they should still be able to resurrect your blog. I would still recommend exporting your posts at an XML file like Roger suggested on a regular basis. Set up a reminder in your calendar if you have to. Here are some brief instructions on how to do just that. Read more →

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