11Mar '15
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Tune Den: The Fall

Back in October, I wrote a post about how great I thought The Fall was, so you can imagine my delight when the official soundtrack was released on Steam!

The music is a mixture of eeriness and mechanical/electronic sounds, which fits well with the game’s setting of an abandoned planet populated with robots. My very favorite track though is the first one you hear, Planetfall.

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28Feb '15

Want your own Normandy C.I.C. bag?

Since I posted about my own C.I.C. messenger bag back in July, I’ve had a few people privately ask me for the design so that they can have their own bags made. Since the Bioware Store hasn’t added it back to their products list, I figure it wouldn’t hurt to make the design freely available.

What you’ll download is a ZIP file containing the original Illustrator (AI) file, a PDF format of the design, and a PNG preview image. You can then send one of these to a printer to have it added to your bag of choice. They should be able to work with the AI file but if not, the PDF should suffice. If you decide to get the same bag as I did through Crawlspace Studios (who did an awesome job as I mentioned before), they will take the AI file.

If you do get your own bag made, link to a picture of it in the comments! I’d love to see the design in use. Also, if someone made a red-on-black version, I bet it would look amazing.

My final design

My final design

29Jan '15
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The Old City: Leviathan

Every description I have seen of The Old City: Leviathan has been…cryptic to say in the least. Most games strive to tell you all about their features, how you can do this or that. The Old City however, does not. In fact, the most prominent points in its description are that it focuses entirely on the story, and that the objective is simply to understand. This intrigued me enough to buy and play it, so now I’m able to give others a little more insight as to what exactly this game is.

If you believe gameplay is king, The Old City will disappoint you. There’s almost nothing that you can interact with in the environment. Just doors to open and notes to read. There are no platform puzzles, no weapons, no combat, no enemies. If you have no interest whatsoever in philosophy, the definition of truth, and how the mind works, you will likely find it very boring.

What I discovered is that The Old City is a story where you start in the middle with no background information, and the sole narrator is most likely insane. This is not just me guessing; right after you begin the game, you will see a screen that simply says: “You are about to inhabit a broken mind. Not everything you see or hear is trustworthy.

I will admit that I spent the first half hour wondering what the hell I had gotten myself into. I didn’t know where I was, who I was suppose to be playing, or what was going on. There were no NPCs standing around, helpfully informing me on what was going on. Only what I was seeing and a voice saying things that didn’t make sense. It was eerie to say in the least. Read more →

15Jan '15

Lots of game publishers still don’t like female protagonists

The number of games that have only a male protagonist wouldn’t bother me so much if there was an equal number of games with female protagonists. Well now we know why that is. Publishers don’t think that having a female lead would work. Yet somehow games like Mirror’s Edge and Portal managed to be loved by so many gamers.

And for any guys who feel awkward playing a female character kiss a male character: deal with it. That’s what I’ve had to do in the numerous games where I had to play a male character with a romantic relationship with a female character. I survived without it scarring me for life, you can too. Who knows, maybe you’ll even grow up from it.

Square Enix Is The Only Publisher That Would Touch Life is Strange Because It Has A Female Protagonist | The Mary Sue.

Back in 2013, Moris told Penny Arcade, “We had some [publishers] that said, ‘Well, we don’t want to publish it because that’s not going to succeed. You can’t have a female character in games. It has to be a male character, simple as that.’” Moris also said of that game that the lead character’s gender “just felt right from the beginning of development,” and that changing it for marketing purposes would have “endangered the consistency of the whole game.”

Apparently with Remember Me, people took issue with male gamers playing a female character who kisses a male character. “We had people tell us, ‘You can’t make a dude like the player kiss another dude in the game, that’s going to feel awkward,’” said Moris. “I’m like, ‘If you think like that, there’s no way the medium’s going to mature,’” he said. “There’s a level of immersion that you need to be at, but it’s not like your sexual orientation is being questioned by playing a game. I don’t know, that’s extremely weird to me.”

01Jan '15
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2014: The Good, the Bad, and the Unplayed

I had originally intended to write this yesterday, but instead spent most of the day feeling like someone had taken a baseball bat to my skull. So instead I wallowed in my own self-pity. 😛 So today I felt better enough to get to this.

2014 is a noteworthy year for me. I built my first computer, participated in Extra Life for the first time, and redesigned the Lair (again). I think I’ve finally shook lose of any residual interest in WoW, discovered my love for Mass Effect and all things FemShep (as I sit here in my N7 hoodie), and began amassing a collection of video game music. I also feel as though I’m moving away from most MMOs and focusing on playing the single-player and indie games I’ve missed over the past several years. All in all, it’s been a fun year.

Now it’s time for some lists!

Favorite games from 2014

Some of these are games that were released in 2014, others have been around for a while and I finally got around to playing them.

  • Mass Effect series (obviously)
  • The Sims 3
  • Banished
  • Planet Explorers (still in alpha)
  • The Fall
  • Never Alone
  • Portal 1 & 2
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Transistor
  • A Story About my Uncle

2014 Disappointments

  • ArchAge. I usually have little to no problems running most programs but no matter what, I cannot get ArchAge to run. I’ve uninstalled, reinstalled, restarted, redownloaded, turned off my firewall and antivirus…and every time, I get Hackshield errors and can’t get past the opening cinematic. I’m just glad I decided to try it before buying anything or I would have been pissed.
  • Mount & Blade. I really want to like this game and play it a lot. But it seems I am horrible at realistic combat and I quickly end up as someone’s prisoner. Maybe I just need more practice.
  • 4X games like Civ 5 and Endless Space. More games that I want to like but I just can’t seem to get into. I think it’s the turn-based gameplay, it’s just too boring for me. Coming from a Wurmian, that’s saying something.

Games I am looking forward to playing in 2015

  • Planet Explorers. What they’ve done just in alpha is amazing and I can’t wait to see what the finished game will look like.
  • Sequel games to The Fall. I need to know what happens to ARID!
  • Maia. I love the idea of managing a space colony and this game has a lot of potential.
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
  • The Long Dark. I’ve played a few hours of it already and I really like what I see.
  • Ether One. This game has special meaning for me and I really need to play it more.
  • All of the Half-Life games
  • Finishing off the Dragon Age games (maybe?). I still haven’t finished the first one…
  • The F.E.A.R. series
  • More of The Sims 3.

As for MMOs, I’ll probably continue playing Wurm Online but I don’t know how much at the moment. My interest is waning since they keep setting back adding bridges again and again. The Sims is also filling my need to build and create much better. I’ve also been jumping in Fallen Earth from time to time. What I really like about this game is that I don’t have to pay a subscription, so I don’t feel like I’m wasting money by not playing.

I hope 2015 is off to a good start for you all. Happy gaming!

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