An Improved Post

August 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm (Gaming, School) (, , , , )

I am a gamer, through and through.

I play for hours, spent enjoying or cursing at events in a digital world. Of course, I get some flak for it. My parents, for one, can get frustrated with my lack of interest in academics or my lack of ambition at all. The only thing is that, well, that’s just who I am. I don’t tell people what my plan is when it comes to real life because I don’t have a plan. I know that I should  have a plan, but I don’t.

Even my blogs posts have no plan. They end up a jumble of loosely or not even closely related topics. They make no sense, so I end up deleting most of it and starting over.

Perhaps my lack of a plan will send me into obscurity and ruin. Who knows, certainly not my peers, nor my elders in my opinion. Their experience is valuable, I am sure. But I’m that kind of person who has to experience the ups and downs of my actions myself.

Only time will tell where this path I am on winds up. When I get there, I will know if it was the right choice.

Until then, I will be myself. My usual unplanned and unprepared self.

And besides…

What fun is a game when you use a walkthrough?

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Here, There, or Somewhere Else Entirely

July 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm (Gaming) (, , , , )

This post was originally to be about the five persistent goals I am to have for the rest of the summer, but after writing a lot of drafts and just generally not enjoying the thought process, I’m not going to post about that.

Instead, I’m going to strike out on a separate path and write about what I feel like writing about.

First off, I just got my computer running again last week. It’s running as well as it ever did, so I’m pleased with that.

Now, this blog may not have a clear topic or intention but that’s what this blog is for, sharing the aspects of my life that I enjoy.

I’m about 95% sure that the name “Minecraft” is one that you’ve heard, and if you haven’t heard it, you’re missing possibly the greatest sandbox game ever created.

I recently wrote a review for Minecraft on the Metacritic website and wanted to share that with you.

Minecraft is a simple game, not to be taken for it’s face value. It’s a game that is only limited by your imagination. The graphics seem poor, but add to the charm. You start off in an empty world, inhabited only by animals. As you explore this vast world, you collect the resources needed to build your first shelter, perhaps a bed as well. As the night falls upon your world, the creatures of the night come out with only the intent of killing you.

These guys are a nightmare

Past this first night, you return outside to collect more resources. This day, you decide, will be the day that you craft your first set of armor. Or maybe it’s the day you first begin your expedition into the depths of the world to uncover more valuable ores. Whichever you choose, the ambient of the world gives you a sense of loneliness, but then the wonderful and peaceful music comes in and you realize that you are not alone, no, instead you are at peace with your surroundings.

As you delve into the depths, you encounter dungeons and lava. The darkness surrounds you making torches a necessity. You keep traveling through the natural cave systems, breaking down walls with your pick until you find what you’ve been looking for. This simple gem represents the entirety of your struggles through your world. These diamonds will allow you to craft the most powerful tools possible.

Sometimes you start with an amazing sight

With these diamond tools, you begin to harvest obsidian. You craft some flint and steel and get to work building a portal. As you light that portal for the first time, excitement runs through you. You step into the portal and are transported to a new world, a world full of flame and lava. Where the creatures are deadlier. You have arrived in the nether. This place can be used as a way to quickly travel around the surface world, or can be used to gather strange new blocks. But soon even this place grows boring.

Once you arrive at stability, with a constant source of resources that you can gather with ease, the game becomes less of an adventure. Now that you have all that you could want, all that is left is to build. You can build anything. Your mind’s eye sees this world as a canvas, your blocks as the paint. You build structure upon structure, bringing your world to life. You have farms full of wheat, a dense forest with mushrooms covering the ground, a small village, perhaps a castle with a moat, your mine shafts.

Or maybe you build something more impressive

And now, you step back and look at your expansive creation. You marvel at your handiwork, despite a few flaws that you see. And then you realize how much time you have spent in this world. Hours upon hours, wasted to most. But you remember; Time you enjoy wasting, isn’t time wasted.

Minecraft is a simple game, a game that is only as incredible as you can make it. The game is constantly being expanded with content updates, the Multiplayer allows you to experience this vast world with your friends. If there is one thing that Minecraft is not, that is that this is not the game for those who lack imagination. You must have a drive to create, and only then will you truly see Minecraft for the masterpiece that it is.

When I originally wrote this, I felt a simple flame inside of me. I am the kind of person to take something I enjoy and let it flow through me. I immerse myself in the sounds and the outside world becomes irrelevant.

That is what gaming is. When you lose yourself to the world, when that becomes your world for a time.

And now, this post has run on long enough, I think. But before I go, I’d like to share one of the greatest music albums I’ve ever listened to. C418’s music really helps you immerse yourself in the world of Minecraft and to me, it brings peace and inspiration.

You can listen to it and buy it at http://c418.bandcamp.com/album/minecraft-volume-alpha

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The end of the world as we know it + Monday Night Combat

March 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm (Console Gaming, Gaming, PC Gaming, Rants!) (, , , , , , )

First off, Japan. We all know about it, it’s awful. But, all of my opinion have already been said by so many people, I will say nothing about it besides that it’s terrible and I wish them the best of luck in fully recovering. Oh, and this was already a huge concern with Nuclear power. We knew it could do this, but it was the best option at the time.

After watching the Good Morning America covering of the Rebecca Black hate, I have this to say: Whatever you do, people will hate you. The internet is like the Wild West was, lawless and full of terrible people (But also full of many great opportunities, brilliance, and teh lulz). She let the trolls get to her.

Internet Survival Rule #1: Ignore the trolls.

Rule #2: If they get to you, DO NOT admit it.

And lastly, Rule 3: Don’t, for the love of whatever deity you believe in, DON’T FEED THE FREAKIN’ TROLLS with responses.

This is a proven method to get more hatred, as seen by the Jessi Slaughter incident.

Follow the basic rules, and you will not be eaten alive.

Now then, with that out of the way, I will go on to a less rage induced rant and towards a normal tone of text.

Monday Night Combat (MNC).

Steam free weekend. I’ve played quite a few games of it so far, and despite not liking the concept at first, it’s a solid game. The single player isn’t to focus, obviously, so multi player is the true gem of this game. I like to call this game a mix of Team Fortress 2 and DotA.

MNC does a good job giving the game multiple unique play styles and good rewards of team work, though it does lack in depth and matches can be as short as a couple of minutes, which can be frustrating when the load times are moderately high. There are tons of titles to unlock for all you “collect-them-all” types as well.

Overall, I’d give it a 7/10. Really good game for $15 (On sale for $10 till Monday, go get it!), and it offers a lot of fun if you can get into a good server.

If you ever see “Steve From Shipping”, that’s me.

No I will not mention random people who ask me to in my blog posts. If you want to be talked about in a blog, go write your own. This is my blog, and I will write whatever I want in it.

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Update + Gaming as a Sport

February 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm (Books, Console Gaming, Gaming, Other, PC Gaming) (, , , , )

Hello all! It’s been a long while since I last posted, but here I am with an update!

 

First off I wanted to ask a simple question; Would you consider gaming as a major league sport?

For me, who sees gaming as more than just a pass time, gaming is a huge sport. One that incorporates many ideas similar to current sports. And before I go on, to those of you who say gaming isn’t a sport because of it requiring no physical exertion, let me ask you this in response; How is golf a sport, when it requires little to know physical exertion besides walking and swinging?

The answer is simple. The game of golf is a big mental game. You have to calculate wind speeds, trajectory, angle, slopes, everything. In gaming you have to think in the same manner, “how will going this way affect my chances as success?” “How will this shortcut help?” “How much do I have to lead my shot to hit this moving target?”

If the gaming to golf comparison isn’t a good one for you, think of it this way. Gaming is to Sport as Starcraft is to Chess. And trust me on this one, Starcraft is like a giant game of chess on crack.

I don’t have a huge amount to say on this subject, but I wanted to get that out there. Feel free to give some rebuttals, I’d love a good debate on this topic.

 

But onwards from that, I’d like to share some about the book series I’ve recently finished.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. All five parts of the original trilogy.

It’s got everything from space travel to time travel, the end of the universe, the beginning of the universe. The answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything (But coincidentally no question to go with said answer) to a Chronically Depressed Robot.

I’ve never enjoyed reading nonsense in the way I did with the Hitchhikers guide, and I wanted to share that with you. Go read it, as slow as a top speed cheetah inside a plummeting whale with a bowl of petunias on it’s head.

 

I like video games if you haven’t noticed. If you haven’t noticed you should realize that from the previous statement.

There are new games coming out that I am highly anticipating, some of these are Portal 2 and Battlefield 3. And perhaps the humorous coming of Duke Nukem Forever (Though I really just want to see what kind of drama that creates between brand new fanboys and die-hard ‘not as good as the old ones’ people).

For those of you who don’t keep up on gaming trends, Portal 2 is the sequel to the greatest puzzle game in history (In my world at the very least). It sports an incredible mechanic between two interconnecting portals (Speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out), a sarcastic robot bent on having killed and luring you with baked goods (You will be baked, and then there will be cake), and an amazing song that most everybody knows. (Video for if you missed this piece of work.)

 

Battlefield 3 is the true successor to Battlefield 2 (Who knew? Right?). It will include a Singleplayer, and a Multiplayer (Never saw that coming, did you?). The Multiplayer is the main focus, including Jets, Prone (Which was not included in and one of the big complaints with BFBC2), and a whopping support for 64 players at a time*. I am really excited for this one, and it promises to be huge.

 

That’s all for this update, and will hopefully get around to writing again soon.

 

*64 player online support for PC version only.

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Medal of Honor

October 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm (Console Gaming, Gaming) (, , , , , )

While it wasn’t as great as it was hyped, what game is?

Medal of Honor is a FPS game built on two engines by two studios. I will be focusing on the multiplayer, since most FPS games now revolve and live off of it.

Danger Close in tandem with DICE created MoH using the Unreal Engine 3 for the single player, and Frostbite for multiplayer.

To start off, I will say: MoH is a great game with a very well done campaign that tells a great story without trying to be “epic” *cough*moderwarfaretwo*cough*. I strongly disagree with Game Informer’s statement of the campaign being uninspired.

Now, multiplayer. When I first booted into the MP menu, I was ready to jump into the action and kill some people. I start into a “combat Mission” game. I spawned as a sniper, who only start with a 10 round battle rifle with a red dot, and start running towards the OPFOR base. Boom. I get killed by mortars. I spawn again, boom, again. And again, and again. I was really frustrated at that point, so I quit for the day.

The next day, I begin an “Objective Raid” game on the Collation side. Sniper, again. I run to some cover, shoot an enemy running past me, kill some more enemies. I felt great. No getting killed by mortars this game.

I have a love-hate relationship with MoH’s online game play. On one hand, the other team can spam you with mortars if you let them get too far ahead of you. On the other, it’s very satisfying to get an unaware enemy.

My verdicts:

Offline:

Gameplay: 7/10, points of lag and textures not loading.

Sounds: 11/10, very realistic with echoes and cracks for bullets traveling.

Graphics: 9/10

Entertainment: 8/10

Total: 8.75/10

Online:

Gameplay: 8/10

Sounds: 10/10

Graphics: 9/10

Entertainment: 7/10, It’s a love hate relationship, leaning towards that third point called “like”.

Total: 8.5/10

Overall: 8.6/10

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Sol Survivor & other things

October 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm (Gaming, Other, PC Gaming) (, , , )

It’s been a while since I wrote up a Blog post, so here’s an update.

Homecoming was yesterday. Liberty crushed Lake Washington at the homecoming game, 62-7 if I remember correctly. I really enjoyed both the game and the dance.

 

Anyway, on the this post’s namesake.

“Sol Survivor” is a Tower Defense game. Steam had a free weekend on it, and I played through one of the three campaigns.

Now, many people know what a tower defense (henceforth known as “TD”) game is. For those that don’t, a TD is a game where you set up towers along a road to decimate the enemies moving toward your base. The enemies travel conveniently along a predetermined road, allowing you to set up only what you need to cover said road.

Sol Survivor is a full scale version of these popular game add-ons and flash games, with 10 commanders, each with their own set of play-styles, towers and support abilities. Three campaigns, Online multiplayer (coop and vs), a good assortment of enemies and achievements.

I didn’t touch the multiplayer, as the free weekend ended at 1:00pm today, and I had no time to start it. But from playing the campaign, I can see that is was made quite well. while it’s usual for a TD to have either no storyline or a very bad one, I kind of expected the messages from the officers higher up than you to be a little more interesting. The music was fitting to the game and it’s style of defending colonies on distant planets from an invading alien force seemed a little familiar. The gameplay was smooth and overall it was a pretty good game.

I give Sol Survivor’s

Graphics a 8/10

Sound a 7/10

Gameplay a 8/10

Concept a 6/10

and Re-playability, a 8.5/10

Overall: 7.5/10

 

After all of that, I’ll add in that TF2 has a new option to buy and trade ingame weapons and hats. I love it. Thank you Valve, for giving us trading!

Another thing to add is that Medal of honor comes out in two days. Cannot wait. Fallout New Vegas comes out soon after, also, can’t wait.

 

Lastly, Brian Linnenkamp.

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It’s actually Summer!

July 6, 2010 at 2:21 pm (Console Gaming, Gaming, Other, PC Gaming) (, , , , )

That’s right! The sun is actually out today! Imagine that…

Other than that quick statement, here’s an update on my summer:

  • Guitar Practice (Still going almost no where)
  • Star Wars Battlefront 1, yes an original Xbox game surprisingly.
  • Team Fortress 2, Engineer Update is GO! (http://www.teamfortress.com/post.php?id=4026&p=1)
  • Yard Work, Is Over for now! (That’s right, all you weeds are gone now!)
  • Highly Anticipating multiple games: Portal 2, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam.
  • Is hoping “Universe of Starcraft” never comes out, lest Korea loses all productivity.
  • Wondering why I enjoy lists so much.
  • Hoping to visit people more.
  • Becoming Irritated At Myself For Randomly Capitalizing Words In A Sentence.
  • Getting annoied @ peepz who speel liek this all teh tiem.
  • Hating Microsoft Word for making me type in Alphanumeric when I want to type in Hiragana.
  • Still wondering about the lists.

Okay. That’s enough of lists for now.

On a side note, I recently made a rant on my Newgrounds page about the morons who use the review area as a comment box. It’s not Youtube people!

http://hawkrider1.newgrounds.com/news/post/489786

Have a great *Official* start to this year’s Summer!

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Summer Update

June 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm (Books, Console Gaming, Gaming, PC Gaming) (, , )

Well, almost a week of summer vacation is already over for me. I’ve been visiting family, playing games and reading through all of it.

To start off, currently I am doing the following on a daily basis.

  • Trying to teach myself how to work a guitar
  • Playing Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • Playing Team Fortress 2
  • Playing Garry’s Mod
  • Rereading the Night Angel Trilogy
  • Chores

My guitar work is going slowly. Like if you were to put a snail on a treadmill just fast enough to where the snail was just barely moving forward. I’m working on stretching my fingers so that I can reach all of the strings I need to.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 is still a great game. Still can’t get enough of it. Currently rank 19, working on unlocking everything for Engineer and Assault.

Team Fortress 2 is slow for me, I haven’t messed with it much, but I’m working towards Hat #2.

Garry’s Mod is what I play to just do nothing. Spawn NPCs, kill them. rinse, repeat.

I’m rereading the Night Angel Trilogy because I like it that much. If you’ve never heard of it, I recommended it. Only if you like slightly darker fantasy type novels.

E3 had news on games I’m really interested in.

Fable 3 looks interesting because of the way they’re implementing Action Adventure with managing an empire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-VEWuStpOU

Civilization V is changing the Turn Based Strategy  Genre still.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-y99pkS_Vs

Kirby’s Epic Yarn, because only Nintendo can make Yarn epic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=528ZyaJ2Fso

And last, but most certainly not least. Portal 2. Love the trailer. Love the gameplay video. Cannot wait.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4siZQkSR7GY

Now, let’s hope there aren’t any delays.

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What Ever Happened to Cheat Codes?

May 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm (Console Gaming, Gaming, PC Gaming) (, , , , )

Looking back on my gaming career, I’ve noticed many changes in video games overall. From improvement on the graphics, and higher quality sounds. But one question came to mind recently. What ever happened to cheat codes? They seem to have just disappeared one day, and no one looked back.

There was a time when I would jump into a game of Warcraft III with the intention of some messing around. I’d hit Enter, and type in the multiple codes. Whosyourdaddy, enter. Iseedeadpeople, enter. Etcetera.

But now, there’s nothing like that left. Sure, you’ve got your high quality FPS, or your mind boggling puzzles. But I miss those games where I could just mess around.

Maybe Open-World games and Meta Gaming have replaced them. It doesn’t feel that way to me… Maybe Action Replays, Gamesharks, or Codebreakers pushed them away. But those “codes” aren’t intentionally put there by the creators.

To me, the days of the Contra type Up, Up, Down, Down are gone. Like a fading ripple on a pond. All I want is to have some fun with invincibility or one-hit-kills, but it seems the average gamer of today doesn’t want that.

I’ll take some fun with cheats over a simple digital achievement any day.

And because they asked, I’ll mention Jason and Brian.

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Game Review – Alliance of Valiant Arms

February 5, 2010 at 7:10 pm (PC Gaming) (, , , )

While I know I haven’t posted in a while, I thought I’d start out with a bit on what I’ve been doing lately.

Alliance of Valiant Arms is an online MMO FPS from Ijji.

While it may not be the best game out there, I find it much more friendly admin-wise in comparison to games like Combat Arms. The Ijji admins are quick to respond to issues and are often seen in game, making sure that no one is misusing the game. I sent in a ticket about how I was having a bit of trouble joining a game, expecting an answer in a few days or so. What I got was an email notification saying the my ticket had been answered, the time stamp was two hours after I logged the ticket. My opinion of Ijji  immediately rose, having been through the issues of Nexon taking weeks to answer a ticket.

But enough of that, onto the actual game. Compared to any retail games, such as Modern Warfare 2, AVA is a joke. Compared to other free MMO FPS games on the market at the moment, AVA is great. I personally prefer the game style of Combat Arms, but the state the game is in makes AVA a sort of paradise for me.

You can have 3 load outs. A Pointman, who uses SMGs and Shotguns, a Rifleman, who uses Assault rifles and is good with grenades, and a Sniper, who [obviously] uses Sniper rifles and pistols. Each of these classes can be modified and changed to mid game in between lives. All weapons are permanent, but require repairs when the durability drops. You can customize the grips, barrels, sights, stocks, triggers, or even give it a custom paint job. All of these attachments will affect the weapons performance.

Currently there are a few game modes;

  • Annihilation (Team Deathmatch)
  • Escort (Get the tank from A to B to C in the given time/Stop the tank)
  • Demolition (Search & Destroy)
  • Convoy (A VIP sort of game play, with an object as the “VIP”)
  • AI Missions (A team of players vs AI opponents, like a campaign)
  • Domination (Single point, hold it till you win).

All maps have can only play one of the above modes, which leads to a bit of staleness.

Controls are pretty standard, WASD to move, space to jump, mouse to aim. One thing that bugs me is the fact that you have to double tap “W” to sprint, I prefer a separate button, but oh well.

Over all it’s a pretty good game.

  • Graphics: 8/10
  • Sound: 6/10
  • Gameplay: 8/10
  • Community: 8/10
  • Hack Protection: 9/10

Overall score from me: 7.8/10

Give it a try, and if you see Renzar in game, that’s me.

http://ava.ijji.com/index.nhn

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