Tag Archives: Video Gaming

Video games make me do bad things… ????

I have had this topic festering in my brain for a few weeks now. Actually, that’s a lie, it seems I can’t remember a time when this topic hasn’t been something I have felt strongly about.

The topic at hand is the mass media, specifically how they associate violent behaviour with gaming, and even more specific to this, how they ignore all the good that comes out of gaming and the communities they start.

The media has always had a target that it demonised, be it rock and roll, then classic rock, then heavy metal, then horror movies and now the gaming industry. Why? The only reason I can see is that it sells headlines. Regardless of the impact it has on countless people, every time they point the finger at the wrong cause it’s another instance where the finger isn’t pointing at the correct cause. From where I am sitting that’s contributing towards a problem, not solving it.

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WARNING: Author has NO idea where this post is headed…

I don’t think it would be unfair to say that the biggest criticism of Diablo 3 since it’s launch this week is associated with it’s DRM / always online even if playing single player “Feature”.  I have only fallen victim to the way Blizzard have set things up this afternoon, I am getting error 33 while Blizzard is performing some maintenance.

I completely agree that this seems way over the top for a game that a significant portion of players will be spending most if not all their time, at least to begin with, playing single player campaigns.  Having to have that constant internet connection while not realistically using anything significant in the way of online services to me seems redundant.

But that is not the point of this post.  Oh No, the furor that has spawned from this move on Blizzard’s behalf would make you think that this form of DRM has never been in place before, and that would be wrong, even if you take the Starcraft 2 implementation of the DRM, this is still not new.

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Games I wish had been more successful: Evil Genius

Released in 2004 by Elixir Studios, Evil Genius is a true gem of a game which balances resource management, base-building and evil schemes into a finely crafted tapestry of maniacal laughter.

A blend between real-time strategy and simulation titles, akin to the classic Dungeon Keeper series, Evil Genius is set in the genre of spy thrillers like James Bond or The Man from UNCLE. You take the part of one of three Evil Genius masterminds bent on global domination.

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Games I wish had been more successful: The Movies

Every Sunday morning my better half and I clean up the flat so that it isn’t reminiscent of the trash compactor scene in Star Wars. In our spare room (which, when I can afford the mods, WILL be renamed the games room) stands a unit which houses a vast array of DVDs, Blu-Rays, console and PC games. Upon walking past this back to my machine, I spied the tell tale logo of The Movies by Lionhead Studios.

I was instantly thrown down nostalgia avenue, remembering the fantastic time I had playing this with its wonderful blend between needs management ala The Sims, resource & “empire” management ala Theme Park and of course the crux of the title, its abilities to create movies.

Now, from where I sit this was a great blend; someone had made a game which had several staples of games I have traditionally loved and at the same time provided a tool set for people to create short movies to boot. Why didn’t it become HUGE?

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Kickstarter candidates

It is becoming harder and harder not to have come across Kickstarter, the site devoted to linking up interesting ideas people have and a wide community of people to help fund bringing that idea into reality.

The thing I have found interesting is that the gaming industry as a whole seems to be embracing this new medium of funding and as a result we may end up with games that don’t fall into the video gaming equivalent of the Hollywood blockbuster formula.

First off, I will let you see the Kickstarter that first resulted in me believing that this site could work:

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A new blog & a new start

It has been a while since I have actively tried to put some of the contents of my brain out into the traverse. Some of you may know me as Monte / Orlock from Online Gaming Radio / Warhammer Geek; for those four people, they pretty much know what to expect from me.  For anyone else, by day I am a professional web developer (I make the sites work, not the artsy fartsy part) and by night I am a geek, completely and wholly, and am also incredibly proud of this fact.

“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.” – Simon Pegg

I am also a gamer – MMO gaming, video gaming, war gaming, card gaming, board gaming – the list is exhaustive. If you can make a game out of it, chances are I will at least consider trying it.

The idea of this blog is to cover the whole spectrum of gaming, and the day by day, week by week content that makes its way on here will entirely depend on what it is I happen to be doing at the time.

I hope you enjoy my ramblings.

TJ.