Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rougelike


The last few month has been pretty crazy when it comes to games. It's been so crazy that I haven't had a chance to touch any of those games because my computer has been out of commission totally for the past month. It's been pretty terrible, but the Humble Bundle(s) has(ve) made it easy to play great indie games on my Ubuntu Laptop. So I've played a few great Rougelikes in the past week or two

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Learning How to Type

You don't need to be this talented
I've mentioned it at least once on this blog, but I use Colemak as my keyboard layout. I often get questions about why and dismissive comments from just about everyone. No one understands it or cares to learn why. My general list is this: It's easier to learn than QWERTY, on average most people type around three times as fast and it's much better for your hands. The second question I get is, "What if you type at 100 Words per minute already, will you type at 300 WPM?" Of fucking course not, asshole. 100 WPM isn't the fucking average.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Review Scores

The Father of Controversy
Games journalism is already pretty silly and many people don't think it's 'actual' journalism, but reviews are the part where shit hits the fan. Review scores are really the worst part, although any old timey IGN reviews are pretty terrible too. I feel like that era is over now and modern games criticism is on the rise. As I've said before, we're still in our adolescence but review scores are crazy infantile.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Writing

I'm not very good at it. Seriously

Sequels


Yahtzee Croshaw went off the deep end a while ago and stated that no one should ever make sequels. Of course he says that there are many good sequels and he revisits the subject constantly, but it's a huge issue with any creative industry. Movies and Games are just the easiest to see. There are also books, TV shows, paintings, comics and whathaveyou that suffer from much the same issues.

The Hardcore


There is no agreed definition of a 'hardcore' gamer. It ranges from treating gaming like a full-time job to being someone who obsesses about nothing but video games. I think both of these are wrong. You don't have to be obsessed or play games 40 hours week over week to be hardcore, and people who do aren't necessarily hardcore to begin with.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Nintendo


It's about now where we might be surprised about Nintendo's projected annual loss (almost $1 Billion USD for 2011). I'm not, I have personally expected this. Nintendo hasn't done anything impressive in years and it's been utterly astounding that they have made as much money as they have year-over-year continuously while putting out uninspired and technologically behind systems. The Wii, the DS and the DSi have printed money for Nintendo for a while, but that time is now over.

Unity

This is my Desktop (pretty barren, I know)

Unity is the UI base for Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) and all subsequent updates. Plenty of things wrong with it, plenty of people hate it as well, but I fucking love it.

Linux


So because of my downed computer, I'm using my girlfriend's laptop for the most part. In case you want to look up the specs of it, it's a Dell Inspiron 1520. It's a piece of Junk for more than one reason and I had recently installed Windows 7 in order to bring it up to date -- bad idea. The computer became unbearably slow. At first it wasn't so bad, but quickly deteriorated. Even now there are only a few programs installed and almost none on startup. I only blogged and did homework, but every step took so long that I couldn't take it. So I installed Ubuntu 11.10.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Modern Games Critisism

The Father of Modern Games Criticism
It used-to-be that you got one game and you were happy with it. As a kid, every game was a great game, because you had that one game. We all put on the rose-tinted goggles for one game or the other. Games were also more difficult and fewer. There was also a time where they were much more expensive than they are now. If the game could keep you entertained long enough, maybe another would come along that you could buy and then play. The value of being younger is that your time is almost infinite. The youth just want something to occupy your time. Once you get older, and many gamers have gotten older, your time is all but the most important thing to you.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Ridiculousness of Video Games Journalism


Journalists have a reputation for taking themselves too seriously, especially those in the enthusiast press. Video Games and Games Journalism are very much in their adolescent stage. We've moved on from just doing random shit to some state of controlled existence, but we still have no idea what we're doing, not by a long shot. And we're crazy awkward. And we might like Twilight.

From Without the Internet


The motherboard of my nice gaming computer is dead. Totally dead and so my connection to the outside world is all but cut. I'm lying because I own another computer and a smartphone and my girlfriend has her own laptop, so it's not like everything is lost. It does mean that I'm sort of SOL when it comes to gaming, but I'm focusing on writing and school right now, so whatever.

But I did go through a crisis, shortly, about how disconnected I felt without it.