On Gaming Roots

So one thing that I have seen other people talk about at some point is what games have been most influential to them in their lifetime. To be honest I’m not sure I could pinpoint exactly what games might fit in to that category for me. Certainly there are games that I just always remember as being my favorites, but I can’t really think of any that really changed my outlook on things. So instead of writing about games that might have been super influential I am going to talk a little bit about how I got in to gaming in the first place. Keep in mind I’m 31 (for another month) so most of the games I feel got me in to gaming will have come out late 80’s early 90’s. Most of them pre Sony & Microsoft days. The first time I can remember playing a video game … Read more…

On Fitness/Health vs Gaming

So if you follow me on Twitter, and if you don’t you should, you might have noticed me posting something quite interesting this morning. That is that I have cancelled both my WoW and ESO subscriptions. Now, I know that I have said that I wouldn’t be doing this as I enjoy both games but I had to pull some money out of somewhere to pay for something else. That something else being $125 per month membership fee for a kickboxing class. This is where the inner/outer fat kid at me is screaming “Why God why!?!?!”. It is no secret that I’m not exactly in shape and that I’ve been trying and struggling to lose weight for years. I’ve been going to the gym mostly regularly for a couple years, and I am always trying to eat better which lasts a couple of weeks and then I fall back in … Read more…

On Following Your Friends To New Games

So, if anyone noticed I did not write anything yesterday, which kind of breaks my posting every week day goal. In my defense real life crap came up and I just didn’t have the time. One of the responsibilities I have on the project I work on is taking an on call shift once every five weeks. This involves a lot of small things, but mostly making sure things are working. Yesterday we started having issues with one of our servers in what we are now referring to as “Fileocolypse”. So yeah, just didn’t have time to come up with coherent thoughts. Today I passed that on to someone else and it’s not my problem anymore. So for a quick post I though I’d talk a little bit about how we choose games. I think I’ve touched on this before, and hopefully I haven’t already written this post. What got … Read more…

On Gaming and Fitness

As I sit here digesting my lunch I can’t help but think about things like how much is to much, or will I or won’t I go to the gym tonight (the answer to that is yes I’m going tonight). But I also think about my diet and how I need to lose weight and how to go about doing that. Personally I think the word “diet” is evil and I don’t like using it. I’m not on a diet so much as I’m trying to shift my eating habits so that I can lose weight. I’m not a small guy, I’m 6 foot 4 and I have some broad shoulders. The problem is I like to eat, and for a very long time I didn’t care about what I ate or how I looked. So a few years ago I decided to better manage what I eat, which I’ve … Read more…

On Playing Multiple Games At Once

Todays topic is one I’ve thought about on and off for awhile now, and that is, is it really possible to effectively play more than one game at a time? I know plenty of people who are very good at this, or at least have an effective schedule set up to allow them to play more than one at a time. Personally I’m not very good at this, and often say I have video game ADD. For example, right now I have 2 reoccurring MMO games, World Of Warcraft and Elder Scrolls Online. These are on top of the other PC/Console games I’m trying to work through, namely Dark Souls 2 and the new Wolfenstein game. That list is going to grow pretty quick once Watchdogs and Murdered: Soul Suspect come out over the next couple of weeks. For me, this presents a bit of a dilemma, what game do … Read more…

On Pre Order Bonuses

So one of the things I’ve seen becoming more frequent over the last couple of years is video games developers and retailers offering some kind of pre-order bonus as incentive to buy the game. These usually involve extra missions, or a different case or in game items. The new Wolfenstein game that launched today offered beta access to the next Doom game that will be coming out. So the question is, are pre-order bonuses really worth it? Personally I pre-order games all the time. I don’t always do it for the bonus items, and if they weren’t offered it would almost never affect my choice to pre-order the game. Most of the time when I do this it is because I have done some research on the game, watched some videos and basically scrounged around the internet looking for information to see if it is a game I’d like. This … Read more…

On being lazy and forgetting my password

So as always it’s been a terribly long time since the last time I’ve posted anything. What can I say, I’m lazy. ¬†And I forget my password a lot. I’m going to try to keep this one short, and try to write up some more detailed posts soon. So to start off I’m going to talk about what I’ve been up to since the last time I posted. Work This is probably the main thing that has been keeping me busy. I work full time as a software developer focused primarily on internal business applications. Last year we added a new client and as a result had to translate part of our windows application in to a web based application. This is because the licensing for the web software is cheaper than the windows license and this particular client will have a lot more users than the other clients typically … Read more…

On International TableTopDay 2013

Just going to add that 2013 at the top because I hope this does become an annual event. I will say I was very much looking forward to TableTopDay since it was announced. I managed to get most of my friends enough notice so that we could plan to get together that day, even if only for a few hours. Since this was on Easter weekend everyone had other things going on during the day, and could not stay late because of early morning obligations but we had a solid 5 hours of table top gaming. Previous to TableTop being aired (or really before youtube for that matter) I had purchased a few games but never really had a chance to play them. I already owned Killer Bunnies, Munchkin, Chez Goth, and Ninja Burger. Up till (and including now) those games have been played at most one time. It was … Read more…

On Being a Geek

So yesterday Felicia Day posted a video to youtube on the Geek & Sundry channel explaining what she thinks being a geek really means. It’s a good video and I recommend watching it before reading the rest of this post. Watching this has gotten me to think about being a geek. I would say that I am a bigger geek now than I was as a teenager, mainly because I have money to enjoy the things I want to enjoy. Back then I probably would have gotten defensive about being called a geek or a nerd, because even though I always say I tried to not care what people thought about me, it really did affect a lot of the decisions I made for a long time. What I took from that video is that simply enjoying something that might not be considered “cool” like collecting comics, or enjoying science … Read more…

On Far Cry 3

I feel like I need more characters than twitter provides for once so I can accurately describe my experience with the game. I’ll start off by saying I played through this on the PC, not the console. I am not going to say any system is better than the other, I just enjoy playing on the computer when I can. I picked this one up on the PC mainly because my desktop could handle it and because it was on sale on Steam. Graphics: For the most part I really enjoyed how the game looked visually. I was able to really get in to the game while playing because the environments were so detailed. When crouching in the grass to try a stealth approach you could see in between individual blades of grass. The way the day/night cycles shifted was believable just because of the way the shadows were cast … Read more…