On Steam Link – Initial Impressions

So over the holidays the annual Steam winter sale took place, while I did buy a couple of games my largest purchase came in the form of ordering a Steam Link device for $20. If you don’t know what that is, it is basically a device that hooks up to your tv and allows you to stream games from your PC over your network. You might ask, “Why not just run an HDMI to your TV from your PC?”. True, this would be optimal but in my case my PC is in the room designated as my office and my TV is in my living room. I don’t want to snake an HDMI cable all the way across my apartment, not to mention using a controller. So for me this was a small investment, and if anything I felt that if allowed me to operate my desktop through my living … Read more…

On Annoying Platformer Controls

So this weekend I finished up re-playing Assassins Creed Black Flag and decided I didn’t really feel like going for 100% completion a second time. So that left me trying to figure out what to play in order to keep myself busy. I have several console games that I could play through, and a pretty size-able Steam backlog of games. Not to mention the various MMO’s I can play, or want to get back in to. I ended up trying the MMO’s first, WoW followed up by some Archeage. Wasn’t really feeling it with either of those. I feel like with the WoW expansion coming out in a couple weeks that I’d rather save all the new quests until the xp actually goes towards something. Archeage is just plain hard for me to get in to. I have a decently spec’d PC so I shouldn’t be having any issues with … Read more…

On Summer Sales

So another summer has started up and with it have come the now annual Steam summer sales. I’ve heard a few people talking about how the offerings this year are kind of lackluster and that there haven’t been very many good games worth buying. I’d tend to agree with this at least in regards to the major publishers, but overall I think there have been some good buys. Heck I’ve made a few myself. More than I was really expecting too. Granted almost every game I bought was under $5 but the point is that there have been some things worth getting, at least for me. A side effect of the various Steam sales has become that any game that I want on PC is usually just added to a wishlist and I wait to buy it until it is on sale. There are some games I’m fine with buying … Read more…

On Always Online Games (The Good)

Going to try something a bit different today. Namely, splitting this topic in to two posts. But hey, if Peter Jackson can find a way to split The Hobbit in to 3 movies I can make this topic two posts. There have been quite a number of games that have come out over the last few years that essentially require you to always be connected to the internet. Games such as the latest Sim City, Diablo 3, Dark Souls 1 & 2 and Watch_Dogs, just to name a few. Each of these games handles things a bit differently, some obviously better than others. The question really is, why do I really need to be connected to a game that is essentially single player. Today I am going to write a bit about the positive side of always online and tomorrow I’ll discuss the aspects of it I don’t like. The … Read more…