Club-Admiralty

v6.2.1 - moving along, a point increase at a time

Bugsy is back!

I don't fully get this comic strip, but the funny thing is that I recognized the character (Bugsy) even though I've only really played about 5 minutes of the game on someone else's console...around 20 years ago.
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Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow | Done

Continuing with my exploration of "the classics" (of two console generations ago), I've been playing Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. The game originally came out for the original xbox, and I've been playing it on backward compatibility.  I didn't really notice any hickups in the single player game.   The title comes from the main bad guy of the series, Sadono, who calls his sleeper cells
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Cultural archiving of video games

This is the type of cool stuff I see that makes me want to be an archivist ;-)  That said, this type of hacking (both the hardware and software kind) is way beyond me.  The following video is of someone who is hacking the Sega Saturn (whose optical drives are slowly failing) so that the games can be preserved for future generations to come :-)
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The Crystal Method - Name of the Game

From the Splinter Cell soundtrack (and also the intro song for the first splinter cell). I didn't find an actual music video for this but here is a fan made video using the last game in the series (Blacklist).  I actually don't remember hearing this on the radio back in the day, I've only known it as a game soundtrack.
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Metroid: Samus Returns

One of the games I forgot to look for a trailer for last week was Metroid: Samus Returns, which is a modern version of Metroid II which came out in 1992 (25 years ago!!!) for the original GameBoy.  A good friend of mine had this game (and had beat it).  As was common back then, we traded game cartridges and I tried to beat this game by starting at the beginning, but I found it frustrating.
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Resident evil, all wrapped up

This past weekend I took the opportunity to wrap up the resident evil movie collection and saw Resident Evil: Retribution, and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.  I had seen Resident Evil: Afterlife in the theaters in 2010, but I had been putting off the rest.  All movies pick up from another another (well, at least the last three did), so I think they are better seen consecutively :-).Resident
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Music Rewind - Bloody tears

The stuff one finds on YouTube! While looking up something else the other day I came across a compilation of all versions of Bloody Tears - the Castlevania theme song) from games that it's been composed in.  Here is the breakdown:Simons Quest: 0:00Castlevania IV: 2:40Bloodlines: 5:31Dracula X: 7:18Symphony of the Night: 9:47Symphony of the Night (V2): 14:44Legends: 20:15Chronicles: 22:22Dawn
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New from Nintendo at E3 2017

Some really nice looking games announced by Nintendo at E3 yesterday.  Some on the switch, some on the 3DS.  I like the concept of the switch, but I can't really justify getting one considering that most of what I want to play is on the xbox one...Super Mario Odyssey trailer: Yoshi Trailer: Kirby Trailer:
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Crackdown 3

I love Terry Crews ;-)  Now all this game needs is a Jake Peralta recruit haha.I wonder if I need an Xbox One X to run this.  I seriously don't see a reason to buy an xbox one X over an xbox one S given my own gaming habits.
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Wolfenstein II trailer (woot!)

Fresh from this week's E3There appears to be a sequel to Wolfenstein: A new Order coming out for the xbox one called Wolfenstein II: A new Colossus.  Looking forward to this installation of kicking Nazi butt in an alternative reality
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Assassin's Creed Origins

Yesterday, at this year's E3 conference, we got new of the next Assassin's Creed.  I guess the rumors (or wild wishes?) from some fans came true:  Old Egypt (looks like Roman times) is now the setting of the next game which will chronicle the beginning of the brotherhood.  Can't wait!  Wonder if it will have an Ancient Aliens vibe ;-)
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STO summer event is upon us!

Next week the summer event starts in STO.  Looks like a T6 Vorgon dreadnaught is the main prize (really wish I could get the first two summer ships that I never bothered getting....and not in a Phoenix pack!)
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Syndicate | Done!

Recently I completed the game Syndicate on the xbox 360 (continuing to make my way though my backlog of games) :-).  The game is based on the game which has the similar name from a little over 20 years ago, by developed BullFrog.  The original syndicate game was a DOS and MacOS game (I am pretty sure it was on the Amiga as well) where the player started their own corporation with the aim
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Castlevania - the TV Series!

It seems like Netflix  has a Belmont up its sleeve!  Soon (I hope) an anime-style Castlevania series will be hitting Netflix.  I think that this teaser trailer is well done (hope the series is well done too!).  I wonder how they will tackle the lore...
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Of Metal Gears and Fidget Spinners...

From this past week's Sunday Comics section of Kotaku - Snake talking about the evolution of the metal gear mech design, and news on fidget spinners (a fad of the mid 2017s for those future historians looking back). 
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Throwing money at Nintendo...

From last week's gamercat...  As much as I want to throw money at Nintendo for the switch, I can't justify the cost and game availability (and cost thereof).  As a child of the 90s though....Nintendo! (i.e. irrational behaviors at times)
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Commendations complete!

Holy Chalupa, Batman!After close to 5 years of playing this Star Trek Online (since it went Free to Play basically) my primary character (Tolya Kotrolya) has finally maxed out all of his commendations!  The elusive commendation was the "recruitment" commendation which for the Federation folk it seems pretty hard to get (unless you want to sacrifice a whole bunch of uncommon and rare Duty Offices
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Star Trek Online: Season 13 - Escalation

Escalation hit the interwebs last week, and having played a bit this weekend it's not bad!  The Smoke & Mirrors mission reminded me a little of Star Wars (the aesthetic), and a little bit of Captain Planet (the "don't mess up your planet by polluting, Kids!)I played a bit in the competitive warzone queues and the space one is definitely my favorite or the two. The ground missions (invisible
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Battlefield 4 | Done!

The other day I wrapped up the campaign part of Battlefield 4 (which is really the only part of most games I play).  I was originally thinking that it would pick up from Battlefield 3, but this game seems to be (more or less) self contained.  With the exception of meeting "dima" in one of the stages in the middle part of the game.  Dima being one of the characters involved in the previous
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Sour grapes, gamer cat!

I agree that the VR stuff costs a lot of money, but given a compelling game, and a compelling price, I'd play those games :-).  From last week's gamer cat comic.
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Battlefield 3 | Done

Once I finished off Max Payne 3, I dove deeply into another game of a similar genre, Battlefield 3.  The campaign side of the game (which is basically what I play since I am not a networked player for most things) was rather short comparative to other games, but if I were to compare the game to games of the same genre (such as the previous two Battlefield games I played and the Call of Duty games
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Max Payne 3 | Done!

 A week or so ago I completed Max Payne 3, the most recent game in the Max Payne series of games.  This game trades in the comic book feel of the first two games for a more new (or trendy?" cinematic feel with game cutscenes and voice over by none other than Max himself.The game starts off with Max (at the end of the game) doing some introspection, a "how the hell did I get here?" type of
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Competitive Wargames Reputation - STO

Well... Just as I finished one reputation (Lukari), and have enough marks to get the gear...and now there is a new reputation coming along.  More grind....more grind :p   This one has several different types of sets that can be mixed and matched, which means a ton of grinding ahead.  But hey, there are capes!
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The artisanal sound system

When I logged into Star Trek Online I heard a bunch or BLIM, BLORP, SWOOOOSH sounds.  I thought Q was at it again.  Well, it turns out that it was just the new artisanal sonification system :p (Happy April Fools)
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Best patch note ever!

STO is down for maintenance.  Last night the First Contact event was hard to get into, which I assume is one of the things being looked at.  I loved this patch note today:  Resolved an issue where the Heavy Escort Railgun was healing enemies instead of damaging them. Healing your enemies would make for some really long battles - but this gives me a good idea for a console: 
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First contact day is upon us!

I saw, on the the STO blog, that First Contact day is almost upon us! For the event, STO will be doing the following:Captains who participate will search the area for useful parts, just like Cochrane scavenged the pieces for the Phoenix. Using these parts in conjunction with a basic hull assembly, captains will make their own model of the Phoenix by combining engines, hull, and stabilizer parts found
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Mass Effect Andromeda is here

Need to finish my 360 backlog so I can get an Xbox one start playing these ;-)
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Max Payne 2 | Done!

Continuing on the theme of going through video games that I've wanted to play (but haven't), the next game that I completed was Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne.  This game was originally released on the original xbox (you know, the one before the xbox 360), and it is backward compatible on the 360, so I decided to take it for a spin.  [SPOILERS]The story of Max Payne 2 picks up a little
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Kingsway OS - the RPG OS

OK, not really an OS, but an RPG in the style of an old GUI OS... pretty interesting!
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Joining the Breach

The Breach came back as an event queue in Star Trek Online last week.  This comic sums up exactly how I felt about it. Although to be honest, it's much shorter, and the rewards seem better as compared to the original Breach queue, and I need to get enough Lukari marks to finish off that reputation... (original here)
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The perfect pac-man score (and the guy who beat it)

Woah!  that's all I have to say! (via Alec Couros on Facebook)
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Max Payne (PC) | Done!

A while back I had bought Max Payne 3 on super sale for my xbox 360, so I thought it a good idea to go back and play the previous two.  Even though I have the original xbox discs for Max Payne, and Max Payne 2, it seems that the backward compatibility was throwing up some hiccups for the original Max Payne.  Luckily Humble Bundle had it on super sale ($2?) so I got it for steam.Max is a
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Portal, on the Apple II

I love seeing retroisms like this :)  Someone programmed portal on the Apple II using Applesoft BASIC!
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Mass Effect Andromeda: Trailer 2

While I do miss the original crew of the Mass Effect Universe, this trailer looks awesome.  Can't wait for the game to come out (PhD productivity plummet in the future :p ?)
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Mushroom Kingdom politics

Some video game humor mashed up with contemporary politics (by Dorkly)
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Battlefield Hardline | Done!

Well, this game didn't take all that long to complete the campaign side of the game!  What do I do in-between class stuff? Obviously play games ;-)  This was my first foray into a Battlefield game. Even though I have Battlefield 3 and 4, I was intrigued by the cop mechanic where you can arrest people instead of blowing them to bits, which really gave you an incentive to play the game in
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Star Trek Online: Reckoning is live

And...just in time to tempt me to not do my homework over the weekend and spend time playing this game...such poor timing in life :p
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Gaming with cats...

A little found humor this week from Gamercat.  Describes perfectly my gameplay while Ezio (my cat) is around...
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Huzzah! More grinding!

That title is a bit heavy on the sarcasm ;-)A new season of Star Trek Online has been announced, coming to us on PCs next week.  The new season, titled "reckoning",continues the Lukari story arc, introduces the Tzenkethi (of Animated fame?), and of course introduces a new reputation titled "the Lukari restoration initiative", with new traits and gear you can get.I'll most likely get the gear
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A temporal captain!

Finally! I've now become an old school temporal captain ;-)About five years ago when I first started playing Star Trek online what I really wanted was to fly around in a Wells Class temporal science vessel (and sport the 29th century uniform).  The problem?  The Wells was a lockbox ship, and before I knew the odds of getting one I ended up opening a whole lot of temporal lockboxes with nothing
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Wolfenstein: the New Order | Done!

Compared to how long it took me to finish Bully, Wolfenstein: the new order on the xbox 360 took almost no time to complete.  The game is a fast-paced first person shooter (action obviously) which takes place in an alternative 1960 timeline in which Nazi Germany has won World War II and has gone on to become the super power of the planet.  It is a bit like the TV show the man in the high
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Assassin's Fail...

Ubisoft was having a sale on the UPlay store recently.  Since an Xbox One is not in my near future, I decided to get the Assassin's Gold Pack (on sale of course) which included both Unity and Syndicate.  After about 2 days of downloading Unity (approximately 50GB) I discovered that the game is unplayable on my Surface Pro 3.  Even on the lowest settings (which I was pretty content to
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Bully (Scholarship Edition) | Done

Well...it took about a year but it is done!  I had started Bully (a game which my friend Rob gave me before he left for lands far far away) last year just before classes started (EDDE 804 to be more specific).  Between school projects, work projects, side projects, and everything else, this game fell by the wayside for the most part; until this holiday when I had some more time to just finish
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Super Mario Holidays

Just before this year ends...a little video game humor which made me smile. Even Boos need a little holiday cheer!
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Xbox year-in-review, now with a crest!

With all of the social media sites doing year-in-review infographics from the data that they've collected from you over the period of the year, I thought I would check out xbox to see what sort of year-in-review they have in store. This year, along with the statistics that they provided me with, I got my own - customized and customizable gamer crest (presumably based on the games that I play). 
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Assassin's Creed Chronicles : Russia | Done!

добрый день товарищ!Man...that's DONE!  Holy smokes!  What the heck?  Whaaaaaat?OK... I guess that I need to collect myself better before writing posts and game reviews.  I just finished playing Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia (just now for me, a few days ago chronologically) and all I have to say is "Effff yoouuuuuu!"  This game was one frustrating piece
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Nothing interferes with gaming!

From the most recent GamerCat - I bet it tastes like chicken ;-)
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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India | Done

I had started this game in Madrid, once I had finished with the first in the series (China), but being back home also means a lot less time for games ;-) In any case, picking away at it a little at a time means that progress was made in completing it (sounds like a parallel for dissertation writing, eh? ;-) ).The game follows Arbaaz Mir in Amritsar (India) in 1841, in the midst of a war between the
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Watchdogs 2 - trailer

One of the reasons to get the dissertation done sooner rather than later ;-)
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Happy N7 day with the Andromeda Initiative

The Andromeda Initiative website is currently up and active!  This game looks like it's going to be great (and full of lore continuation for in the Mass Effect universe!)
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Mass Effect Andromeda Initiative

Need to wait for November 7th for more details, but this looks cool! I guess people were saved from the galaxy-reseting events of the original Mass Effect trilogy by going to another galaxy...
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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer

A new call of duty game is coming out soon! (well it might be out, but without a current generation console I can't play it yet).  This trailer looks good, and it appears to tackle the topic of alien invasion of earth :)  I wonder if it keeps within the continuity of the previous CoD games I've played...
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In-flight entertainment...

OK...yes...I am still talking about Spain even though I've been back for two weeks now ;-)ID4: 2I am catching up on some things that I wanted to blog about while I was away - namely in-flight entertainment.  Heading over to Europe is usually sleep-time on the plane, so I don't get to see a ton of movies, but coming back we're going back in time (so to speak) and that allows for some additional
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Mario Underworld

What happens when Mario dies?  Something found via facebook this weekend :-)  Happy Halloween to you out there :-)
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Slayer of beasts

Funny gamercat comic strip from this past week.  Can slay tons of beasts in games...but not a spider.
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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China | Done

A while back, during a Humble Store sale, I got Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China (as well as India and Russia). I had downloaded the China version of the Chronicles when I first got the game, but it had quickly gone into disuse since I was focusing mostly on Star Trek Online and on Bully on the xbox. While I was on vacation, with little access to good wifi, I ended up going to the only game
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Nintendo Switch - pretty interesting

Nintendo's new gaming console seems like a mix of mobile and at-home console gaming.  Seems pretty interesting, and it reminds me of the stuff that OQO tried to do with computing. Let's see how it goes :)
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Starship drydock clean-up

While my alts in STO don't have a ton of ships, my main character has had both the main shipyard and the dry docks filled to capacity, leading to an inability of testing out new ships.  So...I guess it was time for some early-semester cleaning.  I went through and I got rid of ships that were either received by leveling up the character (Tier 1 through 5 ships), and ships that I could reclaim
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Free-to-play? or pay-to-win?

GamerCat explains mobile F2P gaming :-)
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Inventory management

Reminds me a lot of my own experiences managing my inventory in games..LOL (from this week's comic strips)
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Damned poke-egg!

ROFL - had a good laugh at this past week's GamerCat.  It's exactly how I felt when my first Poke-egg hatched and out came a ...ratata X(
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Resident Evil: The final chapter trailer

Woah!  I think I need to do a marathon re-watch of all resident evil movies in preparation for this ;-)
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New formats, new social norms?

A little social commentary on PokemonGo and the social awkwardness that can ensue (from last week's comics).
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Old school copy protection?

What is the NES had today's 'copy protections'? :-)
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More on achievements and trophies

A little gamercat humor for you :-).  While playing Star Trek Online I don't often think of achievements (since my achievements/medals aren't visible anywhere).  This past week though I started playing Bully again on my xbox and I started wondering what achievements exist, and what I need to do to get them :-)
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8-BIT CINEMA // Show Reel by David Dutton

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Pokemon GO gets a little too real

A little video game and cultural humor for you on this fine summer Friday :-)  Pokemon GO gets a little too real ;-)
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Back in my day...people died of dysentery ;-)

Funny comic strip from this past week by Nerfnow :-)
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Animal behavior explained...

Now this explains my cat's behavior...
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Now that's some fine lootin' !

I received this month's lootcrate last night (woohoo!) and the physical goods were pretty cool.  A planet express ship model, star trek decals, a comic book for 4001 AD (not sure what it is, so I guess I'll need to read it) and some Rick & Morty stuff (which again, not familiar with the series, but considering I've received Rick & Morty gear before, I might need to check out the series).Recently,
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Megaman fan film

Seems like this month's LootCrate futuristic theme comes with a MegaMan fan film to pump us up ;-)  I haven't seen a megaman fan film before (or have I?)
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Agents of Yesterday official trailer

I was not convinced that I would be starting up a new character for this expansion, but after this trailer I am pumped!  I may just create a new UFP character, do the faction specific missions, and then just use DOFF missions to level up to level 60.  I might even skip most missions that I've done (at least) 4 times already. I guess this character falls into the tertiary category because
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Art imitates life: GamerCat

I had a good chuckle at this comic the other day.  I used to be like GamerCat - must collect all the trophies and badges...now I feel like I just want to enjoy the story, and any badges are incidental :-)
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Star Trek Bridge Crew - pretty cool!

I was not expecting a game like this from UbiSoft (and, what the heck? is this blog turning into star trek all the time?!).  In any case,  this game seems quite interesting in terms of what it does with virtual reality.  Also seeing Star Trek Alumni getting into the game and seeing their enthusiasm about this is pretty infectious ;-)I tend to be more of a solo player, even within MMOs
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Star Trek Online - temporal Defense Reputation

Hey!  With the advent of a new expansion, coming later on this summer, we will have a new reputation! The Temporal Defense Reputation (how many reputations is that now?).  Along with the reputation you can earn, and the active and passive abilities,there is gear to be had!The ship gear actually looks pretty interesting.  Considering that my main character is flying the Lobi version
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Super Mario Maker - the movie

A little humor found recently on the interwebs...
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Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice

It is a little odd, for me, to be seeing a sonic game on a nintendo platform - but times have changed :) I am looking forward to this!
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Titanfall 2 trailer

Another interesting game coming out soon. I have the original TitanFall in my collection of games that I have yet to play, but the trailer makes it look promising ;-)  Maybe once I am done with Bully on the xbox I'll pick up Titanfall.  I still have loads of time before I get an xbox one LOL. No rush.
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Dishonored 2 looks interesting!

The trailer for Dishonored 2 looks pretty interesting!  The interesting games for xbox one keep piling up - I wonder if I can make it to the end of dissertation to buy one ;-)
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Risa Rising!

The Risa summer event is back on Star Trek Online!  I think that the event goes until July, at which point Agents of Yesterday drops. Risa and the Winter Wonderland are both seasonal favorites of mine :-)  As much as people look down upon playing "space barbie" (i.e. focusing on how your character and ship look instead of DPS), I am looking forward to rounding out the summer outfits for
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Watchdogs 2!

Nice!  There is a follow up...of some sort, for the game Watchdogs.  It seems that this game is not following the story of Aidan Pierce, the protagonist of the first Watchdogs. It also isn't taking place in Chicago, but rather it takes place in San Fransisco.   I think I'll have a ton of games to play once I am done dissertating if this keeps up ;-)
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Mandalorian's Revenge (SWTOR)

I am still working on the original content (haven't even gotten to expansions!), but the new chapter coming in a few days is looking interesting!
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Assassin's Creed: Discovery | Done!

In my quest to play through as many Assassin's Creed games as possible, I got a Nintendo 3DS last year (well, I've been wanting one for a while and this was just a good excuse), and hit eBay for cheap (used) copies of the game.  There have been 2 Assassin's Creed games for the DS, one taking place in Altair's time, and one in Ezio's time.  I chose to play Ezio first, and go with the other
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Nintendo Playstation

Back  when I was a teenager I was reading about this collaboration in the gaming magazines of the time (the few that I could afford to buy from the UK when I was living in Greece) and I could only imagine! Engadget did find one of these layout around the video is below.  Pretty cool to actually see one.  The rumors behind this (and the lack of internet to verify this info) also made
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Mega Gear Logic (and the stealth option!)

I love metal gear.  I also love it when people make fun of metal gear :-)
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Still going on with SWTOR...

You know... When I started playing SWTOR, I didn't think the game would be this long!  After playing Defiance for a bit (still playing, but not as much - maybe an hour or so per week), I thought that SWTOR would be light on story, and heavy on the end-game stuff (that requires people to subscribe for goodies). I am pretty happy to report that there is still a ton of story left in this game!I
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Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday

Woah! The third major expansion to star trek online has been announced! Taking advantage of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, Star Trek Online is  doing a TOS themed expansion. This sounds pretty exciting as players can start a character from the start and explore strange new worlds through that lens. One of the starter packs also comes packed with ships from  the TOS era, as well as some
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Assassin's Creed Identity

I don't know how this escaped my notice (maybe too busy with school and everything else) but there is a new (to me) mobile game that was released this year.  I am actually wondering if there will be any more Nintendo 3DS games coming out that are assassin's creed games.  Seems to me that this would be a good candidate (along with the Chronicles lines of games).
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Woohoo! EGO upgrades based on XP :)

I like Defiance (the game), but as someone who usually plays solo, and has not joined a clan, leveling up can be a pain since leveling up (EGO level) was tied to pursuits that you did throughout the game (kill this many of this, level of that many of that, do all the missions in this arc, and so on).  That works fine for those who want to pursue those game goals, but for me, as a solo point-and-shoot
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Finally made it to level 9!

After 3 years of playing Ingress on my phone (on and off), I've made it to level 9.  Technically speaking I had already earned enough points to be promoted to level 9 several months ago, but since my achievements weren't keeping up with my XP I only now got a silver badge (in distance traversed I think) that allowed me to level up.  I guess I'll need to go out and do some event days.  I
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A little castlevania humor

This isn't laugh out loud funny - but it did manage to get a chuckle...
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Snake's army...

LOL... I guess Kaz joined willingly? ;-)
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Snake? Snaaaaake!

I came across this comic last week ;-)  Snake messes up (and no cardboard box to hide in :p)
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I wonder if anyone in the 70's, when Atari came out, could have imagined this :)  A pocket Atari console, in an atari cartridge no less!
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Black Ops II | Done

I am starting to like to Call of Duty franchise :-) I have not played their World War II games, mostly because I don't like that era for this type of game, but who knows, once I am done with whatever I can play on my xbox 360 from this series, I might go back and revisit the first 3 CoD games (plus world at war), which take place in WWII.Anyway,  In Call of Duty Black Ops II story is told partly
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Ninja Five-O

I've been looking to get some "must have" Gameboy Advance games since I just got myself a refurbished unit back in the fall.  When the GBA originally came out I thought that  consoles were not that great of an investment, so I was more into computer gaming (the little I could have on the Mac in the days of Classic MacOS).  I came across a "must play" game called Ninja Five-O which reminds
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Gear of war 4 - woooah

Looks like an xbox one is in my future (well... now it's a definite) ;-)Not that you get to see a lot of game play in this game informer video, but it's interesting to see that the world goes on after the events of Gears of war 3 :-)
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Star Trek Horizon is out!

[SPOILERS - if you have not see it yet, go see it] A couple of summers ago, while driving around in Greece, I was listening to Trek.fm (best time to try new podcasts is when you are driving a lot!) In one of their shows (the continuing mission) they explore fan made productions that continue the stories set in the Trek universe - and Star Trek Horizon was one of these productions.After a long time
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The gameboy - hardware autopsy

This is a fun little video dissecting the Nintendo GameBoy.  As a kid I wouldn't have cared, however as an undergraduate computer science major this would have been fascinating to know back in the late 90s :-)  I remember programming in x86 assembly for one of my classes (and creating hardware for that same course that the code would run on!) :-)
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Video game music covers

I was listening to the VG Empire podcast the other day and the subject was music from the WarCraft games.  I've only really played Warcraft II back when I had my ol' trusty Performa 635CD, but the music from that game has stuck in my  head.   Recently I came across this cover of one of the songs that exemplifies that game's music for me :-).I remember playing a lot of this game...and
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孔明の罠 - Kaizo Trap

A find on Facebook this week. An interesting animation of getting sucked into a game (Tron-style) and escaping from it ;-)  The music needed a little better intro, but the visual synched pretty nicely with the audio once things got going!
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Hearthstone classes as pies

I came across this comic last week...but I am not sure I get it.  I do play hearthstone (casually), and I've unlocked all classes, but not quite sure what this means... Thoughts?
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Trying out SWTOR

Jedi KnightJust before the Christmas break I decided to give Star Wars: The Old Republic a try.   I am definitely much more of a Star Trek fan, but I decided to give this game a try anyway.  It is free-to-play, so this was definitely a draw.  The game takes place a long long long time ago, in a galaxy far far far away.  As a player you have the ability to pick from six classes:
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Black Ops | Done!

I guess I needed a little entertainment this semester so I couldn't give up all gaming ;-)  A while back I got a good deal on Call of Duty Black Ops and Black Ops II so I ended up starting to play Black Ops a few weeks ago during the winter break, before the semester started.Having finished 4 other Call of Duty games, the mechanics of this game felt pretty familiar.   The game is pretty
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Do you have room in that pouch?

I never knew the joys of limited storage space...until I started playing MMORPGs...  I haven't gotten to having 8 "mule" characters yet but who knows?  If I continue playing, with all the expansions, I might end up there :p
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Watchdogs | Done!

Well,  one more game completed before 2015 is done! I started playing Watchdogs on the xbox back in August, before the semester started, and it's taken me well into the end of the semester (almost the end of the year) to complete it.  I ended up doing many side-missions in the game, but I think after six months of slowly picking away at it, I just wanted to make sure I finished the main
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Year-end review of xbox games

Well lookie here! Seems like Microsoft has also put out a "year in review" for people who play games on xbox (I wonder if it also counts xbox live on Windows).  Seems like I spent a lot of time playing games in 2015 (to balance out the hard work of studying for my doctorate no doubt).  It does seem like my friends (the 3 that I have on xbox live) don't play a ton of games.    Maybe
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Year end review of books

While we still have a few more weeks left in 2015, and I probably will finish one more book (the one I have in progress and listening to during my commutes these days), this is a mostly accurate view of my 2015 reading list.  One year I made my goal to read 30 books in a year - failed it.  Since then I've decided to keep it simple and focus on reading a book a month.  If I go over that
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Woot! Mass Effect 4 trailer!

Well, for N7 Day (November 7th), EA released a trailer for the new Mass Effect game, apparently titled Mass Effect: Andromeda.  It doesn't say much, but it does feature the voice of female Commander Sheppard.  I played as the male version on the first play-through, so the voice-over was a bit of a surprise.  Wonder what the game will bring!
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New Dawn - Initial impressions

Kinda stinks to be both sick and have a ton of homework when new content arrives for games that you like to play, but oh well - such is life :)  This past week Season 11 of Star Trek Online was released with new exploratory content, previous chapter revamps, a new reputation system, and some new PvE queues.  I haven't had much time to dive in to play, but I did get some chance to go in and
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A bullet for a badman!

Jackleg JoeIt's been a while since I wrote about Defiance.  At last writing I was at an EGO rating of about 200, which apparently was a little problematic for beating Jackleg Joe, the boss of the last mission or Marin called Bullet for a Badman (which apparently is a Western movie title). In this mission I was stuck by not having enough capability to inflict damage on the enemies, so off I went
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Star Trek Timelines

I came across this video introducing Star Trek Timelines.  This seems like a pretty interesting game, which is also developed locally in Massachusetts. This seems to be a mobile game (and from the graphics it looks pretty great!).  Wonder if my aging iPad 2 will run it ;-)
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End of the Iconian War

  Well, the end of the Iconian War is upon us!  The story arc that started with New Romulus a couple of years ago is now seeing its conclusion.  During this arc we've explored ruins under New Romulus, we've discovered Dyson Spheres (two of them, in-fact) we've fought the Elachi, the Hirogen, the Undine, the Voth,... and the Iconians (wow, that's a lot of people to fight), and we've
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Hitman Absolution | Done

It seems like it took a while to finish this game, but it was a pretty good game (so no complaints here).  Last I left Agent 47 he was being laid to rest as and the FBI director was pretty pleased with himself that he got Dianna to turn and get 47 captured (or killed).  The game ended with a faint heartbeat that kicked in once Dianna placed his two signature weapons (his Ballers) in his hands.I
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Delta Rising | Done again!

Eris EzriI just completed Delta Rising again, this time on my Delta Recruit (Fleet Admiral Eris Ezri).  I wasn't quite sure I'd make it all the way here with Eris Ezri, but somehow having a character this close to the current story-line and not being there seemed like a waste.For those curious, I was going to make Eris Ezris be a half Vorta, half Trill, liberated Bork (hence the name), but that
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Sev: Andorian Antennae

This week's Sev Trek: Enterforaprize comic tackles the topic of Andorians and their Antennae.  Andorians were actually one of my favorite species, as is evident from my Star Trek Online character who is also an Andorian.I forgot to mention last week that the punchline for all of the Sev comics (from what I remember) was always outsourced. There was a competition each week (or was it every 2 weeks?)
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Yes, Metal Gear is odd...

One of my favorite game series is the Metal Gear franchise. Even though I haven't played all games, because some seem to be Playstation Exclusives, like Metal Gear: Solid (PS1) and Metal Gear 4 (PS3), I've played enough to get the gist of the story - which is thoroughly confusing.  Here is a quick recap to help put the story in order for other fans of the franchise.
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[Defiance]: The road to Sausolito

RaidersI've been geeking out a bit on Defiance these past couple of weeks and focusing on getting the main missions completed before moving onto more episode-based missions.  I am currently at an EGO rating of 292; pretty meager when you consider that the max EGO rating is around 6000, but anyway.Thus far I've completed the Mount Tam missions, where the main antagonists seem to be mutants of
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Star Trek Online Season 11 (woot!)

  Nice!  Season 11 of Star Trek Online has been announced and it's titled New Dawn!Among the changes, listed on the developer blog:Along with new lore and story progression in Season 11, Star Trek Online will also be updated with new gameplay options in the form of the Admiralty System. Take command of your inactive starships to complete dangerous assignments and gather exciting rewards,
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Assassin's Creed: Rogue | Done

Well, I've finished the last Xbox360 Assassin's Creed (that I know of):  Assassin's Creed: Rogue! From what I can see, Assassin's Creed: Unity, and Assassin's Creed: Syndicate are only on next-gen consoles (xbox one and PS4) and PC so it will be a while before I play those.  While I could play then now on a PC, I prefer to leave the PC for the two MMORPGs that I play (Star Trek: Online,
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Nintendo, and the Smartphone

A few days ago is seems like everywhere on the internet (or at least the places I hang out in), were publishing images of concepts of what a Nintendo phone would look like, which they seem have branded the SmartBoy, calling back to the original mobile hit, the GameBoy.   The concept seems to be modular in design, with a gamepad add-on, and add-ons, like a higher megapixel camera, that connect
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Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines | Done

It's been a while since I've played a game on my PSP! A few months back I noticed that the price of Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines had dropped on Amazon, and I thought it would be a good idea to get it, as well as a few other games for the PSP I wanted to play (such as God of War) before these things start getting rare and more expensive on eBay.  I've been on the fence about getting, and playing,
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Getting my toes wet with Defiance

RuthusWell, after a few years of being on the fence, and now that Defiance has gone free-to-play, I decided to give this game a try.  I had actually bought the xbox disc (at a steep discount) back at Christmas, but I had not activated my xbox live subscription (school and all), so I never really got to play Defiance on my xbox. Once it went free-to-play (or at least f2p was announced for PS3
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Star Trek Online - Delta Recruitement and Season 10

Admiral Eris EzriIt's been a while since I've written about Star Trek Online (I think so anyway).  Over the past few weeks the game has been running a recruitment drive to get more players to play the game.  To entice the new players the game is giving away both some tangible and intangible goodies. Anyone who creates a new characters between the start and the end of the recruitment event
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Half-Life 2 | Done!

Back when Half-Life, the original, came out (November 1998) I was a freshman in college.  I wasn't really paying attention to those types of games for three reason: lots of work, lots of school, and no windows PC.  I was a Mac person, even back then, and we did not often get windows games to come out around the same time on our platform.  I wonder if things have changed these days -
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Adieu Raptr...

Normally with these "adieu" posts the service or software I am writing about the service shuts down or the software maintainer no longer updates the software. In this case Raptr isn't going away, but it's changing focus.  Raptr is (was) a great service to keep all of your gaming information in one place. I could consolidate my xbox gaming, my PC gaming, and the few PS games that I play in one
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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes | Done (???)

A few weeks back I was debating what game to start next, games being the interactive equivalent of that TV show that you love to follow along with.  I thought that it would be a good idea to get into Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes which I got for a cheap price last Christmas on xbox live (I think it was $7).  I was simultaneously excited that Kiefer Sutherland (of 24 fame) would be voicing
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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 | Done!

With the storms that have hit over the past week came school closings, and with school closings came a little extra time on my hands.  I did spend a considerable amount of this extra time catching forward with my readings for my research methods course, but I guess I also used the time "wisely" to complete another game on the xbox. Over the Christmas break Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was on
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Dishonored | Done!

Just in time!  Right before my semester starts next week, and my gaming tanks until the summer, I was able to start playing, and finished, Dishonored.  This is one of those games that was a hand-me-down from a friend that moved away.  I tried playing it right after I had completed Bioshock Infinite, however the game styles were too similar and I wanted something else to buffer these
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Hitman: Blood Money | Done

Just before 2014 is done I managed to make my way through Hitman: Blood Money, the last game in the Hitman HD Trilogy that I bought at the end of 2013. I think part of the reason that I really got through this game quickly was because I played it on Normal (7 saves, regular AI), but still I was mostly playing for the storyline and not the achievements which makes this sort of a speedrun for me. 
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Hitman Contracts | Done

Well, that didn't take long!  I guess it was a combination of having the holidays, and playing this game on normal mode that made it seem like a breeze.  Hitman: Contracts is the second game in the Hitman Trilogy HD collection, and the third in the series as a whole. It still follows Agent 47 around his contracted killings work. I think this game was a bit of an improvement over Hitman 2
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End of year shipyard clearning

With 2014 coming to a close, with little room to grow in my Star Trek Online ship inventory, and with several ships (Tier 5 Upgrade and Tier 6), like the Sarr Theln Breen ship, I thought it would be a good idea to go through my inventory and clean things out a bit. I was keeping a number of ships around in a just in case I want to use them again fashion, but the truth is they are a bit underpowered
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Hitman 2 | Done

About a year ago I bought the Hitman Trilogy HD for the xbox 360.  It was a good deal and it seemed that Hitman was one of those games that many people have played and that people know about, so it was something that I should be playing to gain at least a passing familiarity with it.  The trilogy did not include the original Hitman: Code 47 (which I guess was a Windows-only) release so I
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Gears of War: Judgement | Done

[spoiler alert] It's been a few weeks since I finished Gears of War: Judgement, but with the end of the semester, and other stuff, it's been not easy to sit down and write a few thoughts about the game ;-)This game is a prequel to the Gears of War series of games that I've played before. This game takes place through flashbacks as each character is called upon to provide testimony for chargers of dereliction
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Star Trek: Delta Rising (some thoughts)

It's been a couple of months since the release of Delta Rising, the second expansion to Star Trek Online, and I've been playing, slowly but surely, through the content and the reputation XP (while still keeping track of my research reputation).  I'm seeing that this week will see the release of Q's winter wonderland, so before that hits, and I start fighting snowmen, I think it's an opportunity
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Diablo III | Done!

[spoilers] Over the weekend I had the opportunity to complete Diablo III on my xbox, yay!  I've been looking forward to this game since I heard about it last year, however I only bought the thing this past August when it came out for xbox, the price was right, and it included the Reaper of Souls expansion.  I've been playing it over the weekend ever since I came back from my doctoral orientation
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Bioshock Infinite | Done

A couple of weekends ago I finished Bioshock Infinite (woot!).  I had begun the game a little before I went off on summer vacation (so there was a big lag between when I started and when I finished), but it wasn't all that difficult to get back back in the groove once I got back from Greece. I have to say that the original Bioshock games left me with a sense of wonder whereas  this game's
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World of Peacecraft - sounds like Edutainment

Last week I came across a parody for something called World of Peacecraft, where instead of blowing your enemies to smithereens, you make peace with them through bilateral and multilateral agreements.  As I already said, this is a parody, this game does not exist, but it does reminds me a lot of bad edutainment games. The funny thing is that I could see some misguided  company trying to make
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Assassin's Creed Liberation HD | Done

Right before I went on vacation I downloaded Assassin's Creed Liberation HD for the xbox 360 ( I think it was on sale). I started messing around with it at the time, but I really didn't get very far.  Upon returning I started playing through this portable game upscaled to home console.The story follows Aveline de Grandpre, an assassin in the making.  Aveline is an orphan, living with her
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Splinter Cell Blacklist | Done

Over the weekend I decided to just play through the main missions of Splinter Cell Blacklist, which I have been plays for some time now, at least according to Raptr which clocks me in at 46 hours.  I've been trying to go through the side quests first, the Grim, Kobin and Charlie missions, so I can get some extra cash to upgrade my gear, but at the end I decided to just go through the main story
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Halo 4 | Done

Right before classes started a few weeks ago I decided to start playing Halo 4. Given the amount of games I ended up getting on Black Friday last year it was a bit tough to decide what to play next, but I thought that since the next Halo isn't coming for a while (and probably will only be on xbox one), this seemed like a good game to play for the story.This was the first Halo game I've played on the
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Modern Warfare 3 | Done!

Just in time, before the semester starts, I was able to complete the third part of the Modern Warfare trilogy! So, from previous games in the series, we know that the world has gone to hell in a hand basket.  Task force 141, the original good guys, have been disavowed, but they are working hard to take care of the villain in this story who made things the way they are. Throughout the game we jump
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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag | Done!

Just in time to end my holiday break and get back work, I completed Assassin's Creed 4!  I ended up getting AC4, like my previous 2 AC games, on Amazon.com's Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals for a reduced price.  I could have waited a few more months to get the game at less than half the price (factoring in a used cost), but I got it new for $30. Not too bad!I liked this game quite a lot both
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Star Trek Online Season 8 now available :)

It's here! Finally out of beta :)Now, if only it were available yesterday when I had a day off... I guess I will have to wait until the weekend.
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Super Mario and the Power Glove

Here's a pretty funny Mario silent film by the Nerdist :)  Good for classic gamers ;-)Part IPart II
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Marvel Heroes

Well... I wasn't particularly looking for another MMO to start, but I have been getting recommendations for EVE online and Marvel Heroes.  The Marvel Heroes trailer looks good, and it's free-to-play!  If I have space in my hard drive I may end up testing it out :)
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Shi'Khar decommissioned, Nukara Tier V reached

U.S.S. Sagittaron NCC-94534Well, after a couple of months of grinding through Star Trek Online with the new Legacy of Romulus expansion pack, I've played through the new missions on the Federation side (still haven't given the avatar a proper name and background.  Oh well, one of these days).  I've also just unlocked Tier V on the Nukara reputation front, which means I can start collecting
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Halo 2 | Done

It's not often that I go back to older xbox games (original xbox) to play a game that doesn't exist on the 360, but Halo 2 was an exception. I had started off with Halo 3, which was a little confusing (given that I didn't have the storyline established), moved on ODST and then to the prequel (Halo: Reach), which gave me some more information, and then to the Anniversary remaster. For reviews of those
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Mass Effect 3 | Done!

Woot!  I was able to complete the Mass Effect Trilogy before going on vacation! :-) First the Good points about the game. The character I had fun mass effect 2 transferred over into mass effect 3. NICE! I think I started playing as a level 25. I am not sure but I think I decided to pick the infiltrator class again. This was pretty nifty. The story line and the direction was pretty awesome as well.
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Tribble test fail :)

I was looking forward to playing on the beta server (Tribble) of Star Trek Online in order to get a preview of the new Legacy of Romulus expansion.  Since I will be on vacation when it lands I was quite excited to see what Cryptic did with the story of the Romulans and how things progress.Well, after an accepted application to join the beta (didn't seem like it was that big of a wait) I was able
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