2020 Decade in Achievements
Sunday, Jan 31 2021 11:07 | achievements, Entertainment, trueAchievements, video games, VideoGames, XBOX, YearInReview
For the second year in a row, Microsoft didn't do an achievements year-in-review (boo😜), so I got an updated Decade In Review from TrueAchievements. It looks similar to what I posted last year (in fact I don't see anything for 2020... Looking at my TA for 2020 I see a lot of skewing toward older games (completed before 2020) and a big skew in January when I joined TA and all of my achievements
Far Cry 6 trailer
Another Ubisoft trailer, this time for Far Cry 6. I finished Far Cry 2 a while back, and went back to the original before I retired my Xbox 360. I guess I need to catch up with the games (probably after my dissertation is done). Giancarlo Esposito makes for a good bad guy (at least in this trailer).
Watchdogs Legion trailer
Tuesday, Jul 21 2020 07:24 | Entertainment, trailer, ubisoft, video games, VideoGames, watchdogs, XBOX
Seems like it's video game announcement time, and even though I have quite a few unplayed games left, I am always looking toward what's coming up next! Heck, I haven't even started Watchdogs 2 yet! Anyway - Watchdogs Legion is coming out sometime this year and the cinematic trailer looks pretty good! There's something very "V for Vendetta" about this game.
Assassin's Creed Rebellion | Endgame Reached
Tuesday, Jul 14 2020 04:00 | Android, Assassins Creed, Entertainment, RPG, strategy, video games, VideoGames
One of the games that I've been playing periodically while watching TV, is Assassin's Creed Rebellion. The game is a mobile strategy RPG with all the regular fixings of a free-to-play game: a limited in-game currency that you use to play missions. The currency replenishes at fixed time intervals, or you can pay to get more of it ahead of the full replenishment time.The game draws from the story of
Double Dragon Neon | Tried
Sunday, Jun 28 2020 13:24 | 360, beatemup, double dragon, Entertainment, gamepass, Music, nostalgia, review, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
When Double Dragon Neon came out on gamepass, I thought I'd give it a try. When I was a kid, I rather enjoyed playing double dragon on my monochrome Gameboy, and it always seemed like a fun game - even though I never think I beat the original. Since it was practically free to try on my Xbox, I thought: why not?On the surface the game seems like a nice reboot of the original. Updated graphics,
Some more STO accolades
Friday, Jun 26 2020 13:10 | achievements, Entertainment, MMORPG, online, Sci-Fi, Star Trek, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
I've been saving this post and keeping track of accolades I earned since the last time I posted about my accolade hunt in Star Trek Online. Since a few of them are now collected - here is what I've earned. These are in the order I got them (2019-2020).Time BanditThis was one of the few Red Alert accolades I was missing. To earn this one you need to save the entire cargo fleet from being
Review: Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Tuesday, Jun 23 2020 13:51 | Assassins Creed, Books, Entertainment, goodreads, novel, review, Social Media, Social Networks, video games, VideoGames
Assassin's Creed: Revelations by Oliver BowdenMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This was a good ending to the Ezio storyline (and it wrapped up the Altair line as well). It follows the events of the game with the same name, but I think the author adds some more details to fill out the story. I like that they've also added the events of the short film "embers" in this book, but again - lack of modern-day
Guacamelee 2 | Done
Friday, Apr 17 2020 03:00 | brawler, Entertainment, guacamelee, luchador, metroidvania, review, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
I rather enjoyed the first Guacamelle, so since Guacamelee 2 was available on GamePass, I thought - why not?This sequel picks up the story after the first one ends, and it's not just a rehash or reskin of the first one, but rather it adds a variety of new game mechanics, such as being able to launch yourself from different areas of the wall so you can hurl over dangers on the ground or reach new heights.
Klingon Concertina Festival | STO
Wednesday, Apr 15 2020 03:30 | aprilFools, Entertainment, joke, MMORPG, online, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
Another belated April Fool's joke. The Artisanal Sonification System came back this year (I always look forward to it), and apparently this year many headliner NPCs were playing the concertina wherever you usually found them. I did come across a download of all Artisanal Sonification System sounds, but I forgot to bookmark it...d'oh! I would have liked to add those sounds as alert
Crackdown 3 | Done
Monday, Apr 13 2020 04:30 | Action, crackdown, Entertainment, FPS, review, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
I've been making my way through GamePass games lately. One of the benefits of the Coronavirus lockdown is that you get to use the time you would have used for commuting more productively. For me, this means video games and reading.Even though I own the other two Crackdown games, I didn't want to buy Crackdown 3, mainly on account of the bad reviews, and because the price (on sale) has not dipped
Review: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Thursday, Mar 5 2020 03:30 | Assassins Creed, audiobooks, goodreads, review, Social Media, Social Networks, video games, VideoGames
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood by Oliver BowdenMy rating: 4 of 5 stars It's been such a long time since I played brotherhood that most of the story was "new" to me - which was actually pretty fun. I still got flashbacks to some of the game mechanics in the game itself while listening to this novel. I still think it's a missed opportunity to explore more of the modern day assassins (what
Review: Assassin's Creed: Renaissance
Wednesday, Mar 4 2020 09:17 | Assassins Creed, audiobooks, Books, Entertainment, fiction, goodreads, review, Social Media, Social Networks, video games, VideoGames
Assassin's Creed: Renaissance by Oliver BowdenMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Not a bad adaptation of Assassin's Creed 2. It's been over 10 years since I played the game, so this was a fair memory jogging device of things that occurred in Ezio's timeline in that second game. The writing wasn't bad, the main characters we good, and (if you're like me) you were reminded of some of the happenings
Guacamelee | Done
Monday, Feb 3 2020 04:00 | brawler, Entertainment, Humor, luchador, metroidvania, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Here's to another completed game :-) After the odyssey that was Assassin's Creed Odyssey this one felt like a light breeze! This game was another GamePass game that I decided to try out, and I rather liked it. I wasn't sure if I was going to like the Metroidvania-style gameplay (sometimes I love it, sometimes I absolutely hate it), but this hybrid brawler-Metroidvania game
10 years of Star Trek Online!
Well, it's no small feat for an MMO to make it 10 years! So cheers to you, STO! I didn't start playing until it became Free-to-Play (so I've only been playing for 8 years), but it's still an amazing game. As is customary for the STO team, they released an anniversary infographic.I only wish I had started a Klingon and Romulan Delta Recruit back in the day so I could claim those account-wide
My Friend Pedro | Done
Thursday, Jan 30 2020 04:00 | Entertainment, matrix, review, shootEmUp, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Hey! I finished my first Game Pass game! yay! And, it's already paid off given that I got GamePass for a year for $1 with that lifehack back in September ;-)Anyway, this game as a platforming shooter, which apparently is based on a Flash game. The graphics in this version are far superior to the flash-based game, and so are the controls. You wake up as the protagonist
Xbox decade in review
Tuesday, Jan 21 2020 01:30 | achievements, Entertainment, video games, VideoGames, XBOX, YearInReview
Well, I guess that there was one "x in review" that I missed. TrueAchivements did the Decade in Review if you have an account with them. The Rarest achievements were a bit of a surprise for me (especially for Defiance and Zombi, which were sort of palate cleanser games for me). The most-played series was not a surprise, even though there are some errors in it (I've actually
Assassin's Creed Odyssey | Done!
Monday, Jan 20 2020 03:00 | Ancient Greece, Assassins Creed, Entertainment, RPG, Sci-Fi, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
I feel like I've been playing this game forever but I can say that I am done with it (for now anyway). While I haven't finished the 3rd (and final) chapter of The Fate of Atlantis, I'd like to savor the final 8-10 hours of gameplay without rushing through it. I also feel like I need a bit of a palate cleanser.The short version of the story is this: You start off a child (although
Year in review: xbox
Thursday, Jan 9 2020 11:38 | Assassins Creed, Entertainment, Microsoft, Technology, video games, VideoGames, XBOX, YearInReview
Unfortunately this year the Microsoft Xbox team didn't do a year-in-review graphic for their plays 😢. It would have also been an opportunity to do a decade-in-review, but oh well. Missed opportunity. I guess they are working hard on the next Xbox, which is slated to be released December 2020.I connected my Microsoft account with True Achievements to get a sense of what was played last
Bionic Commando: ReArmed | Done
Tuesday, Dec 17 2019 01:00 | arcade, bionicCommando, capcom, Entertainment, NES, platformer, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Oh wait...I guess I forgot one. This was truly the last of my xbox 360 games that was not backwards compatible that I completed (I guess I can now put my 360 away for now...) This game was completed on June 15, 2019The plot from Wikipedia:Rearmed centers around two warring factions: the Federation and the Empire. It begins with the Imperial forces discovering classified documents regarding the
Kane & Lynch | done
Wow! I can't believe that I made it to the end of my non-backward compatible reviews on the 360! And, my 360 is now safely wrapped up, protected from dust and water. This mini review is for Kane Lynch: Dead Men on the xbox 360. This game was completed in March 2019 (so I hope I remember much of it)The plot from Wikipedia:The game opens with a voiceover of ex-mercenary Adam 'Kane'
Batman Arkham City | Done
Here's another game a finished a while ago. This is a mini review of Batman Arkham City for the xbox 360 which I finished back in November 2018.I am always reluctant to start a new Batman game, but I am (constantly) surprised as how much I end up enjoying the game in the end. This is one of the reasons I left this game for the end (or close to it) when I was going through my remaining
Remember me | Done
Another one of my "finish before putting the 360 away" games. This game is Remember Me and I finished the game on "script kiddie" (easy) back in January 2019. This game is not backward compatible to the xbox one (yet), but I think it would make a nice addition.The plot from wikipedia:The game begins as Nilin (Kezia Burrows), an Errorist imprisoned in the Bastille Fortress, is having almost
Robotech Battlecry | Tried
Earlier this year, before I put away my xbox 360, I decided to try out Robotech Battlecry for the original xbox - which is backward compatible with the 360, but not the one (come on Microsoft and TDK!). I ended up trying this game but I didn't finish it.The plot from wikipedia:The game follows the exploits of ace pilot Jack Archer. After serving as a mercenary in the Global Civil War, flying
Bionic Commando xbox 360 | done
One more game from the "completed a while ago" pile that I have not written about. This one is Bionic Commando for the xbox 360, and I completed it on 5/18/19. This video game felt like a sequel to the NES version of the game (which I haven't played a ton).The game is a 3D world interpretation of what the classic bionic commando game. You use your bionic arm to attack and swing around
Titanfall | Tried
Tuesday, Oct 29 2019 03:00 | EA, Entertainment, FPS, mecha, Microsoft, Titanfall, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Before I put away my xbox 360 (hermetically sealed to keep the dust out while it goes on cold storage), I had an opportunity to try Titanfall. This was back in September of 2018 (yeah, this review has been in my drafts for a while).Originally I was a bit reluctant to get this game because it can only be played online (so no single-player content) and at the time I didn't have xbox live. Fast
Batman Arkham Original Blackgate Edition | Done
Monday, Oct 28 2019 13:17 | Batman, beatemup, DC, Entertainment, metroidvania, platformer, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
This is another game I completed back before I put my xbox 360 away for a while. This game was completed 10/20/18 (also this review has been quite a long time in my drafts folder 😜)This game took 8 hours, 40 minutes of playtime for me to complete, according to in-game clock. For the rundown of the game's story check out the wikipedia article (here). The game was pretty interesting,
Legend of Korra | Done
Another really quick review of an xbox 360 game that isn't backwards compatible to the xbox one that I did a quick run through in December of 2018. This time the game is the Legend of Korra on the xbox 360 (I am surprised that it's not backward compatible!)I know that this is based on a cartoon, which I haven't watched. But it is a brawler so it looked like fun. The game resorts
Crackdown 2 | Done
Monday, Sep 2 2019 15:07 | achievements, crackdown, Entertainment, Microsoft, shootEmUp, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Back in December of 2018, another game that I tried to play through on my 360 before I packed it away was Crackdown 2 (funny thing is that after I completed it it became backward compatible...) So here is a brief review of Crackdown 2 on the xbox 360:As you can see from my gamerscore, I didn't really go after all of the achievements. Part of the reason is that the achievements were (like in
Dark for the 360 | Attempted
Saturday, Aug 31 2019 13:49 | achievements, Action, Console, Entertainment, Microsoft, review, RPG, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Back in November of 2018 I tried out a game called "Dark" on my xbox 360. I had been going on a binge of games that are not backwards compatible to the xbox one, so I thought I'd give this a try.The reviews for this game were bad...quite bad! (Metacritic score of 38%). But the price was right (next to free...) and the concept seemed like an interesting concept: The game follows the story
Review: Defiance:The Essential Guide
Thursday, Aug 29 2019 13:37 | Books, Defiance, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, syfy, Television, video games, VideoGames
Defiance:The Essential Guide by SyfyMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I was reminded of this ebook while rewatching Defiance this summer. This was a "getting to know the world of Defiance" sort of book. I think it mostly focused on the TV show, even though Defiance was originally envisioned as a transmedia type of franchise (with the eponymous MMO still running/limping along to this day). Too
Review: Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made
Sunday, Aug 25 2019 12:47 | Books, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Social Media, Social Networks, video games, VideoGames, Work
Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made by Jason SchreierMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I rather enjoyed this book. The video game industry has been getting a lot of attention lately, and this book contributes to shedding some light into the working practices of this billion dollar industry. While I am not familiar with some of the game, from
Mortal Kombat 9 | Done
Saturday, Aug 24 2019 13:28 | arcade, Entertainment, Microsoft, mortal kombat, review, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
This is one of the games that I had gotten on a (summer?) sale a few years back on my xbox and had never gotten to it. I was a fan of Mortal Kombat when it had come out in the arcades in the 90s but I hadn't really revisited the franchise since then. The sale seemed like a good opportunity to do so.I played this game on Story Mode and completed the main story, but as with any game of this type,
Assassin's Creed Origins | Done
I don't know when I started this game (sometime last summer), but (for now) it concludes my binging of the assassin's creed series on the Xbox (and I can say that I am 'all caught up' - at least as far as video games go - yes I wrote this last summer and I didn't bother updating this initial text 😝). The game starts off with the last of the Medjay -an elite group of warriors who were serving
End of Backward Compatibility Program
Sunday, Jun 16 2019 09:18 | compatibility, E3, Entertainment, Microsoft, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
During this year's E3 conference Microsoft announced the next gaming console (Scarlet) which will debut next year (which means that I'll get in in four years from now...). It will be backwards compatible with the original xbox, the 360, and the One. In order to achieve that, the Backwards Compatibility team for the Xbox One is stopping their work on the current console in order to focus
On an accolade roll! -- well... I was...
I was in a bit of a roll with accolades on Star Trek Online; Accolades I hand't earned on the first play through. For some of these missions I haven't gone back to them in years. That said, I think I am done with the accolade hunt for now. Some are event-specific accolades (Summer event, or Arena of Sompek) that come around once in a while (summer even should be here "soon"), and
Got some more accolades (STO)
Sunday, May 5 2019 04:00 | achievements, Entertainment, MMORPG, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames, Windows
It's been a while since I played Star Trek Online with the intent to be on the accolade hunt. I actually I thought I had most of them, but then I came across a list created by one of the game's other players and saw that I was missing a considerable amount. After clearing out the retired accolades (ones that you can't get any longer), and the ones that you can in theory get, but you need
STO: The Gorn Discovery
Wednesday, Apr 3 2019 10:16 | aprilFools, Entertainment, Humor, MMORPG, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
Along with the "artisanal" soundtrack for the game this year (something that seems to have become an annual tradition in STO), there was an announcement for a new (April Fool's) expansion of the game titled "The Gorn Discovery"There are a lot of humorous puns here (see announcement below) , but in all seriousness this would have been an interesting expansion. At the very least it's another starting
Star Trek Online 9 years
Sunday, Mar 10 2019 14:30 | achievements, Entertainment, Games, MMORPG, online, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
It's been a while since the actual anniversary date of STO, but it's been busy, so this draft has been sitting in my...drafts...for a while. This year Cryptic broke up the pieces of the infographic and released them a piece at a time on twitter, before putting the entire thing up on their website at the end. I am not surprised that Tactical captains are first in the list, and I am also
More Tardigrade news...
Monday, Jan 21 2019 09:14 | Entertainment, MMORPG, online, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
email update from STO - for those like me who got Lt. Tardigrade as their nouveau tomagochi ;-)Thanks to some generous donations from the local shipyard, the Lieutenant now had his very own starship bridge, of sorts, in his enclosure. We managed to secure three decommissioned consoles, and his very own Captain's chair. It's a little beat up, to be sure, but he doesn't seem to mind, and he's been running
Star Trek Online: Age of Discovery
Saturday, Jan 19 2019 02:00 | DSC, Entertainment, MMORPG, online, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
Last fall, in what seems like the heels of the "Victory is Life" expansion some new content dropped on STO, titled "Age of Discovery" which seems to be content for the game that runs concurrent with the show that started yesterday evening, and perhaps with the on-going IDW series on Star Trek Discovery. With this new content you start off as a cadet in the Discovery era of Star Trek
Xbox year in review
Thursday, Jan 3 2019 05:00 | Assassins Creed, Defiance, Entertainment, Technology, video games, VideoGames, XBOX, YearInReview
The year-in-review notifications that various social media sites provide can be quite fun. This year's year-in-review for xbox is a custom made snowball (too bad you can't order one!) based on the various statistics from your gaming preferences.It seems like 2018 for me was the year of Assassin's Creed, with over 200 hours logged into Origins Syndicate, and Unity. While this might
Return of Castle Wolfenstein | Done!
Before playing the latest and greatest in Wolfenstein gaming, I ended up (last summer) playing through an original xbox era game (thanks, Backward Compatibility!) titled "Return to Castle Wolfenstein". This game was originally released back in 2001, and I had tried playing a demo of it on my Power Mac G3 at the time, but the thing was so choppy I, disappointed, put it down (and totally forgot
Review: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World
Wednesday, May 23 2018 16:40 | Books, Entertainment, goodreads, History, review, video games, VideoGames
The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World by Steven L. KentMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Not a bad book. I always expect something with the word "ultimate" in the title to be the one definitive source for all things for that topic, but that isn't always the case. Lots of good early history of companies (Coleco
Loaded with Latinum!
Sunday, May 13 2018 20:43 | achievements, Entertainment, MMORPG, online, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
Man...after close to 6 years of play this accolade is finally complete! The other day I had the Dabo table going at DS9 on STO while having my iPad read back articles to me (some supplemental readings for the dissertation). It's pretty mindless to click and bet on Dabo, so while reading I just kept hitting 'play'. Well - finally I hit the 1,000,000 mark! I've won 1,000,000
Incredible adventures of van helsing III | done
Friday, May 11 2018 02:00 | achievements, Entertainment, Film Noir, Steampunk, vampires, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
A game I was playing concurrently with Zombi was another freebie from the free with Gold program. This game was the Incredible Adventures of van Helsing III. I am not sure if it was integral to the game for me to play parts I and II (I didn't), but even if it were, this game stood pretty good on its own.The game takes place in the fictional eastern european city of Borgovia, and the main
Zombi | Done!
Tuesday, May 8 2018 01:30 | Entertainment, nintendo, survivalHorror, ubisoft, video games, VideoGames, Wii, XBOX, zombies
The most recent game I finished (right before I headed off to the annual MTA conference the past two days) was Zombi on the XBOX One. This was originally a WiiU game (a horror game on the Nintendo???) but it made its way to the xbox a few years later. It's an ubisoft production and it's something I got for "free" by subscribing to Gold (since my membership is expiring soon I thought I
Overload is coming!
It took a while, but this kickstarter is almost here (to be released at the end of May). I haven't been playing the betas (even though my kickstarter pledge allows me to) to get totally immersed when it's released. It's been a while since I played a game of this sort (since Descent, actually!)
Assassin's Creed Unity - Mobile Companion | Done
Sunday, Apr 22 2018 11:55 | Android, Assassins Creed, Entertainment, mobile, video games, VideoGames
LOL, I am not sure why I am writing about the mobile companion app...but I am (so...deal with it? :p). Anyway, yesterday the final side-mission of the companion app cleared and I got all my little lovely check marks across the map of Paris. In this companion app you recruit Assassins from across Paris, and as you send them away on missions to control different locations in Paris
Trials of the Blood Dragon | Done
Friday, Apr 20 2018 10:42 | cartoons, Entertainment, FAIL, farcry, NES, Retro, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Recently, another game I 'completed' was Trials of the Blood Dragon. While I did get through the story of the game, I am not sure that this is one of those games that you 'complete'. When I got this game for free through xbox live 'games with gold' a number of months ago I thought that it was more of a Far Cry game, but it's basically a Trials game with Far Cry highlights. I had actually
Back to the Future: the game | Done!
Monday, Apr 16 2018 11:59 | 1980s, achievements, BackToTheFuture, Entertainment, Movies, Retro, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
I've been debating which game(s) to move onto next on the xbox now that Assassin's Creed Syndicate is (mostly) done. I realized the other day that the "free" games that we get on xbox live gold aren't really totally free. You can claim games for free when they are available, and you can enjoy them, for free, so long as you have an active xbox live gold membership. Considering that
Same thing we do every night...
Sunday, Apr 15 2018 17:11 | animation, comics, Entertainment, Humor, PinkyAndTheBrain, video games, VideoGames, WB
...try to take over the world! A little humor retrieved in today's comics. I don't know what the video game is that is the original reference, but anything with The Brain will most likely give me a giggle :-)
Assassin's Creed Syndicate | Done!
Well... I should probably say "mostly done". There is the Jack The Ripper expansion story that I haven't played yet, but considering that it's almost a separate game, I thought I'd write about the core game (plus "the last maharaja" missions). So, after I finished Unity I jumped right on to Syndicate (and with the xbox spring sale going on now, I actually picked up Origins...but I think
Monday, Mar 26 2018 19:06 | Assassins Creed, comics, Entertainment, frustration, Humor, video games, VideoGames
I came across this comic on Reddit the other day. I both laughed, and wanted to throw a controller at the screen :p While I did want to complete all the option pursuits and co-ops and such, this is one issue that made me want to break the screen :-) Imagine trying to jump (or heck go down and not jump to a 'random' location) and being on a timer. eff this :p
Victory is Life! The next Star Trek Online expansion
"Victory is Life" is a saying of the Jem'Hadar, one of the subjugated races of the Dominion (...or is it "in the Dominion"?) who are, basically, the warriors of that alliance. It is also the name of the next expansion for Star Trek Online which is hitting PCs his coming summer (I sure hope it's not concurrent with the Summer Event on Risa!). I do find it a little odd that the developers chose
Naming in video games
I cam across this over the weekend...it gave me a bit of chuckle ;-)
Assassin's Creed Unity | Done!
It's been a while since I last played an Assassin's Creed game on a console, owing mostly to the fact that I didn't have a current generation console to play the 'newest' games on. I think the wait was quite worth it, for a few reasons.Assassin's Creed Unity is the next game in the series after Assassin's Creed Rogue. Your main character is Arno Dorian. If you played Rogue you know that
Saturday, Mar 3 2018 19:25 | Defiance, Entertainment, MMORPG, PC, Sci-Fi, shootEmUp, trailer, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Looks like Defiance (the MMO) is getting an update. The updated version launches this summer and is called Defiance 2050. The television show took place starting in 2046, so I guess the developers might be moving the timeline a little forward (well, the show was 3 seasons long, so many it picks up the story after the show?). On the good side of things it seems like they are streamlining the
I guess happy Pokemon day to you ;-) Hard to believe that this thing has been going strong since 1996 (I was in high school!). Part of me wishes I had bought the game on Game Boy back then, but I only watched the cartoon after school
Cognitive dissonance in games
Found earlier this week. It an interesting commentary on a common trope of video game stories - accused of a violent crime, didn't do it, be violent to clear you name.
Expectation vs. Reality in video games
A little humor from last week's gamercat
Splinter Cell: Part II
Sunday, Jan 21 2018 10:32 | Entertainment, FanFilm, splinterCell, ubisoft, video games, VideoGames, youtube
Part II of the Splinter Cell fan film was released this past week with 20 minutes more of the prequel story. It was an interesting video to watch (and now I'm waiting for Part III which I assume wraps up the story), but some of the dialogue seemed to be a little odd for the character of Sam Fisher and it sounded a little more like a generic action hero. Perhaps we can write it off as this being a
Far Cry 2 | Done!
Sunday, Jan 14 2018 12:05 | Action, Entertainment, farcry, shootEmUp, ubisoft, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Last semester I began to play Far Cry 2 on my xbox 360 on my free time (free time, LOL - I suppose that's why it took this long to complete the game :p) I got the game as part of a far cry pack a few winters ago, and with the pile of 360 games becoming smaller and smaller, this series was next on my list. Far Cry (the original) wasn't available at the time, and it seems that the stories
xbox year in review
I was going to title this the Gaming year in review, but I've done some gaming on UPlay (the Assassin's Creed Chronicles), on Android, and on Steam which don't have fancy infographics for me. So, here is what I ended up playing on xbox :-) No surprise that most games are shooters. I did enjoy Bayonetta (and had I persisted I would have racked up more hours on it), but one can only get so frustrated
Mine! Mine! Mine!
With the new Kramp'Ikri event on star trek online this season came a new accolade to collect: mine, mine, mine! I was aiming to earn this before Christmas hit (and I started working more on my dissertation)...and mission (just) accomplished! In the Kramp'Ihri event (usually comes along twice per hour) when you attack the Kramp'ihri, one of the things that he tosses at you (from time to time)
A castlevania christmas
A little humor found this past weekend on Kotaku's Sunday Comics (especially for those Castlevania fans) :-)
Winter Wonderland is here!
Monday, Dec 11 2017 02:00 | Entertainment, Games, holidays, MMORPG, online, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames, winter
One of my favorite seasonal STO events is here: Q's winter wonderland - where mischievous Q transports you to a...ermmm...winter wonderland...complete with winter events, winter clothing, and a new limited edition ship that you can claim.The Kramp'IhrThis year's addition to the game is the Kramp'Ihr - melding human winter-time monsters like the Krampus with Klingon undead (the Fekh'Ihr). It
A game plan for playing games
A little humor from last week's gamercat. I think I went through the 'must play every game' phase when I was in middle school, I've slowly paired it down to the 'I only have so much time, what do I want to play?' :-) The urge to play (or at least try) them all though is still there :)
Review: Prepare to Meet Thy Doom: And More True Gaming Stories
Saturday, Nov 18 2017 01:00 | audiobooks, Books, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Social Media, Social Networks, video games, VideoGames
Prepare to Meet Thy Doom: And More True Gaming Stories by David KushnerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This was an interesting collection of short stories on video games. It is by no means comprehensive, but it was interesting to read nevertheless. It's a good, short, read for people interested in video games and how they impact (and are impacted by) society. I think this book spent a little too
Mario's worst enemies
Tuesday, Nov 14 2017 01:30 | comics, Entertainment, Humor, nintendo, supermario, video games, VideoGames
A little humor from last week's Nerdrage. Mario's most recent enemy seems very...pedestrian :-)
Bayonetta | Done*
Well... I guess I'm done with it not in the "I've completed the game" aspect but rather, "I got to a point and got tired of it" :p . A month or so ago I thought I'd start Bayonetta on the xbox. Not that I have a ton of time on my hands with the dissertation proposal going on, but hey, it should have been a fun diversion. In the game you play as...you guess it...Bayonetta. A
Assassin's Creed Origins: Launch trailer
Wednesday, Oct 25 2017 11:40 | Assassins Creed, Entertainment, trailer, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Even though I am 3 games behind in this series (and a whole generation of consoles behind), I am looking forward to eventually playing this game :-). I wonder if we see aliens come down and land/crashland on earth in ancient Egyptian times, or if we're dealing with the the fallout of discovering the ancient artifacts at this period in history :)
You can't please everyone
A little humor from this weekend's video game related comics :-)
Death of Halo
I came across this video on Reddit the other day. I thought it would actually be a much more in-depth analysis of the game series, but it just seems like a whole lot of kvetching about Halo 5. Since I don't yet have an xbox one I can't really say much about Halo 5, but Halo 4 wasn't really all that bad - if I remember correctly.
Launch trailer - Wolfenstein New Colossus
Wednesday, Oct 18 2017 11:03 | Entertainment, politics, trailer, video games, VideoGames, wolfenstein, XBOX, youtube
The launch trailer for the next Wolfenstein game, a game that picks up where the previous game left off - with a Nazi occupied american continent, is now available. So many games to play once I am done with my dissertation ;-). Make American Nazi-Free Again!
I came across this comic strip a week or so ago (but of course I forgot to post). It reminded me of my own (sometimes misplaced) nostalgia for older games. They were marvelous for their time, but really hard to go back to these days (unless you are very persistent).
Street Fighter V arcade trailer
Friday, Oct 6 2017 12:44 | arcade, Entertainment, steam, streetFighter, trailer, video games, VideoGames
It's hard to believe that it's been 30 years since Street Fighter was originally released... I am also surprised that there is no Xbox One release for the game. I guess I will be playing it on Steam...(at some point in the way way way future)
Max Payne - 16 years later
Hard to believe that 16 years have passed since this game kicked off! Yes, even though I just finished this series of games (recently...within the last 6 months?) it's interesting to hear a retrospective :-)
Halo Wars | Done!
This past weekend (and after about 20 hours of playtime) I finished Halo Wars on the xbox 360. I've been kind of avoiding Halo Wars because it's an RTS game (real time strategy) and I haven't really gotten very much into an RTS since Warcraft II: The tides of darkness (which I played back in 1996 on my Performa 635). In this game, unlike most other Halo games, your protagonist is just a regular
Saturday, Sep 16 2017 11:24 | achievements, computer, Playstation, raptr, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Well, in a couple of weeks Raptr is pulling the plug on the video-game social network which originally aimed to bring together a more unified view of gamers by allowing people to track the amount of time they put into playing games, showing off their achievements outside of closed and platform-specific views, and bringing people who play similar games together. I actually liked this quite a
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory | Done
Saturday, Sep 9 2017 13:39 | Action, Entertainment, splinterCell, ubisoft, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
[Spoilers] My quest to complete all current Splinter Cell games is complete! Last week (right before the semester start) I got to finish the last of the original Splinter Cell trilogy on the xbox. The game was originally released for the original xbox, but though the magic of backward compatibility I played this on my 360. This game played fairly well in compatibility mode. The compatibility
PS Vita revival? :p
Wednesday, Sep 6 2017 09:00 | Entertainment, gamercat, Humor, Playstation, Technology, video games, VideoGames, vita
I love the whipping that the Playstation Vita gets from time to time ;-). It's not that I didn't want the system to succeed, but between the lack of support and the many proprietary features...well it was begging to be on top of the dirt pile :-)
Awesome, awesome, cross-over!
Monday, Aug 28 2017 01:30 | Assassins Creed, crossover, Sci-Fi, Social Networks, Stargate, video games, VideoGames
Last week on Reddit I came across this image, which makes for an interesting cross over between the Assassin's Creed universe and the Stargate University. The next game in the Assassin's Creed series hits the consoles this fall and (as the name suggests) it goes back to the start of the Assassins (and probably the Templars), and the aliens who posed as gods... The origins take place in Roman
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.
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
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 :-)
The Crystal Method - Name of the Game
Sunday, Jul 16 2017 10:00 | #musicrewind, Entertainment, Humor, Music, splinterCell, video games, VideoGames
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.
Metroid: Samus Returns
Tuesday, Jun 27 2017 17:19 | 3DS, E3, Entertainment, GameBoy, metroid, nintendo, trailer, video games, VideoGames
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.
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
Music Rewind - Bloody tears
Sunday, Jun 18 2017 02:00 | #musicrewind, 3DS, castlevania, Entertainment, Music, music video, NES, nintendo, Playstation, SNES, video games, VideoGames, youtube
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
New from Nintendo at E3 2017
Wednesday, Jun 14 2017 14:41 | 3DS, E3, Entertainment, nintendo, supermario, Switch, trailer, video games, VideoGames
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:
Tuesday, Jun 13 2017 01:30 | Entertainment, Humor, shootEmUp, Television, trailer, video games, VideoGames, XBOX, youtube
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.
Wolfenstein II trailer (woot!)
Monday, Jun 12 2017 16:17 | Action, bethesda, Entertainment, trailer, video games, wolfenstein, XBOX, youtube
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
Assassin's Creed Origins
Monday, Jun 12 2017 07:44 | Assassins Creed, Entertainment, trailer, ubisoft, video games, VideoGames, XBOX, youtube
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 ;-)
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!)
Syndicate | Done!
Monday, May 29 2017 02:00 | #metanastis, Classics, DOS, Entertainment, MacOS, shootEmUp, syndicate, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
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
Castlevania - the TV Series!
Saturday, May 27 2017 02:30 | castlevania, Entertainment, NES, netflix, nintendo, Television, trailer, video games, VideoGames
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...
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).
Throwing money at Nintendo...
Tuesday, May 16 2017 01:30 | comics, Entertainment, gamercat, Humor, nintendo, video games, VideoGames
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)
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
Star Trek Online: Season 13 - Escalation
Tuesday, May 2 2017 01:30 | Entertainment, MMORPG, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames, Windows
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
Battlefield 4 | Done!
Saturday, Apr 29 2017 01:30 | Action, Battlefield, Entertainment, shootEmUp, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
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
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.
Battlefield 3 | Done
Saturday, Apr 22 2017 01:00 | Action, Battlefield, CallOfDuty, Entertainment, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
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
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
Competitive Wargames Reputation - STO
Friday, Apr 14 2017 03:30 | Entertainment, MMORPG, online, reputation, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
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!
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)
Best patch note ever!
Friday, Mar 31 2017 11:13 | Ancient Greece, Entertainment, MMORPG, Mythology, StarTrek, StarWars, SWTOR, video games, VideoGames
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:
First contact day is upon us!
Monday, Mar 27 2017 18:34 | Entertainment, Films, MMORPG, online, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
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
Mass Effect Andromeda is here
Need to finish my 360 backlog so I can get an Xbox one start playing these ;-)
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
Kingsway OS - the RPG OS
OK, not really an OS, but an RPG in the style of an old GUI OS... pretty interesting!
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)
The perfect pac-man score (and the guy who beat it)
Woah! that's all I have to say! (via Alec Couros on Facebook)
Max Payne (PC) | Done!
Saturday, Feb 25 2017 17:00 | Action, Entertainment, PC, shootEmUp, video games, VideoGames, Windows
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
Portal, on the Apple II
Tuesday, Feb 21 2017 01:30 | Apple, AppleII, BASIC, Entertainment, portal, video games, VideoGames, youtube
I love seeing retroisms like this :) Someone programmed portal on the Apple II using Applesoft BASIC!
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 ?)
Mushroom Kingdom politics
Saturday, Feb 11 2017 01:00 | Humor, nintendo, politics, supermario, USA, video games, VideoGames, youtube
Some video game humor mashed up with contemporary politics (by Dorkly)
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
Star Trek Online: Reckoning is live
Friday, Jan 27 2017 10:30 | Entertainment, homework, MMORPG, PhD, School, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
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
Gaming with cats...
A little found humor this week from Gamercat. Describes perfectly my gameplay while Ezio (my cat) is around...
Huzzah! More grinding!
Saturday, Jan 21 2017 01:00 | Entertainment, MMORPG, online, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
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
A temporal captain!
Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 08:21 | Entertainment, Games, MMORPG, online, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
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
Wolfenstein: the New Order | Done!
Wednesday, Jan 11 2017 00:30 | Action, DOS, Entertainment, review, video games, VideoGames, wolfenstein, XBOX
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
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
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
Super Mario Holidays
Saturday, Dec 31 2016 20:00 | Christmas, comics, Entertainment, holidays, supermario, video games, VideoGames
Just before this year ends...a little video game humor which made me smile. Even Boos need a little holiday cheer!
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).
Assassin's Creed Chronicles : Russia | Done!
Wednesday, Dec 7 2016 02:00 | 3DS, Assassins Creed, Entertainment, frustration, nintendo, PSP, video games, VideoGames, Windows, XBOX, youtube
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
Nothing interferes with gaming!
From the most recent GamerCat - I bet it tastes like chicken ;-)
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India | Done
Wednesday, Nov 16 2016 09:34 | Assassins Creed, Entertainment, ubisoft, video games, VideoGames, Windows
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
Watchdogs 2 - trailer
Tuesday, Nov 15 2016 01:00 | Action, dissertation, Entertainment, PhD, School, trailer, video games, VideoGames, watchdogs, XBOX
One of the reasons to get the dissertation done sooner rather than later ;-)
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!)
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...
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...
Wednesday, Nov 2 2016 02:00 | Action, documentary, Entertainment, flight, Hitman, Movies, Sci-Fi, StarWars, vacation, video games, VideoGames
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
Monday, Oct 31 2016 02:00 | Action, Facebook, FanFilm, halloween, Horror, Humor, video games, VideoGames, youtube
What happens when Mario dies? Something found via facebook this weekend :-) Happy Halloween to you out there :-)
Slayer of beasts
Funny gamercat comic strip from this past week. Can slay tons of beasts in games...but not a spider.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China | Done
Monday, Oct 24 2016 02:00 | Assassins Creed, Entertainment, PC, princeOfPersia, ubisoft, video games, VideoGames
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
Nintendo Switch - pretty interesting
Saturday, Oct 22 2016 03:00 | Entertainment, Games, nintendo, preview, Video, video games, VideoGames, youtube
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 :)
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
Free-to-play? or pay-to-win?
Tuesday, Aug 30 2016 03:00 | comics, Entertainment, gamercat, Humor, mobile, video games, VideoGames
GamerCat explains mobile F2P gaming :-)
Reminds me a lot of my own experiences managing my inventory in games..LOL (from this week's comic strips)
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(
Resident Evil: The final chapter trailer
Saturday, Aug 13 2016 04:00 | Action, Entertainment, ResidentEvil, survivalHorror, suspense, trailer, video games, VideoGames, youtube
Woah! I think I need to do a marathon re-watch of all resident evil movies in preparation for this ;-)
New formats, new social norms?
Wednesday, Aug 10 2016 03:30 | ARG, comics, Humor, mobile, nintendo, pokemon, video games, VideoGames
A little social commentary on PokemonGo and the social awkwardness that can ensue (from last week's comics).
Old school copy protection?
What is the NES had today's 'copy protections'? :-)
More on achievements and trophies
Wednesday, Aug 3 2016 16:09 | achievements, comics, Entertainment, gamercat, Humor, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
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 :-)
8-BIT CINEMA // Show Reel by David Dutton
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 ;-)
Back in my day...people died of dysentery ;-)
Funny comic strip from this past week by Nerfnow :-)