Wreck and Ruin

A lone stronghold stood in the plains, its banners vibrant, its walls resolute, a shield against whoever may come to conquer these lands. The interiors may not be luxurious, but it had all that is needed for a small group of soldiers to live on. The shelves were stocked, and the soldiers are protected from their foes and the elements within its walls. Alas, no fortifications hold for eternity, and soon the walls and the hopes of men crumbled. With the damages sustained, those who survived had to fall back, as the enemy charged towards them with utmost ferocity. As… [Continue Reading]

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I hate Wither Rose farms

Wither Rose farms are something I always wanted to build but am too intimidated by. Wither Roses are useful for mob farms since they can kill mobs with the Wither effect, and is one of the two farmable sources of black dye, the other being ink sacs. However, Wither Rose farms require having a Wither, and they are not the most cooperative mob out there. The most reliable Wither Rose farm design I’ve found so far is by Rays Works, and is almost foolproof. However, it needs to be built in The End. And honestly, I do not want to… [Continue Reading]

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Genshin Impact – The End

I’ve went through what Genshin Impact is, and the good and bad of this game. Genshin is a game I like and enjoy a lot. I have a group of friends that I play with regularly, and I am in a Discord group with like-minded people. There is always something to do, and something to look forward to. The game itself is fun and enjoyable, and there’s always something to explore, try, and learn. The team-of-4 mechanic is amazing, and trying to fit four characters into a team that works best together is like assembling a 4-piece 5-dimensional jigsaw puzzle… [Continue Reading]

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Genshin Impact – The Bad

No game in the world is perfect, and Genshin Impact definitely isn’t. And oh boy does it have a lot of problems. The Gacha It’s not about the rates, nor the pity system, nor the IRL cost per pull. It’s the fact that gacha exists in the game. Academic research has shown that lootboxes are linked to gambling problems, in adults and adolescents. And gacha is equivalent with lootboxes since both have the players spend currency for a chance to acquire something rare and/or powerful. And in Genshin Impact, you pull for characters and weapons, which is vital for gameplay.… [Continue Reading]

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Genshin Impact – The Good

There are many things that Genshin Impact does right. After all, there has to be a reason why the mobile version managed to hit one billion dollars in earnings within six months. These are my own personal reasons as to why I like this game so much. Gameplay The gameplay is a third-person hack-and-slash affair. Each character has a normal attack, a charged attack, an Elemental Skill (an offensive/utility ability on cooldown), and an Elemental Burst (an ult basically, requires energy generated from Elemental Skill to charge up). A team of four is active during regular gameplay, with one on-field… [Continue Reading]

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Genshin Impact – The Introduction

Genshin Impact, from miHoYo Co., Ltd., is an open-world action role-playing game, playable on PC, mobile, and PS4. It launched with a bang on September 28, 2020 and it is taking way too much of my time since last November. Before I discuss the merits and problems with the game however, I suppose it’s best if I introduce the game itself first to serve as a foundation for future articles. Story You and your twin (one male, one female, you get to chose which one you want to be) are cross-dimensional travelers. While you were about to leave Teyvat, a… [Continue Reading]

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Terraforming and Landscaping

As I play Minecraft more and more, I become pickier and pickier at where I set up my base. If the locale doesn’t look interesting enough, I’ll be moving somewhere else. Even if it means dragging cows and sheep over a thousand blocks, which I normally have to do since I ended up staying in the mountains most of the time. And after I find a place that I like, I modify the area so that it looks better. I start off by cleaning up the area. Generally, I’ll have a temporary base set up first since I need a… [Continue Reading]

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Three Thousand And One Posts

If memory serves, the first post I’ve came across from here was aabicus’s post on the Half-Zatoichi. Back then, I hadn’t enrolled in university. I remember reading an article a day on the bus to school. 3000 posts and 8 years later, we’ve reached 3001 posts on this site. This is largely thanks to Medic, who I believe is responsible for around 60% of all published posts. Writers come and go, the site changed from blog.spuf.info to spuf.org, Steam Powered User Forums, the forum that this blog is born from, has been shut down. A YouTube channel, The SPUF of… [Continue Reading]

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Gundam Battle: Gunpla Warfare, and gacha in general

I love mechs. And my most favourite media franchise is Gundam. However, there really aren’t many games for the franchise out there on PC. As in, not many that I like. The bulk of them are strategy games, and the only strategy I know is “whack enemy with big stick”. When GBGW was first announced, I was quite excited for it. A Gundam game where I get to customize my own Mobile Suit and beat up other Mobile Suits? It’s like a dream come true. I wasn’t exactly pleased to find out that it’s a mobile game, but it doesn’t… [Continue Reading]

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An attempt at Art

Break Arts II is a beautiful game. There are moments in the race where everything blurred together into a whirlwind of colours, but throughout the game, the game looks stunning. Break Arts II is rather unusual for a mech game. While most mech games are either RTS games or action games, Break Arts II is a racing game. Imagine being able to build a race car from scratch, just that your “car” is a bipedal robot and you have the option to shoot your enemies to ruin their lead. That is Break Arts II in a nutshell. And speaking of… [Continue Reading]

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