One-man D&D

Normally, I talk about video games, with most of my articles being about PC games and a significant chunk of them being about Team Fortress 2. Either way, my topics are largely about digital interactive entertainment. Today however I want to talk about something more physical. I recently recovered these two books from my bookshelf. As the tagline on the covers suggests, it’s an interactive book where you make your own choices in the adventure. Much like a choose-your-own-adventure book, except that these books also have a combat system. At the start of each book, you need to generate a… [Continue Reading]

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Bringing up the past

What you see up there is a piece of my past. You see, while the Game Boy Advance was out when I was six, I never had a proper handheld console until I got a Nintendo DS Lite six years later. And after more than a decade that thing is still working, I checked it a few days ago from the time of writing. Holy shit are those things built to last. But anyways, before the DS, the only handheld games available to me are these things, and the 9999 in 1 tagline is technically underselling it. There are 702… [Continue Reading]

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Beefing Up My Operator

It’s been a while since I talked about the Operator, the doofy little teenage kid controlling your metal death machines from a chair in the back of your ship. I think the last time I mentioned them, I was complaining about how my Operator treated Ordis like he was nothing during the Sacrifice quest. But gameplay-wise, Operators aren’t… as bad as you think. As long as you beef them up a little. Your stock Operator straight out of the War Within is weak as heck. That’s mostly intentional though. You’ve just realised you can jump through space and time to… [Continue Reading]

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The Flaw in the Level 3 Sentry’s Design

This isn’t a gameplay discussion by the way, it’s a lore(???) discussion. In the TF2 lore, the Engineer is supposed to be a genius, having eleven hard science PhDs. He also managed to build these wondrous buildings that helps his team out a lot. However, there is one thing that really annoys me about the design of the Level 3 Sentry. We all know that the Level 3 Sentry is capable of shooting bullets and rockets. Bullets are hitscan in games and almost hitscan-like in real life. Rockets, however, are projectiles with travel time. Thus, aiming and firing rockets require… [Continue Reading]

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It’s Melting Men

The Manmelter is the most … different of all the flare guns. It’s definitely not the most unusual Pyro secondary out there, since that goes to either the Thermal Thruster or the Gas Passer, but among its subclass of Pyro secondaries it is definitely the most unique. But before I talk more about the Manmelter, I just want to talk about my one pet peeve of this gun, which I’ve mentioned in a previous article before: make the reloading more obvious. Seriously, making it more visually distinct when you are ready to shoot will improve the experience of using the Manmelter a… [Continue Reading]

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Tons and Tons and Tons of Shitty Loot

This is going to sound mean, but loot in Borderlands 2 really sucks. It’s awful. It’s annoying as heck. In fact, it’s a large amount of rummaging through crap until you find something half decent. In the early levels of Borderlands 2, that doesn’t matter. The loot is kinda supposed to be shitty since it’s the start of the game and you’re basically scavenging shit. Plus, it makes no sense to give new players stupidly powerful stuff because it’s early doors. The Hyperion weapons chest you open before you get to the first proper area is that bait to continue,… [Continue Reading]

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Rebuilding a Relay for the Steel Meridian

There’s an event going on in Warframe right now. An event in which we rebuild a relay, one of the relays that was destroyed in another event three years ago. Dubbed the Pyrus Project, this is a community effort to revive what should have been rebuilt a long time ago. Helping us in this effort are the Steel Meridian, the ragtag force of defected Grineer that just want to help others… as long as they’re not the Perrin Sequence. Except I kinda did the whole event solo. In fact, it wasn’t really “community-y” at all. Aside from sitting in the… [Continue Reading]

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Once upon a time, I played Overwatch.

Last Christmas, I got Overwatch. I did tried Overwatch before that during the free weekends, but I never got to play much then due to real-life matters (i.e. swamped by work). I only got to properly play Overwatch after I got my own copy. Before I started, I made a promise to myself to stay as far away from Mercy as possible. I played quite a bit of Medic in TF2, and I am just sick of operating the mystery healing beam dispenser. I wanted to try something new, to see what Overwatch has to offer proper. I started off… [Continue Reading]

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Great Weapons for Warframe Newbies

You’re new. You want a new weapon. Your starter weapons are getting old and tired. You NEED something else. I get it. That’s why I’ve got a couple of good, strong weapons that a newbie Warframe player can easily get a hold of. And by newbie, I mean these are accessible to players at around Mastery Rank 2-4, who have access to all planets up to Ceres. After Ceres, and particularly at Saturn and Uranus, things tend to get difficult. Europa in particular is also a very tough moon. There is a quick thing I will mention before I continue.… [Continue Reading]

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More Rambling About Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO is something I kinda wish I jumped on earlier. But how could I have jumped on the bandwagon when I had no mobile data on my phone plan? It’s only been the last year or so that I’ve had 4G to use, and holy heck I have treated it like a scarce resource. To the point that I genuinely felt bad getting a €6 top up of 250MB. Because I’d used up my 150MB playing Pokemon GO. Yes, mobile data here is expensive. And free WI-FI areas are few and far between, assuming you can even connect in… [Continue Reading]

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