Tea Talk: Games and experiences

Some time ago, I talked about how I felt uncomfortable with judging An Aspie Life as a game. Today however, I want to look more into its premise. An Aspie Life is a game where you play as someone with Asperger’s Syndrome. In this game, all the visuals, sound, mechanics and interactions are reflective of what the author, who himself has Asperger’s, goes through on a daily basis. The idea that a game can serve as a documentary of someone’s life is an interesting concept. And certainly, video games are extremely suitable for conveying what a person goes through because… [Continue Reading]

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My first time in a first-person shooter!

Medic wrote a very interesting article describing her early experiences with Left 4 Dead and how it shaped her future gaming career. I thought I could talk about my personal background in the same way. Unlike most of you, I did not grow up playing video games. My parents are awesome, but they were not comfortable with ‘brain-rotting activities’, and for that reason I grew up without a computer, internet, or any gaming consoles. This ‘forbidden fruit’ was likely the reason I’ve dived so heavily into all three cultures. (They let me have a TV, which I quickly grew bored of… [Continue Reading]

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How an FPS Should (and Shouldn’t) Reward Experience

While I’m not the Valve-only gamer I was a few years ago, I do seem to always find myself coming back to Valve’s pre-eminent titles. No matter how many times I grow tired of their old games and branch out in the hopes of finding similar but fresh content, I always eventually come crawling back for more Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress or Counter-Strike. Recently I took a bit of time to try and puzzle out just what exactly Valve had done to continually attract me so. And I think I’ve figured it out. The single best thing about Valve games in… [Continue Reading]

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Sham1 tries to CS:GO Part 1- The Beginning

Four thousand five hundred hours of TF2 and counting, one hundred and forty one hours of CS:GO. This is my  first blog post about my attempts at getting decent at Counter-Strike. This picture pretty much sums my experience with CS:GO at this point. The question of “How should I play this game?” is very important to me, and because I myself am a person who does not like to do stuff like matchmaking on games like this before I know I am very good at it, it will probably stay like that for awhile. But because I got myself a FACEIT account, I… [Continue Reading]

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My first time in a first person shooter…

I was never designed to be a gamer. I have the coordination skills of a donkey in ice skates, I over-think things and I jump at everything. Before I discovered PC Gaming, I used to play platformers and Worms Armageddon on the Play Station 2. First Person Shooters never really appealed to me, especially since it’s damn hard aiming with a console controller unless you have some sort of aim assist. Not that I ever really played one. Siphon Philter was probably the closest thing I played to a FPS and in that, I just set everyone on fire with… [Continue Reading]

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