Posts Tagged ‘video games’

Black Desert Online Beta

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I recently had the opportunity to play Black Desert Online in their second closed beta session for their upcoming Western release. Thank you Joe of Gadgets & Khajiits for providing me with a code! I hadn’t been interested in the game prior to trying it. In fact, my first impression of the game was negative. From what I had seen and heard about the game before I even played, I thought that the “boob jiggle” animation, gender locked classes, and revealing female outfits perpetuated sexism and objectified women. However, I tried the game, and I liked it a lot! None of that other stuff mattered anymore. Do not judge a book by its cover! Here’s what I thought about Black Desert Online after trying it out.

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Nom Nom Galaxy Review

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Today, Nom Nom Galaxy by Q-Games and PixelJunk has been launched for PC!  Nom Nom Galaxy is a 2D game in which you explore different planets to build offices and factories and collect ingredients in order to develop your own galactic soup empire.  There is also competition within the interstellar soup industry, so you must also build defenses to protect your soup factory! Read more to see my Nom Nom Galaxy review!

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New Corellian Run Radio + The Republic Episodes

Hi everyone! Here are the videos for the latest Corellian Run Radio and The Republic episodes! In both of the shows we have a guest host named Rachel, who writes the Xam Xam Says blog. We talk about the recent exploit punishments, and my experiences at PAX South and the San Antonio SWTOR Community Cantina.

Corellian Run Radio – Episode 137: The “Super-Cast”

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The Republic – Episode 198: SWTOR’s Dealing Out Punishments

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Adventures at PAX South 2015

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Last weekend, I flew out to San Antonio, TX to attend the first annual PAX South! I went to PAX East last year, so it wasn’t an entirely brand new experience for me. However, there were some differences I wanted to point out!

Since PAX South was in its first year, it was a lot smaller than what I had seen before at PAX East. However, it was much easier to see everything and walk around. I don’t attend a lot of conventions, so I couldn’t really compare the size to anything else. Even though it was “small,” there were still a ton of things to do!

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On Friday, I attended the panel, Where Did Multiplayer in MMOs Go? My co-host on The Republic, Larry Everett, was a guest on the panel, and he, along with the other panelists, talked about how some MMOs seem to be moving away from the social aspect by enabling players to be self-sufficient on their own without needing to communicate with other players. They mentioned Star Wars Galaxies quite a bit, and how it was an excellent MMO for social interaction, and they used garrisons from WoW as an example of how players sequester themselves from others.

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Panel of Where Did Multiplayer in MMOs Go?

 

While I saw many different games at the convention, for some reason I enjoy going to booths that aren’t games, but gaming products. I liked seeing the different gaming keyboards, mice, and PC components, like those from Logitech, Klevv, Astro Gaming, and Intel, because I like to see different products that could make my gaming experience better. I entered to win an i7 processor from Intel all three days of the convention, but I didn’t win! I’m sure they went to people that needed the processor far more than I, so I’m not bummed at all.

I’m not interested in playing a new game, and am not one that buys new games all the time. I keep my gameplay to a handful of games that I know I already like, so I wasn’t really that interested in seeing anything that was there.

Despite this, I did play a few games! I tried out Elite Dangerous, which was a space flying game that you played with joysticks and the Oculus Rift (if you’re lucky). The odds of getting to play with the OR were 4/7 which sounded good, but ended up working out for neither me nor my boyfriend. They should’ve never told us the odds.

I also played Super Mario on the Super Nintendo! I don’t remember what the room was called, but there was a couch and television set up in a corner with the SNES, and we played through a few levels!

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There was an arcade room that I enjoyed as well. I played this side-scrolling game that had crude language and feces flying through the air to damage your health. It was still fun, but eventually I somehow broke the computer because an AVG error message came up! Oops.

My boyfriend and I played some Dance Dance Revolution type game, and he shockingly beat me. I’m supposed to be good at this type of thing! One of the steps on my dance pad seemed like it wasn’t working, so perhaps I would’ve completely owned him if it did!

I would definitely attend PAX South again, but maybe not next year! Since I went to PAX East last year and PAX South this year, it’s time to travel back to Seattle for PAX Prime next year!

My Hair Stylist is a WoW Raider

New hairstyle 1-10Last weekend I went to the salon and got a few inches of my long hair trimmed and also had the layers shaped. This time around I decided to go to a different salon that was much closer to my house than the one I usually go to, so I called the salon and was scheduled with a random stylist.

When I arrived at my appointment I met my stylist, a young lady around my age named Sam. She was nice enough, but usually at spa or salon appointments I prefer not to partake in small talk unless it’s regarding what they are doing. I feel like talking with them distracts from their task, and they do a better job if I don’t say anything, but I could be completely wrong about this! However, I’m still polite enough to answer questions, and she began to ask about my personal life: where I worked, if I lived in the area, if I had any kids or a boyfriend.

I told her I had a boyfriend, which was the truth. She then asked where I met him, and so I mumbled something about video games, which she was very excited about!

She said she used to spend hours raiding in World of Warcraft, but lately she hasn’t had as much time to play because she works full-time. I agreed that I also have less time to spend in-game in SWTOR because I work as well.

Before she told me that she played WoW, I was less comfortable and more guarded about answering questions about myself. However, after that, it was much easier to talk to her because we had something huge in common. Usually, I don’t meet women or people in real life that play MMOs, so I was very happy to have met her.

I guess the moral of the story is not to hide or be embarrassed about your hobbies or things that you like to do (unless they are illegal and/or absolutely socially unacceptable), because you never know who you will interact with that may share that interest with you. Sam did a great job on my hair, and from now on I will go back to see her so I can chat about gaming while she cuts and styles my hair.

2 Episodes of Corellian Run Radio and Recording The Republic Live Tonight!

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Jason and I released a new episode of Corellian Run Radio on Tuesday, where we talk about tips and advice for PuGing in-game and the upcoming Community Cantinas! Since we recorded that on Sunday, we hadn’t yet heard news about the new SWTOR 3.0 Expansion: Shadow of Revan, so we recorded another episode on Tuesday that should be released sometime today. Download the episodes on iTunes or your preferred podcast app, or you can listen to us online at CorellianRun.com.

In addition to lots of Corellian Run Radio to listen to, I will be recording The Republic (for real this time) tonight on GAMEBREAKER.tv! The show should start approximately at 6pm PST, but you may want to give us some time for possible technical issues getting set up. Redna (OotiniCast), Larry Everett (Hyperspace Beacon), and I will also be talking about the new SWTOR expansion. Of course after the video is released on YouTube I’ll edit and embed the video into this post and add it to the Videos page here on the blog. (Alternate Twitch link: http://www.twitch.tv/gamebreakertv)

EDIT: Here’s the video for The Republic Episode 187!

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Gaming vs. Real Life Commitments

Today one of my friends told me about this awesome sale going on and asked if I wanted to shop on Friday night. While I felt extremely excited about the sale, I turned her down because Friday is one of the days that I run operations with my team, and we only run ops (officially with our team) two days a week. Since we’re working on Nightmare progression and we just recently put together this group (which I think is awesome!), I did not want to stunt the group’s progress, they would have to bring someone else in, and I would have to learn what they figured out while I was gone.

However, turning down a shopping date does not mean I’m prioritizing video games over real life events. Since I have been raiding on a schedule, I find that I’m able to be online less and can plan other things in my life around gaming. And if I have nothing to do, then I will stay online for hours at a time.

Before having regularly scheduled operations, I felt like I had to be online as much as possible to get into PuG operations, I never knew when people would want to play or if there would be room for me in a group. I remember having to log off in the middle of operations because of something I had to do in real life, and I didn’t like it at all. It made me feel guilty, like I was stealing time from things and people in real life, my guildies in-game, and myself.

The other day I almost forgot I had something to do in real life. I was sitting in Terror From Beyond, about to start my third operation of the day, and I realized that I had to go. I felt really bad about leaving, but they were able to find a replacement quickly. Also, it wasn’t one of my regular raid nights anyway, just a story mode run, so it wasn’t crucial for me to be there.

I definitely don’t feel obligated to show up to raid nights (Monday/Friday) while I’m on vacation, if I have a family event, or if it is a holiday (Halloween is on a Friday!). However I always let my guild master or ops lead know beforehand if I’m going to be late or unable to show up.

Sometimes I still find it difficult to schedule things going on in my life. Today, I will be recording another episode of Corellian Run Radio before I go to a class at the gym. On Wednesdays I drive home from work, listen to maybe 15 minutes of OotiniCast, and then I have to go to another class at the gym. Thursday, I’m hoping recording The Republic will end early enough that I can make it to Pub Quiz with some friends later. Lately, most weeks have been like this, where I’ve been very busy.

My weekends are filled with running errands, doing chores, going to appointments, going out with friends, and then some gaming. A few weeks ago I accidentally booked three appointments at the same time. I got that fixed before it actually happened, but I should probably work on using my phone’s calendar better. I still feel like I play a lot, but clearly not as much as others when I’m only playing and trying to meet conquest points on one character.

Right now I work full-time, have no children, and am already done with school. If I ever get married and have kids, I’ll definitely have to change something in my life, because I wouldn’t want to give up gaming to have more time.

SWTOR Expansion 3.0: Shadow of Revan

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Surprise! SWTOR Expansion 3.0: Shadow of Revan has been announced! I couldn’t resist the 12x experience bonus, so I preordered about a minute ago. I plan on logging in and leveling my Shadow toward level 55. Early Access for people that pre-order is on December 2nd, which is earlier than I expected! Community Coordinator Hillary Nicole has also e-mailed new information, including highlights of the new expansion:

Highlight of things to come in Shadow of Revan:
– 5 more levels (level cap now 60).
– 2 planets: Rishi and Yavin 4.
– Disciplines
– 2 new role-neutral Flashpoints.
– 4 Hard Mode Flashpoints.
– 2 level 60 Operations.
– Limited time XP boost for Subscribers.
– And more!

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I’m not surprised at all by the two operations and two planets. I’m guessing one planet will be like Makeb, and the other will be a small Daily area like CZ-198. I’m really hoping that the four Hard Mode Flashpoints aren’t simply HM versions of the current Tacticals, but I’m afraid they probably will be. It also looks like we’re getting two new Tacticals on top of that.

Another interesting and huge change is the new Discipline system, which I’m looking forward to trying. I find that I use a few points as filler in the Deception skill tree, and it will be nice to have a bit more freedom.

Unfortunately, Eric Musco has verified in the forums that there will be no PvP content, space or ground, in the new expansion. However, he wrote that the changes with the Discipline system and set bonuses will directly impact PvP.

It’s also interesting that Bioware delayed this announcement for a subscriber perk, when the only subscriber perk announced was an experience bonus.   I don’t think that should have been reason enough to not meet the deadline promised to their players/customers.

What do you think? I’m really excited to try out new level 60 operations, but a bit disappointed that a $20 expansion has no concrete (new maps/modes) PvP content, especially since I find that PvP is one of the weakest aspects in the game.

Pretty Little Weekend: Salons, Tanking, New Headset!

Sometimes I feel like during the weekend, I don’t spend my time effectively or enjoyably. This weekend, I think it did pretty well! I got a lot of girly things done, as well as lots of gaming, and even made an exciting purchase! Here’s a glimpse into my life from this past weekend.

I started Saturday out with an 8:30am appointment getting my eyelash extensions refilled, which I think might sound horrifying to some people! I’m actually really allergic to mascara, and got rashes on my eyelids when I wore it. When I first tried lash extensions, I stopped getting rashes on my eyelids, and I don’t have to wear additional makeup on a day-to-day basis because they make my eyes look really great. This saves me a ton of time, and lets me sleep in just a little longer after long nights of gaming.

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After that, I stopped by at my favorite organic coffee shop in town, Sunrise Coffee, and picked up a dirty horchata after seeing SWTOR Live Producer Amber Green tweet about them earlier in the week. Lattes and horchatas are two of my favorite drinks, but together?! I hadn’t even heard of it before, so I had to have one. I got that and also a Nomnom Burrito, which has spinach, egg, avocado, tomato, beans, potatoes and cheese.

Then I went to the hair salon for a half-inch trim and an update on the ombré . For those that don’t know what that means, basically my hair color gradually changes from the roots to the tips. Currently, it’s my natural hair color on top and gradually changes to a nice dark red at the bottom. This is a change from the caramel colored ombré I had previously.

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By then, it was early afternoon, and I wanted to get some gaming in! When I picked up my headset to start talking to my guildies in Mumble, I realized that my poor Logitech headset had finally broken. I didn’t want to tape it together, because this was a good opportunity to get something new/shiny. Plus, if I’m going to be on camera at all (The Republic? Streaming? Possibly?) or recording podcasts, I didn’t want to be using broken equipment.

I was due for a new headset anyway, so I drove to Fry’s Electronics here in town. I’m so glad we have one in case of emergencies like this. I wasn’t sure which headset to buy. I figured I’d just pick up another Logitech one, and there was one there for $99.99. However, I also know that my webcam is really, really bad (“Your camera quality makes you look like a Monet painting.”), so I decided to pick up a camera also. I didn’t see the one I was looking for, so I stood around the million employees until one quickly and enthusiastically asked if I needed help. Unfortunately they were out of stock on the camera, but he asked if I needed help with anything else.

When I said what I needed, he suggested, “Have you thought about getting a gaming headset? They are pretty similar to a regular headset.” This poor guy had no idea what kind of person I was, but I’ll give him a break. I played along and let him lead me to the aisle with the gaming headsets. He pointed at the Razer Kraken Pro Neon and said, “This one comes in bright colors!” I picked up the pink one.

broken headsetThe best part was when he tried to sell me a computer, because the headset was definitely easy commission for him. When I said I already had a pretty good computer and he asked what kind—I giggled a bit inside before telling him about my i7 processor, 780ti graphics card, brand new water cooler and solid state drive. “Are you a gamer? What games do you play?” he asked. Star Wars: The Old Republic!

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I checked out and left the building: Total time spent inside Fry’s was 13 minutes! I’m an efficient shopper.

Prior to purchasing the new headset, I ran the Hammer Station flashpoint using Mumble on my phone, and I actually tanked it! The queue was taking too long with two DPS and a healer, so I decided to take one for the team and tank it for a faster queue pop. I think I did fantastically well, using actual tank gear (surprisingly in 168-186 rating gear) and spec. I will have to learn a bit more about my Assassin’s Darkness spec, because I didn’t think it was too difficult barely knowing what I was doing. Reading the procs that came up helped with knowing what abilities I should use (Energize for Shock, Harnesssed Darkness for Force Lightning). I held agro the whole time also!

The rest of my weekend was more gaming focused. I filled in as DPS in Dread Palace HM for one of my guild’s operation groups, and also worked on finishing my flashpoint weeklies. Additionally, I earned lots of achievements in GSF, playing 50 matches as a gunship and several other things, which I was very proud of! I hit my conquest points goal, which is excellent because my guild conquered Balmorra (Empire) with the #1 spot!

I also tried out Ranked in Hearthstone, and I’m up to 23 right now I think. I’ve been playing with my custom Priest and Rogue decks. Hearthstone is a lot of fun! Add me (“Dianah”) if you would like to challenge me to a match.

How was your weekend? Were you able to get some gaming in? Did you try any new foods or drinks? Did you get any personal grooming or shopping in?

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