zondag 23 december 2012

Skyrim: Mod spotlight - Vilja in Skyrim

I recently started playing with this mod and i am just so impressed by it that i just had to write a short post about it.

This mod is called Vilja in Skyrim, some people might remember Vilja from Oblivion, well now she has arrived in Skyrim :)

Basicly Vilja is a companion mod, but ther is so much more to her than just a companion that follows you around and blocks the doorway you wanna go through (like Lydia does all the time).
This companion feels much more "alive", she actually interracts with the world, she will make remarks about things she sees, give comments about quests you are on or give her opinion on quests you have done.
In fact she talks a lot, and by a lot, i mean A LOT :)
Sometimes she is annoying, sometimes you will laugh, she talks a lot to you, to herself or to other companions (like Lydia, Aela and many other..), most companions she will actually hold conversations with, i have not tested with all but she will actually hold whole conversations with Lydia and Aela.

One of the coolest features (i think) is that you can actually ask her what she wants to do next, or you just ask her to take you somewhere (like a city, nearest tavern or let her decide on some random location) and she will lead the way and bring you there.
Now that feels really awesome, instead of you taking the lead and your follower just following you, you are now following your companion to where she wants to go.
She will every now and then tell you that "it isn't fair that you always get to decide where to go next".

She is fully voiced with over 4000 lines of dialog with a cute swedish accent :)
There is way more awesome stuff with this mod and if you want to know more you can read it on the mods page on the Nexus.
All in all this makes her feel very much "alive" and not like some stupid mute robot following you around.
I admit that at times she can be quite annoying, as she (by default) doesn't shut up, i like her that way, but you can, in her menus, adjust her setting so she does talk less.

Here's a little video that will give a much better review of Vilja than i did in this post :)

For me this companion is so much fun, that i have left all others at home, whenever i just take Lydia with me it feels like i am missing something :)

zaterdag 22 december 2012

Travelling back to Skyrim

It's funny how you can ignore a game for a long time and then get completely back into it :)

I had bought the Dawnguard and Hearthfire DLC for Skyrim during the Steam sales, i used to play Skyrim A LOT, but at a certain pount got tired of it.
Not that long ago i somehow ended up on the Nexus and saw some great new mods out and that reminded me i had bought the DLC so i figured it was time to check that out.

I always fear starting my (modded) Bethesda games after release of updates/DLC because it always breaks the game/mods, and, no surprise, this time it also did.
I couldn't start building a house in Hearthfire and i couldn't enter the Dawnguard Fort without crashing the game..
Even without mods activated the game would still be bugged as hell, i would actually say even more bugged than with mods as i have quite a few mods that fix stuff that Bethesda left in.

So first i had to figure out what was causing all that, first thing of course is checking which mods i wanted to use and which mods could go, after that updating all mods to the latest releases.
That fixed my Heartfire problems, but the crashing at Dawnguard Fort still happened, in the end i found that there was a script in my scripts folder that altered the mannequins in the game (i think there used to be a "wandering" mannequin bug and this script fixed that), that script caused the crashing, after removing that script everything (seemed to) work.

But my happiness was short, apperantly my save game was allready pretty bugged, had a savegame with a huge filesize (226MB) and during play the game would constantly freeze, pretty much unplayable..
So a new game had to be started, with a new character.

Eventhough i hated abandoning my (first Skyrim) character, it does feel kinda nice to start over, despite allready knowing most of the quests, i am still seeing stuff i don't remember from my first playthrough.
I also enjoyed Hearthfire and Dawnguard, although Dawnguard was still buggy/glitchy like hell, i actually had to use the console at least twice to be able to advance in the questline because some scripted scene would not start (like Serana opening the portal to the soul cairn) and many more small glitches/bugs, overall i would say Hearthfire and Dawnguard where enjoyable, but i was not very impressed with them, but they felt very rushed, i have seen stuff in mods that is much more impressive and though out, and better working than what Bethesda showed in Hearthfire and Dawnguard (and mods are free!!).

I may have said it before but Bethesda really needs to take a look at the modding community over on the Nexus and get some of these people to work for them, i mean i see modders doing way more impressive things with (i assume) the same tools the devs use and usually a lot less bugs/glitches.

So far i have played over 500 hours of Skyrim and i think there will be many more :)
Although i doubt i would be playing this much without mods :)

zaterdag 1 december 2012

Restless Gamer Syndrome

I guess it has something to do with the time of the year.
Somehow most of the year i am pretty happy playing whatever i am playing, however when i gets towards that last few months of the year it seems as if i am getting bored/unhappy with the games i am playing and start looking for new games to play and jump from one to another.

Don't know if it is just me or if other gamers have the same thing :)

So i have been looking and playing (and trying) lots of games, lately and one of my favorite places to check for games has become kickstarter.
There are quite a few games that have caught my attention and i can't wait to check those games out.
Here's just a few:
Wasteland 2 - http://kck.st/yDcMry
Shadowrun Returns - http://kck.st/HgUlMj
Project Eternity - http://kck.st/Sl7W7K
Star Citizen - http://kck.st/RXG0Z8
Shadowgate - http://kck.st/VsUwJ9
Sui Generis - http://kck.st/PkmGrD
Limit Theory - http://kck.st/WivH2X
Elite: Dangerous - http://kck.st/YN6rVC
The Infection Simulation - http://kck.st/RdYtVP

Other than that i have been getting back into some of my "old" games like The Sims 3, Darkstar One, Freelancer and of course the Steam sale left me with many games to play...
I am also having lots of fun in Sleeping Dogs, always like these open world kinda games and i think it is one of the reasons why i actually play MMO's, just to get that feeling of an open (big) world to explore and adventure in.
I have also been looking at some browser games like World of Steam (Beta), Drakensang Online and Battlestar Galactica Online.

At the moment i just can't get myself to play any of my MMO's, although i did play a little WoW just to check out Mists of Pandaria but other than that it's mostly singleplayer games i am playing.

Another thing that might have contributed. was the fact that i (re)discovered cycling during my summer hollidays and started cycling a lot and enjoying it a lot, that got my mind off of gaming and i didn't play much the months after that (hence the long period of me not gaming/blogging).
Until a couple of weeks ago the weather was quite pleasent to be cycling, but with the cold weather lately i guess my interrest in gaming got back :)

Now to get into my huge backlog of games..

zondag 17 juni 2012

Hellgate Global: From London to Tokyo

I recently started reading Helgate: London Exodus and reading that book reminded me how much i enjoyed the game and even more the whole back story and lore behind this game.

Maybe the game itself didn't do justice to the lore, but it is still a lot of fun to play.
Reading the books made me realise how much more awesome this game could have been..

Even after Hellgate: London was taken down you could still play the game in singleplayer mode.
The game has now relaunched as Hellgate Global and is free to play up to a certain point, there are definitely some cash shop purchases required to enjoy the full game.

I ended up in the beta for Hellgate Global but for some reason i could not log in to my account, as no matter what i tried my password was not accepted, a couple of days ago i finally managed to get my password reset and am now playing :)

The game is not without it's problems, i am very surprised to still see some bugs there that were allready in the Hellgate: London beta way back, but so far it is not all game breaking.
The only major problem is lag spikes, there are moments in combat where everything freezes up for several seconds or you get a framerate of 1 fps.
There also seems to be very little (gm) support, gold spammers are sometimes spamming chat for hours.

Despite everything i still love this game and can't wait to see what the future brings for this game.
I allready had a little taste of Tokyo, which looks pretty good, can't wait to see where the story brings me, most of the story i allready played through with Hellgate: London although some things seem to have changed.

donderdag 7 juni 2012

A Buggy Game of Thrones

I never heard much about this RPG until i actually saw it on Steam and since i really enjoy Game of Thrones i figured an RPG set in this world might be cool.

It felt kind of wierd i hadn't heard about this game before, i mean a big IP like GoT you would think big marketing..

Today the game unlocked for me on Steam and i was able to start the game, and that was about it.
I wanted to check my settings and change screen resolution, but for some reason all i got was blank (black) menus, nothing to read/select/check, the same with all other menus.
So i figured to just leave the settings as they were and just start playing.

Well everything went fine during the intro, it looked ok, nothing really amazing but just like any other decent RPG.
Then came the character menu
More bugs, a two headed character, nothing more to see here so on to the next menu
And more bugs, no text, nothing to click, just a buggy four headed character..
I was able to somehow get past this by just randomly clicking and or smashing buttons and got through to the character attributes screens, but that gave me more black screens with nothing to read or see what i was doing.

So when it comes to the game itself, i have no idea, i can't judge it (yet), but just from this experience i am fearing the worst: a buggy game.
Still hoping this game is worth the purchase, but only time will tell. I guess i'll just have to wait and see if there are going to be any game updates/bugfixes coming through Steam that will allow me to play this game.

Right now i can't recommend getting this game, even if you are a big Game of Thrones fan, i also can't say not to get it as maybe not everyone is having problems with this game but it won't work for me, plain and simple.

I was really looking forward to playing this game, but i guess there is a reason this game did not get a lot of publicity, despite having a big IP/name to it.
Really hope Cyanide Studios is working on some fixes here as i can't imagine being the only one having these problems.

zaterdag 26 mei 2012

SWTOR: A quiet universe.

I have been slowly progressing on my smuggler Morenn, who has just reached level 36.
Right now she is questing on Balmorra, progress has been somewhat slow as i am staying away from all heroic quests, no sense in trying them when there are only a few people on the planet most of the time.

It's definitely something i have noticed, everywhere i go there seem to be only a few people on the planet, obviously most people who do play have leveled up and moved on and there are very few new players.
It has been kind of the same with my guild, usually it's just me online and maybe every now and then i see another person logging in, although in this screenshot there are actually 3 people logged in (including me).

So right now i am skipping (dropping) any heroic quests i get and just concentrate on doing the normal quests, obviously i am missing out on quite a bit of content here, but yeah, there's not much i can do about it.

Don't get me wrong though, i am still having fun, the smuggler main story has been quite good and i really enjoy the interaction with my companions, actually in the above screenshot you see me leveling up after a nice chat with Risha in a cantina, who is by far my favorite companion.

I guess i'll be saving that heroic content for later, along with codex entries and holocrons that i missed.

vrijdag 25 mei 2012

38 Studios a final goodbye.

Not even a day after the bad news of the BioWare/SWTOR layoffs came even worse news this time it's a sudden (unexpected) shutdown of an entire company.

A few very good posts have allready been made about this and i think Keen and Graev worded it perfect:
Quote: "Following games closely and being so excited for something, just to have it shut down at a moment’s notice, is the hardest part of being such eager gaming enthusiasts.  Such potential for something fresh or new is destroyed, but we’ll continue to see a new Call of Duty game released every year and a horrible MMO will see the light of day simply because it has a huge publisher.  So frustrating."
 One can't help but wonder what the hell went on on the business side of 38 studios to "run out of money" so suddenly to be closed down like that and i can't help but feel bad for those working so hard on the game, it must be very frustrating to know that now all your hard work will probably not see the light of day now.

I absolutely had my eyes on 38 studios or rather on Project Copernicus.
I did like Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning quite a bit and am definitely not done playing and was quite curious to see what this franchise would turn into, well i guess we now know...

Nicolaus Copernicus - Died 24 May 1543
Project Copernicus - Died 24 May 2012
Irony ?

woensdag 23 mei 2012

It's never easy.

Most of you have probably by now heard of the layoffs at BioWare/SWTOR.
Eventhough it was expected that after a succesfull launch (some) people would  lose their jobs, lots of people get hired on contract base, it is never an easy thing. Especially when it happens to a game or company you like.

However some of the layoffs for SWTOR are somewhat unexpected, especially when you hear that, basicly the guy that put SWTOR out there, the lead community guy, Stephen Reid is one of them.
Stephen Reid was/is for me the face behind SWTOR and to see him go feels really wierd.
It really makes me wonder what is going on here.

I have never been a big EA fan so when EA got their money grabbing hands on BioWare it definitely got me worried. Maybe i am seeing things that aren't there or maybe there where other reasons, but i can't shake the feeling that now EA basicly owns BioWare and most importantly their (very) succesfull IP's (Mass Effect, Dragon Age and a Star Wars license), they don't care that much for BioWare as a company and i wouldn't be surprised to see BioWare dissapear under the EA banner.

I really hope i am wrong, i am a huge BioWare fan and i really hope BioWare manages to stay independent under the EA banner, but i guess only time will tell..

I do wish all those affected by the layoffs the best in their future jobs and thanks for putting out such a great game.

And to however is going to replace Stephen Reid: goodluck, you've got some big boots to fill.

Another thing i noticed was quite a few people posting on twitter that they were going to quit playing SWTOR now because of the layoffs, well i don't know, you want to quit playing SWTOR because you don't like the layoffs... Well guess what, if everyone stops playing there will be even more layoffs.

dinsdag 22 mei 2012

Back in the old days of gaming.

I often hear (read) people say they want the good old days of gaming back, that they really want some "old school" gaming.
Well maybe i am getting too old but when i think old school gaming i am thinking about dying and losing everything having to start over.
A game having 100 levels, you manage to get to level 99, you died and had to start all over again from level 1 with nothing than what you started with at the first place.

Nah, i definitely don't want those days back, i think i am pretty happy with what gaming evolved into, i think i like the WoW generation of games.
Don't get me wrong i enjoyed those days of trial and error trying to beat a game by playing the same levels over and over until i finally managed to beat that last level, but i am also glad those days are over, i rather enjoy the casual gaming we have nowadays, of being able to just start at the beginning of the level i just died in instead of having to start the entire game from the start.

Maybe i am just older than the people making these comments and they are talking about later games, cause i can't imagine (or don't want to) what it would be like to play WoW (or any MMO) with having to start all over with nothing when you die at level 1.
It might be fun for a while but i am pretty sure many will get frustrated and quit very soon.

I do still occasionally play old school games but usually after a few hours i get tired of having to start all over again and i'll just start up something a little more casual/fun.

maandag 21 mei 2012

LOTRO: Trying to get back.

Coming back into LOTRO and trying to get my bearings again i can't shake the feeling of everything evolving around the cash shop and Turbine forcing you to pay real money in order for the game being more enjoyable.

I mean, just as an example, the killing deeds where you have to kill a certain number of mobs for a deed to complete. Now correct me if i am wrong but i do not remember that number of required mobs to be that high, i mean 100 to 150 mobs to finish a deed seems quite normal now.
Now of course you can speed that up by buying stuff in the cash shop (for real money) that will actually give you 2 kills for the price of one, so instead of 100 mobs now you only have to kill 50, which in turn makes the game less grindy and as a result more enjoyable.

Heck wanna do more damage, there's a potion in the shop for that too.
It feels a lot like pay to win to me..

I might get the wrong impression but that's how the game feels to me coming back into it after being away for some time and i have a lifetime sub (VIP account) so i can't imagine what the game must feel like for F2P players.

But yeah, i did buy some of that stuff to speed up my game, heck i logged into the game finding well over 13000 points in my account so i guess i am good for a while :)
Having said that, i would not buy a lifetime sub for the game as it is now, this is not the game i bought a lifetime sub for and i feel screwed  over by the cash shop shit.
I do not mind a cash shop for vanity items, but a cash shop that basicly sells you things to "fix" things that should be ingame is just plain wrong.

I think that if i would not have bought a lifetime sub i would not be playing this game today, i think the only reason i am playing it is because i feel i need to to justify buying that lifetime..

zondag 20 mei 2012

STO: Final Promotion

I have been having a lot of fun playing Star Trek Online and have finally reached max rank (level) on my main, Cynfull is now Vice Admiral :)

The last couple of levels went really fast by just doing the episodes and a lot of duty officer missions, the fun thing about duty officer missions is you basicly do them offline, they can last from a few minutes to a day or 2 and there are always missions completed when you log in giving lots of xp.

So i guess i will be seeing how end game plays in STO :)
I am now finishing up the last couple of Borg episodes and then i have played them all, of course i might go for a re-run of the previous episodes.

I still think i need to work on optimizing my gear and bridge officers, as i really haven't looked into that yet, really have no clue as to what the best gear for all the slots are, so there's still plenty to do.

vrijdag 18 mei 2012

Taking my time in Diablo 3

Progress on my Demon Hunter has been somewhat slow (i think), she is currently at level 13.
I feel i am going slow because i am taking my time, if i have to go to a dungeon for a quest i usually take my time an explore the entire map and killing all mobs before even going into the dungeon to continue the quest.

Now i could of course rush through it and just do the main storyline quests but where would the fun be in that.

If i would have started in hardcore i wouldn't have made it to lvl 13 though as my Demon Hunter died at lvl 11, somehow i wasn't paying attention to my lifebar and ended up dead.
Though i think normal mode is pretty easy, as i haven't used any potions yet, but this one particular time i wasn't keeping my distance from the mobs and just got overwhelmed, so if this would have been hardcore it would have been the end and i would have to start over.
I hardly see my lifebar go down below half, so i just wasn't paying any attention to it or i would have used a potion, i think, at that time i had over 40 in my bags.

It's not a big deal but it would have been nice to make it through the game without dying :)
Right now i feel like after i finish on normal i would like to get through it on hardcore, but yeah, let's first play it through, i also wanna try all the other classes just to see which one i like the most and then get that class through on hardcore.

woensdag 16 mei 2012

Demons Beware

Like everyone else i am also playing Diablo 3.
I started a demon hunter, which i also played through the beta and enjoyed a lot.
I have to admit i have not tried any other classes, but since i allready had alot of fun playing it i decided to roll one again.

I also got caught up in the launch "craziness" and ordered a collectors editon box eventhough i allready have a (free) digital copy through the WoW deal a while ago, i just couldn't resist the CE.

If you are interrested to add me my battletag is Hauntshade#1937

dinsdag 15 mei 2012

LOTRO: And now i should actually play.

Eventhough i have yet to play LOTRO, headaches and Diablo 3 got in the way, my issue got dealt with pretty quick by Turbine CS.

After the initial auto response, which i replied to, i recieved an email asking me for my registered email, birthdate and product key.
Good thing i still have the box laying around and for good messure i also provided a key for the digital download of the Rise of Isengard expansion.

All of this took place on (for me) late sunday evening in less then two hours. So kudos and thanks to Turbine CS.

It was pretty easy to recover my password after CS linked my email to my account again, i still don't know what happened but i managed to log into my account and see my characters, so all is good again.
Now to start playing again, i have both the expansions, Mines of Moria and Rise of Isengard but i have not played any of it yet as my character is still very low level, i think my main is only level 28, so there is still a lot of stuff to do.

zondag 13 mei 2012

LOTRO: Cynheiddon of Laurelin will have to wait.

Yesterday i tried logging into my LOTRO account, i have had a lifetime subcription since launch and decided i wanted to check the game out again as i haven't played in a long time.

When i tried logging in i got a password error, since i wasn't 100% sure i had the right passsword i figured to just use the password recovery, no big deal right?

So i did, after waiting a few hours for an email to arrive (and numerous attempts with different passwords), i decided to try the "forgotten username" option, eventhough i am pretty sure the username was right (i have mails from the codemasters/turbine transfer thing that state my username, but that gave me an error stating that the email has no account associated with it...

I am pretty damn sure that email was right as i use a seperate email especially for LOTRO, but just to be sure i tried my other email adresses with the same results.

Another thing i noticed was that on the email adress i used for LOTRO i had been recieving emails from Turbine right up until Jan of this year on a regular base (you know the storedeals and stuff) and after that nothing.

So that got me thinking and figured either my account has been closed or locked or something by Turbine ( i only played once after the codemasters/Turbine move) or my account got hacked and someone changed the email and password (would explain why i can't log in).
I can find my LOTRO profile and character (or at least i figure it's mine since it's my username and my main character Cynheiddon) on myLOTRO but can't figure out if there was any activity on the account.

So i decided to contact CS and see if they can help figuring out what's going on.
So far i only got one autogenerated email giving me tips to get into my account, basicly saying try password recovery or try the forgotten username thing, which i obviously allready tried..

Anyways hoping to get this resolved quickly.

zaterdag 12 mei 2012

STO: Get back to work!

It has been quite a while since i last logged into Star Trek Online, so needless to say it was really confusing getting into back into the game :)

I am probably (very) late to the party but i actually quite enjoyed the duty officer stuff.
I have not read much about it yet, but it seems like a lot of fun, it really makes you feel like a starship captain when you are assigning crew to do all kinds of tasks ranging from science and exploration to development to trying to catch a crew member who apperantly has contraband on the ship or have the bartender pour you a drink.

Needles to say i almost instantly blew all of my cryptic points on duty officer packs :)
So right now most of my ingame time is spent hanging out on the ship assigning the crew to their duties.

Now to find out what i should spec my char, as there has apperantly been a skill reset and i have to re-asssign all of my skill points and i can not remember how the skill points where distributed... Guess i am gonna have to read up about that.

donderdag 10 mei 2012

A nice welcome.

It's always fun to log into a game and be rewarded with:
An awesome guild message of the day :)

And a really cool pet in the mail.
Say hi to my cute Tauntaun Ram.
So i did manage to do a little gaming today, finishing up my bonus series quests on Nar Shaddaa.
I am actually having some fun again in SWTOR although i am staying away from the heroic quests and just do the quests i know i can solo.

And now it's back to Alderaan to continue the questing there.

woensdag 9 mei 2012

It's that time of the year.

It's that time of the year again for me.
Meaning very little gaming time and often getting in trouble with guilds etc. for not logging on.
Yes that has happened, no matter what you say, people don't seem to understand and that's fine with me, it's just that time of the year where i sometimes dissapear offline and not show up online because i can't find the energy or because i simply can't.

I am always looking at the bright side and i know the sun will be coming up again and everything will be fine..., just not right now.

zondag 6 mei 2012

Who decides you're a succesfull blogger?

Who determines you're a succesfull blogger?..
And what actually is a succesfull blogger?

Are you a succesfull blogger when all you do is basicly repost (gaming) news or comment about said news on your blog, especially news you know is gonna attract people (or trolls) to your blog?
Do high visitor counts tell you that you are a succesfull blogger?

Personally i am first and foremost blogging for myself, if anyone who visits my blog actually likes to read some of my stuff than i am glad and happy they do (i actually hope there are a few people out there who like to read my blog. LOL).

I started this blog in Feb of 2007 but have been blogging way before that, in fact back then it was called a weblog (yes, it was before blogger.com came and it all changed to simply "blog") and was exactly that: a log on the web.
Most weblogs back then were writing about every day life, things happening around them and commenting on it they were almost like an online diary and that is excactly how this blog started, mostly as my online gaming diary as i felt a need to seperate my gaming from my RL posts, most of my first posts are just a screenshot or a screenshot and a few sentences/words.

Nowadays blogging seems to be all about posting the latest news and those type of blogs seem to be called "the popular" blogs.
I do remember some time ago i had a comment on my blog from someone, who seemed almost angry, with the question why i wasn't blogging about Warhammer Online and why i was ignoring it on my blog, which was at that time all the "popular" blogs wrote about, you couldn't go to a blog without reading about it.
And i basicly answered back that i wasn't blogging about it because i had zero interest in the game and was not going to play it and so i wasn't going to blog about it either.
And that is what most of the "popular" blogs still seem to do, write about the latest "popular" thing. GW2 anyone?

I am not a blogger who writes what people want to read, i write about the stuff i do in the games i play (MMO or other) and about the games i have an interest in or intent to play.

I also believe that blogs are not a place for the lastest news on games, there are plenty of other sites for that that do a way better job.

Do visitor counts actually say you are a succesfull blog, well personally i rarely check my visitor count (i am just not interested in it), and the few times i do i can see that most of the traffic comes from google searches related to whatever post google found related to their search, does that number actually tell you that you are a succesfull blog?
I don't think so, it just tells you that people ended up on your blog via a google search.
But just in case you want to know i get anywhere between 900 to 2000 hits a month, but most of those seem to be hits on old posts.

The only reason i check my stats occasionally is to see if any blogger is linking to me so i can put a link back if i am not linking them allready (yes i still believe in the old ways of weblogging and that is to link back).

Do comments actually tell you you are a succesfull blogger, personally i don't think so, i mean it might show you you have visitors that actually like to talk about the stuff you write or you just have a bunch of trolls trolling your posts.
Are those comments from people that are regular commenters on your blog or just the one time troll commenters that want to poke up the fire.

So who actually decides you are a succesfull blogger?
I think the answer is simple: YOU
When you are happy blogging and enjoy doing it you are succesfull, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks or what you visitor count says.
And that is also the answer to the question what a succesfull blogger is: if you enjoy what you are doing and you keep writing posts you are a succesfull blogger.

So why the hell did i post this, well this was brought on by the Newbie Blogger Initiative and eventhough i am not participating in it i still wanted to write a bit about blogging and how i feel about it, hence this post.

I do think this is an excellent initiative and it is always great to see new bloggers.
But i also heard terms of "elder bloggers" and "established bloggers" being thrown around and that gave me somewhat of a bad taste, i mean who decides when you are an "established" or "elder" blogger.
To me there is only the term blogger, you either are or you are not.

Sure i personally might disagree on what blogs seem to have become over the years, but that doesn't mean i am a better blogger than anyone else, afterall it is all about what you want to write about and not what i think you should write about.
Heck when people talk about the "biggest" blogs out there i often disagree, cause i either am not interested in those blogs or just see them as one of those blogs that repost news and that's just the thing with weblogs you often visit a few select blogs that mirror your interests and hey if all you are interested in is the latest gaming news you are probably going to be visiting those blogs that post about that.
Personally i am more interested in reading from peoples own experiences in the games they play (even more if they play the same games i play), more of the diary type of posts (like i do), and those are rare to find.

Now there are probably bloggers out there that will be pissed off by this post, well so be it. I am just stating my opinion here, i am not trying to tell you how you should run your blog.
They may or may not see me as on of those "established" bloggers (probably not), i couldn't care less, the fact is i have been blogging for quite a few years now and do seem to know a little about blogging by now and i definitely am still enjoying myself on my little corner of the web and i do hope that those that do read and enjoy my blog will continue to do so, i really appreciate you being around!

Dovahkiin, there can only be one

And so it begun, The Elder Scrolls took an arrow to the knee..

The recent anouncement of The Elder Scrolls Online has left me kind of mixed.
On the one hand i think it might be nice to have an mmo based on the Elders Scrolls series, but on the other hand i doubt they are ever going to catch that what makes the singleplayer Elders Scrolls so awesome in an mmo.

I mean it is just going to be another mmo with the same old same old, with the only difference being it is based in the world of the Elder Scrolls.

You are the chosen one, dragonborn, the only Dovahkiin... and so are the hundreds of other players waiting on you to finish and move on so they can finish their quest to report the slaying of another dragon.

You travel the roads of Tamriel together with your trusty companion,... and so are hundreds of others running past you, or jumping past you like they are playing the next Frogger, killing that dragon that just attacked you so you have no loot..

Maybe it is just that i am tired of mmo's lately, but i am just not interrested in another mmo.
I am really enjoying my (singleplayer) time exploring and slaying dragons in Skyrim without other players ruining  my immersion, my experience.

I am just tired of going into places designed for mmo play, designed to have several players there at one time, so that when you go there alone it becomes almost impossible to go on/complete quest objectives because of the huge spawn numbers.

True when SWTOR came out i was excited but i am hardly playing it, i do enjoy the storylines but that's about it.
Personally i would have rather seen a KOTOR 3, a singleplayer game would have been a much more pleasant experience.

I am tired of seeing great singleplayer games turn into mmo's, there is really no need for that as all we get is just another run of the mill mmo.

Sure i still (occasionally) log into an mmo whenever i feel like it but than i'll just play WoW for a while, i'll get everything i need in an mmo there.
I have tried so many mmo's only to realize after a while it's all just the same, it only has a new, fresh layer of paint and it makes us all feel good, until you realize you've been doing the same thing in your previous mmo's, it just had a different name.

I am sure we will see a quest to kill 10 dragons for a set of dragonscale boots in The Elder Scrolls Online, sure it beats getting a set of boots made out of rat hides but still..

I am also sure i will be checking it out, yes i am sure i will be playing it, afterall it is The Elder Scrolls Online, and i just happen to love The Elder Scrolls series, i might even be excited when i start playing but i am sure there won't be anything different about this mmo, besides the world/lore so after a while i will probably just return to Oblivion or Skyrim.

Of course there is always the hope, that i guess everyone has: This mmo is going to be different...
However one thing that has allready been said was the combat is not going to be anywhere near what it is in the singleplayer as that is apperantly not possible in an mmo... what??
First hint of this is going to be like any other mmo.

Now it has also been said, or rather tweeted by Pete Hines that this mmo will not affect the singleplayer Elder Scrolls series and i hope this is true, however knowing Bethesda that might very well change in the future, they are known to go for the money (which makes sense, it's a business afterall), just look at their xbox exclusive timed deal for the Skyrim DLC Dawnguard, so it would not surprise me if it will in fact have an impact on the singleplayer series.

Now i know that the mmo is being made by Zenimax and Bethesda Game Studios are the ones working on the singleplayer series, but that doesn't mean anything, it's just a different name under the same company.
Guess where the money goes if Bethesda thinks they can make more cash with the mmo..

dinsdag 1 mei 2012

Even a dragonborn needs a job!

Of course slaying dragons and bandits every day or exploring dungeons does get quite boring after a while, even for a dragonborn.

So when i found this mod i was very curious, it's called: Katixas Ciderhouse Restaurant and what it does ?
Well it gives you a restaurant, where you cook food for your customers and make cider.
The cider process actually takes some time (ingame) as you first need apples and by using some eleborate machinery you turn that into bottled cider.

Actually i do a very bad job in describing it, just go to the link on nexus and see for yourself and/or watch this video :)

All in all a mod that is quite entertaining and gives hope for future mods, cause the possiblilities seem endless.
This mod also shows why i love games like Oblivion, Fallout and Skyrim so much...

woensdag 25 april 2012

Good Morning Dragonborn.

Just when you think you can have a quiet day relaxing at your private home (Riverside Lodge), you go outside in the morning, unarmed, to enjoy the view and this is what greats you.
What a way to wake up and make you stumble for your weapons and armor :)

Yeah good morning to you too..

dinsdag 24 april 2012

Immersion in a RolePlayingGame

After a hard day travelling it is always good to wind down at the inn.

It is not always like that for me, i mean i enjoy my "chainmail bikini's" and skimpy armors, although i tend to get bored with them pretty fast and start looking for some armor that actually fits within the game/lore.

I mean after a while i start feeling like something isn't right, like i don't belong.

I am probably one of the very few, i mean just have a look around on the Nexus sites, my guess is that 80-90% of the armors there are very skimpy looking or hentai "inspired" armors.
Don't get me wrong though i am not critisizing those mod makers, hell some of those armors look amazing, but to me they just look like they don't belong in Skyrim.

So eventhough i will play around with those armors, i will eventually return to somthing more "lore friendly".
Some might consider the above armor to be skimpy, but i think it definitely fits within the lore, this armor is named Barbarian Armor and really fits it's name, and skimpy.. well there's the Forsworn armors or some fur armors that show even more :)

OMG, you mean you actually Roleplay in an RPG??
Well yes i guess i do :)
Not always, i mean i do use fast travel by clicking on the map markers, but there are times where i really try to roleplay. Last nights session for example i started like anyone would by fast travelling to a quest marker.

However this time my quest target was an actual moving target and seemed to avoid me, everytime i fast travelled the target had moved the opposite direction.

I actually started to enjoy that, so i jumped on my horse and started the chase, eventually catching my target.
I decided to move back to the questgiver by horse, eventhough it was half way accross the map.
Luck had it that as soon as it went dark i came across an inn, so i decided to spend the night there.

Heading out at first light to continue my journey, of course during the day i got jumped by bandits and my horse got killed, so now i am on foot.

The screenshot was taken while i travelled through Rorikstead and eventhough the day was far from over i decided to stop here and rest and stay the night for relaxation, food, drinks and a good night rest, before continuing my journey towards Whiterun.. on foot.
And with that i mean actual walking ingame, so not running, no fast travel, just walk.

And that's where i had to quit to get some IRL sleep.
So yeah i am (sometimes) roleplaying in a RolePlayingGame :)

I do sometimes try this in an mmo, but it's pretty hard to stay immersed in the game when a person runs by, jumping up and down like the next incarnation of frogger named ipwnedurmom.
Or when there are 20-30 people on top of a questgiver trying to get the same quest.
There is no, waiting in line for your turn anymore. RP servers are really just a name/categorie and mean nothing anymore.
They are probably just there so publishers can say we have them so shut up you RPers.

Sometimes i wonder if RolePlaying is just dying out because of the gimme now instant reward easy mode generation.

Oh well at least i have my sanctuary of singleplayer games where i can RP as much as i like without anyone annoying the hell out of me.


zondag 22 april 2012

vrijdag 20 april 2012

I wanna play my own game.

I often use Evernote to just write random stuff down, thoughts, opinions, comments or whatever, some long, some just a few words, with the intention of writing a blogpost about it.
However more often than not these notes don't turn into blogposts and stay just notes on Evernote.. For some reason i get stuck on just a few notes and hit a wall..

However this time i thought to try something new (to me) and just post a few of these notes "Bullet Points" style.

Most of these notes were about why i love the open world RPG games so much lately (been playing a lot of Skyrim) and especially games like Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, Oblivion and Skyrim that feature mod options.
I even prefer to play them over MMO's lately, which hasn't happend in a long time.

  • I especially love these games because pretty much anything can be modded.
  • It gives me an almost unique game, i mean what are the chances of someone having all the same mods installed as i have.
  • I really like being able to customize a  game to my liking, being graphical, gameplay or even complete overhauls going as far as almost giving you a complete new game.
  • I'm never really done playing the game as i enjoy trying out new mods just as much as playing the game.
  • I am often amazed at  some of these mods, especially those that improve on graphics,  gameplay or overall experience. When you see what some of these mods can do to the game you start thinking the original developers where lazy or didn't care, there are mods out there that are way better than what the developers themself made in these games, making me really think that some of these modders should be hired to work on these games, i mean these modders are making this stuff in their spare time, just for fun and it looks way better than the vanilla stuff the designers made.
  • Despite being (often) negative about the devs/designers i still think they deserve a lot of credit for designing and creating such a great open world (playground) to play in and for releasing the creation tools they used to make the game so the community gets a chance to improve and expand an allready awesome game. (Note to this note: i actually intended to write a "Developer Appreciation Week" post about this but unfortianatly never got around to write this post. But who says we can only thank the devs for one week.. So there you go!)
  • I am getting more and more into the mindset of wanting to play games the way i want to play them and not how developers decide i have to play them.
  • When the game does get boring there are always new mods to try out that will sometimes even give you whole new lands to explore, new quests to do, adding a whole lot more gameplay.

Now i know this is pretty much imposible to do in MMO's/multiplayer games, however take a look at WoW and their addons. A great way to being able to customize your game close to what you'd like it to be.
And i would even go as far and say that i probably would not be playing WoW today if it wasn't for the addons.
When i started playing WoW i did not know about addons, took a 10 day trial and played for maybe 2 days and then didn't touch it for a long time, when i learned about addons  i tried it again installing some addons that installed some stuff i wanted to see in the game and i have been playing since.

See now i actually managed to turn a couple of these notes into a blogpost, maybe i should do this more often, whether or not this post makes sense.. well i'll leave that up to you :)

dinsdag 17 april 2012

Slaying Dragons

Just a little update on what i am playing right now.
Skyrim and that's pretty much it :)

I've been installing lots of mods and doing lots of exploring, eventhough i have finished the main story i am still amazed at how much there is still left to discover. I guess fast travel is not always a good thing.

The pic up there shows my current character i am playing Skyrim with and thanks to a bunch of mods she looks awesome :)

Ok well i am off slaying dragons!! afterall what else is a dragonborn to do?

maandag 9 april 2012

Developer Appreciation Week: inXile Entertainment

Last year i participated in this DAW "event" and so i figured i should this year :)

So when i sat down to start and think who i should write about, i pretty much came to the same conclusion as last year: BioWare.
The way they interact with their fans/players through media like twitter and of course their awesome games.
I am, as you probably know, or can tell a huge fan of BioWare.

However as i thought about it a little bit more, it came to me i really love this new kickstarter thing :)
The idea of fan funded games, making games the fans want instead of making them the way publishers want them.
I wrote about this in yesterdays post: Kickstart my heart.

For this DAW post i especially want to go with inXile Entertainment, who started the kickstarter to get Wasteland 2 going.

I am a huge Fallout fan and as such i love the idea of playing a sequal to the predecessor of the Fallout series or the Godfather of post-apocalyptic RPG's.

Eventhough i have to admit i never played the original Wasteland (yet), i played games back then on my C64 and Atari 2600 but for some reason i wasn't interrested in RPG's that much at that time, my interrest in RPG's only started when i started playing games like KOTOR.

So with Wasteland 2 this is my opportunity to redeem myself, as this game is being developed by a lot of the same people that brought us the original Wasteland.

I want to thank Brian Fargo and inXile Entertainment for reaching out to the fans for funding to get development of this game started and involve the fans in the making of this game to try and make the Wasteland sequel into a game the fans want.

Now of course this development has hardly started so maybe it is to early to praise them as there will be a development cycle of at least 18 months so there is still a long road to travel, but i guess this post isn't about that, it's about inXile reaching out to the fans to get a game made that apperantly publishers were not interrested in having made and reaching out to the fans to get the game development funded.

Now i know inXile is not the first nor the last who is using kickstarter to get their game funded, but they are making the game i am most interrested in.

So thank you Brian Fargo, inXile entertainment, Chris Avellone and Obsidian for making this happen!

zondag 8 april 2012

Kickstart my heart.

As you may have noticed kickstarter has become quite popular to get old games back to life (or breath new life into old games).
Wasteland is one of those games that got me excited, Wasteland is basicly  what brought (the awesome) Fallout series to life, so needles to say the Wasteland 2 kickstarter got me all worked up :)

Another one of those classics is Shadowrun, coming back to life as Shadowrun Returns through kickstarter.

I think it is a great idea to get funds this way, screw publishers, let's make games the fans want and not what publishers want, all they are interrested in is money.
It is pretty amazing to see the internet/fans come together and get things funded, i really hope we are going to see more like this in the future.
No longer are we told what to play by publishers, we fund and play the games we want to play.

Publishers are probably going a bit nervous now with this kickstarter trend going on :)

Anyways needless to say i was very happy to take part in these kickstarters and did help by funding both Wasteland 2 and Shadowrun Returns (i went for the $100 options) and can't wait to see what the games are going to be like.

Wasteland 2 kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2
Wasteland 2 Paypal: http://wasteland.inxile-entertainment.com/pledge.php
Shadowrun Returns kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1613260297/shadowrun-returns
Shadworun Returns Paypal: http://harebrained-schemes.com/shadowrun/paypal/

I was also very happy to see they both added Paypal options, since kickstarter only accepts creditcards and i don't use creditcards.

zondag 1 april 2012

Azaroth, such a familiar place

It's amazing how much fun it is to be back in WoW.
I had not touched the game, well basicly since SWTOR launched, but the moment i started playing again it felt really good.
I am still amazed at how much fun this game actually is, right now i am basicly going for the loremaster achievement (been working on that for some time now) which means completing all quests in the different parts of the world and after Cataclysm quite a few zones, that i didn't finish before Cataclysm released, got reset for me.
Mostly these are (very) low level quests, but i find them to be very entertaining, there is definitely a lot of lore to be discovered and eventhough i mostly kill mobs with one shot it is still a lot of fun going through these quests.

It is also funny how quickly you get back into things, before i knew it i was once again doing my daily quests :)
It is really awesome that despite being at level cap for so long there is still so much to do in this game as there is so much content you are actually skipping when leveling.

And with Mists of Pandaria on the horizon it looks like it will be quite some time before i am finished with WoW.

For the Horde!

woensdag 28 maart 2012

SimPort leading to nowhere.

For the last days (almost a week now) i have been trying to get further with the SimPort stuff.

So far i had one (!) succesfull host, where a friend showed up in my town to do a show, but for days now, not a single show works. I can't accept a friends request, nothing happens or the sim just doesn't show up.

As far as my own sims on tour, my singer has had 3 succesfull shows, my acrobat 0.
I keep sending them off to do tours but it always ends up with a message like, your friend missed the show or your sim took a wrong turn or some other bullshit, resulting in no rewards/stamps.

In short SimPort seems bugged like hell.

I have been going through the forums to find some solution or just find something that might be causing this, but other than finding more and more posts with the same kind of problems i am having there is nothing to find.
I find it disturbing that it looks like the devs (or Gurus) just don't seem to care, there is hardly any post to be found by a guru, let alone a helpfull one.
Trying to find out if there are any known issues with SimPort is just as hard and comes up with very little helpfull info.

I also find it very funny that in a bug thread a guru is actually recommending to use a THIRD party mod to help with some of the bugs, i mean it is awesome that there are actually mods out there that fix stuff, but come on, they should be fixing this not telling you to just use some third party mods...

Maybe i should not be so surprised, afterall this is EA, everything they touch goes bad.
For once i would like to see some new sims expansion without any problems, i was hoping that showtime would be that one, but i once again got burned..

I am still playing the Sims, but i am awefully close to just quit and never touch the Sims again.

zondag 25 maart 2012

SimPort me!

The latest expansion for The Sims 3 is Showtime.
It adds 3 new professions to the game, Singer, Magician and Acrobat.
It also adds a nice new feature to the game called SimPort, this is where you sent your sim off to do a tour, your sim dissapears from your city for 24 ingame hours to simulate the tour, any of your friends can accept the tour/performance and have your sim perform in their city/game, after the show the sim leaves again, so they're not staying in your city.

You can also host a friends sim to perform in a venue in your city, after a friend sends his/her sim off to do a tour and you accept it or you can ask for a specific performance by posting a "help wanted ad" and any of your friends can accept that and do the show for you, by doing this you can unlock "stamps", achievements and unlock stage props and some new costumes.

There are also a lot of new features added to your personal sims profile page, it almost looks like a facebook now and the best part is you van access a lot of this stuff from ingame now :)

Initially i though that all this might be quite invasive, but it is not at all.
You or your friends will only recieve an ingame message/notification once when a request is made available and when you log into the game after that the requests will only show up in your SimPort window.

At this time i have both a singer and an acrobat and i am definitely having a lot of fun playing them, of course i am also looking for gigs to perform and am always looking to have other sims perform in my city :)
So if you have showtime please add me to your friends, you can find me as Hauntshade or go to my profile here.

Have fun simming.

zaterdag 24 maart 2012

Is this really the end? Another ending post.

There might be some spoilers ahead if you haven't finished Mass Effect 3!!!

I won't go into to many details about the ending of ME3 as i think that's allready been beaten to death by now, and besides Anjin over at Bullet Points pretty much sums it up in the post "Random Shots: The Infamous Ending", so i recommend reading that.
Besides the choice of ending (i went left for i think what was called Synthesis) that post pretty much sums up how i feel about the ending.
I ended up pretty much staring at the end credits rolling by wondering WTH just happened and what that was all about, the ending felt so out of place and was very confusing.

Don't get me wrong i love Mass Effect and i love Mass Effect 3, all was awesome right up until the end. The battle for London was epic right up until you meet the catalyst, that's where it all went down.

I didn't mind that fact that Shepard died as that is probably a suitable ending but the way it was done felt really "out of place" as there was no mention of this kind of stuff during the entire series.
Personally i don't know what to feel about the ending as i am still wondering what the hell happened, what was it what my Shepard actually achieved/did. Was it good or bad?? To me it really felt like you were given the option to choose between the lesser of three evils.

What added to the confusion was that i initially didn't know what i actually did, after listening through the entire story (which was a pretty long story) the catalyst tells you, i was confused as to what the 3 different consoles/options actually did or rather which was which, like i said i went left but there was no way of telling what it was, there was no text or anything hovering above the consoles when you selected them, so i really didn't know what option i actually took until i started looking at YouTube videos of the different endings and noticed that i did in fact took the synthesis ending.

I did feel like the ending i took was closest to what my Shepard tried to achieve (my Shepard, saved the Geth, brought the Geth and Quarians together and actually encouraged Joker and EDI) but i am still left with a feeling of what the hell happened, there's is no clear way of seeing what the results were of your actions (besides the mass relays blowing up), no real closure to the story. Another confusing thing was that you see Joker in the end crash landing the Normandy on some planet and Joker steps out and shortly after that i see Liara stepping out of the ship, Liara was with me on the final attack and i really thought that all that went with me on that final approach had died, only Anderson and Shepard survived, so how the hell did Liara end up on the Normandy??

Another thing that really surprised me, in a positive way was/is the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, it has been a long time since i found a multiplayer that was so entertaining, i am actually enjoying myself a lot with this.
I really can't wait to see where they are taking this.
I really hope we're going to see some new maps added soon, i have been playing this so much that i allready have those moments of  "not that map again".
And maybe add some new objectives while we're at it too :)

BioWare has definitely been supporting their multiplayer by putting up events, this weekend they added "operation Fortress" and i really hope they'll be keeping this up.

I really felt that in the end the gameplay was way to short, i finished the main story and all sidequests in just over 30 hours, but the multiplayer is really adding some gametime, which is never a bad thing.

dinsdag 13 maart 2012

Mass Effect: Galaxy at War

BioWare has been quite busy getting some more Mass Effect stuff out for mobile devices.
Just today they released the "Mass Effect Datapad" for iPhone/iPad.

This is a pretty cool app, as it's free :)
The nice stuff in there is, you get some messages from your crew through this app while you play through ME3, unfortianatly i allready finished Mass Effect, but i guess it would still work if i do another playthrough.
Another nice feature is that you can do small missions through this app and those missions will reward you with "readiness rating" for your ingame Galaxy at War map, which is pretty cool since just playing through singleplayer isn't enough to get a high percentage of readiness rating (my map capped at 50% after finishing all missions in ME3).
And this app will also give you access to the (ingame) Codex, always nice for the lore nerds (like me).

Another app that has been realeased a few day ago was the iPad game "Mass Effect Infiltrator".
Personally i am not a big fan of iPad (or iPhone) games and this one is no different, i just can't get used to the controls, sometimes it feels like the controls have a will of their own as you try to move to a certain point often the character will do the opposite.
I believe this game is made by the developers of Dead Space and has the same type of controls, so if you liked that game you might like this one as well.

I am however trying to wrestle my way through this game as it is a Mass Effect story and another bonus is that any intel you recover in this game can be added to you Mass Effect 3 readiness rating, so yet another bonus :)

I don't know why but i really do like all these mobile apps that tie into the game and give you other ways to improve that ingame readiness rating, other than doing multi-player in ME3 (which is also pretty cool).

zondag 11 maart 2012

Back on the Normandy and it feels great!

Like many people on my Raptr friends list i have been playing Mass Effect 3.
And so far despite some initial problems, like the first message that greeted me the first time i launched ME3.
This was eventually fixed by using "repair install" on the "From Ahses" DLC in Origin, another message that popped up during character creation, or rather the character import.
That of course annoyed me even more, this message means to me that i am playing with a character that looks a bit like my Shepard (after some alterations) but isn't really my FemShep..

Another annoying feature is that you apperantly need an online connection to play the game in singleplayer as during one of my cutscenes i recieved this message
And yes it threw me out of the game and i could only continue after i managed to get my connection back up and running.

But enough with the bad stuff as Mass Effect 3 is still an awesome game and it feels really great to be back on the Normandy fighting the reapers and seeing my buddies again :)
I did however changed the difficulty on the gameplay to casual, i did ME1 and 2 on normal, cause i never was a good FPS gamer :)
However i think that combat in ME3 has evolved as a shooter and i definitely have not :)
Maybe i am just too old or don't have the skills needed to be good at this stuff, but after the first couple of missions where combat was sometimes frustrating i changed the difficulty level to narrative, personally i really enjoy this difficulty setting, it lets me focus more on the story than on combat, still some of the "boss" fights can be hard, but most of the time i am just blasting through the combat.

I have always enjoyed the story in Mass Effect more than the combat and always felt the combat was only there to forward the story, so i guess that's why i enjoy the narrative setting a lot more.

It's been really awesome to see some of the consequences of my actions in ME1 and 2.
It's really awesome to suddenly meet someone that you apperantly saved in one of the previous games and have a chat with them.

I really think BioWare has done a great job on Mass Effect 3 and i am really enjoying the story, so far i think i am about 18 hours into the game and the journey has been great, i can't wait to see what the game has in store for me :)

zondag 4 maart 2012

Operation Gaming Rig: Success

This weekend i finally finished installing all the new components in my gaming rig.
The only major problems i encountered were a DVD writer that wasn't compatable with my new motherboard, so i had to go out and get a new one and a processor (tec) cooler that i couldn't use with the cpu socket, so i had to use the stock cooler.

Other than that no problems and so far the system seems to be running quite nice and gaming/streaming has so far been without any lag problems, granted i have not been playing and streaming some high end games yet but streaming Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and the Diablo 3 beta went without any lag for me.

Next plans for the rig are:
Getting some SSD in there, especially for the operating system and for some of the games i play most.

And now that i basicly have a second (prety good) pc laying around, to build a pc especially for streaming, so i can use that second pc to do the streaming while my gaming rig is used for gaming :)

To be continued...

zondag 26 februari 2012

Working the Gaming Rig

Since i have been streaming a lot lately i noticed that it's not always that good for my framerate, trying to do some roof jumping in Star Wars The Old Republic for example can become quite frustrating if you're running at 10fps.
So obviously i went out to see if i could improve my system somewhat.

Initially i thought about only buying a new videocard and ordered one.
However, streaming doesn't only require a good videocard but also a good processor and since my motherboard is pretty "old", i couldn't really upgrade it to much processor wise.

So i ended up buying a new motherboard, processor, videocard and memory :)
This is the cool new stuff that will be added to my gaming rig (hopefully) soon:

Videocard: Point of View GeForce GTX 590 3GB
Motherboard: ASRock z68 Extreme4 Gen3
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 kit
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k

It has been quite some time since i really upgraded my gaming rig (last major upgrade was in 2009), so i reckon it's about time :)
My current system is by no means bad, most of the current games still run pretty well to OK on it, but going all out on buying new stuff (not to mention installing it) is pretty cool :)
And i can't wait to see how my gaming is going to improve on a system like this.

Gangstas in Space.

SaintsRowTheThird_DX11 2012-02-26 00-13-49-96

After the latest DLC released Saints Row The Third kept crashing on launch for me, luckily they were on it and it was fixed with a patch within a day.

And i have to say it was worth the wait, this latest DLC, Gangstas in Space was a lot of fun.
As in, you're starring in a bad B-Movie, over the top, shooting a lot of stuff fun.
It took me roughly 2 hours to play through it and i have to say it was too short, i was almost sad it ended allready.

Really hope Volition keeps it coming as i am really curious to see how they are going to top this.
And yes, if you  haven't played this game yet i definitely recommend it.

zaterdag 25 februari 2012

Mass Effect MMO a possibility?

A really interresting article on Penny Arcade (The doctors from BioWare discuss the Old Republic launch, ending a trilogy, and a Mass Effect MMO) were they interview the doctors and of course eventually come to the "rumor" of a Mass Effect MMO and eventhough they are not saying yes, there is also not a no in there, so jumping the conclusion: yes a possibility.

Of course the biggest question, besides will it happen or not, is how they would pull this off, i mean imagine a 1000 Shepards running around going after the same mobs.

But then again if anyone could pull this off, it would definitely be BioWare.
The Mass Effect universe/lore definitely has a lot of potential for making a great MMO.

Keeping my fingers crossed for a Mass Effect MMO :)

SWTOR: A new legacy created.

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I have finally been working on my smuggler again, reaching lvl 32 and finishing chapter 1 in the smuggler storyline and recieving my Legacy Surname and a new companion: Risha.

From the start i planned on using Hauntshade as my legacy surname, also why i never named a character Hauntshade.

I was allready questing on Alderaan but decided to go back to Nar Shadaa to finish up the bonus series, which i somehow missed and just picked up while finishing up my quests in the chapter 1 storyline.

So far the smuggler class story has been a lot of fun and i can't wait to see what's next.

donderdag 23 februari 2012

Saying goodbye to SOE after 8 years

Yes, for almost 8 years i have had accounts with SOE, i played practicly all their MMO's since i started playing Star Wars Galaxies in 2004.
I played The Matrix Online, Everquest, Everquest 2, Vanguard, Pirates of the Burning Sea, DC Universe Online, Clone Wars, Free Realms, Planetside.

Until i was able to get Station Access (later called "All Access Game Pass") in the EU, i had several accounts going, so you could say i was a pretty loyal customer.
Eventhough i hardly played any of the SOE games lately i still had my account going, just in case i wanted to jump into one of their games.

But like they say: all good things come to an end.
I don't think i have to go into details as to why i am now cancelling all my SOE accounts, as an EU player it is pretty much obvious.
Stargrace over at MmoQuests has a pretty good summary about the whole ProSiebenSat.1 thing over here

For me it is enough to say goodbye to SOE after so many years of playing their games..
To me it is quite obvious SOE only cares about money and doesn't give a shit about their customers, so my wallet will speak for me and i will cancel any account i have with SOE.

The End.

woensdag 22 februari 2012

SWTOR: Get that datacron or fail

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While out questing on Tatooine with my Sith warrior, in and around Mos Ila i spotted a datacron after turning in a quest, now i had past this spot several times before i noticed it. It was up on a roof and i though how hard could it be?
So i decided to have a go for it and boy was i in for a surprise..

What followed was a 3 hour trial of patience, yes it took me 3 hours of jumping and falling off ledges.

It was easily one of my most frustrating experiences, some of the ledges and pipes that looked like they were easy to get to were in fact very difficult, it almost felt like the spot were you could land was way smaller than it looked.
I was streaming my gameplay while i  was trying this, but eventually turned it of to reduce some framedrop/lag in the hopes of making it a bit easier.

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Now i have to admit, when i finally did reach the datacron it felt pretty good, but i still can't forget it took me 3 hours of frustrations.
I had the plan of saving this "datacron hunting" until i reached max level and after this experience i am probably not going to be trying this kind of stuff again anytime soon.

I do hope they are not all this difficult to reach.

maandag 20 februari 2012

Today i am ashamed to be a gamer...

I allready knew the internet can be a very shitty place, but just when you think it couldn't get any worse something like this pops up (see link below).
If this is what gamers are about then i am ashamed to be called a gamer....

Personal attacks like this are just not right.

I always thought it was pretty amazing there were so many BioWare people out there on the social networks and i really hope this is not going to destroy all the great stuff they have been doing over social media like twitter.

Today i am ashamed to be a gamer...

BioWare writer's vagina versus the Internet -Destructoid

Edit: more articles:
The ire of the internet gets it wrong.
Gamers Launch Harassment Campaign Against BioWare Writer.
This is why gamers can't have nice things - the Jennifer Hepler 'debate'
Inclusion: What Jennifer Hepler's Story is All About

Sign the petition to support Jennifer Hepler!

BioWare Corp: Come Out Publicly in Support of Jennifer Hepler

BioWare statement:

zaterdag 18 februari 2012

Ding: 5 Years

So it's been 5 years since my first post on this blog and i am still going :)
Thanks to all of you who have been reading and (hopefully) enjoying my blog, this one is for you!


woensdag 15 februari 2012

Mass Effect 3: More FemShep

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Eventhough i initially felt like i didn't wanna spoil anything by playing the demo (i allready pre-ordered), i am somewhat glad i did, i really think they are not giving much away with the demo, which is good.

You initially start at the beginning of course, which is somewhat of a tutorial on how to move and such and it sets up the story (invasion of the reapers).
After that tutorial you basicly advance to a later part in the story (you are suddenly level 14 i think) and play one level and that's it.

I did however like the fact that i could import my Mass Effect 1 & 2 character into the demo, by using the character code.
Apart from the hair color, i am pretty sure my character was a redhead, she looks pretty good.

It felt really good to see her again and can't wait for the release of the full game and see what trouble she gets into now :)