Apr 17

Are MMOs Broken? Or Am I?

Broken MMOGaming today is a lot different from what it used to be in the olden days. Most genre’s have evolved with the time, though one may argue that the current form of many genres (FPS Rehash, RPG with no writing or character development, 3rd person adventure where each enemy and level is more forgettable than the last) just isn’t all that great of an improvement. I’m not sure that any genre has suffered more than MMOs. Massive Multiplayer Online games have gone from rare risky investments that gave players a truly different take on gaming to common “free to play” templates filled to the brim with microtransactions churned out en masse in an attempt to make a quick buck on the addictive personality of many gamers. Or maybe I’m just a jaded old fart that can’t seem to pry the nostalgia goggles off my face.

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Apr 12

Game of Disappointment: Season 3 Ep 2

Game of DisappointmentSo here are are again for a second week in a row, back for more abuse and disappointment as fans of the books miss out on some powerful scenes while the rest of the viewing world semi-enjoys the series! And with that unnecessarily bitchy first sentence out of the way I have to say I was much happier with the second episode than I was with the first. Perhaps my expectations have been lowered so dramatically that I’m not longer bothered by the details, or perhaps they simply did a better job on the second episode.

Either way, while it was a far cry from great, it certainly wasn’t bad. Dare I say, it might have even been pretty good. Though we still ended up with a few disappointing scenes and a couple that just made little sense. So! Let’s get to it! Here’s my take of the scenes and how they were in the books. These are in no particular order and remember, there are book spoilers.

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Apr 10

Radical Retro Retron 5

Retron 5If you’re like me you miss the days when games came in 2D, squashed graphics, small color pallets and even smaller amount of sounds, but were still filled with so much fun and soul that it inspired a generation of young people to grow deeply attached to video games. Back in the days where big graphics and even bigger advertising campaigns weren’t the only selling points on games. Back in the days when games relied on challenge and skill to reward the gamer for their accomplishments in games, not achievements, tokens or trophies. If you’re like me you miss those days, but simply don’t have the room or money to drop on all the old consoles to help you relieve the glory days of endless frustration and unrivaled joy as you finally beat a game for the first time. If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for something like the Hyperkin Retron 5.

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