Posts Tagged ‘november’

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Review: Hacker Evolution Duality

November 25, 2011

Hoo boy.

This one…I don’t even…where do I…It’s not good. It’s not horrible, but it’s not good.

They changed the game mechanics from the original, first of all. That’s not the bad thing. In fact, I kind of like the new interface. A lot of people are calling it more like a real time strategy game, but it reminds me more of the way special attacks work in the more recent Final Fantasy games. You have two attacks to take down firewalls: a denial of service (DoS) attack, where you have to match the data levels on various ports with sliders, and an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, delivered by a fucking GoldenEye satellite!

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Why I’m Bummed About The New GoldenEye

November 21, 2011

Back in…1999 or 2000, somewhere about there, I was given GoldenEye 007 for the N64 as a birthday gift. By this point, I’d already rented it at least half a dozen times, if not more. I loved the game, it must have been the only one I’d played for weeks (now that I think about it, that game might be why my grades went down towards the end of middle school going into high school). It was my first taste of local multiplayer, too. I’d played games before, but with GoldenEye it felt like my first time all over again.

And that paragraph right there, those four sentences and one parenthetical, is why I can’t get excited about the new one. I am physically and mentally incapable of genuine excitement about this game. I’ve seen the gameplay, and the game looks very, very good. I have nothing to complain about with this game, aside from the changed story. The visuals are great, the action is fantastic, and if it were any other game, even if they just made it a generic Bond game, I’d be so fucking there.

But because of my history with the original, I’d never be able to enjoy this. There would always be a filter over my experience colored by the N64.

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The Rapture Connection (Warning: BioShock Spoilers Ahoy!)

November 9, 2011

Well, I was going to talk about the relationship between Minecraft and Legos, but I found out about something that is so rich in potential that I can’t pass it up.

Last night, I was watching the 1:30 rerun of The Colbert Report, and he was talking about how a Silicon Valley billionaire was trying to get a series of island-cities built to be a bastion of libertarianism. My first thought was “Wait, what?” Well, actually, that was my second thought. My first thought was “Holy shit, BioShock!” I think you can tell where this is going by now.

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Burger Boy Hat

November 2, 2011

See this Pyro’s fine fry cook cap?

 

This little number was crafted from a drawing just yesterday by me, and added to the Steam Workshop. If any of you have Steam accounts, I’d really appreciate you voting on it.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=3417

We now return you to our regularly scheduled program.