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Archive for January, 2009

On February 11th through the 16th, Love is in the Air hits Azeroth.  This is, of course, the Azerothian equivalent to Valentine’s Day, and boy howdy is there a lot to do.  In between gathering gifts for significant others (or plenty of wine and beer for Single’s Appreciation Day), you may want to jump on and work on the 14 Achievements!

Once all achievements are collected, of course, you receive a title ([your name] the Love Fool) and you’re one step closer to that sweet purple dragon mount.

Before I get into the achievements, let’s actually talk about how this holiday works.  It’s more complicated than Winter Veil and Lunar Festival, so it’s worth explaining.

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Over the last two days I purchased 4 new games for only 35 bucks.  Note that Bird picked up NBA2k9 used for the same price.  The best part about it is how these games were purchased.  The first three games I purchased were at a brand new GameStop in downtown Boston.  The store layout and design was curtailed to gamers perfectly.  The manager informed us that this was only one of two Gamestop’s in the country with this new design, and it was PIMP.  The games I purchased were highlighted in a previous post and its a bundle known as The Orange Box. To remind you, this bundle includes: Half Life 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2 for $20 (18 used).  I don’t even have to explain to you why this is a good deal.

The other game I bought was Castle Crashers on Xbox Arcade for 1200 Microsoft points (equivalent to about 15 dollars).

In my two days of gameplay thus far (which includes the time post-work to bed), two very different games have drawn my attention.  One is Castle Crashers, the other is Portal.  After the cut is some first impressions from each of these very cheap games…

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Ho there folks, sorry about the impromptu hiatus from posting. It’s been a long couple of weeks, I’ve been fighting numerous colds, work has really ramped up (translation: kicking my ass) and I was in DC last week for the Inauguration and I am still recovering from that. Ok really all I have is a lot of excuses, but they make me feel better.

Now that we got that out of the way, lets talk about the Resident Evil 5 demo that was released yesterday. Jpark and I fired up some co-op last night and we both came to a few of the same conclusions.

It’s NOT Scary!

I guess this shouldn’t have been a shock considering how so-called horror games are trending lately, but this game was too bright, too outdoors, and lacked a certain flair for the macabre. I expected dark and creepy, not a leisurely stroll through a well-lit “shanty town” that reminded more of downtown Baltimore then anything else.

Not to be a stickler in critiquing a demo, but the audio in the game left me wanting so much more. Compared to the terrifying weeping of the Witch in Left4Dead, or the any of the ambient terror from past Resident Evils. I’m hoping this is a feature of the levels chosen for the demo, not the game itself, but if you bill a game as Horror-Action, then scare me, please.

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The Lunar Festival has come!  Bring out the fireworks!  Go grab some dumplings!  It’s time to celebrate!

You’re probably going after that title like the world is ending, and I’m here to help you out.  As you may (or may not) know, I wrote up a much longer, more in-depth look at the holiday and some tips to complete it.  But I massively underestimated one thing:

The Elders of the Dungeons achievement is hella hard.

I mean, it’s not that hard, just involved, and you really have to commit some time to it, if only to navigate.  So we’re going to go through all the Dungeon Elders and try to find them.  Let’s go from the lowest level Elder to the highest.  C’mon!

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/commonname joins the group

/sets loot for Free for all

Hey guys!  Today, we’re going after the construct Loken and his army of Iron Vykrul in the Storm Peaks instance of Halls of Lightning.  Are you with me lads!?  Then let’s grab a healer, make sure we’re all level 79 and above and we’re good to go!  Set it on normal difficulty this time, if you please.  I’ll mark, but you tank.  Alright! Everyone into the instance!

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Smile! Happy Gamer Moments FTW

How much do you love the random gamer moments?  They can span generations, and they just make me feel pure joy.  In Best Buy yesterday, I naturally gravitated toward the xbox360 aisle to see what this mega beast of a store was offering.  They had the usual selection and I considered purchasing Call of Duty: World at War or NBA2k9 but decided to exercise restraint (a rare occasion when it comes to games).

Anyway, there was a mother with three kids (probably all between 15 and 12) inquiring about xbox live subscription plans.  The mother was asking the Geek Squad dude about the different payment options while the kids all listened eagerly.

Completely irrelevant Geek Squad photo.

Completely irrelevant Geek Squad photo.

The small family began to argue back and forth about which was the best option for them.  The kids eventually settled on the 3 month subscription plan so they could try it out.  They started to talk about which games they owned that were xbox live compatible.  The whole thing was adorable!  They recognized I was happily onlooking with a huge grin on my face.  Why you ask?

The answer should be clear to those who grew up gamerz.  This is one of my fondest memories as a kid!  Saving money to buy the game you envied all your friends for owning.  Whether it was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 or Zelda:  Ocarina of Time, this is a cherished memory for young gamers.  I know most of you readers can remember one of those games that was maybe too violent, or too far away from your birthday/xmas for you to convince your parents to buy.  Instead, you mowed lawns, saved allowance, or did those extra chores.  How good did it finally feel to advance your library?  Hell, I still love it.

My conversation with the youngsters and some more memories are after the cut…

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The Fifa Challenge

How much do you love it when your buddy challenges you to a game of Fifa.  An exhibition match… its fantastic.  After you spend countless hours playing ranked and club matches against randoms, you need to test your skill against friends.  Why?  BRAGGING RIGHTS BABY.  Its even sweeter when there is build up and shit talking on the way to your sweet victories.  If you haven’t figured it out by now I’m talking about a real story…

One of my buddies from college (lets call him Little D), has been talking up another one of my friends (we will call him Seph) since the dawn of time.  We had a party here last night and I asked Seph if he had been playing.  Seph, having studied in Manchester for the semester proceeded to brag about beating his flatmates.  Naturally, I saw my window to offer a challenge in which everyone made jokes about me getting trashed upon.

Did your representation from the Bird Nest handle shit?  It’s all after the cut as well as my opinions on playing not so friendlies…

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