Redundant and gaming for the poor

No post for a while, turns out that the company I work for has lost it’s contract to the local hospital.  As a result, both my wife and I are being made redundant and are out of a job.  I will try to post here as much as I can but I will be quite busy for at least the next few months.

We are now in the process of packing everything up and moving 5 hours away to live with my parents until we find our feet again.  We have at least 2 months before we are booted which is a good time-frame to organize around.

My parents do have an internet connection but it is only 1.5 mbps so it is quite slow compared to what I am used to.  This connection will not be very good for online games when there will be 3 people wanting to use it at the same time.  While thinking about this new development I have come to the conclusion that I will probably have to cancel my subscriptions, at least for a while.  This means both my wife and I will not have WoW to fall back on all the time.

I am looking at this soon-to-be joblessness as a positive.  Not only will we be in a position to go wherever we want in regards to moving, we will also be able to catch up on all the single-player games that we have both bought in all the recent steam sales etc.

I personally have a massive list of games that I need to play.  A short list of the games I want to play follows.

  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • Assassin’s Creed 2 and Brotherhood (once it is released)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops single player (never finished it, very close to the end)
  • Darksiders (horrible pc port of the game, may play it, doubt it)
  • Dawn of Discovery – Venice
  • Dead Space 1 & 2
  • Dragon Age 1 and possibly 2
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • GTA 4 (never actually finished it)
  • Just Cause 2
  • Mass Effect 2

Just a quick list of some of the games that I have either started and not finished or have not even begun to play.  Which leads me on to my next thought.

Is playing mmo games that take up so much of our time limiting what we can experience in other games?  I know personally that I loved what I played of some of the games mentioned above, they were great fun and had fantastic story.  I would be sure that I would go on to finish the game but inevitably we back to League of Legends or World of Warcraft because my rl mates wanted me to play.  I get that you experience the social aspect of mmo’s but is that worth missing all of these other wonderful games?

I also have a bunch of games on my Xbox 360 and my PS3 that I have also not finished.  Even more to play!

-Sighfigh

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Back to normality!

There have not been a lot of posts over the last few weeks as I have just been flat-out and have not really had the time to do much gaming at all.

Christmas was a blast and so was new-years.  That being said, I am glad that it is all over and I can now return to my normal routine of doing things.

Not a lot of World of Warcraft has been played lately, I have been playing a lot of the games that I have bought in the recent Steam sales.  Wow I have spent a lot of money.  In between playing the games from Steam I have been playing an aweful lot of League of Legends.  I recently started playing Sion with an attack damage build and I am really enjoying it.  I have been having a horrible losing streak of late though, bad luck getting teams with afk’ers/leaver’s or with people who simply do their own thing and don’t work with the team at all.  For example, I was in a game where we had a Xin that was more interested in getting buffs and killing the dragon than helping us defend, in the process we lost 2 towers and an inhibitor, then he has the nerve to call one of the other players a noob?!?!?!?!  It is people like this that make this game suck.

I love LoL and will probably play it for a long time to come but wasting 45 minutes on a game that you cannot win because not only do some of the players suck but will not surrender is depressing.  Considering just playing ranked games all the time.

List of steam games I have bought:

  • Darksiders – I have been interested in getting this since I saw a review on The Totally Rad Show.  I have not installed this yet, Steam has been really slow to download from while the sale is going.
  • Bethesda Pack – I mainly bought this pack for a digital version of Fallout 3 and for Fallout: New Vegas.  The pack was only slightly more expensive than New Vegas alone.
  • Company of Heroes games – I loved these games years ago.  I mainly bought these for nostalgia purposes but will still replay them when the time comes.
  • Mafia 2 – Loved the first game, second looks to be more of the same goodness.  Mmm Goodness.
  • Divinity 2 – Looks interesting and for $20, I think I will get my money’s worth.
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 – Played the crap out of the first one.  Never really played the second game.  Looks a little dated but the gameplay still seems solid.
  • Assassin’s Creed 2 – Played the first one and despite some repetitiveness was still a good game.  This game is a whole lot more fun than the first so far.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops – Played of lot of Modern Warfare 2 and was dissapointed that there were no dedicated servers.  This game is much of the same, gamplay is similar despite a few different guns and killstreaks.  Dedicated servers make this game much better though, shame the server browser is really poorly done.  Games that are 4 years old have a better server filter than in this game.

Of course, there has been a tremendous amount of Minecraft being played.  My friends and I have been playing the new survival multi-player and man it is so much fun playing together.  After playing the multi-player I can’t really play single player anymore, it just doesn’t seem as fun.

I have also been using DosBox to play some of the old GoldBox games.  The games are VERY dated now but are still a lot of fun.  I spent a lot of my youth playing these games and re-visiting them has been great fun.

I also plan on hooking into some video editing and getting some videos uploaded to YouTube on the various games that I have been playing.  I have some very old but good LoL stuff to upload.

-Sighfigh