So, I got Destiny 2 in the end. For various reasons, but mostly because I’m weak, and because everybody seems to be banging on about it and, actually, I’d quite like to be a part of that, thankyouverymuch. Now I’m an adult (at least legally) and the only barrier to rocking up to this particular party is owning a certain game (i.e. – there’s no “fuck off James, you’re not invited” type unpleasantness at the door), I might as well take advantage of that loophole, innit!? Even better, I’d moved a few of my commitments around ensuring a pretty free day today – so having spent waaaay longer than I’d have liked tracking down a copy yesterday, downloading updates and whatnot ahead of time, I figured Monday would be a great day to get to grips with Destiny 2, right!? Continue reading “Destiny 2 First Impressions – Or, Why Modern Gaming Is Rubbish.”
“With great power comes great responsi…..”
“Yeah, I’ma stop you there Spiderman’s Uncle”
“No, wait. This is kind of important. See, with great power comes great resp….”
“Dude, we’ve been through this – not bothered, innit!?”
“Yeah, but you should be ‘bothered’ – this is an important lesson, James”
“La, la, la. I can’t hear you!!”
…….is the conversation I initially had (in my head, obvs) when I was given the honour of being a Judge in the Blogger Blitz Community Event over at Adventure Rules. I then spent a good five minutes shouting “I AM the law” in my best Sylvester Stallone voice, before whipping out an imaginary gun and shooting (also imaginary) people with it. Because I’m a rubbish adult. Continue reading “Blogger Blitz: A Judge’s Journey”
First off, a big thanks to Kim over at Later Levels for the nomination. I’m sure most of you know her anyways, but if not you should absolutely rectify that post haste on account of her being one of the bestest Bloggers what exists and suchlike. Later Levels is positively packed with insightful, funny and interesting pieces on a plethora of Gaming shiznizz, and Kim still finds the time to be an active member of the Gaming community, and pack in some Gaming-related charity work too.
Next, the rules. Pretty simple and self-explanatory, really: list 10 things that make you happy. I’m not going to lie, at first I was all like, “Ten? Ten?? How’s that even possible?” but once I got thinking about it, turns out I’m not quite as miserable and devoid of feeling as I first thought. So without further ado, and in no particular order, here’s my list….. Continue reading “Ten Things That Make Me Happy”
Firstly, if you’re wondering why I’m an eejit who’s only logged a week of Overwatch over a year after its release, I’ve covered that particular bit of stupid already. Secondly, whilst it’s only been a calendar week (and a bit), it was kind of an obsessive week, and I squeezed every bit of Overwatch out of it as I possibly could. Personal hygiene? Eating food that doesn’t come in foil packaging? Face-to-face human interaction? Bollocks to all of that because, like, Overwatch, innit!? Smelling a bit funky, empty calories and physical isolation were all prices I was *totes* willing to pay when there were Overwatch’s 24 characters to learn, maps and Game Modes to get to grips with, and precious, precious XP to be earning – and I happily, gleefully fucked off all of my adulting in favour of piss-arsing around in Blizzard’s colourful, fun future of heroes randomly moving payloads around for shits and giggles. Well, I say shits and giggles but apparently humanity depends on it, but at this point I’m not entirely sure why because delving into the story and setting of Overwatch is cool, I’m sure, but it also gets in the way of actually playing it, so I’ve not really bothered as of yet. Continue reading “Overwatch: The First Week (and a bit)”
A little over a year ago, I was stood inside my local purveyor of quality Video Games and I had, in my grubby little mitts, several as-of-yet-un-owned titles. In fact, as per my “system”, I’d already picked up every game in store that I didn’t already own, and only afterwards did I start to make any kind of decisions regarding what I’d actually purchase with my actual cash-money. Because I like to maintain the pretense that “No, I don’t have a compulsive Game buying problem, thankyouverymuch…”, I usually make a (token) effort to talk myself out of at least one or two titles, and on this occasion, one of these was Overwatch. At the time the game had just launched, so my reasoning included “waiting a bit to see how it all panned out”, so that, plus Overwatch’s total lack of any kind of Single Player Campaign, meant it got put back on the shelf….. at least for the time being. Since that fateful day, not only did everybody seem to go a bit daft over what Overwatch was offering, but, because I’m an eejit and I’d actually talked myself out of being a part of that from the very beginning, I still clung to the idea that I’d made the right decision. Continue reading “Overwatch – The Journey/Humiliation Begins”
The following piece has been sitting in my drafts for well over six months, but I never quite got around to publishing it. Yesterday however – after reading Shelby’s excellent piece about a similar thing – I was reminded of its existence, and thought that, actually, if I published my piece, just maybe it’d add to the general chorus of disapproval at Activision’s abhorrent behaviour and perhaps, possibly, that that chorus may then encourage them to do a bit of soul searching, see the error of their ways, and ultimately become a kinder, less greedy set of dirty robbing bastards. Lolz – I jest, obviously. I published it for the rantz, innit!?
The last couple of paragraphs are new, and were added to reflect recent developments since the original draft was written, and I am indebted to Shelby for bringing them to my attention. Continue reading “My Adventures with Activision’s Dubious Business Practices”