Tuesday, March 26, 2013

We Are Live!

I've decided to start a side project that'll compliment this blog quite nicely. I'm going to start streaming my gameplay live through Twitch.tv. This platform has provided gamers across the globe with a fast and easy way to share their gaming experiences and talk about the games they love. I've been watching a few streams, and I noticed that community is great, and I just wanted to be a part of it.

While my gameplay won't be amaze-balls, I'm sure it'll be entertaining to watch for those casual gamers out there. I'll mostly concentrate on WoW gameplay with the guild, and some other games that I'll play cooperatively with friends like League of Legends and Starcraft 2.

I'm very excited to do this, and the guild is all on board to stream some casual raids for the community of Twitch.

Check it out every once in a while. http://twitch.tv/GamingCampaign

See you live!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Impulsive Purchasing: God of War

My PS3 is the latest addition to my home entertainment, and the only real game I've played on it was Ni no Kuni. I thought the console would collect dust for quite a while, but that's not the case anymore since GameStop came out with a great deal with God of War: Ascension at their online store. The new game comes with a copy of the God of War Saga Collection for free, which includes every single game in the series that released for the PS2, PSP, and the PS3.

I'm new to the God of War series, but I've read nothing but good things about it. The wifey was actually the first one to bring the game to my attention with its SuperBowl commercial.

Thankfully, the game will be arriving tomorrow. Right in time for my only day off from the work week.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Decisions, Decisions

We can all agree that the launch of SimCity 2013 was a big disappointment for us. Now Electronic Arts is apologizing for the trouble that was caused by giving us one of their games to download for free. We get to choose from Battlefield 3, Bejeweled 3, Dead Space 3, Mass Effect 3, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Plants vs. Zombies, and SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition (wtf?).

I haven't played any of these titles before, and I've been debating on which of these I should get. I'm definitely not going to waste this freebie on Plants vs. Zombies or Bejeweled since I can get those on my iPhone. And who would take SimCity 4, the 10 year-old brother of the current game?

I'm not much of an FPS player on the PC, I do all that on my Xbox. I'm terrified of zombies, so Dead Space 3 is out of the question. I don't think I would enjoy a racing game either. So I went for Mass Effect 3.

And with that, EA was able to grab more money from me because I will most likely want to download the first two games of the series before playing my free game.

You win again, EA.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Playing Video Games With Star Athletes

I have never encountered anyone famous through online gaming. I'm sure it's a rare thing for all of us gamers. It would be pretty cool to say that you've played a video game with a celeb though. A recent blog from Hunter Hillenmeyer reveals that we'll soon have the opportunity to actually face up against star athletes in an online video game of their choice. That's pretty awesome.

Right now, there's only a few athletes featured in this KickStarter project, but it's still an impressive list. I wouldn't mind playing with these people at all. The project will use Xbox Live and Playstation Network as a platform for their online gaming, and would feature mostly sports games and shooting games. Fun stuff.

I do hope this launches, and is successful enough to expand to PC gaming. It would be fun to play player-versus-player against NFL's Ryan Matthews of the Chargers, or NBA's Andre Kirilenko of the Utah Jazz. Or maybe scouting against Andre's teammate Gordon Hayward in the Heart of the Swarm expansion for StarCraft 2.

Unfortunately, it looks to have a subscription fee in order to be eligible to play with these athletes, and I'm not sure how to feel about that. I will definitely pledge a few bucks to the KickStarter, but I'll only subscribe to the finalized product if the list of athletes continues to grow. I would LOVE to play some 2K with Kobe Bryant.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Patch 5.2: Tap to Faction

I love it. No longer having to group up and stress about finding tanks or healers. All is needed is a /yell to get everyone to a world boss. Result? Happy players.

Mal'Ganis' Horde downing Galleon
This is probably my favorite update from this patch. Now it's time to see if I can get to those new world bosses!

Oh, EA Games

I was excited to play SimCity tonight since it had launched. After hitting up the gym, I quickly downloaded the game through EA's website and stared at my monitor while it installed and patched the game. It was a major downer when the game failed to launch every time I double click the .exe file. I've been reading through the SimCity forums, and it seems that a lot of other people are experiencing problems that are keeping them from playing the game.

Good job, EA.

This is a bit similar to the problem that Blizzard had with the launch of Diablo 3. The major difference here is that I was at least able to create a character on Diablo during launch night. Nothing even pops up for SimCity.

SimCity would have been a perfect game for tonight. WoW servers went down just half an hour ago, and I was hoping to spend some time building my perfect virtual city during the downtime. I'm sure other WoW players would have liked to take some time playing SimCity as well. But now we can't.

Hopefully the problem is fixed sometime tonight. I know a lot of SimCity fans are very disappointed with tonight's launch, and would like nothing more than to play the game they have waited 10 years for.

Friday, March 1, 2013

We're Moving

Mal'Ganis has been treating me and my guild well so far. So well that we're going to be moving in permanently. I had already seen this move coming from the start. We hardly logged on to Cenarius with our main characters, but when we did we would quickly log back over to Mal'Ganis. This realm just has so much activity. It feels like a whole new game. We're just having a lot of fun. Our Ventrilo lobbies are more active, guild members are helping each other out, and our guild has already gotten to level 8 in just a few days.

A few guild members even transferred their secondary 90's to the realm in order to quickly handle any one who attempts to gank us while leveling our new characters. It's refreshing getting the guild together just to level and hang out, without the pressures of having scheduled raids and whatnot.

We are going to raid eventually, though. We've taken on more of a casual approach to the game for now, and it's working out for us. When the time comes, we will start raiding again. A lot of us are close to level 90, while others started working on gearing their secondary 90's, so that time will come pretty soon. I'm sure the rest of the guild are appreciative of the little time off from raiding, especially following our setbacks over at Cenarius. Things will turn around. The closer we get ourselves to 90, the more eager we will be to raid.

I was pressured into joining everyone in transferring a secondary 90, so I decided to bring over my Rogue and renamed him Ashweather. He is horribly equipped, but I'm steadily getting him up there. I'll add his Armory profile over to the side so you may check out his slow progress. I'll be making Ashweather the character I use to be guild master, and I'll be raiding with him as well when the time comes. I've never raided with my Rogue, since he was a late addition to my small collection of 90's. I'm slowly learning the ins and outs of the Combat spec, and it's pretty fun so far.

That's it for now. There are a few things that I'm not particularly fond of in Mal'Ganis, but I'll post that up later.

See ya.