I’m not dead, yet.

Posted in Gaming on 5 December, 2008 by Leo

Sorry for the lack of updates lately! I’ll be frank, I did not log in WAR for a few weeks, not really because I don’t like the game but gaming has been a bit sporadic for me these days, maybe it is the fact that thousands of games have been released in a few weeks.
I hope everything is good in WAR still, I’d like to try the recent changes soon but I guess before January this will not be possible!
My job contract has been turned into an undetermined duration so I’m quite happy !
I’ll be back with WAR news sometimes.

Happy Birthday Half Life!

Posted in Gaming with tags , on 19 November, 2008 by Leo

blue-toy-256x256That’s right guys, Half life was released the 19Th November 1998, 10 years ago!
That might not be significant for everyone but for me it is. I started my gaming career with Duke Nukem then I played a lot of Quake2 and then Quake3 so the FPS genre always was very important to me.

When Half-Life was released I remember playing it for hours, the story was so awesome. And then mods got released, Counter-Strike on which I played hours, but not only, Natural Selection and Day of Defeat also were really good mods that I spend way too many hours on.

Happy Bday Half Life!

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Fear my photoshop skills!

Small update!

Posted in Gaming on 18 November, 2008 by Leo

atari-cx-40-256x256Maybe you are wondering what the hell I’ve been up to recently? No? Bah OK I’ll say anyway !
The short answer is a lot of Fallout3 and not a lot of free time, I’ve been busy at work and didn’t really want to play WAR. I’m still waiting anxiously for that patch 1.0.5 hoping it will improve the game. I’ve been thinking about rolling a Squig Herder recently, the career looks fun, goblin rocks and they are going to get boosted with the next patch. Also I figured that the part in the game where I have the more fun is in the first tiers.

On another note Left4Dead has just been released and I didn’t have a chance to test it yet. So that means I have some zombie bashing to do when I get the chance. I guess I’ll have to postpone my WAR activities for the next week because I’ve received an invitation for the “The Chronicles of Spellborn” beta test, I already finished the client download just need to patch and I can give it a try. Of course the game’s still under NDA so I will not be able to give you much information… The game should be released the 27Th November.

If all this planned gaming was not enough, a good mate of mine, which played WAR with me got suck back to good ol’ Azeroth… I know I said numerous times that I would never touch Wow again, but having a mate to play with is really better than soloing an MMO, so I’ve been wondering if I should get WOTLK, even tho my Girlfriend would not be too happy, she is an anti-Wow person! I already have a Horde Shaman, a Warrior and a Warlock that are level 70. The shaman is my preferred character so I could jump right in, thing is I’d just do the quests to level 80 not sure If I could be arsed to play after that seeing the grind it is… I’ll think more about this.

Need some fun ?

Posted in Uncategorized on 14 November, 2008 by Leo

atari-cx-40-256x256I’ve not touched WAR for a few days, I got a bit bored lately and I’m kinda waiting for improvement, namely the next patch.
I mainly play Fallout 3 these days, the game is really awesome, I can’t say it enough times!
But anyway if you want a right laugh try the web game QWOP, jesus this is so funny I nearly died from laughing at work. Basically you gotta move the leggs of a guy to make him run, and some fun ensues!

Also if you like forums like f13 or the like, you should try Forumwarz, awesome web game as well.

Not much to say otherwise, things have been pretty slow lately, WOTLK people have fun grinding your way to more grind in a snowy environment!

Busy Gaming

Posted in Gaming with tags , , , , on 10 November, 2008 by Leo

atari-cx-40-256x256I’ve been taking a break from WAR since Friday. I like the game but there are so many others getting released that need to be tested! At the moment my list looks like that : Dead Space, Fallout 3, Left4Dead Demo and NHL09(This will probably get ditched from my list it is not that good). Of course this is not taking into account the game that will be released soon : Call of Duty 5, Mirror’s Edge and later Left4Dead and The Chronicles of Spellborn.

Fallout3 is really awesome, the developers did a wonderful job at making a world that is enormous. I mean you can walk in the wastes for a long time then find a school go inside, spend at least 30 minutes clearing it and exploring just to get out to find more. The possibilities are endless. On top of that the skill & perks system, while not being overly new, is really well done.

The story is deep, you have plenty of quests to do, I barely started the main quest because I was mostly doing the side ones and just basically running around. I really like the combat system, It feels like it is better than Oblivion by a mile. This is really a good game, kudos to Bethesda.

Left4Dead was the other game I’ve been playing mostly this last week-end. With mates and voice coms this is incredibly fun, adding to this slaughtering hordes of zombies while drinking a few beers, this game can’t go wrong. It is good but not perfect, there are still a few bugs that I hope will be fixed for releases but generally speaking the gameplay is really good.

Dead Space is on hold for the moment as well as NHL 09. Don’t really know why I ordered this one, sounded good on paper but in reality it is quite poor. It is blatantly a console port, some screens even tells you to use the “X” or “Y” button… I can’t stand that and it doesn’t support my native wide screen resolution.

If you like small web games, I discovered on some blog can’t remember which tho, “Kingdom of Loathing”, an awesome little RPG game which is funny as hell! I suggest you try it if you are stuck at work like me!

Patching niceness!

Posted in WAR - Patch with tags on 7 November, 2008 by Leo

k-control-128x128As everyone knows the patch note for 1.0.5 was released. The PTS is being put in place, all in all good stuff is coming our way guys! I just hope the test servers are coming to Europe sooner than later.

Most of the careers changes being small tweaks generally, I won’t comment on them before having tested them. The term slightly increased or decreased is quite vague and I won’t base my though on this.

Here is a list of things that I like :

  • Morale abilities will now be much more responsive. These abilities will now fire immediately when activated by the player on the first attempt. – Finally need more responsiveness
  • Morale abilities will now display their cooldowns correctly at all times.
  • Root effects, with the exception of morale roots, will now grant a 5 second immunity from all roots to the victim when the effect breaks, and in addition will no longer stack with other roots. – Playing a marauder I know how this fix is nice
  • The responsiveness of ability activations has been improved. Players will now see less of a delay between the activation of an ability and the corresponding animation. – Thank god !!
  • To promote population balance among the various scenarios, we have added a feature that reduces the number of times a scenario can launch in a short period of time. This will give scenarios which are launched less frequently an opportunity to catch up in the queue population and launch more often. – W00t!! I hope this works, I was getting really tired of always playing the same scenarios.
  • Fixed an issue with the targeting system that could be used by players to gain an unfair advantage. Targeting of friendly players will now work in the same way as using abilities. Players must either use a keyboard key or click with the mouse to acquire a friendly target. To target a monster or NPC, players must click on the target in the world or /assist a friendly player. Players using our default user interface should see no change as a result of this fix. – Good bye mods that targeted for you.
  • Locking the chat window will now persist upon logging out. – Was getting tired to have to lock them myself every time.

I can see that the careers that needed it the most received some love and that can’t be bad. The engineer, magus and skig herder players will probably feel all fuzzy inside !

Can’t wait to have this patch go live, some good things in it. Some other issues still need fixing but this goes in the right direction.

On another note, I created a module for the WarBoard addon which is a Fubar type addon it is basically a bar on top of your screen with various information. Mine shows your Frame Per Second as well as the Average frame per second you can get WarBoard_FPS here.

Resubbed!

Posted in WAR - General with tags on 3 November, 2008 by Leo

That’s right, on the 1st November my free time of WAR ended. Of course I resubbed immediately, I can’t say I have an enormous love affair with the game but it has some stuffs right and I enjoy playing it with my mate. It still have issues that have to be fixed and that are annoying, since patch 1.1 I’ve been having CTD’s almost every hour and it’s really not fun when you are trying to complete a dungeon. I have faith in Mythic and I want them to succeed!

Like I said in my previous post I’ve been playing a bit of Dead Space, which by the way is really awesome, a mini review will probably happen sometimes, and Fallout 3 + NHL 09 should arrive soon. Obviously WAR is not my only game these days but I like getting back to it. I want to hit Tier4 and see how that looks still so we are still motivated! At the moment me and my mate’s Disciple of Khaine are respectively Rank25 and 26 so things are going well, we’ve been doing some Gunbad, scenarios and questing.

I hope that the servers transfer will be available for Europe soon because my server looks a bit too empty for my liking. I’m looking forward for the futur fixes, my main issue at the moment is more on the technical sides all these CTD’s and stuttering really has to go because it is annoying to play the game with them.

Some fine chap over at FreddysHouse started a petition for GOA to change their flash website to something better and less demanding on the resources. You should all sign it if you, like me, find the website to be crap. Here. Magnus already answered the community, here is what he had to say :

I’ve passed this petition along to people within GOA and we’ll be following it. Not that it’s really needed – we’re keenly aware of the general perception of our webpage as it is.

Obviously, Community Management have compiled many reports on this topic and we’ve continuously worked for a change. Events have recently taken a turn for the better and I’ve gained renewed hope for a real change. There’s really nothing conclusive I can share on this at the moment but I certainly will as soon as I’m in liberty to do so.

Do know that this is something close to my heart and we’re pulling all the strings we can here.

Hope that we will see changes soon.