ARK: Survival Evolved Review – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

By on Mar 30, 2016 in Games | 0 comments

There are times when ARK: Survival Evolved (ARK), the dinosaur filled survival game in development by Studio Wildcard, is awe inspiring. Your initial hours of exploring the island and fighting to survive will be at times frustrating but more often engrossing and rewarding. ARK puts its hooks in early and they are only shaken loose by its inability to deliver on its promise in the mid and late game. I’ve put way, way more time into this game than could possibly be considered healthy. No one should put 900 hours into anything that doesn’t pay your bills or further humanity, and I’m pretty sure playing ARK does neither. Also, this review is interminably long. Sorry about that. What follows is The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of ARK: Survival Evolved. ARK: Survival Evolved ReviewThis is a review of an Early Access (EA) game. That means the game is incomplete and is...

Assassin’s Creed: Play-by-play Commentary

By on Apr 13, 2014 in Blog Posts, Games | 0 comments

My girlfriend Erin loves Assassin’s Creed. I don’t know why – it looks really repetitive to me – so I’ll write a play-by-play in the hopes that I’ll understand it better and it will bring us closer together. Someone told Erin to go kill some people because he was busy, so she did. She had three minutes and got them all killed in about half that time. Some informant guy told her to get close to some guy by blending in with a group of scholars. Erin is now climbing roofs and stabbing people in the neck. I don’t know what this has to do with “blending in with a group of scholars.” Someone is crying out for help, but Erin has ignored him and is climbing a wall. She just killed another guy for no apparent reason. Erin just threw a knife at a guy, but I don’t know why. She is really violent and I’m questioning my judgement....

Diablo 3 Account Hacked – Blizzard Blames Me

By on May 28, 2012 in Blog Posts, Games | 0 comments

I’ve been a huge fan of the Diablo series since the first installment and was happily installing my copy of Diablo III the day after launch. Because I had my copy shipped and started playing the day after the official launch I didn’t face the login nightmares that many others did. I was able to play right away and spent about 30 hours engrossed in the D3 universe over the next week.On the 24th I logged in to find that all of the items in my stash were gone, along with my gold. I didn’t notice it at the time, but I also had a new friend in my Social panel. I thought that there must have been some kind of glitch with an update that Blizzard applied. No problem; I’d just open a ticket and they could restore my lost items. So I opened a support ticket and waited.A day went by and I didn’t hear anything from Blizzard. I logged into my account again and...

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion

By on Apr 16, 2012 in Blog Posts, Games | 3 comments

Ever since I was a kid and I watched my first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, I’ve always dreamed of a strategy game with large scale space combat. I got excited in 1999 when I heard about Alpha Centauri, but Civilization in space wasn’t what I was looking for. I wanted hundreds – nay, thousands of ships going head to head. Intergalactic warfare, baby. That’s what I wanted.So the years went by and games came and went but nothing really came close to my vision and hopes were dashed again and again. Then in 2008 Sins of a Solar Empire came out of no where and after I decided to ignore the worst computer game name ever I found myself intrigued by the hype. RTS? Check. Space? Check. Thousands of ships? Check! Online multiplayer? Yes! I was happily on board and looking forward to finally having my dreams fulfilled.Alas, disappointment soon reared...

Galaxy Online Review

By on Apr 6, 2009 in Blog Posts, Games | 3 comments

Currently in Open Beta, Galaxy Online is a free-to-play MMORTS. This means you don’t pay for the game directly, but through optional purchases of “points” to be spent in the game. A business model that never seems to work long term, but always attracts interest from the community.The game itself is truly quite massive. With hundreds of star systems to conquer and build up, there is no end of things to do. Except for the first month or so – where there is almost nothing to do.Yes, you read that correctly – for the first month of playing Galaxy Online you can expect to do nothing but build up resources and research sciences. It takes a solid week just to get comfortable in the game, and after about three or four days you begin to realize what you’ve gotten yourself into. Resources are painfully slow to collect, and you require such a vast amount of...

375 Hours Was All It Took

By on Jan 13, 2009 in Blog Posts, Games | 0 comments

It’s been a long road to level 40 for me in Warhammer Online, but I’m finally there! My Warrior Priest is now making tunnel and crypts runs with the best of them.Many others have reached 40 far faster than I have, some in less than half the time, but I took it easy and enjoyed myself. I’m still having fun with Warhammer, though it is clearly developed in favor of the Destruction faction and has some work left to be done to keep it interesting for high level characters.