Friday, 23 November 2012

Nights of gaming

Ok I have been setting up the fabled Computer Club for about two years now so I feel the need to rant about it.
I think.
Is there anything to rant about?
I don’t think there is as it seems like ive said it all, damn, I really don’t feel like doing a long post about it as it seems a bit pointless. Yes it does! So bugger off.

You haven’t have you?
What’s that you want content to this moan don’t you? Ok content ye shalt have.
Ok maybe there is something, its that after setting it all up most the time I don’t feel like playing much. Its weird, its probably something to do with some of the things I put out are mine, ALL MINE!
I have found my self buying a few games just for the the nights (four of the same Xbox game for example, I mean four copy’s of Halo?)

Yeah setting it up was a bugger at first, but its now organised and it takes me half the time . (Ok over statement as it depends on what I stick out) and its a bloody good work out lugging those TVs and boxes about and it is two times a month (second Friday and last Tuesday) and ok the Friday night one is like a plane with out fuel (yet to take off), but still its there.
At least I don’t charge people to sit down and have a go of what ever I stick out (I take requests just let me know in advance) at the end of the day I will just say “You do the maths” its a simple sum.
Pub + Gaming + others = ???????
(Pro tip a great night out)
What I stick out are some bloody great multi player games (trying to avoid the lone gamer motif) and a few titles nobody has ever really played (I am responsible for a resurgence of Death tank players) and nobody walks away disappointed so its all good, all I can say is pop in some time and have a bloody good go on what ever I stick out and enjoy your self, trust me playing head to head is way better than this online bollocks anyway.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Wii will remember you

Lady's and gentlemen.

Here lies the Wii. It was a machine that broke the walls down, it brought gaming out of the bed room into the living room, it made gaming a for all ages thing, it had its ups and downs, but tech wise it proved that you don't need to be as powerful as a caffeine powered giant hamster in a wheel to provide entertainment for all ages.

It changed things.

Ok in some cases this was a bad thing as it led to the Kinect, one of the worst gaming peripherals in existence *and it to had its own fair share of imitators, most if not all of them coming from China.
For every Zelda there was ten spamware titles, for every Madworld there was ten copy paste spamware titles that only changed the number on the box
But at the end of the day can we say that no games machine was without the spam?
So lady’s, gentlemen children of all sizes I give you the Wii.
It truly was a revolution to gaming to bad about the name.

*But quite good at other things

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Jump jump Jump?

Yes i'm back and i'm as annoyed as someone that found out the biscuit jar has been emptied of hobnobs AGAIN!

Jumping, lots of games have a jump button, its the one thing that we know most characters can do, its simple even real people can do it, Van halen wrote a song about it, Girls allowed ruined a Pointer sisters song about it, Kriss kross will make you do it,
Its one of those things that’s a one button affair.

But wait, they had to go mess it up, ill tell ye a story of my experience that lead to this moan.
I was at Play Expo but a few weeks back (I was Dan) I got a chance to play the new Devil may cry game, its looks bloody great, but as we all know it can be like Michaela Strachan a few years ago (looks wise), but if it has the personality of one of those goits from Geordie shore* and the entertainment factor of one its shite. I was happily playing the game, ok I won't say “happily” as they kinda spoiled the combat by over complicating it**, I came to a jumping section, in past ones they have been “ok” (in 4 they were bloody annoying) in this? Well lets just say that like the combat they have added something to it, no longer is it a “simple” double jump (they themselves are silly due to what you jumping off while in the air?) it was a long jump followed by press this while holding this then do this, seriously? Add on to this a camera that wanted to move mid jump forcing me to fall and have to do it again and again and again. Why did they need to add more?


If Jet set Willy had all this crap it would have been shite, Sonic has this stuff but for the most part its optional and only if you want to show off, why do they need to complicate things?

As simple as pressing the “A” button
Or “B”
Or “Up” depending on the game

*Only been forced the adverts for it as one of the channels I watch shows them EVERY SODDING AD BREAK It is cancer for the eyes and brain.

**Really in the middle of a group of enemies I don't want to have to press more buttons and do some sodding QTE.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Oi TV master.......

Yes im back and im still filled with more hatred than a COD fan on a losing streak

People often wonder “Why isn’t there any shows about video games any more?”
Well ill tell you why, the internet.

The Internet is why, think about it for a minute. Why watch half an hour of TV for games news when you can spend ten minutes online reading about it, why spend half an hour waiting for the latest trailer to show when you can go on news sites and see it for your self, why wait a week till the next episode when you can go online and watch something else.

Thing is these days we can get every thing we need to know online in an instant and there’s loads of reviewers online that do a good job (ok some not due to trying to be LOL SO RANDUM) of telling us what they think of the newest stuff.

That is a good thing as bad ones we can ignore there will be no more bad ones like in Bad influence (seriously, they never reviewed Rise of the robots because from series 2 they where sponsored by it and they gave Shaq-fu 4 out of five). Closest we have today TV is Click on BBC news 24, they sometimes cover games, but don’t expect obscure games. There is also the splendid Game Center CX that I recommend to anybody that wants both a good laugh (premise is a Japanese comedian in his late 30s playing some games to the end, the twist is he’s not that good, it has lots of great bits for more info ill plonk a list up of recommended episodes) but even this is a webcast and not really on TV, but its as close as we are going to get.
Why it was good back then was due to lack of internet everywhere and presenters that where funny and got away with all sorts (Look up Gamesmaster the funny bits on Youtube), it was what can be referred to as “the golden age” (8 bits where nearly at an end, 16 bits are coming out then came the 32s) back when TV was watch able as well and wasn’t full of people prancing about on stage pretending to sing.
Even games mags are feeling the internets grasp as why buy a mag when you can just read things about games online, ok most these days are shite, Edge and GamesTM are almost the same thing, (or stuck up there own arses). GamesMaster at least is different and gives us a more “Fun” look at things and gives us freebies of varying quality’s (ARCADE STICKERS!!), but I dont even buy that every month the only one I do is Retro Gamer due to it having content that I cant be arsed to Google up. Plus its hard to read the old computer on the bog. (its hard to wipe your arse on a laptop when you run out of paper).

So then before you start to plan out an awesome video games related show put into perspective that what your doing is probably already being done online and its probably being done cheaper as well.