Bite-sized

I’ve done bullet point posts in the past, mainly when I wanted to express things about multiple subjects or just felt the need to jot something down without dedicating a whole post to it. You’ve probably gathered by now that I’m not the short-post writing type, most of the time I top 1000 words per post. Sometimes I do share a video/graphic with little to no commentary, but sometimes those videos/graphics are self-explanatory — no comment needed. What I’m getting at is that I feel lazy today but want to cover a bunch of different topics, so here’s some bite-sized commentary on various things:

  • I mentioned having some interest in the newly released indie game Luftrausers, and that it had a slight discount on its release day. (Un?)Fortunately there was another sale going on that day that forced my hand into buying not only Luftrausers, but also Galaxy on Fire 2 HD and Expeditions: Conquistador. Luftrausers is a sepia-toned 2-D schmup that reminds me of simpler days when public domain games were freely distributed if you knew how to get them (my Dad did). GoF2 is a port of a mobile game, but it’s a 3-D space shooter that’s accessible enough to have some fun with. Expeditions is a game about the Spain’s conquering of South America, and you get to have a hand in that. A Heroes of Might and Magic style game, the tactical battles are fun and so far it seems to have a lot of depth for an indie game.
  • I played some Hearthstone the other night with J3w3l of Healing the Masses. We started out with our “A-game” decks, and I was surprised to have my ass handed to me in the first match. Her Shaman was set up well, but my Hunter proved victorious the next round. We played a couple more games afterwards, both wining one. An evenly played evening, it was fun to interact with a fellow blogger outside of comments.
  • Syp has an interesting post on the personality of video games. I can really get on board with the concept, and the best example of a game whose personality clashed with my own that I couldn’t explain was Lord of the Rings Online. I love the IP. I’ve read most of Tolkien’s work. I’ve watched all of the movies several times in the theater and own all of the extended editions that are out at this point. I’ve played many LotR games over the years. This game was a no-brainer, I would love it. I bought the game and never subscribed outside of the first month. I played for about another month when the game went free to play. It just never clicked, and I can’t explain why.
  • Player Versus Developer has an interesting viewpoint on how there may be a MOBA crash like there has been a MMO crash as of late. I can say that I would agree that the worst of the bunch will probably taper off and shut down, but I don’t see games like League of Legends failing anytime soon, and others like Smite, Heroes of the Storm, and Awesomenauts seem to be chugging along just fine. Blizzard’s HotS is in development right now of course, but I don’t see them necessarily dethroning Riot from MOBA throne. MOBAs are more accessible than MMOs though, in that they are almost always free to play, take less time invested to make progress, and are very much drop-in drop-out types of games. Also if you consider deathmatch titles like Hawken or even Battlefield/COD as MOBAs (cause in actuality, they basically are) then the genre isn’t declining but rather growing.
  • The ESO/Wildstar controversy continues, and Keen is one of the first to admit that he doesn’t know which he’ll be playing, if any, or if maybe he’ll just play both. I’m with him in the fact that I was really looking forwards to ESO, until I started hearing about it. I’ll probably still be on the fence by the time it releases and I imagine that unless the initial reviews are wholly awesome, I’ll pass altogether. Wildstar is another themepark and I’m sick of those, so I’m pretty much set to pass it altogether.
  • Want to know what the new abilities for Diablo III’s characters will look like? Here’s some videos.
  • The new Meta Report is out, and it seems that the Warlock is keeping his crown for now. The top three now consists of Warlock, Warrior and Hunter, and I’m happy to say that I primarily play Hunter, so I must be smart! Cause the meta tells me so! Seriously though, the Hunter is awesome.
  • Here’s two separate posts that have to do with some of the issues surrounding the gaming community. I feel like I have some commentary to add, but will save that for another post. Still, read this, and this one here.
  • The Occulus Rift has some competition coming… introducing Project Morpheus. VR is still one of those things that’s either going to be ridiculously awesome and change gaming forever, or it’s going to be like the Nintendo Wii/PS Move/Xbox Kinect where it’s just another annoying peripheral fad. I’m interested to see for myself, though I’m sure that’s a way off.
  • Lastly, an Angry Birds RPG. No, seriously.