Watch Dave, the Cameraman cracks open some packs trying to find cash cards he can sell for more packs.
Have started streaming again, so here’s my first new video using my new internet connection.
No Man’s Sky: Diary of a Star-Lit Wanderer.
In the month or so I’ve been playing Overwatch have found the community so far very pleasant, without the toxicity of other online games I’ve tried my hands at (don’t get my started on DOTA 2 or LoL) so was kind of surprised to engage with a truly toxic individual.
I only play casual because don’t have the rank for comp yet & I’m a pretty terrible player due to inherent issues with FPSs and nerve damage around my body. I also don’t tolerate abuse much & have a dry, sarcastic yet sharp response to things (mainly because am an Aussie & that’s out general humour form).
My preferred match is the Mystery Heroes, so often try my hand at that because am yet to find a character to main as yet, so like to give them all a try. Yet there are some whom I just cannot get my head around & generally suck at using (primarily Winston & Blackwidow) so I don’t like being give them randomly to use.
In the match where I encountered the toxic player, I was given Winston to control & had to defend the point by myself as the rest of the team had been wiped & were respawning. I held off as best I could but made a misplay by backing myself into a corner (poor spatial awareness on my part in 1st Person games) & getting swamped by enemy team.
That’s when the toxic player -let us call him Mon Capitan Toxicito- got onto the voice chat (something unusual in casual games) to have a go at me. He kept saying how much I sucked & how if we lose the game it’ll be my fault because I suck so much at the game.
I responded with “yep. I truly suck at this game. Suck so very very much. No idea why I play because I suck so badly at it.”
He couldn’t respond to that so he said: “Well. . . your screen name’s really stupid! Why call yourself Shadow?!”
Me: “because it’s my name.”
Which made him even more confused. He asked why I’d have my screen name as my real name & said because is easier to do that than make something up.
I then asked him his name & he said “Steven”, to which I replied “Steven? That’s a fucking stupid name. What kind of dickhead is called Steven! You’re making shit up now, kid! Get a real name when your balls drop!”
Rest of team get onto voice channel, laughing at him, because he’d been sniping them with negative comments all match. He then RQ’ed & we scraped through with a narrow win.
TL;DR version Meet first utterly toxic player, I mocked him but still had fun with the match. Not letting idiots ruin my games but won’t let things go quietly either.
This year has already proved to be a huge boon for nostalgia geeks, with the releases of Voltron Legendary Defender & Stranger Things as well as the impending releases of Final Fantasy XV & Pokemon Sun/Moon but there is one release that overshadows them all.
Star Wars: Rogue One.
Indeed, the hype is strong with this one but, despite rumours of major rewrites to make the film “more fun & family friendly”, Rogue One stands out because it is the first major cinematic side story in the Star Wars universe (those Ewok films don’t count!) & indicates a shifting in tone for the franchise as a whole to looking at the wider universe & the characters within.
From what we have seen of the film so far, it plays out more like classic war films such as The Dirty Dozen or Westerns like The Magnificent Seven (which also has a remake due out soon) where a team must come together in order to achieve a seemingly impossible task.
Like the prequels (which still suck!) the end point is known because it leads directly into Star Wars: A New Hope but the path is still unknown & that is what gets people excited.
The annual E3 gaming show is once again upon with it’s usual bombast, hype & leaks. I usually avoid most of the reporting around E3 related stuff because it tends to be your typical hype-train fuelled by pre-rendered cinematic trailers, short teasers & really really awkward presentations.
Yet something happened with this year’s expo, where each company listened to the complaints of their consumers & gave live demonstrations of their games to much rapturous applause (for some demos at least).
I tend not to care for most company’s announcement but I tend to like what Nintendo does.
This year it appears that they broke all expectations when they showed this. The gameplay trailer for the long awaited Zelda Wii U game.
This is a whole new direction for the long running franchise, that gives the player almost absolute freedom to explore -which includes being able to climb the landscape & monsters. It also introduces the ability to sneak up upon both prey & enemies. From the trailer & hands on from various gaming websites it appears that Link (for once actually coming pre-named) has to hunt & eat to regain health & get status boosts.
The freedom to explore leads to being able to tackle which ever dungeon you want when you can access -which appears to be through a magical book. This new gimmick also extends to using the book to create blocks to climb upon so you can solve puzzles as well as create objects to drop on enemies to reduce their number before ambushing.
Being a Wii U title, it comes with Amiibo connections, which goes back to the Wolf Link figure that was released with Twilight Princess. As seen in the video below.
The game is still set to be released next year & supposedly will also be the launch title for Nintendo’s mystery new console, currently referred to as the NX.
How this will impact the end product & it’s reception is al for speculation.
In my very unhumble opinion Nintendo should release the game in time for Christmas & give the Wii U one last great hurrah.
Regardless of which system it will be dominant on, the game remains utterly beautiful to look upon. It’s vast living landscapes & reactive AI might reinvigorate many Sandbox games but, again, it’s only speculation of a very, very invested fan.
Nothing really more to say except that I wanted to show the trailer & make a quick post before the next article goes up.