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Saturday, 15 November 2008

Being a Gamer

I was in Game the other day, and was struck by how open and accessible, and indeed 'normal' gaming has become to society. The launch and huge success of systems like the Wii, DS and PSP have made gaming open to everyone. The Playstation, xBox and PC are no longer the sole haunts of the gaming elite, and dare I say it, geek-dom.

My mum's other half is a recent player of the nintendo DS, and it was while looking at the game library for gift ideas that I looked to my brother and said, "do you feel embaressed looking at the DS section?" And yes, like me he does! I feel I should be holding a sign proclaiming "I am looking for a present! I am a true gamer, I was there with the BBC, the master system and the amiga!" I feel the need to distance myself from the so-called "next-gen gamers" who I feel are not gamers at all!! I grem up gaming, and will always love it.

Similarly, when I am buying games like the Sims 2 and Singstar: Abba I feel like I should confide in the sales assistant that I actually love blowing the heads off monsters in Unreal Tournament, getting scared to deal in Alien VS Predator and role playing in modern classics like Oblivion. I don't want to be steriotyped as a next gen gamer who oly plays "girly" games and squeels at the sight of blood (althugh in RL, that would happen!)

It's not that I feel judged when I buy games, I'm glad that everyone has suddenly realised what a great hobby it is! But sometimes I look around at the games and sigh *ah, mainstream*, and I must admit, dodging prams and screaming kids never used to be a problem in game stores in the 90's. Then, there was recognition of us true gamers!!

Oh well. We'll see who is still gaming in 20 years time!

In the meantime, I'm going to go and rock out to Singstar: Abba, and unleash my girly gamer side upon the world...But I'll be avoiding the rads in Fallout 3 tomorrow ;)

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Sunday, 2 December 2007

WWJD FTW?


I saw this T-shirt on split reason and it was too hilarious not to remark upon. For those not in the know "WWJD?" stands for "What Would Jesus Do?". You've probably seen lots of kids through to teens wearing the slogan on a little band round their wrist, possibly accompanied by the likes of "FROG" - which has a slogan I can't actually remember, probably something along the lines of being friends of god. I could be wrong. Also "PUSH" - pray until something happens.

I have seen many humorous other uses for these slogans, one of the funnier being the adaptation by Rich Burlow, the creator of The Order of the Stick comic. One of the characters is a Nordic cleric, and one particular frame forever immortalised on a t-shirt includes Durkon (said cleric) wondering: "WWTD?" - What Would Thor Do?.

However, this latest T-shirt encompasses the whole spirit of the gaming nation globally. WWJDFTW? - What Would Jesus Do For The Win?. For those of you who don't feel like clicking on the link, I shall provide the description on the website:

Scholars, philosophers, teachers, and laymen alike have been asking and pondering this question since at least 1982: What would Jesus do for the win? Would he snap his fingers and turn your controller into a loaf of bread rendering you defenseless while he's tea-bagging your rotting corpse? Perhaps he'd simply teleport into your base and promptly start shouting: 'I'm in ur base, performing miracles!' Though most likely unanswerable, it's a question, we here at SplitReason.com must continue to ask.
  • 100% cotton
  • Pre-shrunk
  • Fair warning: While wearing this t-shirt you may accidentally immaculately impregnate some hottie.
  • Oh how I lol'd.

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    Friday, 9 November 2007

    I love splitreason.com

    I was reading my daily dose of Ctrl-Alt-Delete today (a web comic) and the T-shirts that are advertised in the side bar were making me giggle again (I have the lilah one because she is awesome, and the statement is oh so true). So I browsed over the splitreason.com and browsed the rest of the stuff (not CAD related) and found THE best pair of pants ever, with the statement Achievement Locked on them, referring of course to xbox 360 gamer points and achievements. Oh I want. So bad. Unfortunately, I also want a load of other things from there too. The t-shirts designs are just classic. I'd want them all in vest top designs, or at least women's fit, but they don't do those *sad*, well not on the CAD stuff anyway. Maybe I should check it out. So should you. Because it is awesome.

    That is all.

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    Thursday, 13 September 2007

    Enchanted Arms - A Final Fantasy Rip-Off

    Ok, fair enough, I bought this game for the 360 becaues it looked like a FF game, what I didn't know was that it would try to be a complete copy...and fail miserably.

    I've only played for about half an hour, but the game play seems clumsy (even if it is very FF), and the main playable characters are annoying is hell. The 1st character is very much like Zell from FF*. Doesn't like attending class, and would rather jump in with both fists blazing. Unfortunatly, Zell is more macho than this character...yeah, seriously.

    The second character is more like Quistis Trepp, more instructer-ish. Very knowledgable, listens in class, the most straight nosed of the lot. He is also the most masculine, but with a name like Toya it doesn't go far.

    The third character is by far the most annoying. He is the most flamboyantly gay character I have ever seen in a computer game character, but it's not even funny. He is blatently in love with Toya - who strangely has all the girl NPC's drooling over him. He also speaks in THE most annoying voice EVAH! Plus, they made him a bard, I think that says it all.

    To be fair, I haven't really got into it, but I can't see it getting much better, but we shall see. I haven't even unlocked any achievements yet! I'd like to stick it out, but I think I may just go back to the PS and FF 12.

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    Friday, 7 September 2007

    Roller Coaster Tycoon 1

    The afor mentioned game is one of my favourites, and a while ago I found to my dismay that it didn't work on XP (specifically XP Pro), and so I gave it over as yet another classic old school game that I wouldn't be able to play (along with RCT 2 I might add).

    I figured I would have to rig up a windows '98 PC, I've been thinking of doing it for some time now, but I thought "oh to hell with it" and thought I'd give it one last try. And guess what?! I got it working!! All I had to do was run it in compatibilty mode for win '98! Of course, I am now using XP home edition against since my Pro version was erm, causing me to be "a victim of software counterfeinting" rofl.

    So all is good in the world of 'retro' gaming. Go out and install those old games again. You know you want to!

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    Sunday, 22 July 2007

    I have X-Box Live!

    I am so madly excited about this fact that even I feel like I'm being ever so slightly sad and too geeky, but stuff that - I have an e-box live gamertag at LAST!

    Of course, I don't actually have my *own* x-box, but it's as good as, hehe. The thing is - I've been playing for a year with a normal game tag so I have to start all my achievements and stuff from scratch - which sucks. But I'm gonna have lots of fun playing now, now that I know it's kinda worth something. Arcade games here I come! Oh, AND, my username was free, so my gamertag for any who want to add me (incase you can't guess) is: Esmerelde!

    I'm kinda gutted about my high scores, I have an on-going bejewelled 2 game on endless mode and I'm up to level 30 and about 450,000 points, but ah well *sigh*

    Let the gaming commence! I may even start playing Oblivion on the x-box rather than the PC if I can get used to the controls. It's a bummer because I wanted to play with the beautiful people mod and a load of hair mods but meh. I can deal with sacrifices....sorta!

    This is one very excited geeky gamer girl signing out ;)

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    Wednesday, 11 July 2007

    "Games Consoles Give Real Workout"

    Also in the Metro today was the following article. Here are a few excerpts:

    The latest consoles, which react to a player's movement rather than just keeping his or her thumbs busy, can give users an effective workout, research suggests...Consoles such as the Nintendo Wii, or a Sony PlayStation 2 equipped with an EyeToy webcam, can burn as many calories in just over half an hour as a brisk one-hour walk, experts found.

    Now, while this all well and good, it reminded me of a particulary funny penny arcade cartoon. I tried to upload it here as an image but it was too fuzzy, so here is a link to the cartoon. Enjoy!

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