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29th October 2017

Did some work behind the scenes of the game blog page so that the game filters now work much better.

30th June 2017

A couple of months back I found loads of old notes about all the old Epic Space Marine games we played, starting from back when I was in high school. I thought it would be a good idea to type them all up as best I could, and upload them all. While I was at it, I also converted the Epic-S and 40K battle reports from their PDF state to HTML, and they can be found on the Warhammer 40K page.

16th May 2017

Finally got my pointing pictures up and into the Vault. Don't ask me why.

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Bloody Hearts & Wine Stones

Computer Games Blog

This is where you can read any of my irregular wafflings about computer gaming. The whole point of this blog is to help motivate me to properly finish games, whether they be recent ones or older ones I played when I was younger that I never managed to beat.

20th December 2012 - Taking The Fight Planetside

Last few days have been playing a bit of Planetside 2, and am quite enjoying it. Getting used to it though is taking a great deal of effort. I've just never really been into FPS-type games that much, and can count the FPS games I've played on one hand (Duke Nukem 3D, Dark Forces, Unreal Tournament, Quake 3 Arena and Unreal Tournament 2004), so am not really that skillful at them. The first few times I logged in it was just for 10-20 mins each time, just trying to get used to the game and failing miserably. This is because the game is much larger in its scope and scale than the typical FPS I've played in the past, and there are many new mechanics to learn that I've not had to deal with before, even simple things like aiming down sights and sprinting. Add in that the majority of other players on this game are very good, having probably played it through beta and the last couple of weeks since the game's release, and you can see why I had trouble to begin with. Indeed, I ran around like a nutter and got killed 22 times before I even killed anyone in return.

Since then though I've slowly been picking it up. Been playing mostly as the heavy assault class, as the shield gives me a little bit more survivability and stops me from dying so fast (sometimes). Even so, going head to head against most enemy players leaves me a bloody pool on the floor, as I just haven't got used to the recoil on the guns yet, and my accuracy is total pants (currently 14%). Most of my successes have come from out thinking and out positioning the opponents, and in some cases I've been the sneakier sneak when in combat with enemy infiltrators. Again though, even when I sneak up on them, many good players can react and gun me down faster than I can kill them, something which is getting rather annoying.
Never mind though. I am currently on 80 kills and 152 deaths, which is a much better ratio than the 0 and 22 I started with.

The game is far from just running around killing enemies though. It's mostly about teamwork as you try and wrestle territory from the opposing two factions, something which my faction, the NC, do not seem to be very good at from what I've seen so far. We mainly just run around in mobs of various sizes and hope we do something useful. Personally, I have most trouble with TR players. They kill me til I'm dead so fast it shouldn't be allowed. And they always seem pretty organized too. Bastards. The Vanu so far seem much easier to take out.

It's hard to get interesting screenshots when you are in the middle of a firefight:

Night time quad biking is fun

Night time quad biking is fun

The very rare sight of me standing over dead TR troopers

The very rare sight of me standing over dead TR troopers

TR vehicles approach our position

TR vehicles approach our position

Mustering for an attack on the Vanu

Mustering for an attack on the Vanu

Notice me hiding behind the shield as we attack the TR

Notice me hiding behind the shield as we attack the TR

Die, TR skum!

Die, TR skum!

A massive three way at Crossroads Watchtower. Yes I'm dead as usual

A massive three way at Crossroads Watchtower. Yes I'm dead as usual

Like any game, it is not without its bugs. The ones I've seen have mostly involved the Flash quad bike. Several times I've seen them wizz passed me with invisible riders, and in one case I accidentally flipped mine over then stood back and watched with amusement as it flopped around like a fish out of water. Weird.
Also, people with laggy connections jump around all over the place making them very hard to aim at, and many times I have been killed when people have shot me through solid metal walls or rocks. WTF?

The invisible man goes for a ride

The invisible man goes for a ride

Scoob's connection drops and his avatar does a little dance

Scoob's connection drops and his avatar does a little dance