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.
14th August 2014 - Unrealtime
It was back in December that I last played through a bit of Unreal with JIK and Scoob. Since then, we've not been able to all get together to continue, so I finally decided to finish this one by myself.
It was an absolute pain in the ass to play because of the mouse acceleration, which I couldn't fix even with tweaks to the .ini files. What is it with software companies not giving us the option to turn off mouse acceleration in their systems and games? So annoying.
I guess it doesn't matter as long as the game is done and complete.
Things are looking up
Sneakin' up on 'im
Enemy gets shock rifled
Come back here, coward
Stop picking on me, bullies
Your Predator powers are weak
Final boss time
Come on then, queeny
Another one bites the dust
Back to our adventures in LoL, and me and Scoob got a bit annoyed a few weeks back when Riot activated the Doom Bots for a few days. Playing against the Doom Bots was an interesting challenge, and one that we found very difficult while lumped in with other random players. We tried a few times to beat them, and in each game me and Scoob were able to push bot lane, usually getting to their inhibitor turret, only to have the rest of our team falter and allow both other lanes to get pushed back to our own base.
Maybe in one of the games we should have just tried to keep pushing and hope our team mates could hold out, but each time we would 'port back to help, usually after some whining from our other players. Inevitably, our defending would fail, as the other players would dive in aggressively, die, and then leave me and Scoob with no chance to defend. Bastards.
In the one game that looked like it was going our way quite comfortably, our other players seemed quite good for a change. We were 31-15 up on the bots and sieging their base, when lo and behold our Rengar player quit or had connection issues, leaving us 4v5. If we were expert players we may have been able to force it through, but the bots immediately grouped, stomped straight across the map and finished it. Gutted.
Doom Bots be crazy
I could not follow what was going on
Just a few minutes later things are not going well
Can't hold out
26th November 2013 - So Unreal
Back in the late 90s, very much unlike now, I used to play first person shooters quite a lot. Duke Nukem 3D, Quake 3 Arena and Unreal Tournament were probably the most popular multiplayer games of that era for my friends and I. At one stage, I got the first Unreal game for free along with a graphics card (ahh, that old Voodoo3), and tried to play through the campaign with my bro and bro-in-law. We got to a map called the Sunspire, and got very stuck in its maze of darkness. I don't know why. Maybe we'd not figured out how to use flashlights or flares, or realised that the default dispersion pistol could be used to light the way. Whatever the reason, we got no further and went back to other games.
And then a couple of weeks back I thought it was about time I got that game finished at last. My bro was up for revisiting Na Pali, so we got it installed and dived in. After a couple of sessions, we were back to the Sunspire, and the Scoob popped round to join us in conquering it at last. It really wasn't that hard after all.
We're now about three quarters through the game, and I'll hopefully be able to tick this one off the list soon.
More boobs in a game, and long before The Witcher. Who knew?
Weirdest cow-thing ever
JIK scores a hit on a Titan
I may be about to die...
Check out my glowing bowling balls
Catching them in a crossfire
Sneaky scuttler ambush
Made it to the top of the Sunspire at last
Plants growing on wooden floorboards
Check out dem dance moves
Of course, playing the original game got us a taste for some FPS goodness, so we've also been enjoying more madness in UT2004 again:
Looks like I'm going backwards down this hole...
Me n Scoob need to quit smoking
I'm not this big-headed, honest
Under heavy fire
24th December 2012 - Let The Madness Begin
Just recently I got Scoob and the JIKmon to give Lord Of The Rings Online a little bit of an effort. I wasn't a massive fan of this game when I tried it on my own a while back, and I was hoping that wandering around in a group would make it a bit more interesting, and would recover a little bit of the enjoyment we used to get from back in our WoW days when we first started out as the Skumsplattaz. I joined them in starting a new character rather than continuing with Kreethen. This time I chose an Elf called Tezzerz, while JIK went with a Dwarf called Giberaldi (after Garibaldi was taken), and Scoob went with his normal Ragnarkharn after his two fave 40K characters.
We only went through the introductory questline, and are all uncertain whether we will continue. I guess the game is ok just for hanging around and killing an hour or two here and there, but there's no denying that we all now find the typical MMORPG game to be a very boring and bland experience. When we first played WoW, it was all very new, and everyone was playing it, even people that didn't really play games that much. These things helped WoW seem like a better game than it really was. I highly doubt we will ever have that enthusiasm for an MMORPG ever again.
Though I guess in one way it would be nice to continue, as for once I'm not playing as the healer character...
Is this the dinner queue?
I hit you with my bommyknocka
Bird! Eat worm!
We look so stylish
Then I pretty much decided we needed to play more multiplayer games. My three computers were immediately jabbed with game discs, and Rome: Total War, Unreal Tournament 2004, Settlers 3, and Dawn Of War: Dark Crusade were soon ready for action.
Up first was UT2004:
Yeehaw! Assault Rifle Arena Team Deathmatch in the barn
Super Berserk Shock Rifle Arena CTF FTW!
Bots can't drive and get confused in this Paladin Arena
My team brings the rain
I seem to get more kills when I can't see what I'm doing
14th July 2012 - Re-Entering The Tournament
Me and the Scoob had a crazy rampage out of the blue earlier on Unreal Tournament 2004, which was the first time we'd played it in years.
Scoob goes for the flag as I shoot someone up the ass
Yes I shot that green shit at you
The mighty Scoob
T'was indeed a great deal of fun to jump back into those Goliath tanks or play the ever-entertaining CTF map Facing Worlds. Just a shame we were so out of practice and struggled to remember all the extra vehicle controls. Still, you can't beat a mad hour or two on that game. Groovin'.