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Retro Diary #79

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Last Sunday, I watched The Cat Returns, on which I have shared my thoughts here.

I have been watching a lot of videos about the rise of the Simpsons and how it’s become the zombie like state it is today, and it’s gotten me back into the series, and have decided to watch season 1-8 (Season 9 is said to be when it started to really go downhill), and I’m going to try and get the DVDs for each season when I can!


 

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My thoughts on WATCH_DOGS 2

Friday, September 1st, 2017

I just finished WATCH_DOGS 2, so I decided, while it was fresh on my mind, to share my thoughts on the game and how it compares to the first game.

I want to get something off my chest first: Fuck you Ubisoft for making the PC version so difficult to find! The only way I could get this game physically on PC was if I bought the big San Francisco edition, which were hard to come by, and the prices kept fluctuating from expensive, to bank breaking!
I managed to get myself a copy in the end, though. Here is my copy!

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Also, for some strange reason, it’s on 4 discs, but only uses 3 of them when installing…

Anyway, how is the game itself? Well, to me, it’s the same gameplay as the first game, only the car physics are better (seeing that reflections worked on them, you’d hope so!) and it relies more heavily on RC devices such as drones, because they’re all the rage these days…

The story seems more bland and generic this time. Say what you want about Aiden Pearce, but at least his character has depth, he had another thing that is driving him forward, that is to revenge his neice’s death.

This new guy? He has nothing, just “Hey! Let’s hack CtOS!”, and the other characters are like “Yeah! Let’s!”, and that’s that.

All of the good guys seem to be there just to make sure that Ubisoft doesn’t offend anybody, and seemingly with the exception of one, doesn’t bother making them interesting characters with real backstories.

You have: Black man, White man, Woman, Black man with dreads, and Autistic.

The Autistic guy is the only one with a personal reason to do what he does, CtOS has been fucking around with his social support and whatnot.

So it’s for these reasons, I prefer the first game, I prefer there to be a real story. I have no reason to root for the good guys. They have no real motive to do what they do, other than to just do it for the sake of doing it!

However, from what I hear, this was the reason people prefer the second game, they wanted more focus on gameplay… fair enough I guess.

There are some really enjoyable missions in the game, others less so, and some side missions covering topics I find very disturbing.

Over time, though, they just started to feel a little samey, even the stealth sections, which is what I loved about the first game, eventually got boring for me. Only towards the end do you really get the interesting missions, but for the most part, the game’s missions and story are pretty forgettable in my opinion.

I’m also going to point out that the puzzle sections where you have to make sure there’s a connection from start to end, you know the ones, are ruined in the second game! Instead of simply rotating the camera in a otherwise empty area, you have to look for all the connections in the room you’re in, walking about and such, and it was just frustrating!

Overall, I enjoyed this game, but I don’t think I’d play the game again. I’d definitely play the first game, but not the second, I don’t think…

Retro Diary #75 – Off to Italy!

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

On Thursday, my brother and I were packing our PS1 to bring to Italy with us and we’re packing the Crash Bandicoot games I have, Wipeout 3, The Tony Hawk games, Parappa the Rapper and some others.

I also decided to dig out my Gameboy Color, as I decided to bring that, and played some Pokémon Pinball, and I forgot how addicting that game was! It took me back to when I played it in high-school, and everyone gathered around me to watch me play it, even though it was old-tech even then!

I’m done… After my current games are finished, I’m going to distance myself from the games industry for good.

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Gamerstorm Developers Blog

Hey, Cobra! here

I didn’t want to make such a post, nor do I think I would ever in my life be saying what I’m about to say in this article, but it’s gotten to the point where I just can’t take things anymore.

After my current projects are done, that is Tengist GD, Rossies 3D/Classic and Camerageddon, I’m going to stop associating myself with video games. I have no desire to go on.

I am so sick of the way games are handled and made nowadays. I’m sick of the video games themselves, I’m sick of the gamers, and I’m sick of the community as a whole and everything that is associated with modern gaming.

Games are no longer an art form, but simply a business. It’s not about creating an enjoyable experience that will stick in the minds of those who play them, but simply a game, in…

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My thoughts on the announced show hosts and new logo.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

So Robot Wars has updated it’s profile picture on Facebook to what I’m going to assume is the new logo. I’m going to be honest, I actually think this looks cooler than the original logo! I thought the new Battlebots logo from their reboot was disappointingly bland compared to their old one, but if anything Robot Wars went the opposite direction! Take a look:

Source: Robot Wars – Robot Wars updated their profile picture.

So it seems to have been announced that Dara O’Briain (from Mock the Week) and Angela Scanlon (who I’ve never heard of) are going to be the new hosts for the show.

I personally can’t imagine Robot Wars without Craig Charles, I mean I know Jeremy Clarkson presented the first series and such, but it was pretty much Craig Charles who defined the show! He supposedly has expressed interest in re-hosting the show, so it feels almost like a backstab to me… but who knows? Maybe O’Briain will surprised us and turn out to be awesome, much like Matt Smith surprised me as the Doctor!

As for Angela Scanlon, who I’m assuming will be the pit reporter (the article doesn’t really specify), I guess it makes sense not to bring back Philippa Forester or anyone else from the original shows, as douche-y as that might sound, because the original show ended over 10 years ago, all of the people since then would have obviously aged, I mean Philippa is apparently in her 40s now! I can’t imagine her being brought back to be brutally honest, but then again, I haven’t seen what she looks like now, so…

Some good news though is that Jonathan Pearce is back as the commentator! I’m really happy about that!

Overall, I’m still excited about this, and keeping my mind open to how the new hosts change the atmosphere of the show, if they do at all! So yeah, I’m hoping to get my tickets for the show to see it like. (It’s being hosted in an arena in Glesgae! 😀 )

Source: Robot Wars: Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon to host new series on BBC2

Installing Quake 1 on Ubuntu

Monday, January 25th, 2016

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Uh oh… guys, I’m running out of space! What do I do?! 😛

2016 is looking to be an awesome year!

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

With Robot Wars Making a comeback and the Battlebots reboot returning for a second series, 2016 is looking to be an awesome year! I’m actually really excited!

BattleBots is coming back for a second season on ABC

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Source: BattleBots is coming back for a second season on ABC

This is good news! Although I really hope they will do something about the cluster bots this time around, because in my opinion, the 1st reboot series (video of episode 1 below), was almost if not ruined by the clusterbots! Gemini from Robot Wars was one thing (or should I say, two things?), because Robot Wars had the rule where if one robot was counted out or immobile, the entire team is eliminated, which seemed fair, especially after seeing some of the battles in Battlebots 2015… Okay, it turns out that they did have something in place, each multi-bot designs have a main bot, and if that bot gets eliminated, then the rest are as well, so okay, something is in place… (SPOILER ALERT) but I didn’t find out until episode 2…

Either way, the show is entertaining, so definitely give it a watch! Episode 1 is shown below! (Copyright, obviously, to ABC and/or whoever is behind the show)

BBC’s Robot Wars reboot to bring in more high-tech fighting machines

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Tech gameshow to return in ‘bulletproof’ arena for a six-part series – 13 years after its last appearance

Source: BBC’s Robot Wars reboot to bring in more high-tech fighting machines

My reaction:

A petition to standardise the Scots Language

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

A petition to standardise the Scots Language

https://www.change.org/p/holyrood-to-give-the-scots-language-a-standardized-spelling?just_created=true

I know this has nothing to do with what I usually post, but this is very important to me, I’d like to ask if youse could at least have a look at this, and even if you don’t speak the language but agree it needs a standard form, please gives us your support!

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