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RimWorld – Alpha Review

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I’m not new to roguelikes and I love a lot of the genre. I’m not a Dwarf Fortress player but I could be. My roguelikes? Rogue, played on a PDP-11 – no colors or easy to recognize characters, thank you. Also hack and NetHack and larn. (Even used to play a custom branch of hack that included lemmings.) Fast forward to FTL or pretty much any contemporary roguelike that I can lose badly. I have a special affection for Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space.

Having enjoyed Prison Architect, but not as fully as I wanted to (mechanics/philosophy stuff I won’t go into here), I was thrilled to hear about RimWorld’s more Firefly-esque approach to building and cultivating the colony and kickstarter-pledged immediately at a level that’d get me access to the Alpha.
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The Bane to Civilization that is Candy Crush Saga

Games and Gaming, Gaming Culture, Reviews

Is it the primary colors? The arcade-game sounds and aesthetics? The casualness? The almost immediate gratification? The strange feeling of satisfaction when you fire off a powerful combo of special pieces? It’s hard to say. Whatever the winning freemium combination, Candy Crush Saga is a runaway hit in Apple’s iOS App Store and on its other platforms as well.
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Minion Rush

Games and Gaming, Reviews

I turn out to be a pretty big fan of Endless Runner/Driver/Flyer/Skier games. On my iPhone I have installed: Jetpack Joyride, Subway Surfers, Ski Safari, Road Trip 2 and Zombie RoadTrip. Most of these games are free or freemium and they try to hook you on buying points or coins or bananas or whatever so you can upgrade and maybe have a longer run or a more varied, fun time.
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XCOM: Enemy Unkown on iOS (versus XBox’s version)

Games and Gaming, Reviews, Software, Technology

Huge X-COM fan here. I liked a lot of the old franchise and really missed the turn-based tactics. For a lot of years. I remember trolling Good Old Games and emulators and other ways to re-experience the game and I’ve always loved the mixture of tactical turn-based (it’s why I started the Fallout franchise too – my love of that cultivated by X-COM), soldier cultivation, resource management, tech trees and light disaster-related political resource allocation that X-COM brings to the table.
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OUYA Gotta be Kidding Me! – the winning edge of content curation and good playable demos

Games and Gaming, Hardware, Retrospectives, Reviews, Technology

Got my Kickstarter OUYA maybe a couple-three weeks ago and I have to say I am not impressed. Actually, I am impressed, but not about playing games on it. It looks nice. The design is pretty good. It’s tiny. Bigger than an Apple TV considering all dimensions (it’s taller) but I think its shelf footprint is smaller.

It’s small and cute and it uses dim white lights for status instead of bright green or red or blue like all the other blinky status LEDs in my now full-to-bursting entertainment cabinet that I wrote about earlier.

But what I’m not impressed by is the shoddy content curation. More about that below.
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Review: Far Cry 3

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I am an avid gamer. I enjoy FPS games but they have to bring something extra. I like: The Mass Effect Series (sort of not, sort of yes, an FPS), The Borderlands Series and The Halo Franchise. Mostly I like them on the XBox. I think the XBox controller feels right. I’m looking forward to Watch Dogs and Tom Clancy’s The Division.

So I bought Far Cry 3 on sale because I’d heard great things about it and indeed, there were great things. The way that violence just sort of happens to you in Far Cry 3, even if you are in a protected, friendly area, is really fascinating. I didn’t think I would like it and I sort of don’t, but as you get stronger that violence, while still jarring, can get kind of fun(?).

The storyline is brutal and the main missions are on plot rails even if your method to get from point A to point B can be maddeningly complex with lots of options and sometimes few of them very good. I had a couple storyline missions where I would die and die and die trying variations on a thematic approach until I did something truly original and then had immediate success.

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Ode to a cabinet and the beginning of another chapter in adulthood

Games and Gaming

Sort of coming screaming out of a life where everything happened at once (breakup, eldercare, mass hysteria, house sale, move, changes at work, becoming a telecommuter, responsible for the family house, easing into a new relationship, saddle sore and hard ridden), I can finally spend money, finally come out of a long hiatus of relying on my forgiving by casual-gaming-only iPad Retina, of trying to break (mostly unsuccessfully) into gaming on my relatively newish Mac Mini server, I am finally back in business. I’ve got a pretty new TV and my consoles finally have something worthy to play on.

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