It’s that time again, time for a round up of what I’ve been doing. Are you prepared to dodge some bullets?
- For the past week I’ve been working on NBI related projects more than anything. Curation of the NBI archives? Check. Working out the details of the League of Legends night that I’m hosting? Check (mostly). Recruiting some new bloggers? Check. Posting on Twitter, the NBI Forums, and other Forums? Check. Yeah, I’ve been busy. But it’s been well worth it. Speaking of the League of Legends night I’m hosting, I still need volunteers to play. I have some Riot Points to give out as prizes, so head over to the NBI Forums and sign up! Or you can get at me on Twitter (check the side bar).
- One of the newest recruits to the NBI is my sister. She’s been writing for as long as I have. We used to try and collaborate on stories and all sorts of writing ideas when we were kids, and she has since become an aspiring novelist. I know that she will be able to share her experiences with writing with the other members and will be a great addition to the group. She also plays video games (though not as fervently as I do) and will have some commentary on that. Check out her page over here.
- Another large chunk of my time was dedicated to trying to catch up on Game of Thrones. Yeah, I’m the last person on earth who’s gotten involved, but I’m enjoying it so far. It’s not that I never wanted to watch it, I just missed out on the beginning and never had HBO, so I’ve taken it upon myself to track down the seasons and watch them. I’m about halfway through season 3 at this point, so I’m almost caught up to present. Officially, Tyrion is my favorite character. I’m not sure why I have such an affinity for dwarves.
- I got sucked into another Sale. It’s still going on for the remainder of the weekend, so if you’re a PS3 gamer, head over to the PSN store. This holiday’s Flash Sale contained upwards of 30 titles for $0.99 each, and although many of the titles were games that I’ve picked up (or were freebies via Plus), there were enough decent ones left to warrant spending $5 (minimum wallet funding amount). I mostly went after the TellTale Games titles that I partially didn’t know about or had never bothered with (I didn’t get started with their games until The Walking Dead). This includes Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, and Tales of Monkey Island. I recognized all of the IPs of course, but wasn’t really aware these were TellTale Games. I also picked up the PS1 classic CTR: Crash Team Racing which is a Mario Kart clone from back when I was in high school. I played the shit out of it back then, and already beat a few races last night. The graphics are waaaaay worse than I remembered, but the gameplay is still solid and fun. Lastly, I grabbed Tokyo Jungle. I have yet to play it, but I watched my brother-in-law try it (he also took part in the sale) and it looks interesting enough. In typical fashion, I’ll be going through the Telltale games one episode at a time and sharing my experience. Look for those posts coming soon.
- Last Tuesday the Playstation Plus game was Castle of Illusion: Starring Mickey Mouse. This is known. However, it wasn’t until the day before that it was announced that for a limited time when you downloaded the game there would be a bonus. These ended up being the pre-order bonuses that were originally offered, and you can only get them until near the end of the month if you are a plus member. Otherwise the extras will be unavailable. What were the bonuses? The Sega Genesis version of the game, and a dynamic theme. Themes are cool, but I’m not much for Disney characters, so thanks but no thanks. But the OG version of the game is awesome. It all came back to me instantly when I fired it up. Playing through the first few levels I found the game I loved when I was a kid. Playing through the same amount of content in the remake gives a nice comparison of how it was/how it is now. The levels and structure are still the same, but there are differences a plenty. It’s nice to see the devs stick to the original formula but keep it fresh and interesting for today’s gamer.
- Being on Twitter has been far more enjoyable than I once suspected. I’ve always been a “one-social-media-site-at-a-time” kind of guy, starting off with one of the first, Myspace. When I learned of Facebook I though it was ridiculous how so many more people were flocking to it rather than staying with the one they had been on for years. Eventually I bit the bullet because no one was using Myspace anymore. Facebook is still going strong and not going anywhere, as you can do a lot more with it than you can with sites such as Twitter. However, I feel like I get more feedback and more exposure through Twitter than I ever have through Facebook. I never did link my blog up to my Facebook account though, so perhaps that is why. I’m not abandoning Facebook just yet, but I use it a lot less than I used to. It’s going to remain primarily personal or IRL, and Twitter is the social network of choice for my blog. Interesting how these things work out.
- I didn’t realize that the Hearthstone seasons were going to be so short. I just saw a notification last night that there’s only a few days left of the “April Season”. Apparently seasons will only last a month now that the game is live. Perhaps the test seasons were also only a month, I didn’t really pay attention because beta stuff typically changes. I made it farther this season than I have before, despite not playing all that much ranked (and possibly helped by the small head start given at the beginning of the month). I’m sitting at rank 17 right now, and that’s sad. It’s still the furthest I’ve come, but I know I can do better. Just need more epics and legendaries. Too bad they take so damn long to farm. Otherwise it’s been dailies here and there. I am beginning to hate Arenas, as the Random nature of it ends up screwing me most of the time. The most wins I’ve ever had was 5, but that was a long time ago. Since then I haven’t been able to get over 3 wins, and more often than not I get 1-2 wins. It’s pathetic, and I can’t quite figure out what I’m doing wrong. In constructed deck play however, I will wreck you.
- I was digging around through a box of computer stuff (hardware/old games) and stumbled upon a copy of Heroes of Might and Magic V, a game I forgot I even owned. There were a few other gems in there like Morrowind, but having been playing Might and Magic X, playing heroes sounded like fun. I only discovered the game yesterday, so I have yet to install it, but I’m planning on doing so. More on this later.
- I’m starting on a cataloging project. I want to catalog all of the games that I currently own. Be it disc-based or digital download, I want to know what I have at a glance. This will include all games from PSN, GOG, Humble Bundle, and Steam. I think I’m going to make a separate page for it, and perhaps go further by labelling games as finished or unfinished. This way I can truly know what my backlog includes and maybe make a plan to finish some damn games!
That’s about all for now. Until next time.