The Gamer To-Do List: Update #3

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It’s been a while since I touched back on my Gamer To-Do List, and there have been some modifications and updates to said list, so I figured today was as good a day as any to go over the changes. Here’s what my list looked like previously, with edits done to bring it in line with the current version:

My Gamer To-Do List:

  • ESO – level my templar to 15 and try out pvp again  (currently level 12)
  • League of Legends – get Silver in ranked (in promo series now) Made Silver, work towards Gold. Try to get some champions to tier 5 mastery.
  • EQ2 – work through expansion Chains of Eternity  (about half way through Eidolon Jungle) Nearly done with EJ zone.
  • Dirty Bomb/Counter Strike GO – continue to level accounts (played a bit of each recently) It’s not that I’m not gonna ever play these again, just not focused on them.
  • Crusader Kings II – learn the game (haven’t touched this yet) I want to play this, but I need to be able to focus on it solely. Back burner for now.
  • Borderlands The Pre-Sequel – (finally started playing this one and love it) still in rotation
  • Card Hunter – (played through the tutorial and a couple extra levels. It’s fun. More on this later) I saw what I needed to see. 
  • Valkyria Chronicles – this one is still in the rotation
  • Magic Duels Origins – (want to look into this as possible Hearthstone replacement) Played til I hit a bug. Will go back to check it out eventually. 
  • Diablo III – check out new content when patch drops – (level Demon Hunter to 70 in meantime) – level a crusader in season 4
  • The Forest – check out patch 0.22 multiplayer fixes – game was nearly unplayable in co-op before

Free Agents:

  • Project Gorgon
  • L.A. Noire
  • Alan Wake
  • Divinity Original Sin

On Hold:

  • Crusader Kings II — learn the game.
  • Magic Duels – Check back to see if bugs are fixed
  • GW2 – determine main, then level to 80. 
  • Rift – Level Cleric to cap.

I wrote posts about making it to Silver in League, and trying out Magic Duels. I even talked about things I’d like to do in Diablo III and how it’s an Evergreen game. I haven’t talked about how I’ve been dipping my toes into ESO, EQ2, GW2 and Rift mainly to get screen shots for my other blog, but also just to test the waters because I’m constantly fighting with myself over which one to devote the most time to. I really enjoy portions of all four of these games, and since none require a subscription to enjoy, I theoretically can play them all at the same time. However, I don’t make much progress in any of them when I play them all. GW2 and Rift are mostly on the backburner, but even in just logging in to get cool landscape shots I feel the urge to put serious time into them. I haven’t touched ESO in a week, but yesterday I managed to play EQ2 for a couple of hours, putting me near the end of the zone I’ve been working on.

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The tail end of this zone has been pretty cool, because you start doing quests for the Cthulhu-like creatures from the plane of Fear, and have to slay all manner of beasts from that realm. The tone of the zone has changed to this red hue and though a bit unsettling, it’s better looking than the first part of the zone was. I will say I enjoy the atmospheric effects the team learned to implement over the years, as it wasn’t until systems were able to handle such large zones that sub-zones started to emerge. I’m going to keep plugging away at all of these games, but just like my to-do list changes, so do my goals. Real life is about to kick my ass as well, so I might be having to pull articles out of my ass towards the end of Blaugust. I still think I’ll be able to complete the challenge, but I know my play time is going to go out the window and that’s okay. I need to get back to reality in many senses of the word.

So really that’s all I have to say for now. I will come back to this list once it has changed some more.


So I totally forgot to tag my Nuclear Throne daily run onto the post yesterday, so today you’re getting two for the price of one. First, yesterday’s shitty run with Chicken:

And another shitty run from today, this time with Y.V.:

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Couch Podtatoes Episode 58: AMA

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We didn’t have an episode preplanned this week and for some reason (namely Blaugust) my creative well has been starting to run dry. Between writing posts every day and trying to keep up with real life obligations, I absolutely had no ideas. Earlier in the week I had the thought that we could do an Ask Me Anything, and put out the call on Twitter but had very little response. As such, I took a look at the Blaugust AMA thread, and decided that we could just answer the questions posed there. So that’s what we did. It’s a broad spectrum this episode but still mostly has to do with gaming. Thankfully me and Eri can play off each other’s rants fairly well these days, so I think it turned out well after all. Enjoy.

 

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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 58: AMA (runtime: 52:59)

What are we playing? (starts at 2:14)
Discussion: AMA (starts at 12:06)

Host Contact information:

Izlain
Blog: Me vs. Myself and I
Twitter: @mevsmyselfandi

Eri
Blog: Healing the Masses
Twitter: @ausj3w3l

Music Credits:
“Level Up” by Cookie Monsta (from the Riot! EP)
“Arcarsenal” by At The Drive-In (from the album Relationship of Command)
“Enchanted Rose” by Bury Your Dead (from the album Beauty and the Breakdown)

Couch Podtatoes is a podcast about gaming, though we might stray into other forms of media. Sometimes we use strong language, but we try to keep that to a minimum. All opinions expressed by us or our guests are our own and are in no way to be interpreted as official commentary from any companies we discuss. You can visit our official podcast page at http://couchpodtatoes.libsyn.com/. Be sure to follow us on iTunes, and/or Stitcher Radio.

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The Gamer To-Do List: Update #2

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Here we are on Blaugust day five, and I have already made further progress with my own personal Gamer To-Do List, so I thought I’d share the updates with you guys! In case you don’t know what The Gamer To-Do List is by now, you can click “Ongoing Series” up at the top of this blog to catch up on prior entries. I also thought I should mention that quite a few Blaugustians have taken up the call and created their own lists. You can find those at the Blaugust Anook that I linked at the beginning of this paragraph.

First up, let’s take a look at how my list has been updated:

My Gamer To-Do List:

  • ESO – level my templar to 15 and try out pvp again  (currently level 12)
  • League of Legends – get Silver in ranked (in promo series now) 
  • EQ2 – work through expansion Chains of Eternity  (about half way through Eidolon Jungle)
  • Dirty Bomb/Counter Strike GO – continue to level accounts (played a bit of each recently)
  • Crusader Kings II – learn the game (haven’t touched this yet)
  • Borderlands The Pre-Sequel – (finally started playing this one and love it)
  • Card Hunter – (played through the tutorial and a couple extra levels. It’s fun. More on this later)
  • Valkyria Chronicles – (attempted to pick up where I left off but lost my save [probably after I got my 2 TB HD], played nearly back to the point I was at)
  • Magic Duels Origins – (want to look into this as possible Hearthstone replacement)

Free Agents:

  • Project Gorgon – check it out
  • L.A. Noire
  • Alan Wake
  • Divinity Original Sin

On Hold:

  • Diablo III – check out new content when patch drops
  • GW2 – determine main, then level to 80. (sort of on the backburner again, as ESO and EQ2 have been enjoyable)

This is what the list looks like currently. I have either determined some games were out of my rotation, on hold for various reasons, or I completed the task I was working on. Again, some of these items won’t be leaving the list, they’ll just get updated with new goals. Many of the people who went along with this idea on their own blogs have make their own various tweaks on the format, and that’s totally okay. This isn’t meant to be a rigid set of rules, but more guidelines to keep you focused on immediate goals. So let’s get down to the specifics:

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I have reached level 12 on my Khajiit Templar in ESO, and I also purchased the first mount, for 10k. That wouldn’t have been possible with just that character, but a couple of the alts I had that I didn’t care for ended up selling all their stuff and throwing the gold in the bank, which my Templar then withdrew and combined with his earnings. So yeah, I guess I “twinked” him a bit. Overall I have enjoyed the class, and am aiming for a sword and board Paladin-like build. I have a couple of heals, some damaging spells, and have put a bunch of points into passives to make him even tankier (along with picking up Persuasion and Intimidation). Apparently at level 15 you gain access to another skill bar and the ability to weapon swap, so that’s my aim before heading back into Cyrodil.

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In Norrath, I’ve been plugging away at clearing the Eidolon Jungle zone, which is the first bit of the Chains of Eternity expansion. Apparently there are points later that take you all across the world and a bunch of solo dungeon instances. I’m looking forward to this, as it means I won’t miss a big chunk of content due to lack of a steady group. Server merges are incoming though, so perhaps that will change things in that department a bit. Either way, most of the zones I’ve been in have been ghost towns. Good for making sure I get every named in the zone, but bad for feeling like part of a living world.

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I played Card Hunter back when it was in beta, but didn’t write much about it, though I did have a post where I was giving away beta keys. It started off as a browser game, and you can still play it that way if you so choose, but it is now part of the Steam free to play section, and I recently downloaded it again to see what was new. Honestly it had been long enough since I played it that I didn’t remember much aside from the fact that it’s a turn based tactical combat game that utilizes cards for your character’s actions. There’s heavy D&D influence as well, in that you have a DM that tells the story as you go along. Overall it’s pretty fun and I was glad that I went back to check it out. I’ll be devoting more time to this one in the future.

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I picked up Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel a few months back during a sale on Steam. I had purposely waited on playing it because I was going to get in on PS3 as I have the first two games on that platform, but the sale price for the game and the season pass made it too hard to pass up. Despite that, when I purchased it I was in the midst of other playthroughs so I ended up letting it collect virtual dust. I finally got around to playing it a bit last night, and I can assure you that it is more of the same, but that’s not a bad thing. Borderlands has found a great mix of FPS action, RPG progression, humor, and lore. This game takes place between the first and second Borderlands titles, so there are things that you’ll recognize, and things that are new. For instance, remember in Borderlands 2 when you looked up at the Hyperion station orbiting Pandora, it looked damaged? That attack takes place during the opening sequence of the game, before you get transported to Pandora’s moon, Elpis. You’ll also recognize some of the characters as villains you kill during the other two games. Athena was a villain in the first game during the General Knoxx DLC, is a playable character here, and also makes an appearance in Tales From the Borderlands. Even though a playable version of Jack was a DLC for this game, they did a fine job of making him sound just like the original Jack, and he will call you his “body-double” while also complimenting you profusely. I love the sense of humor this series has. I also must say that despite playing the others with a controller, the controls are very slick when using a mouse and keyboard. It’s also nice to be able to play it with max settings.

Otherwise I’ve done some piddling around with the other titles on the list, but nothing really worth going into at the moment. I have some other more lengthy posts planned for when I make more progress in some of these games, so stay tuned!

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15 Awesome Covers

It seems every few months I come up with another idea for a list of things that I enjoy, or feel others would find interesting. During last year’s Blaugust, I made a list of 25 of my favorite Sega Genesis games, as the system’s 25th anniversary hit at that time. This year I don’t have a similar holiday-of-sorts to inspire this list, but having touched on a non-gaming related subject yesterday, I decided that I’d do the same today. This time instead of TV, we’re talking music and more specifically, cover songs. I combed through my entire music library to give you 15 of my favorite cover songs! I do have mostly punk and metal leanings, so this might not appeal to you all, but I know some of my readers enjoy similar music, and if nothing else it’s something to experiment with. Who knows, maybe I’ll introduce you to a new band. I have a knack for this sort of thing. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Here’s 15 awesome cover songs, in no particular order!

The Song: The Hanging Garden
By: AFI
Originally by: The Cure
The Video:

The Song: War Ensemble
By: As I Lay Dying
Originally by: Slayer
The Video:

The Song: War Pigs
By: Cake
Originally by: Black Sabbath
The Video:

The Song: Take This Job and Shove It
By: Dead Kennedys
Originally by: David Allen Coe
The Video:

The Song: Sail
By: Devildriver
Originally by: AWOL Nation
The Video:

The Song: TNT
By: Dynamite Boy
Originally by: AC/DC
The Video:

The Song: Supertouch/Shitfit
By: Hatebreed
Originally by: Bad Brains
The Video:

The Song: I Turn to You
By: Machinae Supremacy
Originally by: Melanie C
The Video:

The Song: Tainted Love
By: Marilyn Manson
Originally by: Soft Cell
The Video:

The Song: Minor Threat
By: Pennywise
Originally by: Minor Threat
The Video:

The Song: Imagine
By: A Perfect Circle
Originally by: John Lennon
The Video:

The Song: Danger Zone
By: Psychostick
Originally by: Kenny Loggins
The Video:

The Song: In My Eyes
By: Rage Against The Machine
Originally by: Minor Threat
The Video:

The Song: Dyers Eve
By: Revocation
Originally by: Metallica
The Video:

The Song: American Nightmare
By: Tiger Army
Originally by: Misfits
The Video:

What do you guys think about cover songs? Do you think they can improve on the originals, or do they ruin them? Do you think people copy songs because they love them or because they want to make a quick buck on someone else’s hard work? Let me know in the comments.

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The Gamer To-Do List: Update #1

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Blaugust is finally here, and that means it’s time to start working on my personal Gamer To-Do list. I outlined the concept in my introductory post, but I will reiterate the guidelines I’m following:

Some Guidelines:

  • Don’t add new items to the list until a previous item is removed.
  • Try to write about something that gets checked off the list as soon as you complete it so details are fresh in your mind.
  • Make your to-do list a reasonable size. I found a list around ten items in length is a nice round number. It also keeps you focused on core games.
  • Keep your entries semi-specific. “Leveling to 80″ is a long term goal (unless you’re close). “Clearing this zone” is more reasonable, and completable within the month (though this concept can carry on beyond Blaugust).

Next, let’s see how the list has changed in the few days since I brought the idea up (emphasis on changes made):

  • Diablo III – check out new content when patch drops (on hold)
  • ESO – level my templar to 15 and try out pvp again (overall goal, determine main) (currently level 12. Enjoy Templar enough to take to cap, still need to play more PvP)
  • Hearthstone – maybe play again to open adventures and other cards to prepare for next expack UPDATE – Disenchated with the game. Removal from list
  • League of Legends – get Silver in ranked. MAYBE Finish Bilgewater activities (I find the mode unsatisfying)
  • EQ2 – work through expansion Chains of Eternity (immediate goal, long term is to see level cap + all current content) (nearly halfway through Eidolon Jungle)
  • GW2 – determine main, then level to 80. (sort of on the backburner again, as ESO and EQ2 have been enjoyable)
  • Skyforge – determine status (do I want to play it or not?) -UPDATE not interested enough to keep it around. Uninstalled.
  • Early Access – continue to watch and expriment with titles like H1Z1, Darkest Dungeon, Ark, Nuclear Throne, Basement, The Forest (work in progress)
  • Dirty Bomb/Counter Strike GO – continue to level accounts (with the caveat that I’m also playing CSGO on PS3 with Chris, trying to earn Platinum Trophy)
  • Zombies Monsters Robots – check out new content (checked out the new content, not overly impressed, lower population than when I used to play, removal from list)
  • Crusader Kings II – learn the game
  • Borderlands The Pre-Sequel – play this game already

When I wrote down my initial pre-Blaugust list it included some items that aren’t available to play just yet, or were games I just randomly decided to add. There is no reason a To-Do list needs to be set in stone though, as truth be told, if I put my entire backlog on my list, I’d never accomplish anything. The purpose here was to only pick a few short term goals so that you can make some headway into that MMO or beating those games or achieving your desired rank. With that said, I’m introducing the “Free Agents” section, which are some other short term goals that aren’t a part of your main list, but can be used in place of another item. Let me give you an example of how this would be used.

Here are some of my Free Agent listings:

Free Agents:
Project Gorgon – check it out
Give Card Hunter a go again

Play these games already!
Valkyria Chronicles
L.A. Noire
Alan Wake
Divinity Original Sin

So looking at how my list could change, I decided Diablo III doesn’t need to be there. I also cleared up my thoughts about whether or not I really wanted to invest time into games like Hearthstone and Skyforge. Given my options, and my current state of enjoyment, it is easier to remove games from the list especially if you know you aren’t going to enjoy yourself doing it! The rest of the changes to the list were more tweaks or updates to that current goal. Of course, some games may not come off of the list at all, and some items are going to be harder to check off of the list, which is why I want to stress the fact that this system is meant to be flexible. Don’t be too strict on yourself. Since I was able to do a process of elimination and removed some items from the list, I can now pick up a few of the free agents and make a new version. Sometimes you won’t get blog inspiration from some games, and that’s okay too. I know I’m not going to bother posting about any of the games I just mentioned removing from the list, but I have some material saved up to write about concerning some of the other titles.

I’m looking at adding a trial run of Project Gorgon (it’s installed as of last night) and Card Hunter (I played it when it was just a browser game, but it’s on Steam now). Aside from Borderlands The Pre-Sequel, the other four games above have been calling my name to finish them, so I’m probably going to bounce between them to see which one grabs me first. It’s been a little while since I completed a game, so I’d like to say I did over the course of August.

That’s it for my first update. Look forward to more in-depth posts of what I’ve been doing later in the week. Don’t forget, if you want to get signed up with this whole Blaugust thing, it’s not too late to get started. Click the image below for more information:

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