Cat Context 58: The Gamer Questionnaire!
Aug27

Cat Context 58: The Gamer Questionnaire!

cat context vertical Cat Context 58: The Gamer Questionnaire!

Liore is back and this week she sits down again with Ellyndrial and Arolaide to answer some of the questions in the blogger meme of the moment, the Gaming Questionnaire.

Together they describe elements of their perfect video game, share the scariest moment they’ve ever had while playing, and coo over crushes on game characters. What games have our favorite music? What was the last game we finished? And much more!

We also talk about what being a “gamer” means, and whether it’s a label we want for ourselves. Should people who feel alienated from gamer culture still use the word in the hopes of making it more friendly? Elly thinks so, but Liore and Aro aren’t so sure.

Also Liore gets scared by the Silent Hills teaser! Elly tells a story about naked murder! Aro really loves Peggle!

Like to watch? This podcast has a livestreamed video version:

If you enjoyed this podcast, please “Like” or “Favorite” it in your media consumption method of choice! It makes us feel nice.

* The Gamer Questionnaire on Cannot Be Tamed.
* Jesse Cox and friends get drunk and play P.T. aka the Silent Hills teaser.
* Play Zuma for free online!
* Free Music Archive page for our theme, in THE crowd by The Years

Blaugust Ends and Other Things
Aug26

Blaugust Ends and Other Things

If you haven’t noticed yet, as of Sunday I gave up on Blaugust. I was going to have to stop early this week anyway because of a vacation, but I just kind of ran out of steam. Thanks to Belghast for setting up the whole event! Now let’s never post again.

No, seriously, I posted every day for three weeks which is something I didn’t think I could do, and even more importantly I think I wrote some legit good posts during that time. Writing every day also let me talk more about just playing games, which is fun, plus I had time for some non-game content. I will very very happily go back to my 3-ish days a week schedule now, but not worrying so much about making Serious Important posts is a good lesson.

Running out of Steam on Sunday means I missed the This Week in Liore post, so allow me to summarize:

* I played a lot of Hearthstone and hit rank 16. Thanks for the advice, Dahakha and Izlain!

* A couple of weeks ago I said I started watching Burn Notice and it was terrible but I take it all back now because I’m addicted to the show. The plots are still.. ennh, not that great, but the acting and character writing is phenomenal and I totally have a crush on main spy dude Michael Westen and his great facial expressions.

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Someone figured out exactly how to trigger the ending of the Silent Hills teaser. Worth watching just for the detailed puzzles!

Do you like food? Have you visited 8bit Kitchen yet? I haven’t even posted lately because of all the great bloggers who are stepping in with their own posts, whether it’s writing about a favorite picnic spot, or sharing delicious recipes, or Murf recording himself drinking an aloe vera mango beverage thing. It’s just really neat to see folks all over the world talk about what they like to eat and drink. Check it out, and follow 8BK on Twitter.

Finally, thanks to the generosity of folks at ArenaNet, I am giving away a copy of Guild Wars 2 Digital Deluxe version to an Extra Life donator! I also have 3 codes for 400 gems for the in-game store. Also we’re almost halfway to the 2014 donation goal! Please consider donating — even $5 will help a lot, and all money goes to the Children’s Hospital of BC.

Yet more screenshots!
Aug23

Yet more screenshots!

It’s 11:49pm so this totally counts for Blaugust. Also, just like two weeks ago, it’s the last minute and you get MORE SCREENSHOTS. I am truly terrible at doing anything on Saturday.

Vanilla RIFT remains my favorite MMO ever. One of the wonderful things about it was the flexible costume and dye system. (Nowadays too many costume pieces are cash only for my taste.) These are some of my favorite outfits for my cleric Mercredi:

2013 07 05 00 12 54 RIFT1 Yet more screenshots!

2013 07 05 00 14 08 RIFT1 Yet more screenshots!

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After you finish the legendary cloak quest in Mists of Pandaria you get to see a big hologram of your character. I really liked the whole questline, even if it was a looot of LFR. I got about halfway through getting a second cloak for my alt, but at the end of the day it wasn’t worth staying subbed just for that.

2014 01 25 22 30 56 World of Warcraft Yet more screenshots!

That being said, legendaries are nice but sometimes it’s all about the little moments.

2013 10 30 00 02 06 World of Warcraft Yet more screenshots!


One of the most fun things about TERA was the totally ridiculous mob design. What am I killing here? Is that a baby chicken wearing a large hat and riding an armored toad?

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Glitch was not the kind of game that I would play every day, but I really liked it nonetheless. It was sweet and fun and there will probably never be anything quite like it again.

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Extra Life Intensifies

Is it that time of the year already? Extra Life 24-hour game-a-thon for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital is two months away! Over 2012 and 2013 myself and Ellyndrial have raised over $2000 for the BC Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital Oakland. $2000! You guys are amazing.

I have a ton of plans for this year, including another wacky donation drive video, a big raffle to give games away to donators, and a one-day blitz Hearthstone tournament. Of course I’ll have my 24-hour livestream going again, and I hear scaredy-cat Elly might even play the Fatal Frame games with a facecam on his channel.

I love the Extra Life event so much. It’s a great excuse to play video games for a whole day, I get to hang out with awesome people (including you, dear reader), and I have an excuse to make silly videos and do silly things.

But most importantly, it’s a great cause. If you’re able, please consider donating. Even $5 will make a difference!

And watch this space for Extra Life activities over the next 8 weeks. <3

Hearthstone Talk: deck lists and heroic bosses
Aug21

Hearthstone Talk: deck lists and heroic bosses

I have still been plugging away at Hearthstone, and I am starting to see the practice pay off. Not only do I have a better awareness of what cards are out there, but also I’m learning how to anticipate what my opponent could do next.

While I’m finding that much of getting better is just playing a ton of games, adding cards to my meagre library also helps a lot. In the past week I’ve gotten a second Faerie Dragon, a second Equality, my first Power Overwhelming, and the Cairne Bloodhoof legendary.

Generally I’ve just been dropping 100 gold on a card pack every time I get it because I don’t really enjoy Arena, or perhaps I just don’t enjoy being terrible at it. I should probably math out whether the benefits of Arena rewards in the 0-3 wins category is worth the extra 50 gold.

I’ve been using Arena Value as I make my decks to get pick suggestions and more easily track the number of minions and things. It’s helpful, although occasionally you run into something like this:

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THANKS ARENA.

The two decks I’ve been enjoying the most lately are aggro paladin and control mage.

pally Hearthstone Talk: deck lists and heroic bosses

I just took out 1 Blessing of Might for a Blessing of Kings, replaced a Novice Engineer with a second Equality (my card draw is pretty good with the Divine Favors), and removed one Wolfrider for a second Faerie Dragon although I’m debating that one. I want to craft a second Leper Gnome to replace that Shieldbearer — seriously me, why is that in this deck? — and add the new Paladin secret, perhaps replacing my last Blessing of Might.

My other favorite deck started out as something tailored for Heroic Naxx boss fights — if I don’t have any minions, you can’t zap them! As it turns out I find many of the Heroic fights to be too dependent on the perfect card draw in the first couple of turns to be my thing, but this deck is still so much fun to play in Constructed even if it’s kind of wonky.

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The obvious upgrade here is crafting Azure Drakes, probably to replace the Ogre Magis. I also wouldn’t mind a Pyroblast for the sheer fun of playing it if for no better reason.

Got any tips for me? And what decks are you enjoying right now?

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