The Value of Playing for (No) Fun

Allow me to share a conversation that I had repeatedly over the past week. Me: Oh my god I hate this Hexcells game so much it’s making me angry. Him: Um, you should stop playing it then. Me: I can’t do that! I’m almost finished. Hexcells is essentially a fiendish update to the¬†classic game Minesweeper, with more advanced ways of letting you know where the bombs are located and greater allowance for¬†error. There are...

Tips for Looking Great in FFXIV

Things are continuing apace in FFXIV! My highest class is a 23 Conjurer, with a level 7 Arcanist coming up the ranks. The goal is to eventually get both classes to 30 at which point I can combine them in various ways to form a White Mage and a Scholar, the two healing specializations. I think. It’s all a little confusing. Next week patch 2.5 hits, and there’s a fancy trailer for it on YouTube as of today. While I’m...

MMO Update: Wait, I played an MMO?!

Thanks to the holidays I finally finished Dragon Age: Inquisition (~110 hours) and Danganronpa 2 (~35 hours) — more posts on both of those later — which left me with a rather large hole in my relaxation schedule. I bought a few things during the Steam Holiday sale, but they were mostly puzzle games and didn’t feel like suitably dense follow-ups. After Dragon Age and DR I wanted something with a little more narrative....

Board Game Review: Eldritch Horror

One of the many reasons I decided to relocate recently was that I know more people in Seattle than in Vancouver, and more importantly I know more nerds here. And what do you do with a bunch of nerds on a Friday night? Why board games, of course. In this specific case: Eldritch Horror. Eldritch Horror was designed to be a shorter, easier version of the game Arkham Horror. Both are published by Fantasy Flight Games, and although I...

Dragon Age: technical difficulties edition

Okay so Dragon Age: Inquisition. As I have mentioned more than once, I was previously playing this game like it was my second job and loving the heck out of it. Yesterday though I didn’t play it at all. Today I’m worried if I’ll even finish it. The part of the game that gives my computer the most trouble are the (great looking) cut scenes. If I play through too many of them in a row my video card has a hissy fit and...

2013 Steam Holiday Sale Report Card

It’s December already?! I managed to negotiate the Steam Fall Sale without buying anything, mostly due to the fact that I’ve already put 60+ hours into Dragon Age: Inquisition and I still have about a third of the game left to complete. Of course the Fall Sale is really the smaller sibling of the behemoth of game sales, that horrible monster known as the Steam Holiday Sale. It usually occurs around the end of December, and...

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