Yearly Archives: 2015

Mindcraft the game for everyone.

Posted on December 31, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Mindcraft is an open-ended creation focused game within an exploration based environment; there are no rules and no real story to the game. This game is primarily aimed at children, though it’s for people of all ages who want to create something from nothing and build their own world within a virtual environment, using materials they harvest from the world around them; what they build and how far they build their world is up to them and their imagination. There are also monsters that players will encounter; though there is no blood and gore. They will be aggressive and players will use swords and bows to defeat them; though for some players they may appear to be scary due to how they appear and the sounds they make, especially when they appear out of nowhere and attack.

For some reason it has taken off like a rocket, and has become one of the best selling games on the market; though it’s hard to understand how a game that has retro blocky graphics can even have such an appeal. If one had to guess, it’s down to the learning aspect that can help kids learn math and science through creation, and to be creative as they use thinking and reasoning skills to build and develop their world; as well as interact with other players with the online game-play and learn how to collaborate effectively. The downside with online game-play is that parents have to be aware that the servers are hosted by private non-moderated servers; therefore any player can create a monster in any shape or form and profanity could also be incorporated into their game play.

All in-all if you’re looking for a well-suited game for children that can be played online or offline, that can keep kids occupied for hours, and out of trouble then Mindcraft is the game for them; alternatively for adults with nothing better to do and in desperate need of an escape from the pressures of the real world, then this game can provide the escape they need and so much more.

Posted in Fun and Games

The end of daily deals

Posted on November 30, 2015 at 9:11 am

Now then – this is headline news. For year Steam sales have dominated the holiday seasons by offering great value for a week or ten day period. As part of the sales tradition Steam offered what was called Daily Deals – every game was on sale over the course of the sale – but on these days games had an extra discount. The phrase “wait for the daily deals” was the mantra of sales. Occasionally, though, people would get burned. They might buy a game on day one only to find it a good few pounds cheaper later.
To that end Valve have announced that daily deals, and flash deals – a shorter deal that might only last a few hours, will be no more. Instead we will just have sales with various activities over the course of the week or 10 days. That does quite well by me – though the worry is that the daily deal prices we were used to seeing will be gone. Instead we’ll just have resting prices that publishers don’t need to risk.

Posted in Buy Games

Civ Beyond Earth: Rising Tide

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Ah Civ games. I remember when I would chomp at the bit to play just “one more turn” in the older civilisation games; staying up late, avoiding responsibilities just to see if I could finally get Genghis Kahn to bow to my will. Yet the release of Civilization: Beyond Earth left a sour taste in my mouth; it wasn’t as fun, wasn’t as interesting and like a lazy game from a company so often heralded for its work.

 

I was hoping, then, that the expansion (Rising Tide) would go some way to fixing the Civ shaped hole in my heart. It’s with no small amount of regret, then, that I tell you that it hasn’t. There’s a few changes here or there that improve the overall experience, but it is yet to go far enough to convince me that this is a worthwhile entry in the series. Maybe in a few more patches and expansions it might be, but right now? I don’t think so.

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Splatoon: Believe the hype

Posted on September 29, 2015 at 8:20 pm

So I hadn’t played Splatoon before. A mainly multiplayer focused game on the console with the worst online integration of all the current generation; a game that wasn’t about killing, a game that wasn’t about scoring points in traditional ways. It is a game about painting. Two teams of four compete over a map with the aim of covering as much of the ground as possible in paint the colour of their team.

It’s simple, but that works to the game’s credit. There’s a lot of stuff I’m not crazy about; there’s some slow pace between the games and walking around the plaza and suffering through some introductory stuff every time you log in or visit a shop. But the gameplay is great fun; the matches are short, 3 minutes at a time, and even a loss is easy to take because, before you know it, you’re into another game.

Posted in Buy Games

Too many games

Posted on September 1, 2015 at 9:54 am

As I sit here doing my work, writing my words and drinking my coffee I have Steam open. I like to watch people log in, come and go as they please and load up and play the occasional game. Steam lets you know when friends do all of those activities, at least then it feels like stuff is going on around me while I slave away over a hot keyboard churning out thousands of words daily!

 

One person on my friends list, it seems, is having a real issue deciding on what to play. He, like me, seems to have a bad case of “Too Many Games” disease; a real affliction in these parts. In the past ten minutes he has loaded up Final Fantasy XIV, DOTA 2, Counter Strike: GO and now, finally, Ultra Street Fighter IV which he has, I think, settled on playing. Here’s to hoping!

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