Archive for March, 2012

Guybrush Threepwood

Guybrush Threepwood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I have said before in the past, I am not very big a fan of PC gaming. I prefer consoles for my gaming, and PCs for my web surfing, porn viewing and blog writing.

While I may prefer my games to be on consoles, that doesn’t mean that’s how it always works out. Unfortunately, many games are PC only, especially when it comes to MMORPGs, RTS games and Point and Click Adventure titles. That being said, Point and Click Adventure games, was how I got my feet wet in the gaming world. This meant during my early gaming period, I was a PC gamer.

If you have never played a Point and Click adventure game, and love playing puzzle games, then you really are missing out.

If however you were one of the millions of Gamers who not only played them, but loved them to bits, then you will no doubt have fond memories of the excitement you had when you finally figured out that you had to place a matchstick between the toes of the severed foot BEFORE spraying it with the deodorant, or some other such obscure puzzle.

If you are anything like me, then you might even miss those days of old school point and click adventure titles. Back when Sierra and Lucas Arts ruled the game market. When names like Roger Wilco, Guybrush Threepwood and George Stobbart brought forth puddles of drool.

For many, the period of Point and Click Adventure games, is considered the Golden Age of Gaming, and while I may not agree entirely with that statement, I do believe it to be a great era of gaming. A point in gaming history that I would love to relive.

True, Game companies still release an occasional Point and Click title, but they are few and far between. The titles that are released, just don’t have the magic they used to. The charm isn’t there, and the characters don’t reach out and grab us. Unfortunately the glory days of Point and Click Adventure titles have faded away, but that doesn’t mean they are gone forever!

There’s a small little gaming company located on the web called Wadjet Eye Games, if you haven’t heard of them, don’t be too surprised! As I mentioned, it’s a small company, but it does make point and click adventure titles, that Rival some of the classics. their best series in my opinion, is the Blackwell saga, which reminds me a little of The Ghost Whisperer, Except without the star power of jennifer love hewitt’s boobs.

Still, there maybe some whiners out there, who think that nothing will ever be as good as the classics, and for them, might I recommend AGDInteractive Studio. Sure, the company is responsible for providing the world with Al Emmo, but it’ also on the verge of releasing Mage ‘s Initiation, which looks to be quite cool!, which looks to be quite cool! Also, it has released several VGA remakes of classic Sierra games, which can be downloaded freely on their website! Remakes for Kings Quest I, II, and III as well as Quest for Glory II.

Know of any other games that have that old school point and click adventure feel? Leave a comment and let us all know!

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Mass Effect games have become a staple in every RPG gamers library. It’s an epic sci-fi tale, where your choices and actions can have drastic, or minor effects. It’s an RPG where you have to make life or death choices. Choices that will not only affect that game, but future Mass Effect games as well.

The third Mass Effect game brings to an end the Sheppard Saga. The story of Sheppard and his crew aboard the Normandy. I say the Sheppard Saga, because I have a feeling that Bioware wont let this franchise go. Please note, the rest of this review may contain spoilers, however I will keep it to a minimum.

One of the biggest things I had doubts about was Mass Effect 3’s Online mode. It seems like EVERY game is releasing more and more online play dependent games. Games that don’t have a story, they exist for the sole purpose providing you with a game to play online to frag your friends and enemies.

This bothered me, because the Mass Effect games have always been about story. It worried me, that Bioware may shift the games focus to more online fragathon gameplay. They didn’t. Granted, the game is shorter than I had hoped, however it’s not due to the online play. The online play is basically a co-op game, where you play with others to secure documents, fights off enemies and so forth. It plays just like Mass Effect 3, but with more of an emphasis on combat, and absolutely none on cut-scenes and dialog choices. It’s a fun and smooth combat experience that fans of the ME series will no doubt love.

The actual game however was a bit of a disappointment. It is nothing like I expected. You choices seemed to have less of an impact on the universe than it did in past games. In fact, you would think that the game would have multiple endings, branching off from your major choices. It didn’t. There’s a total of two endings. Your final choice. Both endings are also a bit of a letdown.

OVerall I was disappointed with the single player story and choices, however the amazing graphics and fun online play made up for it. The game however is more of a rental than a buyer. As I mentioned, it’s short. So unless you are a hard-core Mass Effect fan, and NEED it to complete your collection, I highly advise renting it before buying it. If after you finish it, you still feel you need to own it, you can buy it then.

Netflix Streaming is a great way to watch whole seasons of your favorite shows, or discover new favorites. So, if you are looking for some of the best shows currently playing on Netflix Streaming, then consider viewing these 11 titles.

1) Lost – Plane crashes, survivors survive and try to figure out why all this weird stuff keeps happening. It’s actually much better than I describe it, but in case you haven’t seen it, I don’t want to give anything away. Suffice it to say, the show is full of twists and curves that will leave you constantly thinking.

2) Battlestar Galactica – Am I talking about the new series or the older classic? Both!

3) Firefly – A very short-lived Sci-Fi series. Short lived however doesn’t mean it wasn’t great! It was great! In fact it was so great, they made the movie Serenity, which takes place after the events of the series.

4) Buffy The Vampire SlayerSarah Michelle Geller stars in the campy TV version of Buffy The Vampire slayer. Now, I am not sure if the series picks up after the movie, or if the events in the movie ever happened. I don’t believe the show is really that clear on the point. However, it’s a good show and definitely worth watching if you haven’t already.

5) The Highlander – In the end there can be only one! It’s a show about immortals who go around trying to chop each others heads off. Whats not to love?

6) Swamp People – A reality series that follow people as they go out into the swamps and hunt gators, and other swamp dwelling creatures, but mostly just gators.

7) Destination Truth – A reality show, that follows Josh Gates, as he travels the globe looking for monsters. Everything from BigFoot to Nahuelito.

8) X-Files – A non-reality show, that follows FBI agents, Mulder and Scully as they go looking for monsters. Great show, that was insanely popular in my youth, however it’s a series I never got to see when it originally aired. Now I have a chance to see it! Thanks Netflix!

9) MacGyver – He hates guns. He makes anything you can think of using gum, safety-pin, duct tape and a Swiss army knife. He works for the phoenix foundation. What is it? I don’t know, the shows not real clear on that. What it does though, is solve other Peoples problems, apparently with only creative uses of toilet paper, pencils and a handful of powdered soap.

10) Star Trek – Which one? ALL of them! The original series, The next generation, Enterprise, Deep Space 9, Voyager and even the animated series! Ever missed a trek series? Now’s the time to fix that!

11) The Walking Dead – It’s a show about Zombies. Need I say more?!

Some of you may have noticed, that I have been missing from my blog, for the past couple of months. Not many of you, but I now at least one person noticed it! Some of you might have just went with the natural assumption that I had died. That is wrong! So, what happened you ask? Where have you been you exclaim curiously?

A few things have occurred that has taken my time away from my blog. To begin with, it’s been Winter. I have been enjoying every bloody second of it! Winter is without a doubt, the best season! So, I have been soaking up as much coolness as possible, hoping beyond hope that it will be enough coolness to keep me alive throughout this coming summer.

Then secondly, my computer decided it lacked the will to continue living. Which means I have to get it repaired and force it to live. Because my needs should come before a bloody machine dammit!

On the upside, I should begin posting more. There’s so much I want to tell and discuss with you. Keep an eye out, and subscribe!