Archive for August, 2011

The Sims Social LGR video review is now online!

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

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Next to The Sims 3 Pets, this has easily been the most-requested review recently.

The thing is, I really have a huge disdain for games such as this is. It’s simply due to the arbitrary limits set in the game in order for the publisher to make an extra buck or mine a little more social data. That’s crap, IMHO. Charging for extra content is one thing, but when it’s the entire point of the experience? Blegh.

Anyways, here’s a review that was written in as fair a way as I found myself capable.

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The Man 36 Trilogy – GTA IV Machinima

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

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Since uploading my Top 17 PC games of the 2000’s video as well as my Choose The Next LGR video, I’ve received plenty of questions about the mods and video editor of the PC version of GTA IV. Well, I used to have quite a few videos on my YouTube channel with some machinima I’d created back when the game first came out. I’ve since removed it, but due to the resurgence in interest I thought I’d make a compilation of my personal favorite series.

This is The Man 36 Trilogy. It’s one of those stories that I made up as I went. The story is that a homeless, yet classy, John Lennon-turned-Rastafarian is a master of ambiguous crime and an expert in making daring escapes. He is known as Man 36. He has one thing stopping him from world (or at least the street corner) domination, and that is the guy chasing him with the aviators, Magnum PI ‘stache, and worn-out American flag pants. He is known as Anti-Hero. Poor guy is the laughingstock of whatever agency he’s from, and he always thinks he’s finally killed off Man 36, only to find… well, you’ll see.

Really, it’s just silly fun, but it was cool seeing how these guys’ stories fleshed out on their own by me just BS-ing a background for them and letting them loose in Liberty City. The action gets stupider and stupider, and the endings get progressively more ridiculous.

I planned another trilogy, and still may do so sometime since there are always new mods to play with, but this is all for now. So yeah, hope you all enjoy!

Top 17 Best PC Games of the 2000’s video is online!

Friday, August 19th, 2011

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Wrapping up this part of my celebration of the IBM PC’s 30th birthday, I’m taking a look at my selection of the best PC games from each decade. Finally, we have the 2000’s. Such a mixed decade for me, since it seems the PC really started getting the shaft more than any other time these ten years, yet some freaking absolutely amazing games still resulted. Oh well, go-go-gadget videos!

Top 17 Best PC Games of the 80’s video is online!

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

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Continuing my celebration of the IBM PC’s 30th birthday, I’m taking a look at my selection of the best PC games from each decade. So I’m retroactively starting with the eighties!

The Stanley Parable

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The Stanley Parable - An Experimental Weird Narrative Simulation Thing

Download it and play it NOW.

Easily one of the most innovative and unique things I’ve played in years. Not even really a game, it’s just an awesome interactive experience. So meta. It’s only about 6 or 7 minutes long each time you play, but wow, those minutes are pure gold. There are multiple “endings”, so keep trying again to see what the balls else may happen. It’s well worth it.

This is an exceptionally well-produced mod for Half-Life 2, so just download it and install it to your Steam mods folder and you’re ready to go. It will download the files needed to play it if you’re on a PC, you don’t need the full HL2 game installed. I think you do on a Mac though.

30th Anniversary Celebration of the IBM Personal Computer

Monday, August 8th, 2011

IBM PC 5150 - 1981

So I just realized that August is the month the IBM PC was first on the market. August 12th, 1981 was the exact day, actually.

Strange that I just so happened to be looking at the best games on the PC of the past 30 years, starting with my look at the best 90’s PC games. I suppose I can spin this around and turn it into a birthday celebration, rather than just a series of videos with nothing really stringing them together. Funny how things work out.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, IBM PC STANDARD!

Top 17 Best PC Games of the 90’s video is online!

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

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After my Top 17 Worst PC Games video back in June of last year, I got a bunch of emails asking me what games would be on my “best” list. I wasn’t going to do a video on this at all, mainly because it seemed like restricting myself to just 17 games or whatever was ridiculous. I could easily make a top 100, 200, or more.

Turns out setting some restrictions, in this case games from the 1990’s, really aids in the decision-making process for these kinds of lists. So that’s what I planned to do, that’s what I did, and that’s what I’ve done. Hope some enjoyment/memories come from watching!

Space Engine v0.94 Beta – Procedural Universe Generator Demonstration

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

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I’ve been playing with Space Engine for several months now and have gone through a couple versions of the software in that time, so I figured a video was past due.

This is just what it says… an engine to simulate space through procedural generation. It is spectacular. And FREE.

It is currently in beta form and you can tell, since there are some pretty serious stability problems on all sorts of systems. But when you get it working on a machine that can handle the millions and billions of objects this generates, it is truly a sight to behold. A good sight, that is. I’ve always hated that expression. Like, it could be an awful sight. But this is not. It’s friggin’ awesome.