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23
May
2010

Still Here

Posted by Cha

There is a good reason for how quiet I've been this week, I promise. More on that soon.

I visited some friends yesterday to try out some Band Hero. I have managed to avoid the rhythm game trend thus far and so I'm a bit out of my depth with them. I would have expected a party game to be a bit more accessible for a newcomer like me, though I can certainly see the fun that could be had with enough time to get the hang of things. I wasn't feeling brave enough for singing, and the guitar felt slightly awkward in my little hands. I probably had the best time on drums, but I was keeping to beginner mode where it doesn't matter at all which drum I hit. Some things really do bring out the newbie in me.

03
May
2010

Character Design in Nier

Posted by Cha

Nier brings up some interesting thoughts about character design. I imagine game designers are in a slightly difficult position in this regard. If they keep to the standard formulas they may be accused of being generic and promoting inappropriate gender stereotypes. But as soon as they try something different the "weirdness" of a game's characters may reduce its popularity. I happen to like weirdness, but my opinion doesn't have much relevance to financial success or failure.

Nier actually manages to fall into both of these categories at once, with an odd mixture of original and generic. It is not exactly an achievement I admire, but I do find it fascinating.

21
Apr
2010

First Person Shooter

Posted by Cha

If you are bothered by ten-year-old television spoilers you might want to skip this entry.

I have a large X-files box set, which I've been working my way through at a rate of approximately one episode per day for, well, quite a while now. I am currently in Series 7, and just watched the episode "First Person Shooter". In this episode, Mulder and Scully investigate a virtual reality game which has somehow started killing people for real.

The X-files is not a show that always takes itself too seriously, and that is fine by me. I'm happy to ignore the ridiculousness in a lot of the cases investigated. However, in this particular example they really missed their mark for me, and First Person Shooter may well be my least favourite episode. Which is sad, given my interest in gaming, and love of geeky episodes and the lone gunmen. The episode is even written by William Gibson, which I would have thought was a good sign.

06
Apr
2010

The Colour Dilemma

Posted by Cha

The colour of a console theoretically shouldn't matter much, but in reality it can. Whether a black Wii is more appealing than the classic white version is open to debate. It's the hand-held consoles where colour choice is more likely to come into play. When there is a choice, I would expect most people to at least give colour some brief consideration.

I am lucky enough to live within easy walking distance of work, and don't travel much. Portable gaming isn't something I have had much need for. That is, until I spent a couple of days sick in bed with my partner's PSP and a copy of Monster Hunter Freedom 2. I was hooked, and had a sudden desire to own a PSP myself.

10
Mar
2010

Real Life Gaming Adventures

Posted by Cha

Recently I went to a birthday party for my former Word of Warcraft guild leader. The party was interesting. I'd met him in person before, but not often. I felt old to be attending an 18th, but not to worry. There were a great many WoW-related presents, as you might expect. Singing Happy Birthday was also appended with "For the Horde!". I feel this improves it greatly. Gaming takes you to some unexpected places sometimes.

My name "Cha" was originally taken from my Warcraft character Cha'kwaina (Tauren Shaman). Meeting someone's mother who also wanted to call me Cha was unexpected, but appreciated. I never really considered the community I might encounter when I started gaming online, and in the end I found a kind of family. I moved away from WoW, but won't forget the connections I made.

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