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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year 2015!

2014 is coming to a close already. The year went by so fast and I had gotten so many games from Steam's Holiday Sale this month. For those celebrating the coming of the new year this evening, stay safe and have fun! I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones receive nothing less than prosperity and happiness in 2015. As for me and the husband, we are going to be doing a marathon of Tales from the Crypt - since we couldn't get Amazon Prime to work on this old living room Blu-ray player to watch some other horror movies - until the clock hits 12 and then, champagne and kisses. Happy New Year everyone!

My awesome new Skylanders arrived this evening just in time for the celebration!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mass Effect Decisions: A Trilogy Conundrum

As you may have noticed from the recent Daily Game Log entries, I have been replaying the first Mass Effect game in hope of completing the entire trilogy again, this time with a male Shepard named Tchad, whom I wanted to mold into a more gentle, Paragon-ish commander compared to my previous creation, the downright bitch of the galaxy named Ingrid Shepard whose tale ended rather tragically. You know, it was definitely easier for me to tell myself that Tchad Shepard is going to be a very good boy throughout this new playthrough but the truth of the matter is, it is much harder to stick with that goal while actually playing the game. Though I have been able to steer clear of the more direct and sometimes obviously brash way to tackle things so that I do not incur the Renegade "penalties", it sometimes is harder to force myself to select the Paragon responses to bigger and more important dilemmas. During the climax of the "Bring Down the Sky" mission, even though it was clear that to stay on that Paragon path of goodness I would need to negotiate with the terrorists, I just couldn't convince myself that it would be something that should be considered whether you are a Paragon or Renegade thus I chose not to. To me, terrorists should never, ever be given what they demand. Instead, they need to be delivered what they so deserve... In spades. The result of that action of course lead to plenty of Renegade points being forced down my throat and that is enough to keep someone like Tchad awake at night for many lonely space travels. Being a Paragon shouldn't mean that you're incapable of logical conclusions but such is the nature of the game's morality system. It is obvious now that replaying this game with an alignment goal in mind will lead to a lot of internal dilemmas on my side. Perhaps it was natural for me to see the Renegade view of things and that was why I didn't have much of a problem staying that course with Ingrid, though there was one decision that still haunts me until this day from the third game. Playing through the trilogy will be a more complex and rich experience than I initially anticipated.

Mass Effect still manages to engage and surprise me. A true sign of a great game.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Games Played 12/22/2014 - 12/28/2014

- 12/22/2014 -
Bound by Flame - PC

- 12/23/2014 -
Mass Effect - PC
Sacred 3 - PC

- 12/24/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
League of Legends - PC
Mass Effect - PC
Sacred 3 - PC

- 12/25/2014 -
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3
League of Legends - PC
Ultra Street Fighter IV - PC

- 12/26/2014 -
Fight the Dragon - PC
Grid Autosport - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F - PlayStation 3
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3
League of Legends - PC

- 12/27/2014 -
Fight the Dragon - PC
League of Legends - PC
Mass Effect - PC

- 12/28/2014 -
Divinity: Original Sin - PC
Fight the Dragon - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3
League of Legends - PC


Screenshot of the Week:

Me when I saw this game getting a discount on the Steam Holiday Sale...
Sacred 3 (Personal Computer)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014!

Merry Christmas from your pal Loner Gamer. I hope you are having a blast today. Stay safe, and have fun! Hope you got plenty of awesome gaming stuff as Christmas gifts!

Hosting Christmas dinner for the family again this year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Games Played 12/15/2014 - 12/21/2014

- 12/15/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 12/16/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
League of Legends - PC
Neverwinter Nights Diamond - PC

- 12/17-2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
League of Legends - PC
Mass Effect - PC

- 12/18/2014 -
League of Legends - PC
Mass Effect - PC

- 12/19/2014 -
DanceMasters - X-Box 360
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC
Intel Discovered - X-Box 360
League of Legends - PC
Mass Effect - PC

- 12/20/2014 -
Drakengard 3 - PlayStation 3
League of Legends - PC
Skylanders Trap Team - PlayStation 4
Space Run - PC

- 12/21/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Bound by Flame - PC
League of Legends - PC
Space Run - PC


Screenshot of the Week:

Returning to the trilogy as the hot Tchad Shepard.
Mass Effect (Personal Computer)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Skylander Happiness

Who knows how much I have spent on getting Skylanders figurines but I know that if that amount was not spent on Skylanders, it would have been spent on other gaming stuff with the higher probability of the spending being done on Steam. I never feel a tinge of regret with my Skylanders collection and though most of these figurines/characters are very clever and adorable in their designs, only a few manage to truly impress. Well, I got several more of them today, with two of them being truly exceptional in their aesthetics:

Chopper, the flying baby T-Rex. He has an expressive face. A very cute idea.

Lob-Star, a ninja lobster who lobs huge spiky stars. Pure perfection.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Games Played 12/09/2014 - 12/14/2014

- 12/08/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC

- 12/09/2014 -
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC

- 12/10/2014 -
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC

- 12/11/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
Final Fantasy XIII-2 - PC

- 12/12/2014 -
ALLTYNEX Second - PC
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
KAMUI - PC

- 12/13/2014 -
Cook, Serve, Delicious! - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3
League of Legends - PC
Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed - PC
Sonic Dash - PC

- 12/14/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
Ionball 2: Ionstorm - PC
League of Legends - PC
Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed - PC


Screenshot of the Week:

"What's that? I starred in The Game Awards' 2014 Game of the Year? You're making me blush!"
#PartialJuryIsPartial #GlitchyGameIsGlitchy #ItDontMatterIfYouAreBlackOrWhiteOrPatchy
Dragon Age: Inquisition (Personal Computer)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Point to Pathos: Chapter 3, Part 6

     "Drunk?" Praeston asked. "You know it's not such a horrible thing."
     "It's one of those Earth-origin thing that I just don't understand," Eon responded.
     "Spare me the details, Eon," Praeston said, rolling up his eyes and finishing up his drink.
     "Are you there yet?" Eon said teasingly and gave Praeston a nudge.
     "It doesn't work like that you know," Praeston said, beckoning the bartender to give him another round. "You do have to drink a lot of it."
     "You are on your way then?"
     "I don't plan on getting drunk this resto, mister."
     Praeston turned his head briefly to look at Shirey who was still performing Free Human on stage.
     "Beautiful song isn't it?" Eon asked.
     "Well, it used to be a beautiful song. I don't like what she did with it though."
     "I know what you mean," Eon said with a smile. "The original has that sense of... I don't know, like real struggle and desperation?"
     "I agree. This rendition just sounds desperate," Praeston took a quick sip from the fresh glass of Ateran that was just brought over to him. "So what was that all about with the non-complier thing she was babbling about? It really surprised me."
     "Oh you haven't read that guy's personal logs? Shit's bad up there."
     "Well, bad or not, that's just the way it is. Those guys got to take on the fight themselves and change things for the better instead of running away from it."
     "Well, it's not my battle to fight. I wouldn't say what you just said."
     "Let me guess. Another sympathizer in the L.U.P.?"
     Eon chuckled.
     "That is not funny you know."
     "I'll hazard a guess... You work for the administration, don't you?"

Monday, December 8, 2014

Games Played 12/01/2014 - 12/07/2014

- 12/01/2014 -
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition - PlayStation 4
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3
Skylanders Swap Force - PlayStation 4
Skylanders Trap Team - PlayStation 4

- 12/02/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Skylanders Trap Team - PlayStation 4

- 12/03/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Ginga Force - X-Box 360
Skylanders Swap Force - PlayStation 4
Triggerheart Exelica - X-Box 360

- 12/04/2014 -
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC
Five Nights at Freddy's - PC

- 12/05/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Beware Planet Earth - PC
Castle of Illusion - PC
Far Cry 3 - PC
Five Nights at Freddy's - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3

- 12/06/2014 -
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC
Far Cry 3 - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3
League of Legends - PC

- 12/07/2014 -
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3
League of Legends - PC
Need for Speed: Most Wanted - Vita
Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed - Vita
Time Crisis: Razing Storm - PlayStation 3


Screenshot of the Week:

I just love how your companions disappear into thin air when you ride your horse.
Game of the year my @$$.
Dragon Age: Inquisition (Personal Computer)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Steam Broadcasting Is Here!

There is a very valid reason why Valve has been silent when it comes to the implementation of twitch.tv broadcasting support for Steam and that is because they want everything to be self-confined within the Steam client itself. Introducing Steam Broadcasting, where you can now broadcast and watch others do so by merely using the Steam client itself.

This should be fun for people with a lot of close friends on Steam.

This feature is still in beta, thus it's still in its infancy. You can't add your webcam to the broadcast and the Steam client doesn't have a mic noise-cancelling, which is important for someone like me who listens to game sounds using my surround sound setup. The live streams are also not saved, which I am sure will discourage a lot of people from leaving twitch. But what's already here is indeed very impressive. All you have to do broadcast is set it up in the settings menu and the broadcasting starts automatically as soon someone is actually watching you, which is a rather clever and unique mechanism (not to mention groundbreaking because you're saving bandwidth if no one is really interested in watching) that can be set in a number of ways. To watch others, you only have to visit the Game Hub of a title you are interested in or by clicking the "Watch Game" drop down option in your Friends List. There is no option to follow someone's broadcast but I suppose you can always add that person as a friend. Perhaps Valve is more interested in fostering a more personal experience between the players and their viewers here than anything else but it is a little too early to tell where this feature will eventually lead us. Wherever it takes us, I am sure it will be an exciting place in video game broadcasting.

Since it's so easy to set up, everyone should definitely do it.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Games Played 11/24/2014 - 11/30/2014

- 11/24/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3

- 11/25/2014 -
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC
Goat Simulator - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3

- 11/26/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 11/27/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3
Skylanders Trap Team - PlayStation 4

- 11/28/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3
League of Legends - PC
Retro/Grade - PC

- 11/29/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3
League of Legends - PC
Skylanders Swap Force - PlayStation 4

- 11/30/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3
Terraria - PC


Screenshot of the Week:

Tchad has the uncanny ability to chance his skin color at will.
Dragon Age: Inquisition (Personal Computer)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Random Gaming Moment

Intuitive controls. Free updates.
Aren't those features supposed to be included in all games?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sexy in Camo

With my husband seemingly more willing to spend time in the Game Room with me, I finally picked up a second Play Station 4 DualShock controller in case he wanted to play something on that platform. The thing is, I do have that habit of getting two controllers for each of my past platforms in that desperate hope that I get to play all of my games with someone eventually along my gaming journey. There is an exception to this however for I just realized that I only have one GameCube controller! I must get another one before they go out of fashion - at least it's good to know that Nintendo is still selling it due to the recent arrival of Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U. Back to the DualShock 4 controller, I almost picked up the Glacier White edition so that I could differentiate between my two controllers but at the last minute, I had a change of heart and went for the Urban Camouflage instead. I am not big into camo-wear but I really like its application on the DualShock 4 since all the other color schemes look a little too plain:

Co-op Skylanders session coming soon? I sure hope so!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Thanksgiving Reveal

So it finally happened. After we were done eating Thanksgiving dinner earlier this evening, my husband informed his family about our relationship and that we had been married for quite a while now. I was bracing myself for the worst only to discover that the family was receptive and open about the situation. I was very relieved. Apparently, the family had suspected that something was going on between the two of us because they have seen my husband and I being together for a very long time. I am very proud of my husband for his bravery and honesty. I am glad that everything worked out with his side of the family when it didn't on mine. Now, we don't have to live in secret anymore around our family members. I hope your Thanksgiving was a joyous and happy occasion as well.

I no longer have to take these rings off when meeting the family.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Streaming Together: A Change of Heart?

I have mentioned many times in the past that I would have liked my husband to join me in my Game Room every so often, even if he would just be watching me playing games instead of playing them together with me but he's just not into video games whatsoever. Well, I was surprised that when I asked him again about streaming together on my twitch.tv channel, I do this every so often since I don't give up even against impossible odds, he actually agreed to do it! I don't know if this has a lot to do with his recent realization - the event did not happen on his birthday however because it got cancelled due to an unexpected circumstance and he now plans to do it tomorrow after Thanksgiving dinner, which of course makes me more nervous - but whatever it is, I love it! I really look forward to have him by my side during my future streaming sessions.

How I have longed to share the webcam with my husband and it's finally going to happen.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Peach amiibo Blunder

I went out shopping at Target last night and I saw the Nintendo amiibo figures physically for the very first time. I was so very impressed with the build quality as well as the likeness of the Mario and Yoshi amiibos that I almost picked one of those up. Then, I saw the one for Princess Peach and I almost threw up. It was totally disgusting. Nintendo should be ashamed for what had happened to Peach in her amiibo form and all Peach amiibo figures should be collected, burned, and forever forgotten. Please take a look for yourself:

Left: Figure Concept, Right: Actual Figure

Apparently, something must have happened during the construction of the Peach amiibo that turned her into a possible transvestite. The real figure doesn't even come close to the delicateness of the original vision. If you have purchased this amiibo, I urge you to contact Nintendo and demand a replacement from them.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Games Played 11/18/2014 - 11/23/2014

- 11/17/2014 -
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC

- 11/18/2014 -
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3

- 11/19/2014 -
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3

- 11/20/2014 -
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3

- 11/21/2014 -
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PC
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3
League of Legends - PC
Skylanders Trap Team - PlayStation 4
TOME: Immortal Arena - PC

- 11/22/2014 -
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3
League of Legends - PC
Skylanders Trap Team - PlayStation 4

- 11/23/2014 -
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PlayStation 3
League of Legends - PC
Skylanders Trap Team - PlayStation 4
Terraria - PC


Screenshot of the Week:

The newer the BioWare game, the more dumbed-down it is.
Where's Obsidian Entertainment when you truly need them?
Dragon Age: Inquisition (Personal Computer)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Skylanders Trap Team in the Game Room

I got a nice gift from my husband today in the form of the Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack for the PlayStation 4 in addition to a bunch of figurines and accessories for it. I must say that I am very impressed with the Trap Master figurines. They are big, they are bold, and they are very bulky. They are definitely more stylish and certainly much more beautiful than the Swap Force figurines with Trap Master Head Rush being my absolute favorite.

I am ready for more Skylanders action!

Aesthetically perfect. I am in love with this figurine.

I was thinking that if I ever get this game, I was only going to get one Trap Master for each of the 8 elements but since I am very impressed with the ones that I have now, I may end up getting them all. The husband was nice enough to actually get me all of the elemental traps but I know that I still have to get that one Chaos Trap eventually. I already have the included character list poster up on my wall, ready to be filled up with the purchase stickers. I really look forward to play this game, especially since Dragon Age: Inquisition that I am currently playing via Origin ended up being a bit of a disappointment.

I had to remove a couple of old posters to accomplish this.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PS4 Share Play: Made Useless by Sony

Remember that stupid preview during the PlayStation 4 reveal that showed the console's supposed ability to allow one to hand over the game controller virtually over the Internet to allow the other person to help complete a section of a game that one has troubles with? I thought it was a stupid feature back then because the whole really beats the purpose of one buying a video game in the first place if one is not going to play it by him or herself. Well, the "Share Play" feature finally arrived at the end of last month - notice the release delay - and I hadn't been bothered to check it out until yesterday. In addition to allowing you to let others play your games for you, which is a deliciously sloppy wet dream for trophy whores who can now recruit help from their more determined friends, this feature supposedly would also allow you to hand over a second controller virtually to your friend. which basically means that even games that have no online multiplayer function can be played with a friend. An acquaintance of mine wanted to test out the local multiplayer of Skylanders: Trap Team with me only to discover a message which stated that the game screen was not allowed to be shared and was restricted for our country and region! We were both shocked.

Sony has given the controller over to the developers so don't even bother with it.

Further research revealed that Sony had actually provided developers the ability to block this feature for the games of their choosing - now how stupid is that? As if it was not weird enough that they implemented a 60 minutes limit per Share Play session though one can reconnect for more after the time expired but with developers blocking games left and right, this feature has now become useless. Sony needs to grow some balls and tell developers that if they want to release their games on the PlayStation 4, the Share Play feature must be enabled. I understand the fear here - developers want to make sure that people will buy their games instead of playing their friend's copy virtually over the Internet but Sony should have learned from Valve, who fully enables Family Sharing of games on Steam and how that feature didn't ruin Valve's relationship with developers with plenty of games being released on Steam nonstop. Sony has missed out on a really huge opportunity to make the PS4 shine. So they want people to pay money for that stupid PlayStation Plus subscription by ensuring that online multiplayer becomes unavailable without it but then they would limit the ability for people to play local co-op games virtually. Bad move Sony.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Games Played 11/10/2014 - 11/16/2014

- 11/10/2014 -
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
Sine Mora - PC

- 11/11/2014 -
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - PC
Valkyria Chronicles - PC

- 11/12/2014 -
League of Legends - PC
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - PC

- 11/13/2014 -
Bayonetta - Wii U
Dragon Age II - PC
League of Legends - PC
Mario Kart 8 - Wii U
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution - PC
Shadow of the Colossus - PlayStation 3

- 11/14/2014 -
Dragon Age II - PC
Shadow of the Colossus - PlayStation 3

- 11/15/2014 -
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F - PlayStation 3
League of Legends - PC
Trine 2 - PC

- 11/16/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition - PlayStation 4
League of Legends - PC
Samurai Warriors 4 - PlayStation 4


Screenshot of the Week:

I completed a play-through of the original last week: It's time to do the same for the sequel.
Trine 2 (Personal Computer)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

DA: Inquisition - Welcome to the Stone Age

I am quite excited about the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition, so much so that I finally completed the always stunted play-through of Dragon Age II. In the past, I had to restart playing that game twice from the very beginning because I left the game for quite a while on both occasions. It's always hard for me to get into a game again after leaving it behind for too long but thankfully I decided to just brave through the disorientation and confusion this time around only to discover that I was actually very close to the end of the game. It felt good to see the end of the sequel's tale, even though the epilogue was rather disappointing. More disappointing however was the discovery that Inquisition will not have an import save feature and instead, one has to manually plug in decisions made in past games via the Dragon Age Keep website. Such an odd choice. Surely there has got to be a way to make importing save files possible here because completing the "World State" from the website is a frustrating process since I really couldn't remember - and I doubt that I'm the only one - the specific choices I made while playing the first game. Thank the galaxy that I was fresh off the second game so I was able to complete entries for that game with ease.

Video games don't remember choices anymore. That task belongs to the humans now.

Gaming technology is supposed to advance forward and BioWare's approach to interconnect the first two games with Inquisition is a rather embarrassing one. Now I worked hard on completing all the choices on the website so I better see clever implementation of all that data in Inquisition. And please, no more of this manual crap in the future. I have a feeling that they are doing this primarily to help the PlayStation 4 and X-Box One players because it would be hard to get the save files from the previous versions of those consoles over. Just randomize events or create a default state for those are new to the series and mandate only the PS4/XOne players to complete the plot tapestry on the website instead of making everyone suffer just to play the game properly.

Friday, November 14, 2014

All Covered Up

I don't know why I recently ordered the new "Super Smash Bros. 3-Poster Set" from Club Nintendo after I have turned my Game Room into The Luigi Room because I am really out of wall space at this point. I did manage to place one of them on the door to the Game Treasury underneath one of my Zelda posters and you know that's really pushing it. I probably have to post the remaining two in the laundry room or something because I know the bedroom is still off limits!

I go into my Game Treasury often so this isn't as bad as I originally thought.

No More "Spouse"

Something important happened today. Something that I never knew would happen this soon. I don't have to say that I have a "spouse" anymore, for what I actually have is a husband. Yes, all this time, the reason why I had used the gender neutral word of "spouse" to describe whom I married was because my husband was not comfortable with the whole situation being out in the open. Though he has some friends who know about his marriage (most of mine know about it), that information is unknown to his family. And of course, this has been very, very hard for me whenever I spend time with him and his family, which just happens to be the only family I know since I had to abandon my side of the family because of their absolute inability to accept me for who I am. Yeah, it has been very hard to try to describe my husband in my posts sometimes because I always have to dance around words. But not anymore.

Our anniversary rings.

My husband is going to be celebrating his birthday next week and this morning, he revealed his plan to have the celebration with his family at a restaurant. I asked to be excused from the event and told him that I would celebrate with him separately and that I would pass on the family get-together. He knows that I have always been uncomfortable being "that friend" whenever I hang out with him and his family and once again, I told him how much it hurts being in that situation and I just couldn't handle it anymore, thus my request to skip the event. That was when the unexpected happened. He asked me if I could be there with him if he tells his family about us. I was hesitant but of course I said yes. I advised him that perhaps it would be wiser to be in a more private setting when announcing our relationship to them but he is determined to do it during the birthday dinner. I am very nervous right now and I am sure that the nervousness is going to keep building up until the actual announcement yet my husband feels like he's at peace with it. I never knew that this would ever happen. I have shared with him in the past that if he passed away before I do, it would be hard for me because his family would only know about the relationship then and that may cause unnecessary heartaches as if the death itself would't be hard enough for me to bear. There used to be a time when he would just look at me and said "Deal with it." I am glad that I will not longer have that concern looming over me anymore. I told him that I will be writing this piece on the website and he is fine with it. I am so happy that my husband is finally at that point where he is fully embracing his freedom. He said that he is done with worrying about what his family or others think about his life. I do hope that his family will be able to accept him after the reveal but he agrees that if things don't work out for the best, we both still have our lives with each other.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Summoner's Rift Visual Update is Here!

I was a little worried yesterday that the Summoner's Rift visual update in League of Legends was going to be delayed for another week because it was not until the early evening that Riot Games rolled out the improved map to the live server though limited to Team Builder and bot modes, which is of course fine with me because Team Builder is the absolute best thing about the game. I was so excited to check it out and of course, I wasn't disappointment. The map is quite stylish and beautiful, very pleasing to the eyes, and the turret, inhibitor, and nexus destruction are truly something to behold. It is time to push that ARAM mode off to the side and concentrate on Team Builder. Now if only Riot can implement a Team Builder mode for Summoner's Rift ranked matches by allowing players to choose a role before queuing, that would be awesome.

DOTA 2 may still be the best looking MOBA out there but this visual upgrade is still impressive.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Morning of Pain

I had to get my blood drawn this morning and it wasn't a great experience because I ended up getting poked twice. And it wasn't just that I was getting poked twice but it was the whole poke then the needle gets moved around in that in and out motion to find a vein thing per poke that got me. It's been a little cold here and I knew from experience that I needed to make sure that I dressed warmly to ensure that my veins won't shriveled up but apparently this still happened. Since they couldn't find a vein in my arm, they ended up going for the top of my hand and well, that wasn't fun. I have had a needle gone there before when I gotten an IV for an operation and even then, they tried tricking me into a conversation before they poked the needle in so that I wouldn't freak out and back then, they had to do that twice because during the surprise poke, the nurse couldn't find the vein. Why haven't we invented a technology yet to enable a blood draw with a 100% success rate with each poke?

A bit traumatized this morning.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Games Played 11/03/2014 - 11/09/2014

- 11/03/2014 -
Lego Batman 2 - PC
Sine Mora - PC
Trine 2: Complete Story - PlayStation 4

- 11/04/2014 -
Child of Eden - PlayStation 3
Hyrule Warriors - Wii U
League of Legends - PC

- 11/05/2014 -
Child of Eden - PlayStation 3
Hyrule Warriors - Wii U

- 11/06/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Ultratron - PC

- 11/07/2014 -
League of Legends - PC

- 11/08/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Bayonetta - Wii U
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - PlayStation 4
League of Legends - PC
Trine - PC

- 11/09/2014 -
Atelier Rorona: Alchemist of Arland - PlayStation 3
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F - PlayStation 3
League of Legends - PC
Trine - PC


Screenshot of the Week:

Is this game as emotionally involving without the subtitles turned on?
Sine Mora (Personal Computer, X-Box 360)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

You're Mine, Reaper Soraka!

I have been waiting for this skin to arrive for a while now and it's finally here! The Reaper Soraka skin is finally available in League of Legends and I immediately snatched it up, just like I did before when Celestine Soraka was released. I really love the idea behind the skin since it turns Soraka, whom we normally associate with life and light, into a deliciously evil agent of death and darkness. This is definitely the best Soraka skin to date.

The only Soraka skin you will ever need.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SingStar PS4: A Total Downgrade

While I was browsing the Sony Entertainment Network Store yesterday, imagine my absolute thrill when I saw that SingStar was finally released for the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 3 version is certainly the best karaoke game out there, though I wished it had more of the music I like, and I thought that this PS4 release would replace it. I was wrong. Just like the PS3 version, this game is free to download but it comes with only one demo song. If the songs you have purchased are available in the PS4's store, then you can download them for free. I was not able to find quite a number of my previously purchased songs because they are not available yet for this version and that is okay. The main problem here is that you cannot use the past SingStar discs you own. I was flabbergasted. I mean, surely, Sony should know better. We all know that they have the capability to make the PS4 read those old SingStar discs but I am certain that greed got in the way. There doesn't seem to be any indication that Sony is planning to allow these old discs to be usable with this new SingStar, which is a shame because there is a lot of potential here: the game menu and interface are both super slick and the pitch detection has been improved.

Both of the Lana Del Rey songs I previously purchased made the cut.

In addition to the lack of backwards compatibility, there are also several other weird things about this PS4 version of the game. First is the inability to stop your PlayStation Camera from recording you while playing the game. I am still unable to find the option to turn this off so if you are kind of shy, you may want to unplug that camera before you start singing. Second is the poor sound quality. Everything is very quiet and even when I slid the microphone volume to max, my voice hardly came out through my speakers. It is as if Sony doesn't want the player's own voice to overshadow the original artist's even when you chose to turn on vocal reduction. Last but not least is the lack of native streaming support for this game so if you depend on the PS4 to do your live game broadcasting, you are out of luck. This is so crazy because you know that karaoke is a spectator sport but Sony doesn't want you to broadcast your performance on the streaming sites. I know this has a lot to do with copyright issues but  you would think that Sony and the record companies should know by now that getting this game the exposure on Twitch and/or Ustream is never a detriment but an enhancement to the popularity of the game. I think this problem can easily be addressed by forcing the players to use their own camera feed instead of the music videos while having the original vocals muted when they want to use the native streaming capability. SingStar on the PlayStation 4 could have been a phenomenon but at its current form, it's not even remotely close to being good. Worst of all, it is a totally disgusting mishmash, or an example if you will, of pure greed and selfish copyright politics in the gaming industry.

"U Can't Stream This" by Sony Banhammer.


Update Note: 11/15/2014 - I booted up SingStar on the PS3 today and noticed that it had been updated into the same version for the PS4. All of the technical problems I mentioned above - including the muted player vocals - also showed up in this PS3 version. The only good thing here is of course at least the PS3 version is still capable of reading both the PS3 and PS2 SingStar discs and all of the downloaded songs didn't get axed. What have you done, Sony? It looks like Sony has completely destroyed this game.

01/19/2015 - Good news: the sound issue that plague the game on the PS3 has been fixed so the game is playable there again! Bad news: the problem still persists on the PS4 version.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The State of Wii U Physical Games

I have been inducting Wii U games almost exclusively via digital means. It's risky, I know, since Nintendo is still stubborn about the implementation of profile-based digital ownership where all digital games are not tied to the consoles but I have the confidence that they will be mending their way in regards to this hopefully soon. Today, I was surprised by the spouse with a gift of a Wii U game while we were out running some rather boring errands in the form of Hyrule Warriors. When I got home, I noticed that the pin number for the Club Nintendo game registration was printed on the inner sleeve of the cover instead of the usual colorful insert that was always included alongside the game manual:

I bet those physical-copy fanatics are not happy about this...

The decision to do this is financially sound but many people love the whole physical copy thing so they can lust after what they can hold in their hands and Nintendo keeps diminishing that joy a little bit at a time. I tell you what Nintendo. Why don't you immediately abandon your draconian digital game digital rights management as well as fully eliminate all physical game distribution and I am sure that people will embrace buying their Nintendo games via digital means. If Valve can do it with Steam, you know that any other game companies can.

October 2014 Gaming Analysis

The results shown below are of course based on the combined data from the Daily Game Log which should provide a clear indication of a game's usage frequency. Bear in mind that even if a game is played twice or more during a particular day, it would still register as 1 in the Day Count column below. In a sense, "merits" are given based on how often a particular game can make me play it again throughout the entire period of the  month on a daily basis. A game that makes a gamer play it over and over again or at least spend a lot of time with it... Isn't that what we mostly want from a great game? I don't think it's really fair to count all the way down to the number of hours played since some games only require a short amount of time to properly serve their purposes.

OVERALL BREAKDOWN:


Total Games Played: 34


This Month's Inductees:


Total Inductions: 55

Monday, November 3, 2014

Games Played 10/27/2014 - 11/02/2014

- 10/27/2014 -
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - PC
The Cat Lady - PC
Samurai Warriors 4 - PlayStation 4

- 10/28/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Bayonetta 2 - Wii U
League of Legends - PC

- 10/29/2014 -
Bayonetta - Wii U
League of Legends - PC

- 10/30/2014 -
Bioshock Infinite - PC
The Cat Lady - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/31/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Bioshock Infinite - PC
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 11/01/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Bioshock Infinite - PC
The Cat Lady - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 11/02/2014 -
Batman: Arkham Asylum - PC
The Cat Lady - PC
League of Legends - PC
Lego Batman 2 - PC
Sine Mora - PC
Super Stardust HD - PlayStation 3
Unholy Heights - PC


Screenshot of the Week:

A free ticket to Paris.
Bioshock Infinite (Personal Computer)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nintendo Made Bayonetta More Vulgar?

Bayonetta was a mediocre game when I first played it on the X-Box 360 and the re-release that came with the sequel on the Nintendo Wii doesn't change that. What Nintendo did manage to do with the game however is actually made the game even more vulgar, something that I never thought possible since the original release was already mega blasphemous and extremely sexual to begin with, thanks to the "Princess" outfits based on Nintendo's own Princess Peach and Princess Daisy. The Wii U version also features a Samus outfit as well as a Link outfit and both of these were spared the over-sexualized transformation so I wonder if Nintendo actually blessed the treatments Platinum Games gave to the Princess outfits since those people at Nintendo are normally very careful about protecting their family-friendly brands. Sure, these Bayonetta games are for mature audiences only and I don't think Nintendo should ever worry about releasing a never-ending amount of "M" rated games but to actually use images that you normally associate with their family-friendly characters the Bayonetta way is just quite disturbing. Of course, everything was done in the spirit of fun but still, it's crazy that Platinum Games can get away with these select outfits. I think I rather see Bayonetta cosplay as these princesses more appropriately since she got enough sexy outfits to begin with anyway.

Princess Peach, I mean, Bayonetta had a little too much to drink...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Million Dollar Man Tears

I know I've got problems and I know how deep they are buried within my psyche but I didn't know that they could impact me this way. I was decompressing with a session of Audiosurf 2 Early Access on the Personal Computer this morning and while singing along to Lana Del Rey's Million Dollar Man, it really hit me hard. My voice started breaking not even halfway through and I was crying like a baby at the end of the song. I broadcast whenever I play any of my non-handheld games so I feel lucky that no one was watching my stream at that moment in time. I thought that I had things under control but apparently, that is not the case. I know that I have been using the Audiosurf games as a way to find catharsis and perhaps I finally found that today. I do know that I was in a weaker state of mind these past couple of days but I feel somewhat better after my breakdown. We all have to let it out sometimes I suppose...

It has always been easy to find emotional climax in the game but never to this extent.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Games Played 10/20/2014 - 10/26/2014

- 10/20/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC

- 10/21/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/22/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
League of Legends - PC
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - PC

- 10/23/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
League of Legends - PC
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - PC
Pix the Cat - PlayStation 4
Samurai Warriors 4 - PlayStation 4

- 10/24/2014 -
League of Legends - PC
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - PC
Samurai Warriors 4 - PlayStation 4

- 10/25/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
Knightmare Tower - PC
League of Legends - PC
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - PC
Revolver360 RE:ACTOR - PC
Samurai Warriors 4 - PlayStation 4

- 10/26/2014 -
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - PC
Borderlands 2 - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
League of Legends - PC
Samurai Warriors 4 - PlayStation 4


Screenshot of the Week:

I'd run into an Uruk horde just for the sake of Photo Mode.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Personal Computer)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lucky with Borderlands

For the second time in a row, I seem to have been pretty lucky when it comes to getting Borderlands games for free. I was looking through a list of channels that were broadcasting The Walking Dead: Season 1 and 2 on twitch.tv - I love watching people play the game, especially their reactions to the choices found in the game - when I saw that one of them, a new channel called Brantman19, was doing a giveaway for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Sure, there are plenty of channels out there offering free games and I participated in some of the giveaways but when it comes to these things, I don't have my hopes up. It was strange however that there were not a lot of people watching the channel even though the giveaway was to commence at the end of the broadcast session. There have always been a good number of people watching The Walking Dead streams but apparently they all flocked to a more popular channel. The two guys hosting the stream were engaging and fun so I stayed until the show ended even though I didn't have to for the sake of the giveaway. Since there were only two people watching and we stuck around for a while, the hosts decided to give both of us a code for the game. I was really shocked. I really didn't expect that whatsoever since the game is pretty brand new thus it was a very generous offering. I had planned to get the new Borderlands when they release the ultimate edition with all the downloadable contents but now, the game is sitting in my Steam Library. Thanks Brantley and Jason from Brantman19!

Kenny is a dick, these guys however, are cool.

Are Most Nintendo Enthusiasts This Nutty?

I visited the Club Nintendo website today and saw a curious promotion announcement for the new Super Smash Bros., a game that is now available for the Nintendo 3DS and will be released next month for the Wii U. I have been waiting for the Wii U release of course because the game looks exceptionally better on the console than the handheld. I was excited at the opportunity to receive the soundtrack for the game but then I realized that you can only claim the soundtrack if you buy both versions of the game:

Yes, because this is a good enough reason to get the same game twice.

I suppose I already know the answer to the question I posed here. There are a lot of crazy gamers out there who would fulfill Nintendo's psychotic requirement and buy the same game twice. I have known people who would buy all of the versions of a game across multiple consoles on the very same day even just to "support the developer". Buying one is supporting the developer. Buying the same game multiple times may indicate some kind of brain damage. Sorry Nintendo, but this is just asking for way too much from a sane person.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shadow of Mordor: Finally "Playable"

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor by Monolith Productions is one of those media darling games that's not as good as it promised itself to be. Compared to other open world games, the map is just way too small and crowded with plenty of uninspiring, repetitive, and literally boring missions scattered all over it. Though the touted Nemesis System that involves a relationship progression between named Uruks and the player as well as among themselves is interesting, the way these named Uruks go about their business in Mordor is generic and forgettable. Shadow of Mordor is a pretty game, albeit a pretty empty one. Thank the galaxy that the developer released a Photo Mode last week because now, there is finally something you can do in the game that's a bit more involving!


You know there is something wrong with the game when...





...you are having more fun with the Photo Mode than actually playing the game.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Games Played 10/13/2014 - 10/19/2014

- 10/13/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
Ikaruga - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/14/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Borderlands 2 - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/15/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/16/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/17/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/18/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition - PC
Borderlands 2 - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/19/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition - PC
League of Legends - PC


Screenshot of the Week:

Trainees are required to wear a name badge.
Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition (Personal Computer)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Point to Pathos: Chapter 3, Part 5

     The screen showed a footage of a disheveled, pale-skinned middle-aged man in a dirty white shirt and a pair of equally dirty orange shorts being escorted out of the building in handcuffs. Praeston immediately looked for the man's left ear and saw the distinctive removal of the helix. Judging from the jagged unevenness of the scar, Praeston wondered if the man had suffered a nasty infection before everything was healed.
     "So disgusting," he muttered and took a greedy gulp from his glass.
     "The non-complier from this footage taken earlier has been confirmed to be Peretz Davi from Botanical Spheres in what has been an escalating pattern of assignment abandonment from that very region."
     The reporter turned to her left and the camera zoomed out to reveal a member of the law enforcement team waiting to be interviewed. He had a small grin on his face.
     "I have with me the Team Leader from the Non-Complier Hunt Team, Officer Rorlen Gareu. First things first, Officer Gareu, thank you for apprehending the suspect so quickly. I am sure that I speak for all of us that we didn't expect for the non-complier to be found this fast."
     "Hi Clara, we are proud to be able to secure the non-complier threat with both precision and speed. We have learned from the previous cases how to approach the situation but you must forgive me for not being able to divulge any more details than what was already said."
     "I understand Officer Gareu, some things have to be kept confidential. As long as we are seeing great results, that is all that matters."
     Praeston commanded the display off and finished his glass of water.
     "Well, the bastard's caught. Maybe I should go see Penn."

*****
     The L.U.P. was more crowded than usual because of the special appearance from Shirey. Praeston and Pennepoe couldn't even get into the club until Shirey already started her set. Pennepoe was not happy about that because she had to abandon her place in line to wait for Praeston to arrive.
     "Sorry about that Penn," he said out loud, knowing that his voice was completely drowned by the crowd and Shirey's powerful vocals.
     Pennepoe who looked annoyed when she stepped in with him noticed the gesture and gave him a nod and smile before flailing her arms up and down with the beat of the music.
     Praeston was right about the crowd. They were mostly consisted of the female sex. He could make out the rare silhouettes of men in between the flashes of multi-colored lights in the darkness. Then again, it was so hard to see, he could not doubt that he may be the only guy in the L.U.P.
     After she finished singing her most popular hit, Festival of the Stars, the entire bar went into the sound of murmurs as Shirey calmed the crowd down by raising her arms up and motioning the cheering and chanting to stop.

September 2014 Gaming Analysis

The results shown below are of course based on the combined data from the Daily Game Log which should provide a clear indication of a game's usage frequency. Bear in mind that even if a game is played twice or more during a particular day, it would still register as 1 in the Day Count column below. In a sense, "merits" are given based on how often a particular game can make me play it again throughout the entire period of the  month on a daily basis. A game that makes a gamer play it over and over again or at least spend a lot of time with it... Isn't that what we mostly want from a great game? I don't think it's really fair to count all the way down to the number of hours played since some games only require a short amount of time to properly serve their purposes.

OVERALL BREAKDOWN:


Total Games Played: 24


This Month's Inductees:


Total Inductions: 25

Monday, October 13, 2014

Games Played 10/06/2014 - 10/12/2014

- 10/06/2014 -
Lili: Child of Geos Complete Edition - PC

- 10/07/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
League of Legends - PC
Starpoint Gemini 2 - PC

- 10/08/2014 -
Evochron Mercenary - PC
Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD - PC
League of Legends - PC
Starpoint Gemini 2 - PC

- 10/09/2014 -
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD - PC
League of Legends - PC
X3: Terran Conflict - PC

- 10/10/2014 -
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/11/2014 -
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
Starpoint Gemini 2 - PC
Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes - PC
League of Legends - PC
Space Pirates and Zombies - PC
X3: Albion Prelude - PC

- 10/12/2014 -
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
League of Legends - PC
Warlock: Master of the Arcane - PC
X3: Albion Prelude - PC


Screenshot of the Week:

She is referring to the act of deflowering spirits.
Lili: Child of Geos (Personal Computer)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Retiring My "Purchase List"

Today, I have decided to retire my "Purchase List", the page that showcased a breakdown by platform of all the games that I am interested in eventually inducting into my Game Library. Maybe I am just becoming wiser and wiser every day or perhaps it's just the methane build-up from eating too much salad but I think that having access to that list is more of a deterrent. For the most part, my focus lately has been on Steam and even there, my wishlist has grown into a total 500+ desired games. I really like looking into the future these days instead of hanging on to the past so if I were to leave behind those games that I had noted on the Purchase List, so be it. If I encounter them in the future and I were to have the capability of getting them then, so be it. Yes, this doesn't mean that I have wiped away my interest in past games, it just means that I am going to take things as they happen. Perhaps it is a bit unhealthy to keep looking at the list whenever I get to do some game getting because I should just listen to what the heart currently desires. I know that this list had helped the spouse in the past because it used to be really hard to get video games for me but these days, the spouse would just push some money into my Steam wallet. I remember finding copies of the list in the house several times in years past - it still brings tears to my eyes to think that the spouse was carrying the list around just to look for some silly video games that I really wanted. I will leave the Purchase List on the website because there are plenty of articles that refer back to it but it will no longer be an active listing from this point forward.

Some things are meant to be left behind. You can't have everything you wanted.