Newsflash – The Old Republic is Big

23 09 2011

It’s late and I haven’t had time to write a decent-sized post for today, so here’s a picture of a Jawa with a rocket launcher.

Where was he hiding that?

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Holiday Post 3/3 – Huttball?

26 08 2011

I’m pleased that my holidays seem to coincide with big gaming shows. Back in June E3 came to the rescue when I went gallivanting off to Rome and this time it’s Gamescom coming to my aid as I clear off for the week. It’s three updates on trailers I’m afraid, but they are quite pretty. Honestly.

If you watch this trailer with a basic knowledge of Star Wars and not a jot of knowledge on MMOs, you will probably wonder what the hell developers Bioware are doing to the license. How can Jedi and Sith put aside their differences and decide to fight each other in a game of ‘Huttball’ when there’s all this stuff about good and evil, the balance of the force and the whole universe being at stake which needs to be sorted out? Huttball is a new player vs player scenario announced for The Old Republic where two teams must carry a ball into their opponents endzone whilst fighting one another and avoiding various traps, kindly donated by Czerka Corporation. MMOs have plenty of things to do, from crafting to combat to exploration, so you can certainly choose not to partake in Huttball, but that doesn’t stop it being any less bizarre and seemingly at odds with the whole tone of a heroic story. This isn’t one of my top Gamescom trailers, but it’s certainly one of the weirdest.

There’s a Pun on ‘Immersion’ to be had here…

11 04 2011

I feel like I’ve been dodging the big issues. You know the sort of thing: defending gaming against the ignorance of its detractors, showing how our medium can be a force for good in the world. Why have I been wasting my time! Get me a soapbox and a megaphone, stat! It’s time to talk about the biggest issue of them all.

Swimming! In games!




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The Dragon Descends

14 03 2011

So here I was with a good idea for a first blog post: the prospects of the RPG in 2011. What better way to get things going than with my favourite genre in a year which promises so much? Skyrim, Mass Effect 3 and The Witcher 2 all sit squarely on my most-wanted list for the year, despite the fact that I almost certainly won’t have the time to play them all as I would wish to (my current replay of Oblivion has taught me that an hour-a-night doesn’t get you that far – blasted degree…). Beyond the volume of big releases this year, there would also be the bonus that I could write in an overwhelmingly positive fashion, opening up with a celebration of the past greats and the possibilities of the year ahead.Then Dragon Age 2 was released and it turns out nobody quite knows what an RPG is.

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