Latest Happenings and Musings:
What the heck happened to this week? This will be the final Personal Musing for 2012. I’ll be taking a break from blogging for about a week so I won’t be publishing anything until 2013. This week has exhausted me and I could use the break. Still, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas. There will be one more post tomorrow afternoon talking about 2012 and how it has been for me and my projects like the A Paladin Without A Crusade and TeknoCratik this year. So stay tuned for that. I’ll still be around the social networks of course so follow me in any way you wish. Or not at all, that’s entirely up to you :). Tonight, I’m purging my “queue” of photos and stories I’ve had in the backlog to talk about for these. I was able to start building a queue of these so I’d always have something to talk about in these Personal Musings and its actually let me select higher quality stories to talk about, rather than some simple story that wasn’t worth talking about. So I’ve been a little bit more choosy what comes onto the blog. Which is fine for me, if you want more tech/gaming information, I figure you’ll go to better blogs/resources for that kind of thing. So when I come back next year, I’ll be on a clean slate. Btw, the Steam holiday is starting and if your interested in hearing my opinion about what is good or isn’t, your best chances is to hear me randomly exclaim on Twitter. Yeah…I know. Additionally, Steam Greenlight will be picking its next batch of games January 15th.
My GPU arrived today and I’ve been stress testing it via games to see how it holds up. It holds up really dang well. Portal 2, Train Simulator 2013, Metro 2033, Dishonored and Sanctum didn’t even make the fan on the GPU turn faster. That impressed me a lot. The real test will be how well my CPU can handle recording games for future Let’s Plays. I’m a bit uncertain but hopeful. Still, this system is performing admirably. Better than I had expected but maybe that’s because I’ve been using such a budget system for the longest time and now that I’ve built a proper mid-range system, I can see the true power of gaming PCs. Its very good indeed.
Today has been a rough day for me. I got attacked on the TSF forums over my last post, “Top Disappointing and Dishonorable Games of 2012”. Apparently my thoughts on Mass Effect 3 were strongly disliked…to put it mildly. I was basically called a liar, libel, and a pirate. I am still trying to figure out the logic of me being sued for having an opinion too. Now, before you roll your eyes and say “Tim, you were trolled”, I’ll let you in on the history of said forum. TSF was one of the first forums I had ever joined and for many years was a safe haven from trolls and such. So my guard was down when I was attacked personally over the post. You can read it here. Do not try to defend me, the situation has been dealt with and one of the guys responsible seems to have deleted his account. I’m not sure right now what I’m going to do, but I’m taking an extended break from the forum to think things over. Having your words twisted like that stings from people that I considered at least friends. And as far as whether my post is libel, it isn’t. Its all my opinion. I did not lie about anything I talked about and I stand by what I said on Mass Effect 3. If you disagree, fine. But don’t call me a liar simply because you don’t agree with me. So yay. Internet drama. Kind of glad I’m going home soon. As far as this is concerned, its done and over with.
Tech and Gaming News To Read:
The WarZ has been getting a lot of criticism. No doubt about it. Mostly due to the developer pulling some really shady stunts the past couple of days. After a rather…horrendous…interview with GameSpy and a lot of complaining, Steam pulled the buy button on the WarZ page. You can also get refunded for the game if you wish. You know what’s great about this guy not being able to sell his game right now? Its the Winter Steam sale, one of the best sales of the year and he can’t sell his game. That’s gotta sting something fierce. I don’t feel any sympathy for him at all though, a lot of this was brought upon himself. I suggest only reading the interview if you want to get really mad at a developer.
The Humble Indie Bundle is back with #7. This time you have access to all cross-platform versions of Dungeon Defenders + DLC, Legend of Grimrock, Snapshot, The Binding of Isaac + DLC, Closure, Indie Game: the Movie (I know, will get back to this) and finally Shank 2. You get them all DRM-free with soundtracks and all the rest of the goodies that you expect. A perfect game package for Christmas. Not planning on picking this one up because I already own Legend of Grimrock. Snapshot and Closure look like interesting puzzle platformers, but its not enough for me to pick up the entire bundle. The Binding of Isaac has a lot of…interesting humor that doesn’t really appeal to me. Indie Game: The Movie is…a movie that I can watch on Netflix and to be honest, I don’t really want to watch what sounds like a pretentious movie. I should really get around to watching the movie though. And finally, Dungeon Defenders is a game that I would only be interested in if I could get three other players to play it with me. Otherwise, not really feeling the need for it. All in all, this is a good Humble Bundle with plenty of variety.
Audio of Note:
This really cool piece of music by “Theophany” is worth taking a look at. I mean it. Its a remix of Majora’s Mask OST. Its got a free download link too.
Peter Hollesn is back with yet another really well done song:
Violintay does a great Auld Lang Syne on her violin:
An interesting bit of electronic music. Mostly a dance tune.
Photos To See:
Yes, I know, I can’t get enough of cats. BUT YOU PPL HAVEN’T POSTING ANYTHING BUT CATS!!! 😉
coming I mean here.
Interesting Videos To Watch:
TotalBiscuit produces a video that talks about how videogames do not cause mass murder and violence and that there is no visible link between the two. He also talks about how mass media has every reason to blame new media such as videogames. This video has no monetization and no advertising as he does not want to make money off tragedies like these.
Unlike mass media which makes tons of money off of tragedies like this.
A Valley Without Wind 2 BETA is now available for players to get into and mess around with. I recommend checking out the trailer:
Team Four Star is back with an amusing parody of the new season of DragonballZ:
And until next time, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Stay tuned for one last post of the year…