Jan
30
2019
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Group Scenarios coming back to Secret World Legends.

Well, we never had them in Secret World Legends. Just The Secret World. Which is sort of like SWL, and sort of not.

Still:

Group scenarios are a lot more fun then duo scenarios, in my opinion. I look forward to running some more often.

Jan
29
2019
1

Toy Soldiers?

How did I miss this?

Admittedly, I’d need a PS4 to play Toy Soldiers, but the temptation is strong. Actual toy video game battles using GI JOE figures? Sold!

I wonder how I missed this.

Jan
28
2019
4

Apple thinking of taking another gaming bite.

This is kind of sad:

Apple is planning a subscription service for games, according to five people familiar with the matter.

The service would function like Netflix for games, allowing users who pay a subscription fee to access a bundled list of titles. Apple ($AAPL) began privately discussing a subscription service with game developers in the second half of 2018, said the people, all of whom requested anonymity to discuss unannounced plans.

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Jan
25
2019
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Good tabletop playtest this evening.

Got some old friends to come over, eat sandwiches, and whack on the game with sticks.  Hopefully we’ll be able to finish it up next week, or the week after that.  Either way, I’m still going to run an online playtest some time in February.

Also, and not unrelatedly: I’m freaking exhausted.




Jan
24
2019
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The TSW Database is doing a pledge drive.

This is one of the major — or maybe the major — hints and tips sites for the Secret World Legends* MMO.  I believe that a couple of people here at least play it, so no harm in putting it up for them. I play the game daily, after all. (more…)




Jan
22
2019
3

Bethesda indignantly denies Fallout 76 is going free-to-play.

So now I’m kind of expecting it to go free-to-play.

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Jan
18
2019
7

EA discards the withered husk of the Star Wars open-world game.

I’m with Penny Arcade on this: better for it to have never been.

Kotaku is reporting that Electronic Arts has cancelled its planned open-world Star Wars game, citing three sources close to the company. The game had been in development at EA Vancouver, the studio responsible for games such as FIFA and Battlefront, since 2017. The site reports that EA canned the game in favor of a different Star Wars title that had a shorter timeline of development.

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Jan
14
2019
1

Goodness gracious: Cyberpunk 2077’s map & game was generated by hand?

That’s the claim: “The massive open world in Cyberpunk 2077 will be entirely handcrafted, according to CD Projekt RED. As such, no aspect of the title will feature procedurally generated elements. This lines up with the studio’s approach to developing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.”  For those wondering: this means that they didn’t use any kind of algorithm to automate the game world (presumably they’re not also creating randomized loot drops, either).  Put another way: everything that you’ll see in the game apparently was put there specifically by a human.

Which is a bit… thorough… of CD Projekt Red.




Jan
04
2019
6

I don’t really know what to do about Fallout 76.

I still play Fallout 76, actually: log on, go wandering around, level up a little, then advance the plot a bit, although I doubt that I’ll actually get around to launching a nuke on my own or in a group.  It’s even still enjoyable. But I still don’t get what Bethesda was trying to do with this game.  I mean, what’s the final point of it?  At least when you nuke the Institute or Alduin you can say hey! I did that.  I’m almost ready to start another game of Fallout 4, or maybe even New Vegas.  Although I’d love a New Vegas where I could build actual settlements… but I digress.

Bottom line: I will probably play Fallout 76 until something new comes out, and then I will drop it for that.  And that is not my usual style for Bethesda games.  Seriously, you gotta give me a reason why I should care about popping back to Appalachia.




Dec
19
2018
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Anybody play Unavowed?

I just heard about Unavowed, but it’s apparently not like anything I buy on Steam despite being a horror-supernatural investigation game set in (I think) modern-day New York.  It’s not exactly a triumph of modern realism, visually speaking, but I’ve seen some people rave about it.  Anybody ever play it?




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