Doctor Who has been awesome thus far. I really enjoyed the first two episodes of the season, and more and more I am beginning to think Capaldi is dreamy (damn accent). I also finally managed to see The Muppets Most Wanted (great) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (good). Exciting stuff!
Now that The Last of Us is done, I’ve had time to play other stuff again. I recently picked up Azure Striker GUNVOLT, a Megaman-like on the 3DS. It is solid enough thus far, but definitely not anywhere near Shovel Knight. I’ve also been working on finishing Flower, a game that I enjoy but not enough to play it in anything but short bursts. For my trip next month, I am going to work on The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.
I had something planned for the ‘listening’ spot here, but Electro’s theme song and Ty Burrell’s song in The Muppets: Most Wanted made me forget what. That’s why you get those two songs instead!
Ride in my
There were plenty of good posts this week, but my entire highlight is going to The Random Hero’s history lesson on Tabula Rasa.
I didn’t play the final product, though I considered doing so. To be honest, I had been pretty hyped for Tabula Rasa when Garriot and Long first discussed it. Unlike other MMOs announced at the time, Tabula Rasa was going to have instanced housing for everyone, a simple but developed system of roles, and the ability to instantly teleport to any of your friends. In a lot of ways, the game they had originally envisioned was before its time; it just needed action combat and active dodging, and it could be a Playstation 4 MMO tomorrow.
The Random Hero does a really good job detailing the game’s features and a lot of its history. Though Tabula Rasa was a critical failure, I think it is very important to remember older MMORPGs. The genre tends to do a really good job of building upon itself, so it’s worthwhile to look at its failures.
Top 5 Things I Posted in Blaugust
Instead of quoting folks, I thought I’d point out a few articles I really enjoyed writing, along with a few thoughts on them.
5. Kicking & Sharing: Hive Jump (plus a short Q&A) The Hive Jump kickstarter happens to still be live and in need of your support to reach its funding goal. The project needs $15,000 in five days to be successful, which will be tough, but I still believe the game is worth it.
4. Forget EverQuest Next: I want EverQuest Again This post ended up getting a lot of comments, which was great. I’m still a little mixed on the final results of it though. Originally, I had wanted to write a post about creating a true sequel to EverQuest and how I might do that with some modern conveniences thrown in. After SOE Fanfaire, however, I really needed to get a few thoughts about EQN off my chest. The end result is a post encompassing both which … mostly works.
3. Seems like Ice-based attacks are super effective against Murfs #ALS #Blaugust & I Drank This: An Aloe Vera Drink with Mango! These two tied simply because they are two examples of seeing my face, my reactions, etc. Also, me being tortured.
2. “I don’t want to lose at this game”, said the boy with the crush. I am including this one as a well-hidden update (I know you aren’t reading this) that things are going really well with her. We still haven’t had an official first date, but I am meeting family now and we talk everyday. Plus, THE HUGS!
1. It’s #Blaugust, Baby: EMBRACE THE WIERD Not Top 5 Blaugust Posts list would be complete without the one that launched a
thousand thirty other ships! It also gives me a chance to thank Belghast one more time for the holiday, while still pointing out that he misspelled ‘weird’ on Twitter for the millionth time.
@penandpixels Sort of schadenfreude, though directed more broadly at your culture at large, yes? We need a schadenfreude+zeitgeist word!
— c™urphy (@ctmurfy) August 25, 2014