Posted on December 30, 2011 by elrood64
So confession my dear readers (all…four of you?). I almost forgot to write this article because I was playing the game it’s about. In fact it took Tophat to remind me that it was Friday! We talked a bit about the latest MMO to hit the market, The Old Republic. And I think I said something quite telling about the game in that conversation, without even thinking about it. When he asked me how the game was, I responded with “I’m enjoying the single player.” Wait, WHAT?! This is an MMO. Massive Multiplayer is in the genre. As it stands now though, the game seems very divided. It’s this division that makes it both a unique game in the MMO space, but one whose power to retain a player base for a long period of time is in question.
Filed under: Commentary, Games | Tagged: bioware, empire, Jawas, jedi, LFG, lightsabers, MMO, republic, sith, Star Wars, talent trees, The Old Republic, UI, World of Warcraft, WoW in space | 3 Comments »
Posted on December 2, 2011 by elrood64
So Bioware was nice enough to grant me beta access to their biggest game ever; Star Wars MMO The Old Republic. And by grant me access I mean I could play the game for three days. I was hoping for more, but I managed to get a few hours in over thanksgiving weekend while working retail. Last I checked there are already over 2.5 million pre orders for this game, with many calling it the MMO that will finally beat World of Warcraft. The power of the Star Wars license is strong and will draw many to the game, but the real question is whether or not it has the staying power to keep people playing once the allure of having playing around in the Star Wars universe starts to fade. Obviously, I can’t answer that question based off my limited play time. However I can say that the game truly impressed me in some ways…and had me greatly concerned in others.
Filed under: Commentary, Games | Tagged: bioware, Blizzard, hutts, lightsaber, mmo trinity, old republic beta, sith, Star Wars, Swtor, The Old Republic, World of Warcraft | 5 Comments »
Posted on March 23, 2011 by elrood64
Hey an alternate poster! No Joey Pants, but something different right?
It’s kind of joke now, The Matrix. Keanu Reeves, please. Oh hey guys, an actor that isn’t that good acting like he’s confused for 90 odd minutes, comedy gold! After the completely bloated and somewhat insane last two movies the whole fictional universe has become the realm of geeks who are only concerned about wearing black and pretending to know martial arts. There have been animes and books, a table top RPG, and numerous video games, even a short-lived MMO. But that wasn’t always the case. In fact, I remember a much younger me going to the movies with my father way back when in March of 1999. At the time, the impending release of Star Wars Episode 1 was THE focus of my movie going brain. Little did I know that a sci-fi movie that was getting just a bit of buzz would turn out to be one of the cultural milestones of action movies, while Star Wars would be underwhelming, to say the least. So let’s go back to before the Matrix became a THING, and when it was just a damn good movie.
Filed under: Movies | Tagged: banana phone, Carrie-Anne Moss, dojo scene, Jason Bourne, Joey Pants, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, long-winded speeches, Matrix MMO, Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, Matrix Video Games, Morpheus, shaky cam, Star Wars, the matrix, The One, Trinity | 2 Comments »
Posted on February 25, 2011 by Enosh
My descent into nerddom began a long time a go in a galaxy far far away when my Dad started watching and old copy of The Empire Strikes Back he had taped off of the TV sometime in the in the mid-80′s. I was fascinated by these weird beasts that ran on two legs and giant robots that looked like gangly elephants. Not to mention the beautiful city in the clouds. I had no idea what science fiction was. All I knew was I wanted an X-wing.
My brother, who is 10 years my junior, began his Star War fanaticism similarly, but by the time he got around to it the old tape was fuzzy and worn. There was so much snow on Hoth it was hard to tell what was going on. He probably doesn’t remember that tape. He was three when the movies were re-released for the 20th anniversary.
What he does remember is the Han Solo trilogy of novels that was also released in 1997. (more…)
Filed under: Books | Tagged: Book reviews, Enosh, fanfiction, han solo, Star Wars, Togoria | 5 Comments »
Posted on August 4, 2010 by elrood64
Microsoft’s first offering in the now annual summer of arcade is different than expected. It is not the type of game I would think Microsoft would want to put out as the head of a large scale promotion, but here it is. What does Limbo bring to the table? A striking art style, solid platforming, some tricky puzzles, and a remarkable amount of violence.
Filed under: Games | Tagged: arcade, art style, atmosphere, demon soul, demons souls, dissonant, Elrood, han solo, industrial area, lack of plot, Limbo, microsoft, no plot, on a boat, platformer, puzzles, Star Wars, summer of arcade, super mario style, the matrix, unexplained, XBLA, Xbox 360, xbox live | 5 Comments »
Posted on July 21, 2010 by elrood64
Oooohhhh Bioware. I love you guys, I really do. Between Knights of the old Republic 1 and 2, the Mass Effect Series, and Dragon Age, I’ve never had a bad time playing your games. As a huge Star Wars fan, I was super excited to see you were working on another game set in that universe. When I realized it was an MMO, I grew a little concerned.
Filed under: Commentary, Games | Tagged: bioware, Blizzard, dps, e3 2009 trailer, e3 2010 trailer, ewoks, healers, hitpoints, jedi, juggernaut, lightsaber, MMO, old republic, PC, raiding, sith, Star Wars, star wars trailer, talent trees, tanking, the force, World of Warcraft | 3 Comments »