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League of Legends: D cups full of Justice

What do you get when you start with a real-time strategy game, automate the armies, and give the player control of a single champion on a team of five champions in a tower defense map? A nice little free to play game called League of Legends. Tophat and Elrood and myself have been sticking to our “gaming on a budget” plan with few exceptions as of late so a little LoL was right up our alley. Funny thing about League of Legends though, it seems that the character’s strength is based largely on their cup size. Continue reading

There is such a thing as a Free Lunch

It’s FREEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! (Remember this guy from those commercials? I took three years of French and can’t say a word, I remembered this dudes name was Matthew Lesko so I could google image search him, go figure)

It feels strange to speak of “the olden days” of gaming and be talking about 2004.  That’s when Blizzard released World of Warcraft and basically changed how people thought about games with a monthly subscription.  A niche Everquest audience was suddenly ten million people strong, all handing over cash on a monthly basis.  On some level almost all the major players have been chasing that same thing since, be it Call of Duty with its Elite service (which for the record, according to an IGN article posted earlier this week, has about 10 million subscribers, go figure) or Bioware’s banking that the Star Wars license will make The Old Republic into the next behemoth of the mmo space.  Sadly for them, it’s not.  It’s not that the game is bad but that the market has changed.  The future is free.

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Realm of the Mad God: Hyperactive perma-death

In a world of pixel art and animation, only ONE god is powerful enough to have circles as eyes. Coming soon to a theater near you...

I am poor.  This is a fact that is immutable that I am stating for the record, and also so maybe you’ll understand just a little bit about why I play the games that I do.  Shelling out $60 for a game that will inevitably drop in price and be available for a fraction of that cost just seems silly.  Games under $6 have become a favorite of mine, mostly out of sheer penny-pinching force of will.  Some of these games end up being infinitely fun, and others…  well, most of the time, Elrood ends up laughing at how it seems that all I play these days are “terrible games.”

I like to think I’m not the only gamer with a tight fist kept on his budget, however, so over the past few months I’ve been trying to review cheaper games for all.  Realm of the Mad God, which popped on Steam not too long ago, hit all the right boxes.  One: Retro Nintendo-style graphics.  Two:  FREE TO PLAY.  FREE I TELL YOU.  FREE.

Maybe it’s not exactly…  a great game.  So what?  IT’S FREE YEAAAH!!

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Free to Play: Incomplete entertainment

Give a gamer a free game and this is what it feels like in our heads

Don’t know how many of you out there have been paying attention, but several free-to-play games launched on Steam this month. Four games launched in one chunk, with Champions Online, Spiral Knights, Global Agenda and Forsaken World taking the stage first, and Valve’s ever-popular Team Fortress 2 joining in shortly after.  The first chunk of games is interesting in that all four of them are MMOs of varying sizes and shapes, offering worlds of content, endless quests and character progression for Steam’s community.  Now, as many of you may know, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with MMOs, forged deep in the murky bowels of the underbelly of World of Warcraft.  So why the eff would I pick up four new MMOs?  Simple.

THEY ARE FREE.

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