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My Week In Geek – Vol. 1

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It is no secret that I am some what of a nerd. I have written about all kinds of nerdy fandoms here and on other blogs that would further cement this fact. Instead of my normal rambling on about what game I am currently obsessed with, I thought I would put together a handy list of geekery that I am either watching, playing, working on, etc.

  • I purchased my first copy of a Grand Theft Auto game. Now let’s not confuse this and jump to the conclusion that I have never played a Grand Theft Auto game, because that is not the case, but after watching Richard drive around Los Santos, I really wanted to play it for myself. I am about 10 hours in and so far really enjoying it – though I have come to the conclusion that I really suck at driving.
  • I also started playing Lego Hobbit from the beginning. This is some what of a daunting task, but at least this time around I will get trophies on my gamer tag.
  • I started playing my character again in Torchlight on my 360 in attempt to pacify my love of dungeon crawl games now that I am not playing Diablo III anymore until there is an update. About a week and half or so ago after entering into the second act with Richard, his game froze corrupting all of his game data, causing his character to become obsolete. Not wanting my monk to suffer the same fate, I have put off playing until Blizzard puts out an update (as I have read that this has happened to other people online) Back to Torchlight. Torchlight and I broke up a while back (see here) but we are talking things out and have been going on a few outings. The only reason why I am playing really is to get the last achievement I am missing for the game which is achieving maximum fame in the game. I was SO close on my last character that it is almost heartbreaking to have to start all over again.
  • If you are into Disney Infinity and you have reserved the new figures coming out, just a heads up that on Monday, GameStop announced a GameStop exclusive Limited Edition Jack Skellington piece that comes with a graveyard case. The upgrade is only a few more dollars and I was able to switch it over in a few seconds. I also have all of the other upcoming pieces reserved as well as the series 2 power discs. Where am I going to put all this stuff?!
  • A couple friends and I have started a Disney social club that we are really excited about – once we get a few more details hammered out I will post about it over here, but lets just say, I am pretty stoked on our jacket back patches right now and our upcoming visit to Disney in January.
  • While I understand the features of the new Steam controller that was announced, that thing is all kinds of horrible looking. Same can be said for the Nintendo 2DS, which if I didn’t know better, I would have thought was some cruel super late April Fools joke from Nintendo.
  • And last but not least, I am currently lusting over this Game Boy luggage over on Think Geek right now. If I didn’t think it would make me a prime target to have my luggage stolen, I might consider the 70 dollar price tag. Do. Want.

(image copyright Rockstar Games)

2 October, 2013

Sicky sick.

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So at some point during my move over the weekend I contracted some sort of creeping crud. It started as a scratchy throat on Sunday and turned into full blown sickness Monday. I tried to power through work Monday and Tuesday, but I knew Wednesday was looking grim. I called into work and spent most of my day in a DayQuil haze. I decided to kill some of my bed bound time playing Crimson Alliance.

This game came out about this time last year, but Richard and I hadn’t played yet. I was jonesing for a new dungeon crawl because Torchlight and I broke up two weeks ago due to an accidental character archival on my part. My bitterness has forbidden me from picking up the game again. Anyways – enough about that.

In true fashion, I decided to roll a warrior type. I prefer to play hack and slash characters as I am not good at being stealthy or not running directly into the middle of combat. I like that I don’t have to worry about spending skill points and leveling up skills and abilities. The only way to alter your stats are by equipping new armor and weapons.

We beat the game and DLC in about 8 hours, which I can’t tell if that means we are good at video games or if the game is just that short. I enjoyed grinding through dungeons and that they incorporated replay value by allowing certain doors to be opened by certain classes. I also like that there is an area specifically designed to farm gold, but I hate the fact that you cannot sell old armor and weapons. Also the AI tends to lag a bit when there are large battles being rendered and sometimes it’s hard to figure out where you are since your only identifying quality (aside from your half dollar sized avatar) is a colored ring around your feet. We made this especially challenging by playing the same class.

Your game play is also rated as bronze, silver, and gold, and much to my dismay – being a perfectionist and all – is how damn hard it is to get gold. We were never able to obtain it. I’m looking forward to replaying as a different class to unlock the other secret areas. I’d say it was worth the 1200 points.

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4 October, 2012