Why do we play video games?

Create and Inspire

As usual, I think too much. Lately, I’ve been thinking about why I play video games and why certain games resonate with me more than others. Yes, I’m about to write about how those games are a reflection of a deeper part of me. Nothing is safe from my brain.

The Beginning

I remember the first game that really resonated with me – Final Fantasy VII. It hooked me early and struck an emotional chord in my young heart. The loss of an important character in the story, combined with the beautiful soundtrack, mixed with the major plot twists – it was mind-blowing at the time.

I started playing more games and was introduced to Everquest – my first MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Role-Playing Game). What I believed was possible in gaming changed. Where Final Fantasy VII felt a large, sprawling world where I could conceivably explore each and every nook…

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Day 22: A Game Sequel Which Disappointed You

VIRTUAL BASTION

As I slowly inch my way forward through the 30 days’ worth of video game topics, I arrive upon a pretty easy one, a game sequel which disappointed me.  One game in particular springs to mind, but since it is such an obvious choice, I also wanted to briefly discuss one of the biggest crimes a sequel can commit.  For me, anyway.  We’ll see if you agree.

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GameBlast20: the next challenge

Later Levels

How does playing video games for 24-hours straight sound to you? Sure, it can be tiring and does take loads of stamina to see it through to the finish line, but it’s also a whole lot of fun. And if you add to it the ability to support an amazing cause while you’re doing it then it makes the day even more memorable.

Every February I take part in an annual gaming marathon called GameBlast for SpecialEffect. This UK-based charity puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of those with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games, using technology including modified joypads and eye-control software. Levelling the playing-field in this way isn’t only for entertainment: it has a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation. It means everyone can come together and experience the joy of gaming.

I signed up to become a volunteer in…

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Raids week 132

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Raids week 132 were Wednesday July 17 and Saturday July 20.

Wednesday

1. Too Hot to Handle LN
I logged on, invited people from channel who were interested, then put the lfm up. Storms told me we might struggle to fill since Matrix just ran this raid, but as soon as they completed, the people from their raids joined mine. I was a bit thrown when some said ‘it’s only normal’ (I haven’t found normal to be easy just yet), and didn’t quite know if I should give people roles or not. I was testing out a gear swap and then got insta killed by a doom skull. Completion time: 15 min, 40s. Titan tank: Carlinee. Puzzlers: X and Doobrey. Loot: 64 forge runes, 25 threads of fate.

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Egg Moves

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I often draw tabletop RPG inspiration from playing totally unrelated games. In the Pokemon game series, you can breed your Pokemon together for a variety of reasons. Breeders like cosmetics such as “shiny” alternative colored monsters and pokeball styles, stronger statistics, and even moves that they could not otherwise learn. Let’s focus on that last one.

What Are Egg Moves?

By breeding with a Pokemon of another species, your Pokemon can learn egg moves that they would not normally learn by leveling up. Breeding these egg moves gives the baby monster a more varied moveset that provides “coverage” against monster types they wouldn’t normally be effective against.

Combining Monsters

How can we adapt this to our tabletop? Varied options present varied tactics, which make more interesting monsters. For example, normal soldiers trained for 1-on-1 combat are less susceptible to being swarmed when they have a breath weapon. If we can…

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Return to Dyson’s Delve – Levels 7 & 8

Dyson's Dodecahedron

Once again we return to my classic “Dyson’s Delve” with another pair of maps from my 2019 redraw of the mini mega dungeon. This entry brings us to the mid-deep levels of the delve, where we find evil cultists and a second entry point into the dungeon.

Dyson's Delve 2019 - Level 7 Dyson’s Delve 2019 – Level 7

This level is a change from the earlier levels of the dungeon – instead of a mix of creatures and dungeon denizens trying to get along, this is an evil temple with a surface exit, acolytes, clergy, and visiting representatives of a powerful creature who lives much lower in the dungeon.

The surface exit is important, in my opinion, when building a megadungeon. It allows the adventurers to skip the earlier levels when re-entering the dungeon in the future.

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Orien Raiding

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We have a new player run discord server dedicated to Orien raiding. If you’re on Orien server and are interested in running raids, feel free to join: https://discord.gg/PKDxEtg

The server is intended for everyone, no matter skill level. We have a calendar where anyone who wants to schedule a raid can create an event, and we are planning to do more learning runs.

Welcome!

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Switch Lite is Replacing the 3DS, That’s Actually Pretty Significant

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For about as long as Nintendo has been making home consoles, they’ve also always had a separate handheld system to accompany it. During the days of the NES, SNES, and N64, Nintendo fans also had the GameBoy (Original, Pocket, Color, etc). The Gamecube had the Gameboy Advance as a partner, the Wii had the DS, and the WII U was buddies with 3DS. This longstanding dynamic will change with the launch of the Nintendo Switch Lite though. For the very first time, Nintendo’s home system is going to have to stand on its own.


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Hori Wired Mini Gamepad – Review

That Green Dude

Mini-pad

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Hori is known for their gaming peripherals such as controllers, arcade (fight) sticks and steering wheels. I recently bought one of their products, the Hori wired mini gamepad and I thought this would be a good opportunity to do my first review of a gaming peripheral.

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Let’s start off by saying the most obvious thing, it’s smaller than the standard PS4 controller. If you remove the handles from the standard PS4 controller, what’s left if is roughly the same size of the mini gamepad. The wired mini gamepad is small but it still fits rather snugly into my hands and I have fairly big hands.

As stated in the title this is a wired gamepad so there is no need to recharge or change the batteries. The wire is a meter long so you have some decent length there. I like that the cable is longer as it means…

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Dungeoneer’s Survival Guide Perspective Map

Dyson's Dodecahedron

When I got a copy of the Dungeoneer’s Survival Guide some 33 years ago, it was a flood of information, rules I would consistently ignore, scraps about the underdark for the first time since the D series of adventures…

And a collection of pages at the back on drawing perspective-based maps. Not the isometric (axonometric) projections of Castle Ravenloft, but grids set at various perspectives and rotations along with instructions on photocopying and cutting them up, or tracing them in order to draw multi-tiered maps of some of the larger spaces in the underdark.

33 years later, I finally did it.

I ended up choosing a grid that looks a lot like an isometric projection instead of a perspective piece, and following the directions for tracing the grid for a section, then moving the grid and tracing the next section produces very… vertical separations between elevations.

Dungeoneer Survival Guide Projection 1 Dungeoneer Survival Guide Projection…

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