It’s been a few days since I’ve posted. Sorry about that guys! I need to do a conglomoblog entry because there are just too many little things I want to say without needing to clutter the front page with a zillion short entries.
Rift: Planes of Telara Comic: “Telara Chronicles, Issue 1” comes with a beta Invite? Maybe.
Read very carefully guys. This was posted on the official forums by the community manager. I may just be reading into this, but let me bold the part that has me hesitant to start calling the book stores.
“If you pick up your copy of Issue 1 at a retailer, you will also receive your free copy of Issue 0 and a beta code for the chance to be in the upcoming beta (while supplies last)!”
Do you think it’s a guarantee or just a chance? If we take it at face value, it’s just a chance.
Nvidia’s New Sleek Driver Installer
I just wrote about how Steam was giving ATI customers the ability to install drivers with ease. I bemoaned the fact that Nvidia still left us needing to uninstall (in safe mode for the uber-elite) then reinstall new drivers in what is honestly not the easiest or most comfortable process. Well no more. Nvidia has a new sleek installer that will uninstall your old drivers if you choose. Graev just went through the process and not only are the beta 260.63 drivers giving him boosted performance in games like Civ5 but they have also fixed several bugs. Well done Nvidia.
It’s great fun! I’ve played two games so far and haven’t finished either of them. They go on FOREVER. I think I’ve been choosing maps that are too big or I just suck terribly at Civ games, because I can’t seem to ever see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve also never been able to win any other way than a conquest — or get close anyway.
The game did lose a little bit of its charm from Civ4. The advisers are not animated and it lost a lot of the cartoony look. It’s taken on a more serious turn but at the same time the gameplay itself is more fun. I like the streamlining. I really, really like the added tactical gameplay with ranged units attacking and using terrain to help add to the advantage. Definitely worth the purchase.
Michael Jackson the MMO (Link removed just to be on the safe side. It’s linked on all the major game news sites but a commenter has reported it unsafe.)
Final Fantasy XIV’s Launch is imminent
Did any of you bite the bullet and decide to get the game? If so, why? I’m not being snarky here — I want to know what it is about the game that made you decide to buy it at launch. Personally, I didn’t find anything appealing about the actual game. The screenshots look nice, but every time I see one I also wrongly attribute the feelings I get toward them as if it were a more traditional MMO and not one coming out of the Asian market with terrible controls and painfully slow gameplay. Is it your love for the franchise, Chocobos, or what?
Guild Wars 2 “Gaming Outside the Game“
It may come across gimmicky to some. Sounds gimmicky to me. However, not all of the “outside the game” game stuff is hokey or useless (like you have to admit this stuff has been lately). When DAOC was in its prime the use of the Herald was an awesome tool with practical application but also a neat thing to look at while at school, work, or simply not online. It’s the part about it being on mobile devices that I sort of shrug at… but putting it on the internet too is cool with me. I’m not a fan of the Auction House crap though like WoW does. Let’s leave that in the game. I’m hoping for something that will wow me. (Pun intended)