Guiding an Interest in Gaming

One of the things I always seem to see a lot within comments and reddit’s and wherever people are talking about games is how to introduce someone to gaming. It’s a conversation that keeps getting circulated, often with a bunch of examples given out and then left at that. I have never really thought about that question myself as it isn’t something I’ve ever done. It is more something that has come across as the continued fetishising of gaming girls, that weird allusive creature. Or maybe it’s the interest to mold people in their own interests, or just gain a greater sense of legitimacy as a medium. Whatever the reason I didn’t care, I love gaming but it’s not something I would ever assimilate people towards as it seems mostly futile.

Lately though it has been something that I’ve had to think about. One of my friends at work expressed an interest but of course had no idea where to start. I mean, for someone that has never tried games nor has any knowledge of what they would actually like makes it rather hard.

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New Vid – Darkest Dungeon Run

An overview of the main mechanics and a quick dungeon run in Darkest Dungeon

Couch Podtatoes Episode 33: Part Two, Politics

Me Vs. Myself and I

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This is part two of our previous week’s discussion, this time we answer similar questions about gaming when looking through a political lens. The first ten minutes or so devolves into us just talking politics, so you can skip that if you wish, but if you are unfamiliar with political leanings outside of your own country, it might be insightful. Overall this show is basically a repeat of the last, while swapping topics, but that isn’t to say it wasn’t an interesting discussion! Roger and Jaedia helped us fill out the discussion once again. Take a listen and enjoy!

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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 33: Part Two, Politics (runtime: 44:06)

Discussion: Political Debate (starts at 0:00)

Host Contact information:

Izlain
Blog: Me vs. Myself and I
Twitter:@mevsmyselfandi

J3w3l
Blog: Healing The Masses
Twitter: @ausj3w3l

Guest Contact information:

Jaedia
Blog: Dragons and Whimsy
Twitter: @jaedia

Roger
Blog: Contains Moderate Peril
Twitter: @moderateperil

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Couch Podtatoes Episode 32: Religion in Gaming

When there’s something strange, in your gaming hood. WHo ya gonna call POD-TATOOOOOOOOOOEEEEEEEEE

Me Vs. Myself and I

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Welcome back for another episode of Couch Podtatoes! This week we lured Jaedia and Roger back to the show to help us tackle a controversial issue. The topic at hand is Religion in Gaming, and/or how Religion can affect games. It’s the standard guest format once again, where we talk about what we’ve been playing and then dive into the discussion. We present our religious affiliations and then I ask some important questions of the group, giving my own feedback as well. I think it was done in a way that won’t offend anyone, but I was unable to get any diehard religious folk to take part in the show, so it may be a little one sided. You be the judge. Enjoy the show.

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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 32: Religion in Gaming (runtime: 55:19)

What are we playing? (starts at 1:55)
Discussion: Religion Debate (starts at 7:58)

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Purpose Within Permadeath

I have no idea why Permadeath holds such a fascination with me but it is always something that keeps me playing and engaged with a game. Recently I’ve been playing quite a few games with permadeath features or permadeath as their core mechanic and it is because of this that I’ve played them so much.

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Couch Podtatoes Episode 31: Community Content

PODTATO TIME .. adbsent this week unfortunately so yeh, the magic was gone. KIDDING and izzy was joined by the amazing Chris From Wolfy’s Eyes

Me Vs. Myself and I

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I took to Twitter earlier in the week and asked for a volunteer to come onto the show. The idea was that instead of just having a guest on the show for a pre-planned topic, we would instead let the guest pick our brains and come up with their own topic, and just roll with it. An organic conversation full of interesting ums and ahs should follow, right? The person who took up the call was none other than Chris, from the blog Through Wolfy’s Eyes, whom we’ve spotlighted a time or two in the past. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts to accommodate time frames, Eri had a scheduling conflict so she was unable to make show time, so I’m happy to present the “Sausage Fest Edition” of Couch Podtatoes. I won’t spoil any further surprises, so dive right in, when you’re ready.

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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 31: Community Content…

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Farewell Massively

Well, it seems those rumours floating around during the week of Jostiq’s eventually demise were in fact true. The whole chain of sites within the joystiq realm including Massively are to be shuttered in the coming weeks. Quite a few larger sites have now picked up the news so it seems to be legitamate and not the next step in the lizard crews plans for world domination.

I’m actually incredibly saddened by this, more so than i thought i would be after first hearing the rumours. It’s been a great resource for mmo news, opinions and rant material for a long time now. But it is more than that, its been a daily morning habit; make my tea, check the emails and downloads and then browse massively. It’s been an easy time waster when bored.

I feel for the people working there as, i dont know, the relationship feels a bit more personal than the usual news cycle sites. Over the years of reading you tend to get a good sense of the personalities and interests of those writing there. We have many differences in opinions too, differences I’ve ranted against but there is so much there that champions for the games i want to play. However i think it was mostly just their infectious love of mmo gaming that I’ll miss most.

I wonder where that leaves the industry now too. Are mmos truly dead now because that’s how I’m feeling. Yes there are a few other larger mmo sites but Massively seemed to be the biggest by far and the spot for interviews, thoughts and just general talk about this medium. It’s been a place that has constantly brought people together for the love (and hate) of many mmo’s and enticed new blood into the MMO cult.

Well, at least they still have the Massively yaught i guess, just sail it into international waters first… Archeage IRL WOOOOOOO….

Also…am totes in for a patreon campaign. And i used the word totes, thats when you know it’s serious.

Couch Podtatoes Episode 29: Gender Identity

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER REBLOG BECAUSE LAZZZZZZZZZZYYYYYYY

Me Vs. Myself and I

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As I said last week, we did a longer recording session, so here’s the latter half of that, which is Doone’s Digital Frontier in its entirety. It’s a fun discussion based on his post that you can read over here. Basically we talk about how we identify ourselves in games, how gender effects people’s viewpoints of others while playing together, and a bunch of other subtopics that meld into the complete package. Did that sound official enough? Okay, good. I’m done here. Enjoy the show!

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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 29: Gender Identity (runtime: 48:22)

Doone’s Digital Frontier: Gender Identity (starts at 0:00)

Host Contact information:

Izlain
Blog: Me vs. Myself and I
Twitter:@mevsmyselfandi

J3w3l
Blog: Healing The Masses
Twitter: @ausj3w3l

Doone
Blog: XP Chronicles
Twitter: @trredskies

Music Credits:
“Level Up” by Cookie Monsta (from the Riot! EP)
“When They Drop” by Datsik (from the album Down 4 My Ninjas)

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Crafting Changes for Firefall

I haven’t been watching Firefall’s progress for a while now. I fell out of love with my fps open world just after its apparent release and have never been back. I have had the urge now and then but not enough to actually play.

Recently I’ve found out that, one of the backhanded comments in my last review of the title might be more apt than I thought. I said that this was just another beta phase for Firefall and right now it looks like they are going to be overhauling the whole crafting system once more. Yep, it was and is reviled enough to see further development.

They have employed a new developer to take charge in the area and I believe they have been working on it in silent for a month now with more information coming when the details are finalised.

It is funny but I only became aware of this after getting a pingback from an old crafting post and went to check out why. Sure enough the new crafting lead was introducing himself on the forums, outlining the ideas and position he was coming from and also asking for input from the community.

The post ended up having some great discussion about Firefalls current and previous systems and what people liked as well as crafting within mmo’s in general. Mostly a rather interesting discussion and good to see just how active the community still is.

It kind of makes me once again excited to see where the title progresses once more. Sounds like thumping and that sort of exploratory gameplay will have a resurgence and general crafting being more useful. Of course, I wonder how and when this will occur, whether there will be changes afterwards or when the hell their finances are going to run out because they’ve certainly burnt a lot of cash during these many reworks.

Firefall… The little mmo that could, maybe, possibly be good

Project-Zomboid

GAME GIVEAWAY – Project Zomboid

Well, the early access of H1Z1 is fast approaching and I thought to do something special for this momentous occasion, by basically saying “SCREW THAT NOISE” so who’s with me… EH.. EH. Who needs another Alpha zombie survival sandbox for now. Sure it might end up an interesting experience eventually but in it’s current state and the usual cycle of development I don’t see that happening within this year.

So instead of playing that why not another interesting, complex and incredibly deep zombie sandbox called PROJECT ZOMBOID. Come on, it has everything you’ve been looking for in an apocalypse simulator. Large hand crafted world populated with a variety of areas to explore and things to scavenge. In depth personal needs ad psychology affected by your actions and environment. Personal Progress with a number of skills that improve through use. Huge breadth of food items to eat and cook. Components to craft with in a number of ways. Building mechanics to make your personal fortress. Fishing, Farming, Foraging, trapping, it’s own radio station being built inside. An active modding system with popular ones being integrated within the game. Multi-player and open server support. And of course a range of options for the game world, zombie style and your personal character to make the game you want to play.

Seriously, all the other zombie apocalypse games out there wish they were this developed. It’s the one you’ve been waiting for.

Get your own Cabin in the woods

Get your own Cabin in the woods

Don’t believe me well… I’m giving away 4 copies in the comments below. Just tell me a little about your own hypothetical apocalypse plans. The one that amuses me the most will get the first copy and the rest will go into a random draw for the others. Winners will be announce on Sunday… that’s my Sunday.. AUS Sunday… the land from the future.

Happy Hunting