Los Cheevos Hermanos: Forgettable Journeys, Forgettable Riots

Los Cheevos Hermanos: Forgettable Journeys, Forgettable Riots

Ian: I wanted to hit Wetlands after Westfall, to be honest. It’s a zone which I knew had been reworked somewhat and it was always a favorite. The problem with the Wetlands is that it’s now the same level as Duskwood, a zone which has long been considered one of the best examples of what WoW’s narrative capabilities (inasmuch as WoW has narrative capabilities worth contemplating favorably) can do. It was my favorite zone in the original game, one whose absence bothered me when I went Horde all those years ago. Before that, though, Peter began to yammer on about Shadowfang Keep, an instance of slightly higher level requirements than the completed Deadmines. The minor problem involved was that we’d set down rules about how we did dungeons and one of the main ones was that we queued from the entrance. Shadowfang is situated way to the north of where we were, with no flight paths and no friendly quest hubs nearby to shorten the journey. The idea to hit Shadowfang Keep was made on a night on which we were a little short on time, so I was in favor of skipping it for the time being; dungeons tend to be relevant content for about ten levels after they become available, so I was in no rush. Peter, however, decided that it was queue as soon as you can or not at all. Being the magnanimous, awesome fellow I am, I relented and decided to join him on the trek to Silverpine Forest and its resident dungeon. It was his punctured memories at stake, not mine. Peter: I...
Fiona + Toby 4Eva: A Harvest Moon Love Story

Fiona + Toby 4Eva: A Harvest Moon Love Story

<!– P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } –> Harvest Moon: Animal Parade is one in a series of farm sim games. You run a virtual farm with livestock and crops, you can supplement your harvest with fishing and mining, and you can make friends and develop a romantic attachment. It’s just like real farm life except with no dangerous chemicals and none of your animals ever get taken down by coyotes. My avatar, Fiona, moved to the island of Castanet…why? I assume to escape some sort of terrible home life. Upon moving there, the Mayor of nearby Harmonica Town just handed over an abandoned farm, complete with house, barn, chicken coop and field. It was probably the site of a horrific family slaying, hence its abandoned status, but the Mayor certainly wasn’t going to tell Fiona that. <!– P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } –> Time marched on, and Fiona acquired poultry, livestock, more fields and some friends. Her friendship levels with every freaking thing in the game- from villagers to her animals to random wild animals that show no fear of humans and thus will probably soon be hunted to extinction- were meticulously recorded on a graph with a bunch of little hearts. She could make more friends the old-fashioned way: by giving them stuff. Fish, flowers, food, stuff she cooked…people just wanted stuff, and Fiona was pathetically happy to feed their materialism in the interest of gaining their friendship. After a while though, she was no longer content with just having friends. Fiona had been working this damned farm for a year and a half. The farm was expanding-...

Los Cheevos Hermanos: Stormwind COINTELPRO Agents

Peter: Ian and I finally got to quest together when we met up in Westfall. First I had to figure out how to manage the boats which journey into and out of Stormwind, and then I had to find my way through the city itself. Stormwind is pretty sweet, and I’d never really seen it except for once many years ago when I raided it with some other Horde players. At that time, I mostly just remember a mad rush into the place and then pure chaos. This time I got to look around. When I got to the border of Westfall I met up with my new companion Boggins. He was very grey. Then things got weird. I had to talk to “transients” who were loitering around in someone else’s farmland. Unless I gave them money, they beat me up. I gave in and handed over the copper so they would play nice, but wondered if I was in some sort of simulation designed to train future neighborhood watchmen. Things continued to become more and more uncomfortable. I was spared a lot of the details because I don’t read my quest text, so I’m sure Ian can tell you more, but I’m pretty sure I ended the zone by fighting against a socialist cell of anti-war protestors. Oh, I also got to take part in my first vehicle quest. I’m not a huge fan of Blizzard’s vehicle quests, but this one was particularly bad. I jumped inside of a mechanical scarecrow of some sort and pushed two buttons while I killed other mechanical scarecrows. Maybe I should have...
Los Cheevos Hermanos: The Startening

Los Cheevos Hermanos: The Startening

My brother and I always have the best ideas. For example, this most recent one. Let’s hop on a ten year old MMO and make new characters together. But let’s do it like we’re completely fresh. No gold given to our new characters. No gear hand me downs. No guild but the two of us. Let’s also do it on the faction neither of us had played since said MMO launched their major leveling content reboot. That’s how we ended up on an underpopulated World of Warcraft RP server, playing Alliance characters with barely 1 gold between us, I on my fierce dwarf warrior (Boggins) and he on his really dumb looking wargen druid (Mathenwulf). I have a sneaking suspicion that there’s not been a truly new WoW player in at least five years, maybe longer. It’s a game that’s almost certainly buoyed by alts and recycled players, with server transfers acting in lieu of or as supplements to rerolls. Cataclysm, WoW’s third expansion, was all about redoing the low level content. Leveling curves were smoothed, content made more streamlined, and everything was made more tightly tied to WoW’s story. So, in addition to the merry adventures of our guild of two, I’m legitimately curious if the game has been tuned for the theoretical new player. I want to see if you can come in from ground level and do well, not just muddle through. These are our ground rules: No outside gold or items. Everything has to be gotten legit. Mounts are the only thing which don’t count, since those are account wide. No guild for support other than...
AnaKhouri Plays: Resident Evil 4

AnaKhouri Plays: Resident Evil 4

For Mother’s Day this year my husband got me Resident Evil 4. And some oriental lilies. But this post is about the game. I suck at video games. I really do. But Resident Evil 4 is pretty fun so far, so I decided to walk our readers through the game as I play it. It’s like vicariously playing the game as if you really suck at it. Here goes. This game takes place several years after Raccoon City got nuked because it was overrun with zombies and shit. The Umbrella Corporation has supposedly gone down the tubes. You play as Leon S. Kennedy, who doesn’t look a day older than he did in the first game. Seems the president’s daughter went on holiday in Spain and was kidnapped by some crazy cult, so it’s your job to get her back (though I fear I might regret saving her, because her picture on the DVD case even looks annoying. Leon better get laid for this.) <!– P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } –> The game starts with a cutscene of Leon driving through gloomy Spanish forest with two snarky policia who talk to each other in Spanish a lot, obviously making clever, cutting comments about Leon- probably about his hair, which, to be honest, is kind of ridiculously emo looking. They halt long enough for one of the cops to take a piss (with sinister music in the background!) and then they stop at this rickety little shack. The policia stay in their safe truck while Leon (you!) goes into the house, without even knocking (I mean, you’re not given the...
El-Cheapo Wargame Alert

El-Cheapo Wargame Alert

Achtung Panzer: Operation Star can be had for as little as $1 through Indiegamestand.com. Haven’t played it yet…but the previous game, Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 is one of the better WWII wargames of the last couple of years. Review: http://www.wargamer.com/article/3181/pc-game-review-achtung-panzer-operation-starGameplay Video: Achtung Panzer: Operation Star – “Tigers in the Snow” #gandg Embedded Link Achtung Panzer: Operation Star on sale at IndieGameStand Achtung Panzer: Operation Star is a sequel to Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943. It’s an Eastern Front wargame with solid graphics and sprawling battlefields that really emphasize the scope of WWII tank...