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Oct
08

Calm Before the Storm

In a tribute to GFW Radio: “Aaaand we’re back!”

With Novatech doing an unbelievably fast turn-around on laptop repair, things are back to normal.  That horrible feeling of having a missing limb by not being able to connect to the net is gone.  Plans are also in place to get a new podcast sorted ASAP, I’m just about to place an order on some mics, so there should be something to show very soon.

My pile of shame* (*may not be actual size)

Games updates have been, admittedly, slow.  I’ve spent the best part of the last month re-reading the Belgariad by David Eddings and savouring each morsel as if it were cake.  Damn fine cake. 

Yet, while there has been a drout of games being released, I’ve went back to my rather large pile of shame (i.e games I’ve bought but haven’t finished yet) to play when I’m not head down in a book.

First on the list is Orange Box.  I haven’t a clue why but I put off playing Half-life 2 and it’s episodes for an incredibly long time, which seems foolish now as these are some of the finest games I’ve ever played in my 18+ years of gaming.  Valve have every right to be proud of the amount of awards that the series has earned.  Taking them as a whole the entire thing feels varied and while there could be a risk of having the ‘jack of all trades master of none’ everything seems to be completely honed and polished meaning that nothing hinders the experience.  Puzzles and set pieces throughout are never overly complex or difficult but still seem challenging and incredibly satisfying when accomplished.  Especially at the ball bustingly awesome ending of Episode 2.

The only problem I can find with the it is once you’ve finished episode 2, marvelled at it’s ending and look back over the entire experience it dawns on you that you’ve got one hell of a wait ahead of you for the next one.

Seeing as there’s still some time before I become buried alive by new releases next up will be Call of Duty 4 and Burnout: Paradise (especially seeing as there’s the new bike updates) while playing some spore in between.  There’s probably some uni stuff I should be doing too but… yeah!

Mark

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I'm Mark Gibson & this is another one of my blogs where you're likely to find musings of daily life, gaming & just plain rambling.

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Flobots - Fight With Tools


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