Sunday Swatch

Come in and seek some mental shelter from the word with my picks from this week’s writing on games.

This piece outlines the importance of preserving the history of video games and the lengths these historians must go to to do so. It’s something we may not always consider but new emerging technology does makes old game systems obsolete, and threatens their survival as historical artefacts. After all, who would keep old CDs of games on purpose when conducting a spring clean?

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Throwback Thursday: Monkey Island

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Offt, it’s been a wee while since I’ve put one of these up…sorry! Yesterday I was checking out the free games given out every month by PS Plus, and to my delight January’s game is Day of the Tentacle. I missed this point and click adventure game the first time around, but I adored Lucas Art’s other adventure franchise, Monkey Island. If you have PS Plus I recommend you play the free remaster of Day of the Tentacle, whether you played it first time or not. It’s not too long (you can complete it in one sitting) and it’s a fantastic game.

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Fallout and How War Always Changes

Fallout is fond of the soundbite “war never changes”, using it as something of a catchphrase for the franchise. But to what extent is this true? And how far is this just an empty phrase, a rhetoric device to make a game full of meaningless violence seem deep.

I will be upfront – I have a problem with Fallout. I don’t exactly know what that problem is. I have logged a good amount of hours in New Vegas and found it alright, but I haven’t picked it up in a while. I do prefer it to its sequel Fallout 4, a game that I’m wrestling with at the moment. I think this is my third attempt to get into the title, and while I’m making more progress that I have previously, I am aware of the enormous distance that exists between me and the game. Like I said I’m unsure why I’m not connecting with this series when everyone around me is replaying it for the hundredth time. This has caused me to scrutinise Fallout perhaps more keenly than I usually would in an attempt to discover the source of my discontent. So while I don’t think that negates any of my criticisms of the game, I do think it should signal to die hards that I’m not on the same hype train as you.

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Sunday Swatch

I skipped out on last week’s Swatch because I didn’t read much that caught my eye. So, sod’s law, I read and watched hunners of things that were fantastic this week. So forgive me if this week is a bit long, and consider it an apology for last week’s.

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Level 1 RPG Player: Dungeon World

Tabletop RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons are becoming cool these days, or at least they’re being viewed as more acceptable and less niche that they once were. I’ve been listening to The Adventure Zone almost non-stop for the last month, and it’s shown me a side to D&D I didn’t think existed. The McElroys make tabletop gaming humorous, irreverent, and most importantly fun. So with this is mind I decided I wanted to try my hand at roll playing games.

Lacking enough irl friends willing to play with me, I turned to Roll20, a website that allows tabletop games to be played online easily with others. Pretty quickly I managed to find a newbie friendly game of Dungeon World, which we played over 3 1/2 hours yesterday.

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Monday Swatch

Being off work for these last few weeks has meant that I’ve lost all meaning of time. I thought today was Sunday and have only just released my mistake. So not only is Sunday Swatch late, but I have to be back at work one day earlier than I though. Feelsbadman.

In this Monday Swatch I’ve collected so of the best end of year wrap ups. While that might be kind of lazy, let’s be real – that’s pretty much what all publications have been putting out over December so whatever.

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