Extra Life Stream: Left 4 Dead 2 (Part 2)

23 11 2014

Class Role Call or Why I Play a Healer

25 07 2014

I’ve been playing Online RPG’s a good portion of my life. I started with Ragnarok Online and eventually moved around to many different games over the years. For a long time, my preferred class choice has always been the healer and support classes (I will be using these terms interchangeably) and many times when discussing these games with people I get asked why I like to play such a “boring” class.

45f2d60e26b097e9006dcf46276c0a54To me, a support class is far from boring. While DPS (Damage Per Second) classes are much stronger in solo play, support classes have always shined in any sort of party play, such as dungeons or raids. In fact, the combination of a Tank class and a Support class is normally the lynchpin of an entire raiding party. Both of these classes are so vitally important that if one of them dies or fails to play their role effectively, the entire party falls apart. This is the reason that healers and tanks will always take the most flak during dungeon runs, a crappy DPS is rarely noticable until higher level play while a crappy tank or healer has an immediate effect on gameplay.

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An Update on Things

15 03 2014

Things are moving along, just slowly.

I’ve loaded up 5 new articles to the blog that will be posted over the next few Mondays and Wednesdays. I’ll be loading up some new “Anime Screenshot of the Week” posts to be updated over the next few Fridays as well. I plan to have enough content to last until Friday, April 4th, which is when I return from my trip and can start on some new content.

I leave on a trip to Japan on March 24th. I’ll be taking photos while I’m there and plan on a few articles when I return. I’ll also be finally moving the blog over to Dreamhost when I get back as well.

I’ve been having trouble keeping a regular schedule with updates, so I’m going to try and limit myself to three posts per week. One of these will be the weekly screenshot, the others will be articles, be it Top 5’s, Reviews, First Impressions, or lists. I would like to continue MMOverdrive as well, although that may be going to Sl33k depending on various things.

Just wanted to leave an update of where I’m at with everything as real life circumstances have pushed back a lot of my update plans.

Blog Overhaul: Coming Soon

6 11 2013

I know its been a while since I’ve made a post here. Most of my gaming related updates have been going to Sl33k Studios.

The main thing I want to touch on with this post is the upcoming update of the blog and streamlining of the posts and information.  First of all, the blog will be moving to a new host. I’ll still be using WordPress, but I’ll be using it on my own hosting as opposed to hosted on the wordpress site. Their addition of random ads was the nail in the coffin for that decision. With this will come a new domain name, while I will make a post here redirecting it once the move is complete.

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Games, Sports, & Semantics

14 07 2013

Many of you may have heard by now that the United States government has decided that League of Legends players can be deemed “pro athletes” for the purpose of obtaining travel VISAs to play in events. What you may not have seen is the fallout that has been pouring in to every comment section where this has been announced. Just one small example is the recent post on Did You Know Gaming’s Facebook page.

Seriously, go look at it. I’ll wait.

Basically this has turned into a full on flame war between the “Yay! All I do is play games and now I’m an athlete! Take that high school gym teacher!” and the “SPORTS ARE ONLY THINGS THAT REQUIRE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, WHAT IS THIS SACRILEGE?!” crowds. With how polarizing the gaming community is nowadays, especially with the introduction of the “casual gamers” into mainstream gaming, this really shouldn’t be surprising.

Missing-the-PointThe big problem here is everyone is completely missing the point.

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Dark Matter: A Reboot

9 08 2012

There comes a point in time with any project where you need to step back and reassess your goals. What is your endgame?, how are you getting there?, ect. And in some cases, this can take you in a very different direction than you originally started in.

Some people reading this will know what Dark Matter is. Back in 2003, I started a small forum that would evolve into my brainchild, a website dedicated to indie game design. Over the years the site went through many redesigns, five in total, and I gained many coworkers in this project; Kaede, Ace, Todd, and Xion. But slowly, the site was slipping away from its original focus. We wanted to talk about games and media rather than make games, and our forums had become a vast archive of ideas and creativity. But the problem is when you no longer have an interest in what you’re supposed to be working on, the whole thing kind of falls apart. And so DM fell into limbo.

Recently, the Admins of DM decided it was not only time to redesign the site, but to redetermine our focus. We are writers, creators, and critics. And so a new direction was decided for DM, a reboot of its core focus. And with this comes not only a new focus, but a new name. While we as a group will still go by Dark Matter Group as a collective for our projects, the mainsite will be known as Uberproof going forward. This rebranding is a way for us to start fresh.

It’s been a long trip for sure since the beginning of Dark Matter, but we hope our new site, when finished, will be something that will really entertain and be a tool for those looking for honest reviews and information on video games, movies, and anime.

To those of you who have been apart of the various incarnations of DM over the years, both staff and users, thank you. We could not have reached this point without you, and its you who have kept me working on the project over the last 10 years.

(The Uberproof forums are currently up and running at: http://dmatter.org/forums)

Corporations Shut Down Megaupload

19 01 2012

Welcome to SOPA: stage 1. This is the kind of thing that will be happening on a daily basis if SOPA and PIPA pass. Megaupload, one of the biggest free file hosting sites on the internet has been taken down by the FBI and is being sued by the MPAA and RIAA. And Megaupload isn’t even a US site. So look out world, the USA appears to have jurisdiction on you regardless of where you are in the world.

Here’s the full story if anyone wants to read it: http://www.digitalspy.ca/tech/news/a361102/megaupload-shut-down-by-us-officials.html

Sounds to me like the MPAA and RIAA were threatened by the blackout. We may be many different, insignificant individuals, but we are one internet. And one internet is far stronger than they realize.

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