Once upon a time I made a blog about video games. And this is what's left of it (mostly tweets).

1 February 2016

I didn’t expect Battlefield 4’s campaign to be good, but I didn’t think it could be so frustrating and boring.

Battlefield 4 manages to make me hate Michael Kenneth Williams.

2 February

Belatedly finishing up Sunset (it works much better in Windows of course) and it’s painful to me how unprofessional the game wants

me to be.

I think I like Star Citizen’s flight model much better than Elite’s but it’s hard to tell at 5fps. And the gamepad controls are… unpleasant.

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer

That was very nice, until they misused BB-8’s lighter #itsamiddlefinger

The Long Dark is beautiful but I’ll never understand why people want to play survival games. Is your own life too easy for you?

Forza Horizon was already my favorite driving game franchise, but the Mediterranean coast adds such a lovely nostalgic tint to it for me.

4 February

The unexpected good side of Battlefield 4′s dreadful campaign is that it’s made me want to get back into MGSV.

6 February

RT @LevelTwoRogue: Might just get American Truck Simulator and go full Duel on the first car to mildly inconvenience me.

8 February

9 February

Aw. GameTrailers’ video reviews were the best.

RT @jasonschreier: Ahh, so here’s why Amazon spent so much money on CryEngine: [gamasutra.com] (As I reported last year: [kotaku.com])

10 February

RT @DianePatterson: Amazon knows something we don’t.

Read Clause 57.10 

[aws.amazon.com]

11 February

Well that’s annoying. I think I might like Driveclub’s new “hardcore” handling model better than Forza’s — for which I just bought the Xbox.

Thankfully Forza Horizon on the other hand is still unequaled in almost every respect.

Driveclub also has time-trial lobbies, which are a godsend. (But hardcore and regular players don’t appear to be segregated — for now?)

12 February

Replaying Driveclub then going back to the Xbox made me realize how much better the PS4’s pad is, regarding stick and trigger resistance.

It’s one thing to see videos, and another to play it: the visuals of Rise of the Tomb Raider are incredible.

One 9GB patch later, I’m in the mood for another game instead. (Thankfully that one only needs a 750MB update.) The future sucks sometimes.

13 February

It’s a little thing that makes all the difference — I like spending time in AC:Syndicate because the characters are fucking human.

I also enjoy the new combat, and the visuals are prettier (less drab) than Unity’s. But traversal is still a huge pain.

Oh, and I’m not a fan at all of every item and enemy displaying a level number because the game was developed during the Destiny era.

14 February

The Xbox One has Elite and Forza Horizon; if Microsoft announced an upcoming VR headset I’d seriously consider skipping Playstation VR.

16 February

17 February

18 February

I keep forgetting how much Forza Motorsport’s gamepad steering annoys me. It’s so weird that I don’t have the same issue with Horizon.

And because I’m an idiot, instead of calling it quits I’m now looking at how tolerable a cheap force-feedback-less steering wheel could be.

Dear MMOs: Making users type their password at every login encourages unsafe passwords. Just save the password and add a PIN code at login.

First ten minutes with The Division: as expected, it’ss beautiful and I wish I didn’t have to experience it as a loot-based RPG.

Because 1) it kills immersion and 2) comparing, equipping, modding items is fun with a mouse and a pain in the ass on a gamepad.

RT @VG_Dave: Ubisoft carved a PS4 out of stone because Far Cry Primal [pic.twitter.com]

19 February

This exact screen at the beginning of every game, please #TheDivision

Do we all agree that The Division’s inventory management interface is a pain, or are we going with “it could have been worse”?

20 February

Admit it: it would be cool to climb towers and unlock parts of the map in The Division.

Exploring The Division’s Dark Zone by yourself certainly feels appropriately apocalyptic.

21 February

Listening to a professional Twitch streamer answer repetitive stupid questions about the game from the audience is excruciating.

Anyway, watching Twitch grind The Division confirms it’s not for me. I bet I’d have enjoyed its earlier, non-Destiny iteration.

Went to have one last look at New York, selected “Close Application” because the game failed to reconnect, and… it disappeared from my PS4.

I can’t be certain that I didn’t accidentally / unconsciously select “Delete” instead, because I think the confirmation prompts look the same.

I extracted more loot \o/ I need to stop playing before I’m completely addicted.

RT @ben_throop: When you consider cost for VR, think about what you spend on airfare. That’s what you are already willing to pay to go somewhere. Once.

Twitching from PS4: wrong title in the tweet, correct title and game in the Dashboard, wrong title and game in the archived video.

And there seem to be complaints about that bug on the internet as far back as the introduction of the feature, FFS.

The kicker being that if you edit it all in the Dashboard before going online, the PS4 will still manage to resurrect the previous info.

22 February

Three days later I find out on Twitch that there is fast travel in The Division.

You don’t turn your nose on and off; wouldn’t it be more logical and interesting for FC:Primal’s smell-o-vision to be a permanent overlay?

Depict the prey’s scent realistically (fainter and more dispersed the older it is) instead of a GPS path and you get a fun tracking game.

23 February

24 February

25 February

Factorio seems so amazing, and its controls are so incredibly busted
Zero internal consistency to what a right vs. left click means, or to modifier keys, so you keep pressing the wrong button.

28 February

Fallout 4 is quite beautiful when there are no humans on screen.

I’m now compulsively cleaning out Sanctuary even though I don’t even really like the game. Argh.

29 February

As Candy Crush clones go, the new Futurama game for iOS is distinctly not awful.

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