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2008 is dead, long live 2009

Posted in About Me, Gaming, and Podcasts

Well here it is, my post wrapping up 2008 and introducing 2009. It’s not going to be huge so don’t worry.

Ah  2008, now thankfully gone

On the work front it was a unusual year for me, my job of 9 years was off-shored and I re-joined the ranks of the unemployed a position I’d only ever been in for two months previously. I haven’t kept in contact with many from my previous place but happily I believe most found work elsewhere.

Omega Sektor – A very enjoyable Easter weekend was spent in the company of gamers and NCSoft staff. It was a tiring experience but with many-many highlights including  meeting gamers friends, winning the beer quiz, DTWT work , attending the talks by Melissa AKA WarWitch and witnessing Rockband with Rockjaw singing (100% on expert if my memory serves me right).

Podcasters – I had my eyes ears opened to the rather fantastic world of the podcasts over at VirginWorlds. Now I quite happily download and listen to ever show that’s added, regardless of the game. Rachy and I decide to sponser the LE podcast as it’s a fine show that continually has us laughing out loud. This one item has kept me from going crazy on the bus to and from work.

Facing 2009

So what is on my radar for 2009, lets have a look,

  • Planning our wedding, this task will be ongoing, reaching critical mass  around the end of May
  • Dawn of War 2, this is the revamped RTS set in the Warhammer 40k universe. I’ve enjoyed playing these titles over the last year or so and the newer version looks wonderful.
  • I’m looking forward to grabbing a drink with some of the new people we’ve talked to over the last few months
  • There is only one MMO I’m waiting for which is Jumpgate Evolution, thanks to those that attended the Euro-gamer expo and reported and filmed the game for us to drool over.
  • The Mission creator for City of Heroes/Villains is coming in 2009 and this item is one that will be high on my list of life changing events this year.

A light sprinkling of games over high ground (Current)

COD4 is still my FPS game of choice at the moment, although TF2 is fun it’s all too class limited. I may venture into COD5 in the next few months but the single player game isn’t appealing to me that much.
CoH/V remain my main focus at this time and until jumpgate appears on the sceen this is unlikely to alter much.
I’ve just re-installed LoTro but I’m unsure if I’ll re-sub again after January 20th. Will the lure of the crafting suck me in for another month?

So in closing thanks to all the wonderful people that I’ve gamed/nattered/teamed and generally interacted with in 2008, you certainly turned one frown into a smile.

Games and all things past

Posted in About Me, Gaming, and Websites

Well I hope you all had a great weekend and an enjoyable Halloween. Sadly we got no “trick or treaters” so the tub of sweets will likely sit in our kitchen until next year.

Due to my annoyingly awkward bus journey that is required for my trips to and from work my days shrink in hours to a point that full blogging takes a back seat to getting all my living done in the time allotted. I try and post on Twitter at least once a day so you can follow me on there if needed.

So first a quick round up of my activities since my last entry.

In other general “me” news I’ve taken on a interweb piece of work for a friend that I’ll clue you in on in the near future, but It’s quite exciting and different to my other projects.

I was luckly enough to have a wonderful 4 day weekend, yay for booking holidays. My reasons for this were to get some quality Halloween MMO celebrating done and I had another goal that I sadly didn’t manage to achieve in the time which was to read Mr Gaimans’ recently published Graveyard Book.

Thursday : We out in the morning and some lengthy gaming sessions in various titles, in fact i think i swapped about every few hours lol.

Friday Halloween : Rach and I spent some brief periods of the day in GW, entertaining the Mad Thorn King in Kamadam and Lions Arch in exchange for goodie bags and a hat costume piece. I must admit that I really enjoy the that each game has for different events during the year.

Saturday : It was a bright sunny day, but the wind was bitterly cold, a fact that we found out on a trip into Abergavenny. Taking a lot of wilpower I visited and departed from Waterstone with only 2 new graphic novels hehe. A new Game store has opened there, which is highly dangerous.

Sunday : A lazy day to start with as my long weekend was finally winding down. Taking a leaf from Van Hemlocks book, I’ve convinved Dok to re-enter Guild Wars joining myself and Rach on her first run through the Nightfall Campaign. Last night we focused on some of the first missions in Korma. Although this was old ground for Dok, but he was happy to use it as a refresher course before we continue on to the high missions.

In other gamey news:

I was immensely jealous of the folks that attented the EuroGamer Expo and got to try out Jumpgate:Evolution (a nice video over at the LimitedEdition blog and nice write up over at Van Hemlocks blog. This is the only new mmo that I’m even remotely interested in at the present time and i have to admit it look rather wonderful. I’ve So far resisted the urge to purchase Warhammer Online despite the fact that my clanmates from KhaosClan appear to be doing rather nicely and with high attendance each night.

I’ve finally completed Warhammer 40k – Dawn of War:Soul Storm, this weekend. I must admit it was highly enjoyable and there was some pretty tough challenges. I’d recently read a a comment about the graphics in the lastest expansion being very dated and old looking.

Admittedly the GFX are a little dated but in all honestly the game play really does make up for a slightly older graphics engine in the background.

Again and again, it comes down the old fact that I prefer a decent storyline with older graphics over highly detailed graphics with a short game.

Much Ado

Posted in About Me, Film & TV, and Gaming

Rach got a Guild Wars account so after setting that up we teamed up and played through the start of NightFall to get some levels under our belts, I rolled a new character for the occasion a rather nice Elementalist/Paragon.

Dok was off work last weekend so we got down to some film watching on Saturday evening, with the feature films being Wanted, Hulk and since we were on a comic themed roll X-men.

Wanted was rather better than I had expected, I haven’t read any related material before so I can’t comment on how true to original story line it is. The film was nicely captivating and it didn’t leave much time for clock watching. I quite like the fact that Jolie was rarely the centre of camera attention, a rather nice change I thought.

The Hulk was quite enjoyable with Ed Norton delivering so great acting, the film is quite fast moving and housed a vast selection of battle scenes. All that aside the storyline/plot was still clear and didn’t get too lost. Very enjoyable and sets up nicely for future films to.

Monday seen the release of Ironman on DVD, Dok and myself went to the cinema to watch this, even tho I had seen the film recently it was a pleasure to watch again, definately one to see if you get the chance.

Remember to watch to the end of the credits of both the Marvel films 😉

So as for the rest of things, everything ticks over rather nicely. I’m still adjusting to having daylight in the mornings, even if it is for the next couple of weeks only.

This and that

Posted in About Me, and Websites

Well I’ve not really had much time to update my blog sadly, Additionally i’ve struggled for things to post if i’m being honest. I really need to note down topics as I see them.

I’m still about on twitter and you can also find my information on friendfeed now too.

I also signed up to GamerDNA, which is like a social networking for gaming type people, not too much there to be honest good idea tho,not sure how long I’ll remember to keep an eye on it.

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