I have now now been using my new phone for a week and thought I would talk a bit about some of my impressions this morning. Firstly I feel like I need to explain my decision process a bit and how I ended up with a non-AAA manufacturer phone. For some time I have balked at the price of cell phones. Yes I am old enough to remember a time when you just walked into the cellular carrier and they gave you whatever phone you wanted along with your one year contract. After a point that became a two year contract, and eventually a discounted rate on the phone… and now they just charge you a monthly fee as part of a rent to own style scheme to dilute the cost of your insanely expensive hardware. I’ve not swapped phones nearly as often as the manufacturers would really like me to… my first “smartphone” being a Samsung Blackjack 2 which upgraded into an iPhone 3gs which caused me to venture into android land… where I … [Read more...] about Week with Axon
Android 2 2 update
Strategy RPG Master of Eternity has released Part 2 of the Rebellion update, bringing with it the game’s 12th chapter. The update which players can download right now for iOS and Android, focuses on galactic warfare between rival bands of eccentric Pixies. Master of Eternity explores a vast war-torn universe plagued by an interstellar war. Powerful Pixies command unique and formidable mecha suits to fight rivals, foes and even friends on the battlefield. Players develop special in-game tactics and engage in intense real-time battle for ultimate control of the M.O.E. galaxy. The Rebellion update boasts several new action-packed gameplay features, challenges and events, including: Rebellion Storyline – The intense Temple 12 challenges and Part 2 of the dramatic Chapter 12 await only the most daring players; Fierce Rebellion Suits – Suit up or shut up in one of four new mecha suits built with Rebellion Technology, such as the Assault (Clotho), Support (Lachesis), … [Read more...] about Suit Up For Intense Mecha Combat In Master of Eternity Rebellion Update
I’ve been a bit frustrated with Niantic lately. I love some of its ideas, but I watched someone else play Ingress prior to Pokemon GO’s release, and I noticed very similar problems between the two games after release — problems that the company should have noticed and corrected in its followup. Recently I decided to try out the former. Both are totally unintuitive. You have to search the UI for the tutorials, though Ingress’ can be accessed only near objectives. You’re asked to join a faction sooner there than in PoGO and with no context beyond 2-3 sentences. The game throws jargon with little to no context at you throughout the tutorial, making it difficult to follow. I walked around, clicking things and used items that I don’t fully understand, not because I’m too lazy to read but because I wanted to understand a game without consulting google. I saw portals get taken without anyone around me as I stood … [Read more...] about The Soapbox: Why is Pokemon GO still a tech demo?
Welcome to The Survivalist! Ya’ll might have noticed that I have gravitated a bit from my happy home of deep, immersive virtual worlds (possible due to the lack of them!) and have been tinkering about and enjoying time in various survival games. This isn’t as odd as you might think! One thing I love about sandbox worlds is the ability for your actions to matter in terms of shaping the world and carving out your place in it. Survival games have been allowing me just that with opportunities to build the world, from the society on it to structures in it to the even the physical world itself. And decisions definitely matter, bringing satisfaction and reward or disappointment and destruction. I’m not alone in this appreciation of the survival genre, either. Many MMO gamers have joined mainstreamers by flocking to it lately as seen by the explosion of the available games. Those of you not on board yet might be wonder just what is so alluring about a genre that has … [Read more...] about The Survivalist: Massively OP’s guide to multiplayer survival sandboxes
If you play Guild Wars 2, World of Tanks, EVE Online, or World of Warcraft in Russia, you may find that access to these titles has become spotty or non-existent as of late. This is due to the Russian government cracking down on the Telegram messenger app, which came under fire for essentially allowing people to communicate without being spied upon by intrusive government agencies (and then refusing to grant said agencies backdoors into the system). Over 20 million IP addresses have been blocked in the country as of April 17th, a move that has affected many services and sites not related to Telegram. The crackdown has basically shut down access to the login servers of Guild Wars 2 and EVE Online for some, prompting outrage and frustration among players who suddenly were not able to access their games. “Users reported crashes of various services such as Microsoft and Windows updates; gaming networks like Playstation Network, Battle.net, and Xbox Live; online games by publisher … [Read more...] about Russia’s Telegram crackdown blocks access to WoW, EVE, and Guild Wars 2