Costumed Madness Just as a quick reminder, this series is about me highlighting games that I think are well worth the look. This is by no means a complete list of games, and there are still a bunch more that I just have not gotten around to talking about. These are largely titles that I feel like everyone should probably at least give a try once. I am largely focused on games that don’t necessarily get the press or hype that some of the more prevalent titles like World of Warcraft do. I figured in honor of Halloween I would talk about a game that is entirely about dressing up in costume and taking out bad guys. A Tale of Improvement In 2013 when Marvel Heroes launched… it was plagued with problems. Not the least of which was the fact that it was pretty much universally reviewed as a massive cash grab. The game itself was not that terribly fun, and any heroes or costumes purchased on the store were oppressively over priced. You can … [Read more...] about MMOs Worth Playing: Marvel Heroes
Pour boiling tungsten on her car: According to Wikipedia, tungsten has a melting point of 6192 °F. That is very hot, and probably will be difficult to contain in any sort of container. Its boiling point is even hotter, at 10706 °F. Still, if you can pour a vat of boiling tungsten onto her car, aside from causing massive damage to the surrounding environment, she’ll be suitably impressed. Get a doctorate in alligators from the University of Pennsylvania: This was such a popular method in the 1960s that the slang term “gator girl” was created for women considered desirable enough to justify an eight-year course of study. Fit a tennis ball in your mouth and then successfully whistle a Broadway song: Tennis balls must be of regulation size, but the Broadway song may be of any show, including those still running. More advanced artists may prefer selections from the musical Hamilton, which has produced a small pamphlet offering guidance on whistling and … [Read more...] about WRUP: The four ways to impress a girl edition
(This is part of my journey going playing through 1993’s Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness. You can follow the entire series on the Retro Gaming page.) One of the most fascinating aspects of the Quest for Glory series is its continuity, thanks to the fact that they were all designed by husband-and-wife team Corey and Lori Ann Cole. Seeing how all of the games connect and how certain themes are revisited in new ways is really cool. For example, the town of Mordavia is in many ways an obvious callback to the main town of the first game, right down to the layout. Yet this town subverts the warm-and-fuzzy fantasy village trope by barely holding back monsters with a magical staff and being home to a lot of macabre sights. Plus a really grumpy leader of the town who looks like he spends his off hours glowering at Fivel for daring to ask if there are cats in America. After stocking up in the store and getting a room at the inn, the next stop for my hero — of course … [Read more...] about Quest for Glory IV: Slumming it in Mordavia
Last week our City of Heroes group assembled once more, this time for adventures in Nova Praetoria. That’s actually an area/expansion that I hadn’t ever encountered in the MMO to date, as it came out when I was on a break from the game. Unlike the “blueside” content of the Heroes and the “redside” content of the Villains, “goldside” exists in an interesting state of limbo that was a fascinating direction for the game with Going Rogue came out in 2010. Giving players the ability to switch allegiances and explore the more murky grey areas of comic book superheroes provided a much-needed third angle to the title — and one that I don’t see any of the upcoming superhero MMORPGs addressing. Just getting to Nova Praetoria was a bizarre experience of going through The Underground — a network of sewers and subway tunnels that I had never seen before either. Along the way, I bumped into these grotesque cyborgs that raised all … [Read more...] about City of Heroes: Welcome to Nova Praetoria!