This week I looked at a couple of new entrants into the Newbie Blogger Initiative and a few that were linked off them and my blogroll.
Six Degrees of June 10(11), 2016
- A Hobbit’s Journey
- Sheep the Diamond
- Ability Powered Gaming
- A to Zeo
- Cheap Boss Attack
- Cookie Cutter Monks
A Hobbits Journey – The Walking Dead Season 3 – Confirmed for 2016
Iogro Merrybelly, big time supported of the Newbie Blogger Initiative, over at A Hobbit’s Journey has an article that I am excited to see – Telltale Games has announced that The Walking Dead season 3 game will be coming out this year. This is a pretty cool franchise – I’ve purchased all of them and played both season 1 and 2 a bit. I’m really glad they’ve decided to continue with this series. I know some of the games of this style have become repetitive and but they still fill a niche that I enjoy. As mentioned in the post, I’m probably going to replay the first two seasons to refresh my memory of what went on, but I look forward to that as well. Thanks for the information!
Sheep the Diamond – The Division, Overwatch, and Occupying Time
At Sheep the Diamond, Stubborn posted in mid May about the current state of The Division and the loss of access to Overwatch. Yeah, there were a lot of people jonesing for Overwatch between the close of beta and the early access. As far as The Division goes, I enjoy the game. It’s not a full fledged MMO and it’s not just a basic shooter. It fills the niche like Destiny does and I can get into those games. What annoys me is the complaints about end game. Why are people so in a hurry to get to end game? Is it to get there so they can complain with everyone else? I think so. It’s not like developers sat down and said…let’s build a game where all of our hard work to build a story and world are pointless because everyone is just gonna run past it on the way to end game. Let’s be realistic – the end game content IS the early game content and the mid game content – if you actually pay attention to the game, you won’t be sitting there after a week complaining about there not being any game left to play.
Ability Powered Gaming – Assistive Technology – Gaming With Your Chin
This is a site and as I learned more, a person I really admire. This site is all about playing utilizing assistive technology and I think that is really cool. In particular, this post details the setup for first person shooters – the ever handy game controller, the mount for positioning the controller where you need it, switches, and software. It’s pretty impressive and interesting to learn that all these pieces of equipment are not only available but are useful for helping people play the games they are interested in. After reading through this post, I watched a few of AbilityPowered’s Youtube videos and was impressed how she was able to play just like anyone else – better than me in most cases. It’s so great that the technology is available to provide assistance to anyone who wants to game. She’s definitely got courage too…I am too scared to show my face on a video.
Azzeo talks about growing up as a gamer. From Intellivision and Atari to Game Boys and Everquest, Azzeo tells a very personal tale of how gaming can be a part of life. It sounds like he’s gone through some rough times, but may have come around to a balance of life. I’ve struggled with playing games too much at times as well. Everquest never took me the way it seems to have taken Azzeo, but City of Heroes and Star Fleet Command did back in the day. I even think I spend too much time being pissed off in League of Legends these days. In any case, with Azzeo joining the ranks of the blogging community, it’ll be good to see how he progresses. Welcome to the blogosphere, I hope you enjoy the Newbie Blogger Initiative.
Cheap Boss Attack – Weekend Gaming: What are You Playing? June 10, 2016
Brad over at Cheap Boss Attack asks what games everyone is getting into these days. I love this question because it spawns interaction in the community and I always find it interesting to see the responses. Sometimes you get the current hotness being mentioned…Overwatch, Black Desert Online and such. Other times you get obscure titles like Champions Online or Wurm Online. Me, I’m usually playing too much League of Legends, or WoW, or trying to diversify into things like The Division, Wildstar, or Civilization V. Anyway, Brad is playing Uncharted, Arcania: The Complete Tale, Homefront, and Arslan: The Warriors of Legend to take his mind off real world issues. I hope things go well for him and he’s able to deal with things IRL and kick some butt in the game worlds.
Cookie Cutter Monks – NEXUS LORE AND STORY
Mingnon wants more lore in Heroes of the Storm and his post is another of the entries in the Newbie Blogger Initiative. Lore in gaming is always important and hopefully Mingnon gets his wish. For me, I’m not big on the story behind things, but it often helps people get immersed in what they’re doing. Heroes has some interesting lore, but I can definitely see that it would be cool to explore this story in a game of some sort. I agree with him – I hope they turn the story into a campaign of some sort or a mobile game. Same goes for Overwatch. Blizzard has been good in developing story and it would be nice to see them put that story into something players can enjoy. It’s sad they scrapped their new MMO plans for Overwatch so perhaps they will be able to build up Overwatch with more story and make it into a more full featured game rather than a Team Fortress knock off. In any case, I hope to see more of what Mingnon has to say as the NBI continues.
Feeling better today so I was able to finish up this post…
Lotsa interesting posts this week and once again I’m glad to have the opportunity to find new blogs to travel to. I want to extend a sincere hand of friendship to the new bloggers in the Newbie Blogger Initiative and also say hi to the great bloggers who’ve been around the block a few times. Hope you all have fun blogging and enjoy being within six degrees of separation from Beyond Tannhauser Gate.