November Video Games Report

Civ V (<1hr): Continued to play with Dan and Dave. Again, hopefully there’ll be some updates soon. Skullgirls (<1hr): This game is a ridiculous fighting game that doesn’t take itself too seriously when it comes to the story. It’s a return to the fun of fighting games of the 1990s. At the same time, the […]

October Video Games Report (includes LIMBO review part 2)

Back to the Future: The Video Games (5 hrs) – As is the usual situation with these types of games, I figured out I had to get to the 1920s about 2 hours before I had triggered the right series of events that would allow me to get there. Got to see the sense of […]

September Video Games (Includes LIMBO Review Part 1)

Civilization V (8 hours) – Keep following the tags (Civ V: Lefties and Civ V: Mesa Bros ) or check out my Saturday posts (although this week I didn’t have one) LIMBO (3 hours) – Here is my review of the game up to what I finished in September: The order in which I play […]

Nice Try, Pharoah (520 BC – 380 AD)

Once again we made a choice to go with a new guiding principle in our governance. This time it was Meritocracy. By rewarding those who do the best work, our citizens become happier. A gloriously large empire such as ours takes time to link up all its cities. In 360 BC the main Chinese road […]

Solo Empire, Pyramids, and Republic (1600 BC – 1300 BC / 2560 BC)

If I may step out of the fictional narrative mode I’ve been using for a few weeks now, I have to say that it’s a shame these two games are my first Civ games in somewhere between 6 months and a year. Unfortunately, I didn’t listen to my brain for the first half dozen or […]

I Think You’re An Ignorant Savage and New Social Policies (2620 BC – 1960 BC / 3280 BC)

A bearded leader of some so-called civilization met with our Beneficent Empress, Wu Zetian. At the time we did not know where his cities lay. Savages attempted to attack Beijing, but we destroyed them by bombarding them from the city gates. We shall soon have to send an army to destroy their camp. We finally […]

Meeting the Neighbors and Reaching the Coast (3220-3100 BC / 3700 BC)

One of the ancient ruins explored by our soldiers had a group of uncivilized survivors. Seeing the awesome nature of our forces convinced them it would be in their best interest to join the Chinese Empire. Their extra labor was quite welcome. Our warriors trekking to the north found two barbarian encampments. In order to […]

August 2013 Video Games

Civilization V (31 hrs) – I’ve been playing with Dan and Dave via Giant Multiplayer Robot. You can follow posts about the game with Dave here. You can follow the posts about the game with Dan and Dave here. There will be a long overlap between those two, however, the one with Dave started a […]

Winter is Coming and there will be timed Explosions (3460 BC / 3820 BC)

The first group of warriors we went out have reported back to me that they have found some ancient ruins. I have instructed them to search these ruins in the hopes that they will find the secrets of an ancient civilization or perhaps the remnants of some ancient civilization that may wish to join the […]

New Neighbors and New Games (3700 BC/4000 BC)

As I continue exploring, I discover that I have a City-State to the South. That’s going to put a damper on my expansion south unless I destroy them. Also, if they end up best buds with someone else that’s an enemy on my doorstep. They may be the first casualty of living near the Great […]

Will we actually finish this time? (4000 BC)

Ever since the play by email (PBEM) feature in Civilization IV, I’ve tried to play multiplayer games with my brothers. It’s pretty ridiculous in this day and age that Civilization has Nintendo-level abysmal support for asynchronous play. The games often take 40 hours to complete solo and even longer when playing live so asynchronous play […]

July Video Games Report

Lucky reader, you get (at least) two posts today! Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (4 hrs) – I finally started playing Ass:Rev nearly 7 months after I got it as a gift. I’d been putting off playing it because it’s a lot easier for me to play computer games at night than it is to play with […]

Microsoft and Sour Grapes with XBONE DRM

In a lot of ways I really don’t care what happens in the video game console world. In the last 2-3 years I have rediscovered computer gaming. Actually, to be more accurate, game publishers have rediscovered computer gaming. I remember in my youth when the best of the best games came out for computers and […]