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Video games
Tuesday 11th October 2016 8:11 pm

I used to play quite a bit of computer games. Technically I still do, but they tend to be quick games on the iPod or iPad. I have a Wii, but I haven't played on it for a while. I should though - I'd borrowed my sister's copy of Lego Pirates of the Caribbean and was quite a way through it. I just never seemed to be able to find the time.

And then I've been watching Go 8 Bit on Dave, which is where they have comedians (mainly) playing video games. The last round is always a way of playing differently and for the first episode they played Tetris using people as controls (touch the person on your left, the piece goes left etc). So that's quite fun.

But Marcus Brigstocke said that his favourite game was Portal 2. I'd heard of it, but literally all I knew about it was the title. He explained that it's a first person puzzle solver and although you have a gun, it's used for making portals. It sounded like just the sort of thing I like - one of the things I like about the Lego games is the puzzle solving (and the silliness), but I hate when things are trying to kill you (which in Lego Star Wars is every level).

So I looked up Portal 2 on Steam and found it was a rare one that works on Linux as well as Windows. And I'd happened on it when it was on sale, so I got it dirt cheap. And I've been really enjoying it. At least after I watched some walkthrough videos where they explained what was going on - I did not understand how portals worked at all at first and there's no explanation.

I just need to try and make time for game playing.

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Mobile games
Saturday 31st January 2015 5:30 pm

I promised someone a while ago I'd post some of the games I play on the iPod. I didn't buy it for the games, but at least half the apps on there are games. These are all ones that are free and available on iPod with iOS 8. I can't speak for what other platforms/devices they may be available on. Read more...

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Some random things
Monday 1st December 2014 8:09 pm

Loads of people are starting to post their December Talking Meme posts today. So I am not.

Last night I discovered Wil Wheaton's Tabletop series. I'd heard of it before, because I read his blog, but had assumed that it was the sort of thing little boys do in Games Workshop with little figures and I don't know what else goes on. But nothing as dirty as that sentence sounds. Then earlier in the year I discovered the board game cafe in the city and they mentioned something on Facebook/Twitter about Tabletop and it being board games day or something like that. And I realised Tabletop was about board games. It just took me until last night to get round to watching the first episode of season 3 (which went up a while ago, I just had it bookmarked for a while). And it was fun. More fun that you'd expect from watching a group of people playing a game - usually it's more fun to play. Except when it comes to Settlers of Cataan when I prefer being the one to hand out the sheep.

On a different gaming subject, I have been playing a lot of Doctor Who Legacy on my iPod (it's annoyingly, too new to play on the old iPad). I've played it so much I've got bored and need to find myself a new challenge - so it's just as well they're doing an advent calendar with something new every day this month until Christmas. It seems like a match 3 gems game at first, but then there are other strategies involved. It's a game that's really hard to start, but once you put some time into it, you start to have more options.

I should do a post sometime about the games I play on the iPod and iPad. My favourite is Dumb Ways to Die (it's short and simple and silly - a good combination in any game) and they've just brought out Dumb Ways to Die 2 (only once did I lick the pole to see how that would kill me).

And at some point I should get back to Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, since I've borrowed it from my sister.

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Board Games
Wednesday 9th April 2014 8:02 pm

This week I don't have anything going on any evening. So rather than spend every evening at home, last night I went into the city to the board games cafe for their open night. It was fun - I played a few games and met some fun people. The Discworld Ankh-Morpork game was fun - I can recommend it. And the orange juice and mango smoothie was so nice I struggled to drink it slowly.

It's quite a strange place in that they come round and take your drinks & snacks order, then on the way out you pay your tab, plus your entrance fee. It's very trusting.

The downside was that I didn't get home until past 11pm and then I woke up at 6.30am for no reason, so now I am really tired. The other downside is that it involves driving into the city (trains aren't very frequent late at night and then I'd pay more to park at the train station/get a taxi home). On the plus side, at least the roads were empty on the way home so it didn't matter when I got confused, and I think I have now got the multi-storey car park sussed.

I can't go back next week as that's Rotary, but while I'm in on Thursdays until choir starts back in September and only out ten more times for ballet as the summer holidays for that are lone, I'll take the opportunity to go back a few more times.

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Lego Wii games
Monday 15th April 2013 9:26 pm

I was introduced to the Lego games by watching my sister play. They looked fun, so once she'd finished Harry Potter Years 1-4 I borrowed it. It was fun, aside from me discovering that if you use Snape to open the Slytherin common room door you can never get into the Slytherin common room and therefore never reach 100%. So I effectively completed the whole game twice. The end is quite fun because you play as Voldermort and just have to get a certain number of studs, which I did mostly by driving the Knight Bus into things.

As my sister was taking a while to get through her other Lego games, I bought Lego Star Wars (as she only has that for the PS2). It being the first one they did, it's definitely not as good - Lego Harry Potter showed you what you could shoot if you waved the remote around, whereas the remote does nothing in Lego Star Wars. Also, there's something trying to kill you in every single level. And one level per episode in a ship, which I hate because it's impossible to steer.

But despite all that I have finished all the levels once (some more than once) - it's designed so you have to do them at least three times if you want to get to 100%. Not that I will because the bonuses at the end of each episode are to do all the levels in that episode straight after each other. As some of them take an hour to get through I tend to play for about an hour at the time I am not doing that.

There are extras you can get to make things easier and the more (useful) ones I get the more fun it is. Or in other words, I no longer die when people kill me, which makes it a whole lot easier.

What makes the games good in general is that they are slightly silly. The cut scenes re-enact relevant scenes from the films, just sillier. And there are silly extras, such as turning all your wands into carrots in Lego Harry Potter (they still work the same, they just look like you're wandering around carrying a giant carrot).

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