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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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