Archive for October, 2009

Brom is now Martigan

October 31, 2009

Quick update…going with the idea that my Dragon Age Origins Character kind of looks like Val Kilmer with a caterpillar crawling across his lip, I was going to make his name Madmartigan, but apparently you can only have 10 letters in your name, so Brom the warrior is now Martigan the Mad!

They call me Boba Fett

October 30, 2009

Boba Fett

Aside from a night of DDO here and there with Robbiebit I have more or less eschewed all MMORPG’s for a time. There are numerous reasons but predominantly I have found a number of single player games that I have missed out on lately as a result of “logging in” for the past year or so. There is one game that has me amped up quite a bit to get back in to the MMO scene and it is Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Now if you were to pick one IP that I find more interesting and generally love to death it would be the Star Wars universe. I know, I am a man alone here. Now I don’t have a wookie costume and I haven’t read all of the novels in the expanded universe, but I really like the IP and I figured if anything was worth trying out the MMO genre again it would be this game.

I have purposefully tried not to read too much information about the game to not get my self overly psyched about the game, I did that with Warhammer and ended up hating the game, but I browse through Darth Hater on occasion and sometimes read posts by other bloggers regarding the game. So in doing so I came across a post by Syp over at Bio Break where he more or less said he didn’t want to play a force wielding character because probably 99.99999% (my approximation, not his) of everyone interested in the game wants to brandish a light saber and force choke their neighbor. I tend to agree with him as well and here is why:

1) I need cheap loot: I am by no means a hardcore gamer. I don’t plan to raid and can’t play at the “optimal” play times due to my second shift work schedule. I figure since so many people will be Jedi or Sith Warriors, any gear to be bought will be premium because of supply and demand. This will help as a non-force user as you can buy gear cheaper and sell Light Sabers etc. for a great price…presumably.

2) Jedi and Sith Warriors can’t possibly be as awesome in game as they are in my mind’s eye or others for that matter (see Darth Hater). I know they are not gods in the lore, but they are powerful enough that by and large most other classes should not hold a candle to them. The thing is though this just won’t work in a game setting. Sure, canonically speaking, there are those few bounty hunters, troopers, scoundrels, etc. that might have half a chance at competing with a force user, but it would be a fraction of a percent. I’m not ready to drop my image of what a Jedi or Sith Lord is to the level required to play one.

3) Boba Fett is my favorite Star Wars character. Sure he was kind of a bum in the movies, but in the expanded universe they really flesh him out as a major stud. Bounty Hunters might be the next most popular class (at least for the Sith) so I think it might be a good fit. They won’t be so underplayed as to get no attention, but you should still be able to find some good gear for them. Also they look pretty neat game-play-wise.

Barring anything crazy I have more or less decided to play a BH as my main when I get to SW:TOR. So call me Boba Fett and keep your hands off Slave 1, I just had it waxed!


Brom the Warrior

October 30, 2009

Brom the Warrior

Here is a pic I made of Brom the Warrior. The character I made in the DA:O Character creator. Maybe I should change his name to Val, because he kind of looks like Val Kilmer with a stache! It’s pretty exciting rolling a new character. This poor mound of pixels has his whole virtual life ahead of him. There is so much potential and a clean slate!


And the Journey Continues…

October 29, 2009

…at least to a point. So I have been playing the Dragon Age Journeys flash game the last few days and for some reason have really been addicted to it. Is it because the game is so awesome I can’t put it down…no; is it because the story is so tantalizing that I really want to see what happens next…not quite; then why the hell do I feel compelled to log into it whenever I have time. I guess the real answer is that the experience is greater than the sum of its parts as well as it is getting me excited to play Origins when it releases next week. Also the game harkens back to the good ol’ days when I originally got hooked on the RPG genre. You may be familiar with games titled Final Fantasy (no Roman numeral, just FFI) and Dragon Warrior!

Well I finished what is chapter one of the game and apparently they have yet to write a chapter next so I don’t know how much I will play it after next week rolls around. Why play the cheap imitation if you can play the real thing right? What I have played of it so far was pretty neat. I rolled a Dwarf Warrior that was specced for Sword and Shield. He was a tank and took a beating pretty well. I picked up a mage which unlike D&D rules acts as the only type of spell user in the game. He was specced as a healer and dabbled in lightning. He was made of glass, but stayed in the back and didn’t get hit too much. I also rescued a Grey Warden along the way. She is a warrior more or less and she was specced in two handed swords. Needless to say she died a lot.

 An interesting thing about the game though is that you can unlock achievements that will actually get you in game items in Origins. I thought it was a pretty neat pitch for the flash game and it also works as cheap advertising for Origins. Cool concept. I don’t know if it is unique to Dragon Age, but it is the first I have seen it.

 Also, for anyone who preorders Origins through Direct2Drive, you can preinstall the game on Sunday and begin playing at 10 AM on the 3rd! Sweet!


The Journey of 1000 Miles Begins…

October 27, 2009

Just in case you can’t wait for next week when Dragon Age: Origins hits, or Amazon is really late with the shipping (thanks Direct2Drive) you can play a flash game based in the same universe called Dragon Age Journeys. It’s not bad from what little I have played.


One down…

October 27, 2009

So I finished Half Life 1 a few moments ago. While I do tend to hate games with jumping puzzles (damn you Mario and that dragon thing, never did beat that game) the ending was pretty good. I will now pause for a while from HL to play Dragon Age: Origins when it comes out on Tuesday next. A couple of reasons:

1) I tend to get bored with FPS games after too long and HL1 was just at the cusp of my tolerance level.

2) It is supposed to be a really cool game.

3) MMORPG’s have got me down lately.

4) Bioware hasn’t made a bad game yet IMHO.

Anyway, I am really holding out of the MMO scene (aside from some casual play on DDO every once in a while with Robbiebit) so I will probably finish off DA:O and then either hit HL2 or maybe the Force Unleashed: Sith Edition. Either way I’ll keep tabs on it here.

Good gaming folks,


Standing the Test of Time

October 24, 2009

Have you ever played an old game and said to yourself “hey this game is 3, 5, 10 years old and it is still really fun?” Console games I can see doing that as I break out Twisted Metal 2 every once in a blue moon. For PC games, on the other hand, it is pretty rare for me. I usually can’t get past the 800 x 600 graphics on my 21″ widescreen monitor. Not that I need my games to run in the latest Direct X mind you, but the old games are pretty rough to look at.

So what am I rambling on about then? Well apparently the folks at Gamespot ran a contest to see who the greatest video game hero ever is, and as it turns out Gordon Freeman of Half-Life fame was the ultimate champion. I admit I did not participate, but I had my bets on Mega Man, but that might be my age showing. Anyway, Dr. Freeman won with fifty some odd percent of the vote and as a result the folks at Valve decided to sell all Half-Life games at 50% off. Being the bargain shopper that I am I jumped on that deal. I played a couple of levels of the original HL back in college (1998 or ’99) and I thought it pretty cool, but not owning a computer of my own back then (hey I was broke) I never gave it a second thought.

So fast forward to Oct ’09 and here I am with like 4 or 5 “new” HL games on my computer. What’s a guy to do…play some stinking Half-Life, that’s what! So I had some issues getting HL1 to run on my Windows 7 64-bit gaming computer so I started playing HL2 instead…I then started to see blatant references to HL1 that I just didn’t understand, so I bit the bullet and fired up my old graduate school laptop after searching for it under a mound of dust. It whirred to life and the ol’ Dell Inspiron 8200 was put to the test of running an eleven year old game. After wincing at the 800 x 600 resolution graphics I could actually get the game to run with, I have settled in to playing what is one of the best games I have played in years! Did I mention this game was released in 1998?!

So I am a little over halfway through this game and I have to tell you I am thrilled with the experience. I thought I would just find a cheat code and God-Mode my way through it to see what happened, but I am happy to say I have not used one cheat thus far. (flexes cyber muscles). I don’t think they are still offering this deal, but if you have never played Half-Life, please do yourself a favor and play it before there are no computers left that will run the thing…that day will truly be a day for mourning.


A Bold New World

October 9, 2009

Greetings and salutations from The Meat Shield

The Meat Shield is a blog created by Pid and Robbiebit to give us a venue to express our ideas, opinions, gripes, and praises about video games, mmorpgs, the internet, and pretty much all things computer related. On occasion we might throw something non sequitur in there, but you’ll have to forgive us the infrequent indulgence to speak about something off topic.

I hail from snowy Western NY, am in my early 30’s, and have a small family. Robbiebit is in his mid 20’s, lives in Michigan, and also has a small family. The two of us got to know each other playing Everquest which we are no longer actively playing, but dabble in other MMORPG’s both together and separately. Neither of us has actively contributed to a blog in the past, so we hope to learn a lot from writing this blog and have a bunch of fun along the way. I’m sure we will each get into our own personal histories as the blog continues, so I won’t blather on too long.

I hope this blog will be interesting to read, make you think, and give you a different perspective on the life of a video gamer. So as we prepare to go off to battle, rest assured that we here at The Meat Shield will be there to take the brunt of the attack, just don’t forget to help us out with the occasional heal or medpack!