I love the new Mann vs. Machine mode in Team Fortress 2 (review pending); the carnage, the oil spray, the rage quitters who leave after losing one round in Mann Up mode (ok, so I don’t love that so much). As great as this mode is however it still suffers from glitching up every now and again. Crazy wait time for servers to open up, loss of sever connection during a game, lag, and more were present at launch. They were annoying sure, but in some ways they were hilarious. Case in point: finishing up the 3rd wave of Mannworks here, a Demo blew a Deflector Heavy all the way up into a bridge above – then it actually got stuck there. Sure it could still see and shoot us, but it couldn’t movie and as luck would have it he had the bomb. After having a good laugh at its expense and clearing out the rest of the bots we put it out of its mutated misery. Like most glitches found this one will be neutralized by Steam in futures patches, but on this day you can believe a robot can be one blown into a bridge by black scottish cyclops and phase into it by wacky programing – and that just makes me smile.
You can see the rest of the pics here.
Video Games are awesome; they can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Doubt me? Well in this moment of gaming reflection see how this lady’s knowledge of basic video games saves her ride.
Ladies and gentlemen, we here at the armada are broskis (like bronies but for wrestling), as such we watch Z! True Long Island Story created by the Internet Champion Zack Ryder as well as CHI! True Long Island Story hosted by Michael Chiappetta (ZR best friend). While not as dynamic as Zack, Chi does his best to entertain the masses with odd ball antics and a cast of characters that could make of their own wrestling federation. Why do you care? I’m glad you asked. One of Chi’s gimmicks is putting people who dance better than him on his title intro; they’re usually very ‘unique’ but last week’s episode was downright inspired –we can now mark Chi as a video game fan, represent.
You know, many people in life spend a great deal of it, trying to figure out what to do with it. Me, however, I was truly blessed to I know who I am and what I’m put on this world to do at an early age. Namely video games and journalism in one glorious happiness sandwich. While other kids wanted to be athletes or famous people all wanted to do is play video games for the good of mankind (selfless I know). As I get older however and see people my age accomplish great things and/or achievements, it does make a person wonder what could have been and do I have the passion to keep doing what I do. Will I always love video games or as the games crank out and the culture changes; will I become jaded and critical like so many reviewers before me when they lost their sense of wonder. I don’t think so. Video games to me are the ultimate from of human artistry; not only involving many different visual, audio, and storytelling elements; but they only become truly realized by the audience (players or watchers) through interaction. Movies, TV shows, books, painting, sculptures, plays, music – all can only take you so far, but video games can take you anywhere beyond. Umeji Narisawa, a 99 year old woman who has as much wisdom and experience as anyone else alive, plays the Famicom (that’s the NES in japan by the by) version of Bomberman for the sum total of two and a half hours a day, for 26 years. She told reporters that watching her grandchildren have fun while playing it motivated her to play as well; now she does it every day, sometimes beating it twice a day. Mrs. Narisawa also says that the game keeps her mind sharp and her hands nimble; I certain wouldn’t want to challenge her. But this is actually why I’ll never stop loving video games; they bring joy, they revitalize the imagination, they bolster the mind, they energizes the soul, and each game a person plays is as much to do about them as it is the game itself.
Recently a reader sent me a picture he found on the net that was so awesome I had to create a new segment called: “A moment of game reflection” where I put video game artwork or a screen shot on VGA and reflect on it’s awesomeness. After all even video gamers must take time off of their consoles of choice to enjoy life… and reflect on video games. Today is this:
Now for those who know me, I’m a big Dudley fan so when I saw this – it was nirvana. The only thing missing was his quote (You have no dignity), which I promptly added. Even without it though this is good work; kudos to mikenart the talented, Toronto artist who made this work. You can find more of his artistry at the deviant art links above or at his blog here.