Category: Twitch Highlights

I am a really big fan of two things … The first is playing with a group of people in pretty much any gaming experience and the second is survival games. In the case of ARK: Survival Evolved, I played with my usual gaming group for the first couple of hundred hours of play time in this game. But, as all things we ever play together, the vast majority of the casual playing folks drift off and only the truly hardcore enthusiasts are left standing to play. In this case, that was only me.

I really liked ARK. I thought it had great support from the development team. It was definitely a game you cannot play and be success at alone. So, I had to adapt a bit and play with people who are not my usual group of folks. That definitely spells the eventual end of my time with a game regardless of what I am playing. I tend to lean toward being on TeamSpeak with Phreeck, Tiger, Paul, Riku, BananaNinja, Goomba, Pengy, Kay, Midgetman, or the other drop ins. Hell, my stream features that same group of people the majority of time and the crazy shit we talk about. And that brings me to another issue. ARK is not a game for streaming. It’s mostly running around resource collection, which is boring as shit, and if you show off your base you tend to run the risk of being stream sniped (which happened early on to us and caused some of the guys to stop playing the game and caused me to stop having VoDs for a while).

Anyway, what eventually was the undoing for ARK and my relationship was the new group of people I played with also started to fade away. The final nail in the proverbial coffin was the new Biomes. I really liked the idea of having them implemented, but where my main base was located (which took some 300-400 hours of my own time to build up) I was staged to be in the winter biome. When Lamar and I looked for information on the launch of these biomes did not find a concrete post telling players that all bases in the biome would be deleted, but rather if bases didn’t conform to the changing terrain parts or all of their base would be destroyed. As it turns out, we felt that the development team lied to us. Not that it mattered, we had only a handful of hours to tear down a base and save ourselves from losing everything on a weekend when I wasn’t available to play and in the end of it, we lost our base. I liked the new content the biome change added, but since it was just Lamar and I in our little basin, I couldn’t bothered to start anew. I uninstalled ARK a couple of weeks ago.

So now what? Well, Call of D… no wait, that’s not it. Battlefield Star…. no, that’s not it either. Right. Star Wars Battlefront had their beta release last night. I played to the beta max level and on both map types, but I am giving this game a 0.5/10 score. EA Games had access to one of the best IPs in the world and the rights to make an amazing game, but all they did was make a Call of Duty clone with beautiful Star Wars sound clips. There is so much I can say about this game and I might do so in a video, but honestly, the game is only for the true fan of out of date shooters and Star Wars. I am a big Star Wars fan, but not to that extent.

Moving forward? Telltale Games has their library on sale on Steam. That SHOULD keep me busy until Fallout 4.

-Grims

ps. Enjoy this review too:

Okay, so I have been “lazy” on this site. Well, not really as lazy as you may think.

I have started my own LARP, so busy getting that going. It’ll be fun. This weekend is the first game. Good lord I am insane! And tired.

When I am not writing for that LARP, I am working … and when I am not doing that, I am hanging out on my Twitch channel. Check it out. It’s pretty awesome streaming my games and silliness.

Notice some changes here? Yeah, a little. Colour schemes and such. Logos. Favicon and such. I have hired someone to do all my graphics for me across the site, Twitter, Youtube, Steam and… Twitch. Pretty sweet work too. The guy is pro and amazing.

Keep watching. Keep looking at the site. I’ll be doing more updates.

– Grims

Well, my holidays came to an end this morning. I am now back at the office and have a lot of awesome memories from the past couple of weeks. Some of them are more personal and unaffiliated to my online work, but one thing stands out for certain with the Internet and my presence and that is Twitch.

A few months ago I signed up for a Twitch.tv account with the idea that I would one day start streaming. The guys (and one girl) I game with on a nightly basis are often the sort to find something to play and do so while making one another laugh our heads off. I thought that it would be a good way to share some of our general jackassary with other people not on our TeamSpeak server. But, like all things I seem to get invested in, it too was put on the back burner.

By the time my Christmas Holidays came around I had vowed that I would do something creative and fun. While I did pick up the guitar again and give that a whirl, I also set up my Twitch stream once again. This time I went so far as to dedicate a decent sounding Microphone and set up a bunch of the games I play on OBS. Even Sarah got in on the Twitch thing when she bought me a webcam for Christmas.

So there I was, usually in my sweat pants and a funny T Shirt playing games for the past few hundred hours … and no shock, I loved it. I went from a lowly two subscribers just before Christmas to a booming 29 as of this morning. Hah. Man, that seems like so many. Like, literally, a couple of dozen and then some! Still, as a proof of concept, seems there might be some space for ole Grimsbeard (or Drunksbeard on Fridays) for some Twitch loving.

That said, this weekend will be a run-of-the-mill slow weekend for streaming, but next weekend I’ll welcome H1Z1 onto my playlist. I’ll post more about that game in a couple of days.

– Grims