The Age Of The Dragons!

Back when The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released I shared my thoughts about dragons. I hate dragons. Big nasty creatures that could kill you by simply lay there bellies on you, still they seem to be so keen on standing and taking hits. Anyhow, enough of my dragon hate. You know what game I love? Dragon Age!

I really enjoyed the first Dragon Age and to be honest, I didn't think that the second one was that bad. I mean, it wasn't good. But it was OK. Now, when BioWare announced Dragon Age: Inquisition I only hoped for one thing - scale. I wanted the biggest game ever created with a bunch of stuff to do. After my first 20 hours in the game, I can assure you that it's a big, big game.

The best part is that it's fun to. I'm having a great time running around in The Hinterlands searching for herbs and listening to Casandra making fun of Verrics chest hair. Also, the game doesn't make the threat by the breach an urgent factor, which really invites the player to run arround and explore. It's not like in Mass Effect 3 where you either save the world from ending or you could get in bed with Tali.

Anyway, the game turned out so much better then I thought and I am really happy for it. I might not have the time anymore to play a game for 100 hours, but you know what, for this one, I'll make it happen. Because I want to know what's going on. You know, I encountered darkspawn last night!

What do you duders think thus far? And also - if this is the scope they aiming for for the next Mass Effect game sign me up and take your time. My body is ready!

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The Age Of The Dragons!

Back when The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released I shared my thoughts about dragons. I hate dragons. Big nasty creatures that could kill you by simply lay there bellies on you, still they seem to be so keen on standing and taking hits. Anyhow, enough of my dragon hate. You know what game I love? Dragon Age!

I really enjoyed the first Dragon Age and to be honest, I didn't think that the second one was that bad. I mean, it wasn't good. But it was OK. Now, when BioWare announced Dragon Age: Inquisition I only hoped for one thing - scale. I wanted the biggest game ever created with a bunch of stuff to do. After my first 20 hours in the game, I can assure you that it's a big, big game.

The best part is that it's fun to. I'm having a great time running around in The Hinterlands searching for herbs and listening to Casandra making fun of Verrics chest hair. Also, the game doesn't make the threat by the breach an urgent factor, which really invites the player to run arround and explore. It's not like in Mass Effect 3 where you either save the world from ending or you could get in bed with Tali.

Anyway, the game turned out so much better then I thought and I am really happy for it. I might not have the time anymore to play a game for 100 hours, but you know what, for this one, I'll make it happen. Because I want to know what's going on. You know, I encountered darkspawn last night!

What do you duders think thus far? And also - if this is the scope they aiming for for the next Mass Effect game sign me up and take your time. My body is ready!

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What If Interstellar Is A Mass Effect Prequel?

I've been looking forward for Interstellar for a while now. I'm a huge Nolan fan and the recent trailer really got me pumped for the movie. Being a Nolan fan and also a huge (HUGE!) Mass Effect fan it's hard not to start dreaming about him being involved with the Mass Effect movie that is said to be in works.

I don't know why or what it was that gave me Mass Effect vibes from the first trailer, but these exeeded to a level that wasn't healthy when I saw the ending of the new trailer. My first thought - is... IS THAT A MASS RELAY?! My second though was of course it's not, but wouldn't it be cool if this was Mass Effects "Prometheus". Legendary Pictures own the the rights to Mass Effect, afterall.

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The Best Game Of 2013

Duders, you won't believe it. Remember 1997, Harvest Moon was released for the Super NES and gaming changed forever for a lot of people, myself included. Almost twenty games have been released since then in the series and only a couple of them were truly great, but we never gave up. Harvest Moon fans bought the games and hoped for the best, for more then a decade. 2013 was the year - A New Beginning for the series.

The title is Harvest Moon: A New Beginning. It takes everything you loved about Harvest Moon and lay it out for you in a much different way. Instead of drowning you in possibilities the game only unlocks a couple of seeds, animals and even building at the start of the game. Through out the season, depending on your relationships with villagers and victories in crop festivals you attract new villagers to your village. Here's an example.

Great progress and good performence in crop and animal festivals will attract villagers. Winning a couple of these festival will give you the opportunity to build an in for your visitors to live in. You get the blueprint to build the in from the local arcitecht (who you of course need to attract to your village) and then it's up to you to farm the minerals to build the in.

By laying out the game that way it's much more fun. The characters feel alive because almost all of them are moving to your villages because of story purposes, and the world is always alive. Oh, have I mentioned that you build your village? Both your farm and town are costumizable. Roads, decorations, building... you can move whatever you want, wherever you want, whenever you want.

Harvest Moon: A New Beginning is everything I want from a Harvest Moon game. It's fun, it simple and full of opportunities. My character, Jack, is focusing on bees. Honey to the people! And I recently won a dish festival with grilled fish, so I export fish for heck of a lot of money. Money I invest in making the perfect garden for villagers to hang in.

I think you get it, this game has everything. Harvest Moon is back!

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A Huge Thank You To Giant Bomb

I remember when I first heard the Hot Spot and saw On The Spot. My mind was blown and ever since - almost ten years back - I never missed a Hot Spot until the Bombcast came along. Thinking back, it's weird how a couple of duders who I never met inspired me to really follow my dreams. Ryans passing affected me in a way I never thought anything like that would. But in some weird way it made me want to do this even more. You know, to show what I learned and tell people from where. Last couple of months have been both hard and amazing. I managed to get an internship at the Swedish Public Radio. I've been talking about video games on air to hundred thousands of people. And next week, I'll be talking about Harvest Moon. Which is why I'm writing this.

Back in the Whiskey days I called in on one of those Unpofessional Fridays. Dave took my call and I remember us talking about great soundtracks. Then Ryan shouted and the next thing I knew we were talking about Harvest Moon on air. That gave me a lot of inspiration, so for me to talk about Harvest Moon on air again will be a special moment. It's hard to discribe how it feels.

But hey, duders. I know there are lot of you out there dreaming about working in this industry. I am by no means in it, but this site and the crew got me to a place I never ever could've dreamt of. If someone in the Bomb Squad sees this - Thank you, guys! :)

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Meeting Microsoft And Sony to talk about Next-Gen - What would you like to know?

Hi Duders, I'm meeting Microsoft and Sony tomorrow for hands-on with the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. Let's make them answer some very basic questions about their new consoles that we still wonder about. Questions are welcomed, I really want to get them talk about the stuff that they haven't been talking about a lot. What about Microsofts U-turn? What do they say to the people who wanted the original Xbox One?

Or what about them who'll buy a PlayStation 4 for free online-play and won't be able?

Just two examples - let me know if you have questions and I'll try to get them answered.

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Forever thankful.

Thanks to Ryan, I'm a journalist at the Swedish public radio today. Words cannot discribe how thankful I am. Ryan and Jeff inspired me to get into podcasting when over at GameSpot, and through that I ended up being a journalist. I am forever thankful duder, you'll always be remembered. I was in tears today...

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Screenshots Showing You Stuff You Can't Even Build

The new SimCity wasn't really an option, so I decided I'll spend my city-building game time with Tropico 4 this year. While the game is awesome ( and you should totally play it ) I can't wrap my head arround how much they lie in the screenshot. I mean, it's crazy! It's... It's. I don't know, I cannot believe it. So here are a couple of examples.

This is Tropico 3, let me take you through this image.

  • That type of road doesn't even exist in the game, not in Tropico 3 nor Tropico 4.
  • Road lights? Electricity posts? Nah, don't exist.
  • Parked cars next to buildings? No, don't exist.
  • Cars appear only on the roads. As you can see the taxi and another car are way in the small roads in town, cars doesn't do that in Tropico.

This is Tropico 4, and once again, a bunch of lies.

  • Cars never park on the streets, once again.
  • You see the huge paved area? That's not even possible to create in the game.

It might not seem like much, but these are stuff that makes the game look way better then it actually looks. You cannot decide where you want to put cobblestone nor grass. This makes you town look like a zebra at spots. Road lights? Nah, that would be amazing but they are nowhere.

So yeah, it's a shame because I'd play a hell of a lot more of this game if you had as much control over your city as they are letting you believe in the screenshots.

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Harvest Moon [fo(u)r] Playstation 4

I am going to make this quick, because I don't want to get to excited about the news that i just came across. Marvelous AQL are working on a game for Playstation 4... This game could be Harvest Moon, guys! Can you imagine playing a beautiful high-res Harvest Moon game on a Playstation 4, my dear god!

It's probably a new Rune Factory game, but hey, let's do what MM wants us to do - DREAM!

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