Details on my Next Skyrim Machinima Series, "The Black Blade"

I've been busy with a new job, blah blah, my excuse for not having any new Deadliest Warrior series out in a month. However I have recently started creating a script for my next project. Filming has begun, and the story is currently being fleshed out.

It's titled, "The Black Blade". A story about a member of the Blades being sent into exile. Corruption and darkness has influenced many of the highest members of the Blades. The main character, The Black Blade, is a on a mission to destroy the evil of Skyrim, and uncover the source of darkness within the Blades.

"They call me The Black Blade because my sword is as dark as my enemy's soul."

Features

- Plenty of action

- Unique characters

- Unique untold story (written by me)

- Full voice-over work

- and more!

Progress is about 15%, I don't want to promise a release date yet, but I should be able to put the first episode out by the end of the month. Stay tuned in the coming weeks!

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tekmojo's GOTY and Top 10 Games of 2011

   
Looking back, 2011 wasn't such a bad year for gaming after all. There were plenty of titles that forced me to completely miss out on other extremely well done games. Portal 2 has unfortunately missed my attention and is now installed on my Steam. I think I'm missing out on Batman: Arkham City and Uncharted 3 as well, which both seem like amazing games. Even Left 4 Dead 2 managed to sap up a majority of my time because there is simply no game quite like it. 
 
And then, there were the disappointments...Duke Nukem Forever takes the cake, no question about that, but Dragon Age 2 had me re-installing Origins all over again to realize what went wrong. The most disappointing aspect of 2011 was never having enough time to play every game I wanted to. Let's hope 2012 is as good as 2011. 
 
Happy Gamer Year bros.
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One Squad to Rule Them All

Nothing says Battlefield 3 like a well organized squad. A key factor in any successful squad is to organize together for one common goal. 
 
So the game mode, Conquest, you may have heard of it (it is the only mode I play). It is the ultimate mode for squad and team tactics. Personally I haven't played a shooter in years that has matched the fun I have had during BF3. Now in order to become more organized as a squad, each member has to be willing to do 3 basic things:  

  1. Communicate
  2. Know their class/loadout
  3. Understand the big picture
Pretty simple right?  Well communication has anything to do with the physical nature such as headset equipment, to virtual methods. Join up a similarly focused voice channel and relay back information. In-game, make sure to spot enemies! Remember spot first, shoot later, it will help your team immensely. If you are planning on taking an objective ask your squad-mates for help.
 
Knowing how to use your loadout effectively is key to survival in this game. Each class has a vastly different purpose and play style, and it can take a great deal of time to learn how to shine above the other squads. Complement others in your squad by not choosing the same exact gadgets and skills. Having a couple people of the same class doesn't automatically mean an unbalanced squad, it depends on the map and style of play. If you see a class that is played wrong way by a number of individuals, switch it up and show them your way to play it.

Sometimes it's easy to get distracted. With all of the ways to gather awards and points, sometimes you can lose focus on the importance of completing the final objective: To eliminate all enemy tickets. When it comes down to it, your squad needs to be an efficient unit. Going for straight kills is nice for short term, but if the enemy is holding all of the objectives and you are only killing attackers, not defenders, then you need to reconsider your tactics. Your squad needs to have a sense of urgency and know what to do, and where to go in order to turn the tables on the enemy during a crisis point. 
 
That is pretty much all for now, see you all on the Battlefield!
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Champion of the Dark Side: The Sith Warrior

News has been drifting in from this years GamesCom. With that, the Star Wars: The Old Republic website has recently added a new holonet section for the officially named class, the Sith Warrior

 Four classes left to be officially named.
So that makes four classes named already, with four left to be named. There are two for the Galactic Republic, and two for the Sith Empire. The Trooper and Smuggler are available for the GR, and the Bounty Hunter and Sith Warrior are for the SE. So what does that leave Bioware to reveal? 

Well, look to see a Jedi class and some pet classes of some sort for either side. Healing will be down to talent trees as Bioware already mentioned; so no dedicated healing class for those of you that forgot. As for the other classes, it's anyone's guess at this point, what do you think will make it in?
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Lifetime Subscriptions: Worth the Hefty Price Tag?

 Your world looks intimidating. Is that good or bad?
A lot of new MMOs that come out these days will offer the most hardcore of users the option to pay one lump sum fee in order to play as much as they'd like. Some asking prices are around $200 for a lifetime subscription. So is the pricey entrance worth the risk/rewards?

First, no one can know how a MMO can turn out years down the line, or maybe just a few short months after launch. So the best way you can evaluate the lifetime subscription is to question the company first.

Who is developing the game, who is producing it, and how ambitious does the MMO look? It would be wise to do a track record on the company to see how their business has operated in the past. Have they shutdown any projects, cut funding, or sold their rights to any of their games when things started to turn south?

We all know that MMOs don't last forever, or that they often peak at certain times in their overall life. The best way is not to judge a game on its current status, but rather on the future.

It can be hard to predict a MMO's lifetime, so sometimes the best idea not to jump into a MMO right at a game's launch. Gather reports on how the game is doing after its first month or two. Read reviews, look at player subscription statistics, look at community messages and responses.

Once you have worked hard to conclude your own consumer research, now you can look into lifetime membership options. The last decision is purely your opinion on the game, and how much time you think you will invest in it.

In most cases with MMOs, you will always want to take breaks, so as not to burn out. A lifetime subsciption makes sense because if the game will be around for at least a couple of years, the gain of investment on your entertainment will be more than worth the hefty up-front fee.    
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In-Game Report: AoC Mounts

I need to publish some more varied MMO content (videos) for my Blogger so I've decided to report about some awesome mounts that I've obtained in my most recent MMORPG, Age of Conan. Featuring a Snow Mammoth, and a Horse!


It was late when I recorded this so my bad about my voice being rough at parts, need more water lol.

  
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A Dungeon Revisited (#2): Age of Conan

Welcome to issue #2 of my on-going playthroughs of the latest and greatest MMORPGs. Most of which are trying to make a name for themselves, and haven't quite landed the market for potential players. You will find out how the difficulties of creating a unique and enjoyable MMO experience translates to modern gamers. What does it take to reach success in the universe of MMOs? Keep reading to get a glimpse of the struggles one game had, Age of Conan, during its post launch endurement.


Check out issue #1 here (Dungeons and Dragons Online). I'm a little urked to find out that some writer at Gamespot named their blog similar to mine. Anyways mine has a cooler name, and my series started earlier this morning! Anyways on with the information.

A little over a year ago, Age of Conan promised gamers with the ultimate MMO package. The world of Robert E. Howard's, beautiful and savage world at their fingertips. So did gamers receive that promise? Well not exactly, for a number of very legitimate reasons; which was later acknowledged by the game's creators.

You look almost too good to smash.
The world of Hyboria was there. The brutality was definitely there, the combat never felt more fresh and dynamic. Afterall, this is a Mature rated game, what would it be without gruesome fatalities. The class archetypes were fleshed out, soldiers, mages, rogues, and priests. The game's visuals looked stunning; if you had a top of the line video card at that time. Story-telling and cinematics were some of the main attractors for sure, it felt as if you were playing a single player game when you talked to each of the quest givers. So what was missing?

It was the fine print. That fact that Funcom released the game out there without telling customers what to expect months of play later, or in some cases, much much sooner. Gamers basically were tricked into thinking that everything could be solved with a few patches. Unfortunately, Age of Conan's problems ran deeper than that.

First things first, never promise a feature that is guaranteed on a retail box, and then when a customer goes to install and run the game, that feature does not exist. The highly touted DX10, which was in fact printed on the boxes when it first came out last May, was never included as a setting in the actual game. Funcom's argument to this was that they did find some memory leaks with several DX10 features in beta, but apparently it was too late to modify the boxes being made to ship. Most gamers could look past this, but even releasing the DX9 versions of the game contained technical issues with many gamers, causing crashes and such.

Moving on to gameplay proved to be a little more difficult to critique. Still, a large number of outside MMO players moved over to Age of Conan as they grew tired of other popular MMOs at the time (or of all-time for that matter), such as World of Warcraft. Players were not to be fooled, full price plus subscription costs, and you are looking for your money in every dungeon you go through. The game was simply missing that refinement and polish MMO players take for granted.

I can kill with a purpose again.
PvP, especially in a M-rated game, with complex guild sieges and the intricate fighting system that was offered, was never fully thought out or implemented. The outside layer was there, but the inner workings was never fully realized. The developers slept to the player communities' cries for what seemed like forever. Not until well afer the damage was done, could you enjoy the PvP for what it should of been, a major feature included. 

One of the main developers commented upon the release of the new PvP system, saying that he did not feel it was an integral part of the game at that time. Sorry to say, but not releasing a PvP system for a game of this nature is asking to get yelled out by players everywhere.

The Criminal and PvP leveling based system is in the game now, and is backed up by the release of update 1.05, which adds many interesting statistical information for all of the game's weapons and items. There is instant data for players interested in looking to outfit a certain way, to prevent damage form a certain type, or increase damage proficiencies of their own.

Guild issues at the start suffered similar problems. Although many level requirements still remain the same for high-end content, there is a greater sense of direction and focus for guilds to look at when siege planning, and looking to start that next big raid. Along with the 1.05 update came the Tarantia commons zone. A constant struggle of NPC guards and rebels in which you can take part in. You can earn plenty of new items and weapons there as you take on either side of the battle. This is a level 75+ area, so you're going to need your guild or some brave adventures to help, but the rewards should be more than worth it. The next big update is going to be largely guild related too, so good news there.

There are plans for more mid-range content too. Some of the major complaints about the game was the fact that once you left the immersive story-telling experience of the island of Tortage, players were left feeling that the rich voice acting experience had faded away. They were often left wondering what to do next as well. However it is an open world setting, so it could be due to more subjective tastes, and once you leave the tutorial beginnings, you can now have the freedom to adventure how you like. Some plans are being made to rekindle that story-telling experience though, to make things feel more cinematic.

Future details and plans of a retail expansion pack comes next month, as they begin to showcase their major zone addition, House of Crom. Funcom is also inviting any previous subscribers of the game to reactivate their account, which includes a reevalutation period. This phase being offered lasts 14 days of free play, so if you were interested in the game in the past, but canceled because of whatever reason, now's your chance to take a look back inside the world of Hyboria.

Personally, I played the game back at launch. I loved it until I hated it,  like many others. Recently I've invested some time back in the game, and I'm impressed with the work they've done, and the feedback they responded to with various updates. It shows you that if you're a MMO in trouble, and you have the man power to keep pounding away at new content and fixes, people will take notice. I just hope things keep going in the right direction.


  

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