Slight blog makeover

I’ve been thinking about changing the theme on the blog again since we were entering a new year. However I was unable to find any theme that I could fancy. So I decided to look closer at the options for the current one that I’m using. I’ve made the header image better and changed it to some more current creations (and plan to add more when I can), split the sidebars left and right and rearranged the widgets. I’m liking it a whole lot better!

Steam sale is go!

My first purchase was the new Metal Gear Solid. I played a bit of it. Nice graphics, steathy, sandboxy, and haven’t found any boxes to hide in… yet. The graphics are amazing so far. And for it being one map it looks like there’s a bunch of stuff to do. Definitely worth the $13.39. My only complaint was that it wasn’t $13.37.

Oh well. Let the stockpiling begin!

Wow, an actual murder simulator…

In all the time I’ve been alive I’ve played I don’t know how many games. I’ve played things that I’ve felt are good, bad and the hideous (I’m looking at you Daikatana). I play multiple genres and try to keep an open mind about new possibilities. I used to mainly play platformers and FPS in the 90’s but have also played puzzle solvers. Heck I didn’t even know I liked Hack n Slash until about a year ago.

There are also games that I don’t have any interest in buying, period. Like woodcutter simulator (or most simulators for that matter, seriously why would I want to drive a train forever it sounds friggen boring)… Or games that make me question why they even exist to begin with. Like Hatred. It’s quite the hot controversial potato. So hot that Epic Games wrote the developers of hatred ordering them to remove their logo from the game.

Epic Games isn’t involved in this project. Unreal Engine 4 is available to the general public for use ‘for any lawful purpose,’ and we explicitly don’t exert any sort of creative control or censorship over projects. However, the video is using the trademarked Unreal Engine 4 logo without permission from Epic, and we’ve asked for the removal of our logo from all marketing associated with this product.

It was on Steam Greenlight, then got taken down the other day, then got put back up again with an apology from Gabe Newell.

“Yesterday I heard that we were taking Hatred down from Greenlight. Since I wasn’t up to speed, I asked around internally to find out why we had done that. It turns out that it wasn’t a good decision, and we’ll be putting Hatred back up. My apologies to you and your team. Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers.”

So why the big deal with this game? Here’s the trailer.

Basically it’s a game about some guy that’s mad at the world, hates everyone and everything in it, and is intent on killing as many people as he possibly can. That’s the entire goal of the game. I know there have been people who have been comparing this game to games like Postal, GTA, Saints Row and so on because you know, they’re violent? No. I would class Saints Row and Postal under jokes or parody. People die in those games, but it’s so hilariously unrealistic. GTA has it’s bad moments, but the game doesn’t completely center around them like Hatred does. Say what you want about games with violence, but a lot of them have a purpose behind them. DooM has zombies and demons to kill, Carmageadon is cartoonish about killing pedestrians and other cars, in the Tomb Raider series you have to kill people who want to use artifacts for selfish needs, in the FarCry series you’re on an island and need to survive. This just goes on and on… And to compare Hatred to some of those games is just an insult.

For me the issue isn’t so much that it got back onto Greenlight on Steam. If anything this makes me question what can we define as going too far? I mean seriously, what’s next? Child Molester Simulator? Rape Simulator? I can already see people coming forward saying “Well I would never buy this game. But damn it they have every right to sell it!” Seriously if I took a shot of whiskey for every thread I’ve read on every gaming site regarding this game where the gist is basically ‘there’s nothing wrong with a little capitalism’ I’d of keeled over from alcohol on the first link.

It’s going to happen too. (Not the Whiskey part, I ran out awhile ago).

Light the candles and put on Garrysmod.

After going out with some co-workers tonight for some burgers and drinks I came home and played some garrysmod with my buddy Yutram. It started off with us watching random youtube videos in the cinema, then we went over to sandbox and I taught him how to be a gmod fashionista. This is what happened:

Elsa in her later years.

He decorated his Elsa playermodel (the game keeps turning him into that everytime he logs into gmod anyway). He said he regretted nothing. Then we flew around over the map in our rocket shoes.

Flying high again.

That’s me with my demon wings. I’m also sporting a Santa hat and a scarf. I have the same bug as Yutram, except instead of Elsa I get MGR Raiden everytime I start the game. Someday I’ll figure out why it keeps doing that.

Looks like I’m safe! (for now)

I read that there were a ton of WordPress sites that got hit with Russian Malware. Over 100,000 to be exact. It’s so awful that Google has even had to block 11,000 domains. What a clusterfuck.

Google has already blocked 11,000 domains to try to curb the damage. According to security firm Sucuri, the malware uses a vulnerability in a slideshow plug-in called Slider Revolution. The Slider Revolution team have fixed it with updates. The problem is that the old,vulnerable version of the plug-in is still bundled with WordPress themes, so lots of sites are still using the wrong version.

Good thing I haven’t used a slider here. Although I’ve contemplated it but I’m not sure if it would even fit how I (barely) run this place.

Open Thread: Time to break the ice again

Been so busy talking with work, play and chatting with friends that I often run out of energy to write something. And it’s not like I have nothing to write about.

So I guess I’ll start by saying that I’ve been busy (as usual) being a server op. A few days ago I even had to ban a clan from my Left 4 Dead 2 server for ganging up on a person and trying to kill them. Two of the clan members got so pissed that they sent their leader after me. He only got two shots in before I banned him. Glorious, truly glorious.

I’ve also been modding the hell out of my sandbox server. Today I added rocket boots, a winter map (tis the season), some jets and a helicopter plus a watermelon launcher. I recently figured out how to get wearables into the game. I have them working on my cinema server too! Now when we watch videos together we can be fashionable.

Ok, I’ve said something. Now I can contemplate playing a game…

Steam allows you to stream games now.

Woke up to a bunch of people on my friends list talking about the new Steam Broadcasting feature that allows you to stream your gameplay. So I spent a good portion of the evening streaming various games. It seems to work with Direct X and OpenGL, but sadly no MSDOS.

This is currently in the steam client beta if anyone wants to check it out. To my knowledge it works on Windows 7 and 8. If you’re on Windows Vista it’s not available, and I’m not sure about Linux and Mac but they’re probably not supported either for this beta.

So, looks like I might have to look into doing some streaming for myself. :) Then you can see how horrible I am. :P

Wow it’s December already?

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Well, in the US anyway. It would probably be awkward if you had our Thanksgiving in say, Norway or the UK. Or if we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving, or… you get the idea.

If you’re reading this I’ve survived Black Friday. I had to work bright and early. Completely missed the enormous rush at 5 am. Apparently quite a few people camped outside in their cars starting at Midnight. Thank you Crazy Black Friday shoppers for reminding me that I waste my time in a slightly more useful manner. :lol:

Speaking of shopping I should probably do some online shopping later today. Teas to buy and gifts to get. Should probably schedule a hair appt too, starting to get a little long.

Another Gaming Open Thread

Last night I went out of my way to make sure all my games were up to date for lunch. Only to find Steam had an update waiting for me when I connected to the wifi at work… Didn’t even get anywhere near completion. -_-

On a brighter note I fixed my TF2 servers. Not only can people wear their Halloween cosmetics all the time again, they can also show off the awesome spells they collected! Made sure to enable it for Quickplay and MvM too. Oh, and the bots have special weapons again on the custom server. Hooray for diversity!

Speaking of servers it appears my main group has been getting some more members. Most of the traffic seems to come from the Elevator Source server. Who knew that giving people a place to stand around and do nothing would be such a hit?