Sam & Sam’s Tekkit Ender Quest Part 32

Grumbl3dook takes over the filming which just might be too much pressure. Will it all prove too much (see the end to find out)? At least today’s task isn’t that stressful…

Who knew building quarries could be such fun?

MCM Expo 2013 aka London Comic Con

Here is the much promised write-up of the London Comic Con, which took place last weekend. I realise this is very different from the stuff I usually write about – it isn’t just about video games for one thing, but what the hell, I figure it’s something you guys would enjoy reading about, since you guys are probably all geeks or at least geek-curious, right? Also, bold statements like ‘I met Commander Shepard and Kaidan Alenko’ need to be backed up by documentary evidence! Unlike my usual posts, this one is doesn’t really have a point, other to show you guys some awesome costumes I saw and to share with you guys a few experiences I had while there. I confess that although I did play a couple of demos, I didn’t really focus on the gaming side of the con at all, so I won’t be covering anything substantive about upcoming games at all. This post is intended as more of a fun look at an up and coming convention. I hope you guys enjoy it!

Can you spot the cheeese toastie?

Can you spot the cheeese toastie?

NOTE: This post is coming a bit late, because (for those of you not on Twitter) I was on a plane Monday/Tuesday flying back to Hong Kong to visit my family. I’ll be away for two weeks, but not to worry, I’ll still be updating as usual. Other Sam (Grumbl3dook) will be holding down the fort in terms of uploading videos, so you may notice that he’ll be writing up the video blog posts until I return to the UK (I’ll be preemptive and tell you guys not to believe any of his slanderous lies – I wasn’t there! I didn’t do it! It was someone else!) The only minor change will be that I will not be uploading my usual Amnesia videos until I return. Instead, there should be an Oculus Rift video up this Saturday and possibly a Dota 2 video up next Saturday. After that, things should return to normal!

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Sam and Sam’s Tekkit Ender Quest Part 31

Hey guys, Grumbl3dook here as Cheeese is flying off on some mysterious mission – something about space cheddar and lasers…

She wanted to let you all know that this won’t disrupt the schedule here much, and on that note here’s Part 31 of the Ender Quest – who remembers that we built a quarry? Because it’s quite a surprise for us…

Sunshine Blogger Award and 10 Facts About CheeeseToastie!

YAY!!! Thanks very much to the talented writer/poet Derek Childs over at totalovrdose for nominating me for the the Sunshine Blogger Award! I humbly accept. 🙂 It’s an amazing feeling to know that people out there actually get enjoyment out of reading your blog and I’m very touched that I was among the ten bloggers chosen for this award! Also, to all my readers, you guys have all been awesome by commenting, liking and generally supporting CheeeseToastieandVideoGames, so I thank you all as well! I’ve loved talking to many of you so far and I hope to get a chance to interact with more of you soon.

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Like the Liebster Blog Award, the ‘rules’ for accepting the award are fairly flexible. These are the main 5 as far as I know:

1. Use the award logo in a post and/or on your blog
2. Include a link back to whoever nominated you
3. Offer 10 pieces of random information about you (at least I think they’re random)
4. Nominate ten other bloggers who ‘positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.’
5. Let your nominees about their much deserved award

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On a Geekly Basis: CheeeseToastie and Video Games

This was from a little while ago now, but I just realised I’d never reblogged this really fun interview I did for Wrong Button Blog. I figured some of you might like to know about the person behind the cheese toastie. 🙂 Check out their blog for more awesome geeky stuff!

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on a geekly basis

Welcome to this week’s installment of “On a Geekly Basis,” a feature that profiles awesome geeky people and things!

This week we want to introduce you to Sam Leung, freelance games journalist and creator of CheeeseToastie and Video Games, a video game blog.

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JenHale and me edited

Me and Liara and Jack

Me and Sam Traynor

geek or nerd

Wow, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve argued about what the distinction between a ‘geek’ and a ‘nerd’ is with my friends. To me being a nerd is about being interested in intellectual or academic pursuits, whereas being a geek is more about being interested in particular fandoms or having niche interests. Going by that definition, I’d say I’m a lot of both, but I’m definitely more of a geek, mainly because the geek part of me is kind of rabid and likes to take over all the other more normal parts of my brain. Once you get me going about a game or…

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Sam and Sam’s Tekkit Ender Quest Part 30

Grumbl3dook and I clash over our differences in our hunt for glowstone and realise it all comes down to a question of ‘pirates vs. ninjas’. Also, hell is much cozier than we expected with Ghasts at every turn, ready to send us their fire-y gifts. Will we stand as a team against this new threat? Probably not. Watch out for the surprising (or not so surprising) twist at the end!

My favourite games of all time or games you should play before you kick the bucket!

UPDATE: I promised to expand this list to include my top ten favourite games quite a while ago (back when this blog was still brand spanking new), so here’s me finally getting around to doing it! This one is going to be a little more difficult than the last one, because once we’re out of the top 5 I can think of a ridiculous number of games I love for many different reasons and in many different ways, but I’d said I’d do it goddamit, so I will!

I’ll mark the titles of the new additions with the word ‘new’, because as you’ll soon discover I’ve actually replaced one of my previous top 5 games with a new one, so it won’t be as straightforward as simply adding entries 6-10. Let me just say now, it might surprise you which game got forced out of my top 5 and which one replaced it!

As I haven’t done anything like this yet and this is still a fairly new blog, I thought it might be nice to write down a list of my all-time favourite games both to introduce myself a bit more and to recommend a few games to you guys as well. Keep in mind that I’m not necessarily saying these are objectively-speaking the ‘best games ever’ even within their respective genres, so if you think any of them are a load of rubbish, that’s absolutely fine! These are just games that captivated me in some way and brought me immense personal enjoyment. I think whether you like a game or not is mostly a subjective experience. I’m not suggesting that a game can’t be judged only on its technical merit. I’m merely saying that enjoyment and preference, the things that are probably most important to your average gamer simply can’t be quantified in any meaningful way. For instance, I can’t deny that the first Uncharted and LA Noire were technically superb games that made great strides in animation, but they just didn’t have that extra quality that makes a game pop to me. There are lots of people, however, that would probably strongly disagree with my opinion of Uncharted and I completely respect that. There are even some games that I spent a lot of time on, like World of Warcraft, but looking back on, although the game brought me a great deal of immediate pleasure, I can’t say it’s a game that brought me much lasting enjoyment.  I think the best reviews of games that I’ve read are the ones that try to weave those two elements: personal experience and objective judgment, together rather than attempt to ignore or deny the existence of your personal feelings. Although, this piece might be leaning more towards the ‘personal’ side than usual, that’s the kind of style that I’ll be trying to bring my blog and I hope it’s one you enjoy!

Last thing I’ll say on my choice of games is that it was a lot harder than I thought it would be to list only a few of my top games. There are lots of games I really liked, but just didn’t make the final cut. Why didn’t these games make the list? Sometimes, like the games I mentioned above, despite being decent in quality and fairly fun, they simply didn’t fulfill that core need that I have, that all gamers have. You know, that part of you that is only satisfied by playing a really good game that works for you. Clearly that core need is different, whether it’s a desire for an excellent narrative or just a need for escapism and I think it’s what makes you pick this game rather than that one. Of course, there are some I love to bits, but just didn’t quite make the top 5 like the original Fable, or the first Halo, Goldeneye or Unreal Tournament. You can probably see a bit of a trend here, I love RPGs, first-person shooters and and open-world games, although as I’ve mentioned before I’m open to playing anything really.

I’m sticking to the best of the best for me, but I may add to this as I find new games that I think are worthy of ‘the list’ and maybe add on a few more if I get the time. Also, as these are not full reviews of the game, they’re probably less detailed than you might expect if you’ve read any of my other pieces as I really just wanted to write down some of my personal thoughts and feelings on them. If there are any games on there that you haven’t played before, I’d really suggest you give it a shot and see if you can’t get the same kind of pleasure I got out of it.

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UPDATED: ‘My favourite games of all time or games you should play before you kick the bucket’

As I have no idea how to make the updated post appear on my front page and reader (I know you can stick the post to the front page, but that isn’t really what I was going for), I’ll just have to provide you guys with the link to my much awaited (right?) update to my favourite games list. I’ve rounded it out to my top 10 as was requested by a few people and I think some of the entries might surprise you guys. Drumroll please!

Check out the updated post here: http://cheeesetoastieandvideogames.com/2013/02/18/my-favourite-games-of-all-time-or-games-you-should-play-before-you-kick-the-bucket/

Sam and Sam’s Tekkit Ender Quest Part 29

After the chaos that was the 3-part Wolf Special, we decided to take it easy by going to hell (the Nether). It’s an enchanting place full of glowstone, zombie pigmen and haunted by… you know what, I won’t spoil the surprise for you. Watch as we take a relaxing stroll around hell, take in some sights and just generally enjoy each other’s company, while trying desperately not to die.