Gaming With Your Significant Other or RUN FOR THE HILLS WHILE YOU STILL CAN!

Irrelevant update of the week: I know, I know I’ve been terrible this August haven’t I? Between travelling for work, moving house and general business, I haven’t had a lot of time for blogging. But September’s almost upon us and things are settling down again, so here’s hoping September will give me more time with you guys!

If you follow me on Twitter you might know that my partner @Grumbl3dookgaming, whose real name is also Sam (believe it or not) and I are both pretty rabid, I mean avid, gamers. Given his Twitter handle you’re probably not terribly surprised. I guess the term ‘gaming couple’ probably describes us pretty accurately. Our living room is basically one large gaming cave filled with consoles, TVs, 2 gaming PCs – one for each and a ridiculous number of handhelds. Admittedly everything other than Sam’s PC and the Vita I bought him are mine, because he’s pretty much just on PC and I tend to flit between platforms depending where the best games are. So why am I telling you all this other than the fact that I like filling your heads with inane and useless info? Well, I recently I spotted this tweet by @Chindividual and it got me thinking:

Playing #FFXIV together with my SO makes me wonder why she hasn’t strangled me yet.

Most people think that it must super duper sunshine and rainbows awesome to be have be in ‘gaming relationship’. They have visions of hours spent playing a game together, laughing and enjoying life to the fullest, because what could be more amazing than sharing your greatest hobby with your partner? They get it! They understand all your stupid nerdy jokes! They don’t care when you need to finish this match before you can come to dinner! And yes, it’s all true, to a certain extent. After all, having any sort of shared interests, particularly ones that you’re both passionate about and can bond over is pretty amazing. In fact, I think fondly back on all the times we spent playing World of Warcraft or Unreal Tournament together and all the times I’ve creeped him out doing my best ‘turret voice’ from Portal (particularly late at night when he’s least expecting it). Good times. Continue reading

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Borderlands 2: The single-player experience

So the plan was to review Gearbox’s ‘Borderlands 2’ as a co-op experience. The plan was that I would play through the whole thing by myself, all of the missions and then when I had finished it, I would go back and play it co-op. Wow. Yeah. That’s not going to happen for a while. I ended up playing the game for about two weeks and fairly intensively at times. Sure I’m definitely somewhat of a completionist, but it’s still a looooong game, especially when you’re playing by yourself. It’s also an intense experience that I will need a bit of a break from before jumping back into it at some point with another character. I played as Sal, but all of the characters, there were four in the main game plus one added by DLC, were awesome. There was Sal the gunzerker, Axton the commando, Maya the siren and Zero the assassin. Like the first ‘Borderlands’ (which I haven’t played, so I can’t compare) it’s a first person shooter with some RPG elements, although there’s much debate (as usual). I can only talk about this game from my personal perspective, from having played one of the four characters and only on single-player and not having played the first game (I was told that 2 was significantly better and to just play that one and I certainly didn’t have any problems story-wise just jumping right in), but as it stands, I think the game was absolutely incredible. I may even have to update my favourite games list when I round it out to my top 10, because yes, it deserves its place there. I won’t say it’s a perfect game and there were definitely some downsides to playing it all by my lonesome (which I’ll discuss in some detail), but overall, I was blown away by this game. 

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