Category Archives: Gaming

PC & Console games, and anything in between.

SC2 1x Barracks Fast Expand – Trying Something New!

A new StarCraft 2 gameplay video of a ladder match I played a few days ago. The last few games I’ve played I’ve lost with trying to harass early with cloaked Banshee’s…didn’t work out so well so figured I’d change it up a little and go with a more macro oriented game and try a 1x rax fast expand. Worked out pretty well.

StarCraft 2 – First Game Back For 2012

Last year I did a video series “Learning from Bronze” for SC2, shortly after I got rid of my PC in an effort to build a new one. 12 months later I finally get around to it and now that I’ve got a new PC I’m back on SC2.

There are a few videos online helping Bronze league-rs improve their skills and get better but if you really need help not too many of them hold your hand teaching core mechanics, etc. I figure from the perspective of a fellow Bronze league player my gameplay may help others struggling with this game.

Let’s Play: Blacklight Retribution!

Blacklight Retribution is a free to play first person shooter set in a futuristic universe. It is multiplayer online only. Visit the link below the register and play.

I mention in the video it is a DirectX 11 only supported game, this is not true. DX10 is also supported (just doesn’t look as nice). You’ll want a decent gaming rig to play this one though.

My first look at this game and I was quite impressed. Visuals are the first thing you notice in this game but its gunplay is very good. Right up there with other AAA FPS.

Lets Play: Tribes Ascend (First Look) – Learning to Ski!

Taking my first look at Tribes Ascend for the PC. Recently build a new computer so I now get to play through all these new games I’ve missed out on the past 6 months or so! My upload speed on my internet connection is killing me at the moment so I don’t know how long it will be before I really get frustrated with it, but for now I’ll keep doing videos as long as I enjoy making them and can tolerate my internet connection!

My first play through of Tribes Ascend and learning to Ski all over again. I was a huge fan of Tribes 2 back in the day, but learning to ski is just like riding a bike. You never really seem to forget! I’ve played a few games since I recorded this and I must say by skiing has gotten a lot better since this! Having lots of fun playing Tribes again though.

Dota 2 Is Officially Free To Play!

Perhaps not the latest news, but I’ve known for some time that Dota 2 (Defense of the Ancients) would be a free to play game in a similar vein to Team Fortress 2, Counter Strike, etc (funny, these are other Valve games too) but what is more interesting is that news has come from the official Dota site saying that all the heroes in the game will also be free WITHOUT any limitations.

It is important to Dota’s competitive design that all players have access to all Heroes and that players can’t purchase a competitive advantage. We solve that in a simple way, the game is free, all the Heroes are free, and items are earnable in-game. That means, you’ll never have to pay to play and win at Dota. – Source:

Dota began as a user-made modification for Warcraft 3 and has grown into one of the most played online games in the world. Following in the tradition of Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress, Portal, and Alien Swarm, Dota 2 is the result of Valve hiring the community developers who built the mod and giving them the chance to finally build a full product out of their idea with the help of a professional team of developers and artists at Valve.

As for the gameplay, it’s a little hard to describe. The camera is set in the traditional RTS perspective, but it wouldn’t be fair to call Dota an RTS. And while each hero starts at level 1, and many times hits the level cap of 25, it wouldn’t be fair to call it an RPG.

Lots of people have tried to assign various genre names to Dota, but we think Action RTS is probably the most descriptive. And while we don’t spend a lot of time trying to figure out what genre the game is inventing, we can’t stop playing it internally! – Source:

I’m in the middle of downloading this game, it’s around 4.5GB from the steam service. Should be fun to get in and check this game out. It’s been developing a big following among professional gamers and there are now many tournaments hosting Dota 2 games. With time, this game will no doubt be as big as StarCraft 2 or League of Legends on the professional scene.

You can download Dota 2 for free providing you have a Steam account and the steam client installed.

Retro Gaming: NBA Jam (Sega Mega Drive)

BOOM SHAKALAKA!!!! Those two words (if they can even be called words) were ingrained into my brain as a 9 year old. I’d walk past an NBA Jam arcade machine and hear the awesome music and kids screaming with laughter when they were ‘heating up’. Well folks luckily for us back in 1993 the guys at Midway gave us a great port of the arcade classic NBA Jam to the Sega Mega Drive and later the Super Nintendo.

For 2 on 2 Basketball it doesn’t get much better than this game, scoring three times in a row will put your player on fire, turning the basketball into a flaming implement of can’t miss 3 pointers! The series is well known for its gravity defying dunks and no rules basketball antics. The voice commentary in this game was somewhat revolutionary in its day also, no other basketball game at the time was able to capture the excitement of televised basketball in a video game before.

The soundtrack is excellent and the game includes all 27 NBA Teams (from back in 1993). Being a fully licensed game by the NBA was a major deal as you could play from a selection of great NBA players like Scottie Pippen, Dominique Wilkins, Clyde Drexler, the list goes on. Unfortunately Michael Jordan does not make an appearance in this game, but around the time not too many Basketball games were lucky enough to obtain the Jordan license anyway.

From a time when we had many many Basketball video games to choose from, most pretty good ones also NBA Jam stands above them all as a diamond in a sea of slightly less polished by otherwise fairly shiny diamonds!