Minecraft is one of those terrible games that eats your time right before your very eyes. I just need to build this, oh but I need to mine that, ooooh check out that hill… I’M GOING ON AN ADVENTURE! I’ve spent many an hour punching away at trees with my fists. Perhaps I can do something more productive with my time now, by not only building a city, but managing it too.
Warcraft III: that game where people spent more time playing mods than the actual game itself. Many fell in love with the DotA mod, so much so that even more spawned from it. The most popular was arguably Pudge Wars, where each player got to take the role of monster hooker with the goal of outhooking the enemy team . It was insanely fun, and something many have been requesting for Dota 2.
It’s official! Epic Games has a new Unreal Tournament game on the way, and it’s going to be completely free, moddable and developed alongside gamers.
Zombies are old hat. Passé. Nobody cares about the ambling undead anymore. What the world needs now is something better. And that thing could just be dinosaurs. An enterprising modder has started work on something very much like DayZ, only with dinosaurs instead.
I have a confession to make. It’s not a particularly popular one – but I loved the heck out of Skyrim. Yes, it was a buggy and glitchy mess. Yes, its combat is frankly terrible. Yes, many of its quests are repetitive and shallow. Despite that, it was good enough to suck up 200 hours of my life. And, two years on, it just keeps getting better thanks to mods and tweaks. Now there’s a tweak that will let you have 300 (plus) player NPC battles.
SimCity hasn’t had the easiest time since it’s arrival with the small city sizes and always online requirement raising the ire of many a gamer. Personally I still love jumping into the game every now and then and attempting to build my empire.
Those who have been following me on twitter must now know that my kids have become obsessed with Minecraft. It’s all they seem to want to do now and I spend half my parenting life trying to get them to go outside and swim or something… I’ve become my mother.
While I may be looking forward to 2014’s Thief, that enthusiasm hasn’t exactly been felt by long-time fans of the series. And for good reason, because in order to be as widespread as possible, the Thief formula will need to be watered down a tad to hit that mainstream appeal. But fans need not worry, because they’ll be able to transform their Thief game into the experience that they want to have.
I really shouldn't watch Silence of the Lambs before going to sleep - now I'm imagining gaming skins as something very different. That said, Minecraft for 360 and CubeWorld are getting some awesome skins!
Rockstar’s incredibly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V has yet to be announced for PC. According to Rockstar, it’ll only make its way to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 when it sees release later this year. That’s rightfully raised the ire of PC gamers, who so far have put 143 000 impotent digital signatures to a petition to bring the game to PC. Their wishes, however, might come true.
DayZ, a slow-paced, realistic(ish) game mode about the Zombie apocalypse is an intriguing thing – but it requires too much effort to get running at the moment, requiring Arma II, its expansion, a BETA patch and the mod to be installed. The good news is its coming in a standalone form. The bad news is that it was supposed have been released last year. Why isn’t it out yet?
One of the very best things about PC games that elevates them beyond their console counterparts (other than ridiculous framerates, better graphics and thick rhinoceros callouses on your mouse hand) is the wonderful work done by modding communities. Games like DayZ, DOTA and Counter-Strike wouldn’t exist without the ability for dedictaed gamers to tinker and as a result make their own games. Nowhere is the power of modding more evident than with Skyrim, which has given us delightful things like a Macho Man Dragons and homicidal ponies. This could be the best Skyrim mod yet.