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Back to the Basics [L4D2]

L4D2 | No Mutation | Dead Center Poster | Left 4 Dead 2
Jockey midair attack
Reloading within a few feet of a spitter
Shooting a spitter through a door with a shotgun
Flaming witch
Dodged a hunter's pounce

Last night's live session of Left 4 Dead 2 was a slight breath of fresh air. Unfortunately though, we were down a member of our regular L4D2 team. The Nick and I, decided to run without any mutations starting from the first campaign, Dead Center. Really, it was I who decided. I'm pretty sure I didn't give The Nick a chance to voice his opinion before hitting, "Start Game."

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My Letter to Firefly Online

Firefly Online Background (courtesy of http://www.fireflyonline.com)
57th Overlanders | Balls & Bayonets Brigade | Beta Testers Wanted
Submitted by DracoSys on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 22:23

A couple weeks ago, Firefly Online stated that they're looking for beta testers. The way to apply was to write a letter (email) with a few requirements, send it in, and hope for the best. I did just that and since, have not heard anything about the recruiting. Considering the fan base, I'm sure they've got a lot to sift through. I haven't posted anything for a couple weeks here.

Let's Play Unreal Tournament 3 Series Complete

Let's Play Unreal Tournament III by DracoSys
Submitted by DracoSys on Mon, 09/01/2014 - 13:02

As old as it may be, Unreal Tournament 3 is still a hell of a great game. At face value it seems like a very typical shooter (and in many ways it can be). However, it has some nice differences to the standard shooter in their game modes. I have completed my "Let's Play Unreal Tournament 3 Campaign" series and feel it deserves a sort of summary. Here's the entire Let's Play UT3 Campaign Playlist.

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Single Broadcast, Multiple Channels

DracoSys, Gaming My System Live, to Twitch.tv, YouTube.com, Gamewisp.com and Hitbox.tv
Live stream to all the networks meme
Submitted by DracoSys on Sun, 08/03/2014 - 17:28

In doing research in the field of streaming live game broadcast video, I attempted to find what is the best service to use. After several days worth of reading forums, blogs and reddit posts, I found that while most people flock to Twitch, there's a ton of people who don't prefer their streaming service (and this was before confirmation of Google buying Twitch). That leaves a lot of potential viewers out.

SoaSE with The Beard [Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion]

Diplomatic Defeat - Just a nice way of saying, "You quitter!"
Micromanaging a battle for my fleet to focus fire on one target at a time; queuing up the targets so I don't have to wait for each one to be destroyed.
In the Pirate screen, we can see and anonymously place bounties on empires.
Pretty large scale battle in an integral gravity well without a colonizable planet. I attempted to fortify it with a Starbase.
Submitted by DracoSys on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:59

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion is a Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game where players (human and computer or A.I. controlled) must use 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate) strategies to become the dominant empire. Night Vallin of The Beard Gaming wanted to have more than 2 human players. He asked if I liked strategy games such as SoaSE. I answered, "Hell yes!" and went into a long-winded list of RTS games I loved playing over more than a decade.

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Bastion: A Game Review

At The Bastion's core, under the monument
Loading screen with tip, "Level up to raise the Drink Limit at the Distillery."
The Shrine at The Bastion with a few gods' idols. Garmuth is selected.
About to die from a Pyth bull
The underbelly of The Bastion, beneath the Monument.
Fighting an Ura at Urzendra Gate
Calamity Cannon shoots large meteor-like fireballs
Mount Zand's "Boss Fight" is 2 Lungblossoms
Submitted by DracoSys on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:52

Bastion was an amazing game; everything about Bastion was beautimous! Especially when you consider that I haven't been a huge fan of modern "platformer" style games in several years, there's a lot of weight in my saying it's amazing! I'm a gamer, through and through. Every aspect of most games is extremely important -- not just special effects and general gameplay mechanics.

Click for the TL;DR version and video if you'd like.

Otherwise, let's break a few things down for a complete Bastion game review:

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