Steam on Linux

Well, I’ve been saying for a while that with Steam on Mac it would only be a matter of time before it would appear on Linux, and so it has. It works almost flawlessly. In fact, they’ve just fixed the one really irritating bug where your desktops cursor was changed to Steam’s. The experience with Steam is very much just like Windows and presumably Mac. All the games I own that have Linux versions work absolutely great right away, the only thing that was a slight bother was getting it installed in the first place since I’m on Gentoo, but the overlay works fine. I think the only slight disappointment is that I was kinda expecting the Mac versions of the Grand Theft Auto games to have been made available on Linux too.

The future, however, is bright.

Although I do find it odd that Steam has managed to bring more games so quickly. I figured it would be Android’s mega popularity that would have finally been the event that brought gaming to Linux in a profound way and it kinda didn’t.

Trying Out Ubuntu

So I thought I’d try out Ubuntu 12.10.

I’ve heard mostly good things, but I’m weary of any GNOME 3 silliness when it comes to the desktop.

The Ubuntu installer worked well enough, even though I wanted to awkwardly install it to the blank space at the end of drive, it did this quite well. I was getting prepared to have to re-do my boot partition, but Ubuntu uses the up-to-date GRUB2 which is a wonder to get going. Unlike GRUB or LILO, GRUB2 is largely automatic and picks up the installed OS’s on my system perfectly.
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Don’t You Hate It?

When a Let’s Player will talk about how they’ve played the game before, yet they’ll then, one sentence later, pretend they’re seeing a monster or a scenario for the first time?

We don’t do that.

And our footage looks better.

For the discerning Silent Hill fan:

Our Let’s (not) Play of Silent Hill 2 (Blind) is complete. So if you’re one of those people who have been waiting for the playthrough to finish, then now is your time.

7 hours, 58 minutes, and 53 seconds of videos. With a combined size of 25.2GB in ‘Nigh Lossless’ quality, it’s the best looking Silent Hill 2 footage we’ve seen. 1080P widescreen, no stretching, PC version. We’ll add the Maria scenario probably some time next year.

Please, enjoy, and spread the word. It would be nice if a high quality Let’s Play without the usual screaming reactioncam can also do well.

Year’s End 2012

This post is dedicated to YouTube user: MrCalu24 whose upset mindless fanboyism inspired me to write this. Without people like you, I’d have no-one to upset on principle by telling the truth about over-rated pablum. Thank you.

Actually, the real reason I was tempted to skip this post this year is that I haven’t had the opportunity to play several of the few big releases that haven’t been postponed to next year. No Dishonoured, no Xcom, no Assassin’s Creed III. The reason for this is switching from buying games and then re-selling them to renting them from LoveFilm. The advantage of LoveFilm is the volume of games I can play and review, the disadvantage is that it is harder to get the more up to date games. I do also game on my PC of course, but due to injury it has been easier to simply use the PS3. So instead of this being a Game of the Year style article concentrating on new games, its going to be a simple round-up of games I’ve played and what I thought of them. Luckily the title lets me do either – which is handy.

Let us (EAT LETTUCE!) start at the beginning.
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Back into the thick of it

Don’t worry, I’m still alive. I have been dealing with some health issues and recovery times, but that’s all coming to an end unless my wisdom teeth decide to continue to be this painful. As soon as I’ve caught up on some sleep and regained some enthusiasm, and maybe have replaced this chair and RSI-inducing desk I’ll get back to writing more articles and reviews and of course, making more excellent videos. Have you checked out the Let’s Play’s of Silent Hill 1 and 2 yet? Best quality we’ve seen so far.

Don’t worry, there aren’t going to be loads of posts of me saying “sorry about the lack of posts”, don’t you hate websites that do that?

See you all very soon. Hopefully with an updated theme at some point 😉

Timeline, GNOME 3, Windows 8, Youtube

It’s like a torrent of improvements that are worse lately, isn’t it?

With that cloying annoying thing where people go, “well, stop whining about changes, and try it for a while.” The implication being that if you just try it for an arbitrary period, you’ll love it and never want to go back.

No.

They suck. Please stop.

I tried using GNOME 3 for a month, it was still awful, it still got rid of window decorations, it still needed you to memorise keyboard codes (I’d call them shortcuts, but if there’s no other way to do them they aren’t a short-cut are they) to be usable. No really, they made a cheat sheet that you had to memorise before you could use your mouse-using desktop. How intuitive. Windows 8 has all the same problems. This is what happens when you design your desktop interface with the assumption that your user is using a tablet.
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A Time, A Place, A Book of Memories.

Reviews are coming in very slowly for this game, and it isn’t even coming out until early November here, so obviously early days yet.

GameRankings: 78.67%

MetaCritic: Critic: 62% User: 64%

Gamerankings-wise, that’s pretty good, but only based on three critic reviews. That puts it in a similar place as Silent Hill 4: The Room, Shattered Memories, and Silent Hill: Origins. That’s above Homecoming and Downpour, but below 1, 2 & 3.

Metacritic-wise, with only four critic reviews, and 132 user ratings, Book of Memories is now tentatively below the lowest performing Silent Hill: Downpour.

Book of Memories is in the strange position of having been released (at least in some areas) yet without review from many big industry names.

Not actually a handheld gamer myself, so you won’t be seeing a review from us unless it receives a port.

Let’s (not) Play Silent Hill – Now Complete

For the discerning Silent Hill fan:

Our Let’s (not) Play of Silent Hill is complete. So if you’re one of those people who have been waiting for the playthrough to finish, then now is your time.

5 hours, 28 minutes, and 13 seconds of videos. With a combined size of 10.7G in ‘Nigh Lossless’ quality, it’s the best looking Silent Hill footage we’ve seen. The only change to the playlist is that there’ll be a new video advert for our next Let’s Play in it tomorrow.

Please, enjoy.