I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently since I consider myself an adult now. I’ve made a reasonable amount of real life friends through playing World of Warcraft. It makes me question what made this possible. It is such a stew of variables that it is easy to overlook the key components.

I’m hoping this becomes a series of how people met through playing games online, and what it was like the first time they met in real life.

I’ve asked a friend (Sockety) to write a post about the first time he took a train to Chicago from Pippapasses, KY to meet WoW friends and myself. Hopefully he pulls through.

Have you ever made a real life friend through a video game? If the answer is YES and you’d like to write about it let us know! We’d be happy to share your story!

It’s finally happened. The thing we’ve all not been waiting for… A Mean Girls mobile game.

I opened my email to see a press release for the iOS game this morning and figured it was going to be a clone of the Kim Kardashoany break out hit from last year, but it isn’t.

Mean Girls happens to be a “tiara defense” game (the press release’s description). Looking at the photos it is a tower defense game. That is pretty neat to introduce likely a whole new audience to the tower defense genre.

Mean Girls for iOS is $3.99 and has IAP.

Lauch Trailor
http://youtu.be/-gXdHwTiWKc

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*TLDR at the bottom for all your player haters.

“Heck yeah” I thought to myself when I read the text from Redbox. I went to the Redbox near work and picked-up Destiny. I’ve been itching to try it.

The rental screen said something about a possible 20gb install. I remember how long it took to install Metal Gear Solid for PS3 and hoped in the years since the process had improved.

Glorious is the Hair of the PC Master Race.

Glorious is the Hair of the PC Master Race.

Fast forward 8 hours later I am home. My wife is even pumped about me playing a console game for once, because you know Glorious PC Master Race stuff.

I put the disc in and wait out the dread PS3 updates. They were a quick 10 mins. Next the game starts doing stuff. Then some more stuff. Now it is asking me to purchase something from the PSN Store but it is free.

It is called Compatibility Pack 2. It is 1141 mb. If I was on my PC this download would take about 15 mins, but I am on the PS3 dealing with Sony shit so it is going to take 114 mins. Wait it is going up. Now it is 224 mins. Fuck. Now we have steadied out at 333 mins…

I am mad, but it is time to sleep and I have the PS3 set to shut off after a a period of no activity. I let it download over night.

Turn it on bright and early Saturday morning. I am pumped to get a day in and beat the single player campaign which is 10 hours according to some nerds online. Sorry Jared, I’m going to Scrooge McDuck the life out of you with another update for Destiny.

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Notice this one is a measly 160something mb. “This may take a while”, that’s cute that it is warning me. I look at it again 40 mins later and it is not done yet. 2 hours later it is done. I hit next.

IS THIS FUCKING PURGATORY FOR ME? Now it has me back at the PSN Store or whatever the goob it is called having me purchase Compatibility Pack 1. I was dumb and assume the Compatibility Pack 2 it had me download first would have encapsulated Compatibility Pack 1. Dumb Me!

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1.5 hours later I get to the point where the game is just ready to be played, but first it has to spin the disc around and do things that you have no idea of. Maybe it was looking for prime numbers (folding) and thinking about what I was thinking and reporting back to N. Korea. I don’t know. I’m just mad.

Finally at Noon I get to play the damn game. I can say I didn’t hate it but it took some dumb game design choices, like forcing me to go back to the home planet thing to turn in quests and do dumb stuff like decode weapons. I wouldn’t be so salty about it if it would have just loaded me back there after a mission, instead you get this cool view of your ship above earth, then you need to click “Navigation” and choose the home base thing and wait 1-5 mins for it to load.

The game was really easy until you got to the end boss, then it was overwhelmingly hard in an uncreative way. It felt like 90% of the missions ended by taking my robot thing that sounded like the Toonami robot and guarding it from onslaughts of baddies. It got so repetitious and frustrating because mobs would spawn behind me sometimes while I was on my 10 attempt at a boss. There could’ve been so many cool things to the story brought through fun game mechanics that just never showed up, so I just felt cheated at the end of each level.

one of the coop level bosses in Destiny on Earth.

Unbeatable boss. This dude was chained up at the start of a 3 player coop battle that is part of the main story line. One player gave up 30 mins in, while me and the other player looked for way to bug out the mobs that spawned like hitting a wasp hive with a baseball bat. We gave up after a 50 min try. 🙁 sad face

I tried to finish the game, I wanted to so dearly. The game just didn’t have enough story content to get me to the correct level for the final stage. I tried to grind out some level but it just wasn’t happening for me. I was level 16 on the last level using every skill I had to get past bad dudes and ultimately on one of the final stage minibosses I just gave up angry.

Fun Parts: Playing coop with random people on the internet was sort of fun. The bosses were challenging in a boring way, like revolving shields or hizzilions of non-boss mobs running around being dicks. The PVP was fun enough for it to be the main attraction for people that took the risk and bought the game.

TLDR: 1 day rentals of games just don’t work anymore like they did up to xbox/ps2 because developers keep putting out buggy shit and the networks for the consoles including their update software are garbage.
Also Destiny is mediocre and DO NOT RENT IT because you will lose 8 hours of your life waiting to play it.

THE moral OF the STORY is: 1 day game rentals seem like a good idea, like being a non-smoker and smoking a cigarette when you’ve been drinking. Except the cigarette is over quickly and it burns your throat for the next couple of days because you are a pussy and it knows that.

Today there has been a conversation on my FB feed prompted by a Polygon report prompted PBS Games video prompted by a CNN article that only 10% of gamers finish games. (That is some Inception shit right there)

My FB friends that are talking about are mainly game developers. The idea of $60 for 60 hours simply translates to a $1 an hour of entertainment value, so it is up to the gamer to figure out how much value they would like to milk from their purchase.

Game development does get a little cheaper over time due to economies of scale, but one thing that never changes is the fact that an hour of labor cost one hour of labor for a contractor.

When I worked as a AAA developer I was lucky to be a contractor. I got paid for every moment of time I put in. The people on salary had to rely on a yearly bonus to make up the over time, and that seemed risky to me.

Personally I tend to get more value from multiplayer games, especially co-op. I have always preferred co-op games since a child. As a married adult I love to play games with my wife and friends. Playing with the wife is console games, mainly WiiU titles. Friends is WiiU or MOBA’s.

We probably have 30 hours in Hyrule Warriors already in co-op, and we wish for more content! The articles/video don’t factor in the different type of content because they are dumb.

Let’s assume they are talking about single player storylines.
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