Rundown (6/03-6/09) PRE3 2018: Darkness Rising

Ah yes, the fabled time of bliss and joy amongst the greater western video gaming community is finally here.  While the event has been made obsolete to a certain degree thanks to the digital age and preeminent announcements, E3 is always a time of great powerhouse excitement for those who follow the gaming industry, with a plethora of announcements and various bits of news to be taken in.  
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Rundown (1/21-1/27) Notorious Nebulous Nonsense

Over the past few days I have been playing Black Desert Online after it was available during a free weekend on Steam.  I had known of the game for several years, and was curious to see how it fared, but then I was reminded that MMORPGs are some of the last intuitive games on the market, containing so many mechanics and subsystems that are thrust onto the player.  With trade routes, housing, four types of glorified crafting, and all of this tedious nebulous rubbish that exist on top of an interesting action RPG that has an interesting fixation on grinding knowledge on enemies, skills, and even people.  It is an odd little title that really could be something novel, if only it did not belong to a genre notorious for its nebulous nonsense.  Also, it’s controller support leaves a lot to be desired.
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Rundown (11/19-11/25) Clothes Are My Enemy!

Seeing as how I am going to begin presenting myself as female within a month or so, I have recently been shopping for a large quantity of clothes in search for ones that look good and actually fit me.  Female clothing in particular uses at times baffling measurements to determine sizes and how large a certain article of clothing should be on a person.  And if one goes against the generally accepted norms by being very small or taller than average, then clothes shopping becomes that much more annoying.  Being 5 foot 10 and 125 pounds, or 178 cm and 57 kg, I am pretty much relegated to tall small clothing, and searching for decent clothes in those sizes made me realize why women stereotypically spend so much time shopping.  Because even finding something as simple as a good crewneck sweater can be an endeavor.
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Rundown (11/12-11/18) Ultra Gripe Leads to Ultra Delay!

On Friday, I received my copy of Pokemon Ultra Moon, and have since invested 10 hours into the game.  Normally that would mean I would be able to get my review out fairly quickly, but I kept encountering a very unique problem.  You see, prior to the release of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, I assumed that Pokemon Bank would be comparable from day one.  It is not.  Because of this, I was unable to transfer the specific Pokemon I had bred for a team that I intended to use in Ultra Moon.  Now, for those asking why I don’t just build a new team or replicate the one I wanted in Ultra Moon, the answer is quite simple.  I don’t want to put myself through this rigamarole yet again.  
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Rundown (11/05-11/11) Sonic Team Made an Oopsie!

Over the past week Sonic Forces came out, and the general reception of the game has been… pretty darn poor to be honest.  From criticisms levied towards the barren level design, a story that does not properly take advantage of its premise and characters, and various underlying gameplay/technical issues that make the game less refined than Sonic Generations, which came out six years ago.  It is a genuinely confusing state of affairs, especially because of how much time Sonic Team has had to invest in this game.
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Rundown (10/22-10/28) A New and Less Sexual Era

So, the biggest story from the past week is probably how popular gaming forum NeoGaf went offline for the weekend after the owner of the website got himself in some major trouble.  The kind involving massive sexual harassment and what, from what I heard, basically amounts to rape.  I regularly visited the forum, mostly just to peruse the news that my usual sites miss out on and pick up on things that many outlets would not report on.  It was a very good place for information, but I and many others decided to jump ship from this site because, yeah, no, you cannot really wash away the toxicity that comes with that kind of association.  So instead I and a bunch of other people are now getting news from a successor called Reset Era.  Heh.  Cute. Continue reading