Epic Thoughts of Randomness: The Revenge!

Hi there faithful readers! Steven here with some useless updates you’ve all been dying for! I have quite a few articles planned for the next few days [Editor’s note: about bloody time!], weeks or months, whatever comes first. Thought I’d let you know what’s going on, and what has been catching my attention lately since Jarrod’s back into his two-sentence news report mood, and everyone else seems to have fled the planet!  Anyhow, here’s what I have in store for you guys (lucky bastards!). (Note to the editor, feel free to edit the shit out of my articles so they’re actually readable)[With language like that, it shouldn’t be a problem].

Since there’s been tons of Superman news lately, what with all the talk about the movie and whatnot, I figured it would be a good idea to bring back the fan-favourite Comic Book Reviews. A new episode should actually hit the site later today or tomorrow for the three of you curious cats out there. I plan to do weekly runs this month totally devoted to the Man of Tomorrow! [I’ve always wondered, how can he be the Man of Tomorrow when tomorrow never comes?  Wouldn’t that just make him the Man of Today?]

I recently played through 2010’s sleeper hit Enslaved, and have a few thoughts I’d like to share.  [Apparently just not about the actual game] I actually have plenty to say about that game, as well as the state of gaming in general that I will relate too in another article. I’ve been meaning to discuss achievements/trophies for a while now.  [Due to laziness…] Everyone knows how addicted I’ve become to those over the years, but now I’m starting to think they’re more of a curse than anything. Look forward to that. [We will!] Also, I really miss the ol’ days of gaming, where beating a game was actually an accomplishment. The last game I bought that I knew I probably wouldn’t be able to complete was Ninja Gaiden Black. Nowadays, videogames are mostly pushovers; I’ll talk about the pro’s and con’s and much more. With Team Ninja recently announcing that the next Ninja Gaiden would be more user friendly, the future isn’t looking bright for hardcore gamers looking for a single-player challenge.

Lastly, ProjectCOE sucks! Where’s all the Minecraft love? [Mal and I had a good conversation you completely ignored damn you!] I don’t recall one single mention of the game anywhere besides the comments section. Have we all been living under a rock? Seriously, I’ve only just discovered this gem a few weeks ago. Still, I never game on my PC. Never! So, I should be the last person in the world to be enjoying a game like this, but I am….. more than anything. That simple fact alone should make you consider trying this game out. It might not look like much, but if you’ve ever liked sim games like Animal Crossing or The Sims (or Roller Coaster Tycoon, the list goes on) you’ll love this! Did you ever mess around with Lego blocks when you were a kid? If so, this game is for you. It’s only $15 for the beta, which includes the full game once it’s released. Honestly it’s a steal. I don’t know if there’s an audience for this kind of game here, but expect some articles in the future. I’d like to take you all on a virtual tour of the “village” Mal [Marcus, remember him?  He wrote a stunning one article I believe.  Yes my friends, the man has talent!  Jokes aside, pressure him to write something else] and I created.  It could prove quite entertaining although I lack the proper equipment to produce such videos. [It’s a PC game, you don’t need ‘equipment’ to record video] Minecraft is a definitive contender for GOTY when the full game sees the light of day. With that said, Steven out. [Best article evar!]

19 thoughts on “Epic Thoughts of Randomness: The Revenge!”

  1. Can’t wait for that achievements/trophies article!

    I tried the Enslaved demo and couldn’t deal with the clunky controls :S

    Turns out that game sold only 450,000 PS3/X360 combined. I think sleeper hit does not apply in this case… at best you could call it a hidden gem :)

    You want difficult games? Go beat Hardcore on Dead Space 2! Or how about Demon’s Souls?

    Minecraft…… yeah I don’t wanna piss of the fans so I won’t say anything.

    Do bring out more articles Steven! Do it! :)

  2. NICE! looking forward to all that content! I will be helping you with MC that’s for sure… :)

    Our Minecraft sever can be found at (it changes sometimes but for now) :

    Join us!

  3. Read the article again folks. Now it’s golden ;) I have been doing a good job lately with the news, but life has been getting in the way. Between going back to university and working long hours at the ‘day job’ let me tell you, I’m bushed. That being said, I have almost completed Dead Space 2, which is miraculous because of my time constraints.

    Now about the trophy/achievements, I’ve said this before and will say it many more times. They are supposed to enhance a game, not make it the reason you play it. If that’s the case than the system has failed. I enjoy the extra little challenge they offer, such as with Dead Space 2. Completing the game on hardcore requires you to play through the entire campaign while using only 3 saves, and pretty much one hit kills turned on for the player. It’s a challenge, but thanks to EA and their DLC policies, it’s not as hard as you think…so long as you’re willing to dish out the $$$ for the extra content. If so, the bonuses make a huge difference.

    As for Minecraft, Mal and I discussed this before and yes it’s an excellent game that can run on a P2 pretty much so everyone should try it out. Steven gaming on a PC, what’s next, playing on the Wii? (I know, I know, it’s a low blow. Sorry)

    1. Ur saying it adds replay value… which I agree to an extent. But when you spend money specifically to get achievements…… then you’re contradicting yourself.

      1. Exactly. That’s the round-around logic behind what I was trying to say. If the achievements add to the game then that’s awesome, but if you’re only buying a game to get achievements to a game you would otherwise never even consider, then that’s a problem. How many games have you bought like that? It’s pretty sick when you think of it.

          1. Yup, but I didn’t buy anything just yet. I know I’m in the same boat, except that I won’t purposely spend $60 on achievements. If I start down that road, I’ll have to really rethink what I’m doing playing games at all. There are several aspects to achievements I enjoy. I really like the competitive nature of them, I enjoy how they can extend a game and make players do stuff they wouldn’t normally do (kill x enemy by flying off a roof, and get a headshot upside down). Stuff like that is awesome. Defeat 4,000,000 of enemy type y isn’t quite as exciting. So yeah, basically as long as you’re enjoying yourself I think that’s all that matters. If you become obsessed though, well then yes, that’s not cool.

  4. Nice article! Im guessing Jarrod is your editor eh? Anyways, its hilarious. K now I have to go to my last midterm of the day while your probably playing minecraft :)…Lucky me

        1. Oh I know what you wrote, but you never joined the conversation at all. For someone that likes the game, you should have gone through the effort of finding that post and commenting on it. Stop making excuses :-P

          1. Lol. Did you actually play though, while the comment was on-going? It would have been funny to hear your thoughts as we mentioned it. What was your initial thought? Mine was WTF is this crap. Then after a short period of time I was like “oh this is pretty cool” and then I ran out of time and that was that. I really want to check out your “village” because if it’s anything like what I have imagined it to be like in my head, then oh boy, this will be one sick and twisted place.

          2. I looked at tons of videos on youtube first so I didn’t have the “this is crap” phase. I had for like 5 minutes when I watched the first video, by the tenth video, I was ready to embarque on my mc adventure. You should come visit our village man, maybe you can add your own unique touch.

  5. Yeah you missed used “sleeper hit”. “Sleeper Hit” means a movie/game or whatever that was never talked about, didn[‘t get any publicity and usually didn’t have the big budget, turns out to become successfull and sell a lot.

    The Fast And The Furious is a great exemple!

    Shadow of the Colossus would be an exemple of hidden gem. A great awesome game that not everyone knows about so it didn’t sell much but anyone who purchased it hearted it!

  6. I always thought a sleeper hit was a game that didn’t sell well but was considered to be great like Beyond Good & Evil. So yeah, what I meant was a hidden gem.

  7. Definition of ‘Sleeper Hit’

    A sleeper hit, a.k.a. surprise hit (often simply called a “sleeper”), refers to a film, book, single, album, TV show, or video game that gains unexpected success or recognition.

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