X-Com Diary: Part 8

(This is a re-post of Part 8 of the diary that appeared as a guest post on J-Server blog Chinwags From Behind A Desk. I present it here in order to keep a continual copy of the diary on my own blog for posterity.)

We got hit. And we got hit hard.

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Diary Guest Post A-Go-Go

In a bid to mix things up, and as a favour to fellow members of J-Server whose names populate the diary, Part 8 of my X-Com play diary is now available on the Chinwags From Behind a Desk blog.

By now, I’m pretty pissed off. Osiron waltzed into my base and shot up some of my best agents (and x25killa) and they’re going to get away with it because I’ve nothing to commit to a retaliatory raid, and now the aliens have flown by in shiny new ships and dumped a truckload more extraterrestrial scum on my city while I’m still trying to recover. Bastards.

You can find it here.

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New At Citizen Game: DRM Is The Future

Continuing what I hope will be a steady stream of output at Citizen Game, here’s a new piece where I basically hail DRM. Or rather, the right type of DRM:

I believe Digital Rights Management (DRM), that wonderfully cumbersome term applied to any form of copy protection we see packaged with the games of today, is our last, best hope for the future of this medium we enjoy so much. Its ubiquity and ever more visible presence in the titles we love is not only to be welcomed, but actively encouraged.

I know, right? Check it out here.

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X-Com Diary: Part 7

>>>Security Alert

>>>Perimeter Alarms Activated

>>>Hostile Intrusion Detected

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X-Com Diary: Part 6

Ah yes, remember this ol’ thing? Welcome to Part 6 of my X-Com play diary. New readers can find the introduction and Part 1 here, and follow the links right back to this here post. Or, if they prefer being confused, they may start below.

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Back In The Saddle at Citizen Game

Remember Citizen Game? That hip, up and coming, totally rad and relevant web-thingy that I was involved with back in the day? Well I’m totally back writing for them:

For me, there are a couple of titles that go beyond mere favouritism. I have in my possession a select group of games that at least once a year,  usually precipitated by the infamous summer lull in release schedules,  I re-install and play to the exclusion of all else. And I’m not talking about a casual revisit to a particular saved game or some idle nostalgia trip. These games constitute my Annual Gaming Binges, where I ignore all but the most pressing outside concerns and play on day after day until I burn out.

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Danny has also been busting his ass producing the video show he always dreamed of doing, together with CG’s Tamoor “Inside Man” Hussain. Citizen Game Episode’s One and Two are already out, with a monthly schedule going forward, and so far the results have been very well received. The fact that Danny pretty much wrote and directed the whole thing himself makes it all the more impressive, as does the fact that’s it’s basically himself and Tamoor for the majority of show. I’m super chuffed to have even the merest association with them.

That’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement, and I’d like to think people will give Danny and the rest of us at CG as much feedback as possible, but so far the episode template seems to be a runner.

P.S. I haven’t forgotten about the X-Com diary I’ve been doing, and will get back to it asap.

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X-Com Diary: Part 5

In which I bear witness to a hostile takeover of the third kind.

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