Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Are video games sexist?

A breath of fresh air in a room too long dominated by shrieking.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Start the funeral dirge for minecraft

From Mojang: "Yes, we're being bought by Microsoft."

To quote ThatNickGuy - "I can't wait to see what they bring to the table for Microsoft, like Rare and Lionhead studios have!  Oh, wait..."

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Quick Review - Banished

If you think you're good at management sims, you should step up and try Banished. It will humble you. Unless you do everything right and provide for about 17 different needs for all your people at all times without fail or delay, people are going to die. A lot of people. The game's resource generation vs consumption is incredibly tilted against you. Unless you have fully educated villagers using the best tools and wearing the warmest clothing and in exactly just the right amount of houses (not too few, not too many), it's a long slow slide into starvation and desperation. My village has been going about 43 years, but because villagers apparently age at 4 times the normal rate (I started off with 10 villagers in their 20s, and within 5 years the oldest ones in the village were in their 40s easy) there have been generations of turnover, especially due to all the starvation. You can't farm enough. You can't forage enough. You can't mine enough, you can't quarry or herd or smith or log enough, fast enough. At my peak, my village boasted almost 100 residents. After about a 20 year recession that worsened into depression (not helped by the frequently completely useless merchants that came to call, no I don't want to buy your stupid pumpkin seeds, I already grow my own, why the hell didn't you bring iron), I'm back under 30 residents, mostly from starvation.

The game plays very similar to Tropico or Gnomoria in that instead of controlling individual villagers you simply order the places for them to live and work built, and manage as a taskmaster/city planner. It starts off kind of easy because a new map will have abundant resources just lying on the ground around you... but once you use that up, it's much slower and more expensive to mine it/cultivate it/quarry it. There are no goblin attacks, no rebels, no hurricanes or zombies... just your silent mental wail as you watch people under your charge wither and die because your skills at management were a single iota less than divinely perfect.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Quinnspiracy Theory: The Five Guys Saga

AKA "The death knell of online game journalism and perhaps the indie dev scene itself."

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Space Engineers - XBox One Official Announcement Trailer

I am not a happy camper.  Or engineer.

Let's dumb down Space Engineers for obsolete hardware and the tards who play on it!

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Space Egineers: Cyberweed Works Space Police

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Friday, August 01, 2014

Gas Bandit Plays: Robocraft - Railguns are Pretty Bullshit Too

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gas Bandit Plays - Robocraft: Today I Am Someone Else's Bullshit.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Gas Bandit Plays: Robocraft Bullshit

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gas Bandit plays: War Thunder

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Space Engineer Tutorials by Gas Bandit

My loyal readers (all four of you) might not know I've been a little more active on my youtube channel of late, and I've done a series of beginner tutorials for the game Space Engineers, currently in alpha/early access.  I'm really liking this game, and if you think you might as well, or are daunted by the admittedly unintuitive startup the game offers, I offer my tutorial series, available from my youtube channel.

The game is... basically minecraft in space with a faction-based PVP endgame.  You mine asteroids for materials that you then use to build ships, eventually going to war with other player factions for territory or access to resources or whatever or no reason.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Gas Bandit Hates Your Mech: Part 2

Welcome back, ladies and germs, to part two of my insulting your favorite 50 meter K'nex set.  It's Gas Bandit Hates Your Mech, Parte the Seconde!

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Gas Bandit Hates Your Mech, Part 1 of 2

This one's going out to all my Mechwarrior Online buddies.

Hello, you disgusting mutant pimple!  I'm the Gas Bandit, and we've only just met, but I hate you. More than that, I hate your mech.  Why?  SO GLAD YOU ASKED.  Let me go down the list of mechs I hate.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Xbox One Reveal, boiled down to essentials.

Hope you didn't actually care about playing games.

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