Hi, all. I’m finally getting some time freed up to dedicate to developing this site, so expect to see new blog posts, podcasts, and more. I thought it was time to give a little update on all my various game-related activities!
People always ask me what games I’m currently playing. Right now, I’m working my way through four different games: BioShock Infinite, Jack Keane 2, Shadowrun Returns, and Tales of Illyria. I’m really excited about the new Saint’s Row game, and will probably end up playing GTA 5 in the near future. At any rate, I’m impressed with BioShock, not so impressed with Jack Keane 2, and feeling pretty solid about Shadowrun Returns. I’d been saying that someone should take the X-Com reboot engine and turn it into an RPG, and as far as I can see, that’s exactly what the team has done here. It’s solid, though I don’t like having to recruit people to my party. I like it better when I get to create my own party, or at least get to stick with the same stable of characters (as in KOTOR).
Tales of Illyria is a game from my good friend Chad and “Little Killers.” I’m fairly inexperienced with the Android platform, so this game has been quite an introduction for me. I’d compare it to a cross between Betrayal at Krondor and Oregon Trail. Very, very solid and quite a bit of fun, to the point where I’m staying up at night to squeeze in that “one extra turn” (in this case, one extra trip). I highly recommend it.
It’s been several months now since I’ve played World of Warcraft, and am starting to feel that itch again. My pattern with that game is to max out a char’s level and get up to “raid ready” gear before losing interest. Still, there’s just something soothing about the game that I’ve always appreciated. I normally play with a good friend of mine, but his computer is busted, so it looks like it’s going to be awhile before I get to play with him. Still, I have been pining for the howling fjords.
Bill and I just finished our manuscript for Vintage Game Consoles last week. Hopefully, the publisher will be getting the copy-editing part done soon. I must say, I’m really excited about this one. I think we’ve really nailed just the right mix of techie and behind-the-scenes, general interest stuff on each system. We’ve also “gone there” with emulation and abandonware info–stuff you probably won’t see in similar books! Indeed, I’m a bit shocked the publisher was okay with it.
As always, I’m very grateful to you guys for all your help and support. It means so much to me that you’re willing to follow me into my new web realm and continue to make Matt Chat a fun weekly event for all of us.
Stay tuned for more info on Matt Chat and much more!