Eurogamer Expo 2012 was amazing. It was just as amazing as GAMEfest and the previous two Eurogamer expos I attended. Did anyone really think any different? Don’t be silly. I travelled to London the day before to attend the Women in Games Conference with a friend from work and stayed an extra day for the expo. It’s the first time I was let loose by myself to wander around (I admit it, I got so distracted by all the shiny games I forgot to meet up with my friend), which was an interesting experience. I’m normally a pretty shy person, so I would normally let other people do the talking or just sit and wait my turn. But I actually found being a lone girl wandering around that the people running the booths would come over and talk to me more whilst I waited and occasionally snuck me into queues (ZombiU WOO!!). I didn’t play everything because some of the queues were INSANE. I don’t even want to know how long the queue was for Black Ops 2, but let’s face it.. there was no point queuing for that when we all know it’s going to be pretty similar to the CoD before that.. and the CoD before that.. oh, and the CoD before that. But I played everything I wanted to. Here’s a run down of my top five games I played..
Well as you all know, August 11th marked the new 360 Dashboard update. We were promised many new shiny things such as Games on Demand, the avatar marketplace, an improved party system, user ratings.. and a whole bunch of other stuff. I was mildly excited.. I quite enjoy new updates. Unfortunately I haven’t noticed much of a change. A few things here and there have been a nice improvement, but overall it all seems a bit overrated. Maybe I just haven’t explored enough?
My first example being the avatar marketplace. Because I enjoy nothing more than dressing my virtual self up in pretty dresses or nothing but a raincoat, I was looking forward to the possibility of expanding my wardrobe. A lightsaber?! I can’t imagine anything better to complement Darth Telle’s attire! But wait.. 400 Microsoft Points? WHAT?? That’s half an arcade game! That’s £3.40 real money! For a lightsaber?! Well that’s disappointing. I’d rather spend my points on an arcade game. What makes a lightsaber (or Q-Tip (wtf btw)) for my avatar worth that much money? Will I be able to use it in a game? It won’t even show up on my Xbox.com profile page. So as far as I can tell, the new props are completely cool, and totally useless. The clothes and costumes as well, are incredibly cool (Splinter Cell outfit? Yes please!), but are all incredibly overpriced. I am fairly disappointed. Especially seen as no new free avatar clothing will be available.
Lately I’ve heard a lot of talk and done alot of thinking about gamerscore and completion rates on games. Of course, everyone is impressed by insanely high gamerscores, but is that as impressive as completing a game to a full 1000 gamer points? Or is it a combination of both which earns you the title of “hardcore”? Because let’s face it. Achievements, at least on the 360, have become a big part of gaming. Getting 5 points for kicking a chicken or starting a new adventure may be so easy it makes you feel dirty, but at the same time (for me anyway) they make me want to play harder to complete a game or play through it on the hardest difficulty possible (which I’ll probably get my ass kicked doing so, but that just makes it more sweet when I beat it).
My name’s Chantelle. And I like games. So much so I’ve decided to write about them. As it happens I had to have surgery approximately four days ago and now I find myself with a lot of time on my hands. Perfect timing! Seen as I’m not allowed to work or do pretty much anything I can gush about my favourite games!
I’m 19 years old, own an Xbox 360 and study Computer Games Science at university. My gamertag’s Darth Telle. Add me! I like to shoot things.. preferably zombies. I have a bit of a reputation.. I like gamerscore. I like hearing the little bling of achievement! Don’t judge me. Yes, I have played Avatar. And King Kong. And for the record, King Kong scared the life out of me. But I can be hardcore; I spent about 25 hours trying to complete a campaign without being vomited on by a Boomer. Those 30 points were totally worth it. I can be hardcore when I want to.
So this blog is just a bit of fun. I’m not out to become a serious game blogger. My goal is to actually create them (still a long way off). I’m not here to offend anyone. Games are awesome and I love them. They take up more life than my parents are happy with. So happy gaming!