Discord (Voice/Text Chat Service) Review

Some Opening Notes

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? It has.

But we’re back, just a few days after DHGB’s fifth anniversary, and we’re here to show off a newer service for games, specifically useful for groups. It’s the newer big entry in the VoIP market, and that is Discord. Continue reading


The Lonely Mesmer #1: Heart of Thorns Beta Preview

“The land was eclipsed in flames. Roots, cliffs and remnants of ships burned as one. The lone man looked up at this, all of this, and he whispered under his breath; “Damn. I just wanted pistol/pistol to get a buff.” — 101 Reasons to Travel Dolyak, Aetherieus, 1328 AE

Welcome to The Lonely Mesmer, me and Chris’ newer Guild Wars 2 article series that covers, well, whatever we feel like covering about GW2.


Today I feel like covering the closed beta/stress test sessions from the 26th, with impressions on the specific beta itself as well as thoughts overall on its relation to HoT. I’m not trying to be overly negative, nor too positively biased, so if you came here for rants, I will disappoint you. Being that this is also the introduction article to The Lonely Mesmer (which was not my original intent), I will also be introducing our fictional comedy persona, Rebecca Blindspam. Continue reading

Design Defense: X Rebirth as an X game

Awesome Intro

This time, I’m going into a big minefield. I’m liable to maybe piss everyone off here, or maybe not. This is a very wide topic, and a tougher one, and probably my views will legit piss everyone off, which is a big plus (I’m kidding hold your sea shanties)

Design Defense is essentially me looking at things that people are on the edge of the fence about — or just on edge about — and trying to find a reasonable counter argument to their concerns, if there is one even to be found. This does not always mean I agree with the defense, I’m just trying to find an opposing possible opinion so people can see the other side.

Before I start, I’ve said many times before that I’ve been a player since X2. This was actually incorrect, I did actually play X:BTF, I just don’t remember it all that well (which if you want to get technical, is pretty similar to not having played it). X2 I remember much better, such as cockpits and Kha’ak (and Kha’akpits. Eh? Eh?) Continue reading

Dog Read Ender’s Game (A Gamer’s Perspective)

A year ago I had found Ender’s Game in a used book shop. So I bought it.

I didn’t start reading it, however, until a few days ago, and I thought I should read the original before I went and saw the movie.

Ender’s game is about the story of a kid who plays Sins of a Solar Empire and Laser Tag, so for me it’s a story I can really relate to. (‘cept he got to play zero-G laser tag with locational damage, lucky). I don’t know how Orson Scott Card knew about SoSE in the ’80’s, but it’s a pretty good story (really, like you thought I was gonna say it wasnt). Continue reading

Dog’s Take on X-Rebirth

I’ve been quiet lately, after the appearance of X: Rebirth earlier this month. I’ve been playing it heavily, and am here to give you my opinion on the game, its current state, and what it means for both the future of the franchise, and EgoSoft. I am going to tell you what has been done with the game, what will be done and what I’d like to be done.

Also, being that there’s so many things to touch on in this complex game, and with all the new patches, I may update this review from time to time. Leave feedback in the comments and I’ll look into and address stuff.

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