Book review – The Crystal Shard by R.A. Salvatore

Also a brief mention of Game of Thrones near the end.

So yeah, I’m trying something new. Let me know how I did!

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Immersion – Right Idea, Wrong Means? (Video)

In which I discuss the buzzword “immersion” in video games and how what game designers THINK is immersive often ends up being counter-productive.

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Also, unrelated to the video, lately I’ve been trying out new things. Among them, I’ve been watching PewDiePie.

Now, of course I’ve been a fan of Markiplier for awhile now, and the consensus is that if you like Markiplier, you won’t like the Pewds. Not to mention being surrounded by people who pretty much considered the Bearer of the Brofist the worst thing ever. But I was bored, and frankly I was kind of curious as to whether the Pewds was really as bad as people said.

Short answer, no he isn’t. There are some irritating aspects to his videos, but there’s also fun to be had, and for a fan of modern horror LPs he’s also a nice change of pace. Markiplier is an awesome guy, but even the best thing ever can get boring if you over-expose yourself to it. It’s nice to have a new guy (new to me) with a different set of jokes and sense of humor. Then eventually he’ll get old, and Mark will be fresh again. It’s perfect!

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On that note I’m trying (again) to record a Let’s Play of my very own, but I’m not sure when that’s gonna happen or with what game. I’m not sure I want to become a Youtube giant though… I kinda half-fear the prospect of my hobby becoming a job.

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Random, but I’m starting to wish I could get a Dungeons & Dragons group together on Skype, particularly people who wouldn’t mind playing older editions from the eighties.