Tuesday, June 14, 2016

My Console Pipeline

Yesterday, during E3, Microsoft announced not one but two consoles.  There was a funny tweet I saw, to paraphrase "Microsoft announces a new console then makes it obsolete 90 minutes later."  Great stuff.  I immediately went and pre-ordered the XBox One S.  Do I need it?  Not really, I don't even have a 4k TV.  However, now I have a reason to get one.

Kids can be beneficial.  I can give them my current One to use, while I get the S.  They use a 360 now, so it'll be a nice upgrade for them.  When Project Scorpio comes out next year, they'll get my S, and I get the new console.  Everyone's happy!  Except maybe the wife...

Check out my latest post:  http://mobilecouchpotato.com/2016/06/13/dominations-how-war-coalitions-work/

Monday, June 13, 2016

New Toy for the Kid in Me

I have a new obsession.  It all started when i was looking through a box of stuff from when I was a kind.  I found these diecast military planes I used to play with.  They are pretty small, a few inches long.  But I used to love them, and it turns out I still do.  I brought them to my work desk so I can play with them during meetings and use them for inspiration (imagination).

Well, my collection is now growing.  They still make these things, who knew?  My newest addition is an F-35.  It may be a bit of a boondoggle, but it is an awesome looking fighter.





I've got more on the way too!  It's not just limited to planes, I love a good warship too.

I also got another new toy over the weekend:  http://mobilecouchpotato.com/2016/06/13/new-gaming-gear/

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Contentment

This post is a bit different from what I usually post here.  It really has nothing to do with games.  I was thinking about yesterday when I am most content.  I'm not sure if this is strange or not, maybe you can confirm or deny.

For me, it is at night when my wife and kids are asleep.    I lay in bed, just happy knowing they are all safe and sound.  The kids are also quiet, which certainly helps with the peacefulness aspect of contentment.  This might be a common feeling among parents :)

Just a thought that came to mind.  When are you most content?


New post on Mobile Couch Potato:  http://mobilecouchpotato.com/2016/06/09/shields-and-peace-treaties/

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hearts of Iron 4 is Awesome

How many ways can you do a WW2 game?  It's also a question I asked myself when Civilization 6 was announced.  It turns out, they can just keep making it better,  Hearts of Iron is the best iteration of the game yet.  Some of the things I like about it:


  • Production feels right.  I create Air Wings, then say how big I want them.  factories get to work.  I create a division, orders are made, factories get to work.  It's fun for me, at least.
  • Details.  Wars feel a lot more detailed, or at least the information is more readily available.
  • Battleplans are fun to make.  
I started out as Italy, as I always do.  They start at war and they are in the middle of the action.  They are also not too big, and not too small.  Starting as the USA is rough.  After Ethiopia was won, I invaded Yemen.  Then I took on Yugoslavia... which caused France to go to war with me.  Luckily Germany was an Ally.  So that's the war right know.  The UK has not gotten involved.  There was a huge air battle over Italy, but I won thanks to my emphasis on air superiority.  

I want to play right now, grrr.


Check out a new post I made on the Mobile Couch Potato:  http://mobilecouchpotato.com/2016/06/07/rival-kingdoms-2016-review/

Monday, June 6, 2016

What's Werit up to?

Busy times at the Werit household.  I spent a large chunk at a ballet recitle yesterday.  It wasn't that bad, as there was a lot of  modern music.  Other kid seems to have sports practice or a game daily.  Then there is work, which is going great, so i spend a lot of time on it.  Oh right, this is a games website.

Hearts of Iron 4 comes out today!

I bought Total War: Warhammer.  It's pretty good.

Stellaris just got a patch!

SWTOR has a new Chapter out I have to play ASAP.

On the Mobile Couch Potato side, I've been busy too.  Check out a few of the posts.

The Taxonomy of Mobile PvP Strategy Games

Review: 2016 Clash of Clans

DomiNations: England Repels Greece Against All Odds



Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A New Venture

As I mentioned last week, my gaming habits have changed.  As such, I got an idea for a new website.  This time, I am not going for a blog.  That's what this site is for after all.  Instead the new site will focus on the topic of mobile pvp strategy games.

http://mobilecouchpotato.com/

I find myself laying on the couch playing these games, thus the Mobile Couch Potato was born.  I'm going for a 'real gaming site'  which covers these specific types of games.  I found the options out there lacking, so I thought I'd make my own.

I'm still messing around with the look, and a real banner is coming.  Plus, it's fun to play with all the new technology since this site was made.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Wait, Werit still has a Blog?

I do!  It's been the longest gap between posts since this blog started years ago.  Honestly, I have been pretty busy at work.  I only have so much mental bandwidth to give and the blog has been the one to suffer.  I'm sorry blog.  But it also has been due to a change in my gaming habits.  I seem to rarely be playing games where I sit at a desk or TV.  Except for Stellaris, I love you.

I have been mostly playing mobile games (Thanks Syncaine).  I always thought they were lame and shallow.  It seems I was wrong.  I am currently obsessed with them, trying new ones all the time.  Here are the ones i am playing now.

Clash of Clans
Clash Royale
DomiNations

Trying out:

Empires and Allies
Imperia Online

They are all really cool games.  There are, of course, really crappy ones too.  I'm looking at you Game of War and Mobile Strike.  How they are succeeding, I'll never know.

The bite sized, yet strategic gameplay these games provides works perfectly for me right now.  I can just lay on the couch and do stuff, or go outside, or whatever.

Friday, April 8, 2016

So far behind

I was away for work all week, and I come back with just a mess of gaming related things to do.  I have really been slacking on that front it seems.  By the way, the new computer is awesome!  I got it all setup with a few games, and it is everything I hoped for.  Now I just need a game to really push it.  Ashes of Singularity might be the only one out there.

SWTOR.  I need to play the latest chapter, and the Eternal Championship.  That may happen this weekend.

Quantum Break.  It arrived while I was away, so I want to start playing that.

Forge.  Forge now allows you to stream to Twitch and Youtube.  Have to play around with that.

The Division.  Need to keep on making progress there.  I'd like to actually finish that gabe before a DLC comes out.

Fallout 4.  I downloaded their first DLC before I left, now I find out the 2nd DLC is due out in 4 days.  I really want to finish that game too!

Black Desert Online.  They just released one of the expansions, but I am still stuck in Veila!  I need to progress there too.  

Star Wars.  The new Star Wars movie is out on DVD, I still have not seen it.  I probably should.  

So much to do.  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Today is a big day!

It's been a few years, but today my new computer arrives!  I decided to go high end, because I want this system to last me at least 5 years.  So lets get to the main specs...

Intel i7 6 core 3.3ghz
32gb of RAM
Nvidia 980ti
1TB Samsung SSD
27" 2560x1440 monitor (up from 23" 1920x1080)

So I am pretty excited about it getting here.  I have been holding off on PC games for the past few days in anticipation.  I'm sure it will arrive very late in the day.  Not sure what I'll boot up first, Black Desert Online maybe?

Monday, March 21, 2016

Clash Royale

with cheese.  I have never really gotten into a mobile game before.  They've always been too shallow for me to consider.  But posts by Keen and SynCaine turned me on to Clash Royal.  It's like a mini-moba but 1v1 and based on cards.  It's actually a lot of fun.  The best part to me is that matches last around 3 minutes.

I liked League of Legends a lot, but matches were just too long.  I could maybe do one per day now.  And there is a high chance that it'll be crappy due to other people being involved.  That's just not how I want to spend my limited gaming time.  Clash Royale gives me that competitive feel, but in much smaller bites.

Not all is well though.  Their business model walks the pay to win line.  For example, $20 will get you 453 cards (including at least 8 epics).  That does give you an advatange, as you'll have a wider selection and more upgraded cards.  You can use the left over gems to buy gold to do the upgrades.  It's not an I Win button, but it sure helps.

I haven't spend any money yet and have climbed my way to Arena 3 (out of 8).  My trophies (rating system) hovers around 800 at the moment.  There are also levels, of which I am level 4.  It's a very addictive game since the matches are so short.  You always just want one more, especially if you are on a losing streak.