Rogue Operatives: The secret life of props!

This past Saturday I was invited to participate in an online social event by none other than The Creative Misfits. I was given a mystery steam key and was told to download and install, no further instructions. The mystery key was for none other than the aforementioned game titled above. “Rogue Operatives, huh.” I vocalized. The excitement pouring through my veins was palpable…my temples throbbed, my di…but i digress. The download was completed and away i was whisked on another side splitting adventure!

Grandioseness aside; Rogue operatives, despide its misleading title, is a version of the ever popular “Prop Hunt” featured as a gameplay mod within Valve’s “Gary’s Mod” platform. That being said; Have you ever wanted to play “Prop hunt” and have it just work? Well look no further I tell you! THE FUTURE IS HERE! THE END TIME ARE UPON US…. too far? Nah. First thing first this game is still in developement so there are going to be bugs but OH..MY….GOLLY GEE is it smooth! Upon opening the game and making your way through a delightfully simple main menu, it is imeasurably easy to get gameplay rolling either in a single player mode (which i have not tried yet) or classic multiplayer. After a well thought out lobby session you are in the game. Re-hash: This game is still in developement.

On to the gameplay. Oh what a joy! Tight controls, well thought out environments, top notch textures, beautiful map design, as well as a few devious mechanics. I could go on, so i will. The colors are amazing and reminds me of a time with more innocence than a teething wee baby. I shall assume that the people reading this review are familiar with how “prop hunt” works; if they are not it is easily YouTube’d. The player on “Rogue” team is given a range of preset assets that they can toggle between during gameplay and are dictated by the usual mechanics of such a game. The “Operative” team is given an awesome looking blaster rifle that has recharging ammunition.

The game itself is designed in a way that is immensly more forgiving to evey single player involved, thus creating a better atmosphere for the gameplay inherently. When a player on the “hiding” team is found out they are then auto-switched into the “seeking” team. I think that this is a great idea that defeats the “oh great, now I’m out for a whole round” thing as well as the following soul crushing depression… Another mechanic that allows gameplay to continue smoothly is the removal of health loss on hitting an non-player target. Like i said, way more forgiving, and those are just two examples of how gloriously balanced the gameplay is.

Probably the best aspect of this game is the developers’ involvement with the people playing the game. They have a public discord which can be joined here as well as a public blog of all developements. As for my own experience in the game, the various Creative Misfits will be releasing thier own videos of some pretty great gameplay; so i wont bother going over my reactions as they will be in said videos(CLICK ME (THX RATTS) OR ME(THX C8SUN). I found the game overall refreshing and it was well worth the modest asking price listed on Steam. This game comes highly recommended by this one noob. GO GET IT AND HAVE A BALL!

Thx much – Mr. Chippy

Rise of the PC Master Race!: Fuck laptops…

So you are a console gamer looking to get into the “quote unquote” next gen gaming scene! What do you do? Look for those sexy sleek gaming laptops! OH YEAH!!! Great deals! Look at all the awesome features! Light up keyboard? Great! No…no it is definitely not great. It’s a trap, all day every day. If you like limited space, get a laptop. If you like being stuck with a specialty, non-upgradable, GPU; a laptop is for you. This is the hell that I myself am currently burning in. My ability to game online much less keep up with current standards is circling the proverbial drain while my compatriots move one without a care. Tis for sooth i say. The time is fast approaching to dropkick this one note piece of hardware into the pit of “never buy one again.”

Thank the almighty flying spaghetti monster that I can retain friends that could possibly help build my sorry ass a new rig. One with shiny buttons and pretty lights as well as a baller set of chips and a boss GPU. Praise Vermin Supreme that there are sites like Newegg and Microcenter that pander to plebs like my sad self.

SOON, the time is nigh. Christmas, ever the commercial black hole, is cramming itself down our throats earlier than ever this year! Hail Beelz! Could you please bestow upon us a black friday sale the likes and magnitude of which that we have never seen before? Fill my dust bunny ridden pockets with dough!

Look… I’m not asking for much… Just a supercomputer. Ok? Thanks.

Mr. Chippy

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Kow: Why not Overwatch?

(Kow post; Chippy loves Overwatch. Maybe some day he’ll get into why. :p In the meantime…)

It’s been asked a couple times why I don’t play Overwatch, so I thought I’d take a moment and briefly spell it out. First things first: the premise. For those who haven’t strolled over to the Wikipedia page (or even Googled it) will understand the general organic premise of the thing: A StarCraft (not interested), Team Fortress II (1300 hours), Call of Duty (very not interested), futuristic (ehhh…) RPG-y Shooter with all the attention a 7-year old failed MMO “Titan” release could muster. For me, for whatever reason, none of these circumstances worked out together with the interest and panache that I would have expected from a Blizzard title. It’s almost the same feeling I got when I realized that the Ghostbuster’s remake was bound to disappoint me due to the…cultural re-appropriation…I mean, liberal re-telling of a story I was fond of. Under any other circumstances I’d probably be compelled to pick up a copy and play it through, but the taste, the drive, the urgency was all absent.

This was made all the more clear when skipped the game and my friends didn’t and….I didn’t care. As in, I didn’t care at all that my close internet gaming friend-beasts were off spelunking in Overwatch while I dreamed of Minesweeper on Easy. This is almost always the second indication that a game just isn’t going to interest me, when my friends essentially stop playing all secondary titles with me (except for Chippy. He’s doing it for…um…other *cough* reasons…) in favor of a game that definitely doesn’t interest me.

Having played 1300 hours of TF2, arguably 200 of which I actually was engaged and amused, I felt if I got “the vibe” on this title that it’d push me over the edge into the anti-camp and I’d be forced to hold out until someone gifted to me. And that was actually the biggest fear, that my friend group would consist of players who would only want to play Overwatch and not focus on other titles (the so-called “one game”-r concept, perhaps worth writing about at some point). Seeing those that do play Overwatch, ironically people who have put in as much and more TF2 time than I, shows that not only was I ultimately correct, but that I should start playing the lottery.

Now let me be self-critical. I’ve never played the game. I’ve never installed the game. I’ve never been in the same physical location as the game while taking place. I’ve seen approximately 20 hours of gameplay footage (by various unnamed content creators and streamers) and I’ve used this and roughly 2 hours of collective research to form the opinions I’m expressing. That’s hardly a true assessment of the game’s enjoyment factor so I’ll gladly interrupt myself and mention that I don’t know a flying f*ck about this game. So hey, I could be wrong. I could be wrong that it’s nothing like TF2 and nothing like a Blizzard attempt to create a new franchise that’s taking advantage of 2-parts fan-base and 1 part genre success.

And if I’m wrong I’m wrong. 🙂 Meanwhile, I’ll be off playing Battlefield 1, Farming Simulator 17, PayDay 2, Assassin’s Creed IV, Dead Island (just got 100%, posting some content soon), ARK, Apotheon, Minecraft, Unturned… Moodles!