Wednesday, 09 October 2013 16:28

Rage Against The Arcade Machine

The madness of learning Street Fighter'

Half-circle forward + HP, double-tap back, Focus Attack Dash Cancel, half-circle backwar-, GORRAM IT ALL TO HELSINKI, HE'S THROWING ME FOR THE 500TH TIME! Recover, wake up with a DP+LK - oh, never mind, he's throwing his EX Hurricane Kick which has completely tossed me against the wall and he's finished me with a swift MK to the ribs. That's the 35th loss tonight. I'm done. I am so done with this stupid fricking game. Time to spike my fightpad and fall into a listless sleep full of counters chained into Ultras.

If that sounds like Greek to you, don't worry, it still is to me as well. I've been taking my first steps into full-on competitively playing fighting games, and my blood pressure is starting to suffer for it.
A lifelong FPS aficionado, I didn't really get into fighting games growing up. When I did play fighters, it was generally 3D ones like 'Soulcalibur 2' and a few 'Guilty Gear' titles thrown in for good measure. I couldn't get a handle on the complex series of combos required to excel in 'Street Fighter,' and found its focus on cancelling moves and obtuse frame data memorization to be tedious and overly frustrating for someone that hadn't grown up with it.

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013 23:26

Fillnicholson 2: Fill Harder

8:18 a.m.: I'm starting to have doubts about the healing properties of this grass, seeing as I only find it while looting the myriad corpses spread about here. I'm starting to suspect that it's the result of a drug bust gone terribly wrong.

8:24 a.m.: I've walked up a set of stairs to see a HOLY SPOOT, THAT'S A BLOODY GIGANTIC DEMON THINGY HOLDING AN EQUALLY GIGANTIC AXE AND oh look, I'm dead. Just over a half hour to my first death. That didn't take long.

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The Story of Fillnicholson

My first few minutes with 'Demon's Souls'

Unfortunately Undead in 'Demon's Souls'

A captain's log without the captain bit

7:13 a.m.: 'DEMON'S SOULS' says the title page. I press start while doing my best impression of Ling from 'Kung-Pow.'

7:14 am.: Holy crap, even the settings page is terrifying. Well, terrifying to any UI designer, anyway.

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