Welcome Back To The Neighbourhood

The lives of a new generation of virtual people has become my obsession, after I picked up The Sims 4 during the anniversary sale.

I’ve loved playing The Sims since its first iteration back in the year 2000. The game is all about virtual people, known as sims, who live out their lives and are controlled by you. You can choose to be benevolent and try to keep the sims happy by fulfilling their wants and needs, or be malevolent and make their lives a living hell.

2017 is the 17th anniversary of The Sims franchise, and so the publisher decided to have an anniversary sale. It’s been a long time since I last played a Sims game, and so the opportunity to grab The Sims 4 at a massive discount was too good to miss. Continue reading “Welcome Back To The Neighbourhood”

The Shortest Month, But Action Packed

February has flown by, but looking back over the last few weeks it appears to have been quite a busy month.

It may be the shortest month of the year, but February seems to have been full of events and new content releases in the world of massively multiplayer online games that I play.

There’s been an anniversary in Star Trek Online, player housing introduced in The Elder Scrolls Online, new Valentine’s themed store items and a limited-time challenge in The Secret World, the continuation of the Living World story in Guild Wars 2, and most surprisingly… revamped misbehaving cowboy robots in Champions Online. Continue reading “The Shortest Month, But Action Packed”

Like Gravity

A limited-time challenge in The Secret World gives you the chance to grab a pair of high-tech gravity skates.

Just when you’ve set aside The Secret World for a while due to an ongoing content drought, they find a way to entice you back into the fold, at least for a limited time…

The gravity skates look awesome, and are a new sprint customisation you can acquire by completing any 35 challenges before 19 March 2017. The challenge period began on Valentine’s Day, so that’s over a month of time to obtain the skates, doing at least one challenge per day and having weekly challenges make up any slack. Continue reading “Like Gravity”

Homestead Is Where The Hearth Is

My house in The Elder Scrolls Online is starting to look homely.

The Homestead update in The Elder Scrolls Online allows your characters to own housing and craft furniture. After a week of owning a property, I’m appreciating how nice it feels to have a place to call home in the quiet moments between adventuring. Continue reading “Homestead Is Where The Hearth Is”

Year of the Rooster

It’s the start of a whole new year! Here’s what I’ve been up to during January.

We’re a month into 2017, but the lunar new year just started. It’s the Year of the Rooster, and Guild Wars 2 is celebrating with its annual lunar new year event in Divinity’s Reach. But I’ve also spent some time in a few other games throughout January, including The Elder Scrolls Online, The Secret World and even Star Trek OnlineContinue reading “Year of the Rooster”

Return to Tamriel

After a long break, I have returned to the world of The Elder Scrolls Online to battle daedra, evil cultists and Molag Bal.

My return to the fantasy lands of Tamriel took an unexpected detour – I had planned to dive into the newly remastered Skyrim: Special Edition for my Elder Scrolls fix, but instead I’ve found myself immersed in its massively multiplayer online cousin, The Elder Scrolls Online. Continue reading “Return to Tamriel”

Time for Tannenbaum

A festival of gifts comes to Eve Online, and a new Caldari capsuleer earns her license.

The spirit of Christmas touches even the deepest corners of space in the distant future. The Yoiul Festival started in Eve Online on 14 December 2016, and it brings 12 days of free gifts for capsuleers. Each day, a new item will appear for 24 hours from midnight Eve server time in the item redeeming system.

I also decided it would be a good time to create a brand new character in order to try out the new Inception tutorial, which features a fully voiced mentor guiding you through an important faction storyline. Continue reading “Time for Tannenbaum”

Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It’s that time of the year again. Let’s take a look at the gaming distractions this festive season has to offer.

It seems like Christmas adverts and decorations start appearing almost immediately after Halloween ends, but I try not to pay attention to it until December actually hits. This month will surely be full of festive fun, but what will hold my attention the most? Continue reading “Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”

Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?

I set myself the challenge of becoming a billionaire in Eve Online, in only 30 days. Is it possible?

Eve Online allows you to buy 30 days of subscribed game time using in-game currency. I’ve played the game sporadically over the last three years, each time activating a month-long subscription and then trying in vain to accumulate enough wealth to keep my subscribed status before time ran out. I was never successful.

Even with several hours of play time every day, I’d only scrape together a measly amount of ISK (the game’s main currency) over the month, probably not even breaking the 100 million ISK barrier. I’d then accept defeat and move on to another game.

Now that I’ve returned to Eve Online once again, could things be different this time? At current prices, you need around 1.1 billion ISK to be able to afford a PLEX (the pilot licence extension). Can I become a billionaire in a month? Challenge accepted! Continue reading “Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?”

Exploring Ember Bay

The Living World continues in Guild Wars 2, as you head to the unforgiving Ring of Fire Islands.

Episode Two in Guild Wars 2’s Living World Season Three is called “Rising Flames” and introduces a new explorable location in Tyria – Ember Bay on the Ring of Fire Islands in the far south.

I’m always impressed when whole new areas appear in Living World updates, and Ember Bay is quite a large map compared to the previous area, Bloodstone Fen, which was added in Episode One.

Episode Two continues from the cliffhanger moment at the end of Episode One where teenage asuran prodigy Taimi drops the bombshell that the elder dragon Primordus has woke up. Continue reading “Exploring Ember Bay”