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”

The Alpha and the Omega

Eve Online has opened its doors to thousands of new players by removing the subscription barrier and going free to play.

Eve Online has ascended. With the launch of the Ascension expansion, the game introduces a new free to play option in the form of “clone states”, as well as a revamped new player experience with a story-focused and fully voiced tutorial.

I first tried out Eve Online back in 2013 and have resubscribed a few times over the last couple of years, when I’ve felt the urge to try to make some progress on my character. With the subscription no longer required, I’ve jumped back in to the game to check out the changes. Continue reading “The Alpha and the Omega”

Chasing a Mirage

When a game is exclusively on a particular games console and you don’t have one, perhaps experiencing it through a streamer is a good option?

Some games, I’ll never get to play for myself. I’m primarily a PC gamer, so when a title launches exclusively for console, it pretty much means that I won’t be able to experience it. Such is the case with Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, a game exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U.

It’s a Japanese anime style roleplaying game set in real locations in Tokyo, where citizens are under attack from evil beings called Mirages seeking to harvest their energy. Their only hope is a group of teenagers who fuse with characters crossing over from Fire Emblem and become superheroes known as Mirage Masters in order to defeat the evil Mirages by becoming pop idols.

One day, while surfing Twitch on my HDTV, a streamer I follow called HeathHimself went live and started playing Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, a game I’d never heard of before then. I became enthralled by the game’s story and Heath’s reactions to it. I’ll never be able to play the game myself, but perhaps I could experience it vicariously… Continue reading “Chasing a Mirage”

Citizenship Test

An opportunity to test out Star Citizen happened back in October, so I jumped in and explored what it had to offer.

I’d heard about Star Citizen from various people I follow, but never really looked deeply into it. I usually start paying attention to a game after it has been released as a finished product or at least when it has a beta test signalling its imminent launch.

I knew that Star Citizen was being developed by the creator of the Wing Commander series, that it was being crowdfunded and that it was hoping to have a bit of everything including a space combat sim, first-person shooter, an epic roleplaying storyline campaign and a persistent universe to explore.

So when somebody told me about the Fall Free Fly event back in October, where you could sign up and try out the game for a free trial, I decided to jump in and check it out. Continue reading “Citizenship Test”

Remember, It’s November

November has come. What does it bring? Let’s take a look at what reminders I’ll be adding to my gaming calendar.

I feel unprepared for it to be November already! I think that I willed October to go by faster because all of the good stuff seemed to be at the end if it, with Halloween being the focus event of the month.

Let’s take a look back and what happened over the previous month and then consider what upcoming options are going to be grabbing my attention in November. Continue reading “Remember, It’s November”

The Summoning Has Begun

It’s Halloween in The Secret World, and this year we must hearken the arrival of The Rider.

When Halloween knocks on our door, it’s time to launch The Secret World – billing itself as a spooky, horror themed MMO, what better place would there be to enjoy the season’s festivities?

Every year since the game’s launch, The Secret World has added to its Halloween events with new content and activities to partake in. For 2016, the developers promised something different from previous events – a community-wide puzzle to solve. Has this experiment proved to be a triumphant treat for the players or a troublesome trick? Continue reading “The Summoning Has Begun”