Friday, November 25, 2022

Minecraft - Different World Same Process

I've recently started playing Minecraft again with my sister, after a year long hiatus, and was surprised to find my sister doing the same thing she pretty much was doing last time she played with me. She started off by cutting down a few trees, dig a hole where she spent the first night, then proceeded to build chests/farm/animal enclosers with a few houses, largely the same format as I've seen before... essentially, I felt like we were playing the same game as last time even though it was a totally different world. Similar to last time, once she started losing interest once she became "wealthy".

How can you loose interest in a game where you can literally build anything anywhere?

Well that's simple to answer: You loose interest because you never leave your comfort-zone. Minecraft is a game that lets you do anything but human nature tends to favor routine. Once the cycle for success is found then it's a matter of repeating it every new playthrough.

How can you get out of the creative rut? 

Since I grew up with legos, I understand full well the creative rut that we sometime can get into with building blocks (or art in general) but the following should help anyone that wants to get out of it:
  • Build something new by looking at tutorials online.
  • Build on the landscape "as is" instead of making everything "flat" for your structures.
  • Add details to your existing structures.
  • Build in places that you're not used to building such as underwater or underground.
  • Automate things using Redstone.
  • Recreate your surrounding within the game.
Minecraft is an amazing game that's at its best when played creatively. Don't be afraid to experiment with it and most importantly: Have fun!

Friday, November 4, 2022

Why the Steam Deck Didn't Launch with Windows

The Steam Deck has been out for a while now and still only comes with Steam OS. While I don't have inside scoop on why Valve decided to omit a windows version, we can deduct reasons just by thinking logically about it. The following is what I was able to come up with:
  • Cost - Anyone that wants Windows on their device need to pay for a licensing fee which would of likely made the cost of the Steam Deck 100-200$ more than it is now. They were able to keep the cost down by having their own OS.
  • Console Experience - Valve is attempting to create a console experience (accessible/just works) with the Steam Deck which would of been difficult in a situation where they don't have full control over the OS.
  • They want to get away from Windows - The older gamers amongst us will remember a time when Microsoft was throwing around the idea of everything needing to go through their store similar to what Apple is doing with their Mac/Devices. Valve wasn't on board with this idea which is how the "Steam Box" came to be. The Steam Box was ultimately a failure but it was Valve earliest attempt at independence/console nonetheless.
Would you of preferred a Steam Deck with windows on it out of the box? 

Friday, October 28, 2022

The Tourist

Video game tourism is going from game to game for the purpose of playing it until the loop is understood, perhaps not appreciated, and moving on to the next one. It's a relatively costly way to play as it means the player is purchasing games after games with no real intention of finishing them. 

I would consider myself a video game tourist as I have a vast library of games of which I have completed but a fraction of. I have my favorites, such as Rocket League, that I play in-between purchases.
Gamepass, or other related services, are a godsent as it allows me to browse through an ever changing library of games for a relatively low sum when compared to buying them upfront and it's generally better than the trials/demos than the game companies are putting together. 

My biggest turn off with games nowadays are the big open worlds that include such things as "find X treasures" as a way to add game time without actually adding anything of value. I don't have time for this and would rather play Rocket League instead.