This is a pixelated 3D RPG from dishmoth, which you control by pressing the corners of the screen to move left, right, forward and backwards, and you shoot your crossbow by pressing the right and left sides of the screen. The first couple of screens take you through a small tutorial before you the learning place and move on to the outside. The map is quite small, with quest areas being few and far between.

While it’s a clever concept, I mostly found it annoying and unintuitive. The screen ‘allowance’ is far too small, and thus the depth concept is really hard to figure out. Also I often found myself shooting when I wanted to turn and vice-versa. I did not like this game at all, and after being annoyed and frustrated for five minutes I gave up and uninstalled.

1 out of 5 Dru points, but only for the concept.

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This is a three-lane defence game, made by SmashGames. You start off with the basic soldier unit, and very level or so you’re given access to a new unit, such as archer, mage and knight. As you progress through the levels your ‘commander’ levels up and earns more coins and the occasional gem which can be used to purchase more units or equipment, or to level up existing units.

The game-play is fairly standard for a defence game, but the ability to use add-ons such as boosters or equipment, gives the game a bit more depth. The graphics are cute, and I like the overall interface of the game – it’s clean and intuitive. Also, the developers occasionally give out codes on their facebook page that you enter into your ‘spellbook’ to get free stuff which is pretty cool of them.

Codes are:
Fire, water, water, fire, fire – 5,000 more gold
Water, water, water, water, water, thunder, thunder, water – Disables adverts
Fire, thunder, thunder, thunder, water – Gives you more gold and 10 gems

Overall I’d give this 5 out of 5 points Dru Points, as it’s pretty damn good, and having the codes tips it over to awesome.

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Here is a chunk of podcasts for you guys, it’s mostly the Japanese music show because the video game music one was on hiatus for a while. Also, “Maybe I’m a Japanese Lion” is now called “Sugoi Squad” for your convenience. Have a fun listening!

http://pawscomics.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pawscomics
http://vince20100.deviantart.com/

http://wriga.deviantart.com/

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We’ve been busy doing all the things since i49 finished, and as you can see, some of those things have included making shiny new shirt designs just for you. So head on over to the store and buy them, or look at the pretty thumbnails below. I know they’re all purple/ blue, I guess I went on a bit of a blue-tone kick…

Plan A Shirt Design Kittens Cake and False Advertising Shirt Design Druidx Shirt Design Stumbling, Not Mumbling Shirt Design

And as a bonus, a shirt design that didn’t end up working on a shirt, but will make a nice desktop wallpaper:

Mr Potz Shirt Design

This is another rogue-like dungeon crawler game, this time from Plato Evolved. I was originally attracted to it because it uses a free sprite package by Oryx, which is also used by Legends of Yore. LoY is a really enjoyable game, and thus thinking it would be made by the same developer, I thought I would also enjoy Killer Quest. Sadly not.
The game seems to be in very early development, as the only character options are human fighter, even though the options for elf, dwarf, mage and thief were present. Also the game-play is quite clunky and it not nearly as smooth as Pixel Dungeon, the previous rogue-like game I reviewed. This might be due to the style of turn-based system it uses, but I’m not sure. Either way, of the two, I’d say that Pixel Dungeon is the better option as it is a much slicker game.

Killer Quest gets 2 out of 5 Dru points for now, and with the promise of a check-back and a second review.

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If you want the TL;DR just read the last paragraph.

 

Let’s talk about Initial Install for a moment. I am darkelink and I present the show, not that you would know that from listening to it as I don’t mention my name during the show. I always thought I did this because it was not important who I was and the show is what I was presenting forward not myself. Also because I think it sounds like a something a twelve year old would call himself to make him sound cool, probably because it was exactly that when I first devised it. But primarily it is because the focus of the show is the content.

Initial Install is primarily a news show, in fact I believe that I striped all the segments out that are not news (eg Steam releases) in order to make the show more coherent and interesting. However the weekly format does not lend its self to a news show as news should be reported as close to when it happens as possible. As such, anyone who would want to get the gaming news would have already read it from another source making this show a bit redundant. To compensate for urgency and to make the show something that people would want to listen to it needed something else about it to appeal. I resolved that the most effective way to make the show more appealing was to add a more entertaining aspect so the show would not be purely factual.

This is where the problem comes in, as news is fundamentally not entertaining on its own. This leads to all the entertainment coming from the presenter: me. Now I can go and blame the format all day for the reason that the show is not that great, however I am equally responsible as it is the job of the presenter to make the content entertaining. The problem is usually not lack of content as the amount of news each week should be more than enough to fill a two hour slot, however the content is not interesting at all. Too often I report stories that can be summarised by reading just the headline yet I continue to plan to make it a discussion point.

Which brings another problem, I feel that I cannot maintain a interesting monologue for a reasonable amount of time even when I have enough content to do so. Especially since the content is a very factual format, it exaggerates the lack of entertaining factor that the show desperately needs.

These problems are not solely my own, I have researched other similar shows (albeit most of them are podcasts) that are in my opinion, a lot better than my show. I began to notice that no one has the same basic format as I do, with good reason that I have listed above. Most of these other shows in fact do not talk about the news much, instead they talk about whatever nonsense they want. Nearly all of these show also have multiple people presenting, which does open opportunity to create discussion and provide more interest as many personalities interact with each other.

This next Initial Install (2013-09-06) will be my last. It just is not a format that is appealing to listen to and I don’t think I can transform it in any way to get it to a point where it is. I want to still try and produce content for G3 in some form, however at this point I do not know what it could be. If I can think of a better show then I might return to the airwaves. Until then, see you in irc.