Friday, June 6, 2014
1. A plastic surgery on the face for elevating sagging tissues and eliminating wrinkles and other signs of age; rhytidectomy.
2. A renovation or restyling, as of a room or building, intended to give an attractive, more up-to-date appearance.
3. To perform a face-lift upon.
4. To renovate or restyle in order to give a fresher, more modern appearance
EX. Just on the heels of Karthus's visual update, Riot Games has released a video showing off the big face-lift for their most core map, Summoner's Rift.
Dragon (the old version pictured directly above and new at the very top), for example, has gotten a pretty nifty buff to his look, his animations, his environment, and that's just a taste!
As the most central map of the game, where the majority of ranked and professional gameplay takes place, it is exciting to see the future update not only for what it means to the map but to the overall game as a whole. The beautiful thing about League of Legends is how the game has managed to evolve over time, building upon itself, to bring an experience that most PC gamers can enjoy, even without spending an arm or a leg on their rig. It remains to be seen whether this new VU will have a big effect on who can play League in the future, but I have to believe these sorts of updates are calculated to provide an experience everyone can enjoy.
All in all, I'm stoked.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
1. Surly or ill-tempered; discontentedly or sullenly irritable; grouchy.
EX. Tiny Grumpy Armies is the latest fancy bit of fun from Human Person games and my old friend
pugfarts AKA Mapp Pears etc. (he has lots of aliases). The game combines his adorable art with his wicked sense of humor and just the right amount of game crafting to provide an experience that deserves to be on your game shelf. I got my copy a few days ago and I can't wait to play it and give it a proper review.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
That's right, kids! Let's think creatively and use out time appropriately to fund ourselves an internet television program starring such beloved characters as Yellow Guy, Red Guy, and Green Bird (yes, I think they have official names but it appears I have lost them in the shuffle). The kickstarter is to fund at least four more installments to educate the audience about the other four important lessons of life yet unlearned. Surely, you want to learn them.
OR DO YOU WANT THESE PUPPETS TO DIE?!
Because that is exactly what will happen if you ignore this call to action. Your inaction will indirectly lead to the direct action of putting the puppets to inaction. Death. Death of puppets. Puppetcide if you will.
Hm, I think there is some red jam on my ears. Weird.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
1. A person who believes in racism, the doctrine that a certain human race is superior to any or all others.
2. Of or like racists or racism: racist policies; racist attitudes.
EX. Far Cry 4's cover art has received an onslaught of criticism from social warriors claiming it's racist because it depicts a blond haired white man dominating a dark skinned non-white fellow.
The only problem?
The fellow with blond hair is not white.
Would it really be racist to show a white villain asserting cruel dominance over a person of another race? Not necessarily.
In fact, considering the character is the villain and we're probably supposed to want to stop them or even kill them, it would indicate that racists, like the villain, are bad and should be stopped.
Would we be having this discussion if it were more clear to those that can't see race past hair on their smart phone? Probably not.
(Also, it would be cool if the protagonist wasn't a bland white guy tourist in the wrong place at the wrong time... or at the very least not bland.)
On the other hand, Willy Wonka might be a little racist (maybe).
Monday, June 2, 2014
Riot does a lot of really cool things to promote League of Legends. My favorite promotional video is still the Get Jinxed music video, but the idea of a full official League of Legends metal album?
That's pretty damn metal. The Pentakill band is of course named after the League of Legends in-game achievement of getting a "Pentakill" or killing five enemy players in quick succession.
The band was fictionally formed (back in 2011) by guitarist Morderkaiser, laying out licks with his mighty axe, he was quickly joined by Sona, taking on the persona of their hardcore keyboardist, and they eventually formed up with drummer Olaf, laying down beatdowns, bassist Yorick, his deadbeat rhythm that anyone can dig and their lead vocalist Karthus, speaking for the dead and singing for the living.
Their first album is about to hit the net, for free, tomorrow (probably as part of the promotion surrounding the release of Karthus's new VU). If you're a fan of metal, fictional bands, or League of Legends, you should check it out.