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NSFW: Horseplay Podcast EP 1 – Crazy Indie Games & LoL Ranked Preseason 4 Favorites

Posted by Yogizilla on December 13, 2013

Sexy Katarina - League of Legends

WARNING:  NSFW!

After a crazy pilot episode, we really get into our groove with the Horseplay Gaming Podcast EPISODE 1.  Since we do not follow specific themes or scripts, we talk about everything in the 2 1/2 hours we stream live here but we focus heavily on indie games, the ho-hum next-gen consoles, and, of course, League of Legends.

As we will likely do every week, we discuss the most-played LoL champions.  No real shockers here.  ADCs dominate the rankings as usual, making it clear that most just want to kill things and teamwork is often an afterthought.  Lee Sin is moving up the ranks while staples such as Yi, Caitlyn, Ezreal, and Vayne stay amongst the Top 20 in ranked play.

Personally, I’m surprised Katarina is not higher on the list..  She still pwnz in 5v5..  Unless maybe you play at Diamond or higher tiers.  BTW, we also discuss the top skins on League of Legends.  Most skins suck but I think these picks are solid.

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Preseason 4 has been super exciting and we are stoked to see what Patch 3.15 and beyond will bring.  The new champion, Yasou, seems to be a flexible champion who can jungle, top, or support.  It also seems that he will be an excellent counter for annoying pokemasters like Caitlyn and Nidalee.

In other news, we discuss the stupidity of big gaming companies shutting down content and enforcing stupid contract clauses.  Amongst the moments in derpdom are the LCS debacle and YouTube’s move to shut down video game playthrough videos.  WTF?!

I discuss games I am revisiting or planning to revisit..  Plus games I am finally getting around to playing in the Dust Off.  Amongst these games is the strangest title I have played in a long time: Insectipede.  With all these ballsy indie games and spiritual successors, I am hoping someone remakes Seventh Cross Evolution, previously on the Dreamcast, the greatest console of all time.

Tired of corporate greed and lack of customer appreciation in the gaming industry?  We are too.  In fact, that is one of our biggest rants in this episode.  Come give us a listen!

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Mass Effect 3: Is Disappointment Over The Endings Justified?

Posted by Yogizilla on March 25, 2012

About three weeks ago, just over a week from the official release, Mass Effect 3 posts seemed to pop up on every gaming and tech site possible.  The topic, of course, is the outrage over the disappointing Mass Effect 3 ending.  The discussions all boil down to this:

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Are we gamers insatiable or was Bioware really lazy here?

Justin Germino of DragonBlogger.com put it all into a good perspective by discussing Five Worse Video Game Endings.  Still, I think core issues have been completely neglected in these discussions.

First and foremost, when one considers that dedicated Mass Effect fans have invested anywhere between 70 to 180 hours of total gameplay throughout the trilogy, you have to wonder, “Was this really worth it?”  I beat Mass Effect 3 about six days after starting it and I must say: I found the missions very satisfying.  Character and plot development alike were very well done, too.

Though I kept my expectations for the ending very low, I expected some sort of closure.  I got that.  What I did not get was an ending worthy of the time invested and all the build-up.  The climax in Mass Effect 3 leaves you hoping there will be at least more DLCs and multiplayer opportunities, if only to keep the addictive gameplay going.

Yes, the ending was disappointing yet it was to be expected.

The Mass Effect 3 Ending Feels Forced

For all the foreshadowing and tragedies that less up to the final moments of the Mass Effect 3 storyline, I can’t help but feel that the ending was forced.  You get a maximum of three possible ending choices and none of them are very satisfying.

The Bioware team did a great job of foreshadowing by making it clear how hopeless and impossible the scenario was..  yet I can’t help but feel that the glimmers of hope were misleading, even after everything goes awry time after time.  I believe Bioware wanted to allow for a truly happy ending but they got themselves stuck and did the only thing they could do: present us with controversial, perhaps incomplete content and let our imaginations do the rest.

I know that by now this horse has been beaten dead but I’m still having a video game hangover due to the severe disappointment here. I almost want all those hours invested back.

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