Happy news for Diablo fans, for both the ones who stay loyal to 2 and newcomers who like the third one; the promised changes are coming into effect.
Yesterday, Blizzard released the patch, which is something of a bridge to the upcoming expansion, Reaper of Souls. And that’s the best thing about it – with this patch, I already feel like I got the expansion, as all the promised revisions made it in, just without the brand new content – the new Crusader, leveling to 70, Act V, etc. But the loot system is reworked, majority of skills is changed dramatically, difficulty settings are different, and the game just feels more alive than before.
Black Disk is a weekly segment where I examine some awesome music from a video game.
For the first edition of Black Disk (tada!), I decided to a pick a game series that’s both very dear to me and is widely known for its soundtrack: Guilty Gear. For those who don’t know, Guilty Gear is a long-running fighting game series developed by ArcSystem Works, with the first iteration on the PlayStation in 1998. The series is alive to this day (after long hiatuses and drama with SEGA) with a brand new edition arriving this spring to Japanese arcades in the form of Guilty Gear XRD: Sign.
I’ve finally done it and played through Gone Home, the Fullbright Company’s game. *Spoiler about ending later on*
For those who haven’t heard of it, Gone Home made waves mid-2013 because it was in vein with Dear Esther, another pure storytelling “game” (whether both are considered a game is discussed with much ardor). Gone Home has you, Kaitlin Greenbriar, coming home after being gone for a long time while on a study abroad trip. Kaitlin finds the home unoccupied, with a strange note on the front door from her younger sister, Sam, that says “don’t look for me.” The parents are missing as well.
Welcome 2014! We haven’t changed all that much, haven’t we? My resolution is to get noticed by senpai this year.
Change of the calendar aside, over the past few days the games industry twittersphere has been shaken up by the hiring of Ben Kuchera by Polygon. For those unacquainted, a quick Google search suggests the word “controversy” as one of the top search terms, and you can quickly read about ones like his smearing campaigns on Twitter, etc. Short story short, he’s quite a controversial man.
I’m sure many people feel similarly on the eve when we have to replace our calendars: it’s hard to believe it’s actually happening. As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time to get a little reflective of the past and thoughtful of the future. Or something like that.