Monthly Archives: July 2012

My darling Sophie, you were taken too soon. Fighting your way through hoardes of Hellbeasts who were just too strong.

Yes, I’m talking about my Diablo 3 hardcore Monk named Sophie. One of the features Blizzard boasted about it’s latest dungeon crawller was an finite death mode. Hardcore, as it’s called, allows you to start a brand new character, as if you had just switched on the game for the first time. Your hardcore character doesn’t have access to your chest like your normal characters, nor can they access your accumulated gold. They are created brand-spanking new with a clean slate.

Reflecting on the short 14 levels I had with Sophie, I think I was foolish to have created her. Diablo 3 issues are well known and while I’ve never had major issues with lag (averaging a ping of 200-300ms even while playing with friends in South Korea and the US), the lag I had while playing US servers on Hardcore wasn’t anything to be happy about. I managed to escape by the skin of my teeth dangerous, laggy situations with a smart use of potions and evasive manouvers.

But, we battled on until that faithful day. Trapped in a corner with no Spirit and potions recharging, we couldn’t escape. When you died, my friend Seth wondered why I gasped and cried out, “no!”

I’ll remember our time fondly, while I still mourn your death.

There’s so much footage coming out for Borderlands 2 these days, it’s making the next 3 months excruciating. You can countdown with me here.

To satisfy your desire, have a HD trailer.

I’ve been pretty slack on the whole gaming thing of late. I’ve got a very good excuse! I’m overseas at the moment and I’ve only got my laptop and while this was a pretty decent gaming laptop (no, that is NOT an oxymoron) when I bought it almost 4 years ago, the old girl is starting to show her age. Also, I dropped on it on the train on the way to Maastricht and the battery is all broken. In my opinion, that’s a pretty good excuse to buy a new one.

But, I’ve been doing some sneaky, sneaky research. Well, by “research”, I mean “shopping.”, although, the nerdy girl in me showed herself the other day when I was out with my friend doing touristy things. The first store I went into? A Dutch gaming store!

I know that with the exchange rate, everything is a little off but when I do the math, games are cheaper here in Europe than in Australia by at least $10. It’s amazing that Australia is so ripped off by retailers. The excuse for as long as I can remember was, “the Australian dollar is weak against the Euro and Greenback,” but since the European economy and the American economy are doing worse compared to the Australian economy (to the point that the AUD was above parity with the USD for months) that excuse was bunk.

And even now that the Steam Summer Sale has started (My wallet is hiding in a corner, whimpering), the difference in price has become obvious. The Australian government has started an inquiry into how prices on electronic goods (including games) is significantly higher than other places, however, I’m not sure how much good it will do.

(A little off topic: if you want to see the photos from my trip click here)