EGX 2019
 My EGX wristband!

At some point in your early to mid 30s, hopefully without life altering events, you learn drinking is rubbish. It’s expensive, makes you an idiot and hurts like a bastard the next morning.

You eventually know this.

It’s just, sometimes, you forget.

On Wednesday I travelled south to stay with Dave before heading to EGX the next day. This was exciting for a number of reasons. Despite a lifelong passion for video games of all shapes and sizes I’ve never been to a ‘proper’ video game show. It was genuinely a bucket list thing. Also we’re *almost*, technically, in the strictest sense, game developers now. At some point we want to attend a show, exhibiting a video game we’re working on. It’s an opportunity to get a snapshot of the video game world and, sorry for using this word, network. Make some contacts, get some pointers as we start out.

Months ago when booking our tickets Dave suggested we should get the 10am early entry tickets. Make a day of it. Get all the benefit we can (we’re only there for one day). I don’t like travelling around London but Dave being a native will get me through it quickly. It will be fine. We’ll have plenty of time. We book the early tickets. We discuss the talks we want to see, games we want to check out and questions we should ask developers. We print business cards. We are prepared.

I look forward to this for months. Months.

Fast forward to the night before, it’s approximately 3am and we’ve had wine. Lot’s of wine. I’m not sure if it’s three or four bottles but we have long crossed the sensible-old-friends meeting-up-for-the-first-time-in-ages-and-having-a-drink line. A suggestion is made. Calvados! (French apple brandy). Seems a good idea. 

It’s a lovely drink.

At 4am a bolt of sense scorches through the air. We should get some sleep. 

 

Near EGX
We now live near EGX

At 8:15am either the world has exploded or it’s my phone alarm. 

Rise and shine!

One of us is, still, quite clearly, drunk and the other has passed that with a crushing hangover, a subhuman shell. It doesn’t matter who is who, we’re just two idiots on an adventure.

We need to change at Canning Town. We realise this as the train starts moving again. That’s fine we jump off at the next station and onto the train back to Canning Town. In a rush we dash off the train just reaching the next one before the doors close. Few. Made it. At this point I notice a person wearing a massive Pikachu hat. They didn’t get on this train. Off at the next station and onto the train back to Canning Town. We pause. Canning Town is beginning to feel a bit like home. We make damn well sure we get on the correct train. We hold our breath as the train pulls away. Success!

We get to EGX at 11:15am. The first thing that hits me is the size of the ExCeL. It is huuuuuuge. The entrance to EGX is on the opposite side from where we came in so we have a bit of a trek. One of us is bouncing along, the other shambling, drifting on a memory of humanity. Twenty minutes in the queue and we’re in.

EGX is everything I hoped it would be and more. It’s video game magic land and I’m here to be part of it! Except no, I’m not really myself, nowhere near.

We do manage to get a lot of benefit from EGX. We see how things are presented, we attend interesting talks. We see a lot of awesome looking indie games. I even get a quick glance at the new Avengers game. Ok, it’s not why we’re here but come on! 

It feels great just to be here.

But everything is happening slowly, the only pace we can manage. We speak to few developers. We don’t play as many games as we could have. We don’t go to after hours. We get tired.

We will look on the positives and we will do better next time.

 

Probably meet at Canning Town and head in from there.

 

 

Night of the Full Moon (iOS) 

Still totally addicted to this. To the point I need to take it off my phone.

Working my way through the difficulties for each class (knight, ranger, nun and witch). I’ve had to abandon a few runs after getting into an unwinnable situation so maybe it’s time.

My phone battery will thank me.

Video Game Diary Night of the Full Moon

Video Game Diary Sekiro

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Xbox One)

I know I’m on tilt when my wife hands me my six month old daughter and my response is to sit her up next to me as I throw myself for the umpteenth time against Owl (Father). I’m so, so, so close. Again. Again. Again. 

Hmmm baby has tried to grab the pad a little too much. 

On to your mat. 

Again. Again. Again.

Sigh.

I really should be parenting. Off goes the Xbox.

Later the following night, after 30 minutes of warming up (dying), Owl (Father) is down. Great fight. The camera is still as deadly as any foe but onwards.

Northgard (PC)

Vikings are cool. 

Played the first two story missions trying to get a feel for the game. It’s colourful and gentle, not sure if it ramps up in later missions or not. Graphically it reminds me of how I remember Black & White. 

I saved a fellow tribe from some wolves and they’ve now sworn loyalty to me. Seems a bit over generous but I’ll take it.

Video Game Diary Northgard

Video Game Cuphead

Cuphead (Switch)

The best looking game of the generation? Probably.

Picked this up in a switch sale after putting it off for a while. Not planning to get into it right now but did want to give it a quick play. Beat up a field of vegetables and a lump of blue goo (that turned into a tombstone). The level of invention I’ve seen already is breathtaking. I’m prepared for some nasty difficulty spikes when I start working my what through this proper and really hope it doesn’t put me off.

So, so, so pretty.

 

Night of the Full Moon (iOS) 

How did we end up here?

A short and dull story.

Played “Slay the Spire” on PC. Wanted it on my phone. Not out on iOS. Damn.

Brief search.

Settled on Night of the Full Moon to scratch this itch. It’s cheap (49p!), it’s quirky (Little Red Riding Hood), a tad simpler than StS and it’s pretty (far moreso than StS).

I love it. 

I can’t stop playing it. As I understand the fun of these games is moulding your deck into a great big death dealing machine. In the two runs I had at StS I failed miserably. In this I’m a card throwing engine of death dressed as Little Red Riding hood. It (so far) seems pitched at a difficulty where you struggle sometimes but ultimately prevail and that’s all I want. Currently trying out all the starting classes (only Nun to go)!

 

Video Game Diary Night of the Full Moon

The Video Game Diary Sekiro

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Xbox One)

Dodge, dodge, dodge, parry, parry. A few more hits. Poison, ha you missed fuck you. Shit, heal heal! Fuck camera, run, run! Reset calm, calm. Slash, slash…death blow, death bloooow!!

Great Shinobi Owl has fallen.

Who dares to face me next?

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 (Switch) FINISHED!

I never smashed my toys together. My He-man and Secret Wars toys executed tightly choreographed punches, kicks, jumps and swings all in service of the grand story (in my head).

This is the video game equivalent of smashing your toy. I think it’s given me a piece of childhood I missed.

Anyway the credits have rolled on easy mode and it was lots of mindless fun. The final boss is a bit anticlimactic but the overall experience was excellent. There is loads of challenge content and I’ll be there for the DLC (FF, Punisher Whoooo!)

The Video Game Diary Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Hello, I’m Paul the cowboy with a name!

I play far, far, far too many video games and I want to write about them largely to improve my writing in general (practice makes adequate!) Thus “My VideoGame Diary” a record of all the games I am currently playing. 

I pick up games all the time and frequently forget where I am and what I was doing because of the gaps in between. So hopefully this will help with that too!

Lets see where we end up.

P.