Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2014 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: goat simulator, gaming, fun
It seems that gaming has become a lot less about having a good time over the past few years. An entire branch of gaming expects you to run a treadmill of low level quests before you get to the point where you can actually start exploring and many people will not even pick up a game if they can't get achievements for simply playing something that they should be able to enjoy for the simple sake of playing.
It is more than that however, we have progressed from teabagging and hurling vulgarities at any and all players, be they friendlies or enemies, to having a subgroup of gamers actively insulting so called 'casual gamers' and 'fake gamer girls' in social media and other public forums. Somehow the idea that gaming is enjoyable because it is a game has been overwhelmed by those who find their fun in deriding other players.
Perhaps this is why Coffee Stain Studio's Goat Simulator has caused such a divide of opinions in gamers; those who can see the fun of wandering around smashing things and generally being silly love it. Those with a need to either prove themselves better than everyone, or at least that everyone is worse than they are can't grasp the idea of purely enjoying a game because it is simply amusing in and of itself.
For those still able to enjoy pure silliness you should read through the full patch notes of Goat Simulator 1.1 on Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN; the addition of a new map and split screen multiplayer has nothing on the notes involving Flappy Goat, the "Applying plastic wrap around your screen will now give you a 3D-effect." or Minecraft goat. If you have even a tiny bit of a sense of humour left you should also watch the accompanying trailer.
If you want to play with the Fragging Frogs, the most fun frog-based gaming community around, you had best practice having fun. For those of you who never lost that playful spirit, come on it and join in the fun!
"Goat Simulator really is just the dumbest thing, isn’t it? Naturally, that’s why everyone in the whole world loves it and I have a pet goat now. I was surprised (and let’s face it: a bit saddened) to find that real goats have functional neck bones and lack tongues that stretch like elastic and stick like gorilla glue, but them’s the breaks. Related: do not hurl real goats into traffic. They will break. That got a bit dark there, didn’t it? But you know what’s not dark?"
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- urified: Dawns Of War Ditching GameSpy And GFWL @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Wolfenstein: The New Order Review @ OCC
- The RPS Verdict – Wolfenstein: The New Order
- Whoa: Northern Shadow Is Skyrim Meets A City Builder @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Lagolution: Battlefield 4 Patches Netcode @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- XCOM Who? – Xenonauts Officially Complete @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2014 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, fun, fragging frogs
The Fragging Frogs doubled our previous attendance at the 6th Virtual LAN party and may well have quadrupled the fun. UT2004 and Battlefield 4 were by far the highest attended events with Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Titanfall also attracting quite a few gamers. There were two challenges for prizes, an elimination UT2K4 event in which the top 10 scores went on to try to kill Lenny as many times as possible in an all versus Lenny team deathmatch. He loves that kind of attention and we love that game, especially Fragball with Redeemers!
The second challenge took place in BF4; the first player to knife either O-Dog or tommyp1ckles picked up one of the over two dozen AMD FX-8350s we gave away. O-Dog managed to embarrass himself a bit, managing to get stabbed in under a minute in the first of the two challenges but redeemed himself by stabbing tommyp1ckles in the second round.
You can find out when the next Virtual LAN Party is as well join in on the regular Fragging Frogs gaming sessions reach out to Lenny and all the gang on the Gaming Forum.
The full list of prizes included:
- FX-8350 processors - 25 in total!
- Warsam71's personal 7990 dual GPU video card
- Never Settle Forever SILVER game codes - 10 in total
From Epic Games:
- Games, strategy guides and posters signed by Tim Sweeney
- keys chain, sticker and bracelet sets
Thanks go to Warsam71 from AMD and iFlak from Epic who helped make this event even better and stopped by for a little gaming themselves.
Also, special thanks go to:
- Lenny - for herding cats like a pro
- iamApropos - for streaming and promoting our event
- Spazster (aka tORNTV) - for creating event graphics, our sweet intro video and promoting our event
- iwalkwiththedead - for creating event graphics and promoting our event
- Brandito - for hosting our Teamspeak server
- mmettin - for hosting our UT2004 server
- Activate:AMD - for managing our Battlefield 4 server
- Ryan - for Upgrading our TeamSpeak server from 32 to a much needed 64 slots
Drop by the forums to see the full list of winners (my 8350 is back in the pool for #7) and make sure to offer your thanks for all the hard work from those who organized and supported this event!
Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2014 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, vlan, kick ass, fun, fragging frogs
Tomorrow is the 6th official PC Perspective and Fragging Frogs Virtual LAN party, kicking off at 10AM EDT on Saturday May 3. You will find all the pertinent info on this thread in the Forums, such as how to Friend players on Steam or Origin, the Teamspeak server information and a list of the games we are likely to play as well as the patches and mods you will need.
Some reps from AMD will once again be joining us to give away prizes to those on the TeamSpeak server which you will need to log into in order to have a chance to win. Battlefeild 4 is a definite and you can be sure there will be some UT2004 being played as well. As well you are likely to get a chance to take a shot at the PC Perspective staff who will be showing up at various points during the day. There is also a high likelihood some of the games will be livestreamed
Come join us and have a blast!
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2014 - 07:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: vlan, gaming, fun, fragging frogs
This weekend, specifically at 10AM ET on February 22nd the fifth Virtual LAN Party kicks off, hosted by the famous Fragging Frogs and PC Perspective, with a good chance of some secret visitors from the Red Team. There is no set end time for the event nor for any of the games so if you have any time on Saturday in which you do not find yourself saving innocents from a fate worse than death* then hop on and play with us. You get to hang out with Forum members you have built friendships with, shoot those you hold a grudge against, and have the chance to frag Ryan, Josh and all the other PC Per staff brave enough to set foot into this battle royale.
*The only acceptable excuse to bail on us.
The games are many, both old and new; with a strong likelihood of every Battlefield game since 1942 represented along with spicy versions of Unreal 2004, Torchlight II, Hawken, a game involving heavy weapons versus dinosaurs and much more. You can see the whole list here and can suggest others if we missed one of your favourites. To prepare for the event you should install TeamSpeak 3 which is our chat client of choice; you can find the server info right here. Other than that just show up when you can and hop into the game of your choice.
We have been doing VLAN's on a very irregular schedule since 2010 but if this weekend goes well we might just start eating a bit more fibre and start a more regular schedule. There were once even tournaments held, though that was back when UT2K4 was shiny and new, which we could start up again. For even more fun, you could help the Frogs get back together on the regular schedule we used to hold to back in the golden days of yore. Don't forget to consider a jump in The Pond once you are finished playing, keep that CPU and GPU working full out!
This is also a great time to thank Lenny and AMD for the wonderful good deed that they did for one of our long term members. You can read about their good works here and be sure to thank them for putting the effort into helping out one of our own.
We look forward to seeing you there and shooting you several times.
As the neighborhoods are adorned with lights and reindeer decorations, and the airwaves are ringing with Christmas carols, one realizes that it is that time of year again! Although December arrived much faster than any of us at PC Perspective expected, there is no doubt that time to purchase gifts is running short and this year is almost over.
In keeping with the holiday spirit, the PC Perspective team got into a discussion about items and services that we would want for Christmas and that we felt would make really great gifts for our loved ones. And thus the PC Perspective Holiday Gift Guide 2011 was born!