Science, Demons, and Power – Dr. Olivia Pierce

When I did my article on DOOM, I originally had a much longer first draft, although with a little thought, I realized that one part of the game deserved a little more attention than I would have given it had it remained in the review article.

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Gleeful Gore and Gloom – DOOM

Now, I do not have the most experience in video games, but I have been doing my fair share of PC-gaming recently. I might be a little late to the party on this particular big name, but I want to share my thoughts on it because I thoroughly enjoy the new DOOM.

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MechWarrior Online Primer: Roles

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Ok, let’s rap for a second, guys.  We all know that giant robots are both large and robotic, and that, in MechWarrior Online, by PGI Games, they’re also just absolutely covered in weapons.  Now, if you’ve been following this weekly column then you know that there are different sizes of ‘Mechs and that different weapons are effective at different ranges.  These two facts, combined with the varying speeds your giant robots can achieve through the use of different engines means that ‘Mechs can serve a number of different roles on the battlefield.

The role of your ‘Mech is primarily determined by three factors: Size, Speed & Loadout.  Since these three factors are really the only variables in MechWarrior Online that means that the previous sentence was kind of pointless.  It’s ok though, keep reading, we’re gonna get to the actual meat in just a second.  The important thing to know here is that your role determines your strategies and how you should pilot your ‘Mech.  Know your roles and you will immediately see an improvement in your game!  Well, theoretically, anyway.

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Tannhauser: Tala Aponi

Tannhauser Tala Aponi

Corporal Tala Aponi took a deep breath, then wrenched the shrapnel out of her arm, clenching her teeth to keep from crying out.  She was tucked into a dark corner of a hallway, back behind a pile of crates covered with Obscura Korps symbols and full of foul smells.  She didn’t want to know what was inside of them.  All around her, in the darkness of the catacombs, she could hear the sounds of battle.  The sharp, staccato crack of the almost alien “Flash Guns” of Tala’s squad let her know that they were still in the fight, somewhere.

She kicked her empty medkit to the side as she finished bandaging up her arm and stood up, clutching her service revolver tightly with her good hand.  This mission was hell, but they all were for the 24th Marine Special Forces.  She’d been everywhere from the jungle muck of the South Pacific to the frozen wastes of Novgorod, but this was by far the single worst place she’d ever been. (more…)

MechWarrior Online Primer: Classes

GIANT ROBOTS OH EM GEE!

CLANG!  BOOM!  ZAP!  PEW PEW BAM KABOOM!  WEET WEET!  BOOOOOOM!

Man, Giant robots are freaking fun, are they not?  It’s just like, awesome.  I know, for me, there’s nothing quite like a massive machine made of tons and tons of metal and guns just blasting the ever living crap out of stuff, and the best place to do that right now is definitely on MechWarrior Online.

The game, which is completely free to play (download it from mwomercs.com) is my current ultra obsession.  That said, as anyone who’s played can tell you, it is really not easy for the new player to be successful.  So this is the first in a series of handy primers to keep you from getting shot to scrap. (more…)