Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Skyrim: Dawnguard Released

Dawnguard was officially released today. I was selected for the beta, and have played through it 3 times already. I don't want to give away too much on the first day... but let's just leave it at this: if I didn't get the beta and had to pay for the DLC... I would consider it money well spent. So go get it!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Madden football... and stuff

Typically, not many games are released over the summer. At least, not any games I would play. The one exception would be the sports games. It's been a while since I bought a Madden game (really, what's the point? EA never changes anything), but I'm thinking about buying Madden 13 and possibly NCAA 13. Maybe it's because I want to see how my Dallas Cowboys stack up against other teams in theory. I take my Madden seriously, despite not buying it often. I still play Madden 11 often, since that's the only place the Cowboys can actually do well. Madden 13 seems to have changed some things though. For instance, the commentary has been updated, and the physics engine has been completely redone. EA needs to just slap Unreal Engine 4 on there and call it a day, they really can't seem to grasp the idea of physics. Maybe that's just my passionate hatred towards EA talking. Maybe it isn't.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

More on Minecraft

Even as I wrote my review for the Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft, I knew that it wouldn't be the last time I speak of it. After weeks of playing, I have only fallen more in love with Minecraft. It seems impossible to get bored when there is so much to do and create. My favorite creation yet was a tower that was so tall it reached the maximum block limit. I then built 2 more of those towers right next to it and connected them. I then named it after myself.

Playing with friends is fun, as long as you choose the right people. That is, people who won't trash your house and steal your stuff the second you leave the game. It can be hard to find good people to play with at times, and that's when I just work alone, which is fine by me. I usually live on the opposite side of the island as everyone else even when I play multiplayer.

Of course, the PC edition has much more to offer, what with mods and more features, but I can honestly say that Minecraft is one game I don't want to play with mods. I just want to build stuff, nothing more. Besides, the vast majority of my friends are on Xbox Live anyway, so it works out pretty well for me.

I honestly can not believe that I never bothered to play Minecraft before it came out on Xbox 360. There is just so much to do. Once again, if you haven't picked up the game yet, do it. You might be surprised.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Announcement and Acknowledgments

I have an announcement for all you loyal readers out there, so please bear with me.

I realize that this is supposed to be a blog, and as such I am entitled to give my opinion on anything. Lately, I've been treating this like a gaming news site, which wasn't my primary goal. And as you can probably see, it hasn't worked out as well, with maybe a couple posts per month. So from now on, I will be treating Catalyst King Gaming more like an actual blog. If you like it or don't like it, that's fine. But this is the road I had intended to go down and now I'm getting back on track. 

The site still hasn't taken off yet, but I plan to change that with more activity on Twitter (@Catalystking23), Youtube (CatalystKing23), and of course, right here on Catalyst King Gaming.

And now on to some acknowledgements.

Thank you to everyone who has visited this site for their support, you have given me the motivation to continue moving forward. I realize that I have some loyal readers who constantly check in here, and I'd like to give a big thank you to those people. 

Some specific acknowledgments include: 
Fliggerty, owner of Great House Fliggerty, for so much. I don't even know where to start. Fligg's site was the first site that I ever became really involved in, and the first site I ever moderated. He has shown extreme patience with me at times, and he's always willing to lend a helping hand, such as putting the link to my site on his homepage. I definitely would not be where I am without him.
Some members of GHF who have shown support to Catalyst King Gaming include: 
Chazz of Blades

Thank you for your support when I was trying to get the site on its feet.

Some other acknowledgments:
My friend Eric, for voluntarily creating the background for the site, and always showing support for all of my ideas through the years

Everyone who has inspired me to do this in some way, shape or form, including
Neil Pasricha

and every blogger out there, trying to leave their own mark on "teh interwebs."

Thank you so much for your continued help and support, and I hope you've had as much fun along the way as I have. May the good times continue!

--Catalyst King

Thursday, June 7, 2012

E3 2012 Overview

I didn't get a chance to watch E3 live or all the way through as I had planned - life got in the way - but I was still able to see a lot of the new stuff. The Xbox 360 SmartGlass? Mediocre. We have enough tablet wannabes. Black Ops 2? Bleh. TES Online? I'm not even going to go there.

However, there were some good things there. Halo 4 looks pretty great, and so does Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Assassin's Creed 3 looks like a solid addition to the series that has a lot of new features.

Honestly, I didn't get a chance to take a look at anything on the Sony or Nintendo side of things (which does not bother me too much). However, there is one thing I think Xbox did right at their press conference. They added more channels to their new TV feature, including Machinima. That was pretty much the highlight of the Microsoft press conference to me.

Overall, E3 2012 was... underwhelming, at best. Hopefully there will be more to show at PAX and Gamescom.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

E3 So Far

Honestly, I'm not too impressed with anything I've seen at E3 so far. Assassin's Creed 3 did impress me, though, as well as Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Otherwise, most of the stuff shown so far has been underwhelming.
The Xbox SmartGlass seems like just another tablet, and Black Ops 2 seems mediocre at best. Still not much info on TES Online, either. I'm going to keep an eye out for anything good as E3 comes to a close.