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  • Phokal 10:46 am on February 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: capt. nemo, , scuba pirates, spear guns, undertow   

    pLayday: 2/5 – Undertow 

    Scuba

    pLayday: 2/5 – Undertow

    Real quick post because I was too busy this weekend (and forgot).

    The game is Undertow. We all own it. Let’s try it out. If we get bored we can easily switch back over to Halo or another game, depending on who is able to make it tonight.

    I would also like to remind that pLayday is only an hour, technically. Think of it as watching a TV show from 8-9pm. There is no commitment (period), but especially none for showing up early, or continuing to play for a full on gaming session of 2+ hours. Hell, if you can only make it for half an hour, that is encouraged.

    So, let’s get to trying out this compensation for xblive downtime. If you haven’t played the campaign, I recommend it as a fun split-screen co-op game.

     
    • phokal 10:48 am on February 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Also, I lean towards just playing a private match until we figure out how the ‘party’ system works. Probably won’t be anywhere near as easy as Halo.

      Anyone actually play this online, yet? I’ve done a couple matches, but can’t remember the interface.

    • Boramis 11:25 am on February 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I picked up Gears last night too, so we probably all have that now.

    • hintzilla 12:00 pm on February 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Count me in. Based on the 20 minutes or so that I spent on the game the day I got it for free, I don’t quite see the draw, but am definitely willing to check out the online aspect of it.

    • phokal 12:15 pm on February 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      The “draw” as you would put it, is it is geometry wars. it is everyday shooter. it is robotron. It is all of those top-down shooters, but it is also a multiplayer territories game (think battlefield, or ut2k4’s onslaught mode).

      So, for people who can’t handle an fps’s thumbstick control (move + look), it is generally easier to control this. I guess, it is like the Super Smash Bros. or FPS.

      And, I pretty much picked it because Boramis doesn’t have gears. Now that he does, we may well switch to it part way through :P

    • hintzilla 12:39 pm on February 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      That is why I was a bit surprised when I first played the game. I heard the comparisons to Geometry Wars, which I absolutely loved, and figured that “Geometry Wars set underwater with pirates” had to be good, but I was a bit disappointed. I want to give it another shot though, I may have been playing it wrong, and to be honest, I really didn’t give it much of a chance in the first place.

    • phokal 12:47 pm on February 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Yea. it Plays a lot more like ut2k4 onslaught, though. Players can spawn in tanks, missile launchers, or infantry variants and try to take points as a team.

      It just controls like geometry wars (and the screen can easily fill with hard to dodge death).

      Here are some tips I found about players who weren’t quite “getting it”:
      http://kotaku.com/gaming/strategy/helpful-undertow-hints-from-chair-327014.php

    • hintzilla 11:23 am on February 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      This should be more like 5 nights a week.

    • Phokal 11:36 am on February 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hah. yea, I would like to play games each night, but that’s a hard time commitment for everyone. The goal of pLayday (also available on the pLayday page link in the banner or here: http://donttellmetheending.com/playday/) is to make those random times where all of your friends are on less random. Sure, 1-2 friends may be on at once at any particular time, but every once in awhile, you get all 10 of you on, you all own the same game, and you all play it.

      So, the method to make this happen is like a weekly tv show. One hour, on a day of the week people aren’t busy, each week.

      I’m all for playing more often ;) I just look at pLayday as a way to pull everyone in. No matter where you are, how the weather is outside, or how busy you are, most of the time you can spare an hour on Tuesday, 8pm-9pm, in front of your tv chatting it up with your friends.

      If you know any other guys at WTS, or elsewhere, that would be interested, just let them know. The idea isn’t to get the group to be tooo big, but I don’t really think we are at the point where anyone needs to be excluded.

      And,…I just realized: Hint, your pick is the Guitar Hero vs. Rock Band pic kotaku used?

    • hintzilla 12:00 pm on February 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      You bet it is, good eye. The monkey knife fight is my favorite internet pic ever.

      I’ve mentioned to a few guys here that they should check out the blog and told them about pLayday yesterday, so we’ll see if they start rolling in or not.

  • Phokal 10:20 pm on January 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: don't leave it to chance!, , gears, , let's play together, live, , , undertow,   

    Organizing pLayday 

    Red Team

    Organizing pLayday

    I want to organize a day of the week where we all attempt to get online Xb Live and play a game. Instead of leaving it to chance, we make an effort to log on a particular day and play together in a game we all have.

    I can even post ideas for the game here ahead of time (map or gametype preferences can be expressed in comments).

    I have been gathering potential days from everyone, and so far the best day looks like Tuesday.

     
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