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Age of Empires II HD on Steam

19 March 2016 - 11:10 PM

I've been a huge AoE fan since the 90s (I got my hands on a "demo" in 1997 and then put my allowance together with my brother to purchase the full game). In fact, I was addicted to AoE II (online multiplayer) up to the point when I got into RuneScape.

Anyways, if you've been following it: they've gone back and brought back AoE II and modernized it to work on today's computers (and larger resolution screens). They've also fixed a bunch of bugs and even put out an expansion. I've been playing it for a while and it's still the same fun game as it was back then.

In other, more recent, news, Bill Gates had an AMA and somebody asked if he will make more AoE. Despite that being a dumb question (since Bill Gates isn't really involved with Microsoft anymore and even Microsoft isn't really involved with AoE much any more), he replied that he will look into it. If they do decide to develop a new AoE IV game, I hope they won't go in the direction AoE III was headed: with too many RPG elements. The whole appeal of AoE II is how rugged it is and how easy it is to get into. There is no XP or points you collect, and no achievements to unlock stuff (other than Steam achievements). It's a pure RTS and that's what people love about it.

As for what I'm doing these days: I play a lot of AoE II: HD multiplayer: my favorites being nomad, snake, and fortress. BF is really popular so I end up playing that the most. I've made my own maps that are on steam. One is called "Earl of Fortresston" which is a 3v1. It's decent but most people don't wanna play unranked (3v1). I'm currently working on a scenario similar to CBA that I'm excited about. It will take some time to perfect. Modding is not easy in AoE II: HD. Hopefully they improve this aspect of the game in subsequent updates.

Anybody else play AoE II:HD?

Suggest an (android) smartphone for me

28 February 2016 - 03:08 AM

I currently have a Samsung Galaxy S5. I've been happy with it except that the internal memory (16 GB) has been full for a while (by my apps) and it's annoying with updates failing sometimes due to not enough space. Also, the phone gets as hot as a furnace when the cell signal is weak (which is often) and the battery takes a nosedive -- I've had my battery go from 100% to 0% in 2 hours due to weak signal before. The phone has gotten really slow also - with a few apps open, the response is embarrassingly slow.

But other than that, I've been happy with it. But now it's time to upgrade! (I've had my S5 since it launched like 2 years ago). I hope to buy a new phone somewhere between March and June.

What I care about (in order of importance)
1. Camera (my phone is primarily a camera for both indoor and outdoor use).
2. Battery. (3000 mAh or more preferable! I consider myself a heavy user.)
3. Modern flagship-level processor and RAM (3GB+ preferable).
4. Size (has to be around 5-inches, I don't like it too big).
5. Price. (the lower the better of course! :lol: but I prefer best bang for buck scenarios)
6. Waterproofing (my S5 has spoiled me)

I don't care about:
1. Thinness, thickness, weight.
2. Phone speakers (I'm not one of those d-bags that blasts youtube in public)
3. SD card. As long as I get 64 GB or more internal storage, I have no use for SD card.
4. Removable battery.
5. Pulse sensor or any other such gimmick.
6. Metal-body, glass-body, etc. (Glass and metal aren't always better than plastic. So I don't care about this as long as it looks/feels good).
7. Curved edges, etc.
8. 4k display. As long as it's at least FullHD, I'm happy.
9. USA-deals. I buy my phones unlocked internationally. So don't suggest any USA-specific phones/deals, etc.

I'm considering the Xiaomi Mi5 Pro, HTC M10, Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony X Performance.

Should I wait for some new phones to launch? Which ones? I was hoping Sony would put out some new Z-series phones but they've ended the series now. Nexus comes out too late in the year I think.

Amazon Lumberyard

12 February 2016 - 09:52 PM

As a gamer, my biggest dream has been to make my own game. Of course, easier said than done, and all that. But Amazon has just made it a bit easier for individuals to get into game dev with Lumberyard which is essential a modified version of CryEngine with AWS integration.

Maybe one of these days I'll download it and whip up a Goat Simulator style game of my own.

Zybez FB: It's lit fam!

05 February 2016 - 03:39 AM

We post very little useful stuff and like 99% of our posts are completely useless (but hilarious) RuneScape memes and other funny RuneScape stuff. Come join us on the 9Gag of RuneScape: the ZYBEZ FACEBOOK PAGE. Like it once we'll keep your newsfeed lit, specially when you're bored somewhere with just your phone or at work/school or whatever.

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All skills over 70

27 January 2016 - 03:26 AM

Okay, that's not actually true. My Invention is still zero because my Divination is still below 80 (it's 74). But... Invention is an elite skill and doesn't count :-P

Thanks to Tears of Guthix, something that has contributed to 99% of the XP in my Dungeoneering, Runecrafting, and Slayer skills, I managed to hit 70 Dung and that was my last sub-70 stat.

It was slow (I've been playing since 2001), but I'm glad to have achieved this finally. Having over 70 in all skills means that I can meet the requirements for almost all the quests (one of these months, when I have loads of time, I wanna do a couple dozen quests).

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Now for the next goal: getting at least 80 in all skills. This won't be too hard because many of my skills are over or around 80 anyways. I'll start with divination first though so I can start Invention :-P

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