Monday, June 27, 2011

GameLog 202-205

Work got crazy. 120 hours of marking & reporting done outside of the usual teaching & planning.

Grepolis (10h) - VRBones, rank 148, 9 cities. Placed Grepo into vacation mode until reports had been finished, but it's feeling a little too grindy now. Might be on its last legs.

League of Legends (10h) - Comp Stomps are still entertaining, if only to see other players bring in the new chars.

Frozen Synapse (10h) - Picked this one up after reporting as it sounded interesting from the GWJ podcast. Plays pretty well, but not sure if it's going to be around in a while.

Civ 5 (5h) - Rise of Rome scenario. Seemed to be running really slowly. Not sure if it was the huge map size or the mod, or the windowed mode. Ended up being pincered by the Illyrians. Makes me want to play Hegemony: Phillip of Macedon again.

Learn 2 Fly (3h) - Kongregate winner.

Hacker Evolution (1h) - Demo. Thought I'd played it, and after one level I remembered why I stopped. Everything is scenario based rather than being an open world like Uplink.

Monday Night Combat (1h) - Plays Ok as a potential LAN game, but now that TF2 is free it's dead in the water.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

5yo StarcraftII Tutor

Cam had one of his friends over for his birthday and tried to teach him Starcraft II. It was quite interesting seeing all the things he knew about the game, more than I thought he had digested. He generally plays vs Easy AI's in 1v1, 2v2 and 4v4, but spends a lot of time watching others fight (or being distracted by the TV or other PC) rather than concentrating on his own build. He's also completed some of the challenges, but it doesn't look like the strategy of counter-building has transferred into his gameplay.

What's interesting is the battle over the mouse. When I taught Cam Starcraft at the start of the year I went through the same pains of just wanting to show him with the mouse rather than letting him maintain control. It was almost unbearable watching him struggle with communicating what steps were needed to be done next, and attempting to keep his hands off. I managed to only butt in twice, both times simply to correct pronunciation of words.

Audio was pretty low and I missed an entire section when setting up the bath for them, but still happy I got that recorded.