Category: Virtual Mind

Virtual Mind: Touching Base

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Hey there everyone, Tyler here from virtual mind. So uh, as you might have noticed, its been a very long time since we’ve had an update to the segment. It seems that the excitement of posting my first recorded gaming videos on the web made me feel as if I could take a break. The satisfaction felt as if it would last a good week or so before another update. It seemed that once I finally stopped basking in the glory of my new-found abilities that I would soon dump hordes of new material onto the Blog. Well, sadly, that plan fell through. So what has been up? Where have I been? Where the hell is my assistant? Kyle! damn bastard. Anyhow, I have been playing video games. Too many actually. Along with the overdosing of PC gaming, I have been reading masses of reviews. Why? Well usually I would say that you got to run before you walk, but in this case I’m taking baby steps. I’ve been reading up on reviews from the pros, trying to hone in on the skills needed to properly right a fair and just video game review. A part of that process is actually playing through a whole game. So you can see where the trouble comes from. Now that is not to say that I’ve been playing games for reviews. Hell I’ve just been lazy as ever.

Along with my ever-increasing laziness, I’m having troubles with my software. Firstly I just downloaded windows 7, and since then have been trying to keep my downloading to a minimum. I’m trying to be legit. Keep my PC clean. With windows 7 comes some problems. The main problem is that a program I use to mount my PC games doesn’t work on seven (Daemon Tools). All it takes really is downloading a new program, but laziness always takes its course. Also. when installing 7, I wiped all my old memory from when i was using vista. Included in this large digital pile of junk was my recording software. So really I just need to spend a good 30 minutes to get everything up and running again. Don’t worry we will have something soon. The fact that I’m writing this is a good sign right? Stay tuned, because there will be something coming up in the near future.


Virtual Mind: The value of the game

The end?

Welcome everyone to virtual mind, where we take a look at anything with video games. Its been a long time coming but Ive finally gotten the time to sit down and type my thoughts out. Will, I don’t know how you are able to consistently put out quality reviews because just getting this started was hard enough for me.  As I grow up, and old habits and hobbies fall behind me, I cant help but question what I do. I can spend hours a day sitting contently in front of a computer monitor, or a TV screen, playing my favorite video games. Usually doing this doesn’t bother me at all, but as of late there seems to have been some sort of change. Now, thats not to say I’m no longer enjoying video games, no not at all. What happens lately is that I find myself questioning the time I spend on a game.  A sad fact of life is that everything that has a beginning has an end. This rule applies just as much to the virtual words, as it does to the real world. For example, lets take a look at world of Warcraft. As some of you may know, Wow is an online MMORPG that has no set end. The game has been going on for five years now and the average wow player plays approximately 2-3 hours a day. You can do the math. Thats a lot of time on a game. It may seem like there is no end with all the new content that is regularly released, but unfortunately there is. There will be a time where the developers have to close the game down and It may be due to lack of money, the age of the game, or low subscription levels, but the fact is it will one day end. All that time spent grinding mobs for loot, all the dungeons, all the people you met, all the villains you helped bring to justice, all the time invested. Gone. Reading this, you may be asking yourselves, “Why would anyone spend so much time on something like that, its a waste of time that could be spent doing something productive, something with more value.” There are a lot of people out there that believe video games are a waste of time. That there is no value to them. That the pixels that you spend so much time in front of have no value and should not be played. I must say that recently, I have been asking if there is value to what I do. Firstly how does one define value? How can anyone say that one thing as more worth than the other? What I want to do is to explore the value of games. I don’t want to make this a puff piece, and as difficult as it may be with such a biased background, I want to explore what value video games do have. I mean, there has to be something to them if I’ve been playing them for so long, right?

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Virtual Mind: Shpitzcraft a.k.a the first raid

Luckily enough whilst playing WoW, I was able to get into a very simple PuG (pick up group) for The Obsidian Sanctum. For you noobs out there, this was one of the first raids for the Wrath of the Lich King, the second expansion for WoW. What I am doing here is a weekly raid quest where in I have to go kill a raid boss. This seemed a perfect opportunity for me to record a raid boss encounter for the website, I do hope you enjoy it. Be warned that firstly the technology I use (FRAPS) is new to me and I’m still working out some kinks, and my video editing is non existant and rushed. Expect better quality further down the line when i figure this whole thing out. Also I would like to mention that i did have the whole raid encounter recorded but decided to just show you the last boss battle.

Hello and welcome to Virtual Mind, where in I (and my soon to be partner in crime Kyle) take a look at video games. Thats right, anything video game related will be seen here, so remember to check in regularly for anything new. Firstly I would like to apologize for taking so long to finally get something up. My essay I’m working on is going to take sometime because when I want something done well I become very uptight about it. Whenever I finally get the time to edit it thoroughly or deem it worthy of publication, you will be seeing it. Until then we would like to introduce to you our first project at Virtual mind, The World Of Warcraft. The video sums it up, but pretty much what we are planning  is to create video blogs/quick-looks on the world of Warcraft, varying from game mechanics, to raids, and even game lore.  What ever you want to see, we will try and do. So without further ado we give you Chapter 1: first contact. Enjoy!

Virtual Mind

Hey there everyone, Tyler here, and I just wanted to drop in and give you all a heads up on my latest and greatest project, Virtual Mind. I am a video game enthusiast. From a very early age,  and honestly for as long as I can remember, Video games have always been there for me. From my simple beginnings with Game Boy and Super Nintendo to the present day of Xbox360 and my PC, I grew up with them just as much as they grew up with me.  They are my electronic buddies, my virtual friends, my story tellers. Now I was just joking there, all silliness aside, it is amazing how much my life revolves around video games. Not only is it a hobby of mine but its a passion.


How is this not beautiful?

There is so much to video games that people seem to ignore by ignorantly giving consoles and games the label of “Children’s’ toy”. They are an art form, they are a medium  for story telling, they can teach, and they can move. Video games in modern culture are far more then just some toy, they hold endless amounts of possibilities that everyone can benefit from. I want to share my passion, I want to create a bridge to give you, the reader, an insight to something that is very dear to me. So without further ado i give you Virtual mind. I’m going to show you all a thing or two about what it is like to be a gamer by giving you insight into up coming releases, my opinions of the industry, and over all just anything I can think up to share. I will be giving you updates as much as possible into my projects, reviews, thoughts, or rants on anything that comes to mind that I think is worth while. Make sure to check in regularly, ill be sure to keep things coming. Heres a quick list of things to be looking forward to in the future.

  • “Is there Value in What I Do?”- An in depth exploration of a very common question gamers are asked
  • “The Wow Project”- Take a look into my other worldly endeavors as I explore “World of Warcraft”

So there’s the line up folks, I’ll be working hard to make sure I can get something new to you all as soon as possible, until then, reflect on what I’ve just said. I would love to hear opinions on the matter.