Tag Archive: Video games


Will and I (that’s right, Kyle’s doing the writing now) are working in a summer hire program for most of vacation. The thing about being a summer hire is there really isn’t much for you to do. There aren’t a lot of jobs that summer hires are allowed, so most of the day is spent sitting at our computers waiting to be assigned a task. While it may at first not sound so bad, I mean getting paid to sit at a computer and do nothing sounds pretty easy right? Well, after eight hours of it a day you start to go a little….crazy.

So we decided to introduce a new segment to try to keep our spirits up, or at least our sanity intact. It’s called “The Descent” and documents our fall into madness through daily logs of our activities. We hope you enjoy reading through our suffering!

Heya everybody and welcome to the fourth installment of The Descent! With Kyle behind the wheel of what is easily our longest and craziest work log yet, we go through a day full of desk upgrades, manticore fighting, christopher walken quoting, Will slaying action! Read up and enjoy, our pain is your pleasure!

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Introducing…The Cloud Suit

Since I haven’t posted anything all week (I’m on VACATION!) I’ve got a trailer for Super Mario Galaxy 2!

I don’t have a Wii and I’ve only played like 20 minutes of Super Mario Galaxy BUT this one looks quite awesome.

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.

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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.

The Raid Nights

Pink Floyd is in the background. Lights are turned down, music is low, computers are on. I’m situated in my bat cave, my fortress of solitude, my man cave. its 12 fucking 30 and i still have to wait another two hours before it happens. All the hype, all the waiting, all the late nights, the sleepless days, the mornings waking up in my shower asking my self how the hell i got there. all of it for this. Its raid night, and its time to kill some bitches. Thats right people. I’m a raider. Well actually to be more accurate I play Wow.  Tonight, like any of our scheduled Tuesday, Thursday and Monday nights, is the night where we brave men gather our strength to face the most death defyingly horrible creatures to ever be…so we get online and do 10 man progression raids. What that means is that my guild gets together and enters a raid dungeon and attempts to beat it. after that we keep doing it until we put the raid on farm, and we move on to more challenging tasks. Tonight we face our most horrible challenge yet. 2 hours left. This, my friends, is the shittiest part of living abroad. Time differences. If we end up wiping tonight i swear I’m going to be pissed.