Apr 212017
 
That feeling when the streamer gets streamed!

After doing a load of test streams myself and of course posting videos and related articles here, I had a very strange experience earlier this week, when I finished a match of SFV online and then saw that my opponent had the title “Streamer” set. “Hmmm” I thought, and I wondered if they were actually streaming right now and had streamed the rather good match we’d just had… A quick skoot around twitch and I discovered indeed they were! So I […Full Story…]

Apr 282016
 
Insert Dic Joke Here

I’ve been pretty quiet the last couple of months here on Agoners, but with good reason – it’s mainly because I’ve been able to do a ton of lovely gaming! I entered my first ever Yomi tournament – the International Yomi League Season 4 – to be precise, and I’ve been having a lot of fun with that, playing “serious” matches every week or so, and I’ll do a report on my experiences from it when it’s over. I’ve also dabbled […Full Story…]

Dec 152014
 
Back for more Dantics!

(For how this all got started, read here) Omatase shimashita saikyo fans! I’ve still been playing Dan whenever I’ve been on USF4 lately. But I hadn’t had any especially good matches for a while that were post-worthy. As my ranking’s been rising I’ve been having some really close fought battles and I’ve been edging closer to a 50:50 win rate. Whilst I’ve had some really good games in the past few weeks, they weren’t anything especially fun to upload and […Full Story…]

Jan 112013
 
Yomi: A Grave Decision

When I last wrote about Yomi, I was still very new to the game, but I’d decided to buy a single online character to get me started and to help me learn to play the game. I do think this is definitely the best way to get started at online Yomi, because I feel there’s just too much going on and too much to learn if you are playing with different characters every week on the free rotation; unless of […Full Story…]

Mar 022012
 
Yomi: An Intimidating Introduction?

There’s been precious little in the way of competitive video games that have interested me recently. Whilst I’ve spent time in competitive games of Halo Reach, Street Fighter 2 HD Remix, StarCraft II and even Gears of War 3 lately, none are quite perfect to my taste or are lacking in some way to my gaming design ideals of how I’d like them to be implemented as online games. Other games I’ve read about or even trialled seem to be […Full Story…]

Jan 102012
 
The XBox Live Fail Update

The Xbox Live Fall Fail Update Late last autumn there was the usual “Fall Update” to Xbox 360s connected to  Xbox Live, this year with the moniker (as is the trend these days) of the “Metro” update. I hoped to write about this when it was more topical, but I wanted to wait until I’d had a chance to try out all of the new features myself, and also the typical holiday festivities got in the way 🙂 . However […Full Story…]

May 222011
 
FPS Remy

I just played some Halo Reach for the first time in a while. After playing so much of the Gears of War 3 beta, I was really struggling. I really deserved to be in Team Shitty Shotty at this point – I couldn’t aim properly at all. I was randomly armour-locking all over the place and kept throwing grenades when I meant to reload. AND Bungie have added new maps, and to make matters worse, changed around all the weapons […Full Story…]

Dec 292010
 
The Revealing Use of Walkthrough Guides

There are a number of ways to tell how and why people play videogames and what type of player they are – are they an Agoner – an actual gamer – playing entertainment software as actual games and challenges for the kinds of reasons we discuss here, or is it for something else? The excellent Brainhex Survey certainly proves invaluable for self analytical game-literate people, as do our videogame classifications, and of course there’s various studies into observing how people play […Full Story…]

Jan 222010
 
Call of War of Honoured Duty: Battlefield Defeat Sixty Four

‘Real war’ style simulations in any gaming genre generally have about as much appeal to me as a candyfloss covered turd. They might sometimes look nice from a distance, but on closer inspection I can see that the flavour is so obviously going to be wrong I really don’t want to take a bite. The lack of appeal is because despite the fact I enjoy a good bit of aggression, gore and warlike competition in my games, I’d rather have […Full Story…]

Sep 302009
 
Challenge me Angel!

Do you really want to mess with me punk? Well, do ya? Despite how I describe myself as being a fiero-seeking nutjob sometimes the challenge just seems too much, or too far away from my core interest in a game, even for me. For example, as part of my practice for Street Fighter 2 HD Remix, I’ve watched youtube videos of the best players in the world fighting with DeeJay & read about them and even from them on forums […Full Story…]

Aug 262009
 
Hardcore you know the score

The keen-eyed reader may have noticed that we’ve been playing around with the summary tagline that attempts to describe this blog in a single sentence. It’s actually quite a difficult thing to pin down, as Agoners is really about an attitude to gaming and our thoughts that develop from that, coupled with a wider reach on just about any gaming-related topic that interests us. I guess the whole purpose of this blog is founded in my own constant quest to […Full Story…]