Remember when you used to eagerly await Saturday mornings for SMTV Live, only to be disappointed when either Ant, Dec or Cat had gone on holiday and been temporarily replaced by Louise Redknapp/some other early 2000’s celebrity?
That’s basically me this week, as I’ve been tasked with providing the community round-up while regular writer Sam is off gallivanting around PLAY it! and trawling through a mountain of reviews for your reading pleasure.
So with Sam away, does that mean this week’s round up will be a little SMITE-lite? Let me answer that question with a visual aid.
SMITE regular Metalrodent wondered whether the game would suffer a graphical downgrade to compensate for the snazzy new framerate, while Plasma wing had a slightly more drastic theory as to how they managed the technical breakthrough: “I thought they might have nerfed Loki so hard, he was removed from the game to make room for the framerate improvements."
If I may be so bold as to move away from SMITE news, it’s worth noting that Max returned from Uni for SPRING BREAK WOOOOO! (sorry, half term), and immediately set about reviving the Tabletop RPG’s and LARP thread. I’ll be honest, I had no idea there was such a thing lurking in the PTC archives in the first place.
My occasional foray into travel Ludo seems quite tame in comparison to Max’s adventures.
“We played private detectives operating in Paris, and the game started off by killing our boss in a fire. This we investigated and it led us to discover strange groups and strange people and strange things happening. As it turned out, we were in fact Mages ourselves, just not yet awakened. We were then awakened, allowing us to better deal with the Wild Hunt, who we had found to be the Big Bads.”
Sometimes I play Ludo with two colours at the same time, that’s impressive… right?
It seems like LARPing (that appears to be the acceptable verb for it) is a favourite pastime of Uni folk, with Confused Johnny spotting some students over at Lampete campus on their way to LARP it up, leading to some questioning of reality.
“I looked across the field and saw a green elf carrying a halberd or summin, followed by a Viking looking dude with a broadsword! Had to confirm with my friends that they could see it as well, which thankfully they could.”
Always best to confirm these things.
The Indefinite E3 Thread for Every Year Forever and Ever got a resurgence with the largest expo in gaming only a few months away, and speculation has already begun as to what will be the biggest announcements.
Confused Johnny is taking rumours of a sequel to Red Dead Redemption with a “handful of salt”, while Timmeh555 reckons “it’s a pretty safe bet” that it will be announced and notes that it’s never too early to speculate, advice Johnbhoy69 took to heart, adding that it will “be great to hear something about Dragons Dogma 2, especially if it's happening or not”, as well as hoping to see some footage of the Resident Evil 2 remake.
As usual, a healthy dose of procrastination took place. Sam now appears to be receiving post from the strangest of places: “Got a letter today with a return address on Catbrain Lane - dafuq?” Before the show One Born Every Minute committed the cardinal sin of TV and broke the (Sam’s) fourth wall.
"Just seen an advert for tonight's One Born Every Minute and I know the couple on it. Once again - dafuq?"
Dafuq indeed, Sam.
PTC Crisco will also be seeing a familiar face (and a lot more besides) on the tube: “I may know someone who will be appearing on some naked dating show on Channel 4. I feel compelled to watch it.” A naked dating show? It’s certainly an ice-breaker I suppose…
Heavyarms_Kai notes that a copy of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 has been purchased and shipped, and promises us some “fruity stuff” is on the way to the screenshots thread soon. After googling the game to see what it was about, I can believe him. Yikes!
In the meantime, Heavyarms_Kai has been showing off some more family friendly screenshots from the recently released Pokken Tournament on Wii U… well, as family friendly as it gets when a giant mouse dressed in wrestling attire is laying the smack-down on some poor creature.
While Metalrodent shared a few images from the bizarre side of Fallout 4. To borrow a phrase from Sam - dafuq?
Finally, the Halo World Championships 2016 took place last weekend, and I was not surprised to hear that CLG were eventually crowned champions having seen them dominate the opposition during the few games I managed to watch.
Timmeh555 agreed that CLG were worthy winners, but notes that some big changes have taken place among the pro Halo teams and we might see some tougher opposition for CLG next time.
"Already some big roster changes as well so hopefully we can have a challenger for CLG next year"
New challengers you say? Well maybe I’ll give it a go.
Technically that footage is past the cut-off point for the latest Round-Up, but seeing as it was the winning point on a 3-2 comeback and I’m in charge this week, I’m going to allow it.
That’s it for this week’s round-up, hopefully you’ve enjoyed my take on it. Regular host Sam should be back next week for more PTC community goings on, and if you’d like to feature in the next issue then be sure to head on over to the forums and get involved!