Can I outlast Outlast?

The answer to that question is probably a resounding, “No.” I cannot outlast brand new indie horror game Outlast. My first playthrough, above, I barely lasted 16 minutes excruciating minutes. Apologies in advance for the dark webcam and very loud mic.

I am a scaredy-cat by nature. Horror movies are usually okay, but I have incredibly severe nyctophobia (fear of the dark) and it’s not just what might be in the dark that scares me, but the darkness itself. Horror games get me involved in the action, which is inherently scarier than just passively watching. I tried to play Amnesia: The Dark Descent, another indie horror game and one of the most infamous, and also F.E.A.R., but have not finished either. I thought it was a great idea to pick up Outlast for some reason!

I’m determined to finish this one, so I’ll be adding videos to my Outlast playlist as they come out, and will also be livestreaming on my Twitch.tv channel for Scaredy-Cat Saturdays!

I’d love it if you’d subscribe to my YouTube channel, I’ll be putting out horror videos every Saturday (or Sunday) and other gameplay videos throughout the week!

D&D shenanigans #2

We revamped our party structure a little to help T with his DMing, since he wanted to try out some stuff before continuing the campaign with a wider audience (even if that wider audience was only an additional person). Korben has been temporarily removed (including his pet weasel, Geoffrey) and replaced with the following new additions:

» Derrys the human cleric, intelligent as in book-smart, but sincerely lacking in common sense. Sweet, but ditzy and quite clumsy.

» Kevvan the halfling rogue, pretty much a jack of all trades, master of none. He’s not quite as nimble as he pretends, which means when he does manage to be dextrous, he takes great pride in it and makes sure everyone knows about it.

In which my DM makes me cry…

We continued where we left off. This time, we camped out before making our way back to the ravine, in search of the infamous Sunless Citadel. A short trek through the shadowed crevice and we arrived at the courtyard. The citadel was more than a little bit dilapidated, with crumbling stone crenulations strewn about the cobblestoned courtyard. Down here, the sunlight barely reached the ravine floor, and the limited light cast eerie shadows across the rock face.

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Disaster strikes! RIP Razer Arctosa

RIP Razer Arctosa, hello Logitech G710+!

I’ve always been more of a Razer gamer than Logitech. No particular reason; I just preferred the look and feel of Razer products. It probably helps that my first gaming mouse was a limited edition Razer Diamondback, a gift from my fiancé. But this weekend, something tragic happened. My beautiful, mostly new Razer Arctosa died. How? I wish I could blame the peripheral for spontaneously combusting, but alas, it was my own fault.

I spilled tea all over my keyboard.

Yep, in the middle of a League of Legends match, I was eating popcorn and panicked when I realised I was about to get into combat, threw my hands forward to start pressing those all important QWERs, and instead full-on dragon-punched my (very full) mug of tea, which proceeded to unleash boiling hot liquid all over my keyboard. Did I stop to clean up the mess? Why, no! I had a match to finish! So while T frantically tried to clean up after me, I finished our ARAM – and won, might I add – before realising that my fiancé had now literally covered the keyboard in tissue to soak up the mess, and my hands were buried underneath said tissue.

I thought it’d be okay. I drained the keyboard, and went into my next match with some friends. But halfway through, disaster struck once again. No, I didn’t spill yet more tea on my keyboard, but remember those all important QWERs? Yeah. I was reduced to only being able to press ‘R’. Suddenly, I could literally do nothing but ultimate as Malphite. Unfortunately the ‘R’ key isn’t quite as useful on anyone but Karthus…

Thankfully, I had a back-up keyboard. A Logitech G710+ (grumble) that I won in a contest at work. I unpacked it frantically mid-match, and we finished the game. And now that I’m using it (my first real mechanical keyboard)…I quite like it, actually! It helps that it was my saviour when I needed it most. It may not be the keyboard I needed, but it was sure the keyboard I deserved…or something. Actually, that should probably be the other way round, but whatever!

Full review will follow when I’ve had more time with it! I’m still a little saddened because I loved my Arctosa, and I’m still a Razer girl at heart, but I suppose beggars can’t be choosers!