Archive for December, 2011
2011 Gaming.Stackexchange Picks
It’s now the end of 2011, and it’s time to look back on some of our most memorable gaming moments of the year. This has been a great year for gaming, with so many excellent AAA titles such as Deus Ex Human Revolution, Skyrim, Uncharted 3, and Portal 2, along with many indie hits such as Bastion, Frozen Synapse, Terraria, and last but not least, Minecraft. We asked many Gaming SE users and blog writers to share their most surprising moments, most enjoyable games, and the games they are most looking forward to in 2012.
Star Wars: The Old Republic launches today! To celebrate, we’ve added four new Star Wars-themed hats:
Right after a game launches is the most important time to ask lots of questions about the game, so all of these hats are awarded for high-quality questions about Star Wars: The Old Republic:
- R2-D2 Dome: Ask 5 upvoted questions in the “star-wars-old-republic” tag
- Darth Vader Helmet: Ask 10 upvoted questions in the “star-wars-old-republic” tag
- Yoda Ears: Ask a question with 10 upvotes in the “star-wars-old-republic” tag
- Boba Fett Helmet: Ask a question with 1000 views in the “star-wars-old-republic” tag
Also, in the spirit of the season we’ll be giving away some prizes in the following categories:
- Most SWTOR Question Views (total views across all questions asked): Interactive R2D2 droid
- Top SWTOR Question (by votes): Replica Luke Skywalker Lightsaber
- Top SWTOR Answer (by votes): Replica Darth Vader Mask
(Note that each person can only win one prize, so if someone wins multiple we’ll go to the second place winner)
The hats and the contest end January 6, so get out there and ask some questions!
Throughout history, men have worn hats as a way of showing how much better they are than other men. “I buy hats,” a behatted man seems to say. “I am better than you.”
In wartime, hats were a useful way of conferring rank, and ensuring that casualties were confined to the lower classes… During peacetime, hats have been instrumental for men to let the non-hatted know just who is wearing the hat around here.
The holidays are almost upon us: a time for family, gifts, and of course hours and hours of video games. To celebrate the season (and since we heard you like hats) we thought we’d throw a little party. We’re calling it… Hat Dash!
So there I was playing Skyrim like everyone else in the world when Egosoft released a DLC called X3: Albion Prelude bridging the gap between their previous game X3: Terran Conflict and their upcoming X: Rebirth. Now, being a HUGE fan of Egosoft and the X-series, I immediately punted on my current Skyrim playthrough (sorry, Punchy the Khajiit!) and snagged this little gem of a DLC. Not many games will make me put down Skyrim, but an X-series game is definitely one—possibly the only one.
What’s that you say? The holidays? Yes, yes, I know. I made that mistake once; I won’t forget again.
Oh, what’s this? A gift? Why, thank you! Oh, it’s not for me? It’s for the users? I see. Well open it and show them what it is.
Well, a hat! That does sound nice. But what good is a hat if you can’t wear it around? Oh. Oh I see! A digital hat to go on your digital head. And not just one hat? Dozens of hats to choose from! My, my. Yes, you have my attention. Please, go on.
Game hats! Of course, we are all about the games here, so there must be game hats. Ah, and I see what you did there, choosing the games people will likely be playing over the holidays. Very clever. And what’s this over here? Holiday hats? Well, I did always fancy some reindeer antlers. And surprise hats? Oh, my. Yes, I think they will like this.
Aha, of course, the catch. I knew there had to be one. So, I must earn each hat before I can wear it? Well, I suppose one has to keep the riff-raff out somehow. How will I earn them? By participating in the site? But I was going to do that anyway! How else would I admire all the wonderful hats on people’s…what did you call them? Gravatars?
But only for a limited time? Beginning when? December 17th! But that’s so soon! I have hardly any time to prepare! And ending January 6th? Just over two weeks to earn all these hats! Well, I have some work to do!
No, I’m very sorry, I simply cannot stay any longer. There are things I need to take care of, very important things that simply must be done before the weekend! Thank you ever so much for your time, it was quite inspiring. What’s that? Why, off to the furniture store of course! I can’t just pile my hats in the corner, now can I? This calls for a proper display case!
Yes, good luck to you as well! I suppose you’ll need it more than I! Ha ha, very good. Well, we’ll just have to see who has more in a few weeks, now won’t we? What did you say? A real hat for the winner? Yes, I suppose that’s fitting. I’ll be sure to send you my measurements — I have quite a big head, after all. You might say, a head made for spectacular hats! I simply won’t be denied. I MUST HAVE MORE HATS!
The last two of our first play session. In the next set see Gnomeslice’s shiny splash screen. Also our next event is on the 17th visit meta for more information.
When we last left my handsome little avatar (he takes after me. :P), he was stuck across a giant cavern from where he felt he needed to be, and with no way down to the surface of this cavern. What should he do? Brave the lava and try to dig another tunnel around the edge? Jump and hope he survives?
I’m posting them in pairs to avoid spamming the blog. Enjoy: