As the title says, I have found my newest addiction in gaming. On Friday night, I purchased Civilization V because it was on sale and because my good friends DanDabcle and Kramer convinced me to crack open the coffers. I did and I have since logged so many hours in the game that my family actually send out a search party for me... too bad they were crushed by raging barbarians! Alright, just kidding on that past, but I have not been this wrapped up in a game since way back in the old days of discovering Ever Quest, which led me to WoW, and we all know how that has turned out.
I have been really enjoying the game so far. I enjoy the balance of researching, managing the wants of my own cities, the various interaction of other world leaders, and of course the war! I am currently running three different games. The first is a solo campaign of me against the world. I like to think of it as my learning game. The second is a game that you all will be able to see very soon up on the YouTube channel! It is a slightly harder AI that I am playing and I have also attempted a rapid expansion type of build. The final game is a free for all with DanDabcle and Kramer, which you can see over at DanDabacle's twitch channel.
As I continue on this journey, I encourage all of you to offer me advice and tips on what I am doing right versus what I am doing wrong. There is a lot to this game and I am certain there is always ways for anyone to improve, especially the nub player writing this post. As always, I hope you all have a great day and I'll see you next time!
I found myself pondering this question today as I sat down preparing to write this post. You see a long, long, long time ago, I made a promise that I would not just randomly throw up "filler" content. You see I always felt that it was better to have nothing, then to have something that was terrible. Over the years I have flirted with ending this philosophy, but in the end I just cannot bring myself to write that kind of content.
So why am I bringing this up today? Well, the honest truth as I sat down tonight, I was feeling somewhat tired and really not at all in the mood to spend five more minutes in front of my computer. After all, I worked a ten hour day, rushed to eat my dinner, and just got done with over two hours of recording footage of myself, DanDebacle, and Kramer playing Civilization V. After all of that, I honestly was going to throw up some five minute scribbled down thought of the day post, but you all can find that sort of thing on Facebook, Twitter, and whatever new social site is all of the rage.
The thing with "filler" content though is that helps on days like today. One thing I have learned over the years of writing for Holy Shock, is that consistency matters. So the question then becomes, does one resort to random pictures of gaming related items, quotes, or other such things? Or does one knuckle down and take pen to paper... er fingers to key, and put in a little elbow grease. I think I know where I stand on that, but how about you all? What do you think of blogs and other sites that just throw the "filler" content up? Do you like it?
I know I do not and so I am going to give it everything that I have to provide you with original content, whether it be my thoughts on a topic such as this, new videos that have been created, or insights into popular games. At the end of the day, I want to look at what has been published on Holy Shock and be proud. It may not always be the best, but I know it will have been my best. See you guys next time!
It's Friday the 13th and what better way to celebrate it than with a murder mystery? One of my favorite games to play now days is Town of Salem. For those of you who have never dared to venture into Salem, let me tell you a little bit about the lovely country side getaway. It is a warm and loving community where the local sheriff will check in on you, the jailer runs a very tight prison, and the mayor wields a tremendous amount of clout. Like any town though, it has its problems. The Godfather and his Mafia is always trying to gain control of the town, there are serial killers and arsonists running amok, and don't dare venture out at night for fear of the minor vampire problem. I say minor because the vampire hunter is constantly on the hunt. Now if only they could find a darn werewolf hunter...
It's not hard to see why I love this game right? You spend so much of your time not trusting your neighbors because who knows what they could be up to when sun goes down? So I invite you all to come join with me and find out all there is to know of this quaint little town.
Good day to you all! As I mentioned yesterday, I was going to be putting a lot more effort into both Holy Shock the site and the YouTube channel. Today, I am proudly presenting a new series that I kicked off yesterday over on our YouTube channel: Ruhtra's UFO Defense Force!
That's right, the world is being invaded by a metric ton of evil ET's and who else did the governments turn to? That's right, they brought in the best! Well, at least that's how we're going to bill this. In truth, humanity is probably doomed, but at least you all get to enjoy the hilarity of watching me attempt to keep that from happening!
So yesterday I announced that I was back and focused, but really didn't go into a whole lot of details about what that meant. One of the things I am really focused on is creating YouTube content. A couple years ago, I started making videos for fun. Those videos turned into a couple ongoing series that I honestly think could of gained some traction if I had given them the proper time and dedication that it takes. I didn't and the videos series floundered and finally I stopped altogether. So what's changed?
The truth is that over the last few years, I have been through one personal issue after another and if you have ever experienced a period of time like that, then you know what that will do to you. If you have not, then I hope you never do. I do feel though that I am finally at a point in life where I can really put a serious focus not just back to Holy Shock as a site, but also to producing content such as Let's Plays.
A few weeks back, I started watching a buddy stream, DanDebacle. Which if you have never heard of him, go check out his stream. He focuses on flipping items in WoW and a bunch of random games that are really fun, but seldom get the attention they probably deserve. One day, we were talking about his stream and he was kind of down about things, although he may have not realized it. He was trying to figure out what games to play and such things. The conversation progressed to talking about how well he had actually been doing on picking up followers. The one thing though that hurts him is that he is really, really inconsistent with when he streams, and as a good friend I pointed it out to him.
It kind of hit me later when I was thinking about Holy Shock and I had to admit that I was guilty of the same thing... inconsistency. Sure I can say that life is tough and things come up, but at the end of the day I still find time to do things that I want to. So the questions came down to what do I really want to do? I thought about it for quite some time honestly. Going over past ideas, rereading posts where I discussed changes I wanted to do, and looking at old videos I had published made me really start to think about what could have been. Now I don't want to lie to myself and say that I could have been the next big thing, but there were a lot of ideas that I had written down that I have seen other people start doing and it seems to be going quite well for them.
So I said all of that, to arrive at this point right here. Holy Shock is back and I am more determined than ever before to dedicate myself to this site and to the content that I publish. It may not be the best, it might not be the most cutting edge, it probably will be filled full of mountains of misspellings and incorrect tenses, but by the Light it will be. So strap yourself down for the ride of your life and let's see where this thing goes!
So it's been over six months and hardly a peep from Ruhtra and Holy Shock. Then all of a sudden, your Twitter feed starts alerting you to videos popping up over on the YouTube channel. Needless to say that I am back and I am focused and ready to get to work. So what does that mean is going to happen around here? I guess you'll just have to eagerly sit in anticipation to see what's next. Just know that you've been put on notice that I'm back and things are going to be happening.