Living Life to the Fullest

Ramblings of a diverse female

Red Dead Redemption = Fantastic Game! June 5, 2010

I have a new favorite game of all time; Red Dead Redemption. With the exception of a few glitches here and there, this game is absolutely awesome! There is so much to this game…main story missions, side missions, challenges, mini games, multiplayer challenges, that I’ll never truly finish it.  I wonder if anyone will?

Story starts with this beautiful scene of a paddlewheeler.

The story begins with John Marston getting off a paddlewheeler in Blackwater. Some of the people you see in the crowd you will run into again later in the story.

Once off the boat, John is being escorted to a train by federal agents. They are forcing him to search for his old gang of outlaws by holding his family hostage and threatning to kill lthem if he doesn’t bring members of his gang in.

On the train, John overhears a conversation between a young woman (Jenny) and a minister. Later in the game, John will meet Jenny at an odd location. There are several people on the train the he will eventually come into contact with one way or another.

His journey ends in the New Austin frontier town of Armadillo. This is where you gain control of the character and begin your adventure. Pop ups in the corner of the screen tells you how to move your character along with other information.

Inside the saloon, you meet up with the guide (Jake) that will take you to Fort Mercer, where Bill Williamson, a member of your gang, is holed up.

Of course, things don’t work out like John expected and he gets shot. Which amazes me because throughout the rest of the game, he draws his weapon quickly and shoots accurately.

After being left for dead, Bonnie MacFarlane comes along and has her hired hand pick John up and load him into the wagon. And so it begins…


MAG – Level 60 April 17, 2010

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Yesterday I reached level 60 in the Raven faction. I can now switch to the  S.V.E.R faction which is the one I belong in, according to the short quiz I took on the Shadow War recruitment website. So we’ll see if my stats improve once I start playing.

I dread creating a new character. Starting over isn’t appealing. You lose all your skill points and have to use the default weapons until you get enough skill points to acquire better ones. But before I get a better weapon, I’ll get the medical kit and the ability to resuscitate. That’s the way to get lots of XP, resuscitating the wounded.

So on Monday, I’ll delete my Raven soldier and create my new S.V.E.R soldier. No other members of the BPC have switched to S.V.E.R. from Valor yet.  Some are waiting for others to reach level 60 and then switch. I may get a head start on them, but a handful will surpass me because they are better players than I. Doesn’t matter though, that’s one of the things that makes the BPC so beautiful, you don’t have to be an awesome player, we just enjoy playing together.


GTA IV Fun April 16, 2010

Last night me and some of the boys from the BPC got together online and played Grand Theft Auto IV. It didn’t start out well. A few weeks ago, Rockstar released a patch that was supposed to fix the friend list issue where you can only see 50 people on your list. What we at the BPC did was create a new user account with _gta at the end so only those people would be on our friend list. We had some new players join us, so they had to set up their account before we could start playing. So an hour later, we actually started playing.

You would think that after all this time since the game was released that they would really fix that issue. I haven’t checked their website yet, but I’m sure they have been flooded with complaints that the issue is not resolved.

Despite that, we played one game of Car Jack City, then went into Free Mode, where you can wonder around Liberty City doing whatever you want. It takes a lot to kill each other in this mode, so we mostly drove around doing crazy stunts. Took helicopters to the top of the highest building and base jumped. And while the boys were jumping a helicopter at the airport, I practiced rolling cars so that I can go for the Rolled Over trophy. It’s one of the last ones I need in single player and it’s been a pain to get.

At the end of the night, we all flew in a helicopter to the statue of Happiness and jumped out to see the beating heart inside. A couple of the guys haven’t seen it yet. There is a trick to seeing it though, and it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do. You have to align the helicopter just right and then jump from it and land in a particular spot. Av, one of the youngest in our group, made it on the first try. I died 3 times jumping out, missing the mark and so did others. They were still trying when I logged out. My headset died and it’s no fun playing if you can’t talk. I’ll ask them today if they saw it.

Free Mode was fun, but next time I’m ready for objective based missions. I like those best.


Bane: Defeated March 25, 2010

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I did it! Two weeks ago I turned on the PS3, put the Batman disc in, and was determined to defeat Bane. It took less than 30 minutes. Maybe it was because I started fresh, instead of already having played nearly 2 hours. But I did it. Now I’m stuck again. Right after taking out the pumps in the small space where the Titan bursts out of the big door. Then the henchmen keep coming. I’ve heard from several people that they think this is the hardest part in play mode Hard in the game. Unfortunately, the game was due back at the library so that’s as far as I’ve gotten.

I really like this game, so I may just buy it and add it to my ‘never get rid of’ collection. Though I don’t remember ever getting rid of any game that I’ve bought because I only buy games that I can play over and over again, even a year or more later.

Anyway, whether I buy the game or borrow it again from the library, I’m hoping that I’ll eventually beat this area.


Gaming January 7, 2010

Filed under: About Me & Gaming — diversewoman @ 16:09
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I’ve been playing video games since the late 70’s. I think it was 1978 when my Dad got us the Atari 2600 for Christmas and the first game I played was Pong. I still play video games and will until I physically can’t anymore.

I’m a casual gamer. I like just a handful of games. I don’t go out and buy new games because I refuse to spend that much money on a game when I know if I wait awhile it will be on sale or I can get it used at GameStop.

I’ve had my PS3 for a year now. When I bought Grand Theft Auto IV, it was the first time that I’ve ever played online. I started perusing the Playstation forums because I kept hearing about clans and I wanted to know what exactly that meant. After a few days, I came across a thread about gamers over 30. That certainly caught my attention since I’m over 30. Not only were the posters over 30, but there were a couple females too! They provided a URL so I went to it and checked it out. Wow, these people play a lot of different games and on different platforms. They even played my favorite games! So of course, I joined. What the heck, right? I posted a short introduction and got flooded with welcomes. Everyone was so friendly.

So what is this over 30 gaming club you ask? It’s called the Beautiful People’s Club, or BPC for short. No, you don’t have to be beautiful to join. We’re not competitive. We help each other out and watch each others backs. We play to have fun. It makes a difference to play with a group of people you have come to know, even if only through words in a forum and playing in game together, than playing with random strangers.

If you are over 30, or even if you’re not but want to play with a group of good people and have fun, check out the webiste at You’ll find that we talk about all kinds of topics other than gaming. It’s a great community. And if you are a female gamer, there are a few of us in the BPC, but it would be great to have more. I can promise you, you will never be harassed in our club.

So with that, my fellow gamers, I bid farewell for now. And who knows, maybe I’ll see you in game!