All posts by Hannah Haein Lee

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Ed.: In accordance with Hannah’s wishes, we have refrained from copy editing her review of Thief.

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Thief the game

With my short lived life as a gamer girl, I have not heard of the Thief (2014) before, until it was available for free for Xbox live gold members for 360 a few weeks ago. (I have to admit, even with my constant Elder Scrolls Online playing on Xbox One I still check back with good ol’ 360 for free games bi-monthly. Besides, there are way better free games for 360 than One, which is relatively new system and there aren’t as many “good” games that are out of season yet.) The almost monochromatic, mysterious cover art where the guy looks like the merchant from RE4 in his golden days. I knew I would be all in for this game. And who doesn’t secretly adore a shady pale guy covered in black eyeshadow that competes with your favorite raccoon of the backyard? As I’ve stated earlier, my gamer life is pretty new. I’ve never played any games seriously (watching my brother play Nintendo 64 and Sega back in the 90’s doesn’t count, unless it ever did) until the release of Skyrim (2011). I could go on about my first experience playing a console game seriously now and it would be funny to you but I am gonna save that for later where the story is more relative to what I’m writing. Back to our Thief talk, knowing my background, I did not know of the earlier games. All I knew was that I was going to enjoy this game VERY MUCH. Continue reading Theif

Badass Gamer of the Year: Carlos and Hand-Ear Coordination

HANNAH: When you play games online, you run into all sorts of people. Some are pleasant; others are not. If you like someone because of their skills, personality, or just simple banter over the mic, you likely add them as your online friend for future games. I have been fortunate to meet some of the coolest people while playing Mass Effect 3 and Resident Evil 6 in multiplayer mode and can proudly say they are my ‘Xbox live friends.’ Here is a story about one of the amazing online players I know.

Earlier this year, I was playing the Mercenaries minigame in RE6 two-player mode. I was playing so well with this player named ‘Agrarian Power’ and kept cracking up because they kept commanding their character to speak like every 2 seconds.

“I know what I’m doing.”

“Hell yeah!”

“Go and get ‘em.”

“Grazie.”

“Good job!”

“Heh, all too easy.”

I assumed the other player was using the voice commands as a joke, or possibly trying to annoy me, but I had no complaints because they were so damn good at controlling Jake Muller, throwing awesome counter attacks (which I was still trying to master). We played a few more ass-kicking rounds with high scores and pretty soon, decided to become ‘friends’ so we could kick more zombie and J’avo asses later. Then I received a message that floored me: “Thanks for being patient with me, I am blind and some people get mad but we had some good games.”

What? Blind? I thought they were just messing around at first, and asked them millions of questions about how they play video games with visual impairment, and how they were sending and reading my messages. The answers were simple: he—who turned out to be a guy named Carlos—plays by ear, and he uses a screen reader program on the computer to check and write messages.

Since then we have played a lot more Mercenaries and exchanged many chit-chats, and Carlos is one of the most interesting gamers I know. I asked him to partake in this article to talk about his love and amazing adaptability for video games, and he agreed to express his thoughts. I bet you my gamer tag that you’ll agree he deserves this title!

— Heinous Evilous

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Let’s Make a Skyrim Potion: Restore Health!

Here’s how I made a unique cocktail fit for a true Dovahkiin. Warning: it’s preeeetty potent.

Restore Health

[Ed.: I served as a taste tester for this potion, and can assure you that it is incredibly delicious and also knock-you-on-your-ass level alcoholic. To your good health!]

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Natalie Portman is a Mage, Brad Pitt is an Elf.

I’m one of those who spends time and effort creating a character when playing any game that allows you to do so. And nothing beats Dragon Age Origins if you want to make pretty faces! (I’d go for Skyrim for rougher, more weathered male faces.) So enjoy my Dalish Elf Brad Pitt (first named him Theirry before I decided he’ll be Brad) and human mage Natalie Portman.

I play on Xbox 360, therefore no mods were used whatsoever.

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Natalie Portman Mage

 

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[Ed.: The Brad Pitt elf is killing me, I cannot stop laughing. DON’T DRINK THE TAINT, BRAD!]

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Hannah Haein Lee takes her character creation seriously, and thinks games need to step it the eff up with character customization options for Asian faces.

Let’s Make Rupee Bonbons!

Rupee Bonbons!

I’ve been wanting to contribute to Gamervescent without having to write much. I just suck at writing, and I don’t enjoy it much. So I thought, “I can make some game-related food items and take lots of pictures!” Why yes, having pictures will save me from the agony of actually having to write.

After spending about five minutes to think hard, I decided to commence my first video game food post with rupees from the Legend of Zelda series. I thought it was going to be easy-peasy, given the fairly simple shape. Well, it was NOT. I probably would never make these again, but I’m going to share how I made them for those of you who are just curious or brave enough to try for yourself.

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