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Giveaway: Dragon Age: Origins, Ultimate Edition!

Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Edition logo

Happy September Giveaway! I’ve spent the last month playing this game and have fallen so hard for Dragon Age I’m PUMPED that I bought a second one to giveaway here! If you’ve been reading me the last few weeks then you may have noticed I enjoy blogging about this fantasy based RPG. Heh. The story is amazing! It’s crafted into a life of its own, reaching far and wide across the map leaving no stone unturned. The graphics *are* dated as this game released five years or so ago but they’re rich and stunning in their own right. Lots of detail and care went into them!

You play as a single-player in a group of computer characters that you can switch to (back and forth in battle even) and control. You and your “group” level up and it’s up to you as to where you spend their points (attributes, specializations and new skills). Your group, or party, is more than just extra swings and shing-shings. Upping their approval of you by giving them gifts opens up new skills. This game has the feel of an MMO only it has a pause button. The sound track is amazeballs! Bioware did an outstanding job on this game and gave it a TON of replay value. Your choices matter and not only change what happens in game here and there but dictate the ending you play!

I’m giving away Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition which comes with the base game as well as the expansion, Awakening, and the DLC packs. Here’s the list:

  1. Dragon Age: Origins
  2. Dragon Age: Origins- Awakening
  3. The Stone Prisoner
  4. Warden’s Keep
  5. Return to Ostagar
  6. Feastday Gifts
  7. The Darkspawn Chronicles
  8. Feastday Pranks
  9. Leliana’s Song
  10. The Golems of Amgarrak
  11. Witch Hunt

 

Here are the system specs, taken from the Steam Store page:

Minimum:

OS: Windows XP (SP3) or Windows Vista (SP1) or Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Single 1.6 Ghz Processor (or equivalent) or AMD 64 2.0 GHz Processor (or equivalent)
Memory: 1GB (1.5 GB Vista and Windows 7)
Graphics: ATI Radeon X850 256MB or NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 128MB or greater (Windows Vista: Radeon X1550 256 MB or NVidia GeForce 7600GT 256MB)
DirectX®: DirectX (November 2007)
Hard Drive: 20 GB HD space
Sound: Direct X Compatible Sound Card

 

Recommended:

OS: Windows XP (SP3) or Windows Vista (SP1) or Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 Ghz or AMD Phenom II X2 Dual-Core 2.7 Ghz Processor or equivalent
Memory: 2 GB (3GB Vista and Windows 7)
Graphics: ATI 3850 512 MB or NVidia 8800GTS 512MB or greater
DirectX®: DirectX (November 2007)
Hard Drive: 20 GB HD space
Sound: Direct X Compatible Sound Card

 

So how does this giveaway work?

  • You have to have Steam to play the game as I’ll be gifting the winner the game through Steam. There will be instructions in the email explaining how to download Steam in case you don’t have it already. Steam is a free download.
  • The winner will have to use a valid email address when commenting (not IN the comment itself, just in the input box you have to fill out TO comment so it’s kept private) so I can send the download link for the game. I won’t sell or give your email address to anyone, promise. If you’re signed in to WordPress when you comment make sure the email associated with your WordPress profile is a valid one that you can check.
  • You have to leave a comment on this post in order for me to enter you into a random draw to win the game.
  • Oh, and you need an internet connection to download the game.

- You don’t have to be my Steam friend in order for me to gift the game to you because Steam allows for people to send gifts to email addresses, not just through the client. If you want to add me as a Steam friend, that’s cool. Not required though.

- I will assign each person who comments a number and then enter the numbers in a Random Number Generator to determine the winner. Multiple comments from the same person won’t increase your chances of winning. In other words, if you comment 187 times you’re still only getting one entry number assigned to you.

 

This giveaway starts as soon as I publish this post (8AM CST on 09/01/14) and runs through (Midnight CST 09/05/14  ). I will then use the RNG linked above to draw a winner. I’ll email the winner on Saturday and if I haven’t heard from them by Sunday night I’ll draw for a new winner on Monday. Sound fair?

Comment below for a chance to win. May the Maker shine favor on you! (<—- of *course* I’d forget how that line goes, no?)

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Dragon Age: Origins, It’s the Experience!

Dragon Age Origins credits

I finished Dragon Age: Origins (haven’t started the DLC yet) last night and I’m going to be very upfront and honest about something. I cried. Not a lot and not because I was upset, but because the experience that was the month of August, for me, is over. I didn’t want it to end even though I have all the DLC and Dragon Age 2 to play yet. I sat here watching the credits, at first looking to see what the next scene would change to but, before long, wondering how I was going to sum up what I was feeling. I can’t, not really. LotRO had an effect on me that ran deep and one I still feel today in many ways. DAO has joined LotRO in that regard, having made me laugh, cry and hunger for more. The story was so incredibly well written and I felt as if I had a part in how it was told, my choices having moral and or consequences, changing outcomes here and there.

Matter of fact, when Alistair “broke up” with my Warden, Condi, I maybe felt it a tad. That’s one of several times I was surprised by how invested and involved in the story I found myself. A few days ago, knowing the end was near, I was trying to decide which DLC I’d jump into as soon as the credits rolled. Tonight I decided to instead close the game and process. So much happened, some foreshadowed well and others, unexpectedly. It sounds silly but I enjoy thinking about the Dragon Age story even when I can’t play.

I want to see the other possible endings, three more for me since I’m playing the PC version, but I don’t know when I’ll get to them. I’m still anxious to replay Bioshock Infinite and start the DLC for that game, another intricately woven and well told story game. I think I’ll do the DAO campaigns in the order they were released, starting with “A Tale of Orzammar” even though the one that has my attention the most right now is the final one, “Witch Hunt”. Very excited to play through that one.

DAO certainly has a TON of replay value! I noticed tonight when my Raptr game time pop-up appeared that someone has over 675 hours of play time on me. HOLY! It truly is a powerhouse of a game, though. I can understand why someone wouldn’t want to stop playing. I really can!

Dragon Age Raptr time played

25 Years for Swatting

As defined by the Wikipedia article on such:

Swatting is the tricking of any emergency service (via such as a 9-1-1dispatcher) into dispatching an emergency response based on the false report of an on-going critical incident. Episodes range from large to small, from the deployment of bomb squads, SWAT units and other police units and the concurrent evacuations of schools and businesses to a single fabricated police report meant to discredit an individual as a prank or personal vendetta. While it is a misdemeanor or a felony in the USA in and of itself to report any untruth to law enforcement, swatting can cause massive disruption to the civil order and the public peace by the hoaxed deployment of police and other civic resources such as ambulances and fire departments. The term derives from SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), a highly specialized type of police unit.

 

I think I first heard of “swatting” happening to a celebrity. Since I’ve read many an article where someone prank calls and gets a SWAT team rolled out to a celebrity’s home and I’ve always wondered, ‘Why? What does one get out of this?’ because it feels so extreme. I’m all for an elaborate prank but swatting potentially puts people in danger from the swatting victims to the responding officers and, in my opinion, potential victims who may have a real and valid need of such a response from our police forces (hostage situations and the like). If the officers are tied up with the prank call and a real one comes in …. It’s also a serious waste of resources, no?

Lately I’ve been hearing more and more of swatting happening in gaming, people pranking fellow gamers for varied reasons, because they were able to obtain the victims IP address and locate their physical address. I don’t know that it’s always this way but typically it comes from ‘live-streaming’ over a console (correct me if I’m wrong) and the added ‘bonus’, if you will, is that when the cops bust in the room of the live-streaming gamer others can watch as it happens. I find this practice to be especially sick in the disgusting way. The idea of anyone ‘bursting’ into my house with guns drawn and yelling at me and my family to stop or get down or whatever they say, it’s nightmare fuel for me.

I read an article this morning about a 15-year-old in Louisiana who was recently sentenced to 25 years to life in a Federal prison for swatting. He was charged with at least two counts of domestic terrorism for his swatting prank and the Judge didn’t take this lightly. I’m just as shocked at the heavy sentence as I am in agreement that he deserved punishment for his actions, to be held accountable. That long of a sentence seems harsh! Swatting is no joking matter and should be taken seriously, very seriously. We absolutely do need a precedent to send a message that this is wrong and won’t be tolerated. It’s just … it’s just sad all the way around on this one.

What do you guys think? I read a few of the comments on the article about the 15-year-old and the reaction is mixed with some in complete agreement and some in shock at the heavy sentence. I’m both, I think, though 25 years to life feels excessive. Should swatting fall under the general ‘domestic terrorism’ or should it have its own set of charges and punishments? I keep going back and forth, thinking about the age of so many of the purported pranksters and then the potential for extreme disaster, peoples lives at stake, and I don’t know. I don’t see an easy ‘feel good’ answer here. I do see a need to do something, however, and hopefully others will give serious thought to swatting someone in the future.

Editing to add: I went back to the site I linked to for the story of the 15 year old who was charged with domestic terrorism. I saw a headline for an article on something else and, long story short, I’m not sure this is a legit news site? I think this may be the same site that got me some time ago. Gut reaction was to pull my post in case this site is bogus but on the other hand, it’s a talking point. 

Dragon Age 2 is MINE!

Dragon Age 2 in the box

I found Dragon Age 2 on Amazon for $8-9 and ordered it Monday. I HAS IT NOW! I’m not ready to play it but that doesn’t diminish my excitement, not even a little. I’m running around in Dragon Age: Origins turning in a lot of side quests, finding new side quests I hadn’t seen before, and hoping I made the choices that will cause my play through to play out the way I want. Or, at least, as close to that as I can get. I can already tell Origins will not end the way I would have scripted but it should still be interesting.

I was looking up info for a quest that had me stumped when I saw a HUMONGO spoiler. I know the game is old, released years ago, but I still wanted to scream and smack something when I saw that spoiler. On the other hand, seeing it allowed me to make certain decisions that, hopefully, will pay off in terms of what I’d like to see happen. If that makes sense.

Dragon Age Origins booby beast thing

I have no reason for uploading this screenshot, above, other than … WOW. I fought this thing (forget her name) a few nights ago and still think she’s the ugliest thing I’ve seen in the entire game. Like, holy wowzers ugly.

You’re welcome.

Anyway, I don’t know how much playtime I have until Dragon Age: Origins wraps up but I fear I’m close to the end of it and that’s probably why I’ve slowed down a bit, working side quests, so I can savor the game a bit longer. Last night I decided chores were worthless and loaded the game up several hours earlier than I normally would. Looking for a repeat tonight. Wish me luck with that!

Tried the new “easier way to create on WordPress.com” yet?

I had a post idea in mind when I got here but I saw the blurb about the new posting editor and switched over to it. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been using the other for so many years or what but … weird. Wow. Not sure I like it yet. And it’s completely blanked my mind.

Gonna take some getting used to.

I’ve never been that fond of change as a general rule. I think that’s why I stuck with LotRO so long rather than trying other MMOs or time-consuming games. Even when all of my friends were gone from LotRO, I hung on for as long as I could. Change can be a scary thing, no?

That said, I’ve had a surprising and HUGE amount of fun this year playing other games, like Dragon Age and Bioshock Infinite. Games on my list to play soon on my PC, in no particular order (because I haven’t decided for sure which is next) are Dragon Age 2, The Witcher 2, Dishonored, Dues Ex: Human Revolution, Bioshock 2, (finish) Bioshock, and, of course, the Season Pass/episodes DLC for Bioshock Infinite. I still need to replay Infinite and find all those voxophones!

I still have a game going on 360 for Lego LotR and War in the North. I haven’t finished Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze or Mario 3D yet either. None of this stops me from wanting Dragon Age: Inquisition, Sims 4, the upcoming Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, ……… Realistically I should never let the phrase “I’m bored” pass my lips when it comes to gaming since I have so many games I haven’t touched on top of the ones in progress, but sometimes that what I tell myself to justify buying more.

Anyway. Just noticed the new improved posting editor doesn’t show me my word count. I *really* don’t like that. I tend to have an affliction known as ‘bloggeria of the fingers’ and it’s very easy to get carried away and go all wordy. Will stop this one now. You’re welcome!

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