Welcome to Empirical Purple

A blog by Simon Brady to cover a surprisingly wide range of geekiness, in a combination that no-one else does quite the same way. Probably. Either that, or it'll just be Simon talking about the likes of Football (usually the Soccer variety), PC & Tabletop Gaming, WWE, Movies, Music and occasionally even my actual job of Graphic Design, depending on what I'm up to in the world.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pop is still Art

Some proper art for those who like it. Or is it?
Unfortunately, this is not a post about Roy Lichtenstein, it's a post about music. Last night at the NME awards, the British boy band One Direction were named Worst Band, with their most prominent member, Harry Styles, named villain of the year.

This comes fresh on the heels of this year's Brit Awards where they received the 'BRITs Global Success' award (whatever that is) to keep the target audience of teenage girls happy in exchange for not winning Best Group.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Why I Believe in The Shield

Sierra Hotel India Echo Lima Delta. Or, Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins.
Sometimes Pro Wrestling is a cavalcade of awfulness, of cliches and dead horse tropes, with really crappy acting, stunted plotlines and any excuse to get the crowd to cheer, boo and spend their money.

Occasionally there is something genuinely worth watching, either as a one-off event/match or as a vein of new blood or new thinking washes through to the product we get to see.

The group known as 'The Shield' are one such thing, for me, but why are they worth watching rather than anyone else?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The DPS Boredom Rotation

Hunter's Mark, Send in Pet, Concussive Shot, Auto-Attack, Serpent Sting & Steady Shot. Rinse until mob dies. Select next target. Repeat. And this is fun.... why?

It's only the Monk and Shaman classes that I've not played up to level 20 or so before in World of Warcraft, so I know what I like and don't like in terms of WoW game play. As I've said pretty often in this blog, I often play a tank so the likes of Warrior is completely up my street. I quite like healing and don't mind being squishy, so Priests are fine in small groups. Combining the two for the various modes of Paladin is, also, awesome. I like Druids for their multi-role shapeshifter capabilities. The Stealth aspect of Rogues is generally not my thing in other games, but the burst DPS can be too cool to ignore. Mages and Warlocks, too, are brilliant glass cannons with some awesome powers.

But Hunters... you get sweet ranged DPS and a pet, which should be cool, no? No.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What Do You Want in a 40k MMO?

Bonus points for the Judge Dredd frown.
What does the average 40k gamer want from a 40k MMO? I can't tell you, because there's no such thing as an average 40k gamer. There's probably a long and boring maths-based discussion of the mean, median and mode within the range of 40k gamers out there, but the simple fact is everyone wants something different.

One wants playable Space Wolves (or any other canon chapter), another wants Tau. People will decry why Orks are or aren't playable, while wondering quite what they have to do to get (or get rid of) Dark Eldar characters. Someone will want to play deepest, darkest depths of elite troops from the Officio Whatevernorinum, while the Adeptus Whatsits have to be represented in all shapes, colours, hues and flavours.

Fully customisible, of course. But how do we go about it?