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Pokémon Go Could’ve Been More

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Are you still playing Pokémon Go?

When Pokémon Go came out last summer, it was a bonafide hit. There is no denying that. Cardio exercises increased, outdoor exploration skyrocketed and the number of unwanted individuals was many. Everyone, including myself, boarded the hype train and with good reason. The initial concept of Pokémon Go was fun but simple. Go outside, walk around, find and catch new Pokemon. We all bought into the idea because it was free and expected it to evolve over time.

However, that day never really came. Sure the game introduced holiday events and more Pokémon, but those are not the updates we wanted. At least they weren’t the updates that the game needed to maintain its enormous fan base. I, like many others, became disinterested in the game after catching over 1,000 pidgey.  Soon enough, it disappeared from my phone altogether. I’m left thinking about what could’ve been. View full article »

I’m not going to lie. I died a couple of times while trying to defeat this boss … but you don’t need to see that. Anyway, I had fun taking down this boss. Doom doesn’t have too many bosses. So this was a nice surprise.

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Doom has become the best part of my weekends. Nothing relaxes the mind more than dragging your virtual knuckles through a demon’s skull. What I love most about Doom is how much it retains the feel of the original. It’s fast paced, unapologetic, mindless action makes it fun to power through.

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Some good fun playing For Honor with friends last night. The struggle is real trying to take control of these zones. However, my Peacekeeper put in some work. I’ve really enjoyed this beta. Might buy For Honor soon after release.

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Late night playing the Injustice 2 beta. Practicing my Black Canary. I managed to squeeze a few wins in before this guy started handing me my ass again. Black Canary is an interesting character to play as in Injustice 2. She is great for closing the distance and her Canary Cry works wonders at full range.

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Good news everyone! I have a YouTube Channel. It’s nothing much right now. I have three videos uploaded from my plays with the For Honor and Injustice 2 betas. However, I’m hoping to add more every weekend. I’m getting some more gaming done on the weekends and want to share it with everyone!

So far, every video is just gameplay but I’m working on adding commentary in the future. For now, bear with me and I hope you enjoy. Let me know what games you want to see me play and share in the future.

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A picture of Tracer from Overwatch, a game priced at $60 upon release.

How much are certain games worth to you?

How much is a game truly worth? That’s a question I asked myself pretty often. Pricing a video game is very much different than a movie or music album. Yes, we know the standard pricing for a video game is $60, but not every game holds equal value and sometimes I struggle with that.  View full article »

Mobile Woes Pt. 2: Let Me Play

The header image for Fire Emblem Heroes.

I desperately want to play more of Fire Emblem Heroes.

After careful consideration, I’ve come to a conclusion – mobile games do not want me to play them. As much as I try, they fight me every which way.

In my last “Mobile Woes” post, I talked about Super Mario Run‘s chances on the iPhone and Android platform. I’ll admit that I was completely wrong. Currently, it sits at #7 on the App Store’s top free games charts and #57 on the platform’s top grossing games chart. People are not only downloading it but paying for the full version. I was so impressed by what they game had to offer that I even paid for the full version.

So, color me excited when they announced and released Fire Emblem Heroes, a free-to-play version of the classic series. I download it the day of release at work, and on my way home I was ready to play … or so I thought.  View full article »

The Troubling Case of the 3DS

An image of the new 3DS.

Will the Switch ever make it pass the 3DS’ shadow?

After years and years of pushing out hit or miss home consoles, there is always one thing Nintendo has going for it. It’s the fact that they own the handheld gaming market. Now, with the imminent arrival of the Switch, one has to wonder – where does the 3DS fall into this? View full article »

Well, since Nintendo refuses to do anything Metroid (or even acknowledge the classic’s 30th anniversary),  I often find myself looking for my fix elsewhere. And with luck, I do find games that tackle the Metroidvania style of gameplay pretty well. On the horizon is a new game called Sundered, from the makers of the critically acclaimed Jotun. A game with such promise, that it reached its Kickstarter goal of $19,091 in a mere 6 hours. As of now, the game has raised $69,353 with 16 days to go.

Color me excited for the prospect of this one. When other companies make Metroidvania style games, they tend to add their own little twist. I like the idea of procedurally generated dungeons and the consequence of becoming more powerful. Also, as a plus, the art is beautiful. You still have a couple of days to back this project if you are interested in the benefits. While I usually stay away from backing Kickstarters (I’ve been burned before), this one looks to come out pretty soon and Thunder Lotus Games has a good track record.

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