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The cast of Blizzard's Overwatch.

Does Overwatch Deserve to be Game of the Year?

As I browsed through my monthly Game Informer magazine, I came across an interesting topic within the Q&A section. The magazine recently released their top 50 games of 2016 list and it was obvious that some of their readers didn’t agree. Many of its detractors questioned their choice of Overwatch as their Game of the Year. The magazine has every right to name whatever game they felt deserved the top spot. However, the comments brought up something I haven’t thought about before – What makes a game the full experience? View full article »

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If you were a kid in the 90’s, chances are you had a Give Yourself Goosebumps book or two. One of the best children’s horror series ever (honestly they don’t make enough children’s horror series anymore). The allure of these books was that you were a part of the story and, even more than that, you chose how your adventure would unfold. Were you going to turn to page 54 to go down that dark scary ass basement? How about flipping the page to 99 to explore that creepy swamp your aunt told you to stay out of? The choice was up to you. Goosebumps is the reason for my love affair with today’s choice based narrative games.  View full article »

Munchkin, the card/board game.

Munchkin just might break our friendship one day.

While video games take up a majority of my play time, I do make and play card and board games. They’re fun, they’re challenging, and require a lot of player interaction. In fact, at least once a month, a few friends and I get together for a game night. Our game of choice? MunchkinView full article »

I FINALLY BEAT MY FIRST BOSS!!! … I know it took me forever, but leave me alone, alright. I’m not crying, I’m crying. Anyway, for those of you who don’t know, I bought Bloodborne over a year ago. It kicked my ass and ever since, I have avoided it like the plague. I mustered the courage to try again and now I feel accomplished. It wasn’t the pretty win but taking down my first boss in Bloodborne felt so good. Hopefully, I’ll post more adventures of me getting my ass kicked.

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Microsoft's Xbox logo.

Microsoft has trouble competing when it comes to exclusive games.

 

One of Microsoft’s highly anticipated games, Scalebound, was canceled. News that shocked many fans eagerly anticipating this Platinum Games Xbox One exclusive. Honestly, this is worse news for Platinum than Microsoft. However, it is important to note that Microsoft has a problem. Where Sony champions their exclusive games, Microsoft still struggles to move past franchises like Halo and Gears of Wars. View full article »

Inclusion Does Not Mean Exclusion

The cover art for Horizon: Zero Dawn.

I welcome diversity in games. Sadly, not everyone feels the same way…

It’s hard for me to understand why I find so many people online and on social media are outraged by women or persons of color taking on lead roles in video games. It boggles the mind, and I’m not just saying this because I’m black. I’m saying this as a fan of video games. Developers choosing to add a diverse cast of characters or main leads who are female, black, gay, transgender, etc. break up the monotony of playing as the same type of generic character that developers usually stick to.

All of the Heroes and Villains from Blizzard's Overwatch.

The diverse cast of Overwatch is a welcome change.

In all honesty, the plain generic white male character is boring. I don’t say this because they are white men. I say this because we have seen their type over and over again. They are the ever lovable sarcastic assholes or the tough-as-nails loner action hero. These characters don’t necessarily need to die, we just need something different and that comes from people of diverse backgrounds creating characters in their own image. View full article »

Pictures of several 2017 video games.

2017 games are close, yet so far…

Let just all take a moment to salute the fact that it is only February and video games are absolutely killing 2017. Just look at the picture above! Among critics and fans, these games are making what is considered to be a contentious year bearable. Between a welcomed reinvention of Resident Evil to the arrival of great new IP’s like Nioh and For Honor, everyone has something to be excited about; no matter their taste. Sadly, there is only one problem with this – my ass is broke. View full article »

Pokémon Go Could’ve Been More

The Pokémon Go logo.

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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