Don’t Mess With Hylian Gardeners

I’m nearly 40 hours into my playing of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I’ve learned so much about the history of Hyrule, the story of Calamity Ganon, the four heroes and Princess Zelda herself. This game is all about the experiences that we all have, the characters we meet and the stories we get to share. Everyone’s experience will vary based on … Continue reading Don’t Mess With Hylian Gardeners

In Breath of the Wild It’s All About the Discovery, Not the Icons

The best thing about Breath of the Wild is the fact there is so much to do and the game doesn’t tell you any of it. I’m not the biggest fan of open world games. I like some of them. Assassin’s Creed, for example. One of the biggest problems with them is that they cram so much stuff into the world and then tell you all about it. One only has to look as the maps in some of the more recent Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs or Far Cry games to know what I’m talking about. Those maps are so filled with icons where there is something the developer wants to tell you to do that you can’t even see the actual map you’re wanting to look at. They’re so eager to tell you where every little thing you can do is.

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Switch Isn’t Being Rushed to Market, It’s In Beta

We’re just 48 hours away from the launch of Switch. Many outlets have received Switch units for preview and review purposes and reports are flying all around the internet about things that the system does, things it doesn’t do, and things that don’t feel finished. Reports of de-syncing Joy-con controllers. Reports that there will be no Virtual Console at the launch of the system and so much more. Many people around the world are expressing the idea that the system feels rushed to launch and it’s not ready for primetime. Here’s the thing that I think Nintendo won’t admit, but I believe is true. This system has not been rushed to market. It’s still in beta, and we’re the beta testers.

You see, early adopters, the people who buy new products the day they come available on the market, they’re the ones that are going to be the most vocal about a new product. They’re the ones that are willing to stand in line for hours waiting for just the chance to purchase a new product. They’re the ones who buy products almost on faith that it’s going to be good. They buy extra things that go with that product to help test it out. They’re going to be the ones to give you the most honest opinion about exactly what they think of a product so they’re the best, most honest test market. They’ve got the most to lose, so to speak, if a product isn’t very good. However, they’re also the best market to tell you what works and what doesn’t about a product.

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Yakuza 0 Sidequests Filled With Heartfelt Moments

Yakuza 0 tells the story of two different men, Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima. They’re men who lead similar, yet very different lives from each other. During the course of the game you’ll come across different people on the streets who need your help. These sidequests will show you a different side of the two men. For example in this 12 minute long quest Kiryu … Continue reading Yakuza 0 Sidequests Filled With Heartfelt Moments

The Internet Is Already Deleting Super Mario Run

Super Mario Run is Nintendo’s first real foray with a game in the mobile world. It’s a marketplace that is petty, cruel, and cheap. The game has been out only a few short hours and already people are deleting the game. Why? Because you have to pay $9.99 to actually play the game. Yes, you get to download it for free and you get to … Continue reading The Internet Is Already Deleting Super Mario Run

My Three Year Old, Pokemon, and Me

I started playing Pokemon Moon last night. I’m just two or three hours in and I have eight Pokemon in my collection so far. This is the first game in the series I’ve played since Pokemon Black back in 2010. I’ve gone on record in the past saying that the mainline games aren’t my favorite in the Pokemon franchise. I actually really prefer the Mystery Dungeon series to the RPGs. I definitely see the appeal of them, especially for younger players, but with so many RPGs to play it was always further down my list than games like Dragon Quest or Final Fantasy.

What I have discovered, however, is that my three year old daughter loves this game. I booted the game up right after dinner to just mess around for a few minutes. I hadn’t planned on really getting into the game at that point. My daughter saw that I was playing something and she crawled up into my lap and watched me play. She curled up with her head on my shoulder so she could be comfortable and still see the screen. I had already made the choice as to who my starter was going to be, but once I got to that point, before I could even choose the Pokemon to accompany me she said, ‘Oh, look at that blue one, he’s so cute.’ Now you have to imagine that in the voice of a three year old girl. I had no choice. Little did she know that was who I was going to choose anyway. It made the choice crystal clear. Popplio was my starter.

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Hero’s Journal: Dragon Quest VII – The Ruins

The Hero’s Journal is my attempt at creative writing. It gives me a chance to talk about the stuff I’m doing in a game while playing through it. Many games I use the Hero’s Journal for are longer RPGs that will take a lot of time to play. It’s a good way to chronicle my thoughts and let you guys behind the scenes a little bit. You’ll find out some of the stuff that I’m doing in the game and you’ll see what my characters experience.

I will warn you that these articles could contain spoilers so if you don’t want anything potentially spoiled don’t read past the break. This time I’m playing through Dragon Quest VII. Make sure to check back often as these posts will be updated with new journal entries chronicling my adventures.

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Hero’s Journal: Dragon Quest VII

The Hero’s Journal is my attempt at creative writing. It gives me a chance to talk about the stuff I’m doing in a game while playing through it. Many games I use the Hero’s Journal for are longer RPGs that will take a lot of time to play. It’s a good way to chronicle my thoughts and let you guys behind the scenes a little bit. You’ll find out some of the stuff that I’m doing in the game and you’ll see what my characters experience.

I will warn you that these articles could contain spoilers so if you don’t want anything potentially spoiled don’t read past the break. This time I’m playing through Dragon Quest VII. Make sure to check back often as these posts will be updated with new journal entries chronicling my adventures.

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India Endgame Showcases Everything Good About the Series

The Assassin’s Creed Chronicles series doesn’t really get the credit that I think it deserves. The series, which started as announced DLC for Assassin’s Creed: Unity ended up spinning into its own trilogy of games. The three stories link together to tell a story first set up in Assassin’s Creed Revelations. At the end of Ezio’s life he has a box that he gives to Shao Jun, a member of the Chinese order of Assassin’s. That box ends up being the centerpiece of this three game series and sees it going through history from where it started in Renaissance Italy to where it ended up in revolutionary Russia around the time of the first World War.

The games themselves are side scrolling stealth platformers that I think capture the feel of the Assassin’s Creed series pretty well. They put a premium on stealth and you’ll find that if you try to brute force your way through them you’ll end up dead more times than not. However, if you play the games the way Assassin’s typically act you’ll find they handle themselves pretty well. Each of the three main characters feels just different enough from the others and they each have a part of the franchise that they seem to highlight more than the others.

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My Nintendo Coins – Nintendo’s Best Achievement System

Achievements. Trophies. Stamps. Trading Cards. Call them what you want. Some people love them. Some people hate them, but they’re a part of the gaming culture and they’re here to stay. Xbox, while they weren’t the first, were the ones that popularized the getting of achievements. Those little bubbles that pop up on your screen when you’ve done something a developer thinks is worth pointing out. Microsoft put a score to them and people started collecting them like they were candy. PlayStation added their own version of them with their trophy feature.

For whatever reason people really like achievements. Some people really like seeing their score rise compared to their friends. Some people like using them to determine how much of a game they’ve completed. Some people scour the achievement list and pick out things that look fun or challenging to try an accomplish. There are a number of different reasons why people try to get as many achievements as they can.

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