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#436 The curse of being an experienced gamer

With my increasing twiddling free time I have been powering through the Second Season of The Walking Dead game because the game is currently on my chopping block because it is on my backlog. Playing through a major chunk of the story and I can not say anything more about The Walking Dead than I did before with Season 1 (Be MOP #259). Playing the new story is fun and plenty emotional but I noticed that the magic I had experienced with the first game was gone.

One of the Walking Dead’s selling point is that all the choices you make in conversations and the actions you take will affect the story and a year ago when I played the first season I full heartedly believed it. A year later and after seeing some other people’s walkthroughs I realized that the game has certain key events that needs to happen that, no matter what you do you can not avoid.

With that realization it did affect the choices I made in Season 2, for example early on I knew I was going to be keeping me in a house full of new people for a while, knowing nothing could change that I decided not to make waves when talking to these people.

Not like that would help, in both Seasons I played Lee and Clementine as compassionate people who placed more importance on the group rather than themselves, whether I personally keep to that why of thinking when the Zombie apocalypse happens, time will tell.

Not like that would help, in both Seasons I played Lee and Clementine as compassionate people who placed more importance on the group rather than themselves, whether I personally keep to that way of thinking when the Zombie apocalypse happens, time will tell.

I have mentioned this problem here and there a few times before;

In any Pokemon game post Generation 3 I have a nasty habit of building my core Elite 4 team beating team, by the second gym. After following a bit of the professional Pokemon tournaments I know all the move combos and I build them early on even if takes up a quarter of my moveset early on.

After playing so many 2D platforming, whenever I pick up a game I instinctively know where to jump and where to go for any and all secret passages and hidden treasures when I had my first playthroughs of Ducktails Remastered, BattleBlock Theater, and Kirby Triple Deluxe.

And I fear the same thing will happen to one of my most anticipated games of 2014, Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. I have played literally hundreds of hours in the first game and I am afraid that I will be going through the motions instead of experiencing the rush of fighting new enemies and bosses and exploring newly unlocked levels.

My list of most anticipated games of 2014 is, Binding of Isaac Rebirth, Bayonetta 2, Pokemon Omega Ruby, and Super Smash bros for the Wii U

My list of most anticipated games of 2014 is, Binding of Isaac Rebirth, Bayonetta 2, Pokemon Omega Ruby, and Super Smash bros for the Wii U

This seems to be one of the few negative effect of being a experienced gamer where you play a game, and it may be a great game but you end up knowing all the tricks it can throw at you and you go into a new game of your favorite genera with that feeling of not knowing is gone.

And I hate it.


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#435 Filler Post: First Contact

What do you get when you mix real life commitments, an unscheduled trip to the local Town Hall for car resignation paper work, and the finite amount of time I have before going to work? You get a Star Trek related filler post for this fantastic Friday.

The bits of advice I give to any aspiring blogger is; create a blogging schedule, stick to it and "Always have an escape plan"

The bits of advice I give to any aspiring blogger is; create a blogging schedule, stick to it and “Always have an escape plan”

I say, if an alien force had any plans to go back in time to the moment I had my First Contact with videogames in an attempt to prevent me from being the man I am today, best bet would be the exact day when I was enrolled in the YMCA’s elementary after school program where my mother snuck a few extra Warheads Extreme Sour candies in my after school snack pack so I could trade them away from for my first Pokemon card.

Now you know one more part of my extensive origin story

Now you know one more part of my extensive origin story


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#434 Actually going through my Steam Library

Last night I sat down and took a good long look at the newly updated Steam Client to get my first impressions at the new front page, catalog, and Steam Curators system. I do not who where to start with that, so I need a bit more time before writing anything about the updates.

I do not know how Journalists write about it and form opinions about these updates so quickly.

I do not know how journalists write about it and form opinions about these updates so quickly.

While steam was open I did take a good hard look at my own library. It has been long established that I have complained and tried to manage my gaming backlog with my long running, “Games from my Backlog” series, but it is easier to complain about your own personal Sisyphus boulder as a big massive blob when you do not properly know what you have in your backlog.

because instead of a spending my free nights playing videogames I would much rather look at my collection of games.

because instead of a spending my free nights playing videogames I would much rather look at my collection of games.

With current disposable funds being low, while being bored with the games currently at my disposal, I took a plunge and went through my library and do you know what I found? A bunch of game titles I have absolutely no interest in playing.

Within my steam collection found a handful of indie games, point and click adventure, fighting, and “action adventure” games that I have never had any interest in ever buying or playing in the first place and I presume are only in my possession because they were acting as consolation prizes from Humble Bundles. Interesting enough I also discovered one completely dead game, an A.R.T.S/MOBA abandoned by the developers.

I also found a few Halloween/spooky themed games to play during my October stream session. But do you know what? I also found some fun but forgotten games that I have wanted to play. and last night I pushed the steam and internet connection to the limit by downloading; Dark Souls, Transistor, and Brothers a Tale of Two Son, bought from the most recent Summer Sales, but also Pac-Man Championship Edition, Reus, Risk of Rain and Dustforce and so much more. Resulting in enough games to hold me off until the winter sales and beyond .

During this journey of self discovery  I heard of my parent's words of not having to buy the latest toy because I had enough toys already and I should look through those first.

During this journey of self discovery I heard of my parent’s words of not having to buy the latest toy because I had enough play things already and I should look through those first.

I am curious about all the other gamers with impossibly massive backlogs on your steam account, have you found any games you have bought a while back that you have actually meant to buy and that you still want to play? If you leave your answers down below I am interested in seeing what games have been forgotten by other players.


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#433 Mighty No 9 crock pot project

On this little blog of mine I tend to talk about either indie or AAA games I either own or planning to own but I also talk about games that have just been released that I have no interest in buying. But on this site I have not talked much about crowd sources games, like one the games I helped fund and is slated to be in my gaming catalog by next year, Mighty No. 9.

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I have not talked too much about Mighty No 9, or as I call it Totally-Not-Mega-Man, since little over a year ago when I pledge the Kickstarter project the required $20 for the backer reward of a digital download code and when I wrote about that game and Black Mensa when I compared it to fan fiction by way of economics (Be MOP #270).

Between that post and now I have not paid much attention to the progress of the project, and for the past few months I completely forgot that the game existed and that I backed them. Even though I receive constant email status updates I have automatically ignored them, a useful talent to have when subscribed to so many political mailing lists. That was unlike Totally-Not-Mega-Man finally got my attention with a special email code about a ‘free’ promotional 3DS game, Mighty Gunvolt.

'free' as is, free to all backers and those who already backed the Kickstarter project or those to bought Azure Striker GUNVOLT.

‘free’ as is in free to all backers and those who already backed the Kickstarter project or those to bought Azure Striker GUNVOLT.

 

Mighty Gunvolt is a indie proper 8 bit game that acts as a holy marriage between Gunvolt and Totally-Not-Mega-Man with both characters in the rooster. I have it downloaded the game and it is currently next on the chopping lists while I am working on my way through Mega Man 2 and Legend of Zelda on my 3DS gaming backlog.

Currently I am using Kickstarter as a crock pot, putting all the ingredients, funding, in at the beginning, turning it on, leaving it alone, and letting it cook for a few months rather than a few hours. The only catch is that the amazing dish that you have been waiting months for runs the chance of not working out as well as planned.

Luckily for Totally-Not-Mega-Man had it’s fundraising campaign go live before I started seriously looking at the rest of the highs and lows of the videogame world after moving away from playing nothing but World of Warcraft. Now I have a bit of reservation on videogame funded kickstarter with the recent news of so many gaming titles that, through improper management of funds or resources, failed to deliver what they have promised in a game or in some cases a game at all.

I am an reasonable man, I do have the ability to change my mind and opinion on the idea of kickstarter, from a placing your preorder money on a roulette wheel and hoping for the best, back to the idea that it is a place where passionate people can make the games they have always wanted with the help of fans and equally passionate players.

That ability is change my mind is riding on how well Mighty No. 9, my only funded Kickstarter project, will succeeds in quality, value and game play. No pressure. So far I have already seen some fruits of the labor from the Mighty No. 9 project with this Mighty Gunvolt game, acting as an  appetizer and to whet our appetite on what we might see from Mighty No. 9 in the future.


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#431 What does it mean to be a “Gamer” and other titles

Forward: This post is a long time coming, on top of the recent published articles from various news sites declaiming the title, ‘gamer’ as obsolete and tainted from the recent #GamerGate social media movement.

 

Yip we're doing this topic. Buckle up

Yup we’re doing this topic. Buckle up

I hold several titles, ‘gamer’, ‘blogger’, and ‘streamer’ as a result of the various choices I have made from my past. I proudly wear those titles now but that was not always the case, there was a time where I had to go through a personal journey in order to build up self respect and confidently announce that I am a gamer, a blogger or a streamer, and in my personal experience all titles went through the same cycle.

 

It always starts out the same with dabbling with the new media or concept, whether it be being gifted my first game,Pokemon Red, by my parents, biting the bullet and starting a World of Warcraft video game blog (this one right here) or committing myself to a constant streaming schedule. At first, for me but I assume many of other gamers out there, there was a period of time where I kept my gaming activity to myself not being the first to bring up videogames, blogging, or streaming in conversations and when I would have those conversations I would be with close friends in the corner of the lunch table in middle school or just as causal blogging side project with my college friends.

During that time I did not refer to myself as a ‘gamer’ or ‘blogger’ but rather ‘a guy who play games’ or ‘a guy who has a blog’ in fear of retaliation and because at the time, it could have been easily disproven that that was someone I was not, a poser or someone jumping on the bandwagon.

For refrenece, at all of these these times only owning a few games or publishing a few dozens blog posts/stream sessions with no real viewership.

 

What makes gaming, blogging, streaming stands out from all of my other hobbies that I have picked up along the way was that I kept to gaming, playing more games, going out and actively looking for gaming news sites and articles and liked minded people. and I kept to my writing and streaming schedule with Be MOP.

Then I got to a point, and again I assume I can say this for many people as well, where I have put so much effort and passion into your hobby that I could not deny the title to anyone, not even to myself. The “I’ve made it point” in many people’s journey.

For reference this was when I was making and rearranging my social calendar to make my World of Warcraft raids, reaching the 60th Be MOP post and when I was starting to decorate and customize my blog’s wallpaper and banner with screenshots I took from the Mists of Pandaria beta. As for Twitch I reached that point when I started to get constant viewers coming back to my stream to watch and interact with me in the chat room.

 

As I was writing this I did not realize I was more or less writing about the steps of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs but if the shoe fits

As I was writing this I did not realize I was more or less writing about the steps of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs but if the shoe fits

With all that back story of my gaming life, why does it bother me that there are game journalists out there trying to convince me to move away from the name of gamer? Because I worked incredibly hard to build up the title of gamer and blogger in the eyes of my friend, family, and myself and it is insulting when some when a group of people, from within the same group no less, tries to change what it means to be a gamer by dragging the title through the mud. All in an attempt to shame us away from it because of a few bad apples or an exponential boost in mobile gaming population.

Neither the Democrats or Republicans Party tried send out internal and external memos to their supports to abandon using the word ‘Democrat’ or ‘Republican’ when one or a few of their politicians got caught in a scandal. Both parties stuck to the name because they realize the title “Democrat” or ‘Republican’ does not mean the group of people, but rather an idea that a lot of people group up under and rally behind.The same can be said about the title Gamer, it is not named for the group of people who plays games it is a name for the people who are avid fans who feel passionate about their hobby and goes out on day trips to gaming conventions and who cares about nurturing and growing the media on a whole.

P.S: To bring a counterpoint to the idea that the title, “gamer” is being diluted because of the introduction of causal and mobile games bringing in people that have never played games before; My mother and I are both literate and can and has read books, but only one of us constantly frequents goes down the bookstore, attend book meetings and events, actively go out and read new genres and works from new authors, and thinks the best time to relax is with a blanket and a nice book. She is a ‘reader’ while I casually read books on the side.


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#430 A Scrapped Blog Post

This Monday’s Blog posts has been canceled. I had a rough draft of a post that I wanted to get posted today but no matter how many times I typed it up, revised it, and rewrote the post entirely it just did not end up saying the rights things I wanted it to say. On anyy other day where this happened I would spend my morning rushing through and write another blog post with new topic but, sadly several real life things that happened earlier than scheduled got in the way of me writing that potential blog post

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all of my best blog posts are written the night before or day in advance so I don’t have to worry about missing any talking points I wanted to talk about when the day comes to actually type it out and press ‘submit’

The problem with managing a long running blog is that sooner or later you are going to start running into events, expos, and ideas that you entertained in the past and the problem arises of trying to write about those same events again and also putting a new spin on things. If you do not find creative ways to add that spin to the topics already written about it ends up treading water which is boring to write about and I assume boring to read about as well and that is what happened to me today.


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#429 The 3DS Time Capsule

The next installment of Super Smash Bros. is right around the corner, while I have been patiently waiting to buy my Wii U edition of the game I have been killing time and getting more excited for Nintendo’s newest brawl by playing some of the original titles of some of the fighters in the rosters on my 3DS. Blame it on the fact that I am a history fanatic that enjoys a good origin story, and where some of these original, now iconic, tunes that I hear over and over again in the brawl soundtracks WITHOUT resorting to emulation or romhacks.

I have mentioned before I already own a copy of the NES port of Super Mario Bros (Be MOP #380) and Metroid (Be MOP #406) and through one way or another I also picked up 3D Classics: Kid Icarus. It seems that Nintendo was thinking the same thing because I received an email about their discounted Wii U and 3DS games starring the stars of Brawl and with that I picked up a copy of Mega Man II.

 

 Who says Nintendo doesn't know their player base and have an on point marketing team

Who says Nintendo doesn’t know their player base and have an on point marketing team

With the the released replenishing of the Featured Games offers and my surplus of Club Nintendo rewards coins I also picked up the Legend of Zelda on the 3DS for myself and the first Super Mario Bros for my younger brother.

Because that what bigger brothers do.

Because that what bigger brothers do.

While I am still clicking through Tomodachi Life, waiting for the right moment to open up Bravely Default, these proper 8 bit games have been holding me off the itch for buying another action platform game. All of these games are challenging, way tougher than I anticipated, as I mentioned at the origin point at the start of this blog post, I get to see and hear all the original tunes and experience the first boss fights that all future installments of Mario and Zelda games base themselves off of and for the cherry on top, I also get to see, first hand, the inspiration of the levels and bosses in Shovel Knight.


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