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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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#428 The Return of the Pokemon DLC

Good news Pokemon fans! The Pokemon Company just announced two new DLC for everyone with a copy of Pokemon XY for the over the course of two weeks in October and November, presumably to build suspense and hype for the release of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire slated for November. 

The first DLC will given away between October 13th and October 26th, and it is a Level 25 shiny Gengar, holding a mega stone that will allow it to transform into the one of the coolest mega forms I have ever seen. The other DLC will distributed between October 26th and November 16th and this is one of the blocked off legendary Pokemon, Diancie, to celebrate the release of the 14th Pokemon movie, Diancie & The Cocoon of Destruction. Both DLC will be given out via special code for free -currently for US players only- at participating Gamestop.

 

As much as I want to say I am above being subjected to Marketing techniques, because of the news and other things, I am currently powering through the XY Pokemon show to prepare for the upcoming movie.

As much as I want to say I am above being subjected to Marketing techniques, because of the news and other things, I am currently powering through the XY Pokemon show to prepare for the upcoming movie. 

 

As I wrote in the last time I wrote about Pokemon DLC (Be MOP #414), it is still nice to receive continuous support for this game with the best type of DLC with content that are not connected to the main story or plot all while being free,and not to sound like I am biting the hand that feeds me but I do not like how Nintendo of America is tying themselves to Gamestop AGAIN. 

The 3DS and Wii U were the herald that brought Nintendo in the new era of constant and easy internet connection for all of their devices with the ability to download any games and patches, friend lists, and the introduction of the Mii forums. Both Nintendo and the Pokemon company has proven they have the ability to distribute DLC and free games on the global scale directly to the comfort of our own WiFi enabled homes. So why is the American branch of Pokemon resorted to local connections and printing and handing out unique codes especially since Gamestop already had their promotional stunt with Pokemon just a few weeks ago.

 In the official Pokemon release they even highly suggested that while you were at Gamestop, picking up your code for the bug mega stones.

In the official Pokemon release they even highly suggested that while you were at Gamestop, picking up your code for the Heracross/Pinsir mega stones, you should preorder ORAS.

 

I could see why Pokemon Company would decide to give away Diancie, and in Japan Darkrai, in the specific movie theaters since it could act as a marketing tool to push more tickets and it would serve as a great way to meet and trade with strangers who are also interested in Pokemon, like what I did at Pax East. But tell me why would I go to videogame store when the American version of the Pokemon Movie will be either be broadcast on Cartoon Network as a special TV event or streamed online?

 


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#427 Penultimate Extra Life 2014 Update

At the start of the weekend I received some amazing news. As you know, since the initial announcement post back in Be MOP #376, I signed up with the Extra Life organization to help raise money to support Boston Children’s Hospital and because of all the contributions from many of you we were able to reach the Extra Life fundraising goal!

Thanks to grammar I can now say that I have raised hundredS of dollars for Boston Children

Thanks to grammar I can now say that I have raised hundredS of dollars for Boston Children

 

This is good news for all of you because, even though the fundraiser is still going, I will not be constantly mention the fact that I am participating in this event at the end of every other stream. Which is great for some of my close friends and co-workers because in a few weeks I would have started obviously mentioning that I am in this cool fundraiser that helps children hospitals every time payday comes around.

I want to take this time to make this post to say Thank you to all who donated to my profile. Thank you to those who have donated to other profiles, and Thank you all of those involved with this campaign. You are all amazing, you guys can rest easy tonight with the knowledge that you have directly helped sick children in need. 

Upon reaching that fundraising goal that also means that I have to follow through on my promise to deliver on my 24 hour live stream on October 25th, Extra Life’s National Game Day, as a special reward for all you guys. But what I need now are suggestions on what games you would like me to play during that big 24 hour block, I have a few games in mind but they are not enough to fill the entire time, so feel free to leave comments down below with your favorite or most hated game that you want to be featured on that October stream.

plus I need some serious tips on surviving this live stream event, since this is the first time I have ever done something like this.

plus I need some serious tips on surviving this live stream event, since this is the first time I have ever done something like this.

 

PS: for clarification of the title the last 2014 Extra Life 2014 post will probably on the Friday of the event, so the raise a last minute awareness for Extra Life and the event and to serve as a easy blog post for a Friday

 


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#426 The Appeal to Pixel Perfect Precision Platformers

For my Wednesday stream I played VVVVVV for all of Twitch to see. I could only last half of my regular streaming time, one and a half hours, for the sake of my sanity and cool.

One hour of gameplay and a half hour to quietly reflex on what I just experienced

One hour of gameplay and a half hour to quietly reflex on what I just experienced

 

 While I was playing, and enjoying the constant deaths, I was asked over and over again throughout the night’s stream by passersby on how I could possibly enjoy this type of game. As I mentioned on the stream it is because incredibly hard platforming games, like VVVVVV and Super Meat Boy, rewards players based on skill and skill alone.

Cool thing about this game is that its the first example of Open World Platformer I have ever seen in a game, impressive since the open world is missing a dimension.

Cool thing about this game is that its the first example of Open World Platformer I have ever seen in a game, impressive since the open world is missing a dimension.

 

Other games have easier ways of getting to victory and the end game screen, Pokemon has a type advantages to give you the edge over the certain gym leader of the city, Trading Card Games have the aspect of Random Number Generator to give the player the occasional lucky hand, and regular action adventure games have unlockable powers and upgrades to help you fight tougher and tougher enemies.

But most Platforming games gives you everything you need from the get go, as we see in VVVVVVV we have the right and left movement buttons and the one action button to flip your character’s gravity’s perspective, and that’s it. There is no trick on getting through the end stage the only way to beat it is to not find the most effective hidden items but just be either being good or getting good enough to pass the objectives at hand.

The good news that the checkpoints are so frequent that you backtracking becomes a non issue.....usually

The good news that the checkpoints are so frequent that you backtracking becomes a non issue…..usually

 

With VVVVVV there is only one specific path for the stage, but unlike that horrible GiOPi, Mission Majority game, that stage’s proper path is so specific that even though the creator made only one path it is narrow and unforgiving that the game’s major focus is not about reaching towards the end of the game but getting through the current obstacle.

That is why I love games like these, because titles like They Bleed Pixels, Cloudberry Kingdoms, and even the later levels in the new Mario games, can only be properly created and played by having tight controls and really superb level designs, which is two of the cornerstones of what makes any amazing game.

 

 


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