#439 The Unsung Feature of the 3DS

With this past weekend I could not be bothered to play any game besides Pokemon White and the occasional last few levels of Mega Man 2. Looking back I did feel slightly disappointed about how those were the only two games I played but I soon realized I can’t complain about constantly choosing to go back to an old game out of all my current games.

I am also playing through Pokemon White/Black to unlock the Pokemon transfer feature so I can finally get my Pokemon team from Pokemon Emerald and Fire Red to my Pokebank and get ready for the release of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

I am also playing through Pokemon White/Black to unlock the Pokemon transfer feature so I can finally get my Pokemon team from Pokemon Emerald and Fire Red to my Pokebank and get ready for the release of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

This weekend binge of re-exploring the Unova region it did highlight one of my favorite feature and unsung ability of the 3DS, the backward compatibility to play regular DS games. During the last gaming generation I was slowly moving away from handhelds and consoles like the Wii to the computer side of gaming with World of Warcraft and Steam games but with moving away from consoles with that last generation of games I have missed out on some great first and third party games for the DS and Wii.

Just like a pendulum it always swings back and with the purchase of my own Wii U and the 3DS with the most of my anticipated games for the rest of 2014 are on the Wii U and 3DS and with Nintendo’s  decision to apply backwards compatibility with their previous generation of games I am able to go back play catch up by playing the best of the best in the DS library.

when I had my first generation DS I just played all of the Pokemon games and the odd Mario game, but now I can get the cream of the crop DS titles for cheap at goodwill and videogame stores.

when I had my first generation DS I just played all of the Pokemon games and the odd Mario game, but now I all the mario, final fantasy DS titles I can find for cheap at goodwill and videogame stores. Picture via Wikipedia

I can not praise the backwards compatibility enough, with one (possibly) simple decisions Nintendo has increased the value of the 3DS in my eyes way more their feature to have ports of NES and the introduction of indie games to the eshop, which says a lot because the addition of the eShop is the third biggest contributor to the value of my 3DS, next to actually playing 3DS games.


I’m also on Twitter

Be MOP focuses on the world of videogames with my own reflections about the current news and developments that happens throughout the gaming industry. Updates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

#438 The Ghosts of Dead Be MOP Posts

October is just starting but I am already hitting the ground running with Halloween themed exercises and activities. Wednesday I played They Bleed Pixels on my Twitch stream and only after two hours and the first four levels I was starting to relate to mind breaking experiences that characters in Lovecraft’s short stories went through when interacting with the Old Ones.

it was terrible, towards the end I did not even Rage-quit I just broke down on a live stream.

it was terrible, towards the end I did not even Rage-quit I just broke down on a live stream.

To keep the Spooky Halloween theme going on this site and in my life I have gone through my old Be MOP writing notebooks and gathered together a list of some of my scrapped Be MOP post topics that I decide to never write or it was incredibly topical and by the time I found time to write about it the conversation was already over.

Ooohhh it's spooky because they're dead topics and it's the month of Halloween! Get it?

Ooohhh it’s spooky because they’re dead topics and it’s the month of Halloween! Get it?

A bit of fair warning I am going through the lists of various “Potential Be MOP Posts” lists I have written over the years, many of these ideas have been forgotten by current me so even I do know what I was planning to do with these ideas.
So in no particular order:

  • Scary times ahead (Post-college life)
  • Movie time with Indie Game Movie and Mists of Pandaria CE DVD
  • More Battle Pet teams
  • Are the Raid Patches moving too quickly? (Patch 5.3) -I find this one particularly funny looking back on the content gap between today and the last Raid patch.
  • The (World of Warcraft) Raids that could have been
  • Can we have a proper Superman game?

—-Be MOP posts after I unsubscribed and blog about World of Warcraft and turned Be MOP into a general gaming blog—-

  • Political games (2nd worst game I have ever played) This was supposed to eventually follow after my big rant about the Power Ranger Shovel Ware game that I wrote about HERE
  • Swearing in videogames
  • The line of difficulty (SMB+BOI to WoW)
  • PAX East and the sense of belonging
  • Early Access games
  • Steam Box Update (Did/Could it fail?)
  • Amazing Spider-man 2 skins
  • EA’s season pass on the Xbox One
  • Becoming an Adult
  • the $200 franchise (Ubisoft)
  • Boston FIG 2014

I still have some old topical topics to write in the future when they become relevant again (like that one Half Life 3 post every videogame blogger has up their selves when it is finally announced) but these topics are all dead, dead as a door nail.


I’m also on Twitter

Be MOP focuses on the world of videogames with my own reflections about the current news and developments that happens throughout the gaming industry. Updates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

#437 Games from my Backlog for the month of October 2014

October is here and with that it is time to break out the freshly picked pie, Halloween decorations and start looking for a handful of new games to play for the new month. This is just another installment of my long running series where I try to get my gaming backlog under control.

For September I played through VVVVVV and The Walking Dead Season 2,

VVVVVV was the game I played on my Twitch Stream and as I wrote about it in my pixel perfect post earlier this month, it is a surprisingly open world 2D platformer that wonderfully polished the game and controls by limiting the action to using the Left and Right arrow buttons and the one action button that flips your gravitational pull. It is not much but what it did to was to scratch the itch that I have been having lately.

Closing comments: VVVVVVVV is not a game you complete, or even finish, but rather game to play up to the point where you rage quit. and then you leave the game alone for a few months.

Closing comments: VVVVVVVV is not a game you complete, or even finish, but rather game to play up to the point where you rage quit. Then you leave the game alone for a few months and return back to it for a few more stages.

The Walking Dead Season 2 was another wonderful game, that I played off Stream because I was afraid I could not properly comment on what was happening without ruining the atmosphere and after playing through I was glad that I did not try to live stream the story.

My favorite thing about the game’s series is the interesting depiction of the various political/idealists extremes, whether it be everyone pull their own weight of pure capitalism, the every man for themselves mentality, or the harsh dictatorship in the middle of Season 2. I also like how Season 2 focused on the theme of broken people, as these survivors lasting for so long rather than the theme of constantly searching for hope and haven in looking for Clementine’s parents.

Despite my best efforts the game still forced me to invoke an emotional response from me and even forced me into situations where it was so intense that I abandoned my morals and themes of my past decisions.

TellTale games don't think you could not add a Image comic book Easter egg with me catching it would ya?

TellTale games don’t think you could not add a Image comic book Easter egg with me catching it would ya?

Now that we covered last month’s game lets move on to the games that I am going to play for this month. and this month, the month that house one of my favorite holidays, I am going to do something different. Instead of playing through two set games to play in my spare time I have a few selected Halloween theme games to play on my Wednesday streams to get in the super spooky mood. I am not listing them here because I want them to be a surprise but they are some titles that I have already played and some I have not even installed yet.

The other reason I want to do this is to free up some spare time to read some of the Lovecraft stories. A few years ago I bought the complete works of HP Lovecraft and every October I try to read the all the short stories I can before the month is up, it is pretty much a tradition at this point.

**Monthly announcements**

It occurred to me that these posts would be a good place to list off some video game announcements that deserves some mentions but might not warrant an full post.

The first one announcement is that today is my 23rd birthday! And with that I have two games that will soon to be in my possession. The first one is the Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2 from my parents and the second one is The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth from my brother.

The funny thing is my brother knows my stance on preordering games, I have talked to him about my personal policy on the matter, using this game as example, multiple times.

The funny thing is my brother knows my stance on preordering games, I have talked to him about my personal policy on the matter, using this game as example, multiple times.

For a special bonus I want to leave you with a Be MOP post I wrote 2 years ago to celebrate my 21st birthday.

 

The second announcement I want to make is just a reminder everyone that I am going to be a 24 hour gaming live stream event on my Twitch channel this 25th on behalf of Extra Life.

this was the reward I promised you guys if I was able to reach my fundraising goal for this year we did so now I have to be true to my words.

this was the reward I promised you guys if I was able to reach my fundraising goal for this year we did so now I have to be true to my words.

 


I’m also on Twitter

Be MOP focuses on the world of videogames with my own reflections about the current news and developments that happens throughout the gaming industry. Updates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

#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.


I’m also on Twitter

Be MOP focuses on the world of videogames with my own reflections about the current news and developments that happens throughout the gaming industry. Updates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

#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


I’m also on Twitter

Be MOP focuses on the world of videogames with my own reflections about the current news and developments that happens throughout the gaming industry. Updates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

#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.


I’m also on Twitter

Be MOP focuses on the world of videogames with my own reflections about the current news and developments that happens throughout the gaming industry. Updates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

#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.

photo-main

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.


I’m also on Twitter

Be MOP focuses on the world of videogames with my own reflections about the current news and developments that happens throughout the gaming industry. Updates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized