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#514 The Price of the Gold Variant

These past few weeks I have seen what I would do for Gold variants in games. Two weeks ago Nintendo launched another addition to one of their staple franchise for their Wii U, Mario Party 10. I game I would pick up in a heartbeat if I had an abundance of friends whose friendships would still be intact after a few matches of Mario Party. But alongside the launch of the new Mario Party game, Nintendo also pushed out a new mini-wave of remodeled Amiibos of some of the main characters from the games.

In a trend I like, Nintendo is continuing to use Amiibo support outside of just Smash. image via: MyNintendoNews

In a trend I like, Nintendo is continuing to use Amiibo support outside of just Smash.
image via: MyNintendoNews

Along with the regular line of Super Mario/Mario Party Amiibos Wal-mart made an exclusive deal with Nintendo to only carry the special Gold Mario amiibo in what I assumed was the result of Walmart executives seeing the result of other Amiibo exclusives and wanted to hop on the Nintendo Hype Train.

Initially I had no plans to buy the Golden Mario Amiibo, I already had the Smash version of Mario and Nintendo had made it clear that all types of Mario Amiibos are compatible with Smash and Mario Party, and the only reason to pick up a second Mario, Luigi, Bowser, or Peach Amiibo was to preserve your Smash Amiibo fighting file on the base of the statue. Which was not a problem for me because I still do not have Mario Party 10, I do not main Mario in Super Smash Bros. and after months owning the Smash Mario Amiibo I still have yet to take him out of his box.

Even with all those valid reasons NOT to buy a golden Mario amiibo I still found myself at the local 24 hour Walmart waiting 90+ minutes after my work shift waiting in line at a makeshift Golden Mario Amiibo launch party for my chance to purchase one of the dozen or so Golden Mario Amiibo that Nintendo decided to ship to that location.

I was able to get my amiibo, and I was able to chit chat with some other Amiibo hunters

I was able to get my amiibo, and I was able to chit chat with some other Amiibo hunters. (you can see my smash Mario amiibo just behind Mega Man)

The other Golden tale I want to talk about was from a game I stream quite regularly, Infinite Crisis, DC Comics’ A.R.T.S/MOBA game. Infinite Crisis left it’s beta phase and officially launched the game on their own client and on the Steam Store last week. With the launch on Steam, the people at Turbine made two DLC packs for steam users, a Infinite Crisis Basic pack which unlock eight different champs and the Infinite Crisis Elite Pack which is a smidge more expensive but unlocks all 33 of the champions were in the character’s roster at launch.

The reason I am talking about the DLC packs is because as an incentive to Steam users, both DLC champion packs comes with a Steam exclusive GOLD Superman costume. Just like before, there was no reason to buy any of the DLC packs, after playing a year of IC I already unlocked most of the champions in the game, and just like Mario, I do not main Superman in the game nor do I play the jungle role that, Superman plays best as, in general. But with all of those I still found myself at the Steam Store checkout page, purchasing the Elite Pack.

I got it because it was so SHINY

I got it because it was so SHINY

One part because it was, at the time of buying was 67% off knocking down the price to a more manageable and financially justifiable $30, and I felt like I needed to give Infinite Crisis some money to celebrate their launch as a thank you for playing and streaming their game on my Twitch page for almost a year.

After thinking about, if I were to find a reason for going after these two gilded purchases was; One part brand loyalty, another part because it was an exclusive item that could only be obtained through a certain way, but on top of that wasthe terrible fear that if I do not buy these exclusive gold items now I might never be able to buy it later. That fear holds a bit of water because it seems that Nintendo still has not grasped the simple economic idea of creating enough supply to match the demand from the consumers because after the initial release I have yet to see any other more Golden Mario Amiibos, and they are going for a fortune on eBay. And with Infinite Crisis, once their launch day steam sale ends there would be no way to justify a buying the Elite Pack DLC at full price.


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Disclosure: I am apart of the Streamer Partnership Program for Turbine’s A.R.T.S/MOBA, Infinite Crisis, which is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

This blog post was written without approval, consent, or knowledge from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment or any of it’s subsidiaries

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#471 Three Years

Today is a day for celebration, because today is the three year anniversary marking the event when I created this Be MOP blog and published it’s first post on WordPress. As I said in last year’s post (Be MOP #315), this blog was created after my Junior college midterms after I experienced a very early quarter life crisis.

What is impressive is that in my three years of blogging I still have the bragging rights of not missed any of my Monday, Wednesday, Friday blog post deadlines. Three years of trying to balance college midterms, finals, graduations, dealing with the transition away from college life, and all of the random inconveniences that popped up along the way I was still here, updating my blog on the same schedule I created for myself since Day One.

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Since my last 2013 anniversary post and now, what now has changed with me and this blog?

At the start of the year I received a 3DS handheld system with a copy of Pokemon Y for Christmas (Be MOP #318) with lead to influx of various Pokemon and Mario posts appearing on this blog. Later in the year I went out and bought a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle (Be MOP #391) and went full Nintendo Fan Boy with this blog by writing about almost nothing but Nintendo from October to December.

But how can you blame me? All of those Nintendo exclusive games were fun from beginning to end and it was a refreshing change of pace from almost anything else I played through on my PC. Nintendo was something I did not know I needed until I got it, now it has been a staple of my weekly free gaming time.

It is amazing that the Wii U, the weakest console this gen, has been able to pump out the most amazing games from this year with having Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and Smash run at either 720p or 1080p while having the frame rate be locked at 60fps. I have a theory that the people at Nintendo code their games on magic.

It is amazing that the Wii U, the weakest console this gen, has been able to pump out the most amazing games from this year with having Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and Smash run at either 720p or 1080p while having the frame rate be locked at 60fps. I have a theory that the people at Nintendo code their games on magic.

This year I also celebrated my one year of unsubscribing from Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, an impressive feat. As I wrote in my post blog when I talked more in-depth about the year from the MMO (Be MOP #408), but enough things have gotten inbetween me and WoW the resubscribing would be a waste of money.

and no amount of emails will persuade me to go back, Blizzard

and no amount of emails will persuade me to go back, Blizzard

But out of everything,my most impressive development this year was development of my own Twitch Channel, branching out the Be MOP name from beyond text to video. Since late April, when I was announcing my plans to do start Live Streaming Infinite Crisis and other videogames (Be MOP #370). I have participated in my first 24 hour stream for Extra Life charity event, helping raise $290 dollars to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital. I have also recently reached my 100th day of streaming (Be MOP #454) and shortly after that I hit 100+ followers on my Twitch Channel.

Since my debut as a streamer and now, I have; accepted into Turbine’s Infinite Crisis Twitch Partnership program, joined the Infinite Crisis Community Stream Team, and have even been invited to stream on the official Infinite Crisis Twitch Channel every week as a Community Streamer.

And I got cool Infinite Crisis skins to give out all this weekend.

Fun Fact: Because of the old Streaming schedule (M/W/F 11:30- 2:30am and Sat 11-2a) There was a time when I was technically streaming seven days a week

I wonder how long I have to be on Twitch before I can confidently add “Twitch Streamer” to my LinkedIn profile?

Just like my previous yearly posts,

To make this go full circle here’s a the link to my first post on this blog. Enjoy and I’ll see you back here Monday.”


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#454 Stats from my 99 days of Streaming

Last Friday I celebrated the milestone of my 100th stream session of mostly playing Turbine’s game, Infinite Crisis. It seems like it was only yesterday I was writing a blog post about my new project to jump into the world of streaming videogames (Be MOP #370).  As I mentioned at the start of every stream I kept track of most of my streaming data with viewer hits and Win:Loss ratio. I  promised that after I hit the big triple digit I was going to graph all the data I gathered from the very beginning and publish the graphs for all of you guys.

But Yesterday as I spent most last night data entering and charting, and noticed that some of the dates were not matching up correctly…

jumped from day 86 to day 89, whoops

It looks like I jumped from day 86 to day 89, whoops

Which means that my 100th and 101st stream sessions over the weekend they were actually the 98th and 99th. After about seven months of streaming I (soon to) hit the triple digits, without further ado, here are the charts I made from the data I have collected over the course of about seven months:

Twitch 99 days

This chart marks the growth of my Twitch views hits since I started and with the various bumps in popularity. The two lines are important dates I want to bring up. The red line marks the day I was accepted into Infinite Crisis’s Twitch Partnership program and the Blue line was the day when I was invited by Infinite Crisis’s main Twitch channel as a constant Community Streamer. Not marked was on the 95th day was the day I performed a 24 hour stream session for Extra Life.

Just to be clear these are hundred streaming sessions, unlike my Blogging schedule I have deviated from my schedule and even going so far as cancelling a few sessions because of real life obstacles, most noticeable I cancelled one Saturday night Twitch session because I just bought a Wii U and Mario Kart 8 and I wanted to play that game more than anything else.

The next graph is the scatter plot of the Win/Loss ratio from my various matches I broadcast while playing Infinite Crisis.

Twitch 99 win lost

I have made it crystal clear at the start of my Twitch journey that I am not a professional, competitive, A.R.T.S/MOBA game which shows that. Looking back I am glad I am hovering above the average of 1 game win per night, although if you looks at the Trendline you can see I actually gotten slightly worse with my recent matches.

Looking back on those 99 days Well for one thing I am far more confident in my ability in Public Speaking, and spending most of your weeknights monologuing to your computer, hoping for someone to swing by to start a conversation with you. I am also more aware of how to talk to someone on air when they can only communicate with you via text in a chatroom very similar to how Radio DJ’s talk to their audience. From the video side of broadcasting I now know a little bit more of framing yourself in front of a camera to make sure you and the important things you want shown are always within the camera’s view.

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To give advice to anyone who is interested or on the fence of joining Twitch, start now and set low expectations. The sooner you start putting yourself out there on livestreams the sooner you can start progressing and start getting better. With low exceptions you will always be grateful for whatever improvements you make in popularity and in connections you make with other people. Also make sure to thank your viewers as well, these people are spending their free time to watch you play video games when there are quite literally an infinite amount of other things they could be doing with their time online but they decided to spend their time with you, you need to thank them for that choice every chance you get.


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#448 24 Hours After the 24 Hour Stream

Ladies and Gentlemen early last Sunday, at 8 am to be precise, I finished my first attempt at a 24 hour live stream event in the name of the Extra Life charity.

 I think this is one of my greatest streaming achievement.

I think this is one of my greatest streaming achievement.

Following a day of recovery I am back at full health and ready to rejoin my friends, family and the rest of society. Before I go ahead and talk about any other video game topics that occurred over the weekend, I want to do a quick little recap the extra Life session for those who might have missed it. The event was fun overall, but definitely not as much fun as I imagined. Who knew that just doing one thing, and only one thing, over a course of 24 hours would be tedious and get annoying once I hit that last third of the day.

I said over and over on the stream that the day was like being trapped in the Twilight Zone episode, ‘Time Enough at Last’, finally be given a full day to play what ever game I wanted to play. Funny enough I had a Be MOP post in the wings about how, since I have left college, I have had no time to play as much videogames as I wanted, needless to say that idea has been discarded.

That stream did make me break two of my self-instilled streaming rules, no eating and no slouching, funny enough at the beginning of the stream you see me profusely apologize for breaking these rules but towards the end of the event I was breaking both rules apologetically. Surprisingly, considering this was my first attempt at an event like this, I was well prepared. I had plenty of snacks, fruits, juice and water to keep me well fed during the entire day. and I had enough games installed for entertainment, although I did have a bit of problems with games, knocking down some games down to the right specs that my computer could both play and stream the game at a reasonable frame rate.

A question I was asked over and over during the stream is the question, “Would I ever do another 24 hour stream again?
I answered it on stream and I will give the same answer here, I would gladly do another all day gaming session like this again but I need quite a bit of time to recover and put enough time and distance between me and the last event. I need enough time to make me forget the bad and makes me reminisce about all the good parts, the same thing I do for any season or major event. The short answer is yes, I would gladly partake in another all day stream again especially if it was for charity.

 Despite all the hardship and sleep deprivation, with help from you guys we were able to raise $290.00 for Boston Children's Hospital and for that I thank you all for making this a success.


Despite all the hardship and sleep deprivation, with help from you guys we were able to raise $290.00 for Boston Children’s Hospital and for that I thank you all for making this a success.

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As promise I need to announce the winner for the raffle to name one of our family’s spring chickens. Earlier today I made raffle bowl full of the names of all the people who donated to me via Extra Life profile and the winner is Mr Thomas K. I will be contacting him for his choice for our pet’s name.

Out chicken has grown quite a bit since then but I will always imagine her at this size.

Out chicken has grown quite a bit since then but I will always imagine her at this size.


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#447 The Be MOP Extra Life 2014 kick off post

Tomorrow’s the big day, the day I will tackle and try to complete a continuous 24 hour stream for Extra Life.

For those who do not know what I am talking about, The Extra Life charity is an organization that gets players from all around the world to get together and encourage them play videogames from 24 hours to try to raise awareness and funds for that gamer’s preferred hospital within the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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I have heard of the Extra Life charity before, the organization had their presences at both PAX East, Boston FIG, and of course online with self promotion via Twitch. Back in May (Be MOP #376) I tossed my hat into the fundraising ring by signing up for the 2014 extra life challenge, with the promise that if I was able to raise the $200 goal I would broadcast my 24 hour gaming session on Twitch for everyone to see. I was going to do play videogames for the entire day anyways so why not have the Twitch session to act as a reward for everyone who donated.

Between that and the four months and an extra blog posts on my site (Be MOP #416) and one from my mother’s site (Lessons Learned from the Flock #1095) we were able to hit the fundraising goal and then some more.

As I said, thanks to the rules of English grammar, I confidently say that I have raised hundredS of dollars for Boston Children

As I said, thanks to the rules of English grammar, I confidently say that I have raised hundredS of dollars for Boston Children

The Politician that I am would be remiss if I did not remind everyone that that my Extra Life campaign is still accepting donations for Boston Children’s Hospital, but since I have already reached my 2014 fundraising goal I would rather ask all of those who wants donate to a good cause to instead browse through the Extra Life Twitch directory the day of the event (this Saturday) and find another participant who has not hit their fundraising goal yet and help make their day.

Be sure to tune in to my Twitch channel starting at 8am to see me the kick off my 24 hour stream where I will be playing through various games throughout the day. To celebrate I also have special treat for Saturday, a complete play through of the infamous Power Rangers Super Legends (Be MOP #277).

One of the most hated game in my library and I and going to play it start to finish to show it to you

One of the most hated game in my library and I and going to play it from start to finish to show it to you


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#419 Talking about my Connections to the Gaming Scene

This Tuesday it seems like the floodgates opened up about an indie game developer behind Depression Quest being accused of using her personal connections and influence to gain favorable news stories about the game the dev made.

Despite everything blowing out of control, and the backlash from the people who was trying to control the story from developing and the major problem that was brought up with this story was not the alleged adulterous techniques that was used but how there was no transparently with the some of the members in video game press when talking about the game dev and the game while it was on greenlit phrase on Steam.

At it is at this time I want to sit down and talk about my past interactions with the gaming industry, my Twitch and this blog and what it means to you and me.

 

First things first, when I created Be MOP a couple of years ago I did not set out to try to build another videogame news website, only the time to update every Monday Wednesdays and Fridays there was no way I could complete with the any of the news sites. So I crafted Be MOP with the intentions of one World of Warcraft player writing about his adventures in the Beta of the Mists of Pandaria and my opinions about the most recent developments, soon after I became burnout on WoW this site soon evolved into a general video game blog about whatever topics I want to discuss.

Over the hundreds of posts I had two public moments I want to bring up, one is a small interaction and the other is more complex and interesting to talk about. Both are not bad but moments but they are things I want to talk about while the internet is on the topic of video game media and transparency.

The first encounter was about a year ago when I met the creator of Neocolonialism on the floor of Boston Fig, while making small talk and buying the preorder of the game I mentioned that I am video game blogger and I have an interest in politics topics and I had my own blog. A while later I received an email from the creator that included with my first advance copy of a game, which helped me write a blog post about the game, as seen in Be MOP #295.

 

Since then I have not been in contact with Subaltern Games in over a year, and that was nothing wild, I bought an indie game, received an advanced copy of the game, and gave my opinion about the game. I would almost not mention it but I did not make any comments about the backstory at time of writing the game.

 

The second interaction with the gaming world is a bit more interesting to talk about.

As many know, my most recent gaming project has been the upkeep of my Twitch channel and hosting a stream four nights a week. In my introduction blog post I mentioned that the main game I would be streaming would be the ARTS/MOBA Infinite Crisis (Be MOP #370).

After doing some research and preparing myself for creating my Twitch project I came to the conclusion that Infinite Crisis had everything I was looking for as a new streamer, it was a game still in the beta, it had a small community, and that game, since being a ARTS/MOBA had a lot of replay value for the stream, and most importantly the game is about superheroes fight each other which gave me, an avid comic book fan, the option to tell stories about my favorite Superhero cartoons and comics. 

Choosing Infinite Crisis for my preferred game to stream was not a random choice. I was first introduced to the game when I signed up and got into the closed beta, which you can read all about in Be MOP # 247. Shortly after the writing the post I dropped the game for a while for other -more complete- games I had in my library.

During my time attending this year’s PAX East I saw the Turbine’s Infinite Crisis presence there and after looking around the booth and seeing how far the game progressed it got me interested enough to pick up the game again, which you can follow in Be MOP #367.

During the few weeks I started streaming Infinite Crisis I stumbled upon Infinite Crisis’s Streamer Partnership program via talking someone who was in my chatroom at the time. After that stream session ended I sent in an application for the program in the middle of May (5/18). The requirements to get into the IC Twitch partnership program is to “meet the requirements of streaming regularly, do not run inappropriate content and show your referral link prominently on your page, [and then] you should hear from us within a couple of weeks.” and continued on with my regular life.

Per the norm, I often gather inspiration for blog posts from the interesting games I have been playing lately and with the sudden influx of playing and talking about Infinite Crisis on my stream four nights a week, we saw the publication of my “DC’s ability to print money with Infinite Crisis” (Be MOP #373) and my “Enough with all the Batmans” (Be MOP #382) posts.

Soon after that (June 28th) i received an acceptance letter from Infinite Crisis congratulating me on getting into the Twitch Partnership program.

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But what was it?

Being in the Infinite Crisis partnership program means that each week streamers, like myself, are emailed four codes of the newest and latest released cosmetic costumes of the current champions with the instructions to hand them out to our viewers. While I have not every given cash and I hand out every code, goods goes through me and a cynical person could argue that I am paid with in game items that are valued for real life currency. 

During my streams, whenever I try to hand them out I constantly try to remind and tell people where I got these codes from and why I am handing them out. A bit down the like during another past transparency scandal I started adding this comment in the panel section of my stream:

My shtick is that I come up (or borrow) Comic Book related riddles for each stream session and the first person to correctly answer the riddle wins the code for the night, and while this might be at the bottom of my screen throughout the stream I am constantly drawing attention this specific panel

My shtick is that I come up (or borrow) Comic Book related riddles for each stream session and the first person to correctly answer the riddle wins the code for the night. While this panel might be at the bottom of the screen throughout the stream I am constantly drawing attention this specific panel. 

 

But even before that I made a promise to myself to not about my adventures in the Infinite Crisis game post partnership acceptance,there were a few posts that I wanted to write after “Enough with all the Batmans” but every time I sat down I just felt weird writing it, call it a politician’s intuition. If there was a time I had to write about the news from Infinite Crisis I would make it perfectly that I am in that program. 

What does it mean to you?. But this is also to tell you that you are allowed my viewers to know that this is more than enough grounds to discredit my opinions on Infinite Crisis if you want to and I would understand your skepticism, but I can tell you that if you stop by my stream you can tell I genuinely enjoy the game and I have fun talking about the game. 

As I mentioned before the purpose of this post was to make sure that everyone knows what my interaction is with Infinite Crisis, what I have done to make it known, and what it means for you moving forward. I am planning to continue to write about and stream Infinite Crisis and other videogames for the foreseeable future but I wanted to transparent as can be and open up the lines of communications with you guys as well moving forward.

 

 


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#416 Spare an Extra Buck for Extra Life? Follow Up

It is election season all over the states and just about now all the politicians are coming out of the woodwork shaking hands and asking for money, and I am no exception.

Instead of asking for money for my own political organization to secure my seat in the NH House of Representatives I want to bring to light a charity event that I am a participating in this fall.

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I talked about this event a few months ago when I signed up with this event, but Extra Life is an organization that gathers players from around the world to come together on October 25 to marathon videogames for 24 hours in order to raise money and awareness for that gamer’s favorite hospital in the Children’s Miracle Network. This is my first year participating in the Extra Life event and my goal is to raise $200 for Boston Children’s Hospital.

So far, between the first time I wrote about Extra Life and now we were able to raise 125 out of 200 but we are still $75 away from reaching our goal, which is way I am writing this post to see in the hopes that we reach the goal before October deadline.

From my political experience I know that blindly asking for money with no payoff will wield little results, so there are a series of thank you to those who donates. Everyone who donates any amount through the my extra life profile, from one dollar to a hundred, will be featured on my  “Extra Life 2014 Sponsors” section on my Twitch channel. Because Extra Life is advertising themselves as a videogame marathoning event, those who donates $1 per hour for the entire day, for a total of $24 or more will be entered into a raffle to name out of our pet chickens that we received as baby chicks earlier this spring. 

She has grown up quite a bit but she's still just as adorable.

She has grown up quite a bit but she’s still just as adorable.

(Post Publishing note: because there was a slight miscommunication between me and my mother when she was writing her blog post about this event, the new rule is that anyone who donates ANY amount will be entered into the raffle to name our pet chicken)

 

As a little extra incentive IF we are able to reach the fundraising goal of $200 before late October I have promised that, come October 25, I would stream my 24 hour gaming marathon on Twitch for everyone to see.

If you are interested to seeing your’s truly try his hand at a 24 hour stream session then head on over to my Extra Life profile and donate to a worthy cause. The Extra Life page accept all major credit cards, all donations are tax-deductible and 100% of the funds raised will be going to Boston Children’s Hospital.

 

Thank you in advance for your generosity

 


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