In my last post, I talked about Twitch Plays Pokemon, and if you haven’t read it yet, you should probably do so by clicking this link. Basically, I talked about the facts about what TPP is in a nutshell. I explained what the purpose of the stream is, I detailed the Democracy vs. Anarchy system, and so on. Part 2 of this article is a bit more… fun, shall we say. This will explore and explain more of the pop culture impact this stream is having on the gaming community, not to mention the intricate lore I can’t accurately describe. To be honest, I’m amazed with what’s happening, and I kind of adore the stream for being able to create so much lore and so much media based on this nonsense. We surely have an interesting community here, and this post will explain just how kooky the TPP’ers really are.
Unless you’ve been oblivious to Twitch, Facebook, blogs, websites, and the internet in general, you’ve probably at least heard of this thing called “Twitch Plays Pokemon.” Maybe you’ve simply heard of it and nothing more; maybe you know a little about it, but you’ve never watched. Maybe you watched and found it stupid. But if you’re like me, then you watched TPP and got hooked; maybe you find yourself checking in on their progress daily. I think most of us can agree that Twitch Plays Pokemon is weird, chaotic, and kind of stupid. But there’s more to it than that. In a way, it’s a cultural phenomenon. I don’t think any other Twitch Plays stream will ever reach the height that this one has, but I think that this is definitely an event that will go down in video game history as a social experiment that enthralled hundreds of thousands of viewers, spawned its own lore and fictional religion, and brought scores of players to work together to beat Giovanni and the Elite Four.
I’ve had Battlefield 4 for my PS4 since launch, and I’ve definitely had my ups and downs with the game. Although I cannot condone the fact that Battlefield 4 was buggy and unfinished at release, it is an amazing FPS at its current state. In fact, I love the action so much that I’ve dedicated 95 hours to the game so far, according to my Battlelog. However, my dad also bought Battlefield 4 for the PS3 since I designated my PS4 as off-limits, (hey, it took months of saving for this; like heck anyone’s touching it) and I’ve been curious to see what the difference is between the last generation edition of BF4 and the current gen version. As it turns out, there is a pretty huge difference between the two versions, and considering they are both the same price, it makes the old version almost not worth buying. After spending a little while (an hour was all it took) with the PS3 version of Battlefield 4, I am convinced that there is a true, almost tangible difference in the quality between the old and new systems, and it really brought to my attention how far we’ve come, and how far we have yet to go.
I won’t lie; I found Blacklight Retribution to be a fun game at it’s best, but it’s much less than that at anything less than its best. The game is fast paced, graphically appealing, and action packe. Unfortunately, that’s about all the good I can say. Retribution features loose controls, and the game modes aren’t very inventive. It is a free-to-play game that takes its prices to extreme levels, and it’s expensive to unlock the items you want. As of now, the game is quite laggy (it’s still in Beta, which is why I’m not giving it a legitimate review). Overall, a fun concept is marred by quite a few issues, though all are fixable, and I hope they will be fixed when the finished product is officially released. Read on to see a more detailed overview of Blacklight Retribution.
As most of you know, I am the proud owner of a PS4. When decision time rolled around last summer and fall, it wasn’t as easy as it might seem. True, I am a bit of a Sony fanboy, but I believe it is with merit, as I’ve never had a bad Sony product and I always get great bang for my buck. In any case, when I decided not to get an Xbox One, it was tough. The TV snap feature is kind of cool, and I’m sad that I’ll be missing a new Halo experience. With that said, here are 4 things that Microsoft must do in order to convince me to buy an Xbox One.
Contrast is an interesting game, from all aspects. The environment, art style, storyline, puzzle mechanics, and nearly everything else about this game is just interesting, to put it simply. Sometimes, this is a good thing, as it allows Contrast to provide a new experience. At the same time, other aspects are just a little too interesting, and it’s easy to get lost. In the end, Contrast is a decent game, but the concepts presented in the game aren’t fleshed out enough to really make anything about it shine. This is a shame because Contrast has a lot of potential, and a sequel that fixes these issues could be an absolutely amazing puzzler.
Way back in the beginning of September, I posted a review of an album I was really enjoying; “In Real Life” by Tryhardninja. As I explained in that post, Tryhardninja is a gamer who also happens to be musically gifted, and he used to do gaming related parodies of popular songs. In 2013, however, he released his debut album which featured 13 original songs; none were parodies. The more I listen to the album, the more I appreciate his ingenuity. This guy is a lyrical and musical genius! I’m considering editing my review simply because the more I listen to the tracks, the more I grow to enjoy them, and parts of a song that didn’t stand out or make sense before are now clicking and causing me to love the album even more. I don’t think some of the reviews I gave some songs still stand, because they’ve grown on me (I have no idea how “Straight To The Top” only got a 5/10 from me).
Imagine my surprise, then, when I saw that the lead song from the album, “Take Back The Night,” is currently charted at #12 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart.
I’ve never understood perfectionism, and I’ve never been a perfectionist when it comes to gaming. I mean, in the real world, I like to get my job done and done well. But there’s a fine line drawn between “good enough to meet my high standards” and “perfect.” I don’t have the time or patience to do much of anything perfectly, and that attitude carries over into gaming. I like getting achievements or trophies in games, and there are some that I specifically seek out for the challenge and so that I can say I have it. Never before, however, have I ever had the desire to obtain all the achievements or trophies in a game… until now.
This article may or may not come as a surprise to you. After all, I’ve written a lot in the past few weeks about how much I loathe EA and the issues I’ve had with Battlefield 4. With all that being said, however, I love the game when it works right. When it’s not bugging out, BF4 is the best online shooter I’ve ever played, and for many reasons. It’s a shame that the launch was marred (and is still being marred) with bugs and glitches galore, but I can’t overlook the fact that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Battlefield 4 experience when it’s at its best, and I’ve sunk nearly 60 hours into the multiplayer portion of this game in the past 6 weeks. Here are just a few reasons why I can’t get enough of this game.
I’m finding that a lot of people are split on New Year’s Resolutions. Some people say they’re a waste of time since we always break them every year, but others see it as something to strive for, and it’s a good motivator even if it can’t (or simply won’t) be accomplished. I like to set goals at New Years that I know can be accomplished; I set realistic resolutions. For example, my main non-gaming resolution is simply to read my Bible more and learn more about my faith. By no means is this an unreachable goal, and it something that will hopefully continue on through 2014 and beyond. For gaming, however, I have some more specific resolutions, and I’d like to share them with you on this New Year’s Eve.
(These are not necessarily in order of importance, ascending or descending)