Making a game Volume 1

rpg maker mv 2

So as I mentioned in my review of RPG Maker MV I am indeed making my own game. Don’t worry, I wont be trying to sell it to you. Its just something since i was a kid i wanted to know more about and this allows me to learn a bit. Some things that sound simple but are not is creating Items and skills. First off i recommend at first going generic, call healing items potions or herbs and weapons sword or whatever. See this isn’t because thinking up names is hard (tho I hate it) It will simply let you focus on the math involved in making skills. the formula works something like this, 100+a.atk-b.def  which basically means 100 plus players attack minus enemies defense. So you start with a base attack of 100, then add the attack power of the attacker, lets say 50 t get 150. then subtract the defense of say 55 to get a total damage of 95. Then comes the balancing act of making sure the skills do enough damage to the enemy without simply being over powering.  Items have a similar issue, for example they need to heal enough to be useful but not so much that you can just spam them to heal. Seriously if anyone has mastered this my game ( Called battle buddies as an inside joke) will probably come along a bit quicker. As always thanks for joining me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Crossout Review

cross out

Up until now I have been trying to keep my reviews mostly positive but this time i can not do that. It is moderately fun and pretty simple to start. But the controls are pretty bad, using the same analog stick to not only accelerate but to steer and it simply does not work for this game. Another issue is while the game looks pretty good it is far from impressive which normally isn’t a problem, you will have to either spend a lot of time or  lot of money to dig into the impressive amount of customization. There are hundred of items to upgrade and even build your own combat vehicle which sounds amazing, except that people won’t likely ever see or use. After about 10 hours i still haven’t much done anything to improve my very basic truck and guns. This is luckily a free game so there is no harm in trying it, but everyone deserves the warning that unless you feel the need to spend real money or plenty of time on it you won’t see most of the game. As always thanks for joining me and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Take Two kills GTA mod

GTA COVER

Now for those that are not a PC gamer or simply don’t keep up on news, recently Take-Two has decided to put an end to what is basically a mod that allows for modding of the grand theft auto game, you can learn more here.

I have pretty mixed feelings about this personally even tho it doesn’t have anything to do with me as a console gamer. On one hand i feel like its their property, if they do not want you messing with it that is on them and it’s their right as the owner. Then I start to finish the thought, while all of that is true they did for years allow the modding community to flourish. To suddenly decide they no longer wanted to allow that they have effectively slapped an entire section of their fan base across the face. I don’t know what goes into making a mod, but i imagine it no different from making a video game on any RPG maker or even writing a blog, both of which can take hundreds of hour. That is no small amount of time or dedication, and while games like Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption will sell regardless but I have to wonder if they aren’t playing a very dangerous games with their PC sales. I suppose we shall see, as always thank you for joining me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Pokemon Sun and Moon review

pokemon

Pokemon Sun and Moon, the newest installment of the ever lasting hunt to catch them all. I am pretty partial to the series, I’ve played them all since the release of Red and Blue and have enjoyed them all with varying degrees of excitement. I picked up moon shortly after launch and while the graphics are nice as always and the fun of catching new creatures and having what amounts to virtual dog fights with other people never gets old the game quickly felt unfinished. As you progress through a much more story driven adventure than normal, which I loved , you come across a Pokemon Snap style mini game where you are given a camera to take pictures that seems like an add on gimmick instead of a full fledged part of the game. You will also notice gyms have been completely removed and replaced with island challenges that largely feel pointless and just get in the way of story progression. I really think there is room for both the challenges and gyms in the game. The quick and easy training system is also gone and is sorely missed. its still there n a fashion but it also does not feel the same.

Points to the good however is it possible to catch the majority of Pokemon from the series  and many of the gym leaders show up in post story play s do Red and Blue from the original game. It is a good game that I’d still recommend picking up, it just feel less like a Pokemon game to me than id like tho many will appreciate the changes. As always thanks for joining me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Why the console war is over

Game Consoles

Before we get started let me make this perfectly clear. If you are here to see me bash the system you hate or praise the one you love, you will be disappointed. I own an Playstation 4 pro and an Xbox One, both of which i enjoy as well as a Nintendo 3DS.

With that being said lets be honest, if you are looking for a home console that is strictly for an adult gamer, the ps4 i where most peoples money goes. Even Microsoft has said they have no intention of nor can they catch up. Its got solid graphics, most games re for both systems, and it has a far wider variety of exclusives. It also has less options for customization in the settings and while Hulu, YouTube and Netflix  work just fine on it, the Xbox is built as a media center while the Xbox is not. That being said the Xbox does have some solid exclusives like Gears of War and Halo, it has far more customization and is honestly more complicated to use when you really dig into it. I hated trying to stream on Twitch with it, tho even there it had different options on things like screen resolution. Both are great, but they are built with a different audience in mind.

This brings me to Nintendo that is aimed at yet another audience. They have dominated the hand held market for, well forever really. Their home consoles largely seem to be aimed at children and retro games with their virtual console. They are the gaming industries version of the great white shark, it hasn’t evolved because it doesn’t need to.

All in all the console war ( at least for now) is dead, and probably has been for long than people think, we have many great consoles out there all that seem to have decided to aim for a different audience, which isn’t a bad thing. Notice i have not mentioned the Nintendo Switch or even pc, the switch is to new to tell where it will go and pc i have no real experience with. As always, thank for joining me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

RPG maker series

rpg maker mv

RPG maker is a series of games that has existed for years on various consoles and PC that basically allow you to create your own role playing game, complete with maps, NPC’s and characters. At the bottom i will show some pictures i ripped off the internet to show you what it can do, which honestly is  ton more than the pictures seem to indicate if you know how to do it.

Now full disclosure i am making a game using RPG Maker MV , which i purchased off  steam a while back. This however is not an advertisement for either RPG maker or my own game, which rpg maker does allow you to sell and get green lit on steam as your own creation. Most people never do that, but you can find quite a few games on there ranging from complete and utter garbage ( there was  game on there called rape whistle a while back, tho i hope its gone) to some i’m told are really good.  My game however will never see the light of day, even if i finish it its just for fun and is admittedly pretty bad.

All that being said you can do a lot with the program and that becomes even more if you know anything about HTML coding and Java Script. There is also an insanely interactive and mostly friend community to offer up help and ideas in creating your game which will basically be SNES or Sega Genesis quality. There also what are known as plug ins that do various things that are user created and so popular the company has added things to encourage their use, which most creator at most ask for their name in the credits giving the a shout out tho i have seen a few people simply sell for a small amount of cash,

With all that being said, if you have ever been interested in making a game check it out, there are multiple versions with different price points as well as hundreds of videos on youtube and it really is a cool experience to see how it all comes together. I dont use it as much as I would like, and i bought the newest version but i don’t regret it at all . as always thanks for joining me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Violence in video games.

mortal kombat

Lets be honest for a minute. Violence in games exist, has always existed and will always exist. It has also evolved since the days of the original Mortal Kombat where the “blood” looked like someone spraying a can of paint into the air. I remember my parents giving me a big old hell no to buying it. Of course one faithful day the kid down the street got it, my mom agreed to watch us play a few rounds ad decide. So he comes over, explains the blood code and pops it in then proceeds to kick the crap out of me and rip my Scorpions head off with Sub-Zero. To which my mom laughs and since it was time for a new game anyway buys it for us a few day days later.

Violence comes in many gaming forms however, like the much blamed for stupid peoples actions Grand Theft Auto, of which i have owned pretty much all of.

GTA

It has also come a long way from top down killing sprees to banging hookers in the front seat , which in real life never goes so smooth. This series however was the bane of my existence in my time at game top since at least a few times a month i had to explain to some unknowing and lied to parent you indeed were not the cops fighting crime and you could indeed murder the hookers to get your money back, which i imagine is also not so easy in real life.

There is also the good old fashioned lets shoot everyone war games like the 2nd most blamed for everything game, call of duty.

COD

As you may be seeing a pattern, i owned this to, and in case you live under a rock its pretty much a war simulator where people with guns shoot other people with guns and occasionally decide to drop a damn nuke on your head when they are winning by around 80 points just to be a special kind of asshole.

Mario is a different kind of violence, and yes since I am indeed  human, i played this to.

Mario 1

Look we all know the drill, you take a plumber and jump on turtles heads. Tho weirdly I have never in my life heard someone blame the game for crushing the family pet while wearing some work boots. Moving on.

This last piece of violence has ended friendships and marriages probably and is probably the only violence in gaming that deserves the bad rep it gets..Yea you nerds know whats coming.

Mario Kart

Excuse my language for a moment..fuck this blue shell and the prick that came up with it, may he forever be bare foot and surrounded by legos. For those that haven’t had the pleasure of this eternal torment, basically some person loosing the race gets this and tosses, usually t the last minute,  it enters hyper drive and hits the person in first place pretty much stunning them for a few seconds that see like an eternity until they end up somewhere around 6th place while the person that threw it is still losing but laughing like a lunatic.

All that leads me to this, you will hear a ton of terms like ” desensitize” about how violence in video games creates serial killers or some such stuff. the vast majority of us however have both played these games and grew up in a time where you can actually watch a real war on the 6 o’clock news. These things do not create violence, people with mental disorders do. As always thanks for joining me, and may the gaming god bring you glory.