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.

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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.

Dragon Quest 8 review 3Ds

Dragon Quest 8

Ok guys and gals, the review today will be short, it is Friday and i am admittedly a but hung over, so please show some mercy on the mistakes.

Most of you already know I am sure that this is a remaster/remake of the PS2 version. there have been some graphical and story updates as well as some music and voice changes.

All that being said if you are at all into the JRPG genre of gaming this one is really a must buy. The story is relatively simple, generic character that doesn’t speak sets out to save the world from evil sorcerer. Now that is an overly simplified version admittedly but i assume around now most of you have stopped reading. There is of course your friend Yangus an ex bandit that helps you because you saved his life, and jumbo jugs, i mean Jessica, that joins you to avenge her murdered brother and Angelo, basically a womanizing Templar with a mild drinking problem. New t the 3ds version tho is 2 characters you could not recruit  in the original, Red and Morrie. Now admittedly i have not done so but i eventually will.   So that’s it for now, everyone have a great night and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Square Enix E3

square enix

Square Enix for me was very underwhelming and uninteresting, I actually shut the damn thing off after about 4 hours on day one. That being said there is plenty to talk about, so lets get started.

First is the PlayStation 4 Final Fantasy Dissidia  NT, a 3 on 3 fighting game using characters from the Final Fantasy series as  whole. At E3 many battles were fought, one of which saw Cloud, Squall and Zidane fight on one team using an assortment of skills and moves that can be switched in and out before battles. While graphically impressive, the battles are about 5 minutes long and seemed rather simplistic and not in a good way.

This next one leaves much to be desired for me as i see it as one of the Worst numbered games in the series, Final Fantasy 12 The Zodiac Age. And yes that name is long as hell , for me the characters were always bland and Vaan may be the worst hero in Final Fantasy history, and from what I have seen and read they haven’t done much to change that.

Next up, Final Fantasy 14 Stormblood. now i have to say i know nothing about the game or any of its add-ons. That being said it looks nice and it does exist. Another game I don’t know much about beyond it seems like a Final Fantasy 15 inspired fishing game is titles Monsters Of The Deep: Final Fantasy 15.

Last but not least is the much anticipated Life is Strange: Before The Storm. Aside from being Episodic and free this month on playstation plus and sitting on my harddrive waiting to be played i do not know much about this one either aside from it is coming. I know horrible research, but really i’m using this to really accentuate the fact that Square Enix was in my humble opinion the absolute worst part of an otherwise solid E3 this year. Maybe if we get some info on the Final Fantasy 7 remake or They announce some sort of 30th anniversary collection for Final Fantasy you are better off just reading a quick recap. With that being said, thanks for joining me and as always, may the gaming gods bring you glory.

 

BloodBorne review

Blood Borne

By now most people that are going to play Bloodborne have done so,so this review is less about convincing people to play and more about the fact that i simply love the game. Put simply its Dark Souls with  slightly different play style and story, both are even made by the same people.

The visuals are great and have a run down Victorian vibe to them and are all around dark and dreary which work well for the game itself. Combat is fast paced and mistakes are generally severely punished as would be expected from a soulsborne style game. Various weapons with vastly different play styles are also present, from quick cane and whip style weapons to massive broadsword type weapons. defensively there is only one shield unlike its predecessor Dark Souls and Demon Souls,and admittedly as far as i can tell its pretty much worthless. Instead, and it sounds weird, your defensive weapons are a selection of gun. Timing a shot right will stun or stop most enemies attacks and leave them open for a visceral attack that it will help you immensely to at least become competent with using.

When it comes to difficulty Dark Souls has a reputation as being some of the hardest ( and earlier iterations broken ) games out there, and Bloodborne is no exception. The 2nd boss in the game, which is also the first required boss has made many people put the game down and never pick it back up. I personally know a guy that it took at least a month to beat, and others I have known did it on their first attempt. I wont say its easier or harder than dark souls 2 or 3, but I will say there is still debate over it. I’ve included some more screen shots below, and until next time happy hunting, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

 

Far Cry 5

7mKjKAh7E4gcwa3GpQv9MZ-320-80  Once again a Far Cry game seems to have some controversy surrounding it. Far Cry 3 pissed a lot of people off simply because it was a rich white guy in a seemingly African nation shooting black people playing hero. Which hey i understand the sentiment but its a video game. Chill. Far Cry 5 takes place in America, North Montana to be more specific.

The general plot as we know so far is a bat shit crazy Christian cult is basically murdering people and forcibly converting people. For the first time you play a created character that must save the day. Seems like pretty standard game stuff. Good people fight bad people and away we go.

Now here is where the controversy comes in. Many people are now claiming its an attack an Christianity and making white people look evil and some are asking where all the black and Hispanic people are. Well if you care to look up census data and read through it (it sucks) you will see that about 90% of North Montana is white people. Just like when it was pretty much all black people in a nation modeled after Africa. Its called building a believable world.

The biggest flaw to the claim this game is attacking white people and Christians is i personally don’t know any Christians that behave that way. I will even go further and say i don’t know any Americans that act that way, not personally at least tho I’m sure a few exist. At the and of the day if you see this game as an attack on you and your race or religion the problem is not the game, the problem is with you. People in society shouldn’t act the way the people in this game do and the only reason to be offended is either you do behave this way or you want to behave this way, and that is simply wrong either way.

At the end of the day the gaming gods love us all, and we should endeavor to love each other or at least not be a pain in the ass. So as always, thanks for joining me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.