Update On Life

Just wanted to give you guys a quick update on things with us here at Savior Gaming. Due to personal reasons Tor will be missing for a few days or weeks, or whatever he needs. He usually isn’t gone for long tho.

As for myself,I’m just working on finishing school up and possibly finding a job with my Commercial Drivers Licence. Learning to drive a truck has been pretty awesome honestly. School of course sucks as it always has and always probably will, but the actual act of learning about the different parts and aspects of it has been interesting. There are plenty of subtle things I never really knew about it.

That honestly is really all I have, I just wanted to let you know what we had going on. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

What Savior Has Been Doing

Some of you may have noticed that @torstenvblog as been doing much of the writing lately with myself mostly doing the reviews for games tossed our way. If you haven’t noticed, hey guys @torstenvblog has been doing most of the writing lately and I have been mostly just doing the reviews for games tossed our way. There have been a couple reasons for this. First, my internet has been quite hit and miss lately. Ever since COVID started it has been cutting in and out pretty consistently and as you can imagine getting someone out here to fix it has been pretty much impossible. Second, I may have had it myself. It was early when it all started and I live in an area where testing wasn’t really set up yet. I had all the symptoms and as I am not high risk it was decided that I should self-quarantine and to the emergency room if things got worse. Luckily for me, they did not, but there was still about a month getting out of bed was not easy to do without losing my breath. I am actually still not even fully recovered to be 100% honest. So it was either that or the world’s worst chest cold, either way, I am not concerned.

Now that brings me to the picture of that Tractor Trailor. (Don’t worry this isn’t sponsored by Amazon and I don’t work for them, the picture just made me laugh) The roughly month and a half I have been getting ready and returned to school to get my CDL (commercial driver’s license)  Between that and the internet my time has been limited and @torstenvblog has been cool enough to pick up the slack for me. I did however want to assure you Savior Gaming is not going anywhere. He and I will be here for a while to come and even when I am on the road there will be reviews for games and movies and even pictures from my eventual travels. I have always just been quite upfront with you guys and that hasn’t changed. Many of you have been here since our very first post, the death of both our fathers, lost girlfriends, and even to hear about the raising of baby savior and her antics. I look forward to sharing this as well. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

The Death of Autonomy: The National Security Law

As a result of the introduction of the Extradition Bill in 2019, many, many, MANY Hong Kongers took to the streets in protest of the bill. The extradition bill threatened the autonomy of Hong Kong in the sense that the Extradition Bill empowers China to extradite criminals back to China to be tried and jailed. […]

The Death of Autonomy: The National Security Law

As always, just sharing a well written post from a friend over in Hong Kong in hopes we can all understand what is happening there a little better.

My Issue With Peppa Pig

Let me start by saying this, I have no true issue with the children’s tv show Peppa Pig. All 3 of my kids watched it, they enjoyed it, and outside of randomly throwing out an English accent nothing bad happened. I am by no means trying to persuade anyone to go home and toss out their kid’s DVD’s or not let their kids watch the show. What you let the kids watch is all on you, you know them better than me obviously.

I have heard a few complaints and let me start by saying, they are basically bullshit. For example, Peppa Pig herself is a bad influence and bad for kids. Most of us grew up watching the muppets. Here is a video of Miss Piggy slapping around multiple people including her boyfriend Kermit.

So let’s not pretend kids shows are somehow suddenly insane shows we compared to what we watched. Thanks to my kids I have seen pretty much every episode of this show,I haven’t seen Peppa smack anyone like Piggy yet.

Now I have also heard the argument that there are no consequences for their bad behavior. Here is another example of why this is an idiotic argument.

There you go, 17 videos of Daffy getting blasted in the face with a shotgun, no harm no foul. Just puts his beak back. and who can forget Bugs getting arrested for murder when he shot a guy in the crowd.

Wait, that didn’t happen to bugs or the dude in the Pink Panther. Cartoons rarely have consequences for things so to use that as an excuse here is horrible.

No, for me the real reason to be upset here, is the treatment of Papa Pig. This poor bastard is treated like dirt, but he works hard with cement. I don’t know what he does besides plan stuff but still. They constantly call him fat, like somehow the other pigs are skinny I guess. Worse, they give away his favorite chair to a charity trying to repair the perpetually broken school roof without telling him. Peppa convinces them its an antique and the poor bastard buys it thinking it matches the chair he has at home not knowing it was the same chair.

Speaking of the school roof, Peppa volunteers her mother to parachute out of a plane to help fix the room that once again broken. Pappa Pig being the loving husband he is, goes in the plane with her and gets DUMPED OUT OF THE PLANE without a chute. Momma big makes a desperate leap out to save him and after catches him, drops him at the last second through the new school of which now requires him to make a second jump to fix the roof.

The show is full of examples were Papa Pig is treated like garbage and insulted by his family and even tortured in one when they pick his car up with a helicopter and flip his car all around with him inside of it instead of just moving him to safety and being done with it.

One final issue with the show, why did they take the kids to prison for a field trip? Now they called it a zoo, but come on guys. They are ALL animals, and they make it a point to say all the dangerous animals are in cages. The teacher freaks when she sees a lion outside of the cage until she finds out he works there and isn’t supposed to be in a cage at all. Then they go look at all kinds of animals in cages. That kinda sounds like Peppa Pig and her friends were taken to some sort of scares straight program.

All that being said, my daughter loves it and the show doesn’t annoy me like many others and when you view it through the eyes of an adult, its good for a laugh. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Gaming,Blogging and Covid-19

We have a lot of weird things going in the world thesw days. Covid-19, people dying, games being pushed back because of it (looking at you Last of Us 2) and other games being pre-downloaded early. For those with a digital download for the Final Fantasy 7 remake, they let the download start about a week early to make sure every one with the slowed internet still had time to download it.

That all being said blogging has been a bit weird. It seems without most people working we should have more time than ever yet somehow we find ourselves struggling to balance family and hobbies and such. Another struggle is balancing leaving the house for necessities and staying home for safety.

These were just some of my random thoughts and if you have stuck around this long, please tell me how you guys are doing during all this. Are you learning anything new such as cooking or a languge? For example I am attempting to learn Spanish. So best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Helping A Friend With Cancer

I know this goes greatly against what I normally post but over the summer my girlfriend dragged me to one of those genders reveal parties. Now that is far from being my thing but I went for her and my daughter and while there I met Raeanne. Sweet girl and her mom was even sweeter. Both made me feel right at home. Her dad took a minute to introduce himself to me and my daughter and brought her a drink, which he was under no obligation to do but that stuck out to me. He just seemed like an overall good guy. Now he is a grandfather and because of his time in the service is suffering from cancer and the family needs some help with medical bills and such. I am hoping you guys can help me spread the word, or maybe toss them a couple bucks if you have the means. Whatever you can do is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance, and my the gaming gods bring you glory. (I have included a link and copied some of the text below)

My father is a Vietnam Veteran, a good man, and a friend to all. He never hesitates when it comes to being there for friends, family, and even people he just met. He truly has a heart of gold.

My father was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer that was most certainly caused by the Agent Orange that was used during his tours of Vietnam. He is due to start chemotherapy at the end of February and the medical bills are already adding up steadily. My father is a fighter, he always has been, but even the strongest people need support sometimes. Any help is appreciated, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

*ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO DIRECTLY TO MY FATHER TO HELP HIM PAY FOR HIS TREATMENTS AND OTHER MEDICAL EXPENSES THAT GO HAND IN HAND WITH CANCER TREATMENT.

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Super Bowl 2020

For the United States, there may not be a bigger sporting event than the Super Bowl. This year saw the Kansas City Chiefs vs the San Fransico 49ers.  Yes, I also realize the picture is of Shakira and J-Lo. They performed the halftime show and I figured why not toss them in. They did a great show plus they are pretty hot. (Yes I know I shouldn’t say that but I will)

The game itself was pretty great and went back and forth a few times. The 4th quarter tho was all Kansas City making a huge comeback and winning 31-20.

The game wasn’t without controversy tho and it really never is honestly. There were some bad/ blow calls in the game, but that’s in all sporting events but none of them seemed so atrocious that they should be seen as game-altering or suspicious, at least to me. I had no dog in this fight so to speak tho and just wanted an exciting game which is exactly what I got. S best wishes, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

More Game of the Decade Candidates

Here we are with my last 5 picks. I want to remind everyone that if your game of choice isn’t on here I may not have played it, and just because a game is on here doesn’t mean I enjoyed it, I just think it caused enough of change in gaming it deserves it. I actually don’t like many of the games on my own list. Like this next one.

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Fortnite Battle Royale, this game gets a lot of love and hate, some deserved some not. Like it or not tho this game was and is huge and because of what it has done for gaming and esports, there is no denying its right to be in the conversation.

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While for me GTAV is the definition of what NOT to do online and is probably the most toxic online environment ever created there is no denying its single-player story is amazing and online is loved by millions, so really who am I to complain? What list would be complete without it?

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Yea I am putting Red Dead Redemption 2 right after GTAV, and both belong here for basically the same reason. Admittedly Rockstar knows what they are doing with these games. Huge open worlds with plenty to do, amazing characters beautiful graphics and setting sales records.

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Persona 5 is an amazing RPG, and oddly the only game on this list that could potentially be considered for game of the decade twice with Persona 5 Royal coming out eventually. But this game can easily take 100 hours to beat and there is content in New Game plus that is unavailable in the first playthrough. The game is beautiful and each persona has a life of its own, the characters all feel like their own people with problems of their own for you to get to know and experience. Any fan of RPGs needs to try this one out.

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Kerbal Space Program. This may be the only list you find this game on, and I am putting it here because honestly until this I had never played a game like it, and now there are various games like it on mobile or under development. The ability to build rockets and planes and stations and whatever you can imagine is amazing and fun, and this may be the only game where failure is not only an option, it is the best way to learn and to learn about real physics and such. For me, this is what an educational game should be.

So what do you guys think? Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Game of the Decade Candidates

Many of you remember the other day I talked about the game of the decade and how I didn’t think you could truly pick one and the best you could truly do is debate it. So here are 5 picks for me today and I will have 5 more tomorrow, and we can discuss them, or you can just call me a moron. So enjoy in no real order, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

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The original Dark Souls, released in 2011 and despite the many, many issues it had it changed the way many people play games. Sure Demon Souls came first but Dark Souls really made it popular. Now the style wouldn’t be perfected until much later, but this game deserves to be mentioned.

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Dark Souls deserved to be mentioned for bringing a series to life really, Bloodborne deserves it for perfecting that series imo. The lore, the art style the combat itself. It is all steller. Nothing about this game is unfairly hard, but it is hard. Simple mistakes will get you killed time and time again, but good timing and situational awareness will get you through every time.

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Spider-Man is on the list not because I think it would ever win this honor, but because it deserves to be mentioned simply for what it finally gave us. A Spider-Man that felt like Spider-Man. The web-swinging was great, the story was pretty amazing. It was pretty nice to see real superpowers could be done right.

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The Witcher 3 is a game I am well known to not be a fan of but I can’t deny the impact it has had. From Netflix shows to awards. the game is hundreds of hours in content, the lore is out of this world and speaking of the world, it is one of the most alive in gaming.download (2)

I know I am playing with numbers here a little bit by counting Minecraft here because it was initially released in 2009 for some people but the official release date by Majong was 2011. But it has been released on every console (and PC) so I feel like, for a blog, we can cut it some slack and since it has has been one of the highest streamed and played games in that entire time period, we can talk about it.

So let me know what you guys think, and until tomorrow when I give you my last 5, may the gaming gods bring you glory.

 

Game of the Decade?

Now I know I am late on this, and honestly if you are looking for what I think that game was just go ahead and click the little X button. I don’t have one listed. How do you rightfully judge that? Overall quality for the time it was released? Overall quality in general? Because it would be quite unfair to compare games in 2011 to games in 2019 directly.

Maybe we simply go by impact on gaming? Because Dark Souls and Minecraft are probably damn near untouchable as is Fortnite which while not the first of its kind it is by far the most influential.

No sadly for me while game of the year I feel can be narrowed down I think you need to just throw a few games into the running for game of the decade and just let people discuss them and figure it out on their own. So here is what I am going to do, in the next few days I will put together a list of 10 games I think are worth being discussed as game of the decade. Then we can discuss those and see what we come up with. So until then, best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.