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Blog Banter: From Gaming Geek to Heroes Freak

February 28, 2009

Welcome, welcome to Blog Banter, the monthly blogging extravaganza headed by bs angel! Blog Banter involves our cozy community of enthusiastic gaming bloggers, a common topic, and a week to post articles pertaining to said topic. The results are quite entertaining and can range from deeply insightful to ROFLMAO. Any questions about Blog Banter should be directed here. Check out other Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

Topic: Gaming with your significant other

Picture this:  a gathering of formally dressed adults and children in lovely seats wait in a beautiful garden, with their eyes pinned to an entrance way.  A priest stands at one end of the aisle, awaiting a couple longing to be wed.  The band begins to play the bittersweet “Dearly Beloved” from Kingdom Hearts II.  One by one members of the bridal party appear followed by the handsome groom and the bride dressed in a Yunaesque wedding gown.  They are ready to vow to be co-op partners for life.

meandjasonframeThat’s exactly how I dream about my future wedding with my boyfriend.  He and I have always taken games seriously, from simply wanting to own games on release days or wanting to name our children after characters.  Just this morning we talked about the best and worst video game titles before drifting off to sleep (because he was up gaming all night).

If you had asked me three weeks ago what I most use our Xbox 360 for, I would have said gaming.  However, all that’s changed.  Something else has stepped into my life and has consumed it.  They call it… Netflix.

I haven’t had the desire to sit down and play any of the new games my boyfriend’s bought.  It doesn’t matter if he tells me they’re fantastic because all I can think about is the next Heroes episode I have to watch. I miss the days when I couldn’t wait to get home so I could complete another Fallout 3 quest.

Ironically, it was his idea to sign up for Netflix.  There has been a small slip in our connection because I’m addicted to it.  My boyfriend noticed the change in me.  He said he misses the gaming geek that I used to be!

All I have to do is run through 10 more episodes of Heroes before I’m fully caught up on the third season.  And then I can finally return to my normal gaming life with my love because I miss him too.

Other participants! Gaming with my wife, You could be doubling alone, Next Gen Killed Our Gaming Relationship, Forced Perspective, Playing With My ToysMy Lady and Gaming, Gaming with your significant other, Gaming Together, Maybe?, Girl Gamers = Hawt, Gaming with my significant other, Move Over Hott Boy, I Want to Play, Valentine’s Day is for Gamers, Frag the Girlfriend!!, ‘Til Mongoose Do Us Part

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Blog Banter: Santa, Don’t Bring Me Toys I Have To Share

December 13, 2008

Welcome, welcome to Blog Banter, the monthly blogging extravaganza headed by bs angel! Blog Banter involves our cozy community of enthusiastic gaming bloggers, a common topic, and a week to post articles pertaining to said topic. The results are quite entertaining and can range from deeply insightful to ROFLMAO. Any questions about Blog Banter should be directed here. Check out other Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

Topic: If you could ask for one thing this year from the gaming industry as a whole, what would it be and why?

While playing Fallout 3 a couple nights ago, I got an invite from my nephew to play Gears of War 2.  I just rolled my eyes and ignored it.  I’m so tired of multiplayer games because they’re not intriguing anymore.  The only one that caught my attention this year is Left 4 Dead.

Yes, it’s fun to play with friends cooperatively to reach the same goal.  It’s fun playing against people you know and chatting with them, instead of unresponsive A.I.  But enough is enough!

I’m tired of games where the multiplayer aspect is so hyped everyone gets disgustedly excited about it.  I’m tired of games that release with just a multiplayer option and no single-player campaign.  When a game relies too much on multiplayer to make it good, it’s an automatic loss.  In my opinion, the best games that released this year are games you played alone (MGS4, Fable 2, Fallout 3).  I should not have to play with someone else in order to enjoy a game.

So this year, I’m asking for more solid single-player campaigns: great storylines, characters, music and battle systems.  I want less invites in my inbox, and more “Is dat game n e good?” messages.  It would be great to have less headset wearing and more controller charging.  I’m asking the industry for less multiplayer!

P.S – Got a new 360!

Other Participants!

What I want in 2009, The “Roxanne” Edition, Dear Gaming Industry, if the industry gave us all presents this Christmas, Demands for the industry, All I Want for Christmas Is…, My Wish for the Year, Crossing Over, Checkpoint Unobtained. errr., Loading Requests, LISTEN BITCH!!!, One Wish, Dear Video Game Industry, More games like Portal and Braid, Imagine, Dear Video Game Industry, A Wish for 2009!

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Blog Banter: I Want a Remake!

September 23, 2008

Welcome to the latest installment of Blog Banter, the monthly blogging extravaganza created by bs angel and coordinated by Game Couch. Blog Banter involves our cozy community of enthusiastic gaming bloggers, a common topic, and a week to post articles pertaining to said topic. The results are quite entertaining and can range from deep insight to ROFLMAO. Any questions about Blog Banter should be directed here. Check out other Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

If I was to have my pick at any old videogame to be remade, I would choose that horrible E.T game on the Atari. Think about it, you could have absolutely no fun watching the little alien go from screen to screen, in HD!

No, honestly, I would choose Earthworm Jim for Sega Genesis. It was an incredibly fun game with quirky characters and a great mix of gameplay. There was everything from shooting to racing, bungee jumping with snot to dog sitting.

My favorite boss was the snowman in the eerie “What the Heck?” level. I remember him giving me the chills. I found him to be extremely creepy, because he was extremely out of place. He was an ice cold snowman in a hot cheese level. And all of the female screams heard throughout the level set the tone for a place women should fear going. Or at least that’s what I thought as a kid.

Groovy!

Earthworm Jim deserves a modern remake because it was a game that delivered pure fun. Its sequel was also a delight, so seeing Jim today in a shiny, revamped version of his previous adventures would be wonderful.

Participants:

Lou Chou Loves You: Blade Runner

Zath!: Sid Meier’s Re-Colonization

XboxOZ360: Eternal Darkness

Silvercublogger: Mario Paint

Unfettered Blather: Mech my day

MasterKitty’s Weblog: Zelda: A Link to the Past

Game Couch: Tass Times in Tone Town

Crazy Kinux: The modern re-make of a game

Delayed Responsibility: Crossover Triples, Taking You to School

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Blog Banter: Hi, I’m Angela and I Like Boxes

June 21, 2008

I’ve joined a group of bloggers, lead by bs angel, who write collectively on the same specific topic, pertaining to video games. With many writers and one topic, the results are endless! Any inquiries on Blog Banter should be directed here. Please check out the other articles at the bottom of my post!

Sure, I’ve downloaded music. I’ve downloaded music, movies, books, and computer programs. My life practically revolves around “10:00 minutes remaining.” But the one medium that I will never download if there is a hard copy available, is video games.

There’s just something about a video game box – everything from the reservation of the game to ripping off the plastic wrap at home is fun. Inside, the disc is a perfect circle with a small opening in the middle that’s just the right size for my pointer finger. The bottom of it is shiny and mirror-like and if I’m lucky, I might even get more than one disc in a case! The box itself could be black, green, or white. There’s always a lovely picture on the front with descriptions and screenshots on the back. I love opening the cases and checking out the booklets, enjoying how crisp the button is in the middle of the disc.

I could never download a video game because it’s a passion I hold dear to my heart. It’s the same as a musician taking pride in his record collection, or a movie buff that enjoys collecting DVDs.

I understand that some games like Hexic should be digitally distributed because of accessibility and size, but nothing trumps having a physical collection of games and being able to show it off to people when they come to your house.

I actually made the mistake of downloading Fable from the Xbox Live Marketplace. It was one of those games that I loved the first time I played it and just had to have it again. On a whim, I paid 1200 points for it and later my boyfriend reminded me that I could have bought Fable: The Lost Chapters (which is the better version) at a store for just five bucks! Of course my reaction was “aw, shit” and we went out and bought the hard copy.

And who knows, if one day I meet Peter Molyneux and I get him to sign my copy of Fable: The Lost Chapters I’ll be insanely happy. Better he sign the disc than my hard drive.

Check out these other Blog Banter articles! Living Epic, Silvercublogger, Mahogany Finish, Video Game Sandwich, thoughts and rants, weblog.probablynot.com, XboxOZ360, Zath!, Delayed Responsibility, Gamer Unit, Hawty McBloggy

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Blog Banter: Why I Couldn’t Beat the Game

April 29, 2008

This is my first post after joining a group of bloggers, lead by bs angel, who write collectively on the same specific topic, pertaining to video games. With many writers and one topic, the results are endless! Any inquiries on Blog Banter should be directed here. Please check out the other articles at the bottom of my post!

There I was, jogging around the streets of Pacific City, and drawn as if I had walked off the pages of a comic book. I was like RoboCop, but much cooler and more badass. The game was Crackdown, and it allowed me to have an entire city at my disposal. Criminals, innocents – I could do as I please!

So of course, five minutes into the game my GTA habits kicked in and I drove around running people over. I put my high jumps to use and scaled buildings like a mini King Kong. And at the top, there it was in front of me – a green orb. Glowing and calling out my name (I was only known as “Agent,” as far as I could remember), it beckoned me. I grabbed it. On the next rooftop I could see another one. I jumped for that too. Before I knew it, orbs consumed my entire gameplay experience. I forgot about the crime on the streets, and my job! And I didn’t care to do my job because I didn’t care about me.

Who the hell was I? A pseudo-superman, probably just a clone sent to do the cops’ work. I worked for “The Agency,” and they were… who? No clue. Crackdown seriously lacked a storyline, and story is what pushes me to play from start to finish. Also, my character had no personality and although his powers advanced gradually, he showed no compassion or remorse for anything I made him do. There were no smiles for taking down bad guys or apologies for accidentally running over pedestrians (because sometimes, it really was an accident).

I never beat Crackdown because the lack of a storyline didn’t encourage me to move on in the game. I took down one gang leader and that was it. All I wanted was a reason to go after the bad guys, because these days, just being a criminal doesn’t warrant me waging a deadly weapon at you.

So that’s where the game ended for me – at the top of a skyscraper, looking out at the city below me. Visually pretty, but after looking closely, I could see people murdering each other, and police needing my help. I jumped, and turned the game off before I could land.

Check out these other Blog Banter articles! Silvercublogger, Unfettered Blather, Triage Effect, Gamer Unit, Delayed Responsibility, Man Bytes Blog, CrazyKinux’s Musing, Zath!, Draining Souls.net, Game Couch, 8-Bit Brigade, thoughts and rants, Hawty McBloggy