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The Amiibo Bubble

5 Aug

Once upon a time, a company produced lots of cute little toys for a reasonable price. They were so popular they zoomed off the shelves, hitting eBay where prices skyrocketed. Rare toys reached thousands of dollars. People made a living off of that resale, quitting their jobs to make sure their fingers poised for online sales. Obsession gripped the market. Then the Beanie Baby Bubble crashed.

Oh, you thought I was talking about Amiibos? Continue reading

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Reasons to Buy Rare Replay

3 Aug

Alright, so I don’t own an Xbox One yet, but I’m going to within the year. How else will I play Gears of War 4? That’s not coming out until next year, however, so the first game I’m going to buy for my new system is going to be Rare Replay and here’s why you should grab it too.

Thanks to shitty craftsmanship, the Xbox 360 is a ticking time bomb waiting to shit itself into oblivion. Every gamer is familiar with the red ring of death so picking up Rare Replay ensures I can play some of my favorite Xbox 360 games without shelling out cash to keep the system in working condition. However, companies walk a thin line when asking you to repurchase their games. Atlus (Shin Megami Tensei) keeps things interesting by adding new gameplay. Gearbox Software (Borderlands) makes the price so ridiculously low that why not buy it three or four times? Square Enix (Final Fantasy) just wants you to buy the game again because they kind of did some stuff to the art. Rare Replay goes a step further, giving you THIRTY games that span multiple systems – like from that Xbox I never bought and my N64 which doesn’t work any more.

Not every game is going to be a winner, but here’s what I’m looking forward to: Continue reading

Persona Q: Quality Fan Service

15 Jan

There is no doubt in my mind that Persona Q was made by Atlus Games as pure fan service. The jokes aren’t too well thought out, but the main story is creative and detailed, adding a new layer to the ongoing Shin Megami Tensei world.

Fans of Persona 3 and Persona 4 start off their journey with Persona Q with a tough choice, which main character they will take control of. Both Minato Arisato (P3) and Yu Narukami (P4) are available along with the entire cast of both games since Persona Q takes place in the middle of story of both Persona 3 and Persona 4. No one is dead yet and neither team has conquered their enemies.

Whoa, whoa, whoa! some of you are saying. How can both casts be fighting Shadows at the same time? The story lines take place a year apart! Continue reading

Farm for your Mediocre Life

7 Nov

Farm for your Life was released by Hammer Labs some time in 2013. Available through Steam, it is a hodgepodge of several different games, all with their own unique twist. Summed up by the title of the game, the goals are simple: keep your farm running against hordes of zombies, supply your restaurant with food, keep your farm hands happy and you just may save the world.

After a vicious hurricane and subsequent hordes of zombies, your character is left without their beloved grandfather and a devastated farm. With only a few seeds to start with, players are given few options but to begin farming. Dig, plant, water, fertilize, harvest; it all sounds very simple, right? Well, once night falls the zombies come out and can only be fought off by using your hard earned crops as ammunition. If left to run rampant, they’ll run off with everything you’ve grown.

If the game was just about farming and fighting off zombies with potatoes, Farm for your Life would be incredibly boring. Thanks to a fellow survivor, who is also some kind of brilliant architect, only a potato, ear of corn, and ten chopped wood logs are required to start the restaurant. Trade food for goods, put together recipes from the food you’ve farmed, clean your used dishes and soon your kitchen will be a bustling place. Thankfully, everyone clears out by nightfall so you don’t have to manage a restaurant and fight off zombies. The little buggers will come for the food in your restaurant too, though, so it’s twice the area to protect!

Once you’ve gotten a handle on farming and cooking, new arrivals will show looking for a warm place to stay and a meal every morning. Should you pride it, you can send your new helper to either work in the fields or the restaurant. Either way, they’ll take care of all your work for you – during the day. At night, they’re off to sleep and you’re left to deal with the hordes by yourself once more. Continue reading

Divinity: Original Sin – a throwback to D&D classics

30 Sep

For the past several weeks I’ve been playing Divinity: Orginal Sin, a turn based, action RPG from Larian Studios available on Steam and GoG for PC. It’s an amazing game, harking back to the hay-days of Icewind Dale, Balder’s Gate, and Neverwinter Nights. It is what Dragon Age wished it could be.

High praise for a game that was partially funded through Kickstarter, right? It’s well earned. The developers raised one million dollars to create their game and I am disappointed I missed out on throwing them some cash. Every penny looks well spent and an update to the game was available soon after launch which added more than just a few minor bug fixes. Dye bottles, new companions, and crafting recipes tell me the developers aren’t done fleshing out the amazing world they’ve created.

Normally, this is where I would tell you all about the story line and how amazing it is. Trust me, the story is FANTASTIC, however Continue reading

In Before It’s Out: Gat out of Hell

30 Aug

Yesterday at PAX, Volition released a brand new trailer for the newest entry in the Saint’s Row series. Gat out of Hell will be a stand alone sequel to the 2013 release Saints Row 4 set to debut January 27, 2015.

After finishing Saints Row 4 last year, I said the only place Volition could take the Saints next was to world domination. I was wrong. We’re headed to Hell with Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington after the protagonist from the first three games is sucked through a portal created by the Devil himself. The insanity that is Saints Row will include new weapons (like the Locust gun that shoots plagues of frogs), pit players against ‘historical figures’, and (hopefully) take us back to the hay days of Saints Row 3. Continue reading

Oh How I Miss Thee, Internet

16 Jul

THIS FUCKING SUCKS

No, I don’t live in the area hit by that giant black out, I just moved into a new house whose only access to the Internet is through a company called SuddenLink. They’ve told me they’ll hook me up with internet at the end of the month because they have the worst customer service I have ever experienced. I just know that when TimeWarner and/or AT&T moves into the area, nearly everyone is going to switch. Continue reading

Ramblings on Fears, Future, and Life

25 Jun

I’ve been wanting to write something to explain who I am, what I do and, most importantly, why I do it for some time now. I haven’t because the answers aren’t pretty, easy to ready, let alone write. Do I really want to create something intimate and personal, then put it on the internet?

I told myself no, that this was too much and no one would care. That, more than anything, held my hand as it would be painful to find out no one really gives a shit. The more I write, though, the more I realize I do this for me. Sure, the post views are nice, but I create for me.

For the first time in my life, I am proud of something that I’ve accomplished. That’s why I never want to stop blogging, or podcasting. That’s why I am going back to school for a journalism degree. Continue reading