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  • If I Were In Charge of Pokemon

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           Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s blog! This blog is derived from one of my 31/31 blogs last year, where I wrote about what I would do if I were in charge of Nintendo. Today’s blog is similar, but instead of covering Nintendo as a whole, I’m going more in-depth on one of my favorite franchises, Pokemon. I’ve been playing Pokemon since I was 6, with the first game I ever played a Pokemon Gold game that my friend brought over to my house one day. It’s a series that is near and dear to my heart, and in this blog, I’ll list off some suggestions of what I as a fan would like to see in the series future. Let’s begin!

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    Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s blog! This blog is derived from one of my 31/31 blogs last year, where I wrote about what I would do if I were in charge of Nintendo. Today’s blog is similar, but instead of covering Nintendo as a whole... More
  • "An Ode to Madden"

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                                              (Found this courtesy of cerpintaxman)
           Hello everyone, and welcome to the fourth installment in my “Ode to…” series, in which I write short poems/raps about games and series that I enjoy. When I did the first one of these last year, I had no idea that they would be as well-received as they have been, and for that, I have to sincerely thank everyone who has read and commented on them. This entry is an ode to the Madden series of video games, and I honestly have no idea how this will go. I attempt to write all of these under an hour, and I try to write the first things that come to my head. If it didn’t flow well in writing, well, it gets scrapped and re-written. I like the spontaneity of it being written that way, and hopefully you do as well. Let us begin! 

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    (Found this courtesy of cerpintaxman) Hello everyone, and welcome to the fourth installment in my “Ode to…” series, in which I write short poems/raps about games and series that I enjoy. When I did the first one of these last year,... More
  • Gaming Journals: Civ V Portugal Game

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           Hello everyone and welcome to the start of a new series that I like to call “Gaming Journals.” The concept is very simple. If I play through a notable game, I’ll retell what happened in the form of a blog. I don’t currently have any others in this series planned out, but I think it’s a novel idea. Before I go any further though, I have to say that inspiration for this series is very heavily derived from Saint’s excellent Half-Life series, and the site “Carl’s Blogs,” where the site editor has some excellent, excellent run-throughs of Civilization V and other games. Here’s a link to the site, with the link being one of his victories with the Siamese (strong language occasionally used): http://www.carlsguides.com/strategy/civilization5/walkthroughs/siamgame.php 

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    Hello everyone and welcome to the start of a new series that I like to call “Gaming Journals.” The concept is very simple. If I play through a notable game, I’ll retell what happened in the form of a blog. I don’t currently have... More
  • Transitions

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           No, this is not a goodbye blog. But it’s been a weird year so far. And it’s only half over. And while today might not be the official half-way point of the year, it’s quite close, and so I felt like now is a good time to reflect on the year so far, and to transition into summer writing. The goal of the blog is two-fold: First, to get back into the fold of writing here frequently, and to give you, the reader, an idea of some blogs to expect from me in the upcoming months. Second, the goal of the blog is for me to have a space to physically write down some of my ideas, and get feedback on them. Plus, they say that reflecting can be therapeutic, and that’s always a plus. 

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    No, this is not a goodbye blog. But it’s been a weird year so far. And it’s only half over. And while today might not be the official half-way point of the year, it’s quite close, and so I felt like now is a good time to reflect on the... More
  • SMR and Stranger's Favorite Album's of 2014 So Far

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    SMR’s and Stranger’s Top 5 Music Albums of 2014 So Far

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    SMR’s and Stranger’s Top 5 Music Albums of 2014 So Far Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s blog. In the fall of last year, fellow GIO user Stranger, and myself made a “year in review” type music blog, recapping our favorite... More
  • (Un)Civilization: The Various Nicknames That Have Occurred While Playing Civ V (Part 1 of 2)

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            Hello everyone! And welcome to today’s blog. Lately, I’ve been playing a lot of the game Sid Meier’s Civilization V. It’s quickly become one of my favorite games of all time, and as such, I’ve had some fun with the game. Whether it’s been single player or multiplayer, the game has never failed to put a smile on my face. One of the main reasons why is the simple ability to name your religion and your cities in the game. So for this blog, I aim to share some of my personal favorite nicknames and puns that I’ve seen people give things while playing Civilization V. I hope that people find these in good taste, and that you all enjoy them. I only included the ones I thought were at least somewhat culturally and morally appropriate. With that disclaimer being said, please enjoy! I’ll have the spoof name in quotations, and the original name in parentheses. I’ll also have my own commentary here and there. 

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    Hello everyone! And welcome to today’s blog. Lately, I’ve been playing a lot of the game Sid Meier’s Civilization V. It’s quickly become one of my favorite games of all time, and as such, I’ve had some fun with the game.... More
  • The Twitch Conundrum

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           Hello everyone, and welcome to the first of my Twitch Plays Pokémon mini-series. Now I know that I said that these would be released over the past month, but of course, that didn’t happen. With that being said though, it’s been nice to watch a bit more of the series, and its progression, and to consolidate my thoughts on what I think of the whole thing. I figured now would be a good time to post my first of a few blogs on my thoughts about it. A few weeks ago, I posted an introduction to what the series will entail. Today’s blog will be about how the modern-day video game culture has built up the idea of the individual in the context of connected gaming. Now, with that being said, please enjoy the blog and feel free to share your thoughts below. I’m writing to get my thoughts solidified on the issue, and hearing other perspectives on the topic is more than appreciated.

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    Hello everyone, and welcome to the first of my Twitch Plays Pokémon mini-series. Now I know that I said that these would be released over the past month, but of course, that didn’t happen. With that being said though, it’s been nice... More
  • Twitch Plays Pokemon Blog Mini-Series: Part 1: Introduction

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           “All hail the helix fossil,” “bird Jesus,” “anarchy and democracy.” Chances are, you’ve heard those terms lately, and you might even know what they come from. The terms come from “Twitch Plays Pokémon,” a giant social experiment in gaming that has been going on the last week or so that has really captured my attention. The basis of the experiment is simple. Let’s have many players all input buttons onto the twitch chat, and then about 20 seconds later, those inputs are recorded into the game. Now, here’s where the fun kicks in. There are two main types of ways that these inputs are registered. The first is democracy, which means that the inputs are all collected over a 20 second period, and the one that is the most popular is the one that the trainer does. It’s a little bit slower, and a quite a bit less popular, but in critical times in the game, it seems like people have been able to bond together to do that. The other option is anarchy, which means that after the inputs are collected, every single action is recorded. This leads to pure chaos of course, but it also makes things fairly fun. The end result of the whole thing is pretty beautifully summed up by this: 

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    “All hail the helix fossil,” “bird Jesus,” “anarchy and democracy.” Chances are, you’ve heard those terms lately, and you might even know what they come from. The terms come from “Twitch Plays Pokémon... More
  • An Ode to Super Smash Bros.

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    Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s blog! Today’s blog is the third in my “ode to…” series, which is where I write short poems/raps about games and game series that I enjoy. The inspiration to do this blog comes from a spoken word competition that I’m doing tomorrow. Both written poetry and spoken word poetry are things that I really enjoy, and I hope you enjoy this poem as well. 

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    Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s blog! Today’s blog is the third in my “ode to…” series, which is where I write short poems/raps about games and game series that I enjoy. The inspiration to do this blog comes from... More
  • Memories: Gaming Cartography

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            Hello everyone! I’m surprised it’s only been a few weeks since my last blog. It’s felt like it has been longer than that. Especially after the 31/31, the decrease in the amount of blogging has really been a bit jarring personally. However, I’m still trying to hang around here and contribute as best as I can. Today’s blog is likely the final entry in my Memories Series, and is one that I just remembered a few days ago. It’s one of my favorite gaming memories, so I hope you all enjoy the blog. 

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    Hello everyone! I’m surprised it’s only been a few weeks since my last blog. It’s felt like it has been longer than that. Especially after the 31/31, the decrease in the amount of blogging has really been a bit jarring personally. However... More
  • SMR'S 1-Year Blog Celebration!

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             Hello everyone, I hope wherever you are reading this from is warmer than where I am. Today’s blog marks the 1-year anniversary since I started blogging here on Game Informer, and I thought that it would only be fitting to mark that day. I’ve had a great time blogging here, and I can say that it’s positively impacted my life in a few different ways. For today’s blog, I’m going to talk about why I started this blog, what some of my favorite blogs of mine are, what my goal for the next year is, and some blogs upcoming that I have planned. So enjoy! 
                 

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    Hello everyone, I hope wherever you are reading this from is warmer than where I am. Today’s blog marks the 1-year anniversary since I started blogging here on Game Informer, and I thought that it would only be fitting to mark that day. I’ve... More
  • That's Not My Name

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           Hello everyone! I hope everyone’s had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that you’ve all been well since the last blog I posted. I’ve been quite busy lately, and I haven’t been able to blog as much as I’ve wanted to. Fortunately, I have more than a few blogs that I have in the works, so hopefully I can come up with some quality blogs soon enough. Onto the video games though, the game that’s been occupying the majority of my gaming time is League of Legends. Yes, I understand all the reservations that people hold against the game, but it’s a game that I actually really enjoy, and it’s been fun playing more of a genre that I hadn’t really played before League. 
          
           One of the things that is an important aspect of League of Legends is the ability to friend other summoners. This works in a similar manner as many other video games, and is a nice thing to have when you want to organize a game with friends after school. However, one thing that’s gotten me thinking lately is when someone tries to friend me that I don’t know at all. This will usually occur after a game, and I’ll get a notification saying “So and so wants to be your friend on League of Legends.” I don’t accept any friend requests from random people, but it’s been a thorny issue for me.

           One of the hot topics in video games in general is the concept of security in gaming, and with the increase of internet-based games, the decisions that we make regarding that both multiply in frequency, and importance. From people worried about the government spying on them via Kinect, to the usage of real names in gamer tags, every gamer thinks about the idea of security in gaming in a different way.
     
           Personally, I’m someone who has found myself sacrificing more and more security as I’ve become more modernized in my gaming habits. I might not use my personal name on this account, but it has plenty of facts about who I am, and I know that I use my real first name on my Twitter account, on which I interact on a daily basis with fellow GIO members. Now don’t get me wrong, I love getting to know the fellow GIO’ers on Twitter, but it always makes pause and think if I’m making a smart decision. I follow one main social media rule, which is to only post something that you would be comfortable showing your grandparents. However, even following this, I always think to myself, “I don’t REALLY know these people.”
     
           Back to League of Legends though. I’ve been playing since June, and I really enjoy the game. I use an alias on there for my account name, and I have only friended people I know in real life, or that I know from GIO (if you comment with your user name for League of Legends, feel free to add me on there. I’m Jameloon3, and I’m a level 22 summoner. See what I mean though about security decisions?). 
     
          

           About a month ago, I got a badge from the game community deeming me as a “good leader” on the game. It’s been an honor to get that badge, but since receiving it, after almost every player vs. player game, people want to add me to their friends list. While I’m flattered by the request, I usually turn down the request, stating that I don’t add people I don’t know. This usually feels really awkward, and it leaves the other player saying that “it’s an anonymous name, and that they add people randomly all the time. It’s just a part of the game.” When I hear this, I agree, but I just can’t add them. It’s kind of the last line of security that I hold on to. When I play multiplayer, I enjoy actually knowing who I’m playing with, and I feel like if I added anyone, then the point of gaming with security would be null and void in my case.
     
           How does everyone else feel on this issue? Am I being too uptight about this? Too lax? Where is the point that you draw the line? Is it on real name, location, knowing the player, something else? Leave a comment and I’ll be sure to respond as soon as possible. Thanks for reading!

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    Hello everyone! I hope everyone’s had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that you’ve all been well since the last blog I posted. I’ve been quite busy lately, and I haven’t been able to blog as much as I’ve wanted to. Fortunately... More
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