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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:
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.
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.
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!
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!
One of the first genres that I have ever played in the realm of video games are sports games. To this day, I’ve remained a big fan of sports games, and it’s one genre that garners a fair amount of ire from other video game players. Today’s blog isn’t necessarily to convince you to play video games, or to describe why they are better or worse than other genres. Instead, the goal of this blog is to simply state why I enjoy playing this genre. So, please enjoy this list of reasons why I enjoy sports games!
Hello everyone! Despite having last written a blog a few weeks ago, it’s really felt like a long time since I’ve blogged here on GIO. I have a few blogs in the works right now, and hope to post those as soon as I can. I’m not going to rush them though, because I want them to be as nice as they can when they come out. Now, today’s blog actually started on Twitter. As a few of you know, I’m one of the many GIO members on Twitter, and am a pretty frequent user of the site. A few days ago, Stranger and I were having a conversation about music when he asked if we should do a co-op blog together about music. I’m normally one to keep posts on here about video games only, but I love talking about music, and I figured a co-op blog would be fun. So, this blog is the culmination of that idea. It’s both of us presenting our favorite albums this calendar year so far, along with our most anticipated releases, and our biggest disappointment so far. Without further ado, here’s Stranger’s picks:1. Amorphis - Circle Ever since I was introduced to Amorphis (last summer) I had been anxiously awaiting this album. I already absolutely adored the band, and even took my new username on various sites from one of their albums, Skyforger. This said, I hung on to every bit and piece of music and information they eked out over the upcoming months leading into the release of Circle. And, when I finally got to it, it was every bit what I hoped. From the energetic Shades of Gray to the quiet intensity of Into The Abyss and from the wistful flute of Narrow Path to the flat out awesome Dead Man's Dream, the entire album is aural ecstasy to listen to. By far my album of the year, and one I'll be listening to for many more.
Recently, fellow GIO user cerpintaxman posted a blog about his team’s upcoming season in the Game Informer Online Fantasy Football League. The blog was hilarious, and really entertaining. I encourage you to go read it if you have the time. The blog is about his fantasy football team, and how he views his team as an underdog team this year. He then goes on to give some smack talk about some of the other teams in the league. Now, I felt like I should reply with my own blog talking about my team, and add a bit more hype to the season. You know, make the season even more fun. Now, my team is called the “Blue Stingers” and is named after the infamous Super Replay of course. My team nickname is simply DOGS, and my logo is a picture of Dogs Bower’s head. I thought it was a good way to pay homage to my GIO username and still throw in some humor. It also helps that Blue Stingers still sounds somewhat intimidating and realistic for a team name. I’ve only done fantasy football for one year before this year. That league was an 18-person league, and was really fun to be in. My team was really up-and-down the whole season. I had studs like Tom Brady, James Jones, and Brandon Marshall, but the rest of my team was having a disappointing season. For example, Shonn Greene, Benjarvus Green-Ellis, Dallas’ Defense, Jermichael Finley, and Brandon Lloyd were all having disappointing seasons. So, I had to work the waiver wire. I ended up picking up Brandon Myers, Knowshon Moreno, Blair Walsh, and Denver’s Defense at some point in the season. This made my team reach highs and lows, as I was as high as 3rd in the standings, and as low as 15th. Now, heading into the last day of the regular season, my team was in 14th place and needed to get extremely lucky to get into the playoffs as the 8th seeded team. Somehow, things worked in my way, and I ended up with the 8th seed in the playoffs, getting in by .1 points. I then kept momentum by knocking out the #1 seed, and the #4 seed on the way to reaching the championship of my league that year. I lost the championship game that year, but it shows that with a little bit of luck, I can be a contender in a fantasy football league. This year, my roster consists of Cam Newton as my QB, Arian Foster and Frank Gore as my Running Backs, Jordy Nelson and Torrey Smith as my WR, Mike Williams as my Flex position, Blair Walsh as my Kicker, Brandon Pettigrew as my TE, and Green Bay as my Defense. My bench consists of Ahmad Bradshaw, Bernard Pierce, and Marcel Reece as my backup RB’s, Carson Palmer as my backup QB, Jeremy Kerley as my backup WR, Jacob Tamme as my backup TE, and Miami as my backup Defense. Now, I’m pretty excited about my team. It has major boom or bust potential, but if things work out, my team will be really, really good. I am going to hold off on the smack-talk however, since I have what I like to call, “slingshot karma.” Whenever I do something even remotely negative, my karma hits me back almost immediately. This helps keep me in check a bit, and it’s also why I don’t respond to smack talk, even though I really, really want to since I think it’s fun. Now, my strategy for this year is a bit different from last year’s strategy. I am going more RB focused than last year. I have 5 running backs on the roster right now, and I plan on having depth at that position. In addition to focusing on running backs, I’ll also still go after the waiver wire, and after trades. I offer trades a lot. Some are good ideas in hindsight, and some are disastrous. Now, how do I think I’m going to do this season? Honestly, I predict my team will go 8-5, and make the playoffs. I’m not the best team in the league, but my team might just be a force to be reckoned with. Or they could collapse horribly. But hey, that’s why you play the games right? Now for my team's music, our pre-game music is "A New Game: Madden Mix" by Sam Spence. A classic football tune, this song will get our team pumped up for the game, and ready to go. After a win, our music is "I Got Mine" by the Black Keys. With the somewhat braggadocios attitude in the song, it's a classic rock tune that makes a great celebration song. After a loss, "Best of You" by Foo Fighters plays. The song will energize the team to do better, and won't let someone get the best of them next time. Our pre-game song is "No Way (Clean Version)" by Doomtree. The Minneapolis Hip-hop supergroup has a bunch of tunes for getting a player pumped-up, but the way that this song builds up is really, really good. Other songs played in the stadium include: "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, "I Predict a Riot" by the Kaiser Chiefs, and "The Distance" by Cake among other songs. No matter what, my team's stadium will be blasting some good tunes. All in all, I’m really excited for the season, and I am happy to be a part of the GIO fantasy football league. Keep an eye out for the Blue Stingers this season. Dogs Bower would want you to do so. So sit back, turn on the T.V., and grab a Hassy! It’s going to be a fun ride. See you on the field everyone.
It’s a bit surprising to think that I’m already at 50 blogs. When I first started blogging here, I had no idea just how many blogs I would write on here. I know that many other bloggers on the site have written more blogs than I have, but I still feel like 50 blogs is a lot, and a good cause for celebration. This blog isn’t as much a celebration as a big thank-you to some of the other users on the site that have inspired my first 50 blogs, and many more to come. This blog is inspired by the last day of Tim Gruver’s 31/31, where he showed a lot of class by thanking some of the other users on the site. I thought I would emulate that and give out some thank-you’s of my own. My closing blog was met with some confusion, so this is kind of a true ending to my 31/31. Without further ado, a thanks to:-Tim Gruver: Tim is one of the nicest bloggers on here, and does an great job with all of his blogs. While that is a common theme with all of the bloggers on this list, Tim does an especially great job providing a unique and entertaining standpoint in his blogs, and showing his originality in his writing. He also provides thoughtful comments, and does a great job providing feedback when needed. -Ace13: Ace always writes some of the most thoughtful blogs on here. With an intelligent perspective, and a level head, Ace does a great job talking about some of the negative aspects of video games and how we can fix them. That's not all she writes about either though, as her The Last of Us blog showed. Always a great writer, Ace is one of the best bloggers on the site. -Jackson Stone: Jackson was one of my first friends on the site, and he’s also a solid blogger as well. His movie reviews are always well-written, and he has supported my 31/31 almost every single day with a view and a comment. For that my friend, I thank you. -LetMeGetToACheckpoint: Checkpoint also writes really, really good blogs. She is definitely one of the bloggers on here that inspire me as a blogger. She also wrote some helpful comments on my 31/31, and I appreciated all of them. -Nostalgic Nomad: Nomad isn’t a frequent blogger on the site, but he always writes some really, really interesting comments, and was another frequent supporter of my 31/31. One of the smartest people I know on here, I always appreciate him leaving a comment. -Xl9: xl9 has quickly become one of my best friends on the site over the past month or so, and his blogs are great, especially his top-10 lists. Make sure to check out his blogs sometime. He is also someone who did the 31/31 with me last month, and that’s pretty awesome in my opinion. -The Destroyer: Another member of the July 31/31 club, The Destroyer is a blogger whose blogs I really admire. With an excellent writing style, the Destroyer always does a top-notch job. He’s also one of my best friends on the site, and The Destroyer was even kind enough to gift me L4D2 on Steam. For that, and for all of the comments during my 31/31, I thank you. -Mojomonkey12: It’s not often that you get a moderator to comment on your blogs, but there were a few times that Mojo stopped by my 31/31. Leaving words of support as always, Mojo continued to show just how he’s one of the nicest users around on the site. Thanks for the words of support sir. -Orochisama Levon Spectre: Towards the end of my 31/31, Orochi left a few comments of his own, each of which I appreciated, since the moderators are probably quite busy on the site. Again, thank you for leaving the comments on my blogs. -The Rolling Gamer: They might be an unfamiliar face to some of you on the site, but that shouldn’t be the case. The Rolling Gamer left quite a few helpful comments on my 31/31, and has been very supportive of my blogs. -Cerpintaxman: Cerpintaxman is another user who was very supportive in leaving comments during my 31/31. Thank you so much for all of those. Cerpintaxman is one of the friendlier users on the site, and I appreciated his support on my blogs. There are many others that mean a lot to me on the site, and to you all, I also say thank you. Now, a few of you might have noticed my status updates about schoolwork starting up again for the summer. This is true, especially since this is my last year of high school, and I’ll be busy with tests and college applications (Wish me luck!). However, this doesn’t mean I’ll never be on here. I’ll just be on here less. I do have it planned out though, and I’ll still try my best to be on here whenever possible. I do plan on getting at least 2 more blogs out this month, and then go back to a blog-a-month schedule. I hope everyone’s summer went well, and best of luck this fall and for the rest of 2013! That’s all for this blog. Which of my first 50 blogs was your favorite? Any suggestions for future blogging? Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to respond as soon as possible. I thank you for reading this, and for supporting me on my first 50 blogs. Here’s to 50 more! Happy blogging everyone!
Hello everyone and welcome to day 31 of my 31/31! It’s the final day, and I can’t stress enough just how great this whole thing has been. I got my first blog herded during this, and I got to know some of my fellow GIO bloggers better throughout the whole thing. I’ve had ups and downs, and good blogs and bad blogs. Today’s blog is just a summary of some of my thoughts on the whole thing, plus a little bonus segment that I think you all might like. I have to say though, this whole thing has been quite an adventure. I’ve blogged in two different time zones, In 3 different states, on the floor of an airport, in the middle of the night, with 4 different computers, with batteries at 6% power, oh and not only has it been Ramadan throughout the whole thing, but I got 3 new step-siblings as well. Yeah, things have been a bit crazy. But the adventure of it all is what made it fun, even if it didn’t feel like that on day whatever in a hotel lobby with a pounding headache. I just want to take some time now and reflect on the whole thing, and take a look back at some highs and lows of the whole thing:Highs:-Getting better at writing: One of my favorite parts of blogging here at Game Informer is not just the fact that I read so many brilliant blogs by everyone on here, but that it’s also a welcoming place for me to improve my own writing skills, and it has come in handy already with summer high school homework. -Getting a blog herded: This was somewhat unexpected and completely awesome to have happened. I’m a pretty competitive person in real life, and I like to try and do the best that I can. That’s why when I first starting blogging here, I hoped to see my name featured in some of the blog herding posts. However, a few blogs in and I realize that my best at the time was only half as long and not nearly as interesting as some of the other blogs on the site. That challenged me to do better as a blogger, and to really put some time and care into the blogs. Seeing my “If I Were In Charge of Nintendo” blog get herded was a confidence boost, and just made me feel really good about my blogging. -Feeling proud of some of my blogs: This naturally came with time and practice, but one of the best parts of the 31/31 was shaking off some of the newcomer uncertainty that comes with being new to something. My next blog will be my 50th on the site (see how I planned that out…), so I’m not necessarily a newcomer to the site anymore. Some of my favorite blogs of my 31/31 are my Ode to TF2 blog, my Gaming Internationally blog, my Why Diversity is Important blog, my It’s a Wonderful World blog, and a few others. I look back at those blogs in particular with a lot of pride and joy. -Smashed Up blog: This was a blast to be a part of, and I’m happy that it came together so well. Lows:-The two Migraine Days: Two of the days of the 31/31 I had massive migraines, and it was really painful to get the blogs typed up those days. Needless to say I’m happy to have that in the rearview mirror. Not one of my favorite moments at all. -Writing on days where you do not want to write: This was one of the toughest parts of the whole thing, but not quite as bad as you might think it would be. I would say that this occurred on only about 8 of the days during the 31/31. Considering that this is about 1 in every 4 days, I consider that to not be that bad. It was tough to get blogs done during the days that this did occur though, and it led to a few uninspired blog ideas. -Having blogs be shorter or get cut-off due to time: This was one of the toughest parts of the whole thing. Due to having to post one blog a day, a lot of blogs had to be written in about an hour or two over the course of a day, rather than taking a week or so to gather thoughts on the topic. I would say that about 15 or so entries in the 31/31 had to be shortened a bit due to not being able to finish them due to time. This was the absolutely toughest part, because I feel like some of the blogs that ended up with around 800 or 900 words could have easily passed 2,000 or so, and really felt like full-fledged posts. However, instead of finishing the 31/31 with my take on it, why not get an outside opinion? So that’s exactly what I did. This is the surprise segment that I was mentioning at the beginning of this blog. You see, the fellow 31/31’rs and I planned out the Smashed Up blog for about 3 weeks now, and went through a few different ideas before settling on entries in xl9’s Project Smash series. One of my favorite ideas that was being thrown around was that of a mock blogging roast. This would be like a comedy roast, in that someone would critique your blogs, and would poke fun at them in a humorous way. Of course, this would be more appropriate than most comedy roasts, but it would be that general idea. So, I got 6 willing participants who hadn’t read any of my blogs before the 31/31 to read the series and provide their brutally honest feedback. I will keep their names anonymous, and will just call them “Player 1, player 2, etc…” I’ll also respond to the posts as well. Let’s begin: (Let the roasting begin!)-Player 1: “Well, let’s start with day one shall we… Knowing you Replay you can’t stay committed to something for more than a week or so, so there’s no way you follow through with this. Nice intro though, I like it.” [My response: A bit of a back-handed compliment, but it is somewhat true. I didn’t think I would follow through on it myself. Alright, this won’t be that bad at all if this is the worst they can dish out.]-Player 2: “I get day 2 then? You know, this blog is actually really good. The Japanese spam bot at the comment section got me cracking up in laughter… You watch the Challenge? That show is awful. Come on man.” [My response: Wow, two compliments in a row. Am I going to even have an article to write here for the last day? The Challenge is a horrible show in a critical lens, but it is entertaining to watch some twenty-somethings get drunk and smash into each other in really shadily designed challenge courses.]-Player 3: “Awesome blog title, and just a solid blog overall. I don’t know what else to say really.” [My response: Okay, I don’t know what to do at this point. I’m starting to freak out. I need meaner test-dummies for this.]-Player 4: “You know, this might have been the blog of yours that got herded, if that’s what you called it, but there’s some flaws in it. First off, you start your blogs the same exact way every single time. Try some variety. Sure dependability is nice, but this is flat-out boring. You also skimmed over the other section of your blog really quickly. If you are going to include that, at least back it up with the same amount of effort as the other categories. That being said, congrats on getting the blog herded.” [My response: Finally, some critiquing. Someone knows how this is supposed to work. Okay, I do start all of my blogs the same, but that’s just because I feel that most introductions are awkward, so I want to do something that is reliable. Now about the other section, that just got cut off due to time-restraints.]-Player 5: “This is interesting, but there just isn’t too many examples of you gaming internationally. Kind of yawn-worthy man.” [My response: Again, time-restraints. Next!]-Player 6: “Cool idea, but again, the end of your blog is a lot shorter than your opening paragraphs. Finish strong man!” [My response: This one wasn’t actually due to time restraints, I was just being a bit lazy and couldn’t think of any more ways to talk about the episode. You win this round.]-Player 1: “Critiquing day 7 is tough to do. I feel sorry that you had a migraine, but this is a really short blog post. It’s basically just one open-ended question. Are you already losing your focus with the 31/31?” [My response: Nope, at least I hope not.]-Player 2: “Day 8. This. This is amazing. I thought you wanted me to critique your blogs. My only criticism is that the rhymes are a bit basic, but this is really well done.” [My response: Why, thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it.]-Player 3: “Can We Celebrate Our Celebrations? What kind of cruddy title is this? Stop with the philosophical jargon my friend. This just seems pointless. I did play Mario Galaxy 2 though, and did enjoy the celebrations in that.” [My response: Sometimes I do go a bit overboard with the philosophic standpoint in my blogs, but I thought this worked well for this.]-Player 4: “Stop apologizing man. Every other sentence it’s apology this, apology that. Just accept the circumstances and do your best in the situation. I do like the xkcd link though. I’ll have to check that out sometime.” [My response: I understand, but I apologize only because I don’t really know these people, and it’s better safe than sorry.]-Player 5: “Reading your gaming sins blog and I have to say, most of these are funny, not bad. #1 is hilarious. I would do that too if I knew Arabic. I can’t believe this is the worst you could come up with. Wanting to play as characters that have fire or explosive powers? That’s the fun part of gaming. Getting to do that stuff in a video game when you can’t in real life.” [My response: Well, it’s funny, but not when you perpetuate a stereotype continually. Yeah, it’s fun to be those classes, but it’s better to heal the team isn’t it? At least you all are starting to actually roast me here. Bring on the critiques.]-Player 6: “This blog isn’t very good. It’s really short, the picture didn’t load, and you are apologizing in it again. It just seems amateurish.” [My response: Ouch. Tell me how you really feel why don’t you?] The 6 people continued to critique my posts for the rest of the 31/31. Here’s the best remaining one from each person:-Player one: [Critiquing day 19:] “That title is ridiculously unpunny. See what I did there? Don’t replicate that in your blogs. You are better than that. Be straightforward. Also, we know you went to Tokyo. No need to humble brag. Also, you gave a grand total of two supporting statements for your argument. That’s not very impressive.” [My response: This was a time limited blog. But you are right, that title is a bit cringe-worthy, and it is too wordy.]-Player 2: [Critiquing day 27:] “So many complaints and apologies in your 31/31. If you spent half your time not doing that and actually writing it might turn out 1000X better. I mean, you just follow a routine now with these last blogs. At least the first few blogs were unique.” [My response: Impressive critique. This was a day that I wasn’t motivated to write, so that’s why it was lacking. Not going to lie, I was counting down the last few days at this point. But seriously, you try writing with jet lag.]-Player 3: [Critiquing day 28:] “Oh boo-hoo, you had to stop playing games in order to do homework. So does most of the rest of the population. Nuff’ Said.” [My response: You used the saying “nuff’ said.” Your argument is invalid.]-Player 4: [Critiquing day 22:] “Another memories blog? They are your shortest blogs too. It’s a bit disappointing.” [My response: Yeah, but it’s a good fallback to have when you aren’t motivated to blog.]-Player 5: [Critiquing day 23:] “Your other blog like this is really good. This is mediocre. It’s 10 paragraphs that you said took 20 minutes to write. That’s 2 minutes to write 4 rhyming sentences. That’s not all that impressive.” [My response: It’s not quite as good, but I still think it’s pretty darn impressive. Especially considering that you have to end with a different sound and can’t just use the same rhyme throughout.]-Player 6: [Critiquing day 24:] “This was really clichéd and boring. I mean, yes there was some good advice in there, but it was some pretty obvious advice. Besides, aren’t you relatively new to the site as well? You sounded a bit conceited already handing out advice.” [My response: I’m new to the site, but not that new. Yes, many bloggers don’t need the advice, but there were some new ones that might have found that helpful.] That ends both today’s blog and my 31/31. I hope you enjoyed it all, because I had a good time with it. I would like to first thank the critiquing volunteers, because I know it’s not easy to volunteer to give brutal advice like that. As a quick side note, I would like to point out that I’m still friends with all of them after this. It was all taken in jest. Secondly, I would like to thank my fellow 31/31’rs for their support throughout this, because I couldn’t have made it through this if it wasn’t your standards constantly giving something for me to achieve to. Tim, Destroyer, xl9, you are all really good bloggers and should be proud of what you did. Finally, I would like to thank you the reader for your support in this whole endeavor. As always, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll be sure to respond as soon as I can. Thanks for reading!
Hello everyone and welcome to day 30 of my 31/31! Only two days left. I’m really astounded at how fast this went by, and I am grateful for the opportunity and the support. Now, having had my family expanded recently, the video game consoles at my household are all being used a lot more, and the gameplay is becoming more and more multi-player oriented. This got me thinking, what makes a good multiplayer game? Multiplayer gaming has been around for a long time, and is something that many gamers have fond memories of. However, it seems to be something that isn’t always accounted for in games, and is something that tends to lack behind its single-player counterpart. Because of this, I would like to throw out some suggestions for what I think makes a good multiplayer mode:-Drop-in/drop-out gameplay: This is one of the first things that I really appreciate when it comes to multiplayer games. While it might not come into play very often at a friend’s house, when you own a game, drop-in/drop-out multiplayer can be amazing. My youngest step-sibling was playing Lego Star Wars on the Gamecube today, and I was playing along with him, showing him the various things to do in the game. I kept getting called to do some chores around the house though, so it was nice to be able to jump in and out without bothering his gaming too much. Lego Star Wars was one of the first games that I can think of that features this, and it is a really handy feature in multiplayer. Many more games now of days have integrated this into their gameplay, and I think the games are all the better for it. -Minigames: While divisive amongst some gamers, minigames are something that I tend to enjoy in a game. The simplicity of them make them charming, and can often lead to fast-paced and fun group gaming. Me and my friends often play Mario Party’s minigame modes for the fun of it. Is it a “good” game, not really. But that doesn’t keep us from cracking up in laughter or cheering for someone to win. Minigames done well can be especially fun. One criminally underrated series that comes to mind is the Warioware Inc. Series. The microgames as they are often called, are only about 5 seconds in length, but never fail to provide some seriously crazy fun. -Multiple profiles: This one is nice when you play a multiplayer game with someone multiple times. The ability to have multiple profiles on a game is nice, not only to save your progress, but to also get bragging rights against your friend. I often play against my best friend (who’s been super supportive in reading a lot of the 31/31. If you are reading this, hello!) In Injustice: God’s Among Us, and we are about even in the game. One of our biggest complaints is the fact that player two doesn’t get to save a profile, so we never truly know our head-to-head record. Having a second profile that a player could use is always an appreciated aspect of multiplayer. -Head to head modes: Not all multiplayer is at its best in a story mode. Sometimes you just want to go head-to-head to prove who is the best. Heck, head-to-head focused games like Super Smash Bros. Brawl have had a lot of success following that formula. A good head-to-head game provides some tension, drama, and most importantly, some fun. One of my favorite games recently is From Russia With Love on the Gamecube, which me and my friends play. Each playthrough and gaming session always ends up with us in laughter. -Special abilities: This is a newer trend in gaming, but giving the multiplayer participants special abilities in a game can entice them into playing. In New Super Mario Bros. U, having the ability to make platforms with the Wii U Gamepad is a fun way to play, and is a helpful little twist for the other players. That is, it’s helpful when you aren’t trying to trap them ;) That’s all for today’s blog. What are your thoughts on what makes a good multiplayer game? As always, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll be sure to respond as soon as I can. Please remember to also check out the final blogs of the other 31/31’rs, and vote my character; Nic-Duck, onto the next round of our “Smashed Up: The GIO Blogging Chapionships” blog. Stay tuned for my final 31/31 entry tomorrow, and thanks for reading!
Hello everyone and welcome to day 29 of my 31/31! Tomorrow, I'm going to be a part of the join Smash blog with the other 31/31'rs. The winner is partially determined by community input, so I am posting my entry here as today's blog in order to showcase my fighter! Fighter Name: Nic-Duck