Walkthroughs: Yay or Nay?

 krismii
Hello, everyone! Today we’d like to throw an interesting question at you all — what do you think of video game walkthroughs? I tend not to use them much, not unless I’m truly stuck on a level or something equivalent to that. I’m definitely more of an explorer when it comes to video games, and figuring out what needs to be done next on my own is definitely part of that experience.

rachmii
Meanwhile, I collect game guides. I try not to use them too often, especially if it’s my first time playing the game. I don’t want to spoil things for myself. Yet I still need the guide to find all those extra things in the game and have some help here and there if I get really stuck.

krismii
Some would say using a walkthrough is cheating. However, with how quickly walkthroughs, hacks, and spoilers appear on the Internet for games, I’m not sure if I entirely agree. It does take out the element of surprise from the games if the guides are used, but the surprise may already be gone if you’re an avid Internet browser.

rachmii
Using a walkthrough is a choice. I don’t think it necessarily cheating. It’s there to help and give you hints and tricks on hidden gems in the game. Seriously, if I didn’t know the levels of the gym leaders in Pokemon, my whole team would suffer.

krismii
With that, though, you can lose the sense of challenge with the use of a guide. I think we had a happy medium going when we were using guides to find the Wonder Wools for Yoshi’s Woolly World to collect the Yoshis at the end of each stage. While we beat the levels ourselves, if we missed a Wonder Wool, we looked it up before diving back into the level so we wouldn’t miss it again.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
There’s no point in playing a video game if there is no challenge to it. However, I love having the walkthrough there by my side just in case.

What about you? Do you like using walkthroughs?

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Console vs Handheld

Debate:
Console vs Handheld

 krismii
Hi everyone! We hope you’re all having a good week! Today Rachel and I are debating on whether or not consoles — like the Wii U — or handhelds — like the Nintendo 3DS — are better platforms for games. Personally, I prefer the consoles. There’s nothing like playing a fantastic adventure game and seeing the gorgeous details of the world on a big television screen. Handhelds, while their graphics can be pretty, just don’t hold a candle to consoles.

rachmii
It’s hard to pick and choose one or the other. Though for the post’s sake, I’m going to say that I prefer handhelds. Yes, the screen is bigger on a TV, but the XL 3DS is pretty good as well. Plus I love being able to put my 3DS in my pocket and bring it with me where ever I go.

krismii
Okay, so the handhelds have the pro of being portable. That’s cool and great for vacations, but with the convenient travel size also comes smaller games. Not only are they easier to lose, I feel as if the game data themselves are smaller. The console games are bigger, more expansive than the handheld ones.

rachmii
Yes, but you can download so many games onto the handheld. You don’t even have to bring a cartridge with you. Sure, the games may not hold as much information, but you can still get hours of play from each game.

krismii
You can download a plethora of games onto the consoles as well. It’s something that they’re all starting to do, as well as include special apps like Netflix and YouTube. While it is awesome being able to bring Netflix and YouTube around with you on a handheld, there is nothing like watching it on the television with the help of your console.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
But you can’t take those games with you… So there.
I never use YouTube and Netflix on my 3DS because the screen is so small. It’s supposed to be used for video games anyway. Not watching TV. Tell me, how often do we play video games on our Wii U and how often do we watch Let’s Plays on YouTube on the Wii U? We play more games on the handheld than we do the console.

krismii
Yes, the handhelds are more convenient for playing games… But how often do we wish for games like Professor Layton to be on the console so we don’t have to huddle over one little 3DS screen to play together? Games for consoles like the Wii U are fantastic for sharing with friends, especially ones like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. Yes, there’s a nifty thing called WiFi to let you play with others through the Internet, but that can be spotty, even in today’s age of technology.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Okay, okay… Good point.
However not much of our friends enjoy video games like we do. We don’t really have anyone to play with. Sure it would be nice to play games on the big screen with each other, but we manage. Sometimes it can be nice to lay on the couch with coffee in hand, relaxing and quiet.

krismii
We can force encourage our friends to enjoy video games like us… Seriously, we have a decent handful who love our video game nights and are annoyed that we don’t do them more often. Maybe we should fix that…
We can relax just as well with console games too, such as Pokemon Ranch or, again, Super Smash Bros. with computer characters duking it out. My vote, with the bigger screen, fuller games, and sociability, goes to the consoles!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
My vote is the smaller screen, shorter games, yet portable!
That sounds pretty bad when I say it like that, but I was just trying to write the opposite of what you said… Oh well!
I’ll play video games no matter what platform they’re on.

Whose side are you on? Do you prefer console games or handhelds?