New Game Radar: Gollum

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

I can’t believe it’s the first of April already! The year is already going by so fast… I can barely keep up with the games that are coming out this year, and here I am writing a post about a game that may not be slated until 2021.

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Lord of the Rings is a universally acclaimed franchise that many geeks enjoy together. Even if you are not that big of a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world, you probably understand the phrases, “Not all who wander are lost” and “You shall not pass!”

The original movie trilogy was a blockbuster, Amazon has green-lit a television series, and there are still books coming out with Tolkien’s works and worlds. Video games have been created to help fans immerse themselves even further in Middle-Earth, from Lord of the Rings Online to Shadows of Mordor. Now there is a new game in the works starring the creature that coined the term, “My Precious.”

Although this is early in development, considering the company says we can expect the game in 2021, the idea of a video game starring Gollum is intriguing. He’s a wretched little creature whose mind is ensnared by the One Ring, so it’ll be interesting to see where this game will take him. Will it start with finding the ring? Will he already be the Gollum creature that we know at the beginning of the game, with the voices developing inside his head?

In the books and movies, his ending is not happy. Will the game allow us to change his fate? Would fans want the game to do that?

Are you interested in Lord of the Rings and, by extension, a game centered around Gollum? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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The Future of Content Creators

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

This post is a little jumpy with me trying to articulate my thoughts regarding the main topic. I certainly hope you share your thoughts on this as well, as I’m curious as to what other people think.

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I need a Grandma Rocking Chair so I can use it whenever I start writing a post that begins with, “Back in my day…”

So, back in my day, video games weren’t as social as they are now. If you got stuck on a part in the game, hopefully you either knew someone else who could help you or you could buy a strategy guide. Like, a physical book. (R.I.P. Prima Games.) Once the Internet was a little bigger, you could search for online guides as well. Then YouTube appeared and now there’s a good chance you can search for a video for the spot where you’re stuck and figure out how to get yourself out of it.

I remember about five or so years ago when Rachel and I really started watching YouTube. I was amazed that people were able to make a living off of creating videos for the website, mostly videos based on their love of video games. I grew up with the mentality that video games were a nice hobby, but playing them wasn’t going to help in “the real world,” then people started doing Let’s Plays on YouTube.

Fast forward to now, and people are putting “Live Streamer” on their resumes and folks like Ninja are being paid $1 million dollars to stream certain games. I was a little baffled at seeing EA pay Ninja (and other streamers) so much to stream Apex Legends for a day, but thinking further on it, it’s a typical marketing move. Instead of saturating television channels with commercials on the game, EA spends the money to let streamers advertise for them. Considering how much traffic Twitch gets in a single day, seeing a load of top streamers spending their time playing just one game was bound to help EA’s sales.

Streaming is something else that Rachel and I are balancing with this blog. To us, our Twitch channel is another way to reach out and connect with fellow gamers, to have real-time conversations. We’re lucky in that we were able to reach affiliate status with the channel and, admittedly, we’ve wondered what would happen if we somehow were able to make a living through streaming.

With how quickly technology and consumer want grows and changes, will streaming continue to grow or will it fall to wayside in favor of the next technological shift? Will streaming still be a feasible way to advertise or make a living ten or twenty years from now? People went from reading the evening newspapers to having all the news at their fingertips with the help of phones that rarely use their original intended purpose. I’m curious as to how content creators will be affected in the future.

What kind of creator are you? How do you believe the future and technology will affect the way you create your content? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Octopath Traveler Prequel and Sequel

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Despite how many new games there are, we’re still trudging along with some other favorites. As a blog that does game reviews, we find ourselves sometimes rushing from game to game, but it’s always nice to take the time to fully enjoy a game that we love, like Octopath Traveler.

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Why, yes, we are still playing Octopath Traveler. Despite the Nintendo Switch RPG coming out last July, we’re still going with the game on our first play through. At the time of this writing, we only have three of the last chapters to go.

With that said, we’re excited to hear about a prequel to the game, but it’s coming to the Android and iOS. That’s not bad at all, considering how the market for mobile games is growing, but I’m here lamenting over how my Android — as wonderful as it is — does not have a big enough screen to let me properly fawn over the art style of the game. Not for the first time, I’m wondering if I should buy a tablet for mobile games.

At the moment, the prequel is slated only for release in Japan later this year — so I’m not in quite the rush to get a tablet — but judging by the popularity of Octopath Traveler, I believe we’ll be seeing an international release at some point. That’s my hope, at least, considering how wonderful the teaser trailer looks:

Not only does the gorgeous music make me want to turn Octopath Traveler back on, the updated battle mechanics look fantastic. It seems as if, instead of just choosing four people for a battle party, everyone is invited in on the fun with the opportunity to switch between the front and the back lines during the fight. I would have loved to see  something like that in the original Octopath Traveler.

There’s also talk of a sequel for the game, which I’m very excited for and hope that we see some familiar faces in it. I’d love to go on another adventure with the characters that we’ve learned to care for in the original, but I don’t think I would complain if the sequel puts us in the same location with the art, music, and game mechanics.

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New Game Radar: Little Friends Dogs and Cats

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

The Nintendo Switch is still going strong, considering its second birthday just passed! Games are constantly coming out for it, and I’ve recently heard of a new game coming out this spring that is a spiritual successor to a game I used to adore.

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Over a year ago, I did a Flashback Friday for Nintendogs for the Nintendo 3DS. It was a simulation game where one could adopt and take care of up to three, I believe, puppies (or cats, if you had that version). They were absolutely adorable and, with how much I love animals, I was smitten. Granted, there wasn’t much of a goal in the game, other than perhaps using the voice controls to teach your dog tricks and play with the agility and Frisbee competitions, but it was a chill and sweet game.

Now, there seems to be a spiritual successor in the works and slated for a spring release on the Nintendo Switch. Little Friends: Dogs and Cats sounds pretty damn close to what Nintendogs was — you adopt up to three animals, be they a mixture of species or all one species, and care for them. Judging by the trailer, you can dress them up, take them on walks, maybe even decorate your house a little bit with furniture and toys catered to the animals.

Unlike Nintendogs, which had several versions of the game with plenty of different breeds to choose from, Little Friends only has half a dozen breeds of dogs to choose from and only three breeds of kittens. Still, for a virtual pet game, it looks charming. If you’re a sucker for baby animals like me, it’ll probably be a decent game to stick on whenever you want a few minutes to relax.

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Goodbye and Thank You, Reggie

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Last week, it was announced that Reggie Fils-Aime was retiring as President of Nintendo of America. He held that title for 13 out of the 15 years he’s worked for Nintendo and, in April, he will pass along that title to Doug Bowser.

As longtime Nintendo fans, Reggie’s name was always familiar to us here at Double Jump. We enjoyed seeing him announce new games and features for Nintendo consoles and the company as a whole, as well as the good-natured memes that popped up with him. His speaking manner was always calm and proud whenever he was talking about Nintendo and its accomplishments. He wasn’t just the president of a company, he was a lifelong fan who lived the dream of loving his job and sharing the sheer joy of playing games with millions of others.

So, here’s to you, Reggie. Thanks so much for sharing your love of creativity, community, and, most importantly, gaming. Best of luck with your retirement!

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Game Ratings and Content Warnings

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Despite the backlog of games that we have, we’re always on the lookout for new (to us) and interesting games. One such game that we’ve recently found was a bit confusing with its rating…

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There’s a newer game available on the Nintendo Switch called Cinders, a visual novel that was originally published in 2012, then put on Steam in 2014. It’s a retelling of the popular Cinderella fairy tale, one that was rated M on the Nintendo eShop.

I’ve never heard of this game before. We enjoy point-and-click visual novel games, especially ones with multiple endings such as Cinders, but we generally are not interested in games rated M, mostly due to gore and sensitive topics. I’m interested in this game, but wasn’t able to find the reason as to why it’s rated M.

Since I started this post, apparently Nintendo corrected the rating of the game to T, which makes more sense to me.

Due to trying to figure out the game’s rating, I have spoiled a little bit of the story and possible choices for myself. It’s pretty much on par for whenever Rachel and I get our curiosities piqued by a game that’s rated higher than what we usually go for. Generally, our games are rated for everyone or teen, and we don’t have too many games rated higher than that.

It reminds me of a time that Rachel and I started watching a play through of Doki Doki Literature Club from one of our favorite YouTubers, ProJared. Like the game itself, the play through started out lighthearted enough, and Rachel and I figured that the game couldn’t be too bad. However, on the third or so episode of the play through series, ProJared took the time to reiterate that the game was supposed to have some strange, possibly disturbing themes — he was doing a blind play through, so he wasn’t positive what the exact themes would be — which prompted us to pause the video and spoil it for ourselves.

We’re glad we did, as the themes were disturbing and potentially triggering. While we’re not fond of too much gore when it comes to rated M games, we do our research to ensure that any other content wouldn’t bother us as well. It’s something that we want to be conscious of when we do games for reviews and on our Twitch channel.

I can admire horror games and psychological thrillers for their writing and setting the scene, if you will, but with how important mental health is nowadays, having the correct ratings and content warnings is a must.

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Nintendo Direct: February 2019

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When it was announced that there would be a Nintendo Direct today, with a focus on Fire Emblem Three Houses, I was excited! Considering the Direct overall, I thought it was well done! We got excited at seeing the opening sequence showing off Super Mario Maker 2, which I’m sure will do fantastic on the Switch with its portability, touch screen, and the online mode.

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When it comes to any Nintendo Direct, sometimes I’m sure impressed and other times not so much. That’s mostly because of my taste in games though. One thing that I will say though is that, no matter what, the Directs always start off strong and end strong. The moment Mario died to the Spiny, I immediately knew we were finally getting Super Mario Maker 2. I was super excited! I enjoyed Super Mario Maker on the Wii U and I’m sure the sequel will be even more popular with the new items and just being on the Switch.

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We then rolled into an announcement for the new update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, mostly for Joker and reminding us that we should probably get the Fighter’s Pass for the DLC characters… Still haven’t done that yet, whoops. I was also interested in seeing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. I’ve never played a Marvel Ultimate Alliance game before, but this one looks pretty good and there’s both local and online multiplayer modes.

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Yeah, totally forgot about the Fighter’s Pass. Definitely something to add to the to do list. Anyway, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order definitely looks nice! I’m willing to give that one a try. Another headline was announcing BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! which is a game Kris and I have never played. However, now that we can play co-op, I’ll consider giving it a try. I was personally excited for Treasure Tracker. I never got the same for the Switch because I have it on the Wii U. Since more courses will be added as well as co-op, I’m thinking of getting it for the Switch now. Though, I’ll admit, I really just want a sequel.

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I found it interesting that Assassin’s Creed III will be coming to the Switch. It’s a franchise I was always interested in playing, and we even had a few titles for our Xbox 360 but didn’t get a chance to play them before we got the red ring of death for the console. I may be picking this up to finally play the franchise. It was also fun to see that Deltarune will be making its way to Switch as well as a promise for more chapters for the game! Considering that I’ve enjoyed both Undertale and Deltarune, this was great to see!

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Another game I’m fairly excited for is Tetris 99. I’m getting tired of battle royales, but this is putting a fun twist on it. I love a good game of Tetris so this is one I’ll definitely be picking up. We’re getting so many brand new titles as well as games we all know and love… I absolutely can’t believe they’re bringing Link’s Awakening to the Switch in a remastered version. Link and his surroundings look like toys, but it looks great. I’m looking forward to that one!

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Oh my goodness, it was so exciting to see a Legend of Zelda title! Link’s Awakening is, admittedly, a Zelda title that I have never gotten a chance to finish, so it’s awesome to see it remastered on the Switch! Seeing the first few seconds of the remastered opening was great! Of course, I was personally looking forward to seeing the Fire Emblem information, and I wasn’t disappointed. I was a little confused, admittedly, because seeing that your character is a professor in a school with three houses kind of reminded me of Hogwarts, but I’m optimistic. The characters and art look great, and I’m looking forward to hearing just a little more about the story.

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Fire Emblem looks great, I agree. I was confused as well, but I also don’t know the game as well as you do. Overall, the Drirect was great. There was no more information on Luigi’s Mansion 3 or Animal Crossing, but at least I know they’re coming. We were surprised with the release dates as well – it’s going to be a busy summer for gamers!

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