Currently Playing: Dream Daddy

Double Jump Kris MiiRachel’s and my Steam account has been getting more of a workout lately, which is awesome. One of the games that’s getting the most love at the moment is a visual novel called Dream Daddy.

…Yeah, I know, the name threw me off a bit too when I first heard about it.

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Dream Daddy is a visual novel dating sim game that was released on Steam this past July. It was developed and published by Game Grumps, a popular gaming YouTube channel that Rachel and I occasionally watch.

The premise of the game was that you play a single dad who searches for and romances other dads. It sounded a little silly to us when we first heard about it, but it was always highly rated both on Steam and from social media. The graphics looked fun, with the character designs and the interface of the game, and Rachel and I don’t mind visual novels, so we thought we’d download it.

Holy crap, it’s so much fun!

The writing is phenomenal, especially the relationship between your main Dad character and his daughter! There’s obviously a lot of love put into the script, and the reactions and dialogue can be so genuine and natural that Rachel and I have found ourselves spewing out lines before they show up in the text box.

Aside from the little “dates” that your character does with the other dads, there’s obviously an underlying story for each character, from your own character and his daughter to the “brooding dad” to the “goth dad” to the “youth minister dad” and beyond. While the characters start off as stereotypes, they develop and grow throughout the game enough so Rachel and I have a hard time picking favorites.

But my absolute favorite aspect of this game is the diversity. Right off the bat when you’re creating your “Dadsona,” you get the option of creating a transgender character. I’ve never seen a video game character that’s transgender, and to see the representation just gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling. The other dads in the game represent all sorts of different family dynamics, with the single dad, the divorced dad, the transgender dad, the gay dad, the bi dad, and it was fantastic.

Rachel and I are definitely looking forward to completing this game and uncovering all the stories of the characters!

 

Have you played Dream Daddy? Are there other visual novels you enjoy?

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ZD T Wired Gaming Controllers

Double Jump Kris MiiWhile Rachel and I grew up playing mostly Nintendo games, we have grown to try out games from all sorts of developers and on different platforms. In particular, I am exploring more PC games whenever I want to take a break from the Nintendo Switch or 3DS. While a keyboard and mouse work just fine for PC games, I definitely wanted to get a nice PC controller.

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Rachel and I are trying out more PC games, but we’ve grown up with consoles and controllers in our hands. After hunting around for a bit, we found the ZD T gaming controllers for PC, Android, and the PlayStation 3. We were only interested in the PC aspect of the controller so we could have a more comfortable time playing our Steam games.

We recently tried out the controllers for the first time while playing Death Road to Canada. The handles fit comfortably in our hands with us able to reach the buttons we needed with ease. There were plenty of buttons to fully customize the controls for the game, with the controller having the familiar template with the A, B, Y, and X buttons.

I was really pleased with the way the controller handled and it was a blast playing Death Road to Canada with Rachel with them! We were a little hesitant with using wired controllers, as wireless seems to be the way to go nowadays, but the wires were nice and long, allowing us to play easily on the couch after hooking up the laptop to our television. The controllers were able to be used as soon as we plugged them into the laptop — after the drivers were found and installed by the laptop, the controllers worked wonderfully!

I’m looking forward to using the controller on plenty of other Steam and PC games!

Do you have a PC or other gaming controller that you like using? What’s the brand?

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Windows Mixed Reality

Double Jump Kris MiiAs a kid, joining the heroes in my video games was a mere dream. Those dreams cultivated my love of writing, my creativity, but we now have virtual reality video games to bring us a step closer. While there are already a few VR systems out there, there is another that is joining the party.

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There are several well-known virtual reality systems on the market right now — HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard — but there is another that will be starting to ship out next month. Microsoft has developed a virtual reality platform what they’re calling Windows Mixed Reality and, honestly, it doesn’t look too bad.

Honestly, I’m a little skeptical when it comes to VR systems, mostly because I grew up with my parents telling me, “Don’t sit so close to the television when playing games, you’ll hurt your eyes!” Seeing VR systems more or less appear to be giant goggles that sit right on your head with screens to rest a couple of inches in front of your eyes made me question my parents’ concerns. However, the idea of VR — not to mention augmented reality — intrigues me enough to put down a VR system on my wish list.

With the exception of the fifteen dollar Google Cardboard, most VR systems are a little pricey, usually ranging between 400 to 600 dollars. Microsoft’s system, simply called Visor, is about $450 if you package the system with the controllers. However, there are reports boasting about the Visor’s comfort and clarity, and it’s supposed to be compatible with Steam games as well. It’s something that I want to keep an eye on in the news, to see if more game developers believe in Microsoft’s Mixed Reality dreams as well.

Picking up a VR system will be something I do one day, after I save up some extra money to splurge on it, along with games that I’m interested in playing. I would adore a virtual reality version of Pokemon. Perhaps one that enables you to connect with others who may be playing, so you can see their avatars through your VR window as well. Legend of Zelda would be a great series, but I’m not too keen on navigating through the Water Temple or encountering a Redead!

Do you have a virtual reality system? Which one do you have? Or are you thinking of investing in one anytime soon?

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Gaming Brings People Together

Happy Thursday!

Some of you may know that I run the Sunday school program at the church I attend and grew up with. Last Sunday was the first day back after summer break and we did a fun exercise to catch up with one another and find out what we have in common.

I downloaded a puzzle template that had 12 pieces on it and cut out each individual piece. Then I gave the kids a piece and made them talk in one-on-one groups. They had to discover two things they had in common with each other (so they could each write something different on their puzzle piece).

They each did multiple pieces so that they had a chance to talk to everyone in the class, including the teachers.

I did this exercise with them in an attempt to get to know them a little better. These kids range in ages, but the group I had was mostly in upper elementary or just started middle school.

I sat down to talk to one boy. Even though he’s been coming to Sunday school for years, he didn’t seem to want to talk. I was his last person and by then I think he was just done with the exercise.

I kept asking him, “What’s your favorite color? What’s your favorite food? Season? Holiday?” He was giving me nothing and whatever he answered, I said the opposite.

Finally, he said he enjoyed Pokemon.

I had known this but completely forgot about it. I said I liked it too and he was eager to write “Pokemon” down on his puzzle piece.

Then I asked about Minecraft. I don’t know why that game was the first to pop in my head, but it was. He said he used to, but hasn’t played it in a while. Well, that’s great because I haven’t played it in a while either. So I wrote “Minecraft” on my puzzle piece.

Once everyone was done, we colored our puzzle pieces to make them stand out and look unique since I’ll be trying to tape them together.

I drew dark green squares on my Minecraft piece and colored the background a light green. Just as I finished that, the boy came up to me, proudly I may add, and showed me his Pokemon piece. He had decorated it to look like a Pokeball. I proudly showed him mine and we laughed how we decorated our pieces to look like the games without knowing that’s what the other was doing.

After class was over, we ended up talking a lot about Pokemon Sun and Moon.

It was a good class, probably one of the best I’ve had in a while with that group (and when I say that, I mean they’re good kids, but they’re all growing into teenagers and it’s driving me crazy).

I just love connecting with other people who have the same video game interests as you do. It’s something fun to talk about and you really get to know other people that way.

Have you ever connected with someone else through video games? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Super Mario 64 Online: Check It Out!

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There is a wonderful person out there in the world and his name is Kaze Emanuar. He creates hacks of the classic Super Mario 64. I found out about him through a YouTuber I watch quite often. He did a play-through of Mario Chaos, which was a super chaotic version of Super Mario 64 made by Kaze Emanuar. It’s a game I’ve been wanting to play myself but haven’t gotten around to. Well, now he’s struck again and this time, we downloaded it.

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This particular hack is a multiplayer online mode. Rachel and I were in separate rooms until I heard her pipe up, “We need to get this!” It honestly took a little while for me to download the hack considering I haven’t used emulators in a few years. Nevertheless, we seemed to have prevailed, for initial test-runs appeared to have worked.

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Super Mario 64 Online is just a new and improved hack of Super Mario 64 where you can play with others online. I believe the latest I heard was that you can play with up to 24 people. In the same level. You can play hide and seek in the levels, race each other, and more. It’s sure to get chaotic but a lot of fun.

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Obviously being online means you have your own screen to look at instead of trying to share a screen in a multiplayer mode. Of course, the number of people you can have on your server without your game crashing depends on how strong your Internet signal is, but it definitely seems like fun!

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Yes, that’s true. Being a hack, who knows how stable it actually is. Still, it’ll be worth a shot. This game has a bigger cast of characters to play as: Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi, Wario, Waluigi, Peach, Rosalina, etc. They each have one unique ability from the others and I’m eager to give them all a try.

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You’ll be able to see some examples from the video down below. Some have greater speed, more hit points, and Yoshi kept his extra floaty jump. I can only imagine how interesting it’ll be to play with friends all while trying to reach the same goal. We’ll either be a great team or try to sabotage each other to get the star, haha!

Are you going to try this game? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Friday Favorites: Games on Steam

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Steam is an awesome digital gaming platform, and Rachel and I have been trying to get more use out of it lately. We have a handful of games on the platform that we’re trying to give more love during our down times. Below are a few of the games that are on our “to-be played more” Steam list.

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Player Unknown Battlegrounds

I do not play shooter games. Like, at all. It just wasn’t a genre that I grew up with. Nintendo, with most of its kid- and family-friendly games, didn’t have too many games in that genre available as I started gaming. However, Rachel and I found out about Player Unknown Battlegrounds through a few of our favorite YouTubers, and the fast-paced, tense, kill-or-be-killed situation looks like so much fun!

Dream Daddy

Dream Daddy is a dating sim game that is unique in so many ways. We were a bit perplexed at first when we heard that the main premise is a single dad dating other single dads, but only because it’s not a typical dating sim scenario. Developed by Game Grumps, another YouTube channel that we occasionally watch, we are in love with the writing, the graphics, the music, and the characters themselves. It also just gives me warm and fuzzy feelings to see the inclusiveness and canon gay and transgender characters in the game — those representations are so important!

Sonic Mania

The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is one that I’ve kind of fallen out of lately. However, with Sonic Mania, it seems to be reviving and I’m definitely interested in trying out the game. The trailers themselves seem so nostalgic for the old-school Sonic games that I’m eager to see what Sonic Mania will bring to the franchise.

Lumo

A game Rachel discovered fairly recently, Lumo is a puzzle, isometric adventure game. Featuring a little wizard-looking character, you make your way out of rooms full of puzzles. The music and graphics look utterly charming, and it seems casual enough to do a couple of rooms at a time.

What are your favorite games on Steam?

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A New Game On The Wishlist: Slime Rancher

Happy Thursday!

I’ve been going through a lot of my games lately whether they’re for the Switch, Wii U, PC, Xbox, etc. There are simply too many games to play and not nearly enough hours in the day.

So, naturally, there’s a new game I want to add to my list…

Slime Rancher is an Indie exploration game created by Monomi Park. It recently came out on August 1, 2017 and can be found on Steam and Xbox for about $20.

This game has been getting quite a bit of hype lately. It came out about a month ago, but I’m just learning about it now.

In an odd way, it seems similar to Harvest Moon, just not as casual. Slime Rancher is more action/adventure and has… well, slimes.

The game is in first-person mode as your character moves off into the galaxy to be just what the title suggests: a slime rancher. Using nothing but your vacpack, you harvest crops and wrangle slimes all the while exploring the land and discovering new slimes.

The slimes are cute, the graphics look great, the music is fun, and the overall idea of the game sounds entertaining. It’s on the cheaper side and the game has raving reviews.

This is definitely a game I want to get soon and try out for myself.

Have you tried this game yet? Do you want to? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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