Amazon’s Lord of the Rings MMORPG

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

Lord of the Rings is a bit staple in fantasy, with the books inspiring many other media, as well as giving way to a few “rules” that most fantasy creators tend to adhere by. While I’ve yet to finish two out of the three books of the trilogy (don’t judge), I do enjoy most things Tolkien.

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One of the games downloaded onto our Steam is The Lord of the Ring Online. I played it once. Got a character set up, did the little opening segment and a couple of the first-level tutorial missions. As far as I remember, it wasn’t too bad, but I do wish I had more time to devote to online games such as those.

With that said, everyone remember that Amazon is doing a Lord of the Rings spin-off series focusing on the Second Age? I still don’t know too much about it, but I’ve heard that Amazon Game Studios will also be partnering with PC gaming company Leyou for is a Lord of the Rings MMORPG. Like the Amazon series, this game will also take place in the Second Age, before the events from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It makes sense — the Second Age has a lot more wiggle room considering it’s not as fleshed out as the events in the books.

Being able to explore Middle Earth as one of Tolkien’s races sounds awesome, though. I’m curious as to what kind of quests and stories will be written for the game, and see how much of an impact one player can make on said stories.

I’m excited to hear more about this free to play MMORPG, and I’m hoping that perhaps it’ll be something that I can get enough time to stick with. I miss the old City of Heroes MMORPG and I would love to find another to spend some time with, perhaps actually get to know more players through the game and everything.

What MMORPGs do you enjoy? Interested in a Lord of the Rings MMORPG? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Smart House

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

Aside from my day job, I do a little side hustle in the form of dog- and house-sitting for neighbors and friends. More so for the comfort of the animals, I stay at their homes instead of having them at my house or even just popping in on them a couple of times a day. Besides enjoying my time with the pets, it’s fun being in a different house for a little while.

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Anybody remember that movie from the Disney channel, Smart House? It was about a family — single dad, two kids, a dog — that won a contest that gave them a completely automated house. This was released in 1999, way before the likes of Amazon’s Alexa devices or Google Home. I remember being completely fascinated by the “technology” — rather, the special effects — of Smart House and wondered what it would be like to live in such a house.

In Smart House, the programming had its own room and this giant computer-like device for all the commands. Nowadays, you can have a smart home with a couple of voice-activated devices, subtler way to help make you feel like you were on the bridge of the Enterprise from Star Trek.

At the time of this post, I am actually dog- and house-sitting for a neighbor and, honestly, their house is the closest thing to Disney’s Smart House that I’ve ever seen. They have several Alexa devices in the house, many responding to different names (including one using the wake-word “Computer,” for that Star Trek effect), and most of the lights and other electronics are connected to them somehow. Their security system is also not something to be trifled with. Completely modern, I am always eager to see what kind of tech upgrades were done to the house in between my dog-sitting sessions.

On the flip-side, there’s another family that I have dog- and house-sat for once before (and will again in the winter), and they have a beautiful house. However, their house is also older and much more old-fashioned. They have some beautiful, original architecture and, unlike the house I’m in now, gets their heat from naked radiators rather than having central air and heat.

The two houses are polar opposites of each other, but each are beautiful in their own ways. Yet, it also makes me wonder what other kinds of home advancements will be made in the future?

Do you remember Disney’s Smart House? What do you think of smart homes? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Of Nintendo Labo

Double Jump Kris MiiThe start of another week, and April is nearly over. On the plus side, it’s finally almost resembling spring where I am!

We’re still getting back into the swing of things after being on vacation last week. One of the items on our to-do list was to take stock of our games and try to get back into a relaxing routine of gaming… Naturally, I went on Amazon to see what I could buy.

Last week I wrote up a post about Kingdom Hearts and got quite a few positive responses saying, “Yes, get it!” So, hey, I had a gift card to Amazon and decided may as well spend it on one of the games to try to get into that series.

nintendo-laboAlong with Kingdom Hearts, though, I was also looking up Nintendo Labo. I’ll admit, upon first seeing the advertisements for these cardboard accessories to a Switch game, I was skeptical. It all seemed cute, perhaps more for kids (although, the robot looks pretty cool), and wasn’t exactly something I was gearing up to get. Seventy dollars for a variety kit of cardboard was a little steep to me.

Yet, it came up on Amazon and I was like, “You know what? Into the cart it goes!”

So we’ll be getting the Nintendo Labo variety kit in a couple of days. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have gotten it if Rachel and I hadn’t watched Mr. Panda’s YouTube video where Alex and Tiffa unbox the variety kit and give a little insight to the product. If you haven’t seen the video, it’s right here for you to enjoy:

Rachel and I are excited to try it out for ourselves and to let you know what we think of the kit as well!

What do you think of Nintendo Labo? Do you have one or both of the kits?

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Friday Favorites: Places to Buy Games

Double Jump Kris MiiYou know what I want? A thrift store that sells old video games from way-back-when at decent prices. I would so become a regular and probably not see much of my paycheck.

However, since a place like that does not exist near me, I do have a few favorite places to go whenever I need a new video game to play.

Toys R Us

Toys R Us was the number one toy shop for us when we were kids. Nowadays, we tend to go straight to the electronics section, of course, where we usually have a decent selection of video games to sift through. They also usually have a massive section for amiibos, so if we ever need to get our amiibo fix, Toys R Us is the place.

Amazon

Who doesn’t love Amazon? With the quick shipping and the mostly-painless clicking method of purchasing, Amazon is great when it comes to buying our new games. The boxes get delivered right to your door and it’s like coming home to a present after a long day of work!

GameStop

Most people tend to have a love-hate relationship with GameStop, as far as I hear. I know they tend to make the most profit off of selling used games and can be a bit loud when it comes to their rewards program, but the couple of GameStop stores around me tend to be pretty good. They’ve got great selections, and Rachel and I feel comfortable talking with the sales associates whenever we have questions about anything. Most of the associates at the stores we frequent are very knowledgeable and, when you have an expensive hobby like gaming, it’s fantastic!

Do you have any favorite places to shop for games?

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Friday Favorites: Wanted Pokemon Features

Double Jump Kris MiiIt’s November 18th, and here in the United States, Pokemon Sun and Moon are officially out!

No worries, there are no spoilers in this post (at least, not on purpose). While Rachel and I each have a version (thanks to Amazon’s pre-order option), I’m not planning on playing the game for another week. I also haven’t even played the demo, eager to keep the anticipation before really diving into the adventure. Here’s a short list of things that I would have loved to see in Sun and Moon.

3. Challenging Enemy Team

We’ve seen plenty of information on Team Skull of the Alola Region, and I’m sure they’ll be a good challenge like teams of previous games. However, most teams that we’ve encountered in past games all had the same general roster of Pokemon, usually Poison and Dark types. I’m hoping we’ll see much more variety in the battles against Team Skull.

2. Dark-Type Gym

I understand that Alola has trials rather than gyms, but I’m presuming that the trials will still have battles. Considering that the Dark-type, while having been featured in Elite Four battles, hasn’t had its own gym since its introduction in Generation II. It’d be awesome if the Dark-type got more love.

1. Walking Pokemon

 

I so miss the walking Pokemon concept from Pokemon Yellow, SoulSilver and HeartGold! I thought that feature was adorable, and it was great seeing your favorite Pokemon out in the overworld. Although I haven’t seen any evidence of it happening in the Alola regions, especially since Pokemon Amie seems to have replaced it, I would love to see it again in the future.

1/2. Pokemon Eclipse.

A third tier of Sun and Moon, named Stars, seems to be in the works for the Nintendo Switch. It’s reported that it’ll be like the previous third-tier games — similar to the first two versions of the generation but having special bonuses or an expanded story line. I honestly cannot wait for the third tier game, but I do believe that the game should be called Pokemon Eclipse rather than Stars, haha. It would make more sense, don’t you think?

What are some of your favorite features in the Pokemon games?