Monday Memories: Game Start

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Welcome to the first Monday of 2020! I’m being a little nostalgic today, mostly due to the new year and the fact that my birthday is coming up. I started thinking about where my love of gaming all began.

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I’m going to be 30 years old this year, at the end of the month, actually. I’ve literally grown up with the internet and video games before me, and I was thinking about when it all started. While I never thought I would outgrow video games, I never expected them to take as much of a priority in my life as they do now.

I’m certain no one in my family thought that, least of all my uncle that mainly introduced me to gaming. Poor Uncle Ricky enjoyed his video games, mostly around the SNES and Nintendo 64 era, and he was probably amused when I used to watch him play games like Super Mario RPG and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He probably regretted introducing me to gaming when I used to bother him to play, particularly when I would “accidentally” wake him up during his napping for his third-shift at his current job.

(Eight-year-old me thought I was being clever, sneaking up to his room to see if he was awake, but making just enough noise so he’d stir.)

I did learn patience, of course, tending to wait until he was actually awake to play until his job and schedule changed. He wasn’t at my grandparents’ house during the usual hours I was there as often and, like most young men, he had a social life. My mother says I was a bit put off when he started getting serious with my now-aunt. Suddenly there was someone else vying for his attention and supposedly I wasn’t thrilled.

I never hated my aunt, obviously, but my older sister didn’t play many games and Rachel wasn’t old enough to have a steady grip on the controllers just yet.

It was around that time, though, that my uncle gave me the Super Mario RPG game, encouraging me to give it a try on my own. There were parts of the game that I was always nervous to try, restarting the game over every time I reached those certain parts until I learned to have the courage to push past those obstacles, and I try to apply that knowledge, that proud feeling of achievement that little-me had when I beat that game on my own.

He let me play Ocarina of Time at my grandparents house, using his nearly complete file so I could spend my time riding Epona through the vast (to child-me) Hyrule Field. Because of that, I went from the Hyrule Field on the N64 to Breath of the Wild’s expansive world on the Nintendo Switch, and I’m not slowing down anytime soon.

Due to my birthday coming up, the fact that gaming has been a major part of my life is cemented in my mind. Unlike video games, this is my one life, and I’m glad I started down the path I’m on. Being a gamer has done nothing but bring positivity to my life, and it’s only helping me further with my creative pursuits.

Who’d have thought it would all start with me being a little nudge-of-a-child and bothering my uncle to play “the Mario game with the guy in the cool cape?”

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Life with Pets [Board Game Review]

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The board game Life was a staple in our childhoods. While I don’t remember playing it as often as Monopoly or Clue, it was a fun game with the spinning wheel and the random “life” events as you traversed the board. We recently found a slightly updated version of the game that includes pets.

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Yes, we came across this interesting edition of Life when we went to the store with our friend during a weekend getaway. We splurged on the game because… well, who doesn’t want to add pets to their family? By pets, I mean strictly cats and dogs. Don’t think Life has allowed you to add fish or turtles. (Maybe someday.)

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It really wasn’t anything special, though. At the beginning of the game, you choose a car and the little peg that represented you to “drive” said car around the board. With the Pets edition, you also just added a cat or dog peg to join you for the ride from the beginning. After that, you decide if you want to enter the workforce immediately after high school or if you want to take the college road to begin the game.

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Then you go along the board doing what the cards tell you to do. School, job, house, marriage, kids… other than our initial dog or cat at the beginning of the game, none of us got any other pets. There were spots on the board that allowed us to get another pet or two, but our rolls skipped right over them. Which is fine in a way because the cars weren’t any bigger than they are in the original edition of the game.

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The object of the game is to reach retirement with the most equity with your house (or houses, if you happened to have the money to buy more than one), your job’s salary, how many kids you had, etc. It was fairly straightforward with each of us taking turns spinning the wheel and moving the number of spaces, obtaining money, cards, and kids. I’m pretty sure we lamented a couple of times about how simple it was to get money in the game, wishing that real life worked that way, too.

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Oh, wouldn’t it be nice if real life worked that way? The game is exactly how I remember it being. Except it was less fun. I don’t know if it’s because I know what real life is actually like and it was more fun when I was younger and to imagine my life actually going the way it did in the game. However, I felt as though the game overall was kind of boring.

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I actually didn’t mind the game, but that could also be contributed to the good company I had when playing it (and, also, I believe I won). I liked the idea of the random careers and houses to choose from, as well as the different life events that the board had. In a sense, it felt like the game had more potential and I enjoyed what it could have been if it was executed better. As a simple board game where you spin the wheel and move your car around, it was okay.

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I still like the game, of course. I just meant that I feel like it was more fun when we were younger. I think real life ruined me. Of course, we all know in real life our cars would be filled with more pets than anything else.

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Gaming Goals for 2020

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Considering the past couple of months have kind of been a blur with holidays (and, admittedly, being low-key obsessed with Pokemon Sword and Shield), I’m looking forward to setting some gaming goals for 2020. There are some games we’ve missed from the past couple of years that I want to try as well as expand the kind of games I play.

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2019 was a great year for gamers, but not necessarily for me. It wasn’t kind to my mental health and I went into a long gaming slump. That spark was brought back when Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Pokemon Sword & Shield were released. There are so many games I’m looking forward to in 2020 and games I missed that I still want to give a try.

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We definitely did fall off the wayside when it came to gaming for a while. To be honest, though, despite all the games that came out this year, there’s not too many that I was really eager to try, aside from Pokemon and Fire Emblem: Three Houses. I’m not sure if my memories are muddled because of how quickly 2019 went by, particularly this summer and the holidays, or if there really wasn’t anything that tickled my fancy. What games did you miss out on that you still want to try?

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I still want to play Cadence of Hyrule, which is the main game that sticks out in my mind. Also, Celeste. I know that’s not a 2019 release, but that game has been in the back of my mind for quite a while. A lot of games that I was truly interested in didn’t come out until the end of the year. Ring Fit Adventure, for example. I just got that for Christmas so I’m a little late with it, but I have it at least.

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I completely forgot about Cadence of Hyrule. Looking up a list of 2019 game releases, I’m remembering how I wanted to try Anthem and Planet Zoo, to name a couple of games. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 was up there as well, but at least I received that for Christmas, so like you with Ring Fit Adventure, at least we have it. I’m a bit disappointed that I have yet to beat the other routes for Three Houses, as well. For 2020, there are plenty of games on my radar and I’m hoping to be able to play more than what I had in 2019.

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Oh, yeah. I forgot about Planet Zoo as well. That seemed like it would have been interesting. 2020 seems like it’s going to be a pretty interesting year for gaming. I feel like I already have a backlog of games for the year. Kris, do you have any special goals or anything you’d like to accomplish when it comes to gaming?

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As contradictory as this may sound, I really want to relax and enjoy the games I play this year. While we try to do game reviews a couple of times each month, I don’t want to feel rushed when playing video games. Taking more time to really enjoy the games is going to be a priority so I can improve my writing when it comes to creating blog posts. Basically, take my time with games as much as I can and improve the quality of my writing. What about you, Rachel?

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I agree with that. I more or less just want to get back into the routine of playing games again. On the flip side, I’d like to find a balance between old games and the new ones coming out. I don’t want to rush the games either, but I’d like to play through a lot of older games and maybe even go back to some I’ve played and loved but haven’t been able to play again.

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Playing more in general is a good goal, haha! I agree with finding a balance between old favorites and new games. It’s easy to get burned out by playing only new games since each has a learning curve and challenges. While those challenges are hopefully fun, taking breaks with familiar games is a good way to take care of yourself as well.

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Exactly. I’m looking forward to Animal Crossing New Horizons in the coming months and would love to play the old games again. Also, Paper Mario. I haven’t played Paper Mario for a long time. Regardless, I think 2020 will be a great year for gaming.

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The Sinister Mansion [Exit the Game Review]

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Our good friend Jett over at In Third Person sent us a fun game called Exit The Game: The Sinister Mansion. There are quite a few of these games and while we’ve seen them around our local stores, we never picked it up with the intention of going back to it later. Now we finally had a chance to try the game out.

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We played it when we went away with another friend for the weekend, and I was delegated to reading the directions and setting stuff up. Considering most of the supplies, as few as they were, were supposed to be a secret until you have reached that point in the game, there wasn’t much to do other than arrange the riddle and hint cards into their respective piles. The answer to each riddle gave you a three-digit code which, when put into the disk decoder, pointed you in the direction of the next riddle. In order to escape the mansion, we needed to solve all of the riddles and move through the rooms.

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If Kris didn’t set it up, we wouldn’t have played. I would have accidentally spoiled it for myself by looking at something I shouldn’t have or I’d be too confused about it all and give up before the game even started. When we were presented with the first riddle, all three of us were confused and stared at each other – I think secretly hoping the others understood the question.

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After a few minutes, we did eventually start to get it, even if we had a difficult time figuring out the answer. All of the riddles’ answers were presented to us, but some of them had unorthodox methods of solving, such as ripping up some other cards and going back to previous riddles to help us figure out the answers. It was definitely a challenge, but I enjoyed trying to figure out everything. Yet, I think it would have been more fun if there was more set-up, if you will, to the game. We were comfortably sitting on the couch around the coffee table with all the supplies surrounding us, but for an “escape room,” it seemed odd just sitting there.

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I was under the impression that we would need to find materials around our house to, you know, escape the room. While that wasn’t the case, it was still a fun, interactive game. The riddles, while they had hints, didn’t come with directions on how to solve them (obviously) but that’s a reason I wouldn’t be able to play myself. I’d use up every hint and still lose. But one fun part about playing with others was that we all interpreted the riddles differently sometimes. It helped us all think outside the box and view the riddles from a different angle.

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I believed that the person reading the directions would help set up stuff around the house as well. Still, it was a fun activity and it’s good to know that, between Rachel, our friend, and me, we’d be able to escape a creepy mansion, with a few hints here and there, of course. Even with all three of us, though, we did miss a couple of supplies that the game provided. For example, a riddle needed a clock face and we tried to sketch one out on paper to find the answer. Much later, we realized that there was a ready clock face provided to us on the back of the decoder circle.

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Oh, right. I forgot about the clock. In the house we were in, the only non-digital clock that had a face was hanging high above the wall. Otherwise we would have taken it down and used that as a prop. We somehow got the right answer though. See? Thinking outside the box!

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Speaking of thinking outside the box, my favorite instance of that was our friend totally skipping a couple of steps during the last riddle to actually escape the manor. We were supposed to use a paper door and peephole to find a code, but she kind of just ignored the code, found the number we were looking for, and we were free! The ranking of how well your group does is based on how long it takes you to escape the manor — we took a little over an hour and a half — as well as how many hint cards you had used. I can’t remember what exactly our rank was, but it was average, I believe. It was a fun thing to do, but due to ruining some of the supplies in the process and, of course, figuring out the riddles, it’s a game you can only play once. Still, give these games a try if you have the opportunity!

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Our Reactions To The Game Awards 2019

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The Game Awards are the equivalent to the Emmys or the Oscars but for video games. This awards show was founded and is hosted by the lovely Geoff Keighley and this was its fifth year running. The Game Awards is something I tend to look forward to every December because I think it’s great the gaming industry and the creative people behind these games are being recognized and get a chance in the spotlight. Plus, we get sneak peeks at what games (and consoles) are to come soon.

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The show as a whole is well-done. I can’t imagine all the preparation and hard work that goes into creating this event, and I have to give everyone who had a hand in it applause. With that said… I wasn’t thrilled with the show this year. I’ll acknowledge that most of it were probably due to my personal gaming preferences. However, I feel as if most of the games that premiered involved too many dark openings, ominous narration, and gore. I don’t mind seeing a bit of fake blood in games, but when the majority of the world premieres show that off? I tune out.

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I agree. Every world premiere seemed to be the same game showcased over again. That is our gaming preferences and likes and dislikes. I don’t like games that have a lot of violence and blood and such. So, when just about every game that was announced revolved around that? 2020 isn’t looking like a fun year for me gaming-wise. On the flip side, none of those games included Nintendo really. Nintendo was barely in the show at all and didn’t announce anything at all and that’s what I really want to see. However, given that Nintendo just had their Indie World direct and typically have a direct in January, I bet Nintendo is biding their time and will blow everything else out of the water.

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I’m sure Nintendo will have something special soon enough. It’s a company that enjoys surprising its fans like that! Aside from the live musical performances and the global gaming citizen segments, there really wasn’t much for us at the Game Awards. I was thrilled to see Gris and Fire Emblem: Three Houses win a couple of awards — including the latter winning the Player’s Voice despite not getting a Game of the Year nominee — and seeing Reggie back up on the stage was fantastic.

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Yes, it was great to see Gris and Fire Emblem: Three Houses win. Luigi’s Mansion 3 also got some recognition for being the best family game, which was nice to see. Smash Ultimate also got the best fighting game award. Other than those games, though, I haven’t played anything else and some games I hadn’t even heard of. Regardless, congrats to all the games, devs, publishers, teams, whathaveyou, on their awards. Everyone in the gaming industry truly works hard and deserves it.

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Everyone does deserve the recognition for their hard work they do, and I’m glad that the Game Awards can give them it. It’s a shame, though, that some of the awards are given just in passing while others have a bit more fanfare. I admittedly almost forgot about the best family game award because it was just stated rather than given a bigger segment. With that said, we were a bit let down by the show this year. There wasn’t much for us in terms of announcements, and I feel like the pacing of the show could have been better. I believe the show could have ended with a bang if the next Xbox console, for example, was shown off last.

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Yes, I don’t understand why some awards are passed off rapid-fire. I guess it’s to save a bit of time – the show is about three hours, after all. But what makes one award “better” over the other? Maybe it’s the people they’re able to get to actually come in person to receive the award or something? I don’t know. And the balance was certainly off. They announced the big things at the beginning of the show – the Xbox X, for example – leaving the rest of the show lackluster. One last thing: this may be a nitpick of mine and I have nothing against Vin Diesel, but… why they chose him of all people to announce the Game of The Year… I’ll never know.

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Saving time is a valid reason, yes, but I agree that I’m not sure what makes one award better than the other. Vin Diesel didn’t do anything for me either. I completely zoned out, and I didn’t care for the game that won the award either, although I know plenty of people enjoyed Sekiro. The presenters and announcers weren’t bad, but of course my favorites were Reggie and Ikumi Nakamura. I have nothing against Geoff Keighley, he does fantastic work and I enjoy him as a host, but I was way more interested in seeing Reggie and Ikumi Nakamura announce and present, haha! The best thing about the show this year was hanging out in a Twitch chat with Jett, Ian, and Hannie. I think chatting with some good friends was definitely the best part of the night (although Reggie was a close second).

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The chat helped for sure. Otherwise, I would have turned off the awards show long before it was over. I think the main reason I was so bummed by the show was that it wasn’t balanced well with big and small news and there was such a lack of Nintendo stuff. Of course, I’m going to pretend that means Nintendo has something big up their sleeve. Overall, the show wasn’t bad. Everyone who worked on the show as a whole plus all the winners and nominees definitely deserve recognition. I’ll still look forward to next year’s show. 

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Agreed. The Game Awards show wasn’t our favorite this year, although it wasn’t for lack of trying on their part. If we actually enjoyed more of the games they spoke of, it may have been better for us. Being mainly Nintendo fans, the short and sweet Nintendo Directs are more up our alley. Still, the balancing definitely could have been better for this years show. We’ll see how they up the ante for next year.

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Bananagrams [Game Review]

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When we went on vacation with the family at the end of July, we knew board games were going to be a way to bond and pass the time with everyone else. At one point during the week, one of our cousins bought Bananagrams, a fun little game that has no board. Instead, it’s a little banana-shaped pouch filled with letter tiles reminiscent of Scrabble.

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We used to have this game though I think we got rid of it when we went through all our old board games a long time ago. We were at the bookstore and, for some reason, Bananagrams was on a shelf. Our cousin grabbed it and it was the main game of the week. Our go-to games have always been Monopoly, Code Names, and Headbanz, but Bananagrams was the family favorite this year.

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If you haven’t played Bananagrams before, it’s a quick-thinking game where one needs to create words intertwined together like on a personal Scrabble board using all of their letter tiles. All of the letter tiles start face-down in a pile in the middle of all the players. Depending on the number of players, everyone would start off with 15 to 21 tiles, only flipping the tiles over to start creating words when the game begins when someone says, “Split!”

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If you can’t fit a letter into your board, you can exchange that one letter for three in the middle of the pile. If you manage to fit all the letters you can say, “peel” and everyone, including yourself, will have to take one letter from the pile. Once there aren’t enough letters left in the middle for everyone to “peel,” then you can say, “bananas” and claim your win.

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I don’t know why everything is banana-themed — who decided bananas were the best theme for this word game? — but it was still a great time all around. We managed to get everyone in the household playing a couple of games at least, and I cannot decide whether it was easier to create words by starting out with more letters or fewer.

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Bananas is a fun word to say and the pouch is easy enough. Not to mention there’s also a game called Apples to Apples, so they couldn’t do that. I would love to try to play the game with double the letters. I believe there is a deluxe version, if you will, that doubles the letters so you can play with more people and have longer games. There was, at one point, when we split all the letters up. There were four of us playing and we each got 36 letters with none left over and we played like that without swapping tiles out at all. Whoever used all their letters first, won. Which is another nice thing about the game is that it’s your personal board so if there’s a letter that you need to fit and can’t, you can rearrange the other words to make it fit.

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Having twice the letters would definitely be more interesting and chaotic. We were amazed at some of the words that the rest of our family came up with, too. Being the writers and bigger readers of the family, Rachel and I thought we would do pretty well conjuring up words, but some of the words that our cousins came up with — dandelion, homicide, bigger words than we usually came up with — were great to see.

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Oh, please. I played the game and instantly forgot words existed, tried to make up words, and forgot the concept of spelling. Most of my words – it, them, dog, happy – were short and sweet. I did come up with a couple of good words here and there, though every game was different. I’d love to play again and try to do themed words. Like words related to video games or something. That’d be difficult, but a lot of fun.

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When to Play Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

We’ve done #GamingTogether for the past couple of months on our social media channels. Today’s question just reminded me of how my gaming habits have switched as I got older.

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Do you typically play games when you wake up or before you go to bed?

As a kid, before school, you would find me in the basement with Super Mario RPG on the SNES and my cereal and cocoa right next to me. I used to get up early enough to play a good chunk of whatever game I was into at the time before school. The anticipation of advancing in my game before heading off to school woke me up better than any alarm clock.

Nowadays, sleep is more important to me in the morning and sometimes it takes me a few minutes longer than it should to drag myself out of bed and into the shower. If I get a chance to play video games, it’s usually in the afternoon after my day job and any other work I need to get done. Video games are a reward and a chance to relax (aside from the ones I can get away with calling “work” for this blog) sometime after dinner if my mind isn’t too tired after the day job.

Thinking on it, if I could, I would totally play video games in the morning. Waking up to explore a new world, fight some bad guys, or solve some puzzles would be fantastic in jogging my brain to get ready for the rest of the day. While playing games before bed is relaxing, I have found it a little difficult to turn my mind off when bedtime inevitably rolls around and I need to shut down the console for the night.

Granted, I’m not that picky about when I can reach for my video games. What I can’t stand is only being able to play my games for brief periods of time. I need the time to actually immerse myself in my game.

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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.

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Words with Friends [Board Game Review]

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Words with Friends is actually the board game version of one of the many games that was on Facebook. I assume the game still exists on Facebook, but I honestly haven’t logged on in ages. Words with Friends is based off of Scrabble and was an interesting game to go back to for us.

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Words With Friends is a popular mobile game, one that I used to play endlessly with friends and strangers. I love Scrabble though never played it much because I was never any good at it. We’re playing the Words with Friends version because our Scrabble is the original edition and the game is totally falling apart.

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The game is fairly simple. Using the random tiles you pull from the bag — starting with seven — you create words on the board. Your word must branch off of the tiles of existing words already on the board, and you tally up the points of your word using the numerical value on each of the tiles. The more common a letter — such as A or S — the less points it is. Letters such as J or Q are worth more.

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There are a certain amount of each letter in the game as well. For example, there are 12 E tiles but there’s only one Z tile. This is depending on how often a letter is used in words. We played two games – one we totally fudged and changed the rules halfway through. Admittedly, we’re rusty on the actual rules and ended up making rules up as we went along because… why not?

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The important thing is we had fun! Seriously, we were trying to determine how to add up the score of the words, be they acronyms, additional words that were made with whatever word we were adding to the board, math in general… It was a bit of a mess. Our second game was, admittedly, more fun since we decided to have the words be game-centric.

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Apparently, you’re not supposed to have acronyms but we did it anyway because they were in the dictionary. So… right or wrong, we played it our way. The second game was more intense. We wanted gaming terms and it was definitely hard to get started. Once we did though, the game sort of breezed through and, if I do say so myself, we did a pretty good job.

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I think we did a good job as well. At the very least, we were more creative with our words, even if we did get a little silly at the end of the game. In the beginning, I was so close to having the word “Nintendo,” but I was missing a couple of tiles and there wasn’t a spot on the board for it, so I had to abandon the idea. Rachel, on the other hand, was able to use all of her tiles for the word “unlocked,” which was great!

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Kris was kind enough to let me put down “unlocked.” There was one spot on the board I was able to use it on so I could use the letter “D,” which was already on the board. She was able to take the spot, but I went into the fetal position and she gave it to me. Thus, the rest of the game was filled with cheating because whenever she needed a certain letter, I just found it in a bag and handed it to her. Still, it was a lot of fun and we definitely need to play Scrabble more often.

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D&D Adventures 1: Intro

D&D Adventures 1: Intro | Dungeons & Dragons | RPG | Tabletop Games | Tabletop Role-Playing | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

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Way back last April, I did a quick post on how Rachel and I were starting to get a little more interested in giving Dungeon and Dragons a try. While we both are avid writers and have done some role-playing on forums in the past years, we’ve never actually played one of the most popular tabletop RPGs. Recently, however, we discovered that a couple of friends from our writers’ group were dabbling in D&D as well and, long story short, we were able to get together with them for an actual D&D session last night. We had a blast!

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Our original plan was to create our own characters, but time got away from us. Our DM was our DM because she does it for the kids at the library where she works. One friend has some experience playing in another group so she had her own character while Kris, myself, and our third friend had pre-made characters. The one-shot was pretty laid back because we made all our characters ridiculous and most of us didn’t know what we were doing. The ones who do have little knowledge. So it was a learning experience for all of us.

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The pre-made characters were from the D&D Starter Set, so our friend was the Human Fighter, Rachel was the Dwarf Cleric, and I was the Halfling Rogue. The friend who had her own character was a Half-Elf Bard, so we were a well rounded group. Our one-shot campaign, as unorthodox as it was with our shenanigans, was a success. One of my favorite parts of the campaign was when three out of four of our characters intimidated some enemies — the fourth of our characters had tripped and faceplanted on the ground — into trying to give us information. Unfortunately, the enemies couldn’t understand the languages our characters could speak, so I used my character’s high performance skill to mime the questions we wanted answered. And our DM actually had me mime and gesture out the questions!

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We got ourselves out of lot of jams “cleverly.” And what I mean by us being clever is that we thought out of the box in ridiculous ways. For example, my character, Vistra, knew the spell light which could turn an object basically into a glowstick for an hour. One of the lizard enemies, instead of fighting them, I made one glowing making it dazed and confused. But we were able to see around us in the cave we were in!

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Considering our attack rolls were atrocious, we had no choice but to be clever. Actually, I believe Rachel’s character landed the most hits against the enemies. I was fairly half and half when it came to actually being able to hit the enemies, but we were all awful when it came to attacking the boss. One of our friends couldn’t hit with her weapons, so she used a shovel from her inventory system. At one point, I threw an oil flask from my inventory and drenched the boss, and another friend and I used our shortbows to shoot cigars that we had found in the dungeon to set the boss on fire.

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Yeah… I’d like to see Hollywood make a movie out of that adventure… that was crazy, but it was a full night of lots of laughs. We’re hoping to make this a monthly thing. We’re going to create our own characters and next month do another one-shot with those characters for some more practice before attempting to do a longer adventure.

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Now that we understand a bit more about the skills and stats, I’m excited to work on my own character. I’m thinking of making a Ranger, although I did get pretty attached to my Rogue, even if everything about her was pre-made. I may keep the basics of the character and rework her for my own. What about you, Rachel?

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I’ll most likely make some sort of wizard or something. Though I didn’t mind being a cleric, that was pretty good. I just definitely want something that can do magic spells. I’m looking forward to giving this a try!

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