The Digital Age

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy July, everyone!

Recent news about game stores and physical games have made me come to a realization, one that I’m a bit bemused by…

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Fairly recently, I read a couple of stories about how GameStop is in buyout talks and physical copies of Fortnite are being sold for hundreds of dollars, and it made me realize something…

I’m old.

Not really, but considering how fast technology has grown during my lifetime, it makes me feel a little old. For example, I know that the “save” symbol in Microsoft Word is based off of a floppy disk. My cousins, who are about half of my age, have never seen a floppy disk nor do they even use Word anymore — it’s all Google Docs, which I have yet to fully figure out.

I have lived during the release of every Nintendo video game console with the exception of the original NES. I have seen Blockbuster at the height of its business as well as when they closed their doors for good. Guys, I’m as old as the World Wide WebAnd now nearly everything is at our fingertips — video games, groceries, clothes, these can all be bought at the click of a button and be delivered to your house if not able to be downloaded right away. I’m totally guilty with that too. I download games way more often lately than I do buy physical games, and if I do get a physical game, it’s probably ordered from Amazon.

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On a side note, Whose Line is it Anyway? was a fantastic show.

It’s amazing how many strides video games have made during my lifetime, from the NES’s blocky cartridges that only supported two players at most to being able to play with multiple people around the world while online to even virtual reality. These innovations are being programmed rapid-fire and, while feeling old is still there, I’m also excited to see how much farther programming and coding can leap while I’m alive.

Are you “old” like me? What are your favorite advancements in the digital age?

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L.A. Noire

Double Jump Kris MiiIt’s amazing that the Nintendo Switch came out just this year and already there’s over 500 games in the works right now that can be played on the console either through physical cartridges or digital downloads via the Nintendo eShop.

A game that’s gotten quite a few people excited is the anticipated detective game L.A. Noire.

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L.A. Noire for the Switch will be out in North America tomorrow, the 14th. It’s an action and adventure game that places the player in the role of a hardened detective that solves murders. It’s rated M for Mature, a rating that Nintendo generally doesn’t deal with considering family-friendly the company is.

While any new game for the Switch is exciting, I’m unsure about this one. Rachel and I have the XBox 360 version of the game and… we didn’t get too far. We honestly bought it because, at the time, we were itching for a new detective-like series after having gotten hooked on the Ace Attorney franchise. L.A. Noire was definitely grittier than Ace Attorney, and we missed the epic music and characters from the latter series. Considering we didn’t use the XBox 360 too often, we also probably weren’t used to the controls either.

However, that was a couple of years ago. Perhaps this time around, if we have a little extra money to splurge, we’ll try picking up L.A. Noire again for our shiny Switch.

What about you? Is L.A. Noire something you’re interested in? Did you ever play an earlier version of the game?

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New Pokemon Forms

Double Jump Kris MiiThe majority of Pokemon change forms as they grow, evolving into usually stronger creatures. It’s one of the main components to the games, enabling players to create all sorts of strategies for their adventure to play out.

While evolution usually happens when a Pokemon levels up, there are different criteria for some species, such as Lycanroc, whose form depends on the time of day…

Lycanroc was one of the first Alolan Pokemon to be revealed to the public and, within the games, its pre-evolved form Rockruff is one of the first wild Pokemon the player encounters when starting their journey in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. With Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon coming out in November, more information regarding the new forms of the Alolan Pokemon is starting to slowly make its way onto the Internet.

Where Lycanroc is concerned, there will be a new form to go along with its Midday and Midnight appearance: Dusk Lycanroc.

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It’s a decent design, in my opinion. As Rachel pointed out, “It looks like a sunset!” Caught between the Midday and Midnight forms, the Dusk Lycanroc looks as if it’ll fit right in.

Yet, I wonder how many Pokemon are going to get new forms for the games. Most likely due to its werewolf motif, Lycanroc was one of — if not the only — Pokemon with an alternate form based on the time of day in the seventh generation to go with the day and night aspect of the games. Will other Pokemon get more forms for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon?

With Mega Evolution, then Z-Moves, Alolan variations of first generation Pokemon, now Ultra forms for the Sun and Moon legendaries, I’m curious as to how all of this will play out.

What do you think of Dusk Lycanroc? Are you hoping for other Pokemon to get different forms? Or do you think these are too many forms and variations to keep track of?

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Friday Favorites: SNES Classic Wish List

Double Jump Kris MiiWith the news of the SNES Classic coming out in a couple of months, people have been scrutinizing the list of games the console will be loaded with. While I have no complaints about the game list, there are a few that I wish made an appearance on the console.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time

This classic arcade beat-em-up game was a favorite of Rachel’s and mine back when we were kids. It was perfect as a co-op game and quick enough to play within a couple of hours. Hearing the old school Ninja Turtles’ voices were great too!

Disney’s The Lion King

Disney had a few licensed games with Nintendo, like Aladdin and the Jungle Book, and The Lion King was one of the best. With the fun music and scenes from the movie, it worked well with the original SNES console. The game was short and sweet, making it a great game to play during an afternoon.

Tiny Toons Adventures: Buster Busts Loose

This was definitely a guilty pleasure game, a game filled with the ridiculousness that came with the Looney Toons. Tiny Toons was a spin-off of the Looney Toons for a younger generation, filled with characters that were the “students” of the original Looney Toons. I honestly don’t remember much of the plot of Buster Busts Loose, but I remember the fun, colorful scenes and high-energy music!

Goof Troop

This particular game I never really wanted to play as a kid. In fact, it was one of Rachel’s favorite games and, while it was never my first choice to play, I do remember having fun with Rachel while playing it. She was Max and I was Goofy and she had a penchant for throwing barrels at my character instead of actually trying to solve the puzzles!

What video games would you have liked to see on the SNES Classic console?

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Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass DLC

Double Jump Kris MiiThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is still a fantastic game and, with the end of last month, the game’s first expansion pass DLC was released. It brought plenty of fresh content to a game that already has so much to do and explore!

 

bfsexyjThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been out for only four months and it continues to make headlines as one of the best games in the Legend of Zelda franchise. Much of that credit is due to the enormous open world that players can explore, allowing them to play out the story in any order they wish (should they even want to play out the story because that’s an option too).

Rachel and I have yet to actually beat the story, but we’re getting there! When we had pre-ordered our Switch bundle a few months ago, not only was the Breath of the Wild included but so was the first DLC pass ready to be downloaded when June 30th rolled around. The Expansion Pass DLC includes the Trial of the Sword, Hero’s Path Mode, and Master Mode, along with the Travel Medallion, more armor, and the Korok Mask hidden throughout the world.

While we haven’t downloaded the DLC just yet, I think I’m looking forward to the Trial of the Sword challenge the most. It seems like an awesome challenge and to strengthen the Master Sword even further is just sweet. The Hero’s Path Mode will also be helpful to us. Rachel and I tend to just make a beeline to whatever Tower or Shrine we see in our line of sight, so exploration can be a second thought. Using the Hero’s Path Mode to see where we’ve been and, more importantly, where we haven’t been sounds so useful.

For those of you who do have the DLC on their Breath of the Wild games, I hope you’re enjoying it!

What do you think of the expansion pass DLC? What’s your favorite part of the pass?

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Batman and Harley Quinn

Double Jump Kris MiiThe last few days of May… Where is 2017 going?

I hope everyone has a lovely Memorial Day this week! Amid video games and comic books, please enjoy some time with your family and good friends.

 

This summer, there is a new direct-to-video animated Batman movie slated to be released.

I grew up watching the animated Batman series due to my uncle having taped the majority of the episodes on VHS tapes. When I wasn’t bothering said uncle to play Ocarina of Time or Super Mario RPG, I was probably wearing out the VHS tapes in order to watch Batman and Robin.

Aside from the fact that it’s Batman, this movie also brings Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester back as the voices of Batman and Nightwing, and I’m so excited! They’ve done some of the best work as their voices, in my opinion. Melissa Rauch, from The Big Bang Theory, will be Harley Quinn and, while she’s obviously not the original voice actress, I don’t think she sounds too bad as the character.

Seeing the animated series again not only brings about a wave of nostalgia, but it also reminds me of the Batman video games out there. Rachel has played Arkham Asylum, but our XBox decided to call it quits before I could get a chance to do so. I have also yet to play Batman: The Telltale Series that is chilling on my Steam account. I definitely need to check out that game soon!

Are you interested in the Batman movies? Who out there remembers VHS tapes?

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Are Consoles Old News?

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Anyone else around here subscribed to The Game Theory YouTube channel? There was an episode of Deadlocked that had been uploaded with one of the channel’s hosts MatPat versus the president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime. The pair were debating whether or not Nintendo should stay in the console race or if Nintendo should focus more on becoming a third-party game manufacturer. Both had excellent points, and it reminded Rachel and me of our old debate regarding handheld and television consoles.

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The Nintendo Switch is a cross between a home console and a handheld. It’s big enough to connect to your TV, but small enough to easily pack up and take with you to a friend’s house. Honestly, I’m not sure which way I would want to play it. I’ll have to play the actual console to be sure, but I think the concept is definitely interesting.

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With that said, is the Switch enough to stay relevant in the console wars? The Wii U didn’t sell well at all when compared to Sony’s and Microsoft’s latest consoles. The debate between MatPat and Reggie brought up some good thoughts regarding consoles and physical games. With PC gaming and downloadable games available on all current consoles, it’s a wonder if consoles will eventually fade away.

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Honestly, I feel like consoles will fade away, but not just for Nintendo. With virtual reality a thing as well, consoles could be a thing of the past as we get greedy with the new and latest technology that is presented to us.

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I do adore our consoles, but the advances in technology aren’t boding well for them. That, and I’m totally looking forward to the day that we can try virtual reality for ourselves! Who knows, though? Perhaps the Switch and the latest consoles from Sony and Microsoft will keep the console era alive for just a little longer.

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I know the Switch is getting some mixed reviews, but I honestly think it will really change the way games are played. Having a two-in-one system was pretty clever of Nintendo, I have to admit. And I’m excited because now we can bring our games with us when we go on vacation.

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Not that lugging the Gamecube or Wii ever stopped us, right? I am excited for the Switch, and I’m looking forward to when we get it, and I’m sure Nintendo has a few tricks up its sleeves to be sure the consoles stay relevant in the coming future.

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I also wonder if there will be some things about the Switch that Nintendo is keeping secret until we can actually get our hands on it. That would certainly be interesting. Either way, I think the consoles still have some life left in them.

What do you think? Will consoles be around for a long time? Let us know in the comments below!

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