Online Features: Yay or Nay? [Debate]

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Online capabilities and features have become pretty staple when it comes to video games nowadays. All of the current generation of consoles have some sort of online network that allows you to link up and play with friends not only in your own living room but around the world. While there are certain features that I would like to see expanded when it comes to online capabilities, I believe video games as a whole have become better with online access.

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Online features are a huge step for gaming. Gaming is, after all, about connectivity and getting to know other gamers. However, while it’s great to get to be able to play games with my long-distance friends, I think I could do without the online features. I like being able to play through the game on my own and have friends beside me to play some local co-op so we can talk to each other in person.

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Sometimes local co-op isn’t that feasible, though, but online lets you still play together. It’s best when there is a decent chat system or you’re able to talk through microphones, of course. Being able to play online with others does promote community and being social. Another perk is games being able to be patched if there’s an issue with them. Companies are able to directly send the fixes to games via the Internet and, while they may take some time to download, it’s better than trying to get a cartridge of the game fixed.

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Playing together in-person isn’t always doable, but neither is playing online sometimes. Most often than not, when we play online, we have a hard time getting the volume just right. I remember when we had tried to played Minecraft online with our brother-in-law on the Xbox. Our headsets didn’t work even though we just bought them. Which is another thing, it’s super expensive to buy the headsets and mics just to be able to communicate with your friends. And don’t even get me started on the lag – when you spend a while setting everything up and then you don’t even get the chance to play.

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Well, yes, but our WiFi can be special that way, haha. As for the headsets, we probably didn’t set them up right because we had no idea what we were doing back then, especially when it came to the Xbox. In the majority of cases, online gaming is pretty smooth since the Internet is such a huge part of everyday life. Depending on how you play, it doesn’t have to be too expensive to play with online friends as well. Discord has plenty of options to talk and hear each other while playing, usually on PC but you can also have it set up with the laptop’s integrated webcam while playing console games.

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Our WiFi is special, yeah, but lag is everywhere and happens to everyone. Take Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, for example. The online features for that game are awful with the lag and that’s not just us. Smash is such an awesome, universal game, and we can only play in local co-op without wanting to rip our hair out.

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I think Smash Bros. Ultimate is an exception rather than the norm since Nintendo, for as awesome as they are, haven’t quite figured out the online capabilities for that game. With that said, we’ve had good luck with Mario Kart and battling and trading Pokemon with the Let’s Go titles. You also can’t forget about the phenomenon of games like Overwatch and Fortnite, not to mention World of Warcraft and other MMORPGs that wouldn’t be able to function without online. New genres came into existence thanks to online features, and being able to share those games with friends everywhere is such a big positive outcome thanks to online networks.

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Fair enough. Though those are all games we don’t play. Having online is great and all and I have done it here and there, but I could do without it.

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Nintendo Switch Online

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This past week we finally got Nintendo’s Switch online service. And… it’s not bad, we suppose, but we don’t see too much of a difference aside from having to now pay to play online with friends. At the very least, it’s cheaper than both Xbox and Playstation for their online services.

The NES games that come along with the online service aren’t too bad, but we also have the mini NES Classic console. Many of the games are the same. We understand that more games will be added regularly — indeed, the titles for the next couple of months are available on the website that gives the information — and that the games have newer online compatibility.

We did test it out with our good friend Jett at In Third Person, playing a bit of Dr. Mario and River City Ransom (where I may have… accidentally killed him). That was tons of fun and we’re looking forward to playing again, both with Jett and with others!

All in all, it’s not a bad service, not for the cheaper price that we’re paying and for getting the chance to play some old games with friends. We’re looking forward to see what kind of updates the service will get in the coming months, perhaps games from other Nintendo eras like the SNES and maybe the N64.

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Monday Memories: Warhammer

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Today we’re taking a stroll down Memory Lane. I was digging through some old school stuff the other day, finding some things that reminded me of one of my favorite college courses.

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Back when I was in college, I took a sci-fi and fantasy course as an English elective. It was probably one of my favorite classes, considering homework assignments included watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and we spent a class or two discussing the differences between the book’s and movie’s ending of the Watchmen. During about of month of classes, we focused on video games and their place in society. To go along with this theme, we played the MMORPG Warhammer.

At that time, I was fairly new to MMORPGs. Really, the only one I had played was City of Heroes, and it was mostly solo missions. Meeting the rest of the class in one of the study rooms of the library and loading up the game from the computer folder “Math Homework,” (so other students in the school wouldn’t find the game, of course) was a treat. We created our characters and explored the world either together or in groups, and our homework assignment consisted of playing with our characters enough to write up some fantasy diary entries or short stories.

While playing a session, we were told to create “dark” characters rather than heroes, and I was finding it absurd how little clothing the female dark elf I was being had on. The so-called armor was little more than a bikini and I lamented about it to the classmate I was playing with. “Andrew” was creating his own character and waiting for mine to materialize in the world, saying, “Eh, I’m sure it’s fine.”

As soon as my character appeared, his character — dressed fairly normal for a starting character — turned to look at mine and I just heard him say, “Wow… you’re really not wearing anything… But that’s okay, I won’t tell! Let’s go this way!” Cue my scantily-clad character running after his as he loped through the beach-like setting we were in.

In another session, my character was killed by a boar due to another player antagonizing it and the creature believing I was with him by proximity. This other player — who wasn’t in my class, mind you — continued to show up randomly throughout the session and I tended to get into trouble due to his antics.

Yet another session included someone — again, not in my class — following my character around and asking if I was really a girl. Pretty sure I ignored him until the previously-mentioned player appeared in the area and I ended up poisoned somehow.

While playing this game, we had one of my favorite writing assignments. We were told to put ourselves in our character’s shoes, writing diary entries or a short adventure story based on our play-through. Considering how much I enjoy writing, especially pieces that are inspired by the fantasy worlds of video games, this was right up my alley.

We didn’t play Warhammer for very long, but they were still a great couple of weeks. I didn’t play much of it on my own, and the online game itself has been shut down since 2013. It gave me a great taste of MMORPGs, aside from City of Heroes, giving me a new way to play video games. Considering how many online games there are now — PUBG, Fortnite, Overwatch, Star Wars, to name just a small few — playing MMORPGs more is something that is still on my bucket list.

Did you ever play Warhammer? Any other MMORPGs that you want to recommend?

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