Dive into Another World: MMORPGs

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday and new year, everyone! Here’s hoping that everyone is planning great things for 2017, both for personal and gaming goals!

Rachel and I have been hard at work trying to improve this blog, to figure out bigger and better ways to connect to fellow gamers and writers. Because, honestly, isn’t that the point of gaming? Socializing and excitedly freaking out with your fellow nerds?

(Real talk, I’ve never understood where that old stereotype of gamers hanging out in the basement of their parents’ house alone came from.)

This year I would love to try my hand at more MMORPGs. Although they’re not required to enjoy the games, Rachel and I are comparing prices and reviews of microphones and headphones for such games so we can, you know, possibly communicate with other gamers (outside of the game’s chat system, of course).

I’m not entirely sure where to start. I used to play City of Heroes when it had been around, having tons of fun flying around, kicking butt, and teaming up with other players when I could. Back then, I was like Batman, working better alone if only due to my computer being just barely able to run the game. It wouldn’t have been fair to join a team of fellow superheroes only for my system to lag during an important battle.

Rachel and I were thinking of Lord of the Rings Online, figuring that it was a familiar enough franchise for us to dive into and play with each other. Star Trek Online is another world I would love to join. I would love to try perhaps World of Warcraft down the line, that kind of fantasy world being right up my alley. Overwatch is still on my list to play, too.

What about you out there — any MMORPGs that you enjoy playing? Any recommendations, for games or equipment?

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The Game Awards

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

… That sounded like an oxymoron, didn’t it?

So, this past Thursday had been The Game Awards. Rachel and I, instead of watching it, played The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past because we’re in a different timezone and we sort of forgot about the awards.

Oops.

We’ll probably watch the replay of it at some point, but we did hunt down a list of the winners to see what had won. Some definitely weren’t too surprising — of course Breath of the Wild is the most anticipated game, Pokemon GO had to win something with how popular it was, and Overwatch pretty much swept up a good chunk of awards — but I was a little disappointed in myself for not trying many of the games for this year.

Rather, the only game on that list that I’ve played is Pokemon GO. I’ve heard of most, if not all, of the games on the list, but I haven’t had the pleasure of playing them yet. It’s a bit funny, as I’m a gamer, I enjoy playing video games, but my circle of games seems pretty small at the moment. I better fix that, don’t you think?

At the very least, I was able to add quite a few more games to my “need to check out” list!

What about you? What did you think of the awards? Any different games you would have picked as the winners if you had been in charge?

 

Friday Favorites: Anticipation

Double Jump Kris MiiIt’s still Friday, right?

Rachel and I have a good friend who was looking to sell her one-year old, only-used-for-six-months gaming laptop for a very reasonable price, and I offered to take it off her hands. While Rachel and I have a desktop that’s supposedly dedicated to gaming, it’s mostly used for art projects. As such, I’m excited at the prospect of having a gaming laptop, and am looking forward to the games I’ll be installing on it!

 

3. Overwatch

I had been intrigued with this game since it was first announced, and am still intrigued after seeing plenty of play-throughs and streams of it. I’ve not really played many shooter games, but this one looks pretty damn good, and I’m itching to try it.

2. No Man’s Sky

This particular game I’ve heard plenty of interesting… things. It looks gorgeous from every trailer I’ve seen and the idea of it is amazing, but there have also been many negative reviews thrown at it as well. We shall see.

1. Batman: The Telltale Series

I gushed about this game a couple of weeks ago, and I’m positive it’s the first game I’m going to set up on the new laptop. I heard some very positive reviews about it, and it’s Batman. ‘Nough said.

What games are you looking forward to playing?

Gamer Arena

Double Jump Kris MiiHello everyone!

I’ve been out of school for years and, while education is very important, the classroom setting was never for me. On that note, though, I heard of a university in California that is setting up a gamer haven… 

The University of California-Irvine is doling out scholarships just for playing video games. If I knew about this place back when I was getting ready to go to college, I would have given it serious consideration if it looked as it does now.

The university is set to open its state-of-the-art gaming arena this week, and it boasts 70 gaming computers, each with their own set of gaming headphones and oh-so-comfortable looking chairs for the ultimate gaming experience. Televisions and monitors are set to adorn the walls to showcase leadership boards, and a section of the place will be dedicated to gaming consoles, such as XBox and Playstation. There’s also an area that will be dedicated to livestreaming.

With plenty of popular games — League of Legends, Overwatch, Minecraft, just to name a few — already pre-loaded on the computers and costing only $4 an hour to spend some time on the machines, the university’s gaming community looks set to explode. Considering that Irvine is one of the few universities to offer a Computer Game Science degree and that it’s “also in the backyard of a bunch of game studios,” it seems like a great investment for the place.

In all honesty, this isn’t too much of a surprise. Nowadays, video games are a widely accepted form of entertainment with some of the most impressive technology (virtual reality, anyone?), gorgeous art, and immersive story lines that we’ve ever seen. Gamers are a dominant force in the consumer world, and having dedicated gaming arenas are certainly nice.

Currently Playing…

Double Jump Kris MiiI was woefully unprepared for this Friday’s post…

So, instead of a Friday Favorites, you’re going to get a random list of what kind of games I’m currently playing!

 

Like most gamers, Rachel and I have quite a variety of consoles at our disposal to play, from handhelds to the television consoles to the PC. After both our day jobs and our writing work, we try to relax a bit with whatever game currently has our attention.

At the moment, that mostly seems to be The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. We finally opened our box (not the amiibo yet, but that’ll be soon so the wolf can be leveled up for Breath of the Wild) not too long ago and booted it up. It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since the original release date of the game, and the graphics are more gorgeous than ever. It’s awesome to ride Epona around in the vast Hyrule Field, and it’s just getting me more excited for the open-world concept of Breath of the Wild!

On my Nintendo 3DS, I’m still chucking away at Fire Emblem: Conquest. I think I’m enjoying it more than Birthright. The characters are still interesting, in my opinion, but I’m liking the Conquest classes more than the Birthright ones, and the maps have more interesting challenges. I’m about halfway through, I believe, and am looking forward to starting up Revelations next.

Rachel and I haven’t done much gaming on our PC since we got both completion bonuses in Asagao Academy. That game was amazing and fun, as I’m sure you all heard about from us, and we’re looking forward to figuring out what other kinds of games to try out. Overwatch has certainly been on my mind to try lately…

What about all of you? What kind of games are you playing? Any recommendations?