Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

While Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are still our go-to games to play at this time, we’re always keeping an eye out for something new, and Niantic seems to be working on their next project….

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Pokemon GO, developed by Niantic, was revolutionary when it first came out — if it worked for you. Our accounts were a little fickle, probably due to the fact that there weren’t too many others (like, no one) around where we lived that also played the game. Wild Pokemon seemed to spawn in proportion to how many people around were playing.

While Pokemon GO didn’t last too long on our phones, the idea of it was awesome. I remember the feel-good stories from last summer of people coming together to catch Pokemon, battle at the gyms, and just meeting fellow Pokemon fans. The game still seems to be doing well, despite some mixed reviews when it was first released, with the updates for Gen II and III Pokemon as well as Legendaries and raids.

Now Niantic’s next mobile AR project is Harry Potter. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will allow players to learn spells, explore their surroundings for wizard secrets and beasts to battle and protect, as well as team up with other players, of course. As someone who grew up reading the Harry Potter series and loving every minute of it, I’m definitely interested in this idea for a mobile game!

Honestly, I would love a proper, open-world RPG Harry Potter-inspired game on modern hardware (perhaps even VR?), but it’ll be interesting to see how a Harry Potter AR game will turn out. There weren’t any date or hints as to when the game could come out, but it’s something to keep an eye out for.

Are you interested in a Harry Potter AR game? What other franchises would you be interested in seeing in AR?

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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: Mobile Games

Double Jump Kris MiiAnother week down, one more full week to go in October!

Mobile gaming has definitely spiked recently, with all sorts of genres being played right at the tips of your fingers. From Angry Birds to Pokemon GO, there’s tons of downloadable games that you can spend your money on (even if the base game itself is free). Although some don’t consider mobile games to truly be “video games,” they’re making strides, especially with the plans to bring Super Mario onto the iPhones! Here are a few of my favorite mobile games from over the years.

3. High School Story by Pixelberry

I know, a game about high school? I’m a bit old for that, aren’t I? While I don’t play the game anymore, hear me out on it. I had downloaded this game years ago when my younger cousins started playing it, mainly because I wasn’t sure what they were getting into. Neither of the two were in high school yet, and their father wasn’t very cell phone or Internet savvy to figure out what they were doing, so I played the game with them to be sure it was appropriate.

Honestly, it’s a very tasteful, fun game. Although it categorizes characters into “cliques,” like jocks, artists, and nerds, it promotes inclusion and nonjudgmental friendship, something that could be promoted more in schools today. A few of the story lines even focus on more serious subjects such as anorexia (but it’s also completely optional in case it’s triggering), and I found them to be well-written and sensitive. The characters are all well-rounded and, even if the event waiting times can be long, it was a pretty enjoyable game.

2. Archie Saves Riverdale

Anyone else read Archie comics? Besides Batman and X-Men, I grew up on Archie comics and still read them from time-to-time. They’re clean, tasteful, and usually hilarious with the antics that the characters get into. They had a mobile game called Archie Saves Riverdale that, unfortunately, isn’t available any longer, but it was fun to someone like me who grew up with the characters. The main goal was, more or less, to do tasks that “cleaned up” Riverdale while also being able to raise relationships between the characters. The dialogue sounded as if they came straight out of the comics, and playing the game was just like being at home.

1. Pokemon GO

Although I’m not addicted to the game, Pokemon GO is still on my list. The augmented reality game helped keep my excitement for the Pokemon franchise, and it was a refreshing new take on the game, even if there were tons of bugs in the program. Being able to search for Pokemon in real world locations is pretty fun, and I’m excited to see where the new updates will take the game.

 

What are some of your favorite mobile games?

Gotta Catch A Few (Pokemon Go Review)

Rachel Mii Double JumpPokemon Go is the latest craze in the world of video games, even if it is just a mobile app.

I was hesitant to download it at first, but I ultimately did cave and decided to give it a go.

Unfortunately, though, it wasn’t exactly what I expected.

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This is more my general thoughts on the game rather than a review, but I’m still calling it a review anyway.

Pokemon Go is a free mobile app where you wander around the world and catch invisible Pokemon that have apparently been right in front of us all our lives.

I love the concept and I think the game is super cool. I love the idea that it gets people up and interacting with one another. I love how a lot of the Pokestops and Gyms are historical places or places you wouldn’t expect. You know, minus people’s private homes… That part isn’t okay.

I enjoy how the game is kind of like a pedometer, even though it’s not tracking your steps, but just how far you go so you can hatch an egg.

There are so many aspects of the game that I enjoy, but it’s not my favorite Pokemon game, as awesome as it is.

I understand why the game is for your cell phone. They made the smart decision with that one. But, people are already glued to their phones enough as it is. Yes, people are exercising. Yes, people are now socializing more. But I don’t think that should be caused by a cell phone game. People should just do that on their own. Though that could just be a nit-pick of mine.

I’m not addicted to the game like most people are. I don’t have it on all the time and I don’t go to new places just for the Pokemon. If I’m going to explore my world, I want to really explore it and see it. I don’t want my nose in my cell phone searching for virtual creatures.

It also drains the battery on my phone. The battery saver helped, but not much. Then they updated the game and took the battery saver away completely. So I don’t want to travel too far because then if my phone dies… Then what?

I feel like I’m just nit-picking the game and I do want to branch out and try playing at a different level to get the full effect of it. I do enjoy the game and love the idea of it. When I find a new Pokemon I don’t have, do I get excited? Of course. When I pass by a Pokestop, must I get it? Definitely.

And while I’m glad I’m not addicted to it, I kind of wish I was.

What do you think of Pokemon Go?

You’re Playing It Wrong

Double Jump Kris MiiAnother Monday, another week. I hope it’s the start of a wonderful week for everyone out there!

 

There have been a couple of posts on this blog fairly recently about playing games solo, group games and, especially, Pokemon Go. Most have been about feelings of nostalgia and, in regards to Pokemon Go, indifference.

Pokemon Go itself is still sweeping through the world, despite the slow servers and glitches that have upset those who are more… shall we say, into the game than I am. For example, there’s a glitch that changes caught Pokemon into different species. Not the worst thing to happen if your Caterpie turns into a Charizard, but a Blastoise that changes into a Rattata? Yeah, I’d be annoyed too.

Despite the cons, Pokemon Go still seems formidable in the mobile games market. It’s praised mostly for the social aspect. People are sharing all sorts of feel-good stories about meeting new friends, about exercising more, about exploring their neighborhood (and the world) more thanks to Pokemon Go.

Rachel and I have been feeling a bit lukewarm regarding the game, but we’ve recently realized that maybe it’s because we’re playing it wrong. We got the basic mechanics down, of course — swiping up to flick a pokeball toward a Pokemon and hoping your aim is true is pretty simple to understand. Yet, we haven’t had the chance to really go out and find other Pokemon fans nearby, and that seems to be what the true magic of this game is.

Our neighborhood is sleepy. We’re a couple of the extremely few young adults in the area while the rest of the block is dominated with elderly couples and some young families just starting out. Granted, our neighbors are awesome, but we’re the minority when it comes to our age bracket. Our town is wonderful, but there aren’t too many places where we can just walk and hang out.

Over the weekend I was at a bachelorette party in a much bigger city, a place I don’t visit very often because there’s no real need (and, I’ll be honest, because of my lack of sense of direction). During a few minutes of downtime while waiting for our dinner reservations, I curiously checked my Pokemon Go at and was astonished at all the Pokestops and dropped lures on the crowded streets. The aching feeling that comes with wanting to explore the world, much like whenever I started a new Pokemon game as a kid, smacked me in the gut, and I just wished that Rachel had been with me to enjoy the feeling.

Maybe one day soon, when work and weddings and adult stuff, Rachel and I can properly be kids (while playing safely, of course) for a little while further from our neighborhood.

We Caved

Double Jump Kris MiiRachel and I downloaded Pokemon GO a couple of days ago. And, while it’s fun, it’s not exactly what I had in mind…

 

So, just last week, I wrote about how Rachel and I didn’t download Pokemon GO yet. Well, we caved like the rest of the world.

And it’s… alright?

Granted, we’ve only been playing the game for a couple of days and we haven’t really had the time (or motivation due to how hot it is outside) to go and venture forth past our sleepy little neighborhood for Pokemon.

It was exciting as we started up the game and were greeted by the dapper-looking Professor Willow. We caught our starters with no problems, and surprised the dog with an impromptu walk around the block.

After that, the excitement dwindled quickly.

We’ve each caught a few Pokemon, Rachel more so than me because my phone is in a love-hate relationship with the servers. Half of the time the game didn’t even want to load on my phone. My screen would be frozen while Rachel ran around catching Pokemon.

The game itself seems like a fantastic idea and will probably be better not only once the servers become strong enough to handle all of the traffic, but also once Rachel and I take longer walks past just our own street and toward the few Pokestops and Gyms we have around here.

With that said, if you’re an avid Pokemon GO fan, please be careful. Tales of accidents and even robberies are cropping up in the news due to this game and its players not watching where they are going. Have fun, be safe, and feel free to share any of your own stories regarding the game! We’d love to hear them!

Games I Want To Play

Rachel Mii Double JumpYou know that thing called “time?” You know that thing called “money?”

Yeah, they get in the way of my video game playing sometimes.

It’s annoying.

Stardew Valley

This game is very similar to Harvest Moon in which you inherit a farm, grow crops, raise animals, and mingle with the townsfolk eventually marrying and having children. Harvest Moon isn’t something I normally play (I’m more of an Animal Crossing person), though it’s always been on my list.

Stardew Valley was created by one person and was put onto Steam in February 2016. It was picked up right away and seemed to instantly become popular. It’s about $15 on Steam and something I was to try, but I don’t have the money to be spending on a new game at the moment. I already have so many games to play that I already own.

But, it seems like Stardew Valley will be coming to the Wii U by the end of the year. Maybe I’ll get it for a Christmas present?

Pokemon GO

I think everyone is playing this game except me. I was super excited for it when I first heard this was going to be a thing.

But… on my cell phone? I would download the game in a heartbeat if this was on the e-shop for my 3DS.

While I will download it in the near future to try it out (because it’s Pokemon!), I just don’t have the time right now. I don’t want the game draining my cell phone battery and I don’t want to get addicted to it because I know that’s all I’ll do if I get the game.

Plus, I don’t want to find a Pokemon in the parking lot at my work and have to walk away from it because otherwise, I’ll be late.

I’m sure there are plenty of other games out there that I really want to try, but these games are the ones that popped into my head first. I mean, I can’t even walk into a Gamestop because I’ll feel guilty just browsing.

What are some games you want to play, but just can’t at the moment?