Archive | October, 2015

#997 – Being scared to death by P.T.

24 Oct

As a kid I hated anything that was remotely scary, so horror video games were something I stayed very, very, very far away from. With age though came more courage (very little, but at least more) and thus my appreciation for those types of games rose. But to be honest I don’t think my body was ever ready to experience the nightmare that is or should I say was P.T.

For those who are unaware, P.T. stood for Playable Teaser and was a glimpse into next Silent Hill title, so it was more of a demo than an actual full game. But the experience was not a mere demo, it was something that changed me and possibly thousands if not millions of others. Not knowing what to expect, I was hit with jump scares, grotesque sights, psychological scars, and yet… I loved every second of it.

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I covered my eyes everytime I turned a corned, but I could not turn away and put down the controller for good. The way it pulled me in is so hard to explain. I was too intrigued by the atmosphere created by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro that it scared me in a way that I wanted to be scared. This world is meant to be experienced. Unfortunately, the game/demo is no longer available due to the cancellation of Silent Hills and thus many people might miss out on this one of a kind experience.

If you have a chance to play P.T., make sure to shut off the lights, crank the volume, and kiss your life goodbye because you might very well die of fright. Believe me though, you might be cussing my name after but I know deep inside you thoroughly loved it.

AWESOME!

#998 – Getting your name on a high score board

23 Oct

Gamers are a very competitive breed. It’s all about winning and we stop at nothing to be the best at the games that we love. So when your hard work pays off and your name appears on a high score board, the euphoric feeling is indescribable. If you don’t believe me, just look at the amazing documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. It’s all about two guys who battled to have the highest score in the original Donkey Kong.  Now not all of us can get the highest score on a game, but just having our name on the board should be enough to get you excited. Today almost any game that is connected to the internet has some sort of high score board or leaderboard. Technically, even getting an extremely low score on any mobile game will net you a spot somewhere on that list. And before you go sulking that you’re ranked 30,251st, just know that there are 7 billion people living on this planet, so you are actually ranked pretty high if you ask me. You might not be the best at the game, but there are people who are far worse at it. Your name will probably move down the board over time, but it will always be there for you to go back and reminisce. And it is always there for motivation so you can keep trying and beat that score.

Having your name on a high score board is like placing your signature on a piece of digital entertainment history. When future generations of gamers look back, they can see that “rickytheleaf” played Pac-Man Championship Edition DX. To be forever immortalized in a video game should put a smile on anybody’s face.

AWESOME!

#999 – Finally paying off your mortgage in Animal Crossing

22 Oct

Animal Crossing is the type of game where you can take as little or as much time as you like to do anything. Want to spend all day picking apples? Go ahead and knock yourself out. Want to bother all the villagers by smacking them with your net? You sir have a sick sense of humour, but no one will stop you, so enjoy! As you can see from my examples, you can pretty much do anything you want without having to worry about objectives or a specific goal. But there is that one pesky issue that haunts every Animal Crossing player; your mortgage.

You are given a house when you arrive in your new town, but Tom Nook, a very suspicious raccoon asks that you pay back the house when you are ready. No deadline is given, no interest, literally no consequences. But something about having this imaginary debt weighs on your mind is motivation enough to pay back this loan little by little. You’ll sell fish, fossils, fruit, furniture, anything you can get your hands on to pay back your debt. And then the day finally comes where Tom Nook tells you that you are in the clear, time to open that celebratory bottle of champagne. But wait… it’s now time to make that house bigger and with that comes a fresh new mortgage.

This seemingly endless cycle will keep you in debt for a long time. But that time will come, where you pay that last bell (the game’s currency) and you are debt free forever! You stand there letting that sink in for a moment, from here on out you owe nothing to no one. You have the biggest house in town and your pockets will grow bigger and bigger with more money than you know what to do with. Congratulations, you are the Animal Crossing king or queen!

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AWESOME! 

 

#1000 – The first ever video game you played

21 Oct

What better way to start off this list of awesomeness than going all the way back to what made us gamers in the first place? Everybody remembers their first time(I’m talking about games here people, so get your mind out of the gutter). Maybe you grew up in the 70s and were lucky enough to have Pong as your first gaming experience. Or maybe you were born in the 90s or later and are fond of the first time you played a Playstation or Xbox game. Whatever the case may be, there is no denying that the first video game you ever played is as fond a memory as your first day of school or losing your first tooth.

Being born in the late 80s, I missed out on the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System, so despite having great games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, I missed out and started gaming in the 90s. The first game I remember ever playing was Tetris for the original Game Boy. My sister had actually won the handheld in a draw at her workplace and brought it home where her little 3 or 4 year old brother (that’s me!) stayed glued to it forever. Not only was it memorable because it was my first game ever, it still remains one of my favourite games ever! I guess it can be credited as what has led me to the gamer I am today.

So take a trip down memory lane and remember what started that road to gaming bliss all those years ago.

AWESOME!

Welcome To 1000 Awesome Game Things

19 Oct

Hello and welcome to what is bound to be the greatest list of video gaming goodness you have ever encountered! When you see that four digit number listed in the title, you might be thinking, “How can one person possibly list the greatest 1000 video games ever made?” You would be correct to ponder this, fine guy or gal that is currently reading this, but you would also be misinterpreting what this blog is all about. I’m not here to countdown the best video games ever made, I’m here to countdown some of the most awesome things in gaming. And when I say things, it can be anything game related, not just the ‘killed that huge boss’ moments, I’m trying to find the little things in gaming that we might take for granted but are still awesome!

Before I go any further, I have to give full credit where credit is due. The main inspiration for this blog comes from Neil Pasricha’s awesome blog (pun intended) 1000 Awesome Things. Here is the best explanation of it straight from the source material, “1000 Awesome Things is just a time-ticking countdown of 1000 awesome things. Launched June, 2008 and updated every weekday.” From popping bubble wrap to getting your ID checked when you are way over the legal age, Neil appreciates the finer things in life and it really is a boost especially when life has got you down.

Now my blog will follow the same type of format (I’ll try my best to post everyday, no particular order, etc.), but of course it will be game related only. Why is that? Because I am an avid gamer in every sense of the word. I don’t just love video games, I love the industry and culture surrounding it, more than just a hobby, it is a way of life. So I hope that my passion for gaming can turn this blog into something awesome!

Now sit back, grab your controller, and game on! But don’t forget to drop by once in a while to see what awesome gaming thing I’ll be talking about next!