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Games I’d Like to See on the Switch

Can you believe that the Nintendo Switch is only a month or so away?! It seems like it just yesterday that we were all speculating about what the console will be like and whether or not that weird oval-screen controller was the real deal. Well, thankfully that controller turned out to be a hoax, and we’ve even got a few confirmed games to get excited about. That said though, there’s still plenty to think about in regard to the Switch, and for me it’s mostly about what games I’d like to see on it. Given how Nintendo has been treating anything that isn’t Zelda, Mario, or Splatoon these days, it may very well be that none of these will ever happen. A man can dream though, right?
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Saturday Video Round Up: July 31 – August 6

My goodness it has been quite a while hasn’t it?

With the barren like wasteland of July now a thing of the past, the Saturday Video Round Up makes its long awaited return. Thankfully, there’s a lot more video content to take a look at these days, so lets jump right into it, shall we?

Rainbow Six Siege keeps on rolling as the third meaty expansion called Operation Skull Rain launched this week. The pack gives the game a Brazilian flair with the highly destructible Favela map and two new operators from the BOPE Special Unit.

The annual QuakeCon is also in full swing and Bethesda released a trio of videos for some of their upcoming games. Get a first look at some actual gameplay for Prey, Quake Champions, and check out the first premium DLC pack for DOOM.

I’ve also got new videos for Overwatch, Battlefield 1, Pokemon Sun/Moon and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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A Trial Run of Pokémon Go

I never intended to play Pokémon Go. Up until this past weekend, I was more than content to follow its comings and goings online, in social media, and on the nightly news. I was impressed by mainstream cult that quickly formed around the game, and I was amazed at its immediate rise in popularity, and not just among hardcore Pokémon players. It seemed as if everyone was suddenly playing this game, almost with reckless abandon. Just watching the saga of the game unfold was amazingly entertaining and about as close as I wanted to be to any of it.

And then a few days ago, my husband asked me,” Are you going to download that new Pokémon game?” My short response was along the lines of nope, never. But then he mentioned something that changed my mind. He said that folks at his work had been talking about Pokémon Go, but that folks at his work never talked about video games. Huh, really? That struck a chord. I knew that Pokémon Go had become a big deal in no time, but until he said that, I don’t think I understood just how big. How in the world could a Pokémon game, of all things, attract both gamers and self-proclaimed non-gamers alike? How could it collect, in the span of a mere few days, a jumbo-sized audience that entertainment companies, video game companies included, only dream of? Well, to find out it appeared that I would have to download the game.

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Still Wanna Catch ‘Em All!

It was just about 20 years ago now that gamers were introduced to the world of Pokemon. It’s arrival at the time was probably just as exciting as any other new release, but little did we know that Pokemon would become so much more than a one-off adventure about a 10-year-old collecting strange monsters. Somehow, the Pokemon series has not only endured these past 20 years, but actually thrived! It’s grown from just a couple of games into a full franchise complete with 25 main series games, several tv series, movies, and merchandise for every category under the sun! Movies and merch aside though, why is it that the games have been able to persist while so many other, younger, series have quickly lost steam and faded into obscurity? I’m no expert, but I think it’s just as much our doing, as fans, as it is the games themselves. Continue reading Still Wanna Catch ‘Em All!

#Listmas2014: Pokemon LeafGreen has taught me a thing or three

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The second half of this year has been, for me, all about Pokemon LeafGreen. After plenty of internal debate and more than a little help from my Internet friends, several months back, I decided to play LeafGreen, my first ever Pokemon game. I wish I could say that I’ve completed the game, but I haven’t…yet. (I’m really close though!)

Despite the fact that I’ve been playing video games for a while now and thought that I knew everything I needed to know about them, LeafGreen has instilled a number of importance lessons that I either completely took for granted over the years or, for one reason or another, just never learned. So here, for you and #Listmas2014, are three big take-aways that I’ve gotten from, of all things, a Pokemon game, proving that the world really does work in mysterious ways.

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Pokemon is a Game of Great Moments

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Normally a series as unchanging as Pokemon would have long ago faded into oblivion. We gamers usually demand a degree of change as we follow a series, so it should be a wonder that Pokemon has persisted so long without many major changes to the formula. It should be, but truly the fact that it’s still going isn’t surprising in the least. Pokemon is one of those rare games that got it almost exactly right on the very first try. It’s simple, but has depth. It’s cute, but that cuteness is offset by a sense of mystery about the world and the nature of its inhabitants. Finally, the battling and pokemon collecting are easy in theory, but structured in a way that can turn what should be a quick and easy encounter into a desperate struggle for the ages! It’s a game that makes great moments happen, and allows for them to happen at any time! Continue reading Pokemon is a Game of Great Moments

I am not a novelty

Image by Flickr user Hen3K Hen3K
Image by Flickr user Hen3k Hen3k

I see you. Staring. Staring at me. You think I don’t notice? You’re right across from me on this train; you’re not invisible.

All I want to do is play Pokemon on my way to work in peace. Is it the tablet? The fact that I’m using the tablet like a game controller instead of for reading, which is what women are supposed to do with tablet-like things, right? Read? Read and not play games? Because women don’t play games?

Take a look around. Nearly everyone, men and women, on this train is looking down at their electronic devices, and I can guarantee you that the majority of them are playing something. Because we play games. I am not a novelty. We all play games.

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