Be Happy Games are, relatively, Cheap

Here is a great explanation on why  video games, at least in the United States, are $60. Plus why there is DLC.

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Glass Cannon – Alpha Build

Do you like games like Super Smash Brothers? Do you like games made by Indie developers that don’t suck? Then download Glass Cannon, currently in Alpha, and be amazed. Please support my friends at RHO Interactive and enjoy their work.

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Omaha Game Developers Association

 

Above is a intro video that was made for a panel I was on at Nebraskon 2016.  If you happen to be in the Omaha area of Nebraska and like video games, come out to one of our meetings. We meet up every second Thursday at 7pm at DoSpace. Our next meeting is this coming Thursday, January  12, and will have two members as our speakers. If you are interested and would like more information please follow us on social media.

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SSX 3-The Best Snowboarding Game

From 2000 to about 2008 Electronic Arts had a department called EA Sports Big. This section of EA made sports games that were over the top and bizarre. Primarily the games they made were just fun to play. Arguably the best of these crazy sports games was SSX3, a snowboarding  game with unrealistic tricks and a wonderful sound track. I played the shit out of this game and would gladly pay $60 for an HD remake. This game easily makes my Top 5 games of all time. But instead of making a super lengthy post on why this game is so great I will let TheRussianBadger do it for me.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Story Impressions

Story telling in video games is something that can either make or break a game. In some cases, there are games that are basically all story like visual novels. Or there are other games like Saints Row that are an excuse to shoot things. Then there are games that are in the middle that have a good story mixed with good game play.  For me, a good example of this is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. It was set hundreds of years before any of the movies which allowed it creative freedom to set its self apart. Also it’s a Star Wars title which never hurts. But today we are going to talk about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s story.

For a full disclosure the last Call of Duty I have played, from beginning to end, was Modern Warfare 3. So this will be what I took away from a story play through that I watched on YouTube.

*SPOLIERS AHEAD*

One of the first things that I noticed was that Space John Snow, Kit Harington, comes off as a generic villain who is really evil. Which is fairly evident after the first mission when Admiral Salen Kotch, Space Jon Snow, captures the player. Admiral Kotch gives a monolog about how the player cares for his men wellbeing. Then goes and shoots one of his own men and tells the player that the players compassion is a weakness that won’t allow them to win. This was the set up to the rest of the game which is that not everyone is coming home alive.

In Infinite Wards’ defense this is something that is usually not talked about in First Person Shooters. Most FPS’s will have all the generic bad guys die while most, if not all, the friendly NPC’s live. The fact the Infinite Warfare acknowledges that tales of victory don’t always end with everyone living is nice. But the problem is that this game has not so subtle hints that people are going to die. When you play as the main protagonist Commander Nick Reyes he starts out as an idealist leader who believes that he can bring everyone home. In between the first two missions Reyes has very short conversations with two other characters about how being in charge means sending people to their deaths. Which is odd, since those same people end up dying. In fact, just about anyone who mentioned the perils of leading ended up dead.  I personally feel that if they didn’t try to foreshadow everyone’s death, the death scenes would have meant more.

Beside everyone dying, the overall tone of the story just reminded me of every Gundam series I have every watched. For the most part, the story of any Gundam series goes like this. People of Earth become able to colonize parts of outer space. The people of the space colonies become tired of living under the rule of Earth and want independence. Space colonies start a war with Earth and either try to destroy or take over Earth. The only difference with Infinite Warfare is the enemy sees Earth as weak and worth conquering. I personally find this type of plot just an excuse to have a large scale war. But I still find it enjoyable because the stories during the conflict are interesting, usually.  Though I would like it if this type of plot was fleshed out more. For example, the colonies were tired of following laws set by the people of Earth that only really make sense on Earth. Or they were being overly worked and most of the profits went back to Earth. I would just like something more to why one would go to war with a planet.

When it comes to the performances, I feel that no one just was going through the motions. It seemed that all of the voice actors really tried to give a good performance. The problem was that most of the characters were one dimensional and I didn’t find any of them that interesting. Except for Ethan who was a robot. The only character that felt like they had more than two emotions. Everyone else seemed to either be happy when no pew pew and mad when pew pew. Also I feel that he had the best death scene but they left his name off the memorial wall at the end.  Robot Lives Matter!

In conclusion I feel that, from a story stand point, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare tries for a more emotional pull but falls short since the brands strength has always been solid shooting mechanics. But I do appreciate them trying even though even though it looks like its trying a bit too hard to be Halo at times.(The Raven drop ship looks like the Pelican from Halo.)