One thing you must know about me is that I am in love with the Halo series. One of my gaming related goals is to own all the Halo games and to beat them all on Legendary (aside from Halo Wars; it’s incredibly difficult). I read all the books as they come out, I’ve got a poster, calendar, t-shirt, a McFarlane figure, and a bunch of other stuff, so naturally, some of my blog posts are going to be dedicated to Spartan 117 and the rest of the crew.
I’m trying something new today; this is a top five list of memorable in-game chickens in games I’ve played and in games I haven’t (well, one game, to be exact). Believe it or not, chickens are quite notorious in many games, and I’m sure many of you are thinking of at least one chicken-themed gaming moment you’ve experienced personally. Here, in no particular order, is my list of the top five chickens in video games:
This article isn’t about a current event in the gaming industry, or about a new game that’s coming out. Instead, this article is all about “what if.” I’m going to share my thoughts on how awesome I think games would be if there was a decent level of voice recognition in games. I think games would be even more engaging and it would make some games easier to play. Of course, the above image is quite satirical, but wouldn’t it be sweet if your Xbox could bring you a pie? Just saying…
The latest Grand Theft Auto entry has sold far more copies than I expected it to. In a singly day, $800 million worth of GTA was sold. Then, within three days, the billion dollar barrier was broken; over 6 times faster than any other movie, game, book, CD, or the like. This is a testimony to the way the game industry is changing, and here is what I think the testimony states:
Violent video games have a bad reputation in the non-gaming community. People are constantly criticizing gamers for playing violent games, and they especially frown upon kids playing these games. Their claim is that playing these obscenely violent games negatively influences us to the point where we feel the need to kill others in mass shootings. At the very least, they say that games make us more irritable and prone to violent outbursts.
Obviously, as a gamer, I disagree. Games don’t make me violent. I’m not going to go kill anyone, and I’m going to explain why.
Take a look at that video. It’s been getting quite a few views over the last 24 hours, and I’m going to weigh in on it. Now, most people watch that and are taking the side of the customer; most viewers say that she treated him inappropriately, and she should be reprimanded or fired. I feel differently, however; I think she was completely in the right in this situation; she didn’t do anything wrong.
One thing I love about blogging is that I get to see the different viewpoints of other bloggers and gamers. At the end of Part 1, A Voice told me what he thought made a game art. I’m hoping he doesn’t mind too much that I’m using his comment, because it’s quite insightful! He made three basic points, and here they are in their condensed form:
This is a question that has been asked and answered a million times. I’ll be honest, it’s quite a generic question, but as with the “what makes a gamer” question, there isn’t a specific answer; it’s all up to interpretation. I’m sure that, since I’m a gamer, you can tell what I’m going to say about this. Long story short, yes, I do believe that video games are an art form. Explaining why I think this is much more long-winded, so here we go!
So, the Liebster Award is a pretty nifty little award. It’s a community-based nomination that has a trickle down effect. If you receive the award, you have to nominate your favorite 11 blogs, and each one of those blogs has to nominate 11, etc. It’s a nice little “feel-good” award, especially for small bloggers like me; I mean, who doesn’t loved getting noticed/awarded?
If you haven’t caught my drift, I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award, and it’s pretty cool! Thanks to Vitosal for nominating me. I’ve only been connected to you on WordPress for three or four days now, but it’s awesome to see your blog posts and comment on them, and I guess you enjoy commenting on mine as well, hence the nomination. I look forward to what you’ll be writing in the future, and thanks for the chance to send this down the line to my favorite bloggers!
It’s pretty obvious that Nintendo is having quite a bit of trouble selling the Wii U. In fact, to compare Nintendo to themselves, they sold as many Wii Us to date since its November-December 2012 launch as the 3DS sold in it’s first month. (Wikipedia says 3.61 million to date for the Wii U and 3.61 million from Feb. 26 to May 31 for the 3DS). Considering that selling a home console and games for it can provide a huge amount of revenue for a company, is it safe to assume that this could be the beginning of the end for Nintendo because they’re missing out on a large chunk of revenue?