Month: September 2017

RANT: PewDiePie Screwed Up, But …

RANT: PewDiePie Screwed Up, But …

Yes, PewDiePie said the N-word while on a livestream. Yes, he is the face of YouTube and should know better. Yes, what he said was wrong and there was no excuse for it. Yes, he should apologize for what he said. However, does he truly deserve the amount of hate he is receiving? Listen, before you begin hating on me, allow me to explain my thoughts on this issue. I do believe what PewDiePie said was inexcusable and that he should be aware of the repercussions of saying such things, but with Sean Vanaman threatening to DMCA takedown all his videos on Fire-Watch and everyone claiming him to be a racist, I feel like … it’s all completely false.

First, one thing people need to slow down and understand is CONTEXT! You can not claim someone to being racist just because they say the N-word. That is not a fair and constructive argument. Context is extremely important in this situation. Was this word used as an insult? Yes it was, and it was completely inappropriate, but I’m almost a hundred percent certain this wasn’t used in a racial tone. Merely just a dumb and stupid insult towards another player. Could he have said something better? Of course, and he should’ve!

Second, Sean Vanaman I feel got a little too personal with the whole thing. He said that he was planning on filing a DMCA takedown on all future videos PewDiePie will make on any Campo Santo games, and on top of that, he will be going to other game developers to try and create a united front against him. Now this is completely insane. If game developers are being given this kind of power to silence YouTube Gamers just because they said something they don’t like (Not referring to what PewDiePie said. I am speaking in general.) is making developers the new Thought Police of the Gaming Community. Which is not something we need right now. We already have Google.

I’m in no way defending what PewDiePie said. I do feel he should learn to properly filter himself when doing a video/livestream. He needs to learn people can and will react in a bad way to possibly offensive language. However, this kind of hate is completely over the top. I think we all need to relax and just give PewDiePie a good slap on the wrist. We need to let him know how important he is, and that everything he says or does will be seen and heard by everyone, and whatever he does or says will indeed be judged.

You’re walking on thin ice, Felix. Seriously, don’t do this again.

 

Destiny 2 is Awesome, but …

Destiny 2 is Awesome, but …

Introduction

First off, without a doubt, this game is far greater than it’s predecessor. While Destiny 1 had a lackluster campaign, Destiny 2 is rich with story and character development. There is a clear beginning, middle, and end this time around. The new villain, Ghaul, is very interesting. At first he seems rather cliché, but as you get to know him and learn about his past, he begins to show his true colors. It’s a very well put together story. The graphics look very updated, and the new planets have absolutely breath taking visuals and backgrounds. Almost all of the enemy factions have been updated. The Cabal, the Fallen, the Vex, and even the Hive have new looks and enemy types. Especially the Cabal with their new dog-like enemies that hunt down players like Bloodhounds.

The Taken has also returned, and while I’m not too happy about their return since … I wasn’t a huge fan of them in Destiny 1, I was at least happy they were able to explain (kind of) how they were still around. Rewards are admittedly rewarding. The RNG is still there, but you at least feel a lot better when getting rewards than you did in the first game. The gun arsenal has increased in size. There a several new gun types. You got submachine guns, Gatling guns, linear fusion rifles, and much more. The original guns even got new reskins. For example, the Hand Cannons got this new reskin that makes it look like a Colt revolver from the 1800s. It is badass, and of course, the new exotics are pretty damn nice.

Public Events and Patrol missions are hugely upgraded. You now know when Public Events happen with the new timer system in-game. Patrol missions while being similar to the previous game, they do give you better rewards towards leveling up for certain vendors on certain planets. The Directory, oh my god the Directory. Bungie did such a great job fixing this. The new Directory allows you to fast travel to different planets and locations without having to go to orbit. It’s much faster and a lot more convenient. All in all, the game is a massive upgrade to it’s previous title.

However … the game does have it’s fair share of issues, and I’ll be explaining them here.

The Framerate

This has been a problem since day one for me and many of my friends. At what seems like random intervals, the game’s framerate will begin to drop drastically. We’re talking anywhere from two to four frames per second. It gets really bad, and it seems to usually happen when a lot is happening in your game. Whether you’re doing a mission or adventure with a lot of enemies and a lot of explosions. This is an issue I only suffer from when I play high-end games on my PC, but this is the Xbox One we’re talking about. This shouldn’t be a problem on here, but it is. This needs to be fixed.

The New Shaders Suck

We cannot deny that the new Shaders are terrible. They’re a one-time use only, and you get them in small quantities from Bright Engram or vendors. On top of that, putting these shaders on weapons or armor costs Glimmer, and it gets more expensive as the rarity of the shader increases. This absolutely confuses me. Why would Bungie make shaders costly when in the first game they were free to use and weren’t one-time use? It just doesn’t seem like a good design choice, and it kind of feels like this decision was influenced by Activision. Which if that’s true, it wouldn’t surprise me.

Vendors No Longer Sell Legendary Gear

Since we haven’t seen all the vendors in the game yet, I can not fully confirm this complaint, but as for now, I think it sucks that vendors aren’t selling any legendary gear for players over level twenty. In Destiny 1 you were able to purchase legendary weapons and gear from certain vendors. Ikora, Zavala, and Cayde-6 would sell you legendary armor and ghosts, while the Vanguard would sell you guns. This (at least from what I’ve seen) has been removed from the game. You now have to rely on RNG to get you your legendary gear. Which I feel kind of sucks, in my opinion.

No New Character Customization

When I first started this game, the first thing I did was make a new character and discover the new Character Customization options they added, but none were to be found here, and it was a major disappointment to me. This was the perfect opportunity to add new features to the customization, but they completely missed out on it. Yes I know, this game isn’t about that, but they still should’ve added at least a few new options to the system.

Side Missions are Glitchy

This is more of a small gripe, but it’s happened quite a few times. Throughout the game I would run into moments where the adventure/quest I’m doing would usually freeze or cease to continue after the halfway point. This would cause me to be unable to progress and I’d have to restart the adventure/quest again. If they could maybe create a way for the glitch to fix itself or something, that’d be awesome.

The Verdict

The game for me is a solid 8/10. While having a few minor issues and some design choices I don’t particularly agree with, this game is a masterpiece when compared to Destiny 1. I love it’s story, it’s gameplay, and it’s new content. I’m seriously looking forward to the new stuff this game has in store for us in the near future.

 

 

Top 5 Games that Inspired me to do Research

Top 5 Games that Inspired me to do Research

Introduction

Gaming has been a huge part of my childhood, as many of you know. Most of the games I’ve played throughout my life had mostly been dumb fun. Like Garry’s Mod, GTA V, and even Minecraft. However, there are many games out there that have taught me things I’ve never known about. Some games taught me history, others taught me life lessons, and some showed me what a good game really was. Many of these games I feel have been left in the dust and simply forgotten by the gaming industry. Well, with this short list, I plan to change that. Here’s my Top 5 games that inspired me to learn.

#5 – The War in the Pacific – Medal of Honor: Rising Sun

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This is the game that started it all for me. Medal of Honor: Rising Sun puts you in the shoes of Marine Corporal Joseph D. “Joe” Griffin, a crew member of the USS California who has just awoken to hearing sounds of alarms and shouting. The Japanese are attacking Pearl Harbor, and you need to get to your battle stations. This game’s insane opening with the attack on Pearl Harbor is only the beginning however. As you progress through the story, you fight through the Guerilla Warfare in the Guadalcanal, to sabotaging the Japanese in Singapore, and even conducting espionage in the Philippines. This was my dream game.

The Medal of Honor series was a huge part of my childhood, and this game cemented that truth. It was the inception to my interest in WW2 history. It got me so excited to learn about history, and if I had the opportunity to play it again, I certainly would.

#4 – The Cuban Missile Crisis – Call of Duty Black Ops

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This is probably one of my favorite Call of Duty games of all time. Black Ops takes place in the 1960s where you place as Alex Mason, an American CIA agent sent into the Bay of Pigs Invasion to track down and assassinate the dictator of Cuba, Fidel Castro. However, things don’t go as planned. Along with your capture, you find out Castro is still alive and is working with a Russian by the name of Nikita Dragovich, a man who has devised a plan to annihilate the United States from within. Now it’s a race against time to find the number station and stop Dragovich.

This game was extremely well done, in my opinion. The story really put you on edge and made you question things throughout the whole game. It played with your head, it put you into this false sense of security, and by the end of it, you began to slowly that everything is not what it seems. This game not only messed with my head, but it inspired me to learn more about the Cuban Missile Crisis.

#3 – The Puzzle – Myst

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If you want to play a true puzzle game, then this is the game for you. Myst starts you out with absolutely nothing. No intro, no objective, no waypoint, nothing. You don’t know who you are, why you’re on this mysterious island, or where you came from. At this point you only have one goal in mind, figuring out who you are and why you’re here. This game requires you to read books, solve puzzles, listen to and remember messages, and even pay attention to cut scenes.

If you wish to play this game, it’s best to bring a notebook and pencil incase you don’t have the best memory. The reason why I put this on the list because it really forces you to think outside of the box and not to always assume there’s only one way to do something. Trust me, there’s more than one way off that island, and I’m leaving that up to you to find out.

#2 – The World of Conspiracy – Deus Ex

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One thing I absolutely adore about Deus Ex is it’s use of conspiracy theories. After completing his training, UNATCO agent JC Denton takes several missions given by Director Joseph Manderley to track down members of the National Secessionist Forces (NSF) and their stolen shipments of the “Ambrosia” vaccine, the treatment for the “Gray Death” virus. Through these missions, JC is reunited with his brother, Paul, who is also nano-augmented. JC tracks the Ambrosia shipment to a private terminal at LaGuardia Airport. Paul meets JC outside the plane and explains that he has defected from UNATCO and is now working with the NSF after learning that the Gray Death is a man-made virus, with UNATCO using its power to make sure only the elite receive the vaccine.

Throughout the game, the player must make certain decisions that will carry a heavy impact throughout the game. Your choices matter in this. Along with the game’s conspiracies and use of the Illuminati and Majestic 12, this game also peaks my interest with it’s use of decision making. Every part of the game gives you an option, lethal or non-lethal. The choice is ultimately yours.

#1 – A Forgotten Story – Half-Life

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Half-Life was a story that really left an impact on me, and ever since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2, the story has been forgotten completely by Valve. This game puts you into the shoes of Dr. Gordon Freeman, a theoretical physicist and former employee of the Black Mesa Research Facility. A once famous scientist now a symbol of hope for the future of mankind. This is a first-person shooter game unlike any other. It takes you on this epic journey with one goal in mind, saving humanity. When the world is ruled by the Combine war machine, only Gordon Freeman will be the one to rise up against them.

This game is very immersive with a famously cryptic story. Though the game seems action packed, it does have it’s fair share of creepy. For example, you can never shake the feeling that something, or someone is watching you the whole time. You can even sometimes feel like your actions are all a part of something bigger. The only question is what and why? This game will make you think and wonder till the ends of time, and that’s why Half-Life takes the number one spot.