Month: December 2017

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of 2017

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of 2017

Introduction

It’s been one hell of a year, ladies and gentlemen. It’s been a year of political upheaval, of loot boxes and gambling, of everything being racist, and finding something bad to say about Donald Trump. Yes, my dear friends, it’s been a long and tiring year. Thankfully, 2018 is just around the corner my friends. Monster Hunter World is coming next month, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. With that being said, why don’t we go ahead and take a look back at … well, the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2017. If you guys have your own personal list, feel free to send it to me. I’d love to hear how your year went. With that out of the way, let’s begin.

The Good – Cup Head’s Rise to Fame

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In an industry where game developers and publishers seem to be always screwing their consumers over in more ways than one, it always makes me happy when I see a game like Cup Head come in out in such a great state. This game is the prime example of what happens when you put love and effort into your product. When and if you were invest actual time into the game you’re making, and when you care about how the consumer will feel when playing the game. It’s an inspiring tale that all AAA game companies should learn from.

The Bad – The Year of the Loot Box

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Since the release of Battlefront 2 EA, the discussion of Loot Boxes has been never ending in the gaming community. Forums and webpages all across the internet, all discussing their thoughts on loot boxes and gambling in gaming. The controversy has gained worldwide attention not just from gamers, but from government officials as well. It’s the first time in gaming history where gamers finally stood up against loot boxes in video games. With the release of Shadow of War, Battlefront 2, and Destiny 2, enough was enough. It may have been the Year of the Loot Box, but it was also the year where gamers and government officials stood up and shouted in unison, “No More!”.

The Ugly – Destiny 2 and Bungie’s Lies

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Destiny 2 has been nothing but a colossal disappointment this year. It’s seemingly failed at every front and it doesn’t appear to be getting any better. It is a game that is slowly dying, so much that even the game’s own player base is slowly fading. Bungie is given literally every opportunity in the world to make a comeback, to fix their mistakes, to change their ways, to give what their community wants … and they refuse to do so, because they know if they do, they won’t meet their financial quota. They promise change, they promise fixes, they promise, they promise, they promise … and they’re all a bunch of lies. Broken promises, and it’s a damn shame.

Happy New Year, Guys! See you in 2018!

My Review of The Last Jedi (Spoilers)

My Review of The Last Jedi (Spoilers)

**SPOILER ALERT – SPOILER ALERT – SPOILER ALERT**

So I’ve heard many things about The Last Jedi from many people before I had the chance to go see it. I had people say that it wasn’t like Star Wars anymore, that the film had bad acting, there was dumb jokes, Luke wasn’t Luke, yada yada yada. However, one of my close friends kept encouraging me to go see it. He explained that the film tried being it’s own movie, and that for the most part it worked. So going in with an open mind, I went out with my dad to go see the film. After viewing it, I can say without a doubt that it was a good movie just shy of being a masterpiece.

This film had many great things in it. The opening scene was badass with the destruction of the Dreadnought ship. Learning how Leia’s powers with the force have grown over time was cool. Seeing Rei meet Luke finally gave me nostalgic throwbacks to when Luke met Yoda on Dagobah. The connection between Rei and Kylo was interesting. The new powers of the force shown in the film. Luke and Kylo’s backstory. The Battle on Crait was beautiful. The badass “fight” between Luke and Kylo. Hell, the badass fight scene with Rei and Kylo against the Red Guards was amazing. Probably my favorite part.

Just from hearing all of that, you’d assume the film is amazing. However, though I may have enjoyed the film, I can not deny it’s flaws. Allow me to list them:

1) – Rose x Finn Felt Forced

In the film, we’re introduced to this new character, Rose Tico. She is a mechanic aboard Leia’s ship and is also a huge fan of Finn after he became a part of the Resistance. The two characters meet up after Finn attempts to leave on an escape pod in-order to go and find Rei. Rose stops him however, believing he his deserting his post. The two then go on wild adventures together (that I’ll get to eventually), and we’re towards the end of the film. The First Order have this mini Death Star Cannon that’ll be able to blast through their defenses.

As it’s about to fire, Finn attempts to quickly slam his ship into the cannon, destroying it and killing himself in the process. However, Rose jumps in and knocks his ship out of the way, saving him. Finn then runs over to Rose in the crashed speeder, asking her why she did that. She responded saying, “We got to protect the things we love. That’s how we win.” A cheesy line finished with a kiss that didn’t feel real. It felt rushed. It felt forced, and to be honest, I’d prefer Finn x Rei. That’s what I was hoping for.

2) – The Animal Cruelty Message

Going back to the adventures Finn and Rose went on, one of the things they went to was this Horse Racing-like Track where they had these animals, and they were showing how these animals were treated during and after the races. They show how they lash these electric whips and leave these scars on their bodies, and as I’m watching this all unfold I’m just sitting here like … why is this in a Star Wars film??? It just does not fit. This is a series about an epic battle between good and evil. This is a series about the wonder of the Force and learning about the light and dark. This is the series that teaches with great power comes great responsibility.

This just felt completely out of place. Seriously, I thought I was about see the PETA logo pop on the screen eventually. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I honestly felt this was a redundant scene that wasn’t needed in this film.

3) – The Casino Planet

Another thing that I didn’t like was the Casino Planet that Finn and Rose went to. This place served no purpose other than to find some character named … DJ, who would be able to hack into First Order tech for them. The whole sequence of them going through this place was just kind of dry and just felt like filler to me. Not only that, but it was fairly obvious that this planet served only to make fun of Capitalism. Which I find silly considering that Disney is practically the face of Capitalism in America. I thought it was a dumb planet that was easily forgettable.

4) – Captain Phasma and Supreme Leader Snoke Died Too Early For Me

This was probably the most disappointing thing that happened for me in the entire film, when Snoke and Phasma died. I was honestly really bummed about it. These are characters I was hoping to see a lot more of. I was thinking they were going to treat Snoke like Darth Sidious and have him return in the final film for the final showdown. I also thought Phasma would stay with us through the entire trilogy, acting as a Bobo Fett of the series … but no, they both die in this film. Phasma being killed in (admittingly) an cool fight against Finn, and Snoke probably dying in the lamest way possible.

The way Snoke died was really dumb. Basically, he gave Kylo Ren the opportunity to complete his training by killing Rei. However, Kylo had another plan. What pisses me off about this, is that Snoke was bragging about how he could read Kylo’s mind and know what he was doing … and yet he was unable to foresee Kylo using the force to spin Rei light saber around and ignite it. Slicing Snoke in half. A disappointing and quick end to two villains I wished to see more of.

Final Verdict

There was also a few small things here and there that I felt were out of place, but I decided to not put them in this review. We’d be here all day otherwise. So, with all of this being said, what is my final verdict on the film? 7/10 Like I said, a good film just shy of being a masterpiece. If these issues weren’t in there, it would’ve been able to reach an 8/10 or 9/10. However, regardless of these gripes, I do seriously recommend that you go see the film. I enjoyed it, and if you’re a fan of Star Wars, I think you will too.

The Man who can Save the Gaming Industry

The Man who can Save the Gaming Industry

Since the controversy around Star Wars Battlefront 2 sparked, many gaming companies have been criticized for their implementations of greedy micro-transactions in their triple A titles. Games such as Destiny 2, Overwatch, and even Call of Duty WW2 to name a few. The news on Loot Boxes spread like a wildfire, making it’s way to mainstream media outlets like MSNBC, CNN, Forbes, among others. This news only got bigger with newer information being found by Reddit on these games. Word continued to spread, and it wasn’t long before it caught the attention of worldwide governments.

Belgium, Germany and Australia were the many foreign countries who spoke out against the recent controversy, agreeing that it was a form of gambling to prey on a younger audience or addictive individuals. This eventually leading us to Hawaii Representative, Chris Lee, the man who has spoken out against the Battlefront 2 scandal, and has demanded for the immediate regulation of Loot Boxes in gaming. This is the man I believe will have the power to save the Gaming Industry.

I know what many of you will say; “Government regulation in the gaming industry could lead to it’s demise”, and to an extent, I can agree. I hate government regulations as much as the next guy. However, I honestly feel like we’re being left with no other option. We either continue to allow gaming companies get away with these greedy tactics against consumers, or we leave them with no choice but to face the wrath of Big Brother. We’d be trading one villain for another, but we would also be regulating a practice in gaming that has infested the industry with it’s bullshit.

As of right now, Chris Lee as successfully gotten the support from five other states across the United States, and more support for his cause continues to grow. This move (regardless of how you feel about it) is very important to the future of the gaming community. If you wish to learn more on these matters, feel free to visit Chris Lee’s many social media accounts on YouTube and Twitter. No matter how you feel on the subject, this is an important fight that all gamers should take part in.

RANT: Destiny 2 is an Abusive Relationship

RANT: Destiny 2 is an Abusive Relationship

Every time I log on to this game, I just keep thinking the same endless thought to myself, how was this disappointment developed by Bungie? One of the greatest game developers of all time, the creators of the Halo Series. The company who was famous for taking pride in their work. The company that cared about their games, and were willing to start over on the design if they made a mistake. The company that wanted everyone to enjoy their games, and not just hardcore gamers. The company that cared about the story of the games they’ve made. However, I need to accept the fact … the mighty have fallen.

The old Bungie is gone, and have been gone for awhile. Since Destiny’s inception back in 2014, the original team that brought us Halo had been dwindling, and by the time Destiny 2 was announced, they were gone. Some fired. Some just up and left. They’ve all been replaced with soulless corporate suits. Individuals who see their consumers not as people, but as dollar signs. Coming to grips with this reality makes me so sad. When I was a little kid, and I picked my first Halo game (Halo 2), I fell in love and became so inspired creatively by it. This company gave me inspiration for wanting to make and design my own game. Of which I am in the process of doing.

They were an inspiration to me as a kid, and now their company has changed for the worse. It kills me to see this monolith of company who started small, grew big, and eventually grew too big to the point where bigger companies wanted to get their hands on them. When they broke off from Microsoft, I became hopeful. I thought this was the time for them be a free company and branch out to other consoles, but I could have never foreseen this disappointing future. They’ve become a company that spouts out lies and deception in order to make excuses for why they keep making mistakes. This has been nothing more than abusive relationship.

They keep telling us that things are going to get better, and that everything will be okay and they just need more time, but we both know that isn’t the truth. They can talk all day about how things will get better, but when there’s no weight to any of their promises, we can only assume the worst. Until we start seeing actual significant improvements to this game that are impactful, then I don’t see any hope. I will say this, if the next DLC that comes out isn’t better (or worse) than Curse of Osiris, I will remove Destiny 2 from my Xbox Library and never play it again. I’ll be cautiously optimistic and hold on to the very little bit of hope this game has, but if they fail a second time, that’ll be it for me.

PS: I deeply apologize for my disappearance for the past couple weeks. A lot has been going on at home, and I’ve sort of been lacking creativity lately with my site. I want to get better though. I really want to see this site thrive and improve, and I hope to do that sometime early 2018. There will more updates as the days go on. Stay tuned.