Posts categorized “Video Games”

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Yes, I Play Paladins. You Can Watch (if you wanna)

I'll be your "Pal" and play "Paladins" get it its a pun because the two words start with the same syllable I'm funny…

I’ll be your “Pal” and play “Paladins” get it its a pun because the two words start with the same syllable I’m funny…

For a long time now I’ve been hearing about team-shooter and battle-royale style video games. You know, the the team-shooter games like “Overwatch” where 2 teams of five real people play (via the internet) against each other. And the battle-royale style video games like “Fortnite” where 50 real people (on the internet) are dumped into some sort of massive arena and fight until there can be only one.

Well, this past summer both “Fortnite” and “Paladins” (a vaguely-fantasy-themed team-shooter video game) were released for free on the Nintendo Switch. So I got ’em both!

I played “Fortnite.”

I don’t get it.

I understand that this is one of the most popular video games in the world right now. I don’t get it. I spent all my matches running around for upwards of 10-15 minutes without seeing any other people, only to get killed with some shots to the back of the head by an opponent I never even saw. Fun?

So I switched to “Paladins.”

I get it, guys. I get it.

There’s something very compelling about the immediacy of these team-shooter games, where everyone you see is played by a real person (on the internet) (except if they disconnect, in which case a rather stupid bot will take over their character). The variety of characters in “Paladins” that you can choose from, the gobs and gobs of different skill loadouts you can build for each character… I get it. I really, really love playing “Paladins.” I even recorded myself playing once, and you can watch it here if for some reason you really want to (apologies for the glitchy selfie camera; I’ll have to figure out what caused that before I record any more).

Yeah, that was that. I kept forgetting to narrate what I was doing because I usually only get to play late at night after the rest of my household has gone to sleep, and I tend to be pretty quiet during those occasions.

Do any of you play “Paladins?” My username is Angry Beef (of course). Look me up! Also, can anyone explain the appeal of “Fortnite” to me? Because so far it≠fun.

Categories: Video Games, Videos.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: Break Free (Lead the Way)

Did y’all know that Nintendo (specifically Naoto Kubo and Nobuyoshi Suzuki) wrote two complete songs with vocals for Super Mario Odyssey? The first one you might have heard, the jazzy “Jump Up, Super Star.” But there’s also this less-well-known song that appears during the climactic final stage of the game (and ending cutscene). This is the English version, with English lyrics by Rob Tunstall and Rob Heiret and vocals by pianist/singer/actress Kate Higgins:

It just so happens that this is in one of my all-time favorite musical genres, the female-vocaled power-pop/rock that emerged from the mid 90s with bands like Letters to Cleo, Veruca Salt, The Breeders, and Dressy Bessy. My four-year-old daughter absolutely loves this song, too.

P.S. If you’re fans of Naruto, you might recognize Kate Higgins as the voice of Sakura in the official English dub!

Categories: Music, Video Games, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Whew! Now What?

Fait accompli.

Fait accompli.

So… last week I beat all the Shrines in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And last night I finally completed all 76 of the Side Quests. Whew! Even though I only found just under 300 Korok Poops Seeds* (out of apparently 900 possible) it was enough for me to max-out my weapon slots, so I’m gonna go ahead and call this game complete. The only other thing I think I could do is upgrade all of my armor that I haven’t already upgraded all the way (I’m pretty sure I have collected every piece except for those you can only get using amiibo), but that just involves a bunch of grinding to get the materials you need, and that’s not really in the spirit of the rest of the game.

So, yeah, let’s just look at this close-up and let it sink in:

A boo-yah to that.

A boo-yah to that.

I guess now I can take a break from playing and do other things with my extremely scarce free-time. I have a couple o’ books I haven’t read yet.

At least until the DLC is released…

*Seriously, next time you get one of those Korok Seeds, look at its graphic and read its description and tell me it’s not a dollop of forest person poo.

Categories: Video Games.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Canadian Konami Code

O Canada. O Konami. O Canadian Konami. O Konada? Canami?

O Canada. O Konami. O Canadian Konami. O Konada? Canami?

Hahahahahahaha! Canada is putting out a new $10 bill to mark their 150th birthday. They made a snazzy new web page where you can do a 360-degree view of it (and see that, once again, it is like a million times prettier than any American money).

You can also do something else: if you enter the Konami code on that page, you get a fun li’l surprise. Be sure to have the volume up (but not a lot); there’s an auditory component.

If you don’t want to do it yourself, a couple of people have recorded it and put it on on the YouTubes. Like this one:

If you didn’t do it yourself because you don’t know what the Konami code is, then are you sure this is the right website for you? Ah, just google it or something. It even has its own Wikipedia page.

Basically what this means is that the Bank of Canada’s web development team has some GREAT BIG NERDS in it!

Also, O Canada is a way better song than Star Spangled Banner.

Categories: Links, Video Games.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Great Ideas on the Internet: Turn Your Switch Into an NES!

Is it correctly "A" NES or "AN" NES???

Is it correctly “A” NES or “AN” NES???

There have been reports of Nintendo Switch docks scratching the screens of the Switches themselves. I haven’t had this problem personally (though I did buy a screen protector because common sense). But one ingenious Etsy craftsperson has come up with a solution: a microfiber-backed “Switch Sock” that slips over the front of the dock to keep it from scratching the screen!

My favorite is the one that makes the Switch look like a (an?) NES, but there are many designs from various Nintendo games (as well as solid colors if you’re boring (or just want to coordinate with your home décor)).

Say "Switch Socks" 10 times quickly. Go on.

Say “Switch Socks” 10 times quickly. Go on.

They’re only $14.99 and free shipping! Pretty cheap if you’re worried about ruining your $299 piece of technology.

Seriously, is it a NES or an NES?? Now that’s really buggin’ me.

Categories: Great Ideas on the Internet, Shopping, Video Games.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Original NES Box Art as Wall Art!?

Gasp! 'Tis true!

Gasp! ‘Tis true!

ThinkGeek is right now offering fine-art canvas prints of four classic Nintendo Entertainment System video game boxes:

  • Super Mario Bros.
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Metroid
  • Duck Hunt

You can get a closer look at them in this li’l 30-second ad that ThinkGeek threw together in like two seconds:

Good gods, these would be amazing to have hanging up in an entertainment/gaming room of some sort. <sarcasm>Y’know, one of those extra rooms that you just have lying around your house.</sarcasm>

And though I absolutely adore the Legend of Zelda box art, I kinda wished they’d gone with a different game that fit the same aesthetic as the other three. It looks outta place. Maybe something like Excitebike? Or Kung Fu?

Product Specifications:

  • Classic NES Box Art – Exclusive Canvas Art
  • Officially-licensed Nintendo merchandise
  • A ThinkGeek exclusive
  • Original NES box art printed on canvas
  • Materials: Canvas and pressboard
  • Dimensions: 19″ x 13″ x 3/4″

[Via ThinkGeek]

Categories: Links, Shopping, Video Games.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Daaaaaaaaaaaaang

Daaaaaaaaaaaang.

Daaaaaaaaaaaang.

Yeah, that’s me, I’m the guy who got a Nintendo Switch on launch day (I pre-ordered it).

Let's SWITCH things up in here. GET IT? SWITCH!?

Let’s SWITCH things up in here. GET IT? SWITCH!?

So. Yeah. I may not be very productive for a while. Or I might be (even) more sleepy that usual. Bonus: I can bring this thang to bed and play there!

Categories: Life, Video Games.