Online Gaming is AWFUL! (and other stuff about the gaming industry)

Hello readers, I found something to moan about at the same time I got the urge to write so here we are; WOOHOO!!!

ONLINE GAMING!!! It is, without a doubt, the thing I hate the most about the gaming industry right now.

Let me paint you a picture; but before that let me tell you my thoughts so you can visualise it in your head (I’m so funny)

Gaming, before online capabilities were given to other platforms than the PC, was a very social thing to do, despite what some people may tell you. I can remember going round friends houses often to play video games on ONE console (can you imagine?) and we would be in the SAME ROOM (WOAH, MIND=BLOWN).

And guess what, there was no: swearing, abuse, offensive comments or hearing sexual slurs from kids who haven’t even hit puberty yet. It was a friendly environment and provided much joy in my childhood.

NOW, online gaming on the other hand has, ironically, destroyed the social aspects of gaming. It is a poison to the gaming industry and is creating a generation of gamers who will never understand what true gaming is. Forgive my words, as they may be perceived as an exaggeration of such, but gaming is nothing short of an artform; there are some games that can just…amaze you and leave you feeling nothing but wonder and joy. I haven’t seen that in a while, a game that hits you hard and makes an impression as soon as you hit start (or whatever the hell they’re calling it now, like seriously why change the start button?).

I miss the cable days of gaming, the physicality that linking up had and the friendships gaming used to help you form.

However, there are more aspects to gaming than online capabilities.

In my opinion, the gaming industry has become too ‘adult’. It’s lost it’s creativity. A lot of companies seem to be playing it safe instead of making games that go beyond your imagination and explode into existence leaving aftershocks of pure awesome!

The next gen consoles are a prime example of the loss of creativity. I have no idea who designed the Xbox One but, to me, it just looks like an old video player; it’s boring and bulky. The PS4 doesn’t look much better either.

I’m sure somewhere along the line these consoles will have a few glorious gems to offer but for now I’m not seeing much.

Ah, back to the point of ‘playing it safe’ 1st person shooters are a type of game I think needs to be put to rest for a while; there are just too many and it’s getting a little stale now. I think at least a 10 year break is needed from that type of game to give a chance for something new and fresh to come along. I also think gaming company should try and create new concepts for games now or at the very least revive some old concepts we haven’t seen for a while.

I know my opinion doesn’t particularly matter in all this but I feel it’s something that needs to be sorted. Although I have come across a glimmer of hope from the absolutely brilliant Nintendo. I shall leave you with a trailer for one of the bizarrest games I’ve ever seen and one I think will be unbelievably popular.

Thank you for reading 🙂

The Hunt For My Childhood: Games of the Past

Over the past few months I have been toying with the idea of searching for all of the consoles I once owned in the past and getting every single one and the games I loved to play the most. Up until now I had been unable to do this due to my lack of money. However my search began yesterday afternoon…

The first console on my list is the Nintendo Gamecube purely because it is the platform that brought my favourite game, Super Mario Sunshine. So yesterday I purchased said game online and am currently awaiting it’s delivery. I also have the console on it’s way from the most unlikeliest of people, my Grandad. He just happens to have one lying around in his house and has very kindly said I can have it.

The reason why I want to gather together all the old consoles I used to play is because those games made my childhood great. I felt genuine happiness when playing these games. Some may say, ‘Why not just play them on an emulator?’ but it’s not the same. I would much rather hold a Gameboy in my hand and buy countless batteries rather than tapping on a keyboard to fight the Pokemon League.

My list at the moment isn’t that long, I’m focusing on only my favourites for the time being, so the list currently looks like this:

Nintendo GameCube: Super Mario Sunshine, Pokemon Coliseum, Phantasy Star Online, Mario Kart Double Dash, Sonic Battle Adventure 2, Spiderman.

Sony Playstation 2: GTA: San Andreas, Burnout 3.

Sega Dreamcast: Sonic

Sony Playstation 1: Mortal Kombat, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Digimon World and Digimon World 3.

Nintendo Gameboy/Gameboy Colour: Pokemon Blue, Red and Yellow. Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Time.

Nintendo Gameboy Advance: Final Fantasy Tactics, Onimusha Tactics (I have this one already :D), Fire Emblem, Yu-Gi-Oh: Reshef of Destruction and Yoshi’s Island.

So that’s how the list currently stands. These are my favourite consoles and games that are a must have for me. Let’s see if I can get them all 😀

 

 

Super Mario Sunshine: Best Game Ever?

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The game I write about now is nothing less than happiness in a box. Even the name promotes happiness ‘Super Mario Sunshine’ it’s just great. I should mention that Super Mario Sunshine is my all-time favourite game; there is no other game that I loved playing as much as this.

However the question I ask today is whether this is the ‘Best Game’ which is a completely different matter than that of favouritism. This game is indeed very, very good. It has excellent gameplay, it was a fresh concept to the Super Mario series , with a variety of new enemies and also new methods of defeating those enemies rather than just jumping on their heads.

Also the graphics and look of this game were, quite frankly, amazing for the time of it’s release. If you were to compare this game to a Super Mario game on the Wii, for example, you’d hardly see a difference.

There is one thing that may disappoint some people about this game and that’s the story. In terms of actual stories, it’s less like a novel and more like a children’s book but in a game like this I think that’s kind of the point. Everything in this game is silly and childlike, even Bowser. He’s not at all scary or intimidating in this game and Nintendo actually turned him into a domesticated father with the addition of Baby Bowser.

The lies that Bowser told his son, claiming that Princess Peach was his mother, allowed us to see a human side to the villain we’d loved to hate. It was new. That’s the thing that made me love this game so much. It’s because they took an old series in a new direction, adding new tools such as F.L.U.D.D. and also each boss was completely different to the last. It wasn’t just ‘HEY, YOU SEE THIS BOSS? YOU SHOULD SPRAY HIM WITH WATER!’ and also it isn’t just ‘You should jump on this dude’ like in previous games.

The best example of this is Petey the Pirahna Plant. He is the first boss you face in the game; during the first battle you have to spray water into his mouth and then ground pound his stomach however we meet Petey again except he sits too far for your water to reach. SO WHAT DO YOU DO? You shoot little pigs at him of course. Another new concept and method of defeating enemies just to beat the same boss.

Nintendo went all out on this game. They made something truly amazing and just the right amount of silly to bring smiles to anyone who plays it.

So back to my original question, Is Super Mario Sunshine the ‘Best Game’ ever? And the answer I’ve come up with is that I just don’t care. It doesn’t need to be the best game, it will still always be my favourite.

Kings of Gaming: Nintendo

This one is dedicated purely to, perhaps, the greatest gaming company on the planet; Nintendo. Throughout the last couple of decades Nintendo has gained the respect and love of millions of gamers. They may not have the best technology or the best graphics in their games but Nintendo know their audience like no other company. They cater for many different people and offer a wide variety of games. You may say ‘Well so do other companies’ however, the games that Nintendo produce inspire more happiness in gamers than anything else could. Nintendo has given us such games as ‘Legend of Zelda’ and the ‘Super Mario’ series alongside others only available on their consoles such as the Pokemon series produced by GameFreak. As a gamer I found no greater joy than when playing these games and the reason I think these games are loved so much is because Nintendo doesn’t go over the top. Companies like Microsoft and Sony will produce games and focus so much on how it looks that they sometimes forget that games are supposed to tell a story and connect to those playing. Nintendo rarely makes that mistake. However while I sing their praises for this reason I must also say that in recent years Nintendo has left me feeling disappointed. When the Nintendo Wii was released I looked upon it in awe. I was expecting so much after playing the Gameboy and the Gamecube but the Wii just didn’t deliver. Neither did the DS or 3DS. Don’t get me wrong they are great consoles and have many good qualities but they lack that special quality that previous Nintendo consoles had. I will never look at a Wii or a DS and think ‘That was worth every penny’ but, even today, I still think of the Gameboy and Gamecube and genuinely smile; I want to play them again. The reason Nintendo were the Kings of Gaming, in my opinion, was because they made consoles that you literally fell in love with. You didn’t see them as machines, you saw them as part of your life of gaming and would keep them in your memories no matter what came next. That’s the Nintendo that everyone fell in love with and that’s the Nintendo I want to see come back.