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I will no longer be maintaining this blog. This has come after lots of thought, and a lot of ideas. So, if you want to see what I’m up to now, head over to my NEW site. It’s called, “My Geek Obsession”, and it will feature geeky things from all over the net and elsewhere. Although I’ll miss this specific blog area, I feel I have a lot more I can contribute to than just that of gaming. Gaming will always be my first love, but I also love books, board games, movies, comics, and more. So, if this interests you, check out my site and let me know what you think so far! Thanks for staying with me on this crazy ride. I hope to virtually bump into you later. Cheers!

~Myssiing~

REVIEW – ‘Little Player’ Magazine brings age appropriate gaming to kids

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When I was a kid, my brother and I would wait anxiously every two months for a new ‘Nintendo Power’ magazine to come to our mailbox. And every time that glorious publication made its way to our home¬†we were excited to read the new articles, insights into new games, and interviews with people in the gaming industry. The internet was around, but wasn’t widely used, so magazines were the way to go.

As I grew up, I started reading other publications, or going to the internet for gaming news. ‘Nintendo Power’ ended up stopping publication in 2012. As a young adult, I was a little nostalgic about the last issue, but as a parent, I was worried.

Every other gaming magazine features adult content in it, either very violent or very sexy. While I don’t mind reading these myself, my kids are young gamers so I don’t allow them to read those. And pretty much everything on the net is a no-go unless I’m driving the mouse, because you never know what they’ll click on and what page they’ll end up at.

So imagine my excitement when I heard about a new publication just for kids. As soon as I heard rumblings about it, I knew I had to get my hands on it and check it out. So, I did.

And, let’s face it, as much as I like the concept, my kids may not. So, joining me on this review is CJ and Anna, who are 6 and 5 years old respectively. (Granted, they’re slightly younger than the 7-12 age group that this magazine is targeted at, but they’re familiar with gaming and I thought it would be a good gauge anyway.) So let’s get to it!

The following is a review of Issue 0 of ‘Little Player’, which is a preview issue. It will be available to download for free at the Kickstarter page – which you can find here.

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Move over, Facebook. There’s a new PLAYER in town.

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If you follow me on any type of social media (and I’m on a lot of it), then you may have seen me mention a new site that I’ve become a big fan of. It’s a place where gamers can go and talk about video games, share their own streams, join groups, and discover other gamers from all over the world. It’s the best of Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch all rolled into one. It’s Player.me, and it’s awesome.

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Oversexualization in Entertainment – Are we doing it to ourselves?

Everyone who is a gamer is familiar with the “misrepresentation of women” conversations that have been going on for years. In the last couple of days, I’ve found a few different articles that have somewhat irked me with the way the conversation is presented. And, honestly, I don’t think complaining about it really does any good in the long run. Let me explain.

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There are Ratings for a Reason – Gamer Parenting

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I love my kids. And I love video games. I get absolutely ecstatic when I get to play the video games I enjoy with my kids. But, sometimes, I’m not able to do that due to the content of the video games that are out there, or the addition of online play. It’s somewhat of a blessing and a curse for my kids, because I let them play games, but I know the content of the games that are out there.

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The E3 Experience – Media vs Attendee

(Note: This is a rundown of my ENTIRE three day experience, but contains no spoilers, interviews, or news of any sort. If you’re looking for something like that, head on over to Senshudo TV.)

This year I was able to go to E3 for the third year. Once again, it was a great experience, however it was different than the other two years I attended. This year, I didn’t have a media badge. As freeing as it was not to have a schedule to attend to, there were some downsides.

As media, there is a schedule. There are interviews to go to, people to meet, and specific games you almost HAVE to cover because of their popularity, whether you want to or not. As an attendee, you’re free to move about as you please, going to whichever booths tickle your fancy. On the other hand, as media you get behind the scenes, and you don’t have to wait in as long of lines as attendees. Ultimately, I enjoyed being media over an attendee, even if you have to sacrifice some of your freedom of choice, it’s worth being able to talk with some amazing people. And, let’s be honest here, it’s cool to play the games early, but is it really worth waiting in line for 2 hours so you can get 5 minutes of gameplay? Especially if you have nothing to report afterwards. The whole point of E3 is to announce new IP, returning and revamped IP, and have news go out to the masses. You can’t really do that and have relevant information as an attendee.

Nevertheless, E3 is an incredible experience no matter what kind of pass you have. Just being in the convention center is a special time, where you can be with people who share the passion of gaming with you. So, without further ado, let’s go over some of the awesomeness that is E3 that I was able to experience as an attendee.

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Nailing things down

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Since the age of 6 or 7, I always knew I wanted to be included in the video games industry. I’ve been saying for quite some time now that I’m not sure what to do, though. I don’t program, my art at this point is pretty sub-par (and I don’t know any of the new programs now, anyway), I’m not a teen or young 20-something single chick that can model, I have a face for radio and a voice for silent film, and I’m not plugged in to all the new games and consoles. I tried video games journalism, but I don’t want to just report news. I want to be part of the news. Not a lot going on for me in a lot of areas.

However, I think I’ve finally found a niche that I CAN make a difference in. I want to bring awareness of the gaming community as something more than just a stereotype. I’m highly aware that there are already people doing this. Hell, PSP is one of the best at it (you can find him at www.patrickscottpatterson.com). But there can always be one more voice.

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Myssiing Happenings

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Hi all! Quick update on what’s going on the next week:

1. I wrote an article on the psychology of gaming behavior, and so far I’ve gotten a really positive response on it. You can read it here.

2. This weekend I am participating in Operation Supply Drop’s 8-bit Salute. You can watch me stream on Twitch, and consider donating here.

3. Mike is going to be absent on the show tomorrow, but I’ll be there with bells on! Catch the show Sat at 11am on the Guru Show website!

4. I’ll be writing more articles for Guru Show, and I’ve been keeping my Twitter pretty active with gaming and tech news.

5. Come check me out on Player.me! It’s a great social site for gamers, and I’d love to connect with you on there.

Welp, that’s it for now. I’ll check in again with another update or review. Cheers!

~Myssiing

Review: ‘Battle Odyssey’ (Win Phone)

(NOTE: In order to get some feelings about this game off of my chest, I have decided to write this review in the form of a letter.)

Dear Gameloft,

I am very happy and excited that you have chosen to distribute some of your games onto the Windows Phone. As you may know, our choices are slightly more limited than that of Android or iOS users, and for that, I am appreciative.

So, I downloaded one of your games called ‘Battle Odyssey’, which is a fantastic little puzzle RPG. The graphics are great, the music is awesome, and the gameplay is simple to play with, yet challenging to master. Even the storyline is fun, which is really hard to do for a puzzle game.

There’s just one little issue. Just something minor that happens. The game shuts off.

Let me just say this: There is nothing more frustrating that trying to enter an event, such as the dailies or pvp, and have the game crash on you.

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Lots of games, changes, frustration, and giddyness

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Ok, so it’s been awhile since I’ve written a review. So before I get into any of that, I’m posting a short update on what’s been going on in Myssiing’s World:

First off, I will be moving from the state of Arizona to go live in California! It’s a big change, that has had a lot of complication thrown in with it, but on the whole it should work out for the best.

Secondly, I have become an ambassador for Player.me, which is a social website dedicated to gamers of all types. Think of it as a Facebook/Twitter/Twitch mashup. You can check out my profile here, and hopefully you’ll join me. I fell in love with it when I first started using it, and I hope you do too. It’s a good replacement for some of the other social media sites I use (and there’s quite a few), and I’ve found some really cool people to talk gaming with.

Third, I FINALLY got a new video card for my computer, which has opened up a whole world of new games for me to play. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know, because I’ve fallen way behind on my computer games. That being said, there are already a slew of games that I’ve been re-playing or trying out for the first time, so expect some reviews on them shortly.

I promised I’d keep it brief, so that’s pretty much the gist of what’s up. Expect more on here as I gradually shift towards making this more of a full-time thing. Join me on social media, hit me up on my Twitch channel (after 8pm MST), or leave me a comment. I love to talk with people about games and other things as well.

May the Fourth be with you!

~Myssiing

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