Monthly Archives: December 2013

My new love of rogue platformers is showing…

These three rogue platforming games stood out in 2013.  I’m hoping that there are a lot more games like these in the near future.

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‘Twas the Match before Christmas…

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‘Twas the match before Christmas, and all through the house all the gamers were clicking away with a mouse.  The League battles raged on with each stroke of a key, in hopes that the gamers would see victory.

The Skype chat was blaring with talk of the team, while one person rage quit to let off some steam.  Not a moment too soon he returned to the call, and the team fast decided “all for one and one for all”.

No more of this quibbling and arguing with friends, you can let out your grievances once this game ends. They quickly grouped up to see what was the matter, and decided the enemy’s glass canon needed to shatter.

One enemy down, but with their sustain, their Support needed to be cut down from the lane. They saw their opening, and hit the nail on the head, quickly getting their AD Carry fed.

Two enemies down, but the team’s Tank was low, and soon he would be the next one to go.  Even without their wall they would still be ahead, but without the beef their whole team would be dead.

A team fight broke out, and though the enemy tried, it was five versus three, and the enemy died.  They sprung to the enemy Nexus with care, knowing the whole team would soon respawn there.

And in the fountain the respawns began, as the enemy shouted, “I hope you get banned!” “GG!” yelled another, as they /surrendered at last.  With the enemy Nexus finally broken, a brilliant double blast.

In better spirits the friends thanked and congratulated, with a victory they felt overjoyed and elated.  Honor was passed out after the fight, wishing each, “Merry Christmas, and to all a good night”.

I may just have to quit this reviewing thing

Video games are my passion, and have been for a long time. I’ve tried the last four years to break into reviewing and writing up news. Although I love it, it may have to sit on the back burner, or I may have to give it up altogether.  Here’s why:

1. Starting out as a freelancer pays next to nothing.
As I said, I enjoy writing, so this really hasn’t been an issue.  I’d occasionally get swag and a few hundred views on an article, and I was happy. Unfortunately, this isn’t really enough.  I need better viewership, which leads to point two.

2.  Social media as a way of marketing yourself takes a lot of time.
I’m not one to tweet my every meal, or post comments on everything I see.  But it’s hard to find original posts to write when it seems like everyone is way ahead of me.

3.  My networking circle sucks.
I know part of it is that I live in BFE Arizona. I don’t make it to many events and I don’t get to meet with a lot of people in the industry. All of this costs money, and I don’t have that kind of money to spend on my own.  So I don’t get the free games to try out and review. Save for one or two titles, I’ve bought everything on my own, which is starting to add up.

4.  The market is saturated.
Everywhere you look there are people reviewing games. You need to find a niche to make yourself original and stand out if you want to make it. I haven’t found mine, and I’m starting to think I don’t really have one.

5. Games and consoles are expensive.
As if I wasn’t already behind, the next gen of consoles are out already. I’m equipped with an Xbox 360, a broken Wii, and a PC. This does not make for a good reviewer. And I don’t foresee myself buying any of the next gen stuff for at least a couple of years.

I’m not generally a quitter, but I’m starting to lose faith here. Anyway, thanks for reading.

‘Rogue Legacy’ Review

'Rogue Legacy' Review

Cool little platformer that sometimes makes my head hurt.

Click the pic for review.

Screw Black Friday and Cyber Monday

I guess you could say I’m not much of a people person. I don’t mind get togethers or small affairs, but when you get too many people around me I’m totally uncomfortable. So that automatically rules out Black Friday for me.

Yesterday was Cyber Monday, which requires no people, but I didn’t participate because the deals weren’t too shocking for me… Save for one place.

Steam has some really good deals right now, and not just for one day. There are temporary flash sales, so check back to see what they’ve got.

I ended up picking up Skyrim and BioShock Infinite for the hubster. I bought Rollercoaster Tycoon, Rogue Legacy, and Godus.  I’ll be reviewing the two latter at the end of the week, but I can say I’ve enjoyed both so far.

Keep on the lookout for my reviews, and check out Steam if you haven’t already!

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