The Evolution of FeelsBad RNG Mechanics in Hearthstone

Yesterday broke in the dawn of the 11th Hearthstone expansion, Kobolds & Catacombs, a set that I have already spent hours enjoying. However as I kept playing against the same degenerate Tempo Rogues with Keleseth and my Devolves on my Elemental Shaman deck produced a sea of taunts for my opponent, I couldn’t help but wonder if this set has the most RNG of any set. Certainly it makes sense for this time slice to be up there in RNG, since the way expansions flow has it such that this is the largest the card pool will be in the standard format. This makes it hard to play around much, especially in the early days of an expansion. Yet, after devolving my opponent’s Voidlord and Master Oakheart into an Al’Akir the Windlord and Grizzled Guardian which then proceeded to recruit 2 Tar Creepers, I asked myself how the history of Hearthstone’s RNG was.

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Is Crossover Fan Service Overused in Gaming?

Kingdom Hearts. Smash Brothers. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Disney Infinity. Mario + Rabbids. Heroes of the Storm. These are all crossover franchises that have paved their way capitalizing on the nostalgic perks and renown of their respective IPs. From it comes a slew of unforgettable games and memories. This year, consumers have been absolutely LITTERED with forms of crossovers, regardless of size. Even Skyrim got a crossover with Zelda gear. Overwatch recently launched a new map called Blizzard World which is basically a theme park dedicated to their other IPs.

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A romantic era cathedral from Diablo next to a Protoss base from Starcraft next to a Stormwind Castle from WoW. Can fan service go too far?

What is it with all of these crossovers? Is the market today overly saturated with developers working together or is this the right direction for the industry to take? I plan on tackling that concept today.

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Super Mario Odyssey – Longwinded Review

Odyssey: A Flamethrower of Flavor and Fun Times

Super Mario Odyssey’s timing could not have been better for either the Nintendo Switch platform or the genre of a depleted 3d platforming entourage. Recent indie Kickstarted games like Yooka-Laylee and A Hat in Time were fueled on the back of nostalgia. There is a LOT of money to be made by fueling nostalgia. Certainly Odyssey takes the well deserved nods from its Mario predecessors, but it’s also a masterpiece of today for the innovations it tries and the risks it takes.

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Sacramento Kings Predictions Vol. 2

A year ago I made predictions for how the Kings would fare.

Last year I predicted a 39-43 record, unaware that the Kings were going to dump their leading scorer and playmaker DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings finished with a 32-50 record, a loss less than the previous season. Not too bad considering the talent on paper looked significantly less after that trade. Funny enough that record in 2015-2016 was their best record since 2007 where they had a WHOPPING 38 wins. Yeah the Kings are not a juggernaut in any tense of the word, unless you think nautical because they are often sinking. Of course, being a loyal and true delusional Kangz fan, it’s time to miss the mark again!

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My Ice Breaker Grab Bag 2017

I am of the opinion that everyone should have a set of ice breakers in their back pocket when getting to know people. I also sweepingly find people love talking about themselves and what better way to encourage this than with a question? Of course some individuals get stressed at questions that have too many upfront dimensions, especially for some of the first encounters with an individual. Below is my list of questions I bust out when the time calls.

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