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.
As the year of 2017 begins to wind up this month, I felt it would be a worthwhile opportunity to express my admiration for the stacked games of 2017, especially this year’s incredible soundtracks. While surely there are plenty more games to come before the year is out, I think this solid group of 10 fit just fine for me.
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.
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.
A.I. – Raizer
Genre: Electronic Rock, Drumstep
Vibes: Pendulum, Angsty, Slightly Industrial, Voicians-like
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.
The other day, MasterMewking discovered that Gamecube controllers are usable for the Nintendo Switch in tandem with the adapter released for Smash 4 in the latest software update. This is huge news for Switch owners who thrived in the Gamecube era as well as Smash Bros fans looking for hope and hype. I’m going to talk about what this means now for the Switch and what may be seen in the future.
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!
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.
Dusk. – Jinsang
Genre: Chill Hip-Hop / Lo-fi
Vibes: Miyazaki, Rain, Mellow, Somewhat Jazzy
Cartoon shows have some of the most catchy and nostalgic jams out there. Seeing how I don’t have much room to share my appreciation for these songs during my current jam and video game OST bits, I felt I’d start a new segment.