Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – First Thoughts

A couple hours ago, during the E3 2018 presentation, Smash Bros. Ultimate got uncovered and a trailer showed what the game is going to be all about.

You can see the trailer here:

This article will contain spoilers (as seen from the video above). Here I will give my initial reaction to the game.

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Pokémon: A Tale of Long Lost Love and 16 Years of Missed Opportunities

Oh Pokémon. How I love you so much yet feel so betrayed from your brand. In this article I will strive for a few things. One, this is a love letter to one of the most influential and important franchises of my childhood. Second, this is a slew of complaints on what drove Pokémon down to the dumps for me. Third, this is an opportunity to reflect on what I’d like to see in the future.

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Moonlighter: A Review of My First 5 Hours

On May 29th, the video game Moonlighter I have anticipated finally released. Below is my review of the game a few hours in!

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The game is a rogue-lite top down 2D RPG with a very interesting twist. You play as a shopkeeper who owns the only store in town (in the beginning). You also hit up the local dungeons at night, sort of like the original Zelda or Binding of Isaac style, with randomly generated rooms stuffed with baddies and loot. You have a pendant that if you pay its fee lets you leave the dungeon. You then sell your loot in your shop during the day. Items fluctuate in value based on supply/demand and how often lately you’ve been selling the same paper and sticks. You get to fix the price on your goods and the customers will have 4 reactions based on how good they like the price.

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Deck Borrowing is a Premium Feature in Card Games

Last month when the Witchwood expansion of Hearthstone dropped it quietly added a new mechanic called deck borrowing when playing with friends. Basically you can have friends play decks you made with your collection! It was a great way to get my friends back into the game since most of them don’t have the best collection themselves and offers great wacky game modes.

Basically with this new feature, I’m noticing just how elevated my experience is with a card game when deck borrowing is an option.

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My Favorite Video Game Songs #12 – Card Edition

My playlists have no pathetic songs Kaiba! This list is all about shouting out music from video games under the clause that this song plays when there are cards present in the game somewhere at that moment. This expands the otherwise narrow list to something with more variety! Card games usually have pensive music with strategic undertones but some developers thought otherwise. If you like lists like these, eh, perhaps check out #11!

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The Importance of an Icon in Gaming

Today marked the departure of one of the most charismatic dudes that became a legendary icon for the popular video game Hearthstone. His departure is due to his desire to develop his own game (hell yeah!) and I wish him success for that journey. His name is Ben Brode and he was the director. Ben Brode was more than the man behind the development structure of Hearthstone. He was the face of the game.

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My Favorite Video Game Songs #11 – Lyrics Edition

When it comes to telling a story, songs and video games can be very similar. They can both be incredibly emotional, and tone setting. They go hand in hand in building a world and with adding lyrics to specific songs in game, can add another layer of immersion and mood setting. These 10 songs do an incredible of just that. If you want to see more video game lists, perhaps check out list #10.

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Board Game Review: Farmageddon – Farm Fresh Edition

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend Protospiel San Jose 2018, an event dedicated to board game testing. It was free to enter and funded by those setting up a booth. All I had to do was play games in development while sharing my thoughts. It was an awesome event and within it there was a raffle for free board games. I won along with assumably most of the venue, and I chose this game to acquire for free because I liked the artwork and it looked fun. Viva la review!

Farmageddon is a hand management game where you plant crops that you can harvest on your future turns to get cash. The player with the most bank at the end of the game wins. You can compare this game to Bohnanza in the way you need to invest in your harvest, and Munchkin in the way that you can colossally dick with other people just for the sake of doing so.

This game is pretty short and goes by even faster when there are more people. The mechanics are overall simple and easy to understand, but also rewards handsomely to strategy, balancing risk and reward and offers satisfying natural combos and playstyles, and punishing players that overextend or don’t plan out their turns.

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In this article I’m going to go over what the game does well and not well and discuss whether or not Farmageddon – Farm Fresh Edition is the right board game to add to your collection.

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