5 *More* Games I’m Stoked For (9/3/17)

2017 is a fantastic year to be a gamer. Games that have came out this year have been phenomenal, and new games have been announced that are hype af. At the time of E3 this past June I covered 5 games I was stoked for. I won’t cover any games from there that I already covered (ie. Super Mario Odyssey). However this year has been chalk full of great announcements and progress updates. So let’s get started.

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My Favorite Video Game Songs #8 – Sonic Edition

In celebration of Sonic Mania’s arrival, I thought I’d specialize this edition of My Favorite Video Games on yo boi Sonic! Whether the game was trash or brilliant, one thing Sonic games always have in common is sweet jams. From retro 2D, to 3D rock, to whatever hybrid time-line shenanagans the modern games are twisting on us, its all executed to a high level. From the exciting and fast paced first levels to the final boss fight music, Sonic music has got a spectrum of greatness to uncode. Enjoy!

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My Favorite Video Game Songs #7 – WiiU Edition

Welcome back to another round of 10 amazing video game songs. Last list I asked for a suggestion on doing like a themed favorite. It could have been something like Jazz focused. Or Boss Battles. Or emotional, heartwrenching, tear-inducing. But no one gave any feedback. Even when I asked in person. So I thought very meta about this response. Nobody responded with ideas. Therefore, could this mean (dons tin foil hat) the people of the Huesteus blog want 10 songs from games nobody wanted?? Well I decided to take it one level further. Here are 10 songs from 10 DIFFERENT games from a CONSOLE nobody asked for – the WiiU.

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Ranking All 802 Pokémon Subjectively

After a conversation with friends about the 2nd out of 3rd evolution is usually terrible looking (like how Marshtomp looks like the victim of grade school bullying), I thought I’d look over all the Pokés and see how trendy this trendy trend is. While I was there I noted that there were a lot of Pokémon that either had cool potential then got wrecked (Surskit -> Masquerain), or Pokémon that started out lame then ended up cooler (Snubbull -> Granbull).

I just went ahead and ranked all 802 Pokémon including Mega-Evolutions and Alolan forms because why the hell not. These Pokémon were ranked on some arbitrary factors including: how cool they look, how unique their competitive moveset or typing is/was, fun moments in the anime, how fun their lore/personality is, and most of all, whether or not it is a water type. I kid on the last factor, I am just self-aware of my bias. There are some trashy water ones too don’t worry. Apologies in advance if my list poops on your favs, it’s just my list.

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How League of Legends Fosters a Toxic Community

I was playing some League of Legends today with an old friend of mine. It was a typical League game, full of passive players until someone starts to perform poorly. Then at once, other teammates get so irate and abuse chat. As per usual the game devolves into toxic banter. My friend also chimed into the angst. I asked him, “man why do you have to feed into that stuff?” He told me “what do you mean? It’s just part of the game.” Of course to me this made no sense. Riot Games, the creators of League, didn’t intentionally make an environment that promotes such behavior. In fact, Riot has tried various efforts to prohibit negative behavior. However due to the way League has been morphed from the ground up, and well as changes made throughout its lifespan, League’s shell is just a hub of bad behavior. This article looks to identify what points League accentuates the internet’s already bad mannered ways, and perhaps some hope there could be for the future of this popular game.

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