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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Shoutout: Boil the Frog

A week or so ago Reddit gave its sweet hug of death to a site powered by Spotify and The Echo Nest’s resources. The site (http://static.echonest.com/BoilTheFrog) allows you to take two relevant artists and form a playlist that tries to go from one artist to the other artist. The hope is that you can get a blend of music that flows well between each song from different artists until you’ve found up at the other one; and sometimes this is truly the case! Generally the listener can pluck from the list the very moment the genre shifts. Regardless, this site is amazing, very resourceful, and a fun party trick.

My absolute favorite part of Spotify is just how easy it is to increase your library. Since I am a high volume listener it can sometimes be tedious to find *new* music I enjoy often. One extra benefit of this site is it can help you grow your library if at all by giving you more names you can slap into that search box to increase the odds of you finding music you like. This is neat.

Term of the Day #2

I was listening to a RadioLab podcast yesterday and heard a phrase I thoroughly enjoyed and thought others would find amusing.

That phrase is: “Muphrey’s Law” (aka Skitt’s Law, etc)

Muphrey’s Law goes: “If you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written.”

There are plenty of reasons I find this phrase amazing. For starters, the play on words off Murphy’s Law is fantastic. Also I see the re-emergence of grammar Nazis (just check YouTube comments for a popular unfunny vlogger) who frequently set themselves up too easily.

Link to Term of the Day #1