Video Game Tuesday: Game Manuals

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This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m taking a look at one of my favorite things about older games! It’s all about Game Manuals!

Game Manuals?: Well for those who didn’t grow up in the 90’s or earlier, we used to have actual manuals on how to play games ranging from 10-100 pages long. Most weren’t much more than 20 pages, but even those were still filled with useful information. But I really miss the bigger gaming manuals because they didn’t just explain how to start playing and controlling the game, but they included the lore of the game as well.

Really?: Yea really, in fact the entire backstory of Starcraft was all in the game manual, and to a lesser extent Warcraft III had it’s backstory in the game manual as well.

You’re kidding me: Nope, I’m totally serious, in fact of all the game manuals I’ve read, Starcraft’s game manual is probably my favorite, because it explains how the Terran, Zerg and Protoss got to the star systems they were in. It also gave unit information for most of the video game units explaining how they worked and why they existed. If you actually read the manual you’d learn about stuff like Firebats and Marines working in pairs to deal with all sorts of enemies, something not explicitly explained in the game.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday! What were some of your favorite gaming manuals? Leave a comment below!

Video Game Tuesday: Gamescom Reactions

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This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m covering my shock at a couple news items from last week. It’s all about my Gamescom Reactions!

Big Shockers: We got a release window (sorta) for Final Fantasy XV and World of Warcraft: Legion was revealed.

Final Fantasy XV: Well according to one of the higher ups at Square Enix, Final Fantasy XV will be out before 2017, so it’ll probably release sometime in 2016, probably either in spring or fall. Finally, as this game’s been in development for ages. Naysayer’s can denounce recent Final Fantasies as not being true JRPGs, well I’d like to point you to the excellent JRPG series called Tales of. Maybe you’ve heard of it. I don’t mind them becoming more action based instead of turn based things. Leave turn based combat to Pokemon.

World of Warcraft Legion: Wow (pun totally intended) didn’t see that coming. Even more surprising was the fact that I heard nothing about this expansion prior to the announcement. Which is highly surprising considering the last 3 were all leaked in massive amounts of detail ahead of time.  Another Hero Class will be nice, and they aren’t opening it to all races leaving it just to the elves. Even better is that it’s the class of my favorite Warcraft 3 Hero unit, the Demon Hunter. Double Jumping? Metamorph into a Demon and use your wings to swoop down onto enemies? Hell yes, that sounds fun. Even better is the fact that Artifact weapons, think Relic Weapons from Final Fantasy XIV, will be coming. We get to use Doomhammer or Ashbringer? Reforging Frostmourne?. And finally we aren’t having an Orc heavy expansion in like 6 years.  Yea that sounds like lots of fun, but it needs to be releasing this fall if Blizzard doesn’t want an even greater loss in Subscriptions. From the pictures of the announcement’s presentation slideshow it’s possible. But this is Blizzard we are talking about, so don’t count on it. I’d totally jump back into WoW just to have some fun time with the Demon Hunter, a class I always wanted to be (I farmed for those freaking Warglaives forever). However as I don’t have a computer capable of running the game anymore I’ll have to live with not playing it.

Which will release first?: Honestly I’d not be surprised if they release within a month of each other, and if that is the case it’ll be in the fall of next year.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday!

Video Game Tuesday: Botting and the Ramifications

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This week on Video Game Tuesday I’m talking about something that annoys me and still somehow made me laugh this last week! It’s all about Botting and the Ramifications!

What is Botting?: Botting is the use of automated programs to do menial tasks in a video game without any user input, and is almost always against the terms of service of any game with an online component. People use it to level characters, farm materials or items that take time to obtain without actually having to work for it.

Why is it Bad?: I’ve heard people say that botting isn’t so bad, who does it hurt? Well it’s used extensively by Real Money Traders (RMT) to obtain and sell virtual currency for real money. This is a bannable offense in any online game, and it ruins any player run economies by making either the virtual currency worthless or by flooding the markets with items to drive down prices.  All of that is bad, and it’s why the developers will ban your ass if you use any bot, even if it’s just a “Fishing Bot” in World of Warcraft.

Why I was laughing: I find that people who don’t want to spend time earning items themselves as people who can’t obtain it do to skill or lack of time. The former is their fault, and the second may be due to various circumstances. However even than it’s still not okay to be using bots because you don’t have time. If you don’t have the time to play the game to earn those items you probably shouldn’t be playing that game in the first place.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday!

Video Game Tuesday: Hearthstone [iPad review]

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This week I’m covering Hearthstone, the addictive game from Blizzard. I’m going to talk about the iPad functionality and only dabble in the gameplay briefly.

Plot Synopsis: There really isn’t a plot to this game, as it’s a digital CCG, or Collectible Card Game.

Plot: I swear we’ve had this conversation about looking for plot where there is none before….

Gameplay: Hearthstone does what it does very well, and while there are always going to be annoying as hell decks to compete against, damn you control decks, the game will keep evolving and there are always counters. The difference between a normal game and a game like Hearthstone is that you might not have the cards to perform counters in Hearthstone, where as in a game like Halo 4 a player camping with a sniper can be brought down by a patient person with Active Camouflage easily.

Functionality: I really like playing Hearthstone on my iPad as it’s functionality is as good if not better than it is on my desktop Computer, well right now my computer is dead and I’m writing this on my brother’s computer. You can perform emotes as easily as you can on a desktop. The only thing you really have to get used to is making sure you don’t hit yourself with a Pyroblast and kill yourself instead of your opponent by accident by removing your finger too early from the targeting reticle; Yes I actually did that on my first game on the iPad and was furious at myself.

Music: Like all my portable games I don’t listen to the music of the game itself, and listen either to my own music or I listen to an Audiobook. Don’t ask me why I can listen to a book and play Hearthstone, I really don’t know.

Art: The art is as good as your iPad is, so if you have a Retina display iPad it looks great; if you are using an iPad 2 which is the oldest one you can use I think, it looks okay.

Overall: If you enjoy playing Hearthstone and have an iPad capable of playing the game you should try playing it on the iPad.

For those who like: CCGs, Warcraft, iPad games, Blizzard Games.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or playing against others who may have bought card packs. I bought 2 card packs in the beta, and none since, and I win ~70% of the time.

P.S. Destiny launches today! Finally!

Video Game Tuesday: Hearthstone

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This week on Video Game Tuesday I’m reviewing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft! I got into the beta for the game back in December and was happy to try it out for a bit, but was disappointed a bit at the lack of balance at the time between the different decks. So when it launched on the iPad a couple weeks ago I was very happy to give it another try and was very pleased at how it turned out.

Plot Synopsis: Wait you were expecting a plot for a card game?

Gameplay: It’s a card game in the fashion of Magic the Gathering, or Yu-Gi-Oh if you were burdened with a little brother in the early 2000’s like I was. You choose to build a deck of 30 cards and depending on what Hero you choose, Jaina Proudmoore is the Mage for example, you can add different spells and minions as well as hero-neutral minions into your deck. I prefer playing with a Hunter Deck, Rexxar is the hero, and building up my less powerful minions by sacrificing more of my own minions to become stronger. The gameplay is very balanced now and while it will probably become quite different come Fall, with the new Adventure mode being released sometime this summer, so far I’m really happy with how my deck turned out. I win 60% of the time with that deck, which isn’t bad in a game where RNG, Random Number Generators, rule supreme. I’ve reached Rank 20, because I don’t really enjoy competitions all that much and I only wanted the card back for reaching that rank which is pretty easy to get.  One thing that must be stressed about this game is that you can buy cards with real money, however if you are a cheap person like me you can get a pack with 100 gold, which can be earned by winning 30 games or completing a couple of daily quests. You don’t need to buy cards to win games, as I’ve nearly leveled all the card decks to level 10, the point in which every basic spell and minion specific to each deck is unlocked. I have bought 2 packs with money (it cost $3), however I did that as part of the beta test.

Art: The art in this game is pretty amazing, although there are certain things that bug me, like the Gryphon on the Human board being the low poly model that’s been around since World of Warcraft launched and not the much more recent Grand Gryphon model of Mists of Pandaria.

Music: It’s okay, but since I play this on my iPad most of the time I don’t get to listen to it. I’m actually listening to an audiobook, if I’m just playing casual games; or music, if I’m playing ranked games.

Overall: If you want a great card game to play that is multiplayer and free play this game. It’s been released for iPads so far and will be coming to Android soonish.

For those who like: Collectible Card Games, Warcraft, Free games.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but really it’s free just give it a try.