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3 Indie Game Projects I’m Looking Forward To

We love going to conventions and finding out about games coming from indie developers who aren’t ever going to get Fallout 4 level media coverage. Honestly, nowadays I feel like these guys are more likely to have an original game idea, and I’m a sucker for new things. Mainstream gaming (and Hollywood, for that matter) seem to be more focused on generating cash cow sequels to established franchises than innovating brand new concepts. And while I DO await Final Fantasy XV with bated breath, it would just be refreshing to play something I haven’t encountered before while I wait. So, here are 3 indie developer gaming projects I can’t wait to see released.:

Random Encounters indie game
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  • Random Encounters– I visited the vendor table for this card game at Classic Game Fest. The character art caught my attention. This game is played co-op style and the goal is to survive 3 levels with the aid of loot and the luck of your dice roll. Visit their website for a detailed tutorial video and PDF copy of the rule book. According to their Kickstarter, the game is expected to arrive stateside within the next month!
  • Color Thief– I saw gameplay footage of this fun little gem at Pax South 2016 and was absolutely fascinated! Navigating the world by moving color? I’m an adorable chameleon? Puzzles? Sign me up! My only worry is that it’s a PC game, and my laptop is not powered up for gaming. DJ008 can always use an excuse to build a new machine, though. Now, do I preorder one copy or two??
  • Divinia Chronicles: Relics of Gan-Ti– Some random web surfing found me on the website for this game, and the music they have playing in the background reminded me of exploring a Final Fantasy game (specifically, IX, but anyway…). Now I’m a band geek at heart and my love for a well-done soundtrack is what got me into gaming, so I had to check this out. The artwork and graphics hit me with a dose of nostalgia and the story premise did too. It’s supposed to be out on Steam this December, but check out their trailer in the meantime.

Which little-known games are you following? Or are you working on a game that you want people to hear about? Shoot me an email (blerdymomma (at) gmail (dot) com) and let’s talk!

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Shared Post: When Does Choice Become a Gimmick in Video Games?

This blog post about choice in video games caught my attention because it mentioned Final Fantasy XIII in the first sentence. And the author is 100% correct. I hated how linear FF XIII was! So much so that I truly do not understand why it was such a sensation or how it warranted a sequel.

I feel like choice is important to my enjoyment of a game. But, I don’t need my choices to determine the entire ending to feel relevant. Who else found entertainment in Final Fantasy VII when your conversation choices decided who you went on the date with at the Golden Saucer? Or when your performances decided your look to “infiltrate” Don Corneo’s mansion? The main storyline didn’t change, but that little nugget still makes it fun. Either way, I feel like choice may or may not add to a game; but the absence of it is definitely a detriment to my experience.

Anyone who has played Final Fantasy XIII knows how much it sucks to have choice taken from you in a video game. Sure, we all love linear games like Super Mario and Zelda, and story-based games like the Final Fantasy series *cough*mostly*cough*, but having the ability to impact the future of your game? Oooh, that’s […]

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Classic Game Fest, part 1: Games Haul

Classic Game Fest games haul

Classic Game Fest is an awesome two-day convention held in Austin annually to celebrate retro gaming culture in all it’s forms. There are no Xbox Ones or Alienware. Instead, there are Power Gloves and cartridges as far as the eye can see. And it’s a marvelous thing!

If you’re following me on Instagram, you got to see a bit of our family experience. It’s going to take me a series of posts to share all that Classic Game Fest had to offer. 🙂 So where do we start? With the games! DUH!

We made out like bandits considering we set a spending budget of $200 for Classic Game Fest. Now that doesn’t include leaving the con to eat and things like that. That was just money intended for shopping at the convention. And within that, we managed to score some awesome new peripherals and games (and much, much more; keep an eye out for future posts). Y’all know there is nothing I love more than a good deal. Take a look!CGF console peripherals haul

Peripherals

  1. NES Advantage- Can you say adjustable turbo? At $5, this thing was a steal!
  2. NES controller- We needed a second USB one after the kids got DJ008 one for Father’s day.
  3. SNES controller- Also USB connection. DJ008 is putting together a Hyperspin machine for our living room.
  4. XBox 360 remote- Our Xbox 360 lives in the guest room and spends more time as a Hulu viewer than a game console now, so it made sense to finally get a remote for it.CGF game haul

Video Games

  1. Star Ocean: The Second Story- You guys… I never finished this game. The copy I borrowed from a friend had a scratch on the first disk, so once I beat the boss at the end it was never able to finish the cut scene and load the second disc. That has bugged me to this day, but I never found this game at a low enough price to get it. FINALLY… THE BLERD WILL FINISH THE SECOND STORY!!!!
  2. Star Ocean Till the End of Time- This game was $8. I was not leaving it on the table.
  3. NBA Give ‘n Go- DJ008 picked this one. I don’t generally play sports games because I suck horribly at them and I’m ok with that.
  4. NARC- This cartridge is a port of the old 80’s arcade game. DJ008 picked this one too.
  5. Rad Racer- So now I’ll just admit that I didn’t actively get into gaming until Sega and Playstation. DJ008 picked all the NES stuff. I’ve just been slowly attempting to go back and pick up on things I missed.
  6. Driver- Grand Theft Auto without hookers!
  7. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell- DJ008 likes stealth games (MGS all day), but never got into Splinter Cell. Now is as good a time as any, I guess.
  8. Dance Dance Revolution DDRMax2- Candy is my jam… ’nuff said.

I think we got a good haul at Classic Game Fest, don’t you? Come back in a few days to see the nerdcore music, clothes, jewelry, and everything else we got in Austin!

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13 Games I’ve Never Played Through (A Geek Confessional)

gamer-geekI may get my geek card revoked for this, but hopefully not, because I feel like geekdom is where I belong. I love video games, anime, and generally learning new things. I’m definitely a band geek, which I attribute to the music that I heard and fell in love with in video games. But to be honest, I didn’t really get into gaming myself until the Playstation came out. We owned consoles before that, but they belonged to my brother and I watched more than I played. The Playstation was the first time I could call a console mine.

As an adult, I now regret the fact that I didn’t hop on the NES more often, and everyday, I remember another classic title that I feel I missed out on. Some games I started and never finished, and some I just never played. Here’s 13 such games, and I think this year is the year I make it a point to play them.

  1. Super Mario Bros.- Yes, I know, I’m going to hell. I HAVE played SMB, but I have never finished it. I consider it lucky if I make it through 1-1 in less than a minute.
  2. Legend of Zelda- Once again, started but never finished. I think I left off somewhere around the second time facing Gleeok.
  3. Castlevania- I am so terrible at platform style play and I do not know why. I can’t even beat the bat at the end of the first level in this game.
  4. Metroid- Once again, platform gameplay, my nemesis. I don’t make it far on my own in this game, and often resort to just watching other people play it.
  5. Earthbound- I’ve watched people play this game a few times, but otherwise, I’m really not familiar with it. I just recognize the name and feel like it’s something I should play.
  6. Chrono Trigger- Like I said, I started with the Playstation, so I love Chrono Cross. I’ve played CC several times. It wasn’t until after I’d played CC that I even knew it was a sequel to this game. I feel I should play it on principle. I like to be thorough when I find a series I like.
  7. Contra- I know the Konami code, but I’ve never played this. It’s a shame, really. I can make it through Double Dragon, so I probably could finish this one.
  8. Megaman- Honestly, this one just never caught my attention.
  9. Secret of Mana- I love RPGs, so I’m guessing I would love this game. I’ve just never had the chance to play it.
  10. Star Ocean- I borrowed Second Story from a friend to play, and it froze at the end of disc 1. I was never able to finish and I really was enjoying the game. I’d like to go back and play the entire series.
  11. Lunar: The Silver Star- Another RPG I’ve heard a lot about, but we never owned a Sega CD, just the Genesis.
  12. Tomb Raider- Is it weird that I love Lara Croft even though I’ve never been able to play one of these games? I started one, and I couldn’t even make it through the tutorial level. Maybe my dexterity is just crap.
  13. Grand Theft Auto- I can navigate racing games just fine, but GTA isn’t exactly a racing game. The first time I even tried to play this game was Vice City, and I never finished the first mission. I kept landing in the hospital or jail, and ultimately gave up after the first hour.

So maybe I should be on geek probation until I get these games under my belt. For the most part, it just seems to be a matter of gameplay. I can kick butt at turn-based (who can’t?), fighting, and racing games. But my shooter and platform skills are sorry. What games did you miss out on in the past that maybe you’d like to go back and play now?