The Wonders of Open World Games

Today I want to share with you an article I published on GamesoulOnline about open world videogames and why people tend to love them so much, I know I do! Check it out when you can.

The Wonders of Open World Games.

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Good Ol’ Days

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How many of you remember the Amiga 500? Considered the first “low-end” Commodore Amiga 16/32 multimedia home/personal computer, it was released in 1987 and discontinued in 1991, the year I was born. Funny thing that I got an Amiga around 93 or 94, that might explain why it was given to me at the time since I wasn’t very wealthy and the system had a hefty price while it was on the market!

I have so many fond memories about that computer, it was the Amiga that brought me to gaming, with games like Mortal Kombat 1 and 2 and Dice’s Pinball Fantasies and Pinball Dreams and a ton more!

My father loved to play Sensible Soccer with me and we would play for hours and laugh because of the silly coaches that randomly started pointing at the field as if they were mad as hell… I still vaguely remember when I used to go out on Sundays to have a walk near the sea and then just coming back and playing one of the aforementioned pinball games with my parents and big sister, good memories, great gaming…

Both pinball games were actually the first games made by the Swedish games developer Dice, the producers of Battlefield and Mirror’s Edge (and the next Star Wars Battlefront)! I was very surprised when I found that out. They were called Digital Illusions back then and after a quick search I found out that Dice actually means Digital Illusions Computer Entertainment! I was so happy those guys are still around, although I’m believe that few if any members are still working there since back in the day…

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I believe it was Mortal Kombat 2 that took 4 floppy disks and it constantly asked to change from disk to disk, and I would gladly do it, but thinking back it was kind of a pain having to do that all the time. I primarily used the Amiga 500 as a gaming console, my father did use it for working purposes but for me it was all about the games! Another one that just came to my mind was SuperFrog, created by Team17, the guys that went on to create the beloved Worms franchise. SuperFrog was a platform game where you play as a frog (obviously) and had to save a princess from an evil witch. The game had solid gameplay mechanics and a neat soundtrack too. It was even brought back not long ago to the PC by the hands of Good Old Games.

That’s about it… I just wanted to write about my experience with the Amiga 500 without much of a purpose than mere writing about it. Did any of you, readers, have an Amiga? If so, share your experience with me, favorite games and found memories are also very welcome. I just want to point out that if I didn’t answer you in the past is because I had a few troubles with a spam filter. If you want to hear some nostalgic Amiga 500 music, be sure to watch this youtube video compilation!

Until next time, Good Gaming!

Why Isn’t Writing Taken Seriously?

While this article will be centered around gaming, it will not be about games themselves but about society and how they look at authors.

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I can’t say I’m a successful author as I never made money writing either stories or articles for websites, yet! The thing is, people tend to look at those who write for Internet websites about gaming or any other subjects as if they’re lazy, and use the Internet as an excuse to either stay at home or just not having a 9-to-5 job. It doesn’t matter if it’s your family, your lover or anyone else (especially people that are older that didn’t live much time in the modernized society), there will be someone who has problems with you doing this because it is not in their “understanding” that you can make a living by doing what you love.

My intention with this article is just to let people know a little bit about me and not advising people on what to do (although I could always try and discuss this with you if you so desire).

Let’s focus on what I tend to do most, writing videogame articles. I won’t call it journalism as I consider myself more of a gaming enthusiast and someone that can see the art behind gaming rather then someone whose always looking for the next big scoop before others. As you might know, people tend to enjoy lowering others because it makes them feel like they’re more worthy than you. And I don’t mean they do this on purpose (although some do), some folks just act like that in order to protect themselves and what they do and what they always believed was the right way to live life! Those people won’t just let you waltz right in and say “you could make a living doing what you love and appreciate”! Why? Because life has you making these strange sacrifices, it takes strange turns and you end up leaving behind things you loved and people you cared about and in the end of the day, you will not accept things could have gone any easier… For them life is just hard and a struggle! And making money sharing your thoughts and opinions looks very easy for them so it can’t be true!

I’ve even had people close to me who I’ve told I write for a website, that it isn’t the biggest thing right now, but still I’m working hard to get my word out there! The person was interested in my enthusiasm and asked “Well… What do you write about?” . You should have seen the look on the person’s face when I said videogames… I can’t even explain it but I felt so embarrassed in those next few seconds as the person’s interest turned to none and the only answer I got was “Ok…” and the subject dropped right then and there…

I can proudly say that I won’t let those opinions and attitudes dissuade me from my goal, which is to become a respected voice in the gaming industry, and I do NOT mean famous! As long as there are people like you, giving me their time and enjoying what I write I shall not stop! I’ll try to improve and listen to all the feedback so I can to become better at what I do and provide you the best I can!

THAT is my true goal, and maybe, just maybe, one day I’ll be able to make a living with this and provide even more content with a lot more quality then that which I’m doing right now.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, you are what’s keeping me going and wanting to never give up on writing! And if you are a writer yourself (any kind of writer), don’t EVER give up on your passion!

6.0 Does NOT mean a Game is Garbage!

 

Nowadays, people tend to look at a game’s score and determine if its a good game or not, sometimes without even watching (reading) the entire review and not having experienced the game by themselves. This utterly manages to get me worked up as I see games that get a 6.0 or a 6.5 being called a piece of garbage or even worse. While I can agree that most people who do this are a bunch of fanboys and, as so, do not deserve much credit… I also know that some folks who are not fanboys, don’t understand what a rating sistem is, nor its final purpose and that bother me.

Some websites don’t even give a final score in the form of a number, which tends to make people read everything! I understand that some folks don’t have the time or disposition to read a whole review but when buying a game is concerned, you should take your time to really see if it is worth your money or not, games aren’t cheap after all…

I recently gave a 6.5 to Remember Me, you can read the review here, and I had fun playing it! It was a decent game with a great world which unfortunally wasn’t fully explored! I stand by my decision, it is a good, yet flawed game! It’s not bad, by any stretch of the imagination and you’ll probably like it, but it was a disappointment, a bit like DeadPool which I’m currently playing, although my hopes for Remember Me far exceeded those I had for the DeadPool game…

Before I finish, I want to take you back 14 years, to a game you might recall… Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace for the ps1… This game was met with bad to mediocre reviews but still I had a great time with it, and this isn’t only nostalgia speaking as I picked it up recently and it was cluncky, the camera was awkward and many other problems but it was still fun to play… You even had dialogue options to talk to other characters and the typically great soundtrack associated with all Star Wars games! The missions I most enjoyed on that game were the ones on Tattoine that had you talking to a whole bunch of NPC’s and even fight in a pit before Jabba the Hutt… Oh I miss those days… My Point being that the game got a 4. something on gamespot and a 6.2 on IGN and still it was considered horrible by many and still, some people enjoyed it (such is the nature of gaming)… If you get a chance, try it out, it should be really cheap nowadays, just do me a favor and don’t go in expecting an amazing game and just try to enjoy it for what it was… Hell, maybe this is just nostalgia playing a major prank on me…

Anyway that was all I had for you today, the Industry has been quite stale lately and there hasn’t been a lot to talk about as of late but I’ll try to keep content coming as I’m able to.

Once more, 6.0 does NOT mean a game is bad!

Dry Season

Is it just me, or is the Gaming Industry boring right now?  Yeah, we have been getting some games recently, good quality ones too, but I feel like there’s something missing…

I feel mostly disinterested by the news we have been getting and there is nothing truly interesting to cover… Even the Xbox One debacle is starting to fade away for me. Even now that I’m going to start to play Call of Juarez: Gunslinger I don’t really feel like it, I know it will probably be a good game and you’ll get to see my review on it once it is done (of course) but I just don’t feel the burning passion inside no more…

Is it because this generation is dragging itself? Is it because of the abominable quantity of sequels on the market? It’s probably a little bit of both… I’m so tired and disappointed of watching greedy publishers making the same games year after year, rehashing franchises but delivering the same thing over and over and over again…

I like my Call of Duty and my Uncharted just fine, but c’mon people, not everything needs to be like those games; we don’t need Hollywood spreading its influences into every game… We need to understand games aren’t movies and movies aren’t games!! Everything “Xplosions” and more “Xplosions”, throwing substance of the window in exchange for, guess what? EVEN MORE “XPLOSIONS”… If it weren’t for the Indie Scene, I would feel even worse by now!

Are we into games by passion or fashion?

Almost everyone follows the same safe route for their games, making copy cat experiences that may deliver some fun, but do not evolve the medium as a whole neither stay with us for long… We need new Ip’s and I believe the new gen will bring us just that! E3 will hopefully be a breath of fresh air as we need innovation and especially evolution!

Until then I’ll keep waiting for “Remember Me”, while I’m sure it won’t blow me away, it will be satisfying enough while I wait for the big reveals at E3 later this month…

Hell, maybe “Remember me” will be a great game, I just don’t feel very optimistic right now…

On Disc DLC

Ohhh now that is a good one… How many times did we turn our consoles on, went to the store (or live), bought some sweet looking DLC and found out the only thing we were downloading was a single key?

Yes I am talking to you Capcom, EA and all you greedy companies out there! If i buy a game, whatever is in that disc is mine, I´m sick and tired of you lazy people that cut out chunks of your games and sell them as downloadable content, that´s bollocks!

If you want to make DLC, make it downloadable!! Use the PlayStation and Xbox services and makes us download the content, show us you actually care and work hard to bring us totally new content, apart from what is in the disc, I HATE ON DISC DLC and I sincerely hope you stop this nonsense soon!

But knowing your greedy nature dear publishers, I don´t see this ending any time soon, which pisses me off!

Always Online Consoles Controversy

Well I must say I’m pretty happy I’ll be able to play Ps4 without having to be always connected to the Internet! The same can’t be said for the next XBox console, despite haven’t been announced yet, the rumour mill is going crazy with tons of sources saying that the new console from Microsoft will require a constant Internet connection in order to run any game.

Well I’m not one to go out of my way and have an opinion based on rumours but this is something different, something catastrophic to say the least, so I had to come out and write something on the matter, it is driving me insane…

Basically an always online console means you’ve got to have a constant Internet connection if you want to play any sort of game, despite it being single or multiplayer. Now this is a deal breakers for me! If I want to sit comfortably on my couch and play a singleplayer game, I should be able to without worrying about my Internet connection! Some of you might say that it isn’t such a big deal, its just plugging a cable on the back of the console and not having to bother any more, but you would be wrong! Do you really want to face problems like “lag” or “server connection failures” in your singleplayer experiences? Games like Diablo 3 and the recent Simcity tried an always online approach and they failed…miserably… With people not being able to even connect to the game or being disconnected during gameplay, this method has enraged fans and critics alike, and they are planning to expand this method to an entire console? I’ve talked about the problems on their part, what about in your end? In your home? Do you have the needed Internet speed to be able to deal with a console always requiring it? Do you think that with less than 50 Mb or even 100 Mb you’ll have a smooth experience? Think again…

Is the Internet speed in the U.S that fast nowadays? In all the country? I mean rural areas and such, places without fibre optics, is it really that overly developed all around? What about the places in the world with slow connections? They can’t have your new XBox Microsoft? Are you willing to cater to only a selected few with an entire console? I don’t think so…

I really think this won’t happen, despite all the rumours and tweeter posts, I think the new XBox will NOT require a constant Internet connection because then I, as well as thousands of people,would not buy the console not just because of  our Internet speeds, but as a protest against this overly intrusive DRM (beacause this is only a way to try and block out piracy). They want money, to get money they need customers, to get customers they can’t take this approach to the next gen, the math is pretty simple…

Ohhh… And did I mention that having to be always online will block out your used games and/or bind each game to 1 console only? Or maybe make you pay a fee if you buy it used?Oh the joy… Pull you S*** together Microsoft and bring us a great console! Prove me wrong and I’ll be glad to give you my money!!