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E3 2017: What I like from Microsoft and PC Gaming Show

Microsoft started out with revealing the formerly known as Xbox Scorpio, now named Xbox One X. Honestly I’m not fond of that name, but the system is fine. I don’t have an Xbox One yet, so it will probably be the one we buy, though I’m not sure that price is worth it. It will release on November 7th for $499. At least it will enhance graphics of earlier Xbox One titles, but I don’t know if it’ll actually make a noticeable difference if you don’t own a 4K TV?

Moving on to the games, there were a few that struck my fancy.
1. There was Metro Exodus, which takes the series open world. I don’t have either of the previous Metro games, but I’m interested.
2. Deep Rock Galactic had a short trailer, but enough to entice, and it looks like fun.
3. The Minecraft community marketplace is fine I suppose as is the cross platform capability, and the graphic overhaul is nice.
4. The Artful Escape grabbed my attention and I’ll be keeping my eye on it for future trailers/info.
5. Codevein speaks to my love of JRPGs even if it’s on the darker side. It kind of makes me think of Pandora’s Tower on the Wii.
I’m planning on getting Tacoma if reviews come out good, but I’ll be getting the PC version on GOG.
6. Super Lucky’s Tale is a game right up my alley, I will be playing this when I get the chance. I’m a sucker for cute animal and platformer games.
7. Cuphead was on my radar since they first announced it because the art style of old Disney cartoon is just so charming.
8. Ooblets showed up in the ID@Xbox trailer along with these titles I’ll have to learn more about later: Unruly Heroes, Fortnite, Battlerite, Surviving Mars, Robocraft Infinity, Astroneer, Brawlout, Riverbond, Shift.
9. Life is Strange: Before the Storm made me really want to check out Life is Strange. I heard about it of course, but never paid much attention. Definitely worth a look though.
10. And finally, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was stunning. I have yet to pick up Ori and the Blind Forest, but it’s been on my wishlist for awhile and this trailer was achingly beautiful.

That was a LOT more games than I originally thought in my head. So all in all, a good showing. I’m very much looking forward to Sony and Nintendo’s offerings!

As for the PC side of things, very quickly:
1. Battletech looks awesome, and I say that as someone who never played a Mechwarrior or battletech games. My husband’s a huge fan though and after seeing the trailer, I’m totally willing to play it along with him.
2. New Mount and Blade is coming (have yet to play but want to, bought on sale awhile ago). It seems like a fun series, and I love games where you can ride steeds/horses.
3. Tunic looks cute, and I’m hoping it will come to GOG because I’d like to buy it if reviews are good.
4. There were some others, but the one I want most is Wargroove; I love Chucklefish, which you’ll know by my playing Starbound and currently sucked into Stardew Valley. I also really like Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, so I’m going to love this too.

I meant to post this sooner, but unfortunately I got a cold, so after watching E3 stuff I couldn’t finish writing; had to take care of myself. Hopefully I will get my Sony and Nintendo post up by tonight, otherwise, look for it tomorrow. What were your thoughts on the Xbox presentation or PC Gaming Show?

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The Story of How I Became a Gamer

While I’m pretty obviously female as you can tell by my videos and icons, I certainly have my own story of what made me a gamer. I had a friend in elementary school and he had an NES system. I would go to his house after school pretty regularly. Even though I was a “girl” (this was back in the 90’s after all), he decided one day that I could play with him on the NES after we got bored doing origami. So he introduced me to Duck Hunt and it was pretty much the coolest thing ever back then. I was so amazed by it, just sitting there and having essentially an arcade game to play at his house. Seriously, Duck Hunt blew my little kid mind back then. We spent hours taking turns shooting those darn ducks. It was also the moment I knew that I loved Nintendo (many years later, I now have a Gamecube, N64, DS Lite, 3DS, Wii U and a bunch of Club Nintendo stuff too). Later I was introduced to the Zelda series at my best friend’s house, as she had an SNES with A Link to the Past, though I didn’t properly play a Zelda game myself until Windwaker. Those are my first console memories outside of a Commodore, which I played with my neighbor (Bubble Bobble being the game of choice, along with a game that I cannot remember the name of sadly).

So what made me call myself a gamer? It’s a toss up really. I sunk many many hours in Diablo 1, solidifying my absolute love for RPGs. I spent probably even more time with The Sims. The first Sims game offered so many hilarious situations and me and my friends were addicted. Seriously crazy things happened; I had a house where I made Sims of me and my friends and we all had husbands and lived in the same house. Two of the husbands fell in love with each other, leading to constant fighting between our sims. And the situations would just get weird; it was always a soap opera when I played. And then Halo 1 came, ensuring the fact that I needed games in my life and did not want to go without.

All of these games have given me very positive memories, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. In a way, like books, these games kept me going in a time of darkness and turmoil. It’s not so much where I played them or what we ate when playing (I’m not really even sure, but M&Ms and potato chips stand out in my mind), or drinking soda (though I’ve cut that habit long ago now) while playing, but just the fact that these games connected me to friends, brought me much laughter, allowed me to be a kid and gave an escape from the bad stuff I was dealing with.

If someone were to create a personal nostalgia crate for me, it would probably include a plush of one of the Bubble Bobble dragons, a zapper gun or USB gamepad, a bag of M&Ms, a soundtrack of classic Nintendo songs, and a classic game or two (looking at you, Kirby Nightmare in Dreamland).

I was recently introduced to Man Crates, a small company which sells one time gift boxes catered to men, wooden crates that include their own crowbar to open them. Among their most popular boxes is the Retro Gaming crate (they also have a Super Retro Gaming crate). I did not receive any compensation for writing this blog post. If you’re interested at all in what the Retro Gamer Crate or Super Retro Gamer Crate include, check them out at http://www.mancrates.com.

GOG.com’s Huge Mutator Sale Event

So first off, yesterday I learned about GOG’s Mutator sale. It’s a great way to get some games for real cheap. I spent less than $15 both times. You pick 3 games out of the list, and then buy additional mystery titles for $2 each, up to three times.

The first time around I bought Long Live The Queen, Sword of the Stars: The Pit, and the expansion DLC to The Pit.

Mystery titles I received from that round were: Blackwell Bundle (a cool indie adventure game), Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav (pretty but, not sure), and Wing Commander 1+2 (meh).

I tried again today, buying Two Worlds, The Book of Unwritten Tales and The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles.

Mystery titles received today were: Capitalism 2 (Ok, looks like fun), Legend of Grimrock (one I wanted!), and Eador Genesis (looks great).

Definitely check it out if you like big sales like this. This round of titles is only available for the next few hours; it ends tomorrow. Then there will be new titles at discount prices and a new batch of titles for the mystery ones. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next. This lasts through the weekend, with each new round lasting 48 hours.

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